When philosophy major Emilio Valadez ’18 of San Antonio, Texas, eats lunch at Commons, he likes to start out on a window ledge and “consider the constellation of humans” spread out before him.

“And what I really enjoy about being here,” he says, “is that anyone you sit with, you’re going to learn something from eating with them.”

Whether the conversation touches on happiness, anxiety, the profound, or the mundane, “you learn so much about yourself and who you want to be. And I love it.”

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