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Stanford University


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Derwin
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

This school is best known for the great companies that were founded here and the prominent figures who attended.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

This school is best known for the great companies that were founded here and the prominent figures who attended.

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

One thing I would tell myself is to obtain employment during the school year. and budget properly Even though I had an abundance of scholarships, working during the school year would have allowed me to save up enough money to cover living expenses to pursue an unpaid internship over the summer. Another thing I would tell myself is to get involved in more student groups to get to know more students with common interests and goals. The last thing I would tell myself is not to be afraid to ask for help with academics. There are plenty of resources I can take advantage of and I have no need to be embarrassed about needing assistance.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about this school were the resources; financial aid esources for students, quality classroom and research environments, abundance of research grants, large library, and contact with professors, career networking, and alumni. These resources help eliminate most of the problems students have in attending college, stimulating their academic curiosity, and developing a career.

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

If I could give myself any advice, it would be to not be afraid of changing your mind about what you want to do. Going to col...

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

If I could give myself any advice, it would be to not be afraid of changing your mind about what you want to do. Going to college opens up a multitude of experiences available, and it's okay to try something and decide you don't enjoy it. It's easy to just go to classes and fill up your free time with socializing with all the new friends you'll make, but it's important to keep challenging yourself with new activities and new ideas - that's the only way you'll find out what you're passionate about. You don't have to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life, even if everyone around you seems to have figured it out already (they haven't). Just try to find something that is interesting to you, something that motivates you to work toward something that isn't a grade or a line on a resume. And enjoy yourself! Don't take life too seriously - you're not in the real world just yet.

What's unique about your campus?

I think the best thing about my school is the quantity and variety of extracurricular activities: clubs, service groups, sports, cultural activities, visual and performing arts opportunities, preprofessional societies, social organizations.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I think the most frustrating thing about my school is the demanding nature of the quarter system.

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

It is the best university that is on the West coast with plenty of career opportunities available after graduation.

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

It is the best university that is on the West coast with plenty of career opportunities available after graduation.

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

Homie check it, college is exactly what you think it is, partying and stress. Make sure you go to a school that has plenty of financial aid because that is the number one most important factor, it doesn't help to go to a good school if you are going to finish in debt thousands of dollars. Alcohol rules campuses, period. Most parties will have a majority of its constituents drunk and, frankly, are only fun if they are attended drunk. Hot girls don't go to smart schools, if you find that it is important that potential relationships with attractive women are available apply for a school that isn't prestigious, there are more attractive women there. Make sure that you apply for PLENTY of scholarships when you are a high school senior, people love giving money to seniors, but not as much for people already in college... go figure. Be prepared to come in to an environment which has most of the kids enjoying their freedom from their parents for the first time, which leads to plenty of encounters with alcohol or other drugs, especially on prestigious campuses.

What's unique about your campus?

The academics, because of the previouse box.

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

First, I will tell myself to choose your career field, and make sure it makes you happy. Also could you see yourself retirin...

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

First, I will tell myself to choose your career field, and make sure it makes you happy. Also could you see yourself retiring from this career in the future? Second, I would tell myself to make sure that I stick with school and finish it. Focus on my dreams and do not let any come between your success. It will be things that may discourage you but keep your head up . Make sure you surround yourself by successful people. Third make sure you have established realistic goals. Be very active in college. Have the mind to be willing to learned and very opened minded to new things. You may have to eliminate something that you are currently doing .So that way you could be a head of class. College is surely different, its not like you are in high school .But when it comes to college you have to pay attention are you may get left behind. College is more about independent and being on you own. High school you are still living at home. But if you put in a lot of hard work you will be very proud of your self in the end of it all.

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

A good friend once told me that if I devoured my chocolate too quickly, I would miss out on all the flavor and excitement. I...

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

A good friend once told me that if I devoured my chocolate too quickly, I would miss out on all the flavor and excitement. I didn't get it, chocolate is chocolate, right? Who cares if I eat it fast or slow? I came to realize it is the intricant slow appreciation of every bit of a piece of chocolate that makes it so good. If we apply this idea to life, the concept is even more relevant. Every moment in life is unique and can pack a powerful punch. But if we just go along trying to rush everything just to get to the next step, we miss out on the journey. Our lives are what we make them to be in each moment; our lives are the journey. I would tell my high school senior self to remember that. In other words, everything is not about "getting into college". If we do not take it slow and appreciate every unique moment, our lives will pass us by. Pretty soon all these high schoolers will grow up and wonder where the time went. Sure they probably achieved their goals, but are they happy-that is the question.

