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Sarayu Pai

What to do if you’re not going home for Thanksgiving

If you’re like me and not going home for Thanksgiving Break, here’s a list of some activities that you may wish to partake in. Although campus might seem like a veritable ghost town after everybody packs up and scrambles back to their neck of the woods, there’s still much to do if you happen to…

Autumn girl playlist

For both returning and new Stanford students, the grind is truly starting to sink in, as we spend hours finetuning the minutiae of p-sets and cramming for midterms. As you retreat to your dorm (possibly with a precarious state of having power or not), Green Library, OU, the taxing basement of Huang or LAiR, here’s…

A love letter to chocolate

In honor of cuffing season, here is a love letter to the incomparable treat and pivotal ingredient of the wonderful desserts we profoundly enjoy. If there aren’t enough “baes” to go around, take comfort in knowing that, for now (despite scientists’ alarming claims that the global cacao supply may soon be dwindling), there is quite…

The impact of books

It’s pretty hard to believe that half the quarter is over. Roll-outs are wrapping up and attending a regular set of office hours has unequivocally become old hat. In the peak of midterm season, it’s impossible to even entertain the idea of reading for pure entertainment, but I think it’s important that we change that. Instead of flipping through the ‘gram or skipping through stories on Snap, or even the endless influx of emails that flood our inboxes, why don’t we take even a paltry fifteen to twenty minutes to dive into a rom-com novel? Or sci-fi saga? Memoir? Perhaps even a book in another language and script?

Why SoCo is so wonderful

SoCo is the abbreviated version of Sophomore College, which is essentially a three-week program that allows incoming Stanford sophomores to choose one particular topic on which to focus and take classes. The themes of these classes encompass the gamut of interests, from conservation in the Galápagos (which allowed me and 13 of my classmates to venture…

Unsolicited advice to the Class of 2023 from the Class of 2022

Dearest Class of 2023, Our most hearty congratulations to you as you embark on the glorious start to your undergraduate career. On the brink of finishing our first year, we have become older and wiser and now offer to you some unsolicited advice, free-of-charge. Take what we say to heart or with a grain of…

Camping through Stanford

If you haven’t heard of the famous “one-unit wonders” or “terrific twos,” you need to take a gander at their website. Through this website, you can find out about a wide gamut of super cool classes like horse medicine (lit as all get out) and camping trip classes like “Living on the Edge.” This spring,…

A spring playlist for your Week 5

Are you perpetually stressed? Worried about a midterm that’s going to come swinging in the next few days? Well, fear no more, because here’s a poppin’ playlist, curated for you in the wake of Coachella 2019, that will empower you to take on Week 5 of our final quarter of the 2018-19 school year. Pop…

An evening with Ken Jeong

On Friday, April 12, actor and comedian Ken Jeong paid a visit to campus in an event organized by the Stanford Speakers Bureau. Dinkelspiel Auditorium was filled to the brim with bustling audience members. The event started (fashionably) late, and Jeong walked out to prolonged clapping and cheering. Jeong proceeded to deliver a stand-up comedy…

Cinderella in San Jose

As soon as I traipsed out of my Computer Science class, pondering the different types of selection sorts, I saw the Cardinal Nights email and immediately became excited. San Jose Broadway would be performing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” on Saturday and the tickets were only $15, including transportation. Straightaway, I contacted one of my closest…

Thoughts when signing up for classes

In light of the most recent round of registration for the this quarter’s classes, here is a compilation of some thoughts that we’ve all likely had at some point, whether we were registering for our first or last quarter. 1. Where in the world do you click to enroll the regular way? 2. Two-step authentication?…

There’s value in troughs: Ways to procrastinate

As a new quarter begins, we have the chance to reflect upon our peaks and troughs of productivity. Fun fact from Sleep & Dreams: Twice a day we have peaks, and twice a day we have troughs. The time of day that these occur is dependent upon whether you are an “early bird” or a…

The most magical night of winter quarter

Pumped up from horchata boba from Boba Guys, some friends and I sauntered into CEMEX Auditorium for an evening with Glen Keane, the former Directing Animator at Disney. The event was sponsored by Stanford Speakers Bureau, one of the oldest organizations on campus, started almost a century ago in 1935. There were throngs of people all buzzing…

The mores of memes

What are they? Meme. The word itself sounds sort of droll, minted by pop culture people and certified by Merriam-Webster for our social media purposes. Memes pop up on our Instagram Explore, Twitter and perhaps Facebook feeds, and are characterized by having captions above or superimposed over photos from pop culture.   What is it…

Ode to MatLab

In the introductory Mechanical Engineering class, ME 1, students have to grasp the rudiments of an engineering software known as MATLAB (short form for “matrix laboratory”).  While some might enjoy the coding (which at first is significantly easier than that of its Java counterpart), MATLAB is most certainly the bane of others’ existence. On that…

On the floor: A ‘Second Act’ event with JLo

Jennifer Lopez — yup, as in “JLo” — was on campus on Jan. 11. One of the doyennes of singer-actresses in modern-day Hollywood, Lopez is famous for her role in movies like “Selena” and “Maid in Manhattan” and such hit songs as “On the Floor” that had us all going wild at middle school dances.…

The magic of ‘Mo Bamba’

By now, you must have heard the song “Mo Bamba” by Sheck Wes. During a Saturday brunch at Wilbur, while walking home from a late night study session at Green or through your own headphones at Nearillaga, the song is as omnipresent and invasive as the smoke that made us scramble to Vaden to grab…

On the importance of simple gifts

From a distance: a worn, dusty, brown box.   Up close: a secret treasure trove, hand-crafted out of wood and imbued with a rich cherry-mahogany color. A recent present from my grandfather, the box was originally a gift to my great-grandmother. It can easily be held like a book, and the top opens without a…

Surviving the zombie apocalypse

With Halloween imminent, our current situation grows increasingly dire — zombies on planet Earth. I’m not talking about the occasional zombie leaving Green Library bleary-eyed after not being able to make heads or tails out of a math p-set or furiously finishing an essay. I’m talking about real zombies: the heavily contused and emaciated ones…

Seven things I’ve learned during my first quarter

It’s true that Stanford students learn quickly. Now that I’ve been been an official freshman for four whole weeks, there are so many things I’ve picked up beyond the knowledge I’m taught in class. This list definitely isn’t exhaustive, considering that we’re barely finished Week 4, but here are the most important discoveries I’ve made. …
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