Samuel Lorenzo Stephens exists as a cornerstone of the M-A campus, maintaining order in his maroon and gold windbreaker, but few people are familiar with his eventful journey from the country town of Griffin, Georgia to Atherton, California. We sat down for an interview to hear his story.Looking back on his childhood in the South, Stephens has mixed emotions. “I think I had a great upbringing,” he recalled, and appreciated “the stuff that I learned how to do, such as growing my own food, raising
Monday, February 8 is Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, a holiday which holds great importance in my family. This year marked the year of the monkey in a festival that signifies rebirth and hope for future wealth and longevity.
Religion has always been a part of my life. Growing up, I attended mosque every week and there I created memories and learned lessons that are woven into my identity. The teachings of Islam have helped me understand what it means to be respectful, empathetic, generous, and peaceful.
I have grown up practicing the Christian faith my whole life. My parents attended Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC) before I was born and I still call it my church home. From singing songs about Jesus’s love for me to coloring bible story pages at Sunday School I never doubted that this was where I belonged. These were people that loved me and helped shape my faith.Throughout elementary school and even middle school I attended church on Sunday, listened to my parents’ rules (which didn’t see
If asked to name a Jewish holiday, the average American would probably think of Hanukkah first, perhaps tentatively followed by Yom Kippur. As a Jew, this phenomenon always struck me as odd; as Jewish holidays go, Hanukkah is among the least significant and the least spiritual.