At long last
Well it’s been a long time since I last updated. It’s hard to make blogging a part of your daily routine, once you fall out of it for awhile. But, I’ve finished my senior thesis and since I’m no longer taking classes, I have a lot of free time. Of course, I finished my thesis on May 11th, so for the past few weeks, you’d think I’d have plenty of time to blog.
In either event, there’s only one thing I wanted to write about today. This week, it was revealed that a recent graduate of Troy High School has been posing as a Stanford student. Azia Kim both lived in Kimball and Okada for this entire year, claiming to be a Frosh or Sophomore. She even studied with peers, ate at the dining halls, and became close friends with the girls she squatted with (for the full store, read the Stanford Daily article). Today, when I was able to actually look at a picture of Azia, I finally realize that I had seen her in the dining hall and had seen her around campus. It’s so easy to fall off the radar at Stanford and you become used to running by or having class with people you don’t know or care to know. I can see how she fit in and unassumingly fooled everyone. But, I still don’t understand how she was able to squat. That’s the disconnect I see in the entire situation. Is it really possible for RAs to not know that she was squatting or sneaking into her room through the window? I want to say no and I want to say that I would have been able to catch her if she was doing that in Lantana. I’m happy that I know all my residents and at least know all their faces. I know if someone actually lives in the dorm and know if someone is a stranger. I know my residents’ boyfriends and girlfriends. But, I guess in a larger dorm, I wouldn’t be able to know everything. Especially in a larger dorm like Kimball or in Azia’s case, if she was always around the dorm and said she was living elsewhere, I wouldn’t think too much about it. Regardless, Azia succeeded and tricked Stanford this entire year. It’s really crazy to think that this university is so safe, but it’s also so easy to break into dorms and walk into dining halls without paying. It’s the good and bad of Stanford’s culture – it’s too laid back to the point of ignorance and apathy.