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Stanford, stop telling us we belong here

Although Stanford continually insists otherwise—in the form of NSO diversity events, Frosh101 modules, and lofty emailed rhetoric from members of the administration—we can’t help but suspect that Stanford is not built for us. Freshmen from marginalized communities already suspected that Stanford was lying when it told us that we belong here. We just didn’t expect Stanford to confirm our suspicions so quickly.

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…

Belonging as an Asian American

“You’re a banana.” “Wait, what?” “Yeah, you’re yellow on the outside, white on the inside … It’s a compliment,” my friend clarifies during our side conversation in class. “If it’s a compliment, then why did it leave me with such a heart-sinking aftertaste?” I wondered as I pushed laughter through the lump in my throat…

Belonging at Stanford

When you think of a Stanford student, what do you think of? Someone smart? Someone motivated? Someone involved in a startup? Before attending Stanford, I envisioned all of its students as geniuses and young entrepreneurs with exceptional accomplishments, people who had done more by the age of 15 than most people do by 45. I pictured computer…

Finding your inner home

From the beginning of our Stanford education, we go through the process of being settled and unsettled. Our housing changes each year, class schedules vary, relationships can change, job expectations might shift and our lives move fast. These same challenges exist beyond Stanford; we are constantly ending one chapter of our lives to begin the next.…