Oh helllller there, Dear Reader.

Let’s see, last time we talked in the way that a “Life Update” post demands (exorbitantly reflective, oozing with self-importance,) I had just completed my first quarter of junior year. I’m happy to report that I successfully completed another quarter here at El Farm and am on the cusp of beginning ~*spring quarter*~ of my junior year.

Spring quarters are considered somewhat sacred here at Stanford. (Hence the aforementioned tildes and asterisks.) While every quarter in Northern California offers its own healthy dose of fun in the sun, the spring is notorious for its excess of sunshine, optimal temperatures, fountain hopping, beer games, pretty girls in sundresses, handsome shirtless dudes, sand volleyball, spike ball, campus golf, darties (day parties)… you get the picture. And like everyone else, I am positively GAY for the coming of spring.

Spring Break

As you learned in Vlog #45, Gabriela and I had only final papers and final projects last quarter, meaning we were not beholden to any final exams during the last week of Winter. So we planned ahead, wrote all (or most) of our papers during dead week, and used the extra free time to road trip down the California coast.

We took the scenic Pacific Coast Highway on our way down. I knew it was supposed to be beautiful, but I was not anticipating the mountains upon mountains of rolling, blooming, green, nor the endless blue ocean or the fearless boulders that cut in their wake. I was awestruck.

We also did the fun spontaneous road trip thing where you randomly pull over whenever you feel like it. We stopped a couple of times on the highway to take in the views and even once to explore a whole new town. (Shout out to Ventura, California!)

Obviously, a California road trip would not be complete without a stop at In-N-Out…

oh ya baby

We stayed at an Airbnb in Santa Barbara our first night and stayed with Gus at USC our second night. It was wonderful to see the baby brother again.

Not so little anymore. I used to pin him to the ground and dangle spit over his face. Now he’s 6’3″…
…and growing.

After our road trip, Gabriela flew home with me to the frigid, gray suburbs of Chicago. She noted that I comment on how sh*tty the weather is approximately every five seconds there. I thought that was funny. We went into the city a couple of days and did all the touristy things. (See: Chicago Bean, Sears Tower, Lake Michigan, getting tipsy at the Purple Pig.)

While I was home, I was lucky enough to see the rest of the fam again. I was especially stoked to hang out with the younger two of the Götze bunch.

I am blurry and squinting and oddly young-appearing in this pic. Hm

Spring Classes

BUT ENOUGH OF BREAK. What’s the only thing more fun than a vacation? School, obviously! (If you hate me right now you’re reading the wrong blog.)

Love in Moral Philosophy (PHIL 22C)

Okay, so I am stupidly excited for this class. It meets once a week for two hours, and in that time we’re going to wrestle with how various ethical systems reason about love. It’s very small, only about 12 students. What better way to get to know a dozen strangers than to debate the morality of L-O-V-E with them?!  (Great song, btw.)

Data and Knowledge in the Humanities (ENGLISH 184C)

My professor came in on the first day wearing bleached-spackled blue jeans, a plaid overcoat, and thick-rimmed eyeglasses. He has a slicked back ponytail and a fiery red beard. He closes his eyes and takes a slow, deep inhale through the nose right before he says something even remotely profound, and speaks with admirable conviction. I like him.

The Politics of Algorithms (COMM 154)

At first, it seems absurd to suggest that an algorithm could be political. After all, if an algorithm is a procedure for solving a mathematical problem (which it may not even be… we debated the definition of “algorithm” for nearly an hour on the first day of class,) then an algorithm would seem to be as inherently objective as 2+2=4. But machine-learning algorithms readjust their weights based on data, and datasets almost always see the influence of human bias in some way, shape, or form. So yeah. They might have politics. Call me back in 10 weeks.

The History of Information (HISTORY 5A)

This class is making me remember why I fell in love with my high school freshman year history course, “Global Studies.” The professor is so passionate about how scholars study the past and has such inspiring command of the English language–Honestly, dude’s got a vocabulary like the ocean. (Clearly I do not. That similie hurt to write.) An hour and twenty-minute lecture flies by with him. I’m pumped.

