As a sophomore, the past week or so my Facebook newsfeed has been littered with classmates’ statuses, rejoicing their acceptance to study abroad in the fall. It has made me wonder: what is the real deal about going abroad? How do you pick which program to attend? If you were wondering the same thing, you are in luck. Thanks to the lovely student advisors at the Bing study abroad programs, who have volunteered to share a little bit about their study abroad experience in order the demystify it for the rest of us, I will be highlighting 2 programs every so often. So you will eventually get a peek into every study abroad program (except the Barcelona consortium cuz they don’t have peer advisors). Soooo to all you students thinking about applying second round to go abroad in the fall and don’t know if you should, this is for you!
Usually at the start of an event article such as this, I’d provide some background, some details on the event, maybe a few witticisms, and wrap up with some related resources. And I will. Just not yet, because that is not the point. If you take nothing else away from this article, give this sentence your full attention:
Sudan is at the precipice of civil war, and YOU can do something to prevent the next genocide.
Sign a petition at sudanactionnow.org: ask Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough (Obama’s point person inside the White House on Sudan) to “make sure Sudan’s leaders fully comply with the benchmarks for progress in both Darfur and South Sudan before any incentives are granted by the U.S. Government.”
- Write a personal letter to Obama himself: ask him to remember the January deadline.
- Join STAND, Amnesty International, or any of Stanford’s other anti-genocide groups on campus.
- Participate in Stanford’s Darfur Fast: Nov. 17th, all-day, with breaking of the fast 6-7:30 p.m., 1st floor Tresidder Union. Register here, suggested donation $10. Proceeds benefit the Darfur Stoves project.
- Purchase a STAND Beat Cal Sudan T-shirt: 30% of proceeds go to the Darfur Stoves project.
- Buy food at Jamba Juice between November 10 and 19, mentioning STAND or Darfur Fast, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Darfur Stoves.
- Use social media to spread the word!
Our generation can reverse the tide of racial genocide and use creative diplomacy to prevent future atrocities. Who doesn’t want to be a part of that?
Homecoming weekend means that alumni from over 50 years ago to less than 5 months ago converge upon campus to show off to their former classmates how much they have accomplished. Because these reunions typically fall in increments of 5, it also gives a beautiful longitudinal cross-section that we at TUSB wanted to mine for wisdom. Ultimately, they all said about the same thing, but here’s some of the advice that they gave to current Stanford students, sorted by class year:
I was also among the crowd that gathered at Maples Pavilion this morning to hear the Dalai Lama speak about “The Centrality of Compassion and Human Life in Society”. It was mentioned that His Holiness had previously donated to Stanford’s “Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education” (CCARE) . His generous donation ($150,000 generated from book sales) was one of the largest he’s ever made to a non-Tibetan cause. Dr. James Doty, director of CCARE, comically told the audience that his first thought at the time was “Who am I to take the Dalai Lama’s money?”.
Not knowing anything about CCARE, I was curious about that same thing. (more…)
“Hi guys,” Steve Ballmer said as he walked into the meeting room where Emily, Amanda, and I were already sitting down with Frank Shaw, VP of communications. That morning, Steve had given a press conference about the release of the new Windows Phone 7 (WP7), a very smart smartphone, I dare say. After Steve shook hands and sat down, Frank proposed that we go around in a circle and ask questions one at a time.
I don’t want to cry wolf if anyone else still wants to be interviewed (email@example.com), but I think this might be the end of this series. It ends how it began with laziness (this time interviewing a drawmate), but hopefully I covered some breadth of experiences over some dimensions. So without further ado, here’s your last peek at what summer 2010 had in store for Stanford students.
The Stanford Store is one of those places that take a while to figure out. It’s not the bookstore, but it sells Stanford gear. It makes the über-popular Big Game t-shirts, but it’s also impossible to find. It’s entirely student-run, but it still seems like a legitimate business.
Which got me thinking – who are these mysterious students that keep the store running smoothly day after day and provide me a seemingly unlimited supply of Stanford paraphernalia? To answer my question, I sat down with the person who puts the ‘student’ in student-run: 2010-2011 Stanford Store Manager Olivia Witter.
