I would say pick somewhere that you believe will allow you the greatest flexibility with your plans. You might be 100% certai...
I would say pick somewhere that you believe will allow you the greatest flexibility with your plans. You might be 100% certain of what you want to do, but when you get to college you might just realize that your interests lie elsewhere. Go to college with a goal, but leave room for change. Also, I don't think it necessarily matters WHICH college you go to, as long as you make the most of your experience there. Actively go out and try to learn things. Get involved in the community, join some clubs, become familiar with your campus and claim it as yours. The more you put into your experience, the more you'll get out of it. Meet people completely different than you are, and learn about where they come from. The world is so diverse, and the more diverse your experiences, the better you'll be able to flourish when you leave college. Collegew is truly a time of growth, so be sure to choose somewhere that will allow you to do that.
The quarter system is both good and bad. On one hand, it allows more opportunities flexibility in choosing classes (and having time to take unrelated classes or time abroad); on the other hand, it goes by really quickly, and if you get behind it's kind of hard to catch up
The laid back atmosphere is really conducive to fun and learning. There's a great vibe on campus that makes the challenging academics a bit easier.
Everyone is excited to be at Stanford
Everyone is excited to be at Stanford
It is absolutly essential you understand the actual environment of the university, not the one that is presented at open houses, etc. Identifying whether you can intergrate into the student culture is what will make of break your college experience.
The environment allows students to persue their interests while introducing new things
Find a safety school that you LOVE. That way, you know you'll end up somewhere great! Seek out opportunities that interest yo...
Find a safety school that you LOVE. That way, you know you'll end up somewhere great! Seek out opportunities that interest you, and always find advising or counseling if you find yourself struggling.
Liberal, motivated, excited, intelligent, spunky, interesting, accepting, fun
Stanford is a place where you can find sny kind of activity you want, and where everyone has an amazing secret talent or expe...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Stanford is best known for being strong both athletically and academically. In my opinion, there is no better place to learn;...
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.
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.
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.
It really isn't about attending a high-status college or majoring in something "practical." College is a chance to explore t...
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!
Countless opportunities! So much is offered in every department and every possible endeavor the students may pursue, and there is support along the way.
One who won't take advantage of the opportunites and will take his/her education for granted.
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...
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.
Writing papers is totally different from high school papers
Someone who is unique in their environment
Stanford offers small class sizes, and everyone there is extremely friendly. Stanford has a unique breed of students there....
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.
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.
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.
I think one of the most important things in deciding what the right college is is the expectations that you have for your col...
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.
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.
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.
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