Everyone talks about the immense amount of knowledge you learn in your first year in college. Here are some of the things of the actual things I’ve learned in and outside of the classroom during my first two quarters at Stanford.
I don’t know if I believe this yet, but spring quarter at Stanford is supposedly “camp Stanford.” Only two weeks have past thus far, but it looks like it’ll be a pretty sweet quarter. My schedule is pretty light in comparison to last quarter’s (I took 19 units in the winter and I do not recommend this unless you absolutely need to take all those classes).
Stanford has a class for just about everything, but there are also opportunities to design your own course. I’m starting my second independent study this spring!
There’s no well-chartered “next step” after earning my undergraduate degree from Stanford. But in fact any next step I take will lead to amazingness, as I’ll take my Stanford intellectual curiosity and passion for excellence with me to my new endeavors.
Math, chemistry, English, and other subjects, once as separate as the contents of a pristine Lunchable, will become increasingly intermixed over the course of college. As your knowledge of one field grows, it expands into another field of study, and another – biology and chemistry turn into biochem, chemistry and physics meld into p chem, and then inevitably biology and physics into biophysics. For all you know, there might as well be biophysichemeconomusicommunicology.
Making the transition to a new level of education is exciting, stressful, and filled with unknowns. My 5th grade teacher tried to prepare us for the rigors of middle school by warning us that teachers would no longer be “holding us by the hand.” My 8th grade teachers gave a similar warning several weeks before we graduated to high school. Now, as many of you readers journey into the unknowns of college academics, I hope that I can give you an idea of what to expect in this upcoming stage of your academic life.