The first week of Winter Quarter classes has just come to an end, and as I blog in between classwork and meals, I thought I’d share a quote I found in one of my required readings for a class. The class is a law intro-seminar taught by expert in civil rights and anti-discrimination law, Professor Richard Harrison Ford, who also wrote half the readings for the course (very Stanford), and although he did not write the quote that I am about to share, he does mention it in his book titled “The Race Card.”
Sophie E. Miller, a chemical engineering major at Stanford, is one of 14 Americans “of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement” who have been awarded Churchill Scholarships to study at the University of Cambridge in England for one year.
Athletes at Stanford break the stereotypical athlete mold not only in terms of who they socialize with, but also by being very academically-oriented. We are rewarded for our academic achievements just as much, if not more, as our athletic achievements. My coaches value me not just as asset to the team but as person, and have supported all of my academic decisions – I am free to choose any major, can take any class that first into my schedule, work in research labs, and do all the things any other student can do. In this environment, the Stanford student-athlete is equal parts a student and an athlete – not an athlete who happens to be in school.
The first game happens on a Friday night. Two contestants face each other down across the green felt. They are opposites in every way. One prefers his cue heavy, the other light. One is a prospective CS major, the other philosophy. They move deliberately, and a “clack-clack-clack” of fifteen ceramic spheres echoes across the room. Suddenly — a BANG! and the game is on.
You have some choices when it comes to where you want to live during your time at Stanford. The basic options are to live in the dorms, on the row, or in more apartment-style living spaces like Mirrielees or Oak Creek.