What's unique about your campus?

People here are down to earth and just awesome passionate people, not elitist and all the same like at some of the ivies and other top schools.

Cameron
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Stanford's campus is just too big. As far as population goes, its middle of the road at about 15,000 people, but it feels lik...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Stanford's campus is just too big. As far as population goes, its middle of the road at about 15,000 people, but it feels like so many more because the campus is so huge. The college town is pretty lousy. Palo Alto used to cool until the dot com boom and then a bunch of yuppies moved in making it preposterously pompous and expensive. Going to Stanford is a pretty big boon to people's self-esteem. The brand is a pretty big deal, especially on the West Coast. The administration at Stanford has good intentions, but they have a bad habit of condoning less-than-stellar ethics when it comes to admissions and hiring. There is almost too much school pride. It's pretty fun to get wasted and go to the football games, but it gets old pretty fast.

Describe the students at your school.

If you are an urbanista at all, Stanford is not for you. Also, if you have much of a social conscience, you are going to get frustrated pretty fast - most of the student body is content to just rest on their laurels. Racially diverse, though you never seen anyone of color because they are pretty busy self-segregating. Stanford is generally left-leaning, but there is a surprisingly large and vocal conservative community on campus. The Athlete culture is pretty large and unwelcoming at Stanford. Most athletes I've encountered aren't exactly Stanford material for the most part, but Stanford does a good job of sneaking themin the back door. Sports culture is HUGE at stanford.

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

If you are white rich and Californian, Stanford is a good place for you. Otherwise, try and find a school that is a little less concerned with aesthetics.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Absolutely. Stanford is really caught up in the California aesthetic - everything has to be "chill." We work our asses off, but everyone has to pretend not to be stressed out.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The social life at Stanford, though really big and rambunctious, is pretty unidimensional. Either you get f*cked up on the weekend, every weekend, or you sit in your room and study. It's pretty much hit or miss that way. Frats and sororities are the major social events on campus for freshmen, but as you get older it is less so.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Floating Duck Syndrome: Serene on top of the water, but paddling like crazy beneath the surface

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

Stanford offers a tight-knit community with world-class professors and facilities. It's like an Ivy League school but in the ...

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

Stanford offers a tight-knit community with world-class professors and facilities. It's like an Ivy League school but in the more vibrant, exciting atmosphere of northern California. People are unbelievably friendly and helpful, as well as talented and accomplished here.

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

Finding the right college isn't about statistics or resources or the number of famous faculty on staff. It's about how even a prospective student fits into the school and life there. Because, after all, that young adult must find a place in which he or she will be comfortable spending four years. So, parents, back away from your child. Let him wander off a little, explore the place for himself, meet other students and prospective students. Let her have conversations with the people she may be spending the next four years with. And if she's happy with what she finds, then ask her: does this campus feel like home? Because if it does, then it just may be. Of the college experience, it's important to remember that what you give to the school and one's schoolwork is what one gets. Of course, students need to find a balance between social and school life. However, this does not mean that your social life must suffer for your school, and vice versa. Try new things, but get work done. College is for new experiences--both learning and life related. Enjoy it to your fullest ability, and succeed.

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

I wish I had known that Stanford would have a demanding workload, but also that you get what you put into your Stanford experience.

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

Make the decision for yourself, and don't let other people dictate your future. Go with your gut.

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

Make the decision for yourself, and don't let other people dictate your future. Go with your gut.

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

The emphasis on being happy all the time.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A lazy, conservative, close-minded person who doesn't take school or the world outside of their own seriously

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

Visit the college and talk to the students there. Visit some classes, stay a weekend that is not admit weekend, and attend so...

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

Visit the college and talk to the students there. Visit some classes, stay a weekend that is not admit weekend, and attend some parties. See what it is really about.

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

The rampant partying in some dorms without any regard for others- the R.A.'s won't do anything about it.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The lack of appreciation for people different from themselves (conservative, hispanic, black, jewish, female, ect.) and the alcoholism.

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