Posts Tagged ‘spring’

Spring into Spring with the 2012 Course Guide

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Think you know all the ins and outs of spring’s awesome courses?

Story. Of. My. Life.

Ha. Think again. Here, for your pleasure, I have painstakingly compiled a list of the hands-down most awesome, useful, compelling, frightening, GER-fulfilling, enjoyable classes you could ever imagine. Remember  before Chem 31, Math 51, and IHUM… back when you applied to Stanford? Remember how you raved about how excited you were for the “engaging classes”? After reading this article, you’re going to realize you weren’t just saying that. Stanford is killing it next quarter in terms of super-interesting classes, and you have the opportunity to get in on the action. I know Camp Stanford is tempting, but after reading this article, you might actually want to bulk up your course load with some of these. And, speaking of Camp Stanford, the categories are…

Camp Stanford: Whether you’re trying to recover from the carnage of your winter course load or just getting a jump-start on summer laziness/craziness, here are the best classes to keep the thoughts of warm breezes and fun-in-the-sun swirling in your head until June…

  • EARTHSYS 180B: Principles and Practices of Sustainable Agriculture: A course that lets “The Farm” live up to its name. Get outside and onto Stanford’s community farm and others in the area. Enjoy the sun on your neck and a little dirt on your nose. (3-4 units, multiple times)
  • ATHLETIC 80: Lifeguard Training: Didn’t snag the Google internship you wanted? No sweat. Speaking from personal experience, I can attest that lifeguarding is a solid career choice for those  looking to dip their toes in the real world. Make decent cash, get the tan of your life (and hopefully not melanoma… sunblock, guys!) and know that you can save a life if need be.  (2 units, T/Th 12-2, fee)

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  • ATHLETIC 51: Beginning Golf: If you were able to make it into this class, I commend you with my highest honors. (1 unit, multiple times, fee)
  • ATHLETIC 320: Backpacking: You might have given up Stanford Sierra Camp to work for a start-up, but maybe this class can scratch your outdoorsy itch before you sell your soul for equity. (1 unit, M 7-9:30) (more…)

A Festive Day for the Burghers of Calais

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Somebody decided that Rodin’s brooding Burghers needed a little bit of springtime cheer.

I Love Stanford in the Springtime.

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

No, really.  There’s something magic about it, even if we are approaching that weird time of the quarter where you form weird temporary friendships in the library and what you think about is how many hours in a row you can spend studying before your head will explode and anything you attempt to learn after that point will translate in your brain recorder as “Me learn this.  Wait, try again.  Oh no! Brain fire!  Evacuate the building!”

Then again, maybe that last part is just me.  Anyways, even if finals are approaching, it’s still incredibly amazing to spend half an hour looking at Stanford like you are a tourist.  Pictures (there are lots!):

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How Much is Too Much?

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Since its inception spring quarter has been synonymous with the re-emergence of the sun, warm weather, and most importantly, the time to make up for the lack of fun had during winter quarter.  Yet for some incomprehensible reason, the Stanford University administration still deems it necessary that classes take place during this festive time of year.  Often during the dreary months of winter quarter, all students have to hold too is the dream of having a spring quarter with 12, maybe 13 units max.  One filled with hours spent lying lazily in the sun on Wilbur field, or sleeping until 2 pm on class-less Fridays.  Thirsty Tuesday becomes the new Thirsty Thursday and weekends are spent in the off-campus beyond the bubble since no real work would be due the following Monday.  In theory, spring quarter is supposed to be one of stress-free bliss, a relaxing end to a very demanding year.

Ask any student how many units one should take during spring quarter and they automatically respond 12.  However, when you ask the same student how many units they have, most mumble something about having 17, 18, sometimes 20 units.  Having experienced this firsthand, I’m still left wondering how does this happen? Is the fault of an overachieving student? Are professors trying to make students suffer by only teaching that one awesome course at not other point in the year but spring (Happiness for example)? Or is Stanford to blame for demanding students to take such inane courses as PWR or anything that’s considered a GER?

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