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Rethinking duck syndrome

I write this article on Oct. 21, hardly a month since I began college on Sept. 20. Days simply float by, and I feel giddy, whether I’m observing bizarre dorm conversations or debugging code alone for six straight hours until 4 a.m. When people ask, “How’s college?” or “How are you?” I mean it when…

The big, bad duck

Duck syndrome. You’ve heard of it, you’ve lamented its effects, you’ve at times been part of the problem and at others part of a solution. At first you may have thought it was just an issue related to academics. After all, isn’t academic pressure the only downside of an otherwise vibrant, sunny, exciting campus life?…

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…