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Functions of a library

When I was little, the library was one of my favorite places to go. I loved everything about it: its smell, the atmosphere, the ability to check out as many books as I wanted. I loved taking a stack of books to the checkout counter and sliding each book under the scanner, listening to the…

THINK and PWR: a review

At the end of this quarter, many other freshmen and I will have completed the first-year THINK and PWR requirements that constitute Stanford’s closest analogue to a core curriculum. Unlike the WAYS requirements, which can each be satisfied in thousands of ways, THINK and PWR are relatively streamlined, all following a set of predetermined learning…

The nuance of the word ‘nuance’

I’ve never before heard the word “nuance” receive as much popular use as I have at Stanford. After hearing this word pop up in multiple contexts at Stanford, I decided to look further into this vague term. According to Merriam-Webster, “nuance” is an abstract noun that refers to a subtle distinction or variation, a subtle…