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?
I am in the middle of my winter quarter of my junior year here at Stanford, which is the best school in the world (objectively, of course). This has been my busiest quarter so far, but it’s also been the best, and I want to just reflect for a minute on how thankful I am to be in a great place with amazing people and opportunities.
This winter quarter is the last one that I will spend on campus as an undergraduate, and it has already felt quite different than any other one that I have had on campus largely for that reason. One thing that always struck me about being here was the distance it created from my parents and it allowed me to create my own “life” separate from them. While this has been incredibly useful in making me mature during my time at Stanford, there’s still nothing like being able to feel like a kid again when I’m with my parents!
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