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Being a beginner in a beginning class

Foundational lectures. Introductory seminars. Frosh-friendly courses. All these terms were thrown around during the frenzy of open enrollment. Upperclassmen, RAs and Carta were full of colorful opinions and recommendations for naive freshman like myself. I, like many of my peers, spent the summer scouting for the “must take” courses like the infamous CS 106A or…

On being ‘unsuc-sex-ful’

Surely bountiful romance and employment opportunities came in a neatly packaged bundle with our acceptance letters. Isn’t the true objective of institutionalized higher learning to meet our soulmates and prepare for a monotonous career full of humble brags? But as the hint of crisp fall leaves die and we begin to wear just a few…

Frosh find forever?

In the four weeks I’ve spent witnessing the remarkableness of Stanford’s incoming students, nothing truly warms my heart more than hearing stories of frosh who believe that they have discovered true love. After all, is there really anything more beautiful than watching two hopelessly romantic freshmen trying to salvage drunken mistakes by referring to them…

A virgin’s guide to SHPRC

If there’s one thing that the Titanic (both the historical event and DiCaprio’s clearly-there’s-enough-room-Rose version), “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Moby Dick” have all taught me, it’s that shipwrecks are bad. There just isn’t a way to see a glass-half-full situation when your boat is half-full of water, and you’re rapidly sinking to your death…