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Student T-Shirt Sizes

Saturday, January 8th, 2011
oversized t-shirt

They weren't very sensitive to his size. Can we do better for students?

We know a lot about the Stanford student body: their average SAT scores, breakdown by race, gender balance, majors, attitudes towards alcohol. Although there’s a lot of useful information here, I think there’s something missing that every club, every recruiting company, and every organization that comes to campus would love to know: our t-shirt sizes.

It’s a serious problem. I know a lot of groups that refuse to deal with the problem and ensure that everyone is equally dissatisfied by only getting XL shirts. Although it does mean I have a lifetime supply of nightshirts, these aren’t things I would ever wear around. And groups that try inevitably run out of the sizes that people actually need. For example, handing out Red Zone shirts at football games has been a mess every time every year.

The solution seems pretty simple: add another question to the approaching stanford material that all incoming frosh need to fill out. After being asked about your tidiness, sleep hours, neuroticism, weight you can squat lift, handwriting legibility, and sense of vengeance, it doesn’t seem weird to put down a t-shirt size as well. This information can easily be published online for anyone to use to get the right t-shirt sizes.

By the way, we’re making t-shirts. So that we get an accurate sample, if you’re a Stanford student, please indicate your t-shirt size (adult sizes).

What size t-shirt do you wear?

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TUSB in the Unofficial Guide

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

I stayed up really late one night writing a bunch of bad jokes.

Although we are not related to our unofficial friends over at the Unofficial Guide (unofficial just means that we are not run by the University), we teamed up with them to help provide content in this year’s installment of the book, “Chalk About Stanford.” George, Ryan, Camira, Kevin, and I wrote content for the Cardinal Culture (campus life and lore), Breaking the Bubble (off-campus), and My Community (clubs and activities) sections.

Besides random bad jokes of mine scattered throughout, make sure to read:

Ryan‘s guide to the best Bay Area music venues (pp. 95-99)

George‘s guide to the wide range of museums in the area (pp. 99-102)

The updated and much more comprehensive overview of student groups (pp. 106-120)

Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

The Perspective of a ProFro

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Hello from the floor of the Admit Weekend Activities Fair. We’re very excited to be here, bringing you THE SCOOP of what is on the typical ProFro mind this weekend. Keep reading for a wide array of the exciting stories and ramblings of the potential Stanford class of 2014:

Two crazy people just pulled me over and asked me to write on this. It’s simultaneously really cool and slightly bizarre. Enjoy my first attempt at blogging :-)

This place is ridic….in the best way possible of course. Loved the math is doodling/doodling is math course this morning.

What up Stanfordddddd 😀  Matthew, Josh and Carly reppin’ 14 😀

my name is michael. im definitely going to stanford. this place is awesome

hello. and yeahhhhhh!

coming from right here things look pretty nice :)

Nancy Nguyen: Bwahahahahahahah. When you’re in Stanford, no other place exists. :B

On behalf of Los Altosians, we’d like to say one word: Stanford.

Stanford…tis the place for me!

I came here undecided.  I’m leaving here decided: Stanford baby

^^ same

The Yankees are sooooooo good, but Stanford is great.

the band is awesome :)

I came here leaning towards MIT and now want to go here; this place is awesome! (x2)

just learned how to juggle at the chillest campus in the u.s. YEEEEEE!!

Just got here to admit weekend and it’s crazy! I’m having a good time and the people here are all involved which is inspiring

Admit Weekend 2010: The Best On the Schedule

Monday, April 19th, 2010

It seems like just last year when Stanford got itself in a frenzy to improve the dining hall food, ensure that the campus remained dry, bring out all clubs and groups in force, and recruit heavily to find more RoHos. It’s not every weekend that we have Admit Weekend, and to make it even more special, our guests are even more heavily vetted than ever before.

Here at TUSB, we pride ourselves on the contributions we make to giving open, honest opinions on what’s going on, and this week (or at least this post) is dedicated to all you ProFros. You’ve probably been contacted by your RoHo, and you might even have a nice packet explaining what you should be doing during your stay, but take it from us: Stanford can’t tell you what it should be like. Only biased, ignorant*, narrow-minded bloggers can do that. There’s a lot you should do, but here, I’ll give you the gentle introduction, picking out what I think the highlights of the schedule that I can see are.

Top 5 Academic Expos

When you get here, we’ll mostly focus on how fun Stanford is, but when it comes down to it, you actually do have to take classes to stick around. Here are what I think the best choices are:

5. The Mathematics of Doodling – Ravi Vakil (Session 1). Ravi Vakil is kind of a genius, being one of only 4 people to ever win the Putnam Competition 4 times. More importantly, he’s done tremendous work in Algebraic Geometry and will give you a taste of how math goes crazy after you stop using numbers and doing calculations. Trust me, Toto: we are definitely not in Kansas anymore

4. Ethical Considerations in Public Service – Rob Reich (Session 1). Honestly, I don’t know much about this guy, but he’s on my list for 2 reasons. 1) I’ve heard good things about him and 2) he teaches the IHUM: Freedom, Equality, Difference. I personally would probably rather watch Batman & Robin twice than sit through this, but if this is your sort of thing, it might be worth it to go for a test-run because you should CHOOSE YOUR IHUM WISELY.

