At yesterday’s Activities Fair, a few intrepid ProFros were willing to try their hand at a little blogging for the first time because they couldn’t resist saying a few words about their first Stanford experience:
So whats wrong about Stanford? I am desperately trying to find some kind of objective bearing on which to judge an institution that everyone considers to be the best school ever.
Being the crazy person that I am, I’ve tried to sleep in the academic expos like I do regularly at my high school, but the professors were just too interesting (sleepless and loving it). I found myself actually contributing and quite engaged (take that public school). I’ve tried to find activities that Stanford doesnt offer, and that, quite frankly, has been a total failure. I’ve tried to judge the crowd, but as far I’ve seen all that Stanford kids have to offer is cool music, a chill personality, and an unparalleled academic prowess.
So what’s wrong about Stanford? Ummmm……maybe Stanford is just too damn perfect.
–The Fosho Profro
Stanford is pretty much everything I imagined and then some! I’m so excited to spend my next four years with all of these super amazing people, all under the beautiful California sunshine.
– Future Cardinal
The only thing that can make the Activites Fair more fun is more FREE STUFF!!!! WHOO! Go Cardinals!
– Best ProFro
Admit Weekend, to say straightforwardly, has been more than I expected out of any pre-frosh college visit. I was a little concerned before I came here that Stanford would be an intimidating and overwhelming experience, one in which I would dissolve anonymously into a large university, fearing that I wouldn’t discover my niche. Theses were some qualifications I was considering when deciding where to attend school; that a community of students and faculty would actively receive me and want to hear my voice. I am so happy to say that I was so wrong about this, and that every stipulation and fear I had about the university disappeared the second I started meeting the amazing students in my all freshman dorm, Twain.
What’s so true about Stanford, and more than any other university (it’s true!) is that no matter what walk of life you come from, no matter your interests, aspirations, fears, or goals, Stanford students want to reach out to one another, hear one another’s story, and ultimately contribute to furthering the creation of a tight-knit social community. But I still was a bit intimidated, knowing that every pre-frosh and student at Stanford had exceptional, unique talents and passions. Where would I fit in, and moreover, would I be able to stand out? In the first couple days I’ve spent on campus, it’s been so great to actually experience how cooperative Stanford students are with one another. Hanging out in my dorm last night, I was chatting with a handful of students who were preparing for their midterms the next day. They asked another about how specific questions and assignments went, and how prepared they felt – considering they were only five words into their eight-page paper for PWR class! Students do really care about one another here! While you certainly are surrounded by achievers in all walks of life, the community is in no-way cutthroat or off-putting, but rather supportive and inspiring.
So, at 3:00 in the morning last night, I had an epiphany after having a very unsettling dream that if I didn’t attend this “intellectual paradise” (as they call it), my life would sport a huge gap. I called up one of my best friends, talked for about thirty minutes on where he thought I’d be happiest the next four years of my life, and at about 3:30 the decision was obvious: I called up my dad and told him it was time to pay the deposit. This, my friend, was pure drama – a lachrymose, cathartic experience of pure joy that I will never forget. I am Cardinal next year and cannot wait to take my interests and passions to the next level, knowing I have a community of friends who will be supportive of me, and encourage me to explore interests I would never have considered in the first place. GO CARDINAL!
–James Cranston, Horace Greeley High School
Admit Weekend is so fun fun fun! We we we so excited to come to Stanford in the fall!
– Enhanced Satirisation
Is it cardinal or cardinals? What classes should we take our first year? Where is the best place to eat on campus? And what the hell is “frosoco”? These were just a few of the questions that plagued profros like myself (all of which were answered, by the way). We now know that we are Stanford Cardinal. There is an amazing one unit class called happiness. If you have to eat, try to avoid any dorm food, and frosoco is a mythical place on the outskirts on campus. Sometimes its presence has been questioned (as with any place of pure awesome, i.e. Hogwarts, Narnia, etc.), but if you believe, you may, in fact, chance upon it. Admit weekend has been amazing and I personally am looking forward to joining The Farm in the fall. I’ll be back.
– Megan Gage, Evergreen Valley High School