Archive for the ‘Interview’ Category

Experiencing Abroad

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

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!


Star Power for Social Good: Clooney and Prendergast Speak Out on Sudan

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

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.


  • A Sudanese child soldier: the very real human consequence of inaction in Sudan

    Sign a petition at  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?


Advice from Alums

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

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:


What is CCARE???

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

CCAREI 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…)

Microsoft Open House: Steve Ballmer Interview

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

“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.


Matt Blum: I Know What You Did This Summer

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

I don’t want to cry wolf if anyone else still wants to be interviewed (, 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.

Matt Blum


At a "traditional Munich beer garden." Matt is the guy in red. Unless German beer works as a Polyjuice Potion.


Willys DeVoll: I Know What You Did This Summer

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

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.

Willys DeVoll


Just before this picture was taken, Willys saw a unicorn off to the right of the camera


Kesav Raghavan: I Know What You Did This Summer

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

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 ( 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.

Kesav Raghavan

He isn't really shooting anything; it was just the first thing he found to hide behind.


Caitlin Colgrove: I Know What You Did This Summer

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

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.

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Caitlin Colgrove

Foreshadowing for question 5

We here at TUSB don't discriminate against sideways OR tilted images.


Ryan Mac: I Know What You Did This Summer

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

“I Know What You Did This Summer” continues onward. In keeping with the theme, the next interviewee is my wallmate from freshman year. Enjoy.

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Ryan Mac

Ryan Mac

Ryan's own caption: "it's sideways CUZ IM ALTERNATIVE."


Jenni Ockelmann: I Know What You Did This Summer

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

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 for interviewees)

Jenni Ockelmann

Jenni Ockelmann

She insisted on me not taking a picture at the interview, where she looked "gross".


Mike Liu: I Know What You Did This Summer

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

“I Know What You Did This Summer” take 3.  As usual, we’re looking for people to interview, so find us at if you’re interested. This round, we actually have one of our TUSB staffers on the hot seat.

Mike Liu

Mike Liu

Mike's real job is just to soak up the sunlight.


RJ Walsh: I Know What You Did This Summer

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

We’re back for our 2nd installment of “I Know What You Did This Summer.” Email us at if you’re interested in being interviewed. Until then, let’s hear what our next interviewee has to say:

RJ Walsh

Clayton Mellina: I Know What You Did This Summer

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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…)