When I first came to Stanford, I thought I had it all figured out. My life was governed by a set of expectations and beliefs that I had built up slowly over time, in much the same way that we rationalize the universe through scientific laws that have stood the test of time. As a senior looking back on my little freshman self, I am amazed at how many of these conceptions – having planted themselves upon the doormat of Stanford – were promptly blown off their feet. Here I present to you the ten most spectacularly rejected ones.
One of the greatest conveniences of living at Stanford is the proximity of the Bay—there’s easy access to great food, awesome thrift shops, and fantastic concerts. I experienced this first hand when my friends and I went to a Childish Gambino concert at the Berkeley Greek theater.
The best way to learn science is to actually do it. Students in the School of Earth Science’s Wrigley Field Program in Hawaii spend the quarter measuring vegetation, coral reefs and volcanoes to understand the dynamics of one of the planet’s most interesting ecosystems.
It’s the start of a new year here on the Farm, and that means new classes, new dorms, and a big switch from life at home during the summer with family to life on campus surrounded by amazing students and faculty.