The Last 4 Years: Reflecting on My Stanford Online High School Education

I guess it’s officially official now. I’ve graduated high school. I can’t help but reflect back on these last four years as I close this chapter of my life. Well actually, I’ve been reflecting ever since I started at Stanford Online High School (OHS): every time some new stranger asked me why I chose online schooling,…

The Necessity of Free Will for Human Improvement 

An essay on free will written for my senior year philosophy class. Thomas Nagel and David Eagleman, in trying to reconcile the problem of external factors impacting an individual’s action, ultimately arrive at contrasting perspectives on the implications these factors have on one’s moral responsibility. Nagel, while recognizing the role external factors have on the…

Stanford OHS Class of 2018 Graduation

Spent a lovely weekend in-person with these amazing people that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and calling my classmates for the last four years!

Sartre, Existentialism, and Metaethics

A final research project on Sartre, Existentialism, and Metaethics written for my senior year Philosophy class: For thousands of years, philosophers have been debating various formulation of ethical theories. Notable theories that have permeated through vast areas of moral philosophy include Aristotle’s virtue ethics, John Stuart Mill’s utilitarianism, and Immanuel Kant’s deontology to name a few….

My College Application Story

College Applications. The source of every high schooler’s worry, stress, and sleeplessness – until you’re a spring semester senior of course! I’m here to share my story through this harrowing process in hopes of perhaps providing you with some information about the process or at least about the reality of rejections and the rollercoaster of…

The Ultimate Guide to Stanford OHS

Advice from Students to Students brought to you by Student Government Classes Participate and pay attention in class. Sometimes it’s easy to get distracted, but paying attention in class time is extremely vital to understanding the material and not getting super stressed around midterms/finals. Take notes in classes. (and definitely take notes on all your…

Our Moral Responsibility to Diverse Friendships

Analysis of Choosing Our Friends: Moral Partiality and the Value of Diversity by Sara Goering written for my senior year Advance Topics in Philosophy class: In her work on Choosing Our Friends: Moral Partiality and the Value of Diversity, Sara Goering argues that many societal and moral goods come out of the diversification of friendships (401). In this paper,…

Superiority of Aristotelian Virtue Friendship

Analysis of Aristotelian Virtue Friendship written for my advance topics in philosophy of friendship class In his work Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle examines friendships of which he thinks there are three types: utility, pleasure, and virtue. Aristotle argues that friendships of utility and pleasure are significantly lesser forms of friendship than what he conceives to be “perfect”…

Pascal’s Wager and Insufficient Belief 

An analysis on Pascal’s famous wager written for my senior philosophy class. Following the death of Pascal, a collection of his written thoughts were published in the Pensées. Within this work, Pascal presents a risk analysis of whether or not one should believe in God in the event that God truly exists or does not exist….