Stanford students take time away from school for many reasons, including: family concerns, finances, health, job opportunities (including professional sports), academic issues, or needing time to clarify their priorities and goals.
Returning Students Group
All returning students should join Academic Advising's Returning Students Group. Most students have taken a year or more off, but those who have been away for a shorter time may also join. Current members range in age from 19 to 68, but most members are between 20 – 35 years of age. Non-traditional transfer students (age 25 and over) are also welcome.
A Welcome Back Dinner is held at the beginning of each quarter, on the night before school starts in the fall, and the first night of classes in the winter and spring. Welcome Back Dinners are from 5:30-7 p.m. and attendance is required.
The Returning Students Group also enjoys monthly lunches from noon until 1:30 p.m. and include check-ins and guest speakers. Confidentiality is respected, and good food is always served. Below is a list of programs planned for the 2019-20 school year. New non-traditional transfers may also attend the lunches.
Sunday, September 22 Welcome Back Dinner
Friday, October 4 Lunch Program: Learning Strategy Programs
Jae Chung, Academic Skills Coachs, VPTL; Jessica Williams, Tutor and Outreach Coordinator,
Schwab Learning Center;
Friday, November 8 Lunch Program: Career Center--BEAM: Joslyn Johnson Meaningful Work Kit
Thursday, December 6 Holiday Lunch Program: Well-Being
Donnovan Ysrael, Health Educator, Vaden
Monday, January 6 Welcome Back Dinner
Monday, January 24 Lunch Program: Megan Dino, BEAM Internships, jobs, and representing lapses on resumes
Friday, February 14 Lunch Program: Saray Meyer Tapia, Health and Human Performance; Resilience & Wellnes classes
Friday, March 6 Lunch Program: Adam Banks, Faculty Director, PWR--Connecting with Faculty
Monday, March 30 Welcome Back Dinner
Friday, April 10 Lunch Program: tentative: John Armstrong--Designing Your Life
Friday, May 8 Lunch Program: tentative Time Management and Study Skills
Friday, May 24 Lunch Program: Students sharing stories and reflections
Additional Support Resources
Advisors in Academic Advising