My third year at Stanford has come and gone, and the thought of only having one year left in my undergraduate career looms large in my mind. Unlike the past couple years, the end of Junior year is more hazily defined – I’m getting ready for the Stanford Symphony Orchestra’s International Tour to Mexico and … More Things I Learned my Junior Year at Stanford
One very interesting class I took this quarter was ECON45: Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems. In addition to learning about statistical techniques, quasi-experimental models, and real-world applications of “big data” (or “wide data” – tons of things are observed, leading to datasets with more variables than observations), the class gave some insights … More My Foray into Machine Learning
I stumbled across a really great article on Wired titled “In Science, you Can’t Always Get What You Want”. The author describes the firm beliefs people often hold about “scientific fact,” and juxtaposes it with the reality that we can never truly be certain about these facts. I’ve seen this play out a lot. In … More Economics: the Honest Science
This weekend, I headed to the beach with some fellow Lantana dormmates! In Santa Cruz, we rented a house where you can see the ocean from the front porch. While the house had a great ocean view and clear skies to view the stars (plus a hot tub in the back), the real fun was getting to … More A Weekend in Santa Cruz
On Saturday, I (and about 50,000 other people) took to the streets in San Francisco to March for Science. This was actually the first event I’ve taken part in on this scope and scale – I’m normally not one to “protest” so visually and vocally, even though the March for Science was non-partisan in nature. … More March for Science SF
It’s Easter! This year, I decided to throw my friends in Lantana a big Easter Egg Hunt. It turns out that there are a lot of nooks and crannies in the dorm – edges of stairwells, blended in with scenery, the fire extinguisher boxes, and even the fridge were places where I hid a variety of … More Easter Egg Hunt!
I recently stumbled across a great article on economics lessons that kids develop throughout their childhood. In an article published by the Foundation for Economic Education, the author discusses common scenarios that lead to kids understanding principles behind exchange, value, and, at its heart, the idea in economics that there exists unlimited wants, but limited resources. … More Economics for Kids
It’s been a very busy and tiring Winter Quarter so far; it’s still going to be busy for the rest of the quarter, but I did take some time today to just get away from my computer and relax. With academics, clubs, extracurricular activities, and responsibilities that now directly affect hundreds of people, it’s all to … More Relaxing at Lake Lag
I just completed my first hackathon! At Treehacks 2017, conveniently located at Stanford University, I worked alongside close to 1,000 students from Stanford and universities across the world, trying to create something interesting in 36 hours. This may seem a little odd, given my academic background (Econ major / Education minor), but I found my … More Treehacks 2017
Economics is a discipline that is often interpreted, or misinterpreted, by people in various ways. When explaining to friends about your major, what’s a good metaphor to use? In this interesting article, three metaphors are proposed, each with their own merits: Economists as Weathermen This metaphor has been more disparagingly used in reference to macroeconomic models that … More Economists as Weathermen, Engineers, and Plumbers?