I realize that the title of this post has the word “coffee” in it, and yet in the feature image I’m licking an ice cream cone. The truth is I’d love to take a photo of myself right now all cozied up with my lil Stanford mug, but I’m currently sitting in the dark under a really warm blanket and don’t feel like getting up to turn on the lights. So instead I’m using this photo my brother took of me in Dubai a couple weeks ago, in which I am licking an ice cream cone, not drinking coffee. Please forgive me for this fallacy, but this blanket is suuuper soft. 

11:50 PM

It’s nearly midnight and I just brewed myself a piping hot mug of Dunkin Donuts original blend coffee because I can sleep when I’m dead.

Good evening, good morning, good afternoon, Dear Reader, depending on where you find yourself today in the world. How are you? I hope you’re doing freaking fabulous. But if you’re not doing super hot, that’s okay too. Every day can’t be the best day. (🎵)

I guess I thought I’d just do a good ol’ fashioned mish mash update post tonight. It’s been a while since I’ve put up fresh content on the site, and I just got a super sweet Snapchat from some incoming Class of 2020 readers so I’m feeling inspired 🙂

What’s new?

A crappy panorama of the skwad eating brunch
  • It’s winter quarter and I am in full-blown figure-out-my-life mode. If you’ve been following the blog, you know that I recently decided to switch my major from Communication to… well… we’ll see. I’m seriously considering a major called Symbolic Systems (AKA “SymSys”), which is an interdisciplinary major that “focuses on computers and minds: artificial and natural systems that use symbols to communicate, and to represent information.” The core includes lots of classes from the philosophy, psychology, linguistics and computer science departments. (Read more about SymSys here.)
  • To get a feel for the major, I’m taking 3 pretty SymSys-y classes this quarter:
    • CS 106B “Programming Abstractions” – The continuation of the introductory CS core, after CS 106A
    • CS 103 “Mathematical Foundations of Computing” – NOT AS AWFUL AS IT SOUNDS. We talk a lot about infinity. It kind of makes my brain hurt in a new and weirdly satisfying way.
    • PHIL 2 “Introduction to Moral Philosophy” – Discussing the ideas of a lot of dead guys. Turns out, a lot of dead guys had some pretty cool ideas.
  • One cool thing I’ve learned in each class so far:
    • When coding a computer program, you can use a programming trick called “recursion” to build a function that calls upon itself. It’s like making a machine that takes in its own output as input for every time it runs after the very first time. (How efficient!) It’s kind of like Bear Grylls drinking his own piss to survive in the wild. (Kind of.)
    • Some things that seem like they shouldn’t be the same size actually are. We learned a proof that shows there are just as many natural numbers ( { 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, … } ) as integers ( { …, -4, -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, … } ), even though it seems like there should be twice as many integers, since the set of all the integers in the world contains all the natural numbers PLUS their negative counterparts. But nope. We’re all wrong. Infinity is God. We are puny-brained.
    • A guy named Jeremy Bentham had this idea that at the end of the day, all we care about is maximizing our happiness. (He called it utilitarianism.) He said that the way we maximize happiness is by doing as much stuff as possible that brings us pleasure, and as little stuff as possible that brings us pain. But THEN, a dude named Robert Nozick came along and argued that if Bentham was right, we’d all be totally fine just hooking ourselves up to a bunch of wires that simulate intense pleasure for the next x years until we die. But Nozick thinks most of us wouldn’t want that, and proposes that there’s some deeper meaning to life than just “mere happiness.”


  • In less than 2 weeks I’m going to be dancing for 24 hours to raise money for Partners in Health Rwanda and I could REALLY use some motivation. If you donate to my campaign, I’ll send you a video of me reciting a personalized poem JUST FOR YOU. Donate HERE! (This is the same campaign that I raised money for by selling CiC calendars. There are still a couple left! Click here if you’re interested.)
  • I’ve gotten to the point now where I legitimately cannot go one day without at least one cup of coffee. Right after lunch, around 1-2 o’clock, I crave it like a dog craves a freaking bone. I got a Keurig for Christmas, and it’s really (not) helping.


