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

Take tours, ask questions, know the field you want to study. Go with the one that feels right after your visit.

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

Take tours, ask questions, know the field you want to study. Go with the one that feels right after your visit.

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

I felt prepared because of on line registration resources.

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

There are no terrible choices when deciding what to do in college, you already are going somewhere with your life. The choice...

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

There are no terrible choices when deciding what to do in college, you already are going somewhere with your life. The choices you have to make are between good options, better options, and the best options. There will be many good choices and many better choices, but few best choices. Take time to consider the consequences of your choices. Many friends suggested to me that I should write down the choices and pros and cons of each. This made me realize what was at stake for each choice. Before writing down the pros and cons I would suggest that you write down what you want to get out of college. What are your priorities? Where do you want to be in your life after college? With a little bit of luck, you can choose the best option for you. Good luck!

What's unique about your campus?

The worldwide reputation is one of the best about my school. This should help in jobs and applying to graduate schools. The outdoor space available also helps. Individual tutor labs are great.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The advising program did not help me at all. I was placed in the incorrect math class and then told there was nothing they could have done to help me. Classes can be large when there is money enough for them to be small.

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

It places a strong emphasis on academics.

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

It places a strong emphasis on academics.

Describe the students at your school.

They come from diverse backgrounds, both academically and ethnically.

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

Don't get hung up on gaining admission to a brand-name school. Keep an open mind when choosing schools, and know that usually your college expereince depends on what you make of the school you are at, not the school itself.

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

With so many instituions from which to choose many people conveniently resort to rankings and a school's reputation as the p...

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

With so many instituions from which to choose many people conveniently resort to rankings and a school's reputation as the primary method for choosing a school. However, convenience is not the key ingrident in finding the right school. I suggest digging deeper than these broad measurements by taking a comprehesive inventory of what you can do for the school and what the school can do for you. You're only in college a mere 4 years of your life but what about after you graduate? A strong and well organized alumni association was one of the key factors in my choice of Stanford. Coming from a public high school I was not exposed to many of the subject areas that are offered as majors and had a difficult time choosing one. I'd suggest taking a gap year or some other equivalent experience to allow the student to get a better idea of what interests them, instead of choosing a major to get a job (the biggest mistake of my life!) College is not a vocational education! That's what grad school is for. Remember to use college as an opportunity to learn about something you love.

Kathy
Describe the students at your school.

Students are optimistic, fun, and intellectual.

Describe the students at your school.

Students are optimistic, fun, and intellectual.

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

Although Stanford offers excellent academics and students work hard, there is an emphasis placed on having fun, being spontaneous, and enjoying life.

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

Don't worry too much about getting into a particular school. Although each school is unique, success is more about the student's approach than the school they attend. Learn as much as you can about the resources of your school in your first year. That way, you'll be able to take advantage of all your school has to offer.

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

If you are a student, I don?t envy you. I remember the intense rat race, the grueling tours, and the wracking decisions you?l...

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

If you are a student, I don?t envy you. I remember the intense rat race, the grueling tours, and the wracking decisions you?ll be going through. It?s true: in many ways, this is the first important decision in your life. But breathe, and bear a few things in mind: First, being declined from your first choice isn?t as bad as you think. In fact, many people who are accepted (for a variety of reasons) choose another school. Maybe they need financial help, or it?s too far from home, or it doesn?t vibe well with them. There is no sure thing when it comes to first-choice happiness. That being said, try to enjoy your experience as much as you can. In your next four years, you will change as much as you have in the last four years of high school. You?ll test your strength in new and incredible ways, and amaze your parents with how you?ve become your own person. So take a language you find intriguing; reserve a spot each semester for that upper-level class you?ve been peeking at. In the words of our president, ?yes, you can.?

What's unique about your campus?

Everyone loves it, with incredibly few exceptions.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Our school beats your school in almost anything. We've won the NCAA Director's Cup Championship for 14 years running, we're ranked 3rd in the nation academically, and we have palm trees. Palm treeees.

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

Talk as much as possible to olderstudents and graduates of the university, instead of relying just on your peers and younger...

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

Talk as much as possible to olderstudents and graduates of the university, instead of relying just on your peers and younger students

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The big gap between how perfect everyone assumes things are and says they are on one hand, versus reality - a good school with plenty of warts.

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

I would say pick somewhere that you believe will allow you the greatest flexibility with your plans. You might be 100% certai...

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

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.

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

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

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

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.

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

Everyone is excited to be at Stanford

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

Everyone is excited to be at Stanford

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

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.

What's unique about your campus?

The environment allows students to persue their interests while introducing new things

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