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.
I’ve talked about language classes before, but I wanted to come back to the topic now, because I’m taking a different type of language class this year and it’s been great so far!
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.
When I first heard that some classes at Stanford are graded on a curve, I imagined cutthroat competition, peers who hoped for others to struggle so they could gain an advantage. Turns out the dystopian planet I feared was the complete opposite of reality; the Stanford world has continued to amaze me with the culture of peer support and collaboration that flourishes here.
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.