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

Stanford is unique in that students are encouraged to think outside of the box. You will learn things in ways you never imagi...

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

Stanford is unique in that students are encouraged to think outside of the box. You will learn things in ways you never imagined before once you start taking a Stanford class. Poetry can be taught through neuroscience and math, medical students are required to study art history; the disciplines bridge and connect in ways never even imagined in high school. By crossing these subject boundaries, by exposing students to new paths of thought in surprising ways, the students themselves become so intellectually curious, so ready to apply new concepts to old fields. Stanford allows you to truly experience everything.

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

Finding the right college can be a lot like alchemy at first. Just as it seems impossible to turn a clump of lead into a golden nugget, it can seem equally challenging to turn four years of hard work in high school into a meaningful, successful decision. The key to finding your school, though, is to throw yourself into the mix with all of you've got. Sign up for the interviews even if they scare you, take the tours around campus, and pour every ounce of creativity into those applications. It may seem impossible, but the odds are you'll get to one of those campuses, walk around, and just feel right?you've got your gold. When you actually get on campus, the same strategy holds true. New student orientation can be overwhelming, and a lot of people chalk the whole event up to "fake enthusiasm." Ignore them, they're boring. Do everything in your power to match the school's enthusiasm: go to the games, meet people, attend wacky events. They say home is where the heart is, and by putting your heart into everything you do on campus, you'll be settled in in no time.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Stanford is truly for anyone. The institution isn't set in its ways, and it is always growing and changing to accept, welcome, and encourage the student body. Regardless of one's ethnic background, religion, sexuality, or whatever may set one apart, one can attend any group's events, work with whomever one pleases, and be fiercely individual as long as one's heart is in it. That's what a true Stanford student needs: heart. As long as you have a passion for something and you're ready for new experiences, Stanford will welcome you with open arms.

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

I would tell students: ?Don?t be concerned about the reputation of the college you decide to go to or about finishing in four...

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

I would tell students: ?Don?t be concerned about the reputation of the college you decide to go to or about finishing in four years. Go at your own pace. I am always proud to see people with financial challenges or children who are trying hard to still get a college education, even if it means working part-time or taking night classes. Many of my friends have had to start at a less expensive 2-year college, and then move on to 4-year colleges to finish the remaining 2 years. Whatever path and however long you choose to take is fine, as long as you finish. If there is something that you believe in fighting for, then there is no better place to get partners to fight with you than at college. Colleges are where some of the greatest movements were strengthened. Years ago, college students protested for African Americans to have civil rights and to end the war in Vietnam, and just last year college students were some of Barack Obama?s biggest supporters in his fight for change. Many college students are in search of a cause, you can give them one!?

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

I wish I had known the importance of applying for scholarships in high school. I didn't realize just how hard it would be for my parents to come up with tuition every year or that I would only get a couple thousand dollars in government loans for financial aid. I feel like I could have won many scholarships in my senior year of high school.

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

I brag about my school having a beautiful campus that is so large that one needs a bicycle to get around it. I brag about the fact that we have some really good varsity sports teams that are made up of smart athletes who do well in school.

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.

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