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Richard Coca
A dark horse and a work horse, Richard strives towards bettering himself and helping others on the way. He understands that perfection is a process, and one that isn't necessarily easy. He currently plans to major in biology and maybe minor in Twitter. Contact him at richcoca 'at' stanford.edu.

Best places to party at the potty, No. 2

Potty talk is no joke. In fact, after writing an article ranking the best places to party at the potty, I found out that multiple Stanford students had very strong differing opinions. With a campus of over 8,000 acres, Stanford holds many secret gems, including some of the best restrooms I’ve been to in my…

What the rally you wear says about you

Equally as important as professional and business attire, most students on campus own some type of rally. The most ridiculous outfits usually make the best rally, and ideally, it should capture some part of your personality. You don’t necessarily have to be creative to wear good rally, but if you’re a natural, the type of…

Homecoming Weekend: Reflecting as a student

Stanford Reunion Homecoming always warms me up in the best way. Oddly situated within midterm season, it is a gentle reminder that there is a life after Stanford. With around 6,000 attendees, previous Stanford classes make their presence felt on campus as they swarm once again. With red lanyards around their necks and a general…

Stern Dining: A Sophomore’s Perspective

From burrito bowls to the ever-coveted grilled cheese and tomato soup combo, Stern Dining embodied the magical experience that was freshman year. No other dining hall had me biking away from the Sapp Center as quickly as Stern did. Living in all-frosh dorm, rarely did I ever have to schedule lunch with a friend, or…

A love letter to my readers

When I first started to write for the Grind, almost a quarter ago, I did not anticipate how my relationship with readers would change. As a news writer by training, the only emails I had gotten prior to the Grind dealt with changing small factual errors in articles. They were the type of emails that…

Turning the Tables

Last year, as a newly anointed frosh, my RAs sent me to check out the activities fair. The upperclassmen that I met during NSO warned me to be careful as to how many clubs I signed up for. They also warned me about excessively giving out my email to too many lists. So naturally, I…

Futility of planning

Dear frosh, Glad to have you with us. I’ll spare you the “Welcome to Stanford” spiel because real talk: You’re focused on trying to survive, not trying to remember the contents of the fifty near-identical welcome speeches you’ve undoubtedly heard already. I know because last year, I was you. As a current sophomore, I like…

NSO Nostalgia

Last year, during this time, the highlight of my New Student Orientation (NSO) was being almost kicked by a Dollie during Band Run. This year, I’m glad to report otherwise. As corny as it sounds, the highlight of my NSO was getting to meet the incoming class of 2023 (or twenty-tree, as the frosh like…

The end of freshman year

As the sun sets on my freshman year, I can’t help but look back as well as look forward to what’s to come. Coming into my freshman year, I truly tried to possess an open mindset, and as this year begins to wrap up, I feel like that mentality has integrated itself into my personality.…

Hey, I got rolled out again

“Who gets rolled out week nine?” Apparently, I do. It wasn’t too long ago when I was reminiscing about rollout season, and it looks like I got my wish. This time, I got rolled out for Stanford University Dance Marathon (SUDM). As one of the outreach/registration executive members, I will once again be pushing people…

On the need for spontaneity

As I write this article, my feet are currently kicking inside of the fountain in front of Old Union. The sun is hitting me at such an angle that it’s warming me up perfectly, and I can’t help but smile at the fact that this is my reality. However, if you were to hit the…

Best places to party at the potty

Potty talk is no joke — especially not to The Grind. On a campus with over 7000 undergraduate students, it can be hard to get some alone time especially when it’s time to relieve yourself. That’s why I took the time to do some real investigative journalism and rank all the best — and the…

Mind Altering Concert experience

Recently, Mark Applebaum, one of the instructors for one of my classes this quarter, presented his own concert at Memorial Church. While we were technically obligated to be there — or else let our grade suffer — I found it to be an experience I didn’t regret going to. At the center of this concert…

Why I miss rollout season

For the unsuspecting frosh, rollouts can definitely rank as one of the scarier, weirder and more cult-like experiences at Stanford. Often at early hours, the sound of hand after hand pounding on your door can seem like claps of thunder straight from hell. I remember during rollout season that the first rollout of the year…

We survived a night at Green Library

It’s finals week. You’re grinding at Green Library, hoping to somehow cram all 10 weeks of Chem 31A into your mind and before you realize it, it’s 12:50 a.m. As the automated closing warnings play, you head to the front desk where someone “checks” your bag to make sure you didn’t steal the Magna Carta…

Marc Tessier-Lavigne announces presidential bid

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Stanford’s current president, has announced that he will be opening an exploratory committee in what likely precedes a formal U.S. presidential campaign announcement. Tessier-Lavigne released his statement to service4all in an event that triggered many students to “reply all” and ask to be unsubscribed. Finally putting weeks of rumor to rest, Tessier-Lavigne aims…

A Spotify playlist for your run

Spring quarter means summer is around the corner. That means now’s the time to get back in shape and maybe even go for a run at the Dish. “Who runs the Dish? Who has time to?” Actually, a lot of people walk and/or run the Dish. While most people are from off-campus or live nearby,…

I have no idea what I’m doing

“I’m not pre-med.” “Then, what are you?” “Good question. I don’t really know.” I’ve had the above “conversation” many times, and if it’s done anything, it’s only installed a weird sense of confusion within me. Throughout my freshman year, I’ve taken many classes that are categorized as “pre-med” requirements. I’ve also come to the conclusion…
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