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Your future: The time is now

School is winding down, or will be very soon, and it’s time to start thinking about your future. It’s time to start thinking about what it’s going to take to turn your degree into a great full-time first job after college. Of course, you don’t want to graduate and wind up with a position beneath…

Richard Engel announced as 2015 Commencement speaker

This morning, the Stanford senior class presidents announced that Richard Engel ‘96 would deliver the 2015 commencement address. “By choosing Richard Engel to deliver the 2015 Commencement address, the President’s Office has chosen an impassioned and tenacious speaker who will be able to deliver a relevant address which we think will inspire members of the Class of 2015 to engage with the…

Stanford at the speed of light

What can we do to make sure we use our time wisely? An hourglass is an everpresent reminder of diminishing time, a kind of pressure in and of itself. But the same lesson of pressure applies to time as well. We don’t have to view time as an hourglass – we can view it as a road, and one that we can tackle at our own pace. Time is finite, to be sure, but we have a greater say in its progression than we like to admit; we can’t control time, but we can control how we react to it.

Stanford, one year on

To the Stanford students about to join me as fellow alumni: The transition period happens way too quickly, so try to slow down as much of your life as you possibly can and enjoy your last few weeks on The Farm. There really is no place like Stanford. Thankfully, your relationship with Stanford is not over – the Stanford community will certainly keep giving back to you, and you will continue to meet Stanford alumni and have experiences tied to Stanford. To the Stanford students that have more time left on campus: Take advantage of as many opportunities as you have the sanity and time to handle and make as many meaningful relationships as you can. These experiences and relationships will prove to be invaluable resources for handling uncertainty in the real world.

Why I’m not donating to The Stanford Fund

I am a graduating senior and I did not make a “Senior Gift” contribution to The Stanford Fund. So why didn’t I give? Do I hold a grudge? Was it the satisfaction of dissent? Or are there legitimate reasons why I should withhold my donation? I started asking myself the very questions from those TSF emails: To whom should I be grateful for my Stanford experience and how should I express that gratitude? Unlike a debt, gratefulness isn’t beholden to any particular institution – whether it be a person, school or state. Therefore, for my Senior Gift, I donated to the CCSF scholarship fund. Its students deserve it more than we do.

At Stanford, weak sanctions for sexual assault leave survivors as victims

The Student Judicial Charter states: “All members of the Stanford community are invited to propose suggestions about modification of judicial procedures to the Board.” As a member of this community I ask that Stanford strengthen current policies and give out sanctions that reflect the magnitude of the violations committed by students found responsible for sexual assault. Students at Columbia, Harvard and Brown have all encouraged seniors to wear strips of red tape on their graduation caps to acknowledge that there is a serious issue on their campuses and demand their respective administrations amend insufficient policies. I invite all members of the senior class to join me in wearing red tape on our caps at commencement to support survivors of sexual assault and to encourage Stanford to do the same.