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Ravali Reddy

Class of 2016 no longer Confessing from Stanford

It has been less than two weeks since the Class of 2016 descended on the Farm. In the midst of choosing classes, registering bikes and checking out the first fraternity parties, a few freshmen have found the time to do one more thing: close down the admissions advice blog they started back in June.

Alcohol-free social programming increased

Cardinal Nights, the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE) effort to provide and promote alcohol-free social events, is entering its sophomore year with an eye toward increasing programming and student outreach.

Ravalations: Things the Draw has taught me

As contrived as it may sound, the Draw brings out the best and the worst in people, and going through it once has left me much more composed this time around. So for those of you who have never gone through the Draw before, here’s what my experiences have taught me:

Ravalations: Let’s leave Trayvon alone

After listening to the 911 calls and reading through the multiple accounts of the confrontation between Trayvon and Zimmerman, I now find myself coming across a different set of articles: those attempting to dig into Trayvon's past and paint the picture of him as a troubled young man.

Ravalations: Dear The Stanford Fund

There a few things that all Stanford students seem to bond over: the beautiful weather (the number of screen captures I've seen that compare the weather here to the weather in Cambridge, where it is 32 degrees, is much too high, and yet every photo has multiple Facebook likes), petitions (this past week has been full of Senate and special fees requests in particular), and our common dislike of TSF letters.

Ravalations: On behalf of frosh in four-class dorms

Now, at every single gathering I went to, at least half of the current students gave us the same piece of advice: "Live in an all-freshman dorm." This statement was usually followed up with endorsements such as, "I had the best time of my life! Larkin love forever!" or, "I met all my best friends in my freshman dorm!"

Ravalations: It’s okay to listen to your parents

I know, it’s hard to stomach, particularly after last week’s column where I publicly declared my love for Stanford (which, for the record, still holds true). But back when I was in high school, I spent the majority of my senior year thinking that I would be attending a particular school over on the East Coast.

Ravalations: Sorry, I can’t get your kid into Stanford!

The moment I started going to Stanford though, all this changed. Suddenly, people at parties would approach my parents, slowly broach the topic of Stanford in order to confirm that I do indeed go there and then shift over to me while shouting, “You must meet my son/daughter/offspring/pet! They’re applying to Stanford!”
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