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Why are we here?

I started this piece by aiming to write about “why we are here,” as in the largely categorical philosophizing of the purpose of college. I started this piece in January. I chatted with one of my peers, Ashwin Ramaswami ‘21, who explained to me what it was he valued from learning alongside peers in a…

Best spots for Stanford sunsets

Spring has officially arrived in the Bay, and with its welcome warmth comes glowing green grass, longer days and plenty of alien demon caterpillars. The taste of summer is on our tongues, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve been feeling the need to get outside and soak up all this beautiful weather. Some of…

My Class of 2022 Facebook intro post

Hey y’all! I have to apologize for never posting an official introduction on The Official Stanford Class of 2022. Since I procrastinate on literally everything, I even procrastinated writing this but c’est la vie. (Better now than never right?) My name’s Richard Coca — yes, like the soda — and I’m from the San Fernando…

Happy DD214 Day to me

Last Saturday marked my one-year anniversary of receiving my DD214 — the paper that officially signifies my transition from active duty military life to that of a veteran (prior service members can never really be “civilians” again). For most vets, their DD214 Day is a day of celebration, somewhat better than Christmas but maybe not…

Are we being honest to ProFros?

At this time last April, I was in the midst of a whirlwind of college visits, class sit-ins and long deliberations over which school to ultimately attend. There were several factors to compare schools with which seemed impossible to reconcile, and I hoped that talking to students would give me a more intuitive sense of…