3. Your Computer is More Random Than You Think It Is: How probability theory underlies web search, email, and many other things your computer does – Mehran Sahami (Session 2). Mehran is one of the most popular lecturers on campus. Of note, he teaches the introductory computer science class in the fall (for which he is an iTunes star: search “programming methodology” on the iTunes store), in which he throws candy for asking and answer questions, and delivers some of the funniest lectures I have ever heard. Oh, and he basically invented spam filtering.

2. The Perfect Economic and Financial Storm: Causes, Consequences, Solutions – Michael Boskin. One of things that you’ll learn is that when you come to Stanford, people here are kind of a big deal, and Michael Boskin is kind of a big deal. To be honest, I don’t know whether he teaches any classes here or speaks well, but this was the biggest name I saw on the list.

1. The Role of Sleep in Achieving Success at Stanford – William Dement. Sleep and Dreams is one of the most popular courses at Stanford as Dr. Dement (THE sleep doctor) is absolutely hilarious and has all sorts of good things to tell you about sleeping. I assure you, you will never see anything like his narcoleptic dogs that fall asleep when they get excited. And if you’re wondering about his street cred, he was on the team that discovered REM sleep. You will never have so much fun in a lecture.

Top 5 Events

5. Academic Expos (multiple times) – alright, I literally just covered this, but I want to re-emphasize: you’re going to take classes, and there really are awesome lecturers who are speaking. You’re skipping 2 days of high school. I think you can sit through a few 50 minute classes.

4. Hike the Dish (multiple times) – full disclaimer: I’ve never walked the Dish myself, but I’ve heard it’s amazing. The weather is supposed to be nice for the first Admit Weekend I can remember, and this should make you appreciate how much better the weather is at Stanford than anywhere else. Moreover, you’ll be going along with the SPOT leaders. Again, I didn’t do SPOT, but it was a tremendous experience for everyone I know who did it, and this should give you a chance to try to figure out another choice Stanford forces you to make before you get here.

3. Scott Forstall and YSU: The Official Close to Admit Weekend (Saturday at 4PM) – he led iPhone development. This guy changed the world. Scott’s just as brilliant a designer and leader as Steve Jobs with the attention to detail that makes Apple products what they are, except he isn’t a jerk. Granted, I’m a little biased, seeing as he’s a product of my own major (yes, that was a shameless plug), but this again reiterates my point that people here at Stanford are kind of a big deal. Thankfully, he’s also super-friendly and down to Earth. If you come to Stanford, you could be the next him.

2. A Cappella Concert (Friday at 8PM) – a cappella groups on campus are great. I am actually without words as to how good their shows are. And you’ll get to see them all!

1. Activities Fair (Friday at 11AM) – you’ll never get a better chance to see everything that Stanford offers. Sure, classes are important, faculty are famous, the campus is beautiful, but if you’re going to fall in love with anything at Stanford, it’s the passion and intellectual vitality of the students. You’ll get to meet all sorts of amazing groups, from the band to chess club. They range from minor hobbies to important activities, but they’re absolutely worth getting to know and getting involved with. And TUSB will be there, too.

Get excited because the schedule is jam-packed with great stuff, and it’s just a hint at the best 4 years of your life.

*you know at least I’m ignorant because I’m not even good enough to add an eye-catching picture to this post

Wacky Musical Theater–A Ridiculous Video or the Future of College Admissions?

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Videos coming from Yale students did not necessarily get off to the right start with the video resume of Alexey Vayner. Now, the New Haven school is at it again, this time for the admissions office: “Why I Chose Yale,” a 17-minute epic musical extravaganza that toes the line between student masterpiece and Vayner’s resume.

All admissions offices take somewhat ludicrous steps to attract students–just take a look at Stanford’s admission viewbook (that thing given out to prospective students): one page has Stanford enveloped in a cartoonish-looking bubble to illustrate the ‘Stanford bubble,’ and another has a black-and-white panorama of students biking around the quad with possible–but completely fabricated–activities they might be up to (I know this because I was looking at the viewbook with one of the people in it, who was not, as the picture dictated, trying out her latest invention–a no-spill coffee holder–en route to a workout at one of the five campus pools).
We all know that admissions offices, politicians, and many more people and organizations trying to gain an edge are trying to utilize Youtube, Twitter, and other popular Internet sites. Is Yale’s own video-resume the wave of the future for admissions offices? All I know is that if they ask me to use my infamous singing talents in “Bing & Friends: The Musical,” it would probably reflect poorly on the school.

