Home in Houston for a Night and a Great Honor

By Felipe Guillen Going home for one night helped recharge my batteries. Unlike some of my friends who live in the Bay Area, I don’t have the luxury of going home during the quarter. When Jharrett Bryantt from the College Readiness Dept. asked me if I wanted to come home and give a speech at …

I’ve Learned to Trust my Instincts

By Felipe Guillen Currently at Stanford I am taking a Thinking Matters course called: Justice and the Constitution. This class is one of my favorite classes because I enjoy the lectures, taught by Rob Reich and William Koski, and my discussion section, led by Nicole Martinez-Martin. In this course, we analyze court cases and discuss …

Memories of New Student Orientation: Awkward Conversations and WAY Too Many Acronyms

By Felipe Guillen As Abby drove through the beautiful campus looking for my dorm, all I thought was, “I can’t believe I’m actually here!”. Eventually, we found my new home: Casa Zapata. First, I got off the car to make sure we were at the right dorm. I entered the dorm looking for guidance and …

The Time for Saying Goodbye

By Felipe Guillén On Tuesday, September 16th at 8 a.m. I was on my way to the airport, trying to hold back my tears and my family as well. A couple of minutes beforehand, I had said goodbye to my oldest nephew, Raul, who I see as my little brother because I raised him. I spent …

20 Questions with Felipe Guillén

We wanted to learn a little more about our EMERGE bloggers, so we played a game of 20 questions with them to find out what makes them tick. What’s the best school-assigned book you’ve ever read? “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver If you could study 1 “non-traditional” subject in school, what would it be? …

Money (That’s what I want need)

By Felipe Guillen There are many things on my mind as I am writing this. One of them is money. Even though I have pretty much a full ride to Stanford, there some expenses I’ll have to make. For one, I am responsible for buying my own plane ticket, a laptop (preferably a Macbook), and …