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This university is truly amazing. Upon coming here, I don't think I realized just how passionate people can be for academics, and how much can be learned in-depth at the college level. The people here are intensely devoted to some field or another, whether it be music composition, computer science, or Greek literature. Academics here mean so much than grades, the students and professors mull over problems or research issues tirelessly and with genuine interest. Having visited other schools (esp. those on the east coast), I think our warm and relaxed atmosphere helps to keep everyone humble, open, friendly, and passionate. This is not at all an elitist place, and no one is uptight or competitive. As quixotic as it may sound, we really are all here for the pursuit of higher learning -- and there is no better place than Stanford to give you the opportunities to explore your passions. The campus is really safe, so you can wander about (at any hour) as you please without worry. One thing to remember though -- biking is almost necessary here (hey, it also keeps everyone fit!). The campus is enormous -- sometimes classes are literally miles apart. You can definitely walk if you'd really like, but biking seems to be the prominent and most efficient means of travel. It's also relaxing, since the campus is so scenic and the weather is always wonderful. All right, I apologize for my verbose language. I hope you find a school that you will love and that will enable you to develop your interests! Remember that there are great people at every school. For me, Stanford has been an incredible experience and I wholeheartedly recommend this place to anyone considering it.
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