Guest Post: Getting the Best Out of Orientation-and Then Some

Monday, August 25th, 2008

hey (soon-to-be) freshman, here’s a guest post by Anne Crossman, a Stanford-educated author with some tips about how to, uh, get the best out of orientation (and then some!) –darius
So, you’ve got your dorm assignment for the year…your summer reading well underway (!)…and you’ve most likely been hitting the Back to School sales pretty hard in the hopes of making your new home at Stanford a bit, well, homier. Ah yes, I remember the nauseous excitement well.
It was just a few years ago that I, too, had packed every crevice of my parents’ white minivan with what I thought I couldn’t live without for the year, pulling up to Stern Hall at 7:30am as my Twainie RA’s were getting set to unroll the red, uh, foil gift wrap. It took me by complete surprise when they welcomed me by name as if they had been waiting for me for the last four years; any qualms I had about moving away from home vanished.


Your Housing Assignment

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Friday, August eighth was a monumental day for the incoming freshman of the Class of 2012. Tears were shed in both glee and sorrow. Since the last mailing received on June 27th, the incoming frosh, including myself, have all been anticipating the day where yet another piece of information would be shared to bring us closer to New Student Orientation on September 16th. Rooming assignments haunted me since August began: would I be roomed near my Admit Weekend friends, in THE Branner, the dorm every incoming frosh seemed to be hoping for, near the library, or in the middle of nowhere? Nightmares seemed to occur each night, in which my roommate was incompatible with me and everyone in my dorm was rude, introverted, and unhygienic. Well, this message came rather rapidly, appearing in our stanford webmail inboxes. I immediately clicked on the link to see my future.


NSO Nostalgia… and Why I Love NSO!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

This is just a little post about why I love New Student Orientation week, or NSO. I wanted to show the other side of an NSO experience, and why six years later, I still love Stanford and want to thank the NSO coordinators and volunteers for all their hard work and energy.
NSO Volunteers looking exhausted.
Hang in there NSO Volunteers! You are what makes NSO great!
A sea of frosh and parents at Opening Convocation today.


When I was a freshmen, back in 2002 (yeah, I’m getting dated…’06!), I remember vividly driving up University Avenue for the first time with my dad in his big truck. All my things were piled in the back and spilling over into my lap. I anxiously held onto my orientation materials, and just to be sure of things, I quickly reviewed my housing info as we drove closer and closer to Palm Drive. Suddenly I realized — I had forgotten to accept my housing agreement over the summer! An important looking paper stared back at me without a signature and an overdue return date. I started crying. I was so stressed out. I thought, maybe I won’t have a place to live! Maybe my first week at school will just fall to pieces in a logistical nightmare! (I had no idea how anything worked… I was a freshman, for God’s sake!)


NSO Inculcates Unwitting Freshman, Transfer Students; Parents Never to See their Children Again

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Beware non-freshmen: the time has come to face the inevitable. A new crop of freshmen — fodder for the less-drunk-than-you-think-he-is SAE fratter, the annoying overachievers in Polisci 2, the ones who think they’re cool enough to go to Kairos Wine & Cheese — are about to arrive on campus.
But how do the freshmen become the way they are? I blame it all on over-programmed and highly-scripted NSO. A sampling of the events, with commentary and interpretation.
Tuesday, 1-3PM. Green Library Tours. Um, yeah. I’m guessing this is for the parents. What are they going to show them? The warm-and-fuzzy Bender Room, with every couch and chair occupied with upperclass students fleeing the chaos of move-in day?
Tuesday 7:30-9:30PM. House Meeting and Social Activity. I know cheesy icebreakers when I see them. I used to hate that game when everyone went around and said their name and some sort of sign or something, and then each person had to remember all the people before them. I was always at the end and would forget everyone’s names.
But everyone will know each other’s names through Facebook stalking anyway, so that’s not a concern.
Tuesday 12PM. Website Open for PWR. Sucks to be you, suckas! Enjoy the Rhetoric of Whatever.
Wednesday, 8:30AM. Chemistry Placement Test. Sucks to be you, suckas! But you could stop pretending to be a premed and not wake up this effin’ early.
Wednesday, 2:40-3:30PM. For Students Considering Humanities and Social Sciences: Choosing Math and Science Courses. For the wusses who won’t take fitty-one, I suggest Math 19, which seems like the easiest course at Stanford (see “Gut Courses” entry below).
Wednesday, 4:30-5:15PM First Course: Feed your Body, Mind and Spirit. I like it how at Stanford, all the various religions pretend to get along. InterVarsity reigns supreme, though.
Thursday, 9:30 and 10:30AM. Associated Students of Stanford University (student activity information panel). The froshie’s first chance to realize that the ASSU does nothing.
Thursday, 11:30AM-12:30PM. Public Service and the Arts: Stanford Students Dance in Prisons. “What are the arts, especially dance, doing to address this invisibility and what is the relationship of the arts to prisons, punishment and rehabilitation?”
I couldn’t help but think of this video, and wonder if it’s anything like this. If so, it might be kinda fun:

