I’ve written about choosing fun classes before, but sometimes it just isn’t possible to only take classes you’re super excited about. Throughout my Stanford career, I’ve had to take classes that don’t exactly line up with my interests or my academic strengths in order to fulfill requirements.
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.
Sheri Sheppard, a Stanford professor of mechanical engineering, has been named U.S. Professor of the Year for doctoral and research universities.