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Sylvie
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Stanford is a place where you can find sny kind of activity you want, and where everyone has an amazing secret talent or expe...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Stanford is a place where you can find sny kind of activity you want, and where everyone has an amazing secret talent or experience that will blow you away.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Dear Prospective Universitarian, Congratulations on deciding to make this big investment in your future! To prepare for such a huge leap, talk to current students at length about how to get off to a good start. The beginning is crucial to you success, and nothing is more important than finding balance and thus honing your study skills, or obtaining thses skills if necessary. Find out about all the procedures for enrollment, tuition payment, and inscription in clubs and organizations before getting to campus, because when the school year starts rolling, it goes fast! Embrace all college has to offer, and don't be afraid of new adventures. If you keep school your priority but honestly embrace a variety of challenges, these will be the best four years of your life! Dear Parents, You must give your baby freedom to explore, because he or she is no longer a baby! But do keep your finger on your child's pulse to be there to provide support if need be. Don't worry too much, because if you have a healthy relationship and not an overbearing or too-distant rapport, all will work out. His or her happiness is the ultimate goal.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about my school is that there is too much to do, and it can be difficult to balance all the activity you wish you could do with the schoolwork that you have to do.

Amanda
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't be afraid to apply to big-name schools. You just might get in. And if you do, attending a big-name school may be the ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't be afraid to apply to big-name schools. You just might get in. And if you do, attending a big-name school may be the best thing that ever happened to you. If you apply and don't get in, don't fret. There are hundreds of good schools in the U.S., and you'll likely visit a few of them. Attend the one that "clicks" with you. You'll walk onto campus, and it will *feel* right. Go with this gut feeling and know that, if you are *happy*, you will do a better job academically than you would if you went to a school you didn't like, one that made you *unhappy*. It is a combination of your love for a school and your willingness to work hard while attending it that makes the college experience worth the money it requires.

What's unique about your campus?

The pride students feel for being associated with the school. No one is less than ecstatic to say, "I graduated from Stanford." There is a lot of "brag" value associated with the school's name. Also, people are nice. Everyone is friendly at Stanford. The problems students experience at Stanford, if there are any, are usually shared by most of their cohort.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Professors are NOT accessible. Also, many students suffer from eating disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, etc. These sorts of disorders/conditions are extremely common and make life more difficult than it need be, since the actual workload at Stanford is not as demanding as perhaps the school's reputation suggests.

Alexis
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Stanford is best known for being strong both athletically and academically. In my opinion, there is no better place to learn;...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Stanford is best known for being strong both athletically and academically. In my opinion, there is no better place to learn; I can't even count the number of times I've taken classes from world renown professors. And the athletics? Stanford has won the Sears Directors Cup for something like 15 straight years, meaning that it is the best Division I athletic program in the nation. Stanford is best known for having extremely well rounded, talented, and smart students who overflow with motivation.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When it comes to finding the right college, the best advice I can give students is to follow their hearts. It sounds cliche, but I truly believe the more honest students are throughout the application process, the more likely they are to find the right match. Finding a college is similar to finding a significant other - if you compromise love for reputation, there's a good chance the match won't work. In other words, I feel as though many students place too much emphasis on attending a prestigious university rather than the university that fits their individual needs. Certainly these schools have reputations for a reason, however, what may be a more important factor to consider is the environment in which the learning is taking place. How competitive are the students? How large is the university? What extracurricular activities are available? Students should should place more emphasis on matching their personalities with the schools personality than simply rely on prestige. By approaching college in this fashion, students will not only become more efficient in their learning, but will have a more memorable, comfortable, and fulfilling college experience.

What's unique about your campus?

Besides the obvious, that Stanford University has some of the best professors in the world and is an incredible place to learn, I consider the overall tone of the school the best part. Students work hard, but play hard as well. I love how everyone gets their work done yet still make the time to engage in activities that truly interest them, whether it be sports or other academic issues. Although students strive to be the best, there isn't a stressful feeling of competitiveness. The people at Stanford are absolutely incredible.

Dominique
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It really isn't about attending a high-status college or majoring in something "practical." College is a chance to explore t...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It really isn't about attending a high-status college or majoring in something "practical." College is a chance to explore the self and discover what you love, the things that scream out loud to you. Wherever you end up, you will find it if you are able to keep a positive attitude and work for it. I would advise to visit schools you're interested in, write your heart out in your college admissions essays (don't try to sell yourself; rather, try to put you on a page and write about what's most important to you, or who you are). Be willing and open to new types of situations; college tends to push your boundaries and make you tolerant of all lifestyles and types of people. And remember that it's your life--don't work so hard that you're not enjoying yourself, and make sure to find the work that allows you to enjoy yourself while you're working. Most importantly, take everything with a pinch of salt; that is, don't accept anything you're told or taught without challenging it first and ensuring that it's what you want to do. Good Luck!

What's unique about your campus?

Countless opportunities! So much is offered in every department and every possible endeavor the students may pursue, and there is support along the way.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

One who won't take advantage of the opportunites and will take his/her education for granted.

Katie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think it's more about what you put into it than really about "finding the right college." I think most people can have grea...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think it's more about what you put into it than really about "finding the right college." I think most people can have great experiences at most colleges. I know it might sound cliche, but once you're there it's all about balancing academics and social life and making sure you don't neglect either one. Ask for help if you need it...mental health services, tutoring, anything. People are more understanding than you think. Make friends with people who aren't your same year...you can help each other out in different ways. Make friends with people in your major so you can study and discuss career plans together. Also make friends with people outide your major to keep your horizons broad. Get involved with people and activities you care about. Keep in mind that some majors require you to get on track as soon as you walk in the door. Still, don't worry too much...things will work out.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Writing papers is totally different from high school papers

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is unique in their environment

Benjamin
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Stanford offers small class sizes, and everyone there is extremely friendly. Stanford has a unique breed of students there....

