In this trip back home, I hold on to the elements that have contributed to the significant growth of my maturity and understanding of an unpredictable society, with all of its plot twists and turns.
Nothing was more overwhelming than parting after 10 weeks of living in a family.
As I reread the numbers of injured, dead, misplaced and unfound, I abandoned a part of myself, as the remaining part of myself was a cracked piece that was clinging to the frail light.
There is always a first for everything. But the Stanford Dish hike merits a second, third and fourth trip.
Stanford students were captivated by the trickle of presidential election results for the race between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. Anxiety mixed with cautious optimism followed them from professors' election-specific office hours to on-campus household watch parties to chores and schoolwork interrupted by notifications.
Amid a deadly pandemic and economic recession, international students say that the next administration will greatly impact their status as foreigners studying in the United States.
I pictured myself in third grade again, sharing a meal with my childhood friends and feeling the moisture of the grass under my hands.
On that day, I officially started drafting the thesis of my second chapter, scratching out my written first words, searching for an exquisite way to start new prose.
On my way back to the dorm, I placed my phone on the mobile stand — my lock in my black basket — raised the music volume to the max, and sang my lungs out.
I was reminded that home is a feeling that can exist in any place. I sat on my chair, spinning round and round, mimicking the whirlwind of my thoughts and feelings. Taking in the newness and the magic of this place, I felt a Stanford tree being planted in my heart, right next to my cedar.
Dancing feet on carpet flooring. Live concerts for an invisible audience. Images, words, old memories — prompted by introspection — unloaded onto a canvas, a page. This is the “new normal” for student-artists amid the COVID-19 pandemic: with limited access to resources like rehearsal spaces and art supplies, visual and performing artists are finding innovative ways to make and share their art.