Spring Challenges

This spring, a couple of things will be different. First, I’ll have a JOB! Woo! I got a gig as a hostess at a restaurant close to campus. I’ve always thought it would be fun to work in a restaurant, and I don’t think I’ll have another chance to give it a go after I graduate. (*Checking privilege, check, check.*)

It’s really cool to emerge from the Stanford bubble and interact with people from all walks of life, especially my coworkers. As diverse as Stanford’s student body is, everybody here shares one major thing in common: We are all on life paths directed by higher education. This is a HUGE commonality that is not shared by an overwhelming proportion of the country (let alone world) we live in. It’s remarkably refreshing to develop relationships with people whose lives have taken them in totally different directions. I’m also learning a lot about the service industry in general. Did you know when a host seats you at a restaurant and you ask to be seated elsewhere you’re really f*cking things up for them? Fun fact.

Another challenge this quarter will be one that I’m under the impression many college students face: Balancing time. Dividing up time can be especially tricky in the spring when the sun beckons constantly. I want to enjoy my last quarter as a junior by all means necessary, but I also want to do all the readings for my classes, turn in my assignments on time, put in my best effort on my exams, continue to post regularly on Cath in College, delve into new interests, etc. I assume I’ll just continue to do as I have always done and keep a close, organized eye on my calendar and list of to-dos.

Spring Goals

This section is pretty straightforward.

  1. Spend more time in Cedro
  2. Play outside often
  3. Keep my room clean
It’s on my white board! So official.

I know it’s only been a week, but I don’t think I’m doing half bad so far. At the very least, my room is looking pretty.

Aaand that’s about it.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to take a peek at the “My Junior Winter Quarter at Stanford” video, and all the other videos from winter. (Including the Crystal Blog 2.0!) As usual, thank you for reading and watching, and I’ll catch you on the flippity flop 🙂

hug kiss hug kiss,

Written by Catherine Goetze

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7 comments

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  2. I’m a waitress and I used to be a hostess and I totally understand what you mean about getting to know people who are on different life paths than you! It’s a huge reality check. I love the way you love learning so much because I do too, and your videos and blog make me so excited to go to college this fall 🙂

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  3. Hey Cath,

    Great post, love to see how classes work at university and how discussions play a huge role in what and how you learn. Eagerly awaiting to be a freshman next year! Politics in Algorithms is a very interesting topic, I feel that once one looks deeper the political aspects can be identified. An example would be the ‘overbooking’ issue at united. There must be an algorithm which dictates how many passengers drop out of a flight, on average, so United overbooks a flight to accommodate the most amount of people, taking abandonment into account. This could be viewed as a political issue, as the people who bought the ticket have basically bought a confirmation for transportation. However, when that does not work out, since the algorithm is based on statistics and there is a chance of too many people appearing for a flight, it becomes a political issue. It could also be argued if the issue is ethical, if a person has confirmation of transportation, under which can his/her right be taken to a destination, to what extent can the company deny his/her right? That class is extremely interesting, wish I could take it as well haha. Anyway, goodluck this quarter, eagerly awaiting your next post/video so I can procrastinate further with finals.

    Love the content as always,

    Yaboi Shubham

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  4. I’ve been watching your youtube videos for months, and you totally inspired my aspirations of attending Stanford! (Mostly to meet awesome people like you and live in literal PARADISE) I was rejected, but I had some other great schools accept me, and I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that I will have to continue to admire Stanny and yourself from afar. I have just discovered this site!!!!! I don’t know how I haven’t explored your blog in the past, but it is a total gem. I love seeing a much more personal perspective here than in your videos. Articles like the “Sophomore Slump” one explain a lot of the changes I saw in your videos, like your major. This one helped me to understand that life for a Stanford student isn’t perfect all the time, as it sometimes seems. Your passions and priorities are refreshing, and I hope I can “keep it real” as much as you have regarding ideal majors, careers, and college experiences. Thanks for sharing! Also thanks for providing prime procrastination material! I gotta get back to that @CalcBC homework. xoxo! Colleen

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  5. Your spring classes honestly sound so interesting and inspiring! Can’t wait to hear more about them!
    – And love how you find school more fun than vacation; I so feel you!
    Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for brightening up my day with this lovely post and say how much I love your blog, including the YouTube videos!

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