  • DID YOU SEE JOSH (the British chicken tender guy) WAS ALL OVER THE NEWS RECENTLY? Some of you guys sent me snapchats of it saying “ISN’T THIS THE GUY WHO BROUGHT YOU CHICKEN TENDERS???” Yes. Yes it is. YOU GO, JOSH. We ❤ you.
Spot the: Red solo cups, pizza bites, pop tarts, frozen taquitos, ramen noodles, Fireball, and vodka.
  • Gabriela and I went to Walmart last Friday and bought what ended up being the most #college cart to have ever existed.
  • I’ve got some reallllly good stuff lined up for the blurg pretty soon. Keep an eye out for:
    • The Crystal Blog
    • [QUIZ] Which CiC Friend Are You?
    • [VIDEO] Ask Cath
    • [VIDEO] Ask Cath + Friends
    • Love Advice from Raj and Thomas
    • Chris’s Column
    • My Dubai travel vlog
    • And more…

Got any ideas/requests for things you’d like to see on Cath in College? I wanna knowwww: Tell me!

A couple questions…

I get so many questions every day on the Cath in College ask.fm, I wish I could get to all of them! I try to get to as many as I have time for. Here are a couple from the past couple weeks I’ll answer right now…

Q: Do you think you would’ve made a blog/ YouTube if you went to a different college?

I do! I started Cath in College three months before I even started my first day at Stanford. This blog has taken on a very Stanford-y identity, but at the end of the day I write and make videos because it’s what fulfills me as a person. I don’t believe that would be any different had I ended up attending a different academic institution.

Q: How many hours of sleep do you get?

I go to bed between 12 AM and 1 AM every night and wake up between 7 AM and 8 AM every morning. I hate the feeling of going to bed super early and I REALLY hate the feeling of sleeping in. It makes me feel like like my whole day is shot.

Q: How many and what languages can you speak fluently in?

I’m not fully fluent in any language other than English, but I’m very comfortable speaking Spanish and Portuguese. I used to feel the same way for French, but it’s been a looong time since I’ve practiced.

Q: What sport do you do?

I’m not on a sports team, but I love being active! Whether it’s running, swimming, playing volleyball, soccer, football… I’m always down to run around. I work an hour of exercise into my daily schedule. Healthy body, healthy mind.

Q: Was there any one instance when you said to your self, “I’m going to go to Stanford” and you knew that’s where you wanted to enroll? If so, when and where was it?

Yup– The moment I opened my acceptance letter.

Q: How many questions do you have waiting to be answered?

Ask.fm recently updated their interface and so now I can’t tell anymore 😦 But based on the last time I checked, north of 800.

Send me more! I read all of them: ask.fm/cathincollege 😀

WELP, folks, it’s about time for me to get some shuteye before the new day comes around. Let’s see, tomorrow I have to go to the gym, pick up a reimbursement check, film Vice Provost Harry Elam for Dance Marathon, I’m getting lunch with my lovely friend Shivani, then I’m meeting up with a Ph.D. student I’m going to be doing research with in the Comm department to go over experiment procedures, then I have Philosophy lecture at 2 PM, office hours for CS 103, SWIB board meeting at 6, getting dinner with Ali and Amy after our meeting, then potentially watching a movie screening of The Hunting Ground at night. It sounds packed, but I’d say that’s a pretty typical daily schedule. Gotta stay busy!

Thanks for sticking around, Dear Reader. Like I said, more fun stuff to come to the blog soon, so stay tuned! You can subscribe to new posts via email by clicking this poop 💩 or by “liking” Cath in College on Facebook. (I’d love if you did both <3)

Stay busy,



Written by Catherine Goetze

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  1. Have you thought about majoring in international relations? I was going to suggest it earlier but you seem pretty happy with your current major, but people that major in international relations get some pretty freakin cool jobs, plus you seem to have a passion for foreign languages


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