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Beyond experience

I often hear, particularly at Stanford, from people who have built a life philosophy around “living for experiences.” The philosophy goes something like this: Life is finite and transient and ultimately lacks a defined meaning. As young people with so much of the world to explore, our goal ought to be gaining as many unique,…

Rethinking duck syndrome

I write this article on Oct. 21, hardly a month since I began college on Sept. 20. Days simply float by, and I feel giddy, whether I’m observing bizarre dorm conversations or debugging code alone for six straight hours until 4 a.m. When people ask, “How’s college?” or “How are you?” I mean it when…