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Stanford offers small class sizes, and everyone there is extremely friendly. Stanford has a unique breed of students there. We work really hard, but only compete with our own personal standard, not with the people around us. It creates an environment of stress, but without direct competetion.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Not everything changes once you get that dorm room double. I guarantee the things that were most important to you before you arrived will still define you if you do not give them up. Most students enter college thinking they have to be able to do everything, from musical hobbies to being a club president. The truth of it is, you only have to be yourself. Just do what you do, and whatever it is, it will have brought challenges that made your perseverence even more significant. Find the aspects and activities that give you the most joy in knowing who you are, and choose the school in which you can see yourself continuing on that path. Be an expert. If you love West African drumming, don't leave the drum at home. You may find yourself, as I did, West African Drumming Instructor for a 30 year-old student group. Pick the college that enables you to be the person you want to be. Part of knowing yourself is doing what you love, and college is all about that self-knowledge that gives each person the strength to find greatness in their own lives.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Attend this school if you are ready to make use of its professional resources, need a crash course in how to live well on other peoples' money, or just want to make sure the weather is always sunny and not too cold.

Mary
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think one of the most important things in deciding what the right college is is the expectations that you have for your col...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think one of the most important things in deciding what the right college is is the expectations that you have for your college career. What kind of career are you looking for, how hard are you willing to work, what kind of a social life do you want to have? During my college search process, my parents were very encouraging and didn't limit my options (within reason). Go to school with an open mind, expect that you won't know your major and what kind of career you'll want right away and that it could change several times while you are in school. Get involved in activities on campus - try some new things you've never done before. Go to all of the social events you can and be friendly to everyone. Meet as many people as you can! Take as many opportunities as you can. College is one of the most unique and wonderful experiences that any young person can have. It's a gift.

What's unique about your campus?

I love all the people I've met - the diversity. I love my friends. Everyone is so interesting and has so many cool plans or things they are working on or hoping to do in the future. I have found a pretty good balance between academics and social life at Stanford.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

That everyone seems to be doing fine in classes, etc. -- which makes me feel like I'm the only one who is not doing so well. I know it's not true though, it's called the "Stanford Duck Syndrome". People are really good at hiding what's going wrong in their lives and putting on a faccade that everything is okay.

Samantha
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You've been filling out forms and checking boxes for the past five months of college applications, and it's easy to think tha...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You've been filling out forms and checking boxes for the past five months of college applications, and it's easy to think that you can categorize schools as well- big or small, city or suburban, public or private. But what sold me most on my university of choice, was the overall demeanor of the students. They are driven, focused, aware, and overall, happy. I believe the most important factor in determining whether a school is right for you is the culture of that school-- the everyday activities and demeanor of the students. It's something that can't be categorized or checked off, only heard directly from the students, and felt in your own heart. I am also a firm believer in the words of Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil." College is a chance to sink your roots into a completely new type of soil, with nutrients of which you never dreamed. Take the opportunity to go somewhere that will challenge you and change you.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Some majors are a lot more work than others -- especially in the engineering fields. It's really important not to compare yourself, and your work load with others.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The social scene (greek social scene specifically) is actually a lot smaller than it seems. By sophomore year, you walk into a party, and you already know almost every face.

Stephanie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Throughout the college search and during the college years, it is most important to maintain a positive and confident attitud...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Throughout the college search and during the college years, it is most important to maintain a positive and confident attitude. There will be many students (and more parents) who view acceptance to a prestigious university as the only meaningful culmination of the high school experience. However, once these students enter that university, they declare the most demanding major, take on more work they can handle, and live in a constant state of stress--because all their lives they've been taught to "achieve as much as possible" in order to find success. This is not the way to be successful, and it is definitely not the right way to live your life. Instead, think of whatever college your heart chooses as a piece of clay: a tool that you can use to build a strong foundation for your future, and an opportunity you can mold and shape into your own personalized and perfect experience. More than anything, remember that you are in complete control of how you choose to approach every situation, and that you have the potential to be a positive and influential force in your community.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The price is way too high, and they gave me no financial aid! It's ridiculous that after paying so much in tuition, and room and board, they want to charge the highest prices for everything on campus as well.

What kind of person should attend this school?

An open-minded, positive, cool person who is outgoing should attend Stanford!

Donovan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The college admissions and selection process is difficult. Take the time to figure yourself out and see which school matches...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The college admissions and selection process is difficult. Take the time to figure yourself out and see which school matches with you. Yes, it's important to make sure you fit their criteria, but make sure that they have what you want as well. The relationship is mutual. Try your best to block out the pressures of society that tell you that you must go to X University to be successful. Honestly, it's more important that you get to college and use its resources to grow and develop yourself and to help others grow. That is what true success is. The biggest thing that I learned and am learning is that work will always be there. No matter how hard you try, there is always something more to be done. You must make the effort to take yourself away from the work and enjoy the awesome experiences that college can provide. For it is truly those moments with people that you will always cherish. In essence, strive for balance, take care of yourself, give back to the community, take care of your finances, define your own excellence, and call home often! That's all there is to college. :-)

What's unique about your campus?

The friendly people, beautiful architecture, great resources, and awesome faculty.

What kind of person should attend this school?

someone who is smart and curious. someone with the drive to learn more about our world.

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