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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.

Raillan
Describe the students at your school.

They are people who like comfort, and so try to make Stanford into more of a country club than a university.

Describe the students at your school.

They are people who like comfort, and so try to make Stanford into more of a country club than a university.

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

Only apply to schools you are DYING to go to. You might end up like me having to choose between the lesser of two evils.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who are interested in nourishing the life of the mind won't like Stanford very much. It's an academic school, but most of the academics seem targeted towards career placement or some other utilitarian goal. Learning for the sake of learning is pretty rare.

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

Stanford focuses on academics without being uptight, and also has other focuses for a diverse campus.

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

Stanford focuses on academics without being uptight, and also has other focuses for a diverse campus.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are friendly, lively, and smart people who manage well in school but also have a lot of time to have fun.

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

College is a personal choice that is different for every applicant. Everybody wants something different out of their college experience. That's why it's really important to find out as much as possible about schools that might fit you, academically, socially, financially, and location-wise, among many factors. It's also important to consider a few dream schools too-- even if somewhere is out of your price range, applying for scholarships and financial aid might make it possible. However, the single most significant determining factor, once you've narrowed your choices down to schools that are financially feasible after April 1, is visiting colleges. There is no better way to get a feel for a school and realize you belong there (or don't belong there) than visiting schools with an open mind. Keep an eye out for programs or organizations that you'd be interested in. Once you've decided on a place, make the most of it. Get involved! Find things that get you excited about going to class or meeting new people and take advantage of them. College is a unique environment that allows for a really special kind of total involvement, and it's amazing.

Daniela
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It's world renowned as a research institution but the administration pays a lot more attention than expected to its undergrad...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It's world renowned as a research institution but the administration pays a lot more attention than expected to its undergraduates. We have world class researchers and professors teaching at our university while they break ground in their own fields. Some call us the 'Ivy of the West' but that implies that we're in the same league as the Ivy schools; many Stanford affiliated students and faculty think we're better.

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

It's easy to get caught up in thinking about the social aspect of college when you're getting ready to commit. Most students are really worried about fitting in on campus and finding friends, not how big their Psych 101 class is, or the resources that exist (or don't) to help them out when they're failing Statistics. Don't underestimate the academic side of college; take it into serious consideration and choose the school that has your interests and that excites you for possibly 'geeky' reasons. Keep in mind that the way you fit in a school academically can really affect your future; the better match, the better you'll do, and the more you'll be happy that you had such considerations when you're doing what you love in 25 years. Chances are that you'll find a group of friends at any school, but the bottom line is that you should align your priorities according to what's really important to you and if great ethnic centers or a more political campus are what make you tick, then follow your heart.

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

While looking for colleges, students should know what interested them in high school, and have some idea of what they want to...

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

While looking for colleges, students should know what interested them in high school, and have some idea of what they want to do, or if they do not know, should apply to a larger college where they can change their minds without needing to change schools. Knowing what they want as far as location, social life, etc, is also important. Once in college, students should do more than just study. Joining a club or a sport is a great way to make friends with similar interests. Also, I would advise students to live on-campus if possible, as dorms are also a good place to make friends.

What's unique about your campus?

I love the variety of extracirricular activities to fill the time while I'm not studying.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is not academically focused and wants to only party at college should not attend Stanford.

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

Be open-minded. Be proactive about discovering yourself--no one will do it for you. Work hard and have no regrets, even if yo...

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

Be open-minded. Be proactive about discovering yourself--no one will do it for you. Work hard and have no regrets, even if you feel that you have made a mistake. Finding a college is like looking for a house-- it is your residence for the next four years. You will spend your best years in the college you choose and so, I would recommend spending time on campus, sitting in on lectures and talking to students before making a decision.

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

the fact that I am going to have to leave this place in 3 years.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It is so far away from my family, which is in NYC. The surrounding city is defenately not a college town and one has to travel to San Francisco to go out.

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