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Stanford University


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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.

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.

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