Stanford University Reviews
I recently attended my 35th reunion from Stanford, where a lot of my classmates showed up because we created real, nurturing friendships that have lasted a life time. Stanford has a big reputation, but it's a pretty intimate campus with lot of natural beauty. I remember my first journalism class, where my professor encouraged me and nurtured my talent. It set me on a path that I'm still on, and still passionate about. A few years back, when I returned for my 20th reunion, I ran into the head of the Communication Department, and he still remembered me. The kids at Stanford were super smart, as you might expect, but the culture of the campus was relaxed and warm.
When I first arrived at Stanford, I was not sure where I stood compared to other students. I was not sure whether I was prepared enough. I immediately came across what I think are Stanfords two main strengths: there was a support system for me to succeed, and the diversity of preparedness and backgrounds in students was endless. The classes were challenging but through office hours, review sessions, and extra tutoring, all provided and encouraged by the university, I realized I could do well and enjoy my experience. While I believe the design of some of their introductory science classes needs improvement, they definitely build on each other and as soon as I started doing more research in my field (biology in general and marine biology in particular), I realized how well-prepared I was and how broad of a background I had acquired almost without realizing it. My favorite part about Stanford was the people I met, both students and faculty, precisely because they came from a wide variety of backgrounds and mindsets. I met people who inspired me, by the things they had done and continued to do, and by the way they connected with others. The students and professors passion, curiosity, and positivity were contagious, the resources and opportunities felt endless, and I feel very lucky and honored to have graduated with the knowledge and memories that I did. My learning and research experiences at Stanford and in the field of marine biology were immersive and unforgettable ones.
The electricity and knowledge transferred between students is the perfect ground for the foundations of an education built for free thinking and market disruption. In parallel, the academic dissemination is so well understood by Stanford professors that they can explain the most complicated of subjects to a novice.
This past spring -- 2016 -- I received my bachelors degree in American Studies from the school that four years ago promised to shape my character, help me find my passions, lead me to the greatest friendships possible and also promised to challenge me every step of the way. It did this and more. As an undergraduate at Stanford University, I served as editor-in-chief of The Stanford Daily, served as project manager to two entrepreneurial pursuits, launched a business enhancing application and in my senior year solidified my focus of study on digital media in society. From these experiences, my initial interest in the intersection between psychology and product decisions has grown into a deep passion and that is why I have chosen to stay at Stanford an extra year to pursue a masters degree in Communications. At Stanford, I was able to discover my interest in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and this will eventually lead me to my desired career in Product Marketing. I want to influence the roadmap of a product and share its story with the user. I would have never found my passion if it were for the amazing opportunities I was afforded at Stanford. As editor-in-chief I learned how to set goals for a corporation and manage and work cooperatively with a staff of 130 editors, writers and photographers. I made time-sensitive editorial and business decisions, provided feedback, pitched ideas and ensured that all parts of The Stanford Daily worked together efficiently. The greatest accomplishment during my term was recognizing a need -- for students to have an unfiltered voice -- and filling it with a new section of the paper, the Grind: A snapshot of campus life written by Stanford students for Stanford students. I worked with my team of editors and graphic designers to create the name, description, logo and plan for gaining readership and hiring writers. Through Communication and Computer Science classes I became fixated on the impact of digital media technologies on society. I would love to apply this passion to the APMM position at Google. My interest in how technology affects human interactions is why I decided to pursue a masters degree in Communication/Media Studies at Stanford and why I would be a creative and tireless contributor as an APMM. Two classes in particular have established my interest in tech, UI design, marketing and project management. In Digital Media Entrepreneurship, I was a project lead in the development of a social media venture, Short notice for Businesses, which enables businesses to send messages directly to their customers. Preceding the class, I assisted in the launch of the product and continue to develop new ideas for the company. In the Social Impact Collaborator, I led my team in developing a company that removes barriers to healthy eating. I learned that theres more to a successful product than just the product. I pitched both products to venture capitalists, developed business plans and go-to-market strategies, while acquiring product management, user testing, need finding, team building and creative decision-making skills. In addition to professional skills, I have also learned life skills and have become much stronger and accomplished due to the relationships and opportunities that Stanford afforded me. Stanford is a wonderful place that offers so many opportunities to occupy every second of our day. My freshman year, I remember panicking the first few weeks because I had free time in between classes that was not filled! But then, I got swooped up by the sports section of The Stanford Daily. I had found my thing. Ive learned over the last six months that theres no right way to live your life at Stanford -- there are many ways that are just as rewarding. As students, we just have to do what makes us happy, proud and confident in ourselves. Twenty years from now, I will look back on my Stanford career and remember the late night conversation I had with my friend in my sorority kitchen eating Skinny Pop or that time I sang along to Justin Biebers early hits with my editors at 2am at The Stanford Daily office, along with the endless readings and problem sets that helped guide me to my chosen career. Stanford students are expected to cure diseases, fight for justice, change the world, solve world hunger, run multi-billion dollar companies and have our lives all in order by our 10-year reunion, but I learned that were not perfect. Some of us might have it all figured out as undergrads, but the majority of us are still figuring it out, and we wont reach one of those achievements until we''ve tried out some other pursuits, failed a bit, meandered a lot through our road map and ultimately lived. And the great thing about Stanford is that it celebrates and encourages those trials and errors as opportunities for growth and learning. Stanford assured me that I don't have to have to have all the answers, but to just keep living and laughing and propelling myself towards my passions.
I loved my time at Stanford! There are amazing opportunities here, great professors, and incredible people!
Stanford is an amazing school where you'll receive an excellent education and have a blast doing it. People at Stanford work hard and play hard. The weather is wonderful and the is campus beautiful.
Beautiful campus. Myriad of possibilities. Heavy in to research tied to a concentration on sports.
Stanford is an amazing place to study, even if you are not going into a tech-related field. Students in the humanities and social sciences are incredibly well supported and the learning environment is dynamic. And it's actually fun--people care about being healthy and going outside and aren't just cooped up in the library or lab.
Stanford is a great school, and offers great financial aid for those who need it. It also offers great experiences to interact with people from all backgrounds.
Stanford is the only elite university that combines the resources and breadth of a world-class research university with the flexibility and interdisciplinarity of an Ivy League--you can literally do anything there. Professors support and nurture students and their ideas, and the university itself encourages innovative, entrepreneurial risk-taking. It's the school of "yes."