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Serena Soh

A letter to my fall quarter self

Dear Fall Quarter Serena,   As the year wraps up, I’ve been doing quite a bit of reflection. Honestly, it’s one of my ways of pushing off the studying that must be done before finals, but let’s just agree that it’s a productive use of time. College has been everything you thought it would be for…

Dining hall hacks: the versatility of toast

Every day, we’re greeted by the same procession of scrambled eggs, pastries, fruit and oatmeal for breakfast. Then for lunch, there’s the salad bar, soups, burgers and the hot food line. Though the changing lunch menu provides more diversity in terms of what cuisine is served, the menu will inevitably repeat itself. But the good…

Quick and easy eateries off campus

We all know what it feels like to be bored by a repetitive dining hall menu. But by now, most of us have realized that our wallets will suffer by indulging in dinner at a sit-down restaurant once a week. And if you’re anything like me and my friends, deciding on where to eat out is often…

Sunday farmer’s market

Growing up in a SoCal town blessed with perfect weather for growing produce, I always looked forward to my family’s weekly trip to the local farmer’s market. Every Sunday from mid-morning to early afternoon, booths were set up along a walkway situated between the gigantic Costco parking lot and a medley of restaurants. Excited vendors…

A positive perspective on the quarter system

It’s spring: It’s finally the glorious time of year you can wake up to pleasantly warm weather and leisurely walk to your afternoon classes as a delicate breeze sweeps the campus. Birds seem to sing rather than annoyingly chirp, and the fuzzy caterpillars have thankfully decreased in numbers. The chaos and excitement of Admit Weekend…

On appreciating public art on campus

“Let’s meet at the string and stick nest thing at 3 pm.” “Be at the brown, metal sculpture after class.” It’s funny that we go about our day to day lives, rushing between classes and meetings for the longest time before noticing the public art sprinkled around the Stanford campus. The art can scream red…

When you don’t know any of your classmates

With thousands of students at Stanford and hundreds of classes to choose from, it is likely that there will come a time when you will not know a single person in a class you’re enrolled in. Of course it’s beyond foolish to only take courses you know your friends or friendly acquaintances are taking. But…

Stanford’s hidden gems: ProFro edition

Admit weekend can be somewhat of an emotional rollercoaster. It is exciting coasting down Palm Drive and taking that classic picture in front of  Memorial Church with all of your new Stanford gear. Even receiving a Stanford name tag at the check-in point seems special and somehow makes your being an incoming Tree finally feel…

My experience with undergraduate research

“Undergraduate Research: Resources and opportunities abound at Stanford, giving you the chance to turn the questions that kept you up last night into the way the world will live and think tomorrow.” Posted on the admissions site, this is the perfect statement to appeal to the Stanford-esque desire to positively impact the world before turning…

Testing the waters: How to start being politically active

Just like passing the driver’s license test last weekend does not mean that I should be trusted on the road just yet, the fact that I am finally old enough to vote does not mean that I completely understand the system. Based on my current knowledge, I probably would not know exactly what I am…

The toxicity of ‘I don’t care’

What do you want for lunch? Do you mind coming into work with me tomorrow? What do you want to do on Saturday? Growing up, I always responded with a nonchalant “I don’t care” to every one of these questions thrown my way — not in a passive-aggressive or sassy tone by any means but…

Friends by choice or by chance

College. It’s the home of Late Night mozzarella sticks, annoyingly expensive textbooks and that first sip of sweet, sweet freedom. It’s an educational establishment where we students often fluctuate between stressed, unmotivated and flat-out confused about our future. Most importantly, though, it is the place where everyone is supposed to find their lifelong friends. In…
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