Only a sophomore – and potential STS major – Olivia is responsible for ensuring that all the behind-the-scenes stuff that makes the Stanford Store a success gets done. “Hand counting inventory, reordering clothes, making sure the store is stocked, customer services,” Olivia recites off just a few of her myriad duties to me. “I really enjoy meeting with suppliers and picking out items that go in the store,” she continues. “It’s like being a designer, but not as intense and judged. And because I’m a student, I’m also a customer – so I think, ‘Would I buy that?’”
Among some of the new items that Olivia has picked out for the store this year are Stanford yoga pants – a guaranteed-to-be-popular item amongst Stanford’s exercise-happy student population. And just think, while you are busy thinking how great your backside looks in your snazzy new yoga pants, the money you spent goes right back to the ASSU.
Of course, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. Like any boss, Olivia also has the unfortunate duty of letting substandard employees go. “It’s an awful part of the job,” she tells me, cruelly denying me the villainous response I was so hoping for, “but what it comes down to is are the employees working well together, are they doing their jobs.”
But the stress of firing is child’s play in comparison to the bigger challenge being heaped onto Olivia’s plate this year: the relocation of the Stanford Store.
That’s right, you heard correctly – the Stanford Store is finally emerging from its hiding place and moving out into the open. “We are moving from our current location to right next to Jamba Juice – where the Stanford Ticket Office now is with all the ugly couches.” Bad news for the ugly couches, good news for the store. “The move is scheduled for early January,” Olivia tells me excitedly, “and we are shooting to reopen for the first week of winter quarter.”
The move will no doubt positively impact the store’s profits and visibility. Although I have to say, I will sorely miss watching bewildered freshman wandering around in search of the elusive Stanford Store. We used to make them earn those Big Game t-shirts. The Class of 2015 will never know how good they have it.
If you have questions or suggestions for what you would like to see in the Stanford Store, be sure to email Olivia at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m casting my vote for a Stanford swimsuit/swim cap combo. Thoughts?
We (or at least me) here at TUSB can be somewhat self-centered and have grand ideas about the importance of our own work. Just like how psychology researchers will study how psychology research is done, bloggers enjoy writing about bloggers.
All of this is to say that we have a special edition of IKWYDTS today, meaning 60% more questions.
Well, it sounds like the summer is very near the end. Classes have finished, and in a week, many 10-week internships will also be done. I’ll try to stretch into the September hiatus, but we’ll see if I can continue to find people for that. As such, email us (email@example.com) if you know anyone who wants to be interviewed. Because of my own standing, we’ve had a huge bias towards rising seniors, so underclassmen need to get your voice heard!
Today, we’ve got the first person who appeared on my facebook newsfeed, Kesav.
It’s hard to believe we’re already half way through the summer, but even so, this series certainly isn’t done checking in with students about what they’ve been doing at “I Know What You Did This Summer.” Today is my shiftmate, Caitlin.
(Like before, feel free to send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org)
“I Know What You Did This Summer” continues onward. In keeping with the theme, the next interviewee is my wallmate from freshman year. Enjoy.
(Like before, feel free to send tips to email@example.com)
A reader recently pointed out the gender bias of “I Know What You Did This Summer” so far, and although I think that simply reflects my personal network of friends, there’s no reason not to give the fairer gender a fair shake. This week is my wallmate from my dorm last year.
(As usual, send along tips to firstname.lastname@example.org for interviewees)
“I Know What You Did This Summer” take 3. As usual, we’re looking for people to interview, so find us at email@example.com if you’re interested. This round, we actually have one of our TUSB staffers on the hot seat.
We’re back for our 2nd installment of “I Know What You Did This Summer.” Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in being interviewed. Until then, let’s hear what our next interviewee has to say:
It’s summer break for Stanford students, and although campus news might slow down, we haven’t slowed down one bit. As such, TUSB brings you a series of interviews where we get a look at what Stanford students are doing with their summer. We’ll begin with my officemate, a very talented student with a pretty good story about his time. (more…)