editor’s choice

September 2019

Home Free Home

My on-campus housing was free and the envy of my friends. Then the weather changed.

By

John Church

Essays

July 2019

This Is Only a Test

A successful author takes a second shot at the GRE, 40 years after the first.

By

Martha Freeman

July 2019

The Meaning of Mongolian

After my name, it’s probably the most special thing about me—and it’s used as a slur in Europe.

By

Yanichka Ariunbold

May 2019

Spiked!

Leland Stanford and I have one thing in common: railroad troubles.

By

Chuck Fulkerson

March 2019

What Eric Left Behind

I wish my husband could see how people remember him.

By

Karen Law

March 2019

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

These days, when I look at my home, I see the nightmare that could be.

By

Melinda Sacks

December 19, 2018

Pass It Along

How one tiny cactus boosted my will to give.

By

David Schweidel

December 2018

How Three Women Scientists Gave One Another a Boost—Without Even Realizing It

It all started when Anna wanted to study ants. Or did it?

By

Judith L. Wagner

November 5, 2018

What I Learned from 6 Incarcerated Teen Girls

A community of writers taught me a lesson about trust.

By

Shelley Ring Diamond

September 2018

10 Ways to ‘Get Involved’

Based on slightly exaggerated actual attempts.

By

Summer Moore Batte

July 2018

Running Through Stop Signs

A Stanford student with cystic fibrosis sets off on a 65K — with an IV in his arm.

By

Susan Biggar

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