I don’t know if I believe this yet, but spring quarter at Stanford is supposedly “camp Stanford.” Only two weeks have past thus far, but it looks like it’ll be a pretty sweet quarter. My schedule is pretty light in comparison to last quarter’s (I took 19 units in the winter and I do not recommend this unless you absolutely need to take all those classes).
Stanford has a class for just about everything, but there are also opportunities to design your own course. I’m starting my second independent study this spring!
As I look back on the last ten weeks, I see that I’ve actually learned a lot both in and out of class. One of the lessons I’ve taken away has to do with my major choice. Specifically:
My major choice is looking unclear, and this is OK.
There’s no well-chartered “next step” after earning my undergraduate degree from Stanford. But in fact any next step I take will lead to amazingness, as I’ll take my Stanford intellectual curiosity and passion for excellence with me to my new endeavors.
Math, chemistry, English, and other subjects, once as separate as the contents of a pristine Lunchable, will become increasingly intermixed over the course of college. As your knowledge of one field grows, it expands into another field of study, and another – biology and chemistry turn into biochem, chemistry and physics meld into p chem, and then inevitably biology and physics into biophysics. For all you know, there might as well be biophysichemeconomusicommunicology.
Stanford has extended undergraduate admission offers to the Class of 2019 and announced an increase in financial aid. Now, parents with annual family incomes below $125,000 and typical assets will be expected to pay no Stanford tuition.