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Things I learned embarrassingly late

As my first year at Stanford winds down, I’ve started to engage in all the typical nostalgic reminiscing about the last nine months. Looking back on all of my experiences, connections and growth since September, it’s clear that I learned an incredible amount along the way. However, some things took a bit longer than others.…

Lessons learned from assassins

This quarter is coming to an end, which means my freshman year at Stanford is almost over. So, naturally, my dorm has been squeezing in some of the last of the most important Stanford traditions. More specifically, last week we started playing a round of Assassins. For anyone unfamiliar with the game, you are assigned…

When a non-CS major takes CS

When I began my freshman year at Stanford almost eight months ago, I was pretty set on never taking a computer science class. I’d never coded before, and I’ve always considered myself to be a little technologically challenged. Moreover, I didn’t even know what ‘computer science’ meant, and I was perfectly okay with never finding…

Exploring outside the classroom

At the beginning of freshman year, we were all encouraged to “explore.” This was mostly in reference to our academics–with major declarations far on the horizon, we were encouraged by Academic Advisors, professors and RAs to take classes in a variety of departments, trying them on for size. Having taken classes here in economics, psychology,…

Proud to be a freshman

After spending my senior year of high school milking every last drop of power from my upperclassmen rank, I was not looking forward to being demoted right back to square one as a freshman in college. Commonly characterized as young, hopeful and naive, I feel like freshman are often patronized, less respected and dismissed as…