Why did you choose this school?
Besides the obvious- prestige, gorgeous campus, and enviable climate- there’s also the welcoming, inclusive atmosphere, top-tier location, and passionate faculty. Although having rigorous academics, with the school being an hour drive from downtown San Francisco and near some renowned skiing paradise (Lake Tahoe, etc.), student life should not be boring at all!
What is your favorite thing about your school?
From what I’ve been through, I’d definitely say the faculty and how much effort they put in to make the online learning experience the best they could. Their enthusiasm to eagerly share what they know is almost tangible.
What is the best memory studying at your college?
Honestly, I haven’t experienced a lot besides Zoom classes and online meetings, but the one thing I look forward to experiencing is the football games and just the residential life in general (having roommates, etc.)!
Do you think it’s worth it?
Even with online classes, I’d say definitely! With the “Stanford” title, the school often invites big name speakers and hosts events with them. The flexibility of the curriculum* is luxury to me, growing up with a standard curriculum fixed by the Education Bureau. The variety of classes grant clueless people like me an opportunity to explore interests. The (surprisingly) non-judgemental student body offers me, a non-native English speaker, an encouraging atmosphere to speak up.
*I know people who literally designed their own major, including the courses requirements and everything! Flexible is an understatement.
Evie Chen, Stanford ’24