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Visual Thinking and Fractal Gridding for High School Students — Part 1

by Ecy King

A Little Bit About Me

Hi there! My name is Ecy, and I’m a student at Stanford University studying Symbolic Systems (Human-Centered AI). I was raised in the Central Valley, California but my family is from Sierra Leone and I was born in Scotland. I love doodling, writing, watching YouTube, and chatting with friends in addition to learning and teaching. I’m very passionate about Fractal Gridding, which I hope you’ll find as fun and useful as I have.

An Introduction to Visual Thinking and the…


Visual Thinking and Fractal Gridding for High School Students — Part 1

by Ecy King

A Little Bit About Me

Hi there! My name is Ecy, and I’m a student at Stanford University studying Symbolic Systems (Human-Centered AI). I was raised in the Central Valley, California but my family is from Sierra Leone and I was born in Scotland. I love doodling, writing, watching YouTube, and chatting with friends in addition to learning and teaching. I’m very passionate about Fractal Gridding, which I hope you’ll find as fun and useful as I have.

An Introduction to Visual Thinking and the…


Source: https://www.ravejungle.com/2017/05/31/alfa-future-people-main-stage-2017/

Dear people of the future,

In your history books, you may have glossed over the year 2020, treating it like any old unfortunate year. Perhaps you felt a hint of sympathy, a twinge of sadness, a little bit of interest, or maybe nothing at all. Just something, anything, maybe nothing, before flipping to the next page and moving forward to the next chapter as reading history books often goes. You might have read about the pandemic that killed millions, locusts that ravaged a whole continent, and fires that raged through the forests and thought Wow that must have sucked or…


(Graphic: KIKI HOOD/The Stanford Daily)

Sitting outside, I bask in the warm spring sun, imagining what it would be like if I were at Stanford right now. Maybe I’d be at Meyer Green studying or at the Oval picnicking, laughing with friends as the Stanford sun washed our woes away. Frosh spring was supposed to be a beautiful time, with gorgeous weather, light classes and so many fun and exciting events. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Instead, here I am, forcing myself to go outside because I’ve been stuck inside the house for a few days too long.

I think back to my…


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A lot of the time, Stanford seems like a dream. Here are 10 noteworthy moments and experiences that made me realize that Stanford is indeed a reality.

1. The view on the first day of class

I remember biking down Jane Stanford Street, the sky an immaculate blue, staring at the Oval to my right and MemChu to my left, soaking in the ever-so perfect views I had so often seen online. I recall thinking to myself, “Wow. I’m so lucky to be here.” Indeed, ’twas and still is true.

2. Using Hoover Tower as a landmark to find classes


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Here are my top five takeaways from my first quarter at Stanford:

1. There are many different flavors of “smart

Coming into Stanford, I knew it was diverse; however, I was still expecting similar “flavors” of smart — the tangy, sweet and extremely nerdy kind — to dominate the school. But the intellectual diversity of Nerd Nation is out of this world. Yes, there are the studious, classical kinds of scholars, but it certainly doesn’t end there.

2. We can expand our minds

After taking a class on growth and fixed mindsets, I’ve realized that we are indeed capable…


(Photo: Linda A. Cicero/Stanford News Service)

As I write this, I am seated at a bench between the back of Main Quad and the front of Green Library. To give myself time to think, I decided to walk to class, and to further clear my mind, I took a seat on this bench in the sunny Stanford weather. I was intending to work on an essay, but I got lost. Lost in the people riding by on their bikes, the tourists snapping pictures, the staff going about their everyday business. …


Photo: EVAN PENG/The Stanford Daily)

Stanford.

It’s still hard for me to believe that I’m here, at one of the best schools in the world! Although Stanford is a university, at times it feels like more than just a school. Minus the work and stress, its pretty views, pretty cool people and pretty nice perks make the Stanford bubble feel sort of like a vacation. The university is so multi-faceted, rich with a variety of experiences. It’s interesting to discover and experience different aspects of Stanny, so here are ten things I think that Stanford feels like besides a school.

1. Hogwarts

Stanford is the…


(Photo: TAMER SHABANI/The Stanford Daily)

Every day of Week 1, I woke up at 6:30 a.m.

Despite the fact that my first class started at 9:30, I liked the idea of waking up three hours beforehand to the comforting silence of the early morning. You see, at Stanford, 6:30 a.m. is analogous to 5 a.m. in the real world. Time simply runs differently here — the hours, the days, the nights, the weeks seem to pass by so fast and yet are so long. It’s like the Stanford Bubble effect applies to time itself, distorting our perception of it until we head back outside, to…


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It’s 12:59 p.m., and I’m hopelessly rushing up the stairs of Tresidder. Why?

I’m supposed to be viewing my admissions file in exactly one minute. Whoops. Looks like I’ll be late, which is ironic because the last time I tried to view my file, I was too early. You see, over the summer, my overly eager self tried viewing my admissions file to no avail: I got a short email in response saying that I wasn’t officially a student until NSO and therefore wasn’t entitled to view my file. So I waited. Until the first day of school, that is.

Ecy King

Hi! I’m Ecy, a student at Stanford University studying Symbolic Systems (Human-Centered AI). I love enjoying the little things in life and Fractal Gridding ;)

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