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Stanford Freshman Fall Quarter

Fall quarter has concluded. Winter is coming. Highlights NSO: New Student Orientation has a hectic amount of events to attend. If I am being honest, it was totally not necessary. New students also got frequently lost, so the orientation part was ironic. The highlight of that event was seeing Daddy Marc Tessier-Lavigne give a speech to our class. Band Run: On the last night of … Continue reading Stanford Freshman Fall Quarter

An ode to the one, the only, the truly incomparable Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band

Oh LSJUMB! How I love thee. Let me count the ways (in a manner that is convenient for this article). You welcomed me with open arms and gave me something I never knew I needed: organized chaos. You had been my pipe dream ever since I had heard the legends about you. My high school teacher had told me about your most infamous moments: from … Continue reading An ode to the one, the only, the truly incomparable Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band

Why I give unofficial tours

Adapted from The Stanford Daily “So you do this for free? Why?” Being an unofficial tour guide, rather than an official tour guide through the Visitor Center, means I have to remain relatively dedicated to giving tours despite not getting paid. Recently, I finished giving my fifteenth unofficial tour, the occasion being the impetus for this Grind article. A lot of my friends ask why I’ve … Continue reading Why I give unofficial tours

I have no idea what I’m doing

Hi dear reader, It’s been a while. Two and a half quarters in at Stanford, I think I know what I want to major in. “I’m not pre-med.” “Then, what are you?” “Good question. I don’t really know.” I’ve had the above “conversation” many times, and if it’s done anything, it’s only installed a weird sense of confusion within me. Throughout my freshman year, I’ve … Continue reading I have no idea what I’m doing

Admit Weekend Recap

Admit Weekend 2019: a weekend where most current Stanford students stayed inside hiding from prospective freshmen (ProFros) with a large amount of energy. While many students try to avoid Admit Weekend in general, there are certain individuals who step up every year and embrace the chaotic demons that are known as ProFros. I was one of those individuals. As a House Host (HoHo) for Sally … Continue reading Admit Weekend Recap

My Class of 2022 Facebook Intro

Hey y’all! I have to apologize for never posting an official introduction on The Official Stanford Class of 2022. Since I procrastinate on literally everything, I even procrastinated writing this but c’est la vie. (Better now than never right?) My name’s Richard Coca — yes, like the soda — and I’m from the San Fernando Valley, down by Southern California! I am so excited to … Continue reading My Class of 2022 Facebook Intro

A Fountainhopper’s Guide to Stanford

Look out, FoHo! This fountain hopper is coming after your title. With caterpillar season on the horizon, I’d rather focus on one of the more positive aspects of spring quarter — fountain hopping. Almost everyone jumped into the Claw during New Student Orientation, but I’d like to shine some glory onto the individual characteristics of each fountain on campus. Considering that there are 25 fountains … Continue reading A Fountainhopper’s Guide to Stanford

Types of Uber drivers at Stanford

Adapted from The Stanford Daily Stanford is notorious for the people and talent it attracts, and this statement extends beyond its students. It seems that as a university, Stanford is a magnet for some of the most interesting Uber drivers I’ve met.  Regardless of their character, what distinguishes these drivers is how archetypal they are and how people like them can found in different cities. … Continue reading Types of Uber drivers at Stanford

A Day without AirPods

Adapted from the Stanford Daily Have you ever found yourself missing someone so much that you instantly decide to never take them for granted again? Have you ever found yourself crying because you lost someone who played such a large role in your life? If so, then you might know how it feels to have lost your AirPods. For those of you who don’t know … Continue reading A Day without AirPods

I Let Twitter Choose My Classes; Here’s What Happened

Adapted from the Stanford Daily As an undeclared frosh who genuinely doesn’t know what he’s doing, every quarter represents a new problem for me. As enrollment opens on Axess, so does Pandora’s box. Without a doubt, my class schedule has determined my attitude for each respective quarter. My fall quarter — scheduled with introsems and introductory classes like PWR — embodied the innocent freshman spirit, … Continue reading I Let Twitter Choose My Classes; Here’s What Happened

A Tour of the Unofficial Tour Guide Industry

Adapted from The Stanford Daily “Petty ass mf.” That was the comment I received under my last article about how I got rejected from the tour guide industry. While I got a good laugh out of my first hate comment, it got me thinking about how quickly I accepted my rejection. Yes, I was rejected, but everyone knows that a good rejection opens more doors … Continue reading A Tour of the Unofficial Tour Guide Industry