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.
While at Stanford, I’ve had a lot of opportunity to learn about the history, customs, and art of other cultures, and much of that learning has taken place outside of class. There are all sorts of groups and clubs on campus that celebrate and promote different cultures.
Every year, the Stanford Japan Exchange Club brings a handful of students from Japan to visit Stanford for thirty days. The club pairs the Japanese students with Stanford students who host them for 10 days each, so that each Japanese student gets to stay with three Stanford hosts during their time here.
I don’t know about you, but 8,180 acres sounds pretty big to me. And in fact, although I’m no longer new to our expansive campus, I still discover great new places to study and buildings I’ve never heard of surprisingly often…thank goodness for our online campus map! But if you agree that 8,180 is rather large, then how about 36,794,240,000? I learned firsthand that Stanford literally covers the acreage of the earth when I studied abroad in Paris this past autumn.
Some of the best things about being at Stanford include: fellow classmates, the Bing Overseas Study Abroad Program, and food!
Students in the Asian American Theatre Project address issues with race and social class by staging a reinvented production of My Fair Lady