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A couple thousand miles of clarity

We joke a lot about the “sophomore slump” here at Stanford, as I’m sure they do at any other university. But for me and a lot of the people who’ve surrounded me during the past year, the level of stress and occasional anguish that people often commiserate with by slapping on a goofy, overused label felt like a lot more of a “plummet” than a “slump.”

Gaieties 2018 is an enchanting testament to individualism and community

The Axe Committee’s train whistle blasts a battle cry. Hoover Tower is set ablaze in a fiendish red light. A skewered stuffed bear sacrificially crowns The Claw fountain, which is filled with crimson blood. Though dazed and confused tourists ignorantly gaze upon these war sites, Stanford affiliates understand their true meaning. The “big” football game…

AATP’s ‘Stanford Monologues: Beyond the Bubble’ tries to fight against Stanford Duck Syndrome

“Stanford Monologues: Behind the Bubble,” which played last week at the Elliot Programming Center, features nine actors reading compelling stories by real Stanford students — about issues such as race, gender, sexuality, religion and disability — compiled by playwright Joseph Lee ’17 into a piece of theater that tries to make us understand the diverse perspectives of Stanford students.

A new definition of perfection

What I urge, though, based upon my own experience, is that we each assess realistically how much we can handle without sacrificing our health. Some amount of stress is necessary for achievement, but something is out of whack when the University administration struggles to stem an epidemic of stress-related suffering. We don’t have to live like this. We can choose to create a balanced life. Taking a night off isn’t being lazy. Staying in to watch a movie or read a book doesn’t mean that you’re antisocial. Taking a reasonable class load isn’t weak. If we want mental health to improve on campus we must change both our collective and personal definitions of “perfection.”