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.
I’ve used the word “cool” to describe a lot of this experience, but after awhile, the many experiences Stanford has to offer inherently rings to the tone of amazement and wonder. Going to Stanford continuously feels like the experience of a lifetime that I wouldn’t get anywhere else. Often, I stop and contrast thoughts of what life would be outside of Stanford. It might not be that much different, to be honest—I wouldn’t know what I’d be missing out on… But having known Stanford, I wouldn’t change going here for anything.
It’s impossible to fit in all the classes that interest me, with 13,209 options from which to choose. Regardless, I want to share with you a couple of neat classes that I’ve been able to squeak into my schedule and I’ve been so glad I did!
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.