Paintball with My Dorm!

Paintball with My Dorm!

This last weekend, the first in February, was the first time it’s rained in a while here, which I would normally say is a good thing, but my dorm had planned to team up with another dorm and go paintballing in Santa Clara, so the rain was a little bit of a worry.

10 conceptions I had that Stanford proved wrong (Part 4)

10 conceptions I had that Stanford proved wrong (Part 4)

What started out as a little list of ten misconceptions I had coming into Stanford as a clueless freshman has turned into a full blown series of posts: one, two, three, and the one you are presently staring at. Sadly, this will be the last blog post in this series. I’ve had so much fun with this series that I wish I had several more conceptions I could write about. But alas, I was not that clueless as a freshman. Ah, well. Misconception #8: I’m weird. Following the onset of irrational-adolescent-awkwardness syndrome in sixth grade, I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin. I would hide my homemade but exotic Chinese meals behind my lunchbag, hesitate to cheer amidst my classmates’ groans when our teacher announced our next writing assignment, and restrained myself from humming the entire clarinet melody in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no.3 in C, op.26 when there were other passengers in our car. Only at home and with close friends did I venture to be my weird, quirky, dorky, nerdy self. My irrational-adolescent-awkwardness-syndrome was soon cured in college. On the first day of school, everyone in our freshman dorm was told to bring a special item of theirs to share with the group. One girl brought a small houseplant she had named Susanne, explaining that it kept her from getting homesick. Another guy unfurled a tube of paper to reveal a poster of K$sha, and announced that she was his favorite singer. Several other guys clapped loudly with approval. By the time it was my turn, I had no qualms about sharing my own quirky item. The truth is, everyone is weird in their own way. On that very first day, my classmates showed me that they would embrace...
It’s Good to be Back

It’s Good to be Back

It’s the start of a new year here on the Farm, and that means new classes, new dorms, and a big switch from life at home during the summer with family to life on campus surrounded by amazing students and faculty.

Casa Italiana: La Dolce Vita

Casa Italiana: La Dolce Vita

For my last year at Stanford, I am very pleased and excited to live in a themed self-op whose name is Casa Italiana. Basically, throughout the year I’m surrounded by a comfortably familiar community of housemates, have access to a kitchen all the time, and learn Italian as the year progresses. Though as of yet I’ve lived less than one week in Casa, I am sure that I will thoroughly enjoy at least one perk: the food. Now, I would say overall that I like Stanford’s food and the quality of the menu offered at dining halls. Last year in Florence Moore, I was literally less than a football field away from buckets of organic ice cream. I ate enough ice cream to safely say that I really like Stanford food. But the chef at Casa, Jose, cooks food on a totally different wavelength. Each meal feeds upwards of forty people and still manages to please everyone’s palette, more or less. I’ve just never had a surf and turf dinner that was as good as the one I had just a few days ago, here in my college residence.  The meals are of restaurant quality, in my humble opinion, from the beautifully prepared crab meat sandwiches to the bread you can have with olive oil and vinegar. Needless to say, especially since I love bread, I’m very excited to be living in Casa and eating out of this kitchen. In true blogger style, I had to capture a few pictures of the meals were being cooked ten times a week (and for the rest of the time, you can cook for yourself or eat leftovers)! Apologies...
My Favorite Dorm Events

My Favorite Dorm Events

When you arrive at Stanford, you learn all about how awesome dorm funds are, because they allow you to do really fun things with your dormmates throughout the year. Basically, dorm funds are money that you pay as part of your housing bill that the dorm government and RAs can use to put on events for the dorm. The three different dorms I’ve lived in while at Stanford have had some pretty great events and outings, and I want to share some of them with you!

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