Econ in the News: Vanilla Beans are more Expensive than Silver

The skyrocketing price of vanilla beans has led to shortages of vanilla-derived products across the world, to the dismay of all who enjoy making baked goods (myself included).  During the 2017-2018 season, black Madagascar vanilla bean prices peaked at $635 per kilogram ($18/ounce), a price that officially made it worth more than its weight in … More Econ in the News: Vanilla Beans are more Expensive than Silver

A Day in the Life – Management Consulting Intern

This summer, I’ve ventured into consulting as a Decision Analytics Associate Intern at ZS. Over the course of the internship, I’ve enjoyed the vibrant downtown San Mateo location. Along with a building in South San Francisco, these twin locations form the “San Francisco” office, one of many that ZS has across the world. A lot … More A Day in the Life – Management Consulting Intern

The Stanford Student’s Guide to Renting in the Bay Area

Stanford guarantees four years of on-campus housing, a really great perk given how expensive the surrounding area is: homes in Palo Alto sell for a median price of $3.3 million, and rent can be just as exorbitant. For people who return to campus for additional years (in my case, a 5th year to finish my … More The Stanford Student’s Guide to Renting in the Bay Area

SF Scooter Wars

Over the past few months, I’ve been following the “scooter wars” raging on in SF as part of a very interesting class on the sharing economy I took at Stanford. Several scooter companies have emerged across major metropolitan areas in the United States, offering electric scooters for people to zip around on. San Francisco has … More SF Scooter Wars

Econ in the News: Delicious Prison Currency

A recent study by the American Sociological Association has found that the old staple of prison currency – cigarettes – has been replaced by instant ramen noodles in prisons across the United States. The rise of ramen in the grey markets of intra-prison exchanges can be tied to two trends shaking up the “traditional” prison … More Econ in the News: Delicious Prison Currency

Bugs in the Code

  This quarter, I decided to take CS106B at Stanford. A step above its popular counterpart, CS106A, this class dives more deeply into programming through the C++ language, covering more abstract data types (ADTs), recursion, binary search trees, graphs, and inheritance. After a three-year-long hiatus between taking CS106A, my style starting off was a little … More Bugs in the Code

Respectful Dialogue in a Polarized World

A couple weeks ago, I had the fortune of attending the inaugural Cardinal Conversations event at Stanford University. Cardinal Conversations is a series of talks designed to pair speakers with diverse views on specific topics, and engage in a dialogue encompassing the multifaceted beliefs and actions within these topics. The first event featured two Silicon … More Respectful Dialogue in a Polarized World