In college, you will be told all kinds of things from the well-intentioned people around you: life advice from your parents, polished mantras from university administrators, sage tips from your professors. Most of what you hear will drift through one ear and out the other… but every once in a while, something sticks to your brain like a bristled little foxtail seed. My collection of foxtail seeds have stuck with me throughout my time in school and changed the way I approach life, beyond college.
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).
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.
Making the transition to a new level of education is exciting, stressful, and filled with unknowns. My 5th grade teacher tried to prepare us for the rigors of middle school by warning us that teachers would no longer be “holding us by the hand.” My 8th grade teachers gave a similar warning several weeks before we graduated to high school. Now, as many of you readers journey into the unknowns of college academics, I hope that I can give you an idea of what to expect in this upcoming stage of your academic life.
It’s impossible to fit in all the classes that interest me, with 13,209 options from which to choose. Regardless, I want to share with you a couple of neat classes that I’ve been able to squeak into my schedule and I’ve been so glad I did!