You applied. You got in. You conquered. And now, Admit Weekend will officially start tomorrow! And I know that’s far too long to wait to start exploring the Farm! Although its hard to imagine, once you come to this school, the shiny front page that introduces you to Stanford takes a back seat to all the other websites that students use to keep track of their lives.
Here are a few websites you can check out before and after you get here:
For current school presidents – ASSU
The Associated Students of Stanford University, including an undergraduate executive and senate, spend the year developing programs and initiative to promote wellness, health, academic sanity, and more on campus. From voting efforts to sustainability, this group has a major impact on what happens on our campus.
For those who are more civic minded – Haas Center For Public Service
I honestly think that the Haas Center is an under utilized haven for those interested in public service. So before you get lost in classes and friends, if you have a public service project I suggest you check out the Haas Center before you come.
For the acclaimed artist/writer/musician – Stanford University Arts Initiative
After just coming out of the massive, art-filled event that was Vision Earth, its clear that Stanford has a thriving arts community. But Stanford also does all it possibly can to help provide for those students who choose to delve deeper into their own creative works. There’s a lot of talk about being a techie, but I promise that Stanford loves its fuzzy art students too!
For those who don’t know what’s in the 4 years ahead of them – Undergraduate Academic Life
The Undergraduate Academic Life website may become your best academic counselor freshmen year. Not only is it the only way you can sign up for introductory seminars, IHUM and PWR, but it also lays out all the opportunities that Stanford provides solely for freshmen. It’s definitely worth scrolling through.
All those sites allow students to check out classes, what requirements they’ll meet, and, in some cases, what people thought of them the last time it was held. My only warning is to make sure you are looking at a class that is currently offered. I’ve been saddened to find that classes that I was growing steadily more excited about hadn’t actually been offered in the past 3 years or so. Luckily, since I’m still taking classes here, there were plenty of current options to replace them.
For those who always want to know what’s happening –The Stanford Daily
The Daily is Stanford’s quotidian newspaper (yes that word also means daily). It’s a nice way to catch up on the latest scandals around campus, such as our infatuation with hot prowl this year, in addition to giving a brief description of cool events you didn’t have time to attend. There will be a lot of those. But there will be a lot more that you actually find time to attend.
And last but not least, the map: Stanford Campus Map
No matter how many quarters I’ve been here, at the beginning of every quarter I have to look up where all my classes are and figure out the easiest routes to travel during the day. The size of this campus is intimidating. I may have gotten lost one or five times when I was here over Admit Weekend myself. Check out the map. Learn the map. Love the map.
These are all just a taste of the pages we rifle through to figure out how we’ll spend our day. I left out a number of student publications, events pages, prominent student groups, and I’m sure other pages that I use often but take for granted. But that’s why you’re coming this weekend. That’s why you have a few thousand undergrads to help you out – whether its online or offline, explore Stanford!