For the past four years, I played for the varsity Division I tennis team here. To pay homage to those four chaotic but incredibly exciting and rewarding years, I thought I’d give you a glimpse into the minute-by-minute life of a student-athlete.
This last weekend, the first in February, was the first time it’s rained in a while here, which I would normally say is a good thing, but my dorm had planned to team up with another dorm and go paintballing in Santa Clara, so the rain was a little bit of a worry.
The first game happens on a Friday night. Two contestants face each other down across the green felt. They are opposites in every way. One prefers his cue heavy, the other light. One is a prospective CS major, the other philosophy. They move deliberately, and a “clack-clack-clack” of fifteen ceramic spheres echoes across the room. Suddenly — a BANG! and the game is on.
You have some choices when it comes to where you want to live during your time at Stanford. The basic options are to live in the dorms, on the row, or in more apartment-style living spaces like Mirrielees or Oak Creek.
It’s the start of a new year here on the Farm, and that means new classes, new dorms, and a big switch from life at home during the summer with family to life on campus surrounded by amazing students and faculty.