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Where are you from?

“Where are you from?” When I hear this question I freeze and take a deep breath while my mind runs through the permutations of an algorithm I have yet to complete. Do they mean where I was born, where I grew up or whose country’s military I served? Who is asking? How likely am I…

Here comes the sun

It doesn’t become apparent exactly how much the weather can affect one’s mindset, especially those of students at a rigorous university, until the sun comes out after a long stretch of cloudy, rainy skies. Cold wind and rain kept people locked inside studying and moping for most of winter quarter. The campus seemed almost completely…

On the magic of poetry

April is National Poetry Month, meaning that there’s no better time to write this article than right now. Poetry is a unique form of expression that at times offers greater insight into how we interact with the world. Often enough, it reveals to us our own perspective and beliefs about the actions and events that…

On running away

I didn’t know that working out was a habit that normal people engaged in, until I came to Stanford and witnessed a gaggle of students rolling out to the gym in neon sports bras and tightly laced tennis shoes. Ah, so that was why Stanford students were so attractive! Suddenly, I found that my former…

Favorite quotes to live by

Because I have tried my hand in pseudo-STEM classes this quarter, I haven’t entertained my words-obsessed self in a while. This is my attempt to do so and share a bit of word porn in the process. Disclaimer: considering limited dorm space, I’m in long distance relationships with a significant number of my favorite books,…