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Stephanie Ban

Undergraduate at the University of Chicago

Reflections on My First Year

I’m not a fan of clichés, but I can’t believe how fast my first year has flown by.  I can now say I have three quarters of college experience under my belt, and will embark on the second year of…

0 Comments / 74 View / August 21, 2015

When Social Activism Meets the Classic College Class Confessions Page

Introducing the new Columbia University Class Confessions page: part traditional confessions page, part shocking exposé of class inequality and the darker side of the Ivy League.  The page was created by members of First-Generation Low-Income Partnership (FLIP), an organization addressing…

0 Comments / 423 View / March 30, 2015

7 Debunked Myths About College

I can’t believe I’m finished with my first quarter of college!   To celebrate, and hopefully provide some small comfort to anxious high school seniors, I’ve compiled a list of myths that high school teachers and other adults told me, and…

0 Comments / 4116 View / December 14, 2014

Review of Bernard Cornwell’s Agincourt

I picked up Bernard Cornwell’s Agincourt at the recommendation of a friend.  It is a fictonalized account of the famous medieval battle between the English and the French.  A majority of the characters were real people who fought at Agincourt,…

0 Comments / 294 View / November 24, 2014

Gaming the Ivy League?

Two months ago, Businessweek published an article that sparked significant debate over what Ivy League and other top-tier colleges really look for.  Steven Ma is the founder of ThinkTank, a San Fransisco-based tutoring company that focuses on helping kids apply…

0 Comments / 156 View / November 22, 2014

Call it Neurodiversity. Not Mental Illness.

When I was asked to participate in Mental Illness Awareness Week, I balked at the idea.  I have never identified as having a mental illness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a mental illness is “a medical condition…

10 Comments / 527 View / October 6, 2014

Why Kanye’s Disability Mistake Matters

Kanye West is not exactly known for his humility, but his actions at a recent concert in Sydney have further tarnished his reputation.  According to CNN, West noticed that two of the concert-goers were not standing up to dance to…

3 Comments / 202 View / September 25, 2014

My Hopes For ‘The Theory of Everything’

In November 2014, Focus Features is set to release a new movie about Stephen Hawking’s life and relationship with his first wife, Jane. (The trailer is available to watch on the article referenced below.)  The movie is called  “The Theory…

0 Comments / 97 View / August 26, 2014

Harry Potter’s Next Chapter

  Potterheads rejoice: on July 8, author J.K. Rowling released a new Harry Potter short story on the Pottermore website. I don’t know how to comment on this story without at least some spoilers, so for anyone who hasn’t read…

0 Comments / 205 View / July 21, 2014

My Thoughts on the Model With Crohn’s Disease

Recently an article showed up in my news feed about Bethany Townsend, a young aspiring model with Crohn’s disease who posed in a bikini with her colostomy bag in full view.  According to the Huffington Post, Townsend’s original Facebook post …

0 Comments / 128 View / July 10, 2014