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| I picked Stanford over Harvard and MIT, and I'm really glad I did! I'm learning so much from my professors, my classmates, and especially from the people I'm living with. There's a really diverse group of people on campus, and befriending all the people in my dorm last year was an incredible experience.|
The academic life here is really tough, especially if you're one of Stanford's "techies," or science/engineering students. The "fuzzies," i.e. the arts/humanities students, have it easier, but they still work hard. Life in general is pretty good. Our dorms are spacious, well lit, and clean. (Compare our dorms with Berkeley's if you want to see a night vs. day kind of difference). The campus is incredibly beautiful, and it really makes a difference in your mood when you have to walk or bike from one area on campus to another in a welcoming, aesthetically pleasing environment. The surrounding area isn't all that exciting, but Palo Alto is a nice place to catch dinner if you want to get off campus. The school is pretty generous with financial aid, and I got a great package - a couple thousand more than I got from either Harvard or MIT.
The only thing that can get kind of annoying is the fact that the student spaces on campus, while plentiful, is somewhat old. The student government is talking about building a new student center to replace Tressider, our current one. But I don't know if that's going to happen for another year or so. Oh and one more thing: Berkeley students like to give Stanford students a hard time. They call us arrogant, spoiled, etc. Well, I won't deny that there are some people like that on our campus as there are at every other college across the United States. But then again, they're just bitter that they didn't get into Stanford. Really, really bitter. For all of you who aren't familiar with this relationship between the two schools, think of the relationship between the United States and France. One is a superpower and the other likes to be a pain in the rear. Berkeley is like France - the angry, resentful has-beens.
|Sep 10 2003|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2005 |
| I had a ton of choices at the end of my senior year...one year later, I can be confident in saying that I picked the right school. The campus is beautiful and the people are from everywhere and very nice. |
My first computer science class was sort of a make or break experiment--did I like programming? Did I like the department, etc. But my professor was great-funny, engaging, and informative-and my TA was also very accessible and helpful. Just like the name suggests, TAs never TEACH a class at Stanford. Instead, they help convey complex ideas and thoughts in a smaller setting that's more conducive to questions.
The only thing I really don't like about Stanford is the town--Pallo Alto. It's so boring and upscale. It really makes me miss my hometown.Be sure to get involved, though, and you'll never be bored. There's so much to see and do on campus.
|Sep 10 2003|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2006 |
| I've totally enjoyed my two years at Stanford. I'm really glad I chose to go there instead of the east coast ivies I got into. Having lived and grown up in Westchester, NY my entire life, I can really appreciate how getting out of that Chote/Rye Country Day/Horace Mann atmosphere has done wonders for my outlook on life. The quality of life is incredible, seeing as how the dorms are almost all new (thanks to an ongoing $1.2 billion project called the CIP or Capital Improvement Project), the food is good (though not Cornell good), and the weather... well, lets just say during the winter of 02'-03' when the Northeast was buried in snow, I was walking around campus in a T-shirt and khakis. |
The academics are also uniformly incredible, with the notable exception of our music and arts departments. The engineering school is second to none, and having taken a bunch of Comp Sci classes and an electrical engineering class, I can totally understand how Silicon Valley sprung up around Stanford. Economics, Poli Sci, History, and psychology are also amazing departments, with profs like Ken Arrow, Zimbardo, and other huge names.
The only real beef that I have with the school is that the surrounding area isn't as fun as say Boston or D.C. (two notoriously fun college cities), because Stanford is nestled in the middle of a suburb. That means for out of state students like me, getting off campus can be tough if you don't have a car. Other than that though, I've loved my time out there, and I'm looking forward to another two great years!
|Sep 09 2003|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2005 |