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Complain away

I understand that I have strong opinions about things and equally strong reactions to events in my life. However, I was recently told by a friend that I complain too much and seem never to cast blame on myself for things I find annoying. But is complaining really a bad thing? It has a negative…

FroSoCo: myth vs. fact

“So, it was nice to meet you! Where are you living?” “I’m in FroSoCo!” “Ohhh, I’m sorry to hear that. Isn’t it really quiet and far? Aren’t the people really intense and nerdy?” I have had this type of conversation with several undergraduates here at Stanford. FroSoCo stands for Freshman Sophomore College, and it is…

The existential Stanford housing crisis

Back in the dark days of college applications, when official university websites filled my search history, I remember poring over information about residential life at the country’s top schools. There were residential colleges at Harvard and Yale. Princeton had freshman-only dorms, which fed into mysterious societies called eating clubs that seem to be coed fraternities…