A typical routine for Nick Hoversten, ’14, a double major in history and studio art, involves painting, sculpting, woodworking, photography, surfing and practice and competition for Stanford Men’s Water Polo.
With the final standings set to be released after the 2014 baseball College World Series, the winner of the 2013-14 Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings has already been determined with Stanford claiming its unprecedented 20th consecutive award as the top intercollegiate athletic department in the nation.
In my lastpost, I covered how I’ve been entertained by the arts at Stanford. In this post, I’m going to talk about my main alternative method of entertainment: SPORTS!
Stanford alum to have big impact on Super Bowl XLVIII
Two years ago, I had had reservations about matriculating to a school that boasted a successful athletics program. As klutzy as I was nerdy, I was afraid of cliché jock attitudes and a social hierarchy that would pin me down as the 4th grader who couldn’t climb the rope in gym (I still probably couldn’t climb that rope). And with a population of about 800 varsity athletes and an athletics program that’s won the Director’s Cup for 19 out of 20 times, my concern was probably not unfounded. However, since I stepped foot on this campus I have not found an iota of evidence that confirmed my fears. In fact, I have come to love very specifically that Stanford does sports well; and for everyone else who isn’t an athlete or who doesn’t see the benefit of being a non-athlete at a school, here’s a list of reasons why it’s awesome for you.
As thousands of Stanford alums (and their families) returned to campus last weekend for their homecoming reunions from October 17-20, the campus received an infusion of energy. There were numerous events spread throughout campus, such as the event that in which I participated called the Kids Amazing Race. I spent an hour and a half volunteering and I got to meet all kinds of families as they raced each other around campus trying to gather letters to spell out “GO STANFORD!”…