Matthew Mettias
Matthew ("Matt") Mettias '23 writes for the Grind. He is from Aiea, Hawaii. His hobbies include taking care of his Chihuahua puppy; playing pickup basketball; and listening to Jawaiian, rap/hip-hop and 1960s music. Contact him at mmettias 'at' stanford.edu.

Bringing Stanford friends to my hometown

A few weeks ago, four buddies of mine — three from my dorm and one from another house — hopped onto the five-dollar Stanford shuttle with me. We arrived at the airport and lugged both our bags and our sleep-deprived bodies onto Hawaiian Airlines Flight 11. Shawn, Danielle, Nibha and Anna had never visited Hawaii…

Challenges and benefits of growing up mixed-race

“Matthew, why can’t you speak Arabic?” “Matt, why can’t you ‘talk Tagalog’ like your cousins?” These are phrases I often heard growing up as a mixed-race child when I traveled abroad to visit my extended family. As a son of immigrants from third world countries, I’ve been removed from the lifestyles and experiences of my…

Avoiding illness in college

I live in Burbank, Stern. I miraculously escaped norovirus and all the yakking that comes with the package. I escaped the flu and the muscle aches that it entails. I did not, however, escape the 100+ degree (and fluctuating) fever I currently have while writing this article.  From the beginning of New Student Orientation, I…

3 simple tips to not sweat the small stuff

It’s that time of year again: holiday spirits are starting to fill the atmosphere, high school seniors are filling out college applications and workload for Stanford students is revving up as winter quarter will soon be arriving. Amid the stress, mental roadblocks and overwhelming situations, it is important to remember one crucial piece of advice:…

How to gain the freshman 15

Of all the new experiences and surprises of freshman year, I was (and still am) most shocked by the availability of food on Stanford’s campus. Somehow, I managed to gain five pounds within two weeks of arriving at Stanford. Impressive, right? Here are some sneaky habits and hacks that led me to this incredible feat:…
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