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Death by allergies

Last spring, I thought the most menacing bodily crisis that I would encounter as a result of the Stanford ecosystem was the rash I got from the caterpillars that swung from low-hanging branches and assaulted passersby like “Mission Impossible” operatives dangling from grappling hooks. This year, my worst enemy takes the form of a thick,…

Why I give unofficial tours

“So you do this for free? Why?” Being an unofficial tour guide, rather than an official tour guide through the Visitor Center, means I have to remain relatively dedicated to giving tours despite not getting paid. Recently, I finished giving my fifteenth unofficial tour, the occasion being the impetus for this Grind article. A lot…

The allure of the unknown

Let’s take a step back together — think about the summer before your freshman year. Some of you probably spent it traveling, whether it be one last hurrah through your small town or gallivanting the world over. Others held down the fort in one place with an internship, job or a neat volunteering opportunity. Finally,…

What I wish I knew about concussions

When I got a concussion while playing Ultimate Frisbee during fall quarter, I realized how much the proper functioning of my brain shaped my everyday experience. After my concussion, thinking took longer, and doing schoolwork, especially readings, became extremely unpleasant. My brain just wanted to stop and be still. My everyday experience was akin to…

HoHo’ing for Admit Weekend

Admit Weekend 2019: a weekend where most current Stanford students stayed inside hiding from prospective freshmen (ProFros) with a large amount of energy. While many students try to avoid Admit Weekend in general, there are certain individuals who step up every year and embrace the chaotic demons that are known as ProFros. I was one…