If it’s not, this sounds like it has the substantive level of your average PWR course.
Friday, 1-3PM. Hume Writing Center Open House. Has anyone actually ever been there? I don’t even know where it is.
Saturday, 5:30PM. Stanford football versus Oregon. If we score a touchdown, I’ll be pleased. Oregon just crushed Michigan (admittedly not much of an accomplishment these days) and might challenge Cal for number two in the Pac-10. Predicted score: Oregon 52, Stanford 7.
Monday, 9PM-11PM. O-Show. Around the fourth a capella group, it becomes insufferable. And then you have to squirm through another five or so.
Enjoy NSO!

Hennessy, What’s our “Peer Reputation?”

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

Even college presidents are getting fed up with U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings.
According to the Washington Post, a letter from 12 college presidents including Dickinson College President William G. Durden called the rankings “misleading” and “not in the interest of prospective students in finding a college or university that is well suited to their education beyond high school.”
In particular, a lot of the criticism has centered around the U.S. News’ “peer reputation” survey, which asks school administrators to rank other schools in their region, often as many as 150, according to the Washington Post. Schools can rank from 1 to 5, or answer “don’t know.”
Ultimately, lots of buzz is going around the college administrator circuit hoping to offer as little information as necessary to U.S. News for its annual rankings. Just give them data they could get anyways such as enrollment and transfer rates, degrees conferred and financial aid, some advocate.
In the end, I agree with Robert J. Massa, vice president for enrollment and college relations at Dickinson College, who asks, “Why should we help U.S. News sell magazines?” That is, after all, all they want to do.


Obama Tops Straw Poll Among Stanford Students

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

In an effort to get students excited about the upcoming Democratic presidential primaries, the Stanford Democrats conducted straw polling in White Plaza last week and during the Admit Weekend Activities Fair to see which contender is most popular among the students here. Sneakily, the group included Al Gore among the potential candidates even though he has not done much to move in that direction. Probably a little bit of wishful thinking on their part (and what can I say? I’m a fan too). They also excluded the several other Democratic contenders, including Dennis Kucinich, who should at least get some of the sympathy vote. But for what they’re worth, the results are pretty interesting (150 total votes):
Senator Barack Obama — 50%
Senator Hillary Clinton — 27%
Fmr. Senator John Edwards — 11%
Governor Bill Richardson — 7%
Fmr. Vice President Al Gore — 5%
In their ProFroPo (that’s “Prospective Freshman Poll”) during the Activities Fair, Senator Obama scored an astounding 68% among the ProFros, compared to 9% each for Clinton, Edwards, and Gore. Wow.

Student Groups, For the ProFros – Come to Activities Fair!

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

You’ve already heard all the warnings about taking Admit Weekend with a grain of salt but quite frankly, I’ve never heard of a single student (well, maybe this one) who took Admit Weekend for its face value. You’re smart, you’re here, and you already have the tools to go out and discover the “real” Stanford.
What constitutes a “real” Stanford? The classes? The incredible access to research that undergraduates have? Open-minded, accessible faculty? The funding Stanford provides? Great overseas opportunities? All of these, yes – but it’s your classmates that will really help you find your anchor here.
Stanford has an amazing array of student groups. When I first came to Stanford, I found it difficult to believe that students were actually doing and running some of these groups. Groups like FACES, which organizes two professional conferences every year at Stanford and in China for student leaders. ASES, which promotes networking and mentorship for budding entrepreneurs in Asia. FACE AIDS, fighting AIDS in Africa. EPATT – East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring. Amazing events being put on by Stanford chapters of professional organizations, such as IEEE; BASES, connecting students with Venture Capital firms. SIG, providing Stanford students with internships in Washington, DC and beyond at key policy institutes around the world. The Stanford Dems, connecting campus to local California issues as well as coordinating student volunteers for national elections. There are several more that I’m missing right now.


Admitted? YAY! Now Decide? Oh crap…

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Beloved Admits,
I’m sure you’ve read tons of material on picking a school that fits, but how can you be sure? Picking ‘the right’ school can be a terrifying decision, but now that you have Stanford as an option, rest assured that at this point, you’re probably only picking from some pretty stellar options. Whether Stanford already sticks out, or if you have to decide from a list of many top-notch institutions, read on to hear the musings of one very content junior who headed out West instead of elsewhere, and maybe you’ll get a better feel for Stanford’s fit for you.