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!
This quarter we’re exploring gravity and levity in art. Looking into the lighter side of art: the accessible, the social, the political, we’re learning about ways that art can seem unserious while dealing with serious, often political topics.
Each year about 1,000 Stanford undergraduates work closely with faculty mentors on research ranging from engineering and medicine to the humanities, fine arts and social sciences, in some cases traveling world-wide. These projects introduce students to the rigors of academic research, build analytic skills and also help students find their own future path, whether it’s diving deeper into academics or taking their passion and applying it to other careers.