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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…

The undeserved obsession with failure

How many times have you been reminded of the value of failure? This past week, while procrastinating for studying for midterms, I somehow found myself in a YouTube hole watching a collection of the “best commencement speeches of all time.” I’d say practically three-quarters of them included a message about the benefit of failure. Oprah…

Hoover must re-evaluate the academic merit of its fellows

Stanford is renowned for being the home of some of the world’s most brilliant minds, and these minds are undoubtedly one of this university’s greatest assets. As students here, we often witness firsthand the unrivaled intellectual caliber of our professors, and, less often but still occasionally, the difficulty of obtaining and keeping those professorial positions here. We also hear of cases where top-notch scholars don’t receive tenure, a fate shared by half of all the assistant professors here.

Being wrong

As I sat down to write my first opinion piece, a familiar thought greeted me: I understand so little of what I’m writing about that I can’t have an opinion on it. This was a thought previously most salient to me in discussion sections. I would stay quiet: an insecurity — insecurity that because I…