Freshmen at Stanford sometimes wish that they were more connected with upperclassmen. In my first quarter here, I’ve discovered a class that has helped me reach out to older students while teaching me incredibly valuable skills.
As campus takes on a hush during the Thanksgiving holiday break, I am inspired to wax poetic about “a few of my thankful things,” if you will. I’m no Maria from The Sound of Music, but I hope that my rendition – in written form – nonetheless captures some of the magic of Stanford. Enjoy!
There are some weeks in the academic quarter that are just naturally harder than others. Work is all suddenly due at the same time and midterms seem to all fall on the same day. Though these weeks are tough, there’s always a silver lining. The bright side is: no matter how much work you have and no matter how late you stay up, there always seem to be friends doing the same thing. You end up studying together, despairing together, procrastinating together — and this makes tough weeks altogether bearable.
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.
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.