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Stephenie Chen

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it's joan didion time, apparently

In my Didion-girl-reading-in-firestone-overalls-baseball-cap-wearing era

“Especially in a society that hinges itself on celebrity, does it matter whether I associate myself with Didion because I enjoy reading Didion, or whether I associate myself with Didion because I perceive myself as a girl who would read Didion?”

“Especially in a society that hinges itself on celebrity, does it matter whether I associate myself with Didion because I enjoy reading Didion, or whether I associate myself with Didion because I perceive myself as a girl who would read Didion?” 


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Dear Class of 2026: Here are 26 things I've learned from my first year

“I feel grossly under-qualified to give this advice, but these reflections are more for myself than for anyone else — to remind myself that these past eight months have been more than just a fever dream.”

“I feel grossly under-qualified to give this advice, but these reflections are more for myself than for anyone else — to remind myself that these past eight months have been more than just a fever dream.”


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Reform FYRE panels

Princeton is grossly mistaken if it believes that its “First Year Residential Experience” panels with University affiliates lecturing at first-year students will instantly translate into character growth.  

Princeton is grossly mistaken if it believes that its “First Year Residential Experience” panels with University affiliates lecturing at first-year students will instantly translate into character growth. 


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