Thinking Matters courses are meant to help freshman students develop a sense for what constitutes a genuine question or problem and how to address it in a creative and disciplined manner. Through an emphasis on critical analysis, close reading, analytic writing, and effective communication, a liberal education enables students to make connections across many fields of study that will inform their future intellectual work and life after Stanford.
I’ve recently been impressed by the way that some of my friends have been not only exploring new things, but also pursuing their passions by creating art, designing and engineering products, and writing code. I want to jump off of my previous post to talk some great ways that you can go beyond the bounds of the classroom and dive into a topic or project that you care about in whatever field you’re interested in.
We’ve all had to answer the Stanford admissions question: “What matters to you, and why?” During my million iterations of brainstorming responses, I repeatedly came back to the importance of freedom in my life; having grown up a highly independent only child, I value the ability to circumscribe my path. Yet I worried that coming to college would crimp my style. I wondered: Would I be stuck in classes I didn’t enjoy in order to fulfill requirements?
Being intellectually inquisitive and having broad interests are celebrated here at Stanford. It’s amazing to be surrounded by so many people who share my love of learning!
Award-winning novelist, Stanford Professor Richard Powers Finds Inspiration in Teaching, Tech and Trees
In 11 novels, including his latest, Orfeo, Richard Powers repeatedly demonstrates the often-unexpected intersections between the humanities and sciences.
Faculty Senate approves two “joint majors” on a pilot basis, bringing computer science together with English and music. More joint proposals are expected.