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Sarayu Pai

Quaran-tunes Set 1

If you are reading this right now, you are in the right place!  During these “unprecedented times” (a phrase everyone seems to love using as it quite literally starts every email we receive), I’ve been spending a little bit more time on the interwebs. Through the help of Instagram, TikTok, Spotify and YouTube, I’ve added…

Life lessons from bagels

At a bonding event for the Society of Women Engineers, we were invited to place a DoorDash order with Izzy’s Bagels, which got me thinking about the power of bagels. Virtually no one will say “no” to a bagel, a traditional bread with strong ties to Jewish and Polish cuisine. Over the years, fulfilling our…

What I learned from lunch with Joanne Liu

The international Doctors Without Borders — or in French, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) — president Joanne Liu paid a visit to the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) on Feb. 18. In case you do not know where the SIEPR building is, it is located behind Landau (the hub for all economics) and Memorial Auditorium.…

A letter to my TI-84

Dear TI-84, I profusely apologize for never baptizing you with a new name before, but TI-84 just fits you so perfectly, seeing as it contains two integral parts of your identity — the Texas Instrument (the company where you were born and bred) and your series number. You are unique to me, with your light-up…

Smells: the good, the bad, the ugly

Just a quick whiff of something — a mere speck of scent in the air — is enough to evoke memories as far back as preschool. How do scents play such an integral role in the human narrative? When we smell something foul, we typically recoil and then perpetually have a memory of a negative…

On history, humor and ‘Hamilton’

Although I’ve dabbled in musical-watching since childhood, “Hamilton” was the third professional-level musical I’ve ever seen (following “Horton Hears a Who!” and Broadway San Jose’s “Cinderella” last year with Stanford). The crazy thing is that there was thunderous applause after each musical number, although the entire show was one long musical number. Hamilton takes the…

Phases of winter break

In the last fourteen days of the fall quarter, which includes both Dead Week and final exam week, I began to feel a little homesick, entering what I like to think of as the first phase of winter break. Maybe it was due to the building pressure of completing final papers and the increasingly intense…

Observations after switching from a PC to a Mac

I’ve had my trusty Lenovo IdeaPad since my junior year AP U.S. History class, where the wicked fast speed at which the teacher read out his notes necessitated laptops for quick note-taking. Over the past few years, the laptop has understandably experienced great lapses in battery life and mounting trackpad sensitivity issues. During Thanksgiving Break,…

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…
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