Welcoming the New Members of the SSO

As Vice President of the Orchestra Committee, I helped plan “rollouts” – a time-honored Stanford tradition of waking up freshmen from their slumber and welcoming them into the group – for Thursday morning, right before the Stanford Symphony Orchestra’s first rehearsal of the year. For more information and pictures of both rollouts and the first … More Welcoming the New Members of the SSO

Econ in the News: Pokemon GO and the Shift to Mobile

In a first-ever move for the franchise, Nintendo’s wildly popular Pokemon series is going mobile. The recent announcement of Pokemon GO, an augmented reality Pokemon game that turns your smartphone into a Pokemon-geolocating device has gained a lot of buzz on social media as investors and sentimental millennials alike contemplate what this game means for the … More Econ in the News: Pokemon GO and the Shift to Mobile

Econ in the News: Plummeting Admission Rates at Top Tier Colleges

In continuation with the college theme this week, I’m going to examine the rapidly falling admission rates to what people consider some of the best colleges in the world, especially in the United States. “Top tier” colleges, such as Stanford, the Ivy League, MIT, the University of Chicago, and other schools, have famously renown academic departments – and … More Econ in the News: Plummeting Admission Rates at Top Tier Colleges

Uniqueness in a Pool of Sameness

Whenever people find out that I go to Stanford, their response tends to follow a similar format: Awe/Congratulations: “Wow! Good for you!” Flattery: “You must be very smart to have been accepted to Stanford.” Anecdote: “I remember when my son/daughter/friend/friend’s son or daughter applied to Stanford/‘Top Tier’ College. They had all A’s, a really good … More Uniqueness in a Pool of Sameness

Econ in the News: The Power of a College Trademark

Although there are more than 4,000 colleges in the United States alone, a select few have been able to build immense brand-name recognition, whether that be for athletics (University of Alabama), academics (MIT), or both combined (Stanford). These trademarks, worth billions of dollars, have led to confrontations between enterprising vendors selling college-inspired items and colleges who wish … More Econ in the News: The Power of a College Trademark