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 2018-2019 school year. New non-traditional transfers may also attend the lunches.
Sunday, September 23 Welcome Back Dinner
Friday, October 2 Lunch Program: Learning Strategy Programs
Jae Chung, Academic Skills Coach, VPTL; Jessica Williams, Tutor and Outreach Coordinator, Schwab Learning Center
Friday, November 9 Lunch Program: Connecting with Faculty and Research
Vivienne Fong, Research Programs Director; Jill Wentzell, Research Communities Manager
Thursday, December 6 Holiday Lunch Program: On Resilience
Carole Pertofsky, Manager of Health Promotion Services, Vaden Health Center
Monday, January 7 Welcome Back Dinner
Friday, January 25 Lunch Program: Resume Consideration, Branding Yourself for Opportunities, Interviewing, and Negotiating Offers
Ahmad Wright, Assistant Director Career Education and Associate Director Career Catalysts, BEAM
Thursday, February 14 Lunch Program: On Designing Your Life (and the class)
John Armstrong, Life Design Lab, BEAM
Friday, March 8 Lunch Program: On resilience, growth mindset, and wellness in approaching finals
Aneel Chima, Head of Wellness Education and Associate Director of Health and Human Performance
Monday, April 1 Welcome Back Dinner
Friday, April 12 Lunch Program: Time management and study skills
Soung Bae, Senior Learning Specialist, Schwab Learning Center
Friday, May 12 Lunch Program: On the Science of Happiness and Well-being
Donovan Somera Yisrael, Health Promotion Services, IThrive Program
Friday, May 24 Lunch Program: Students sharing stories and reflections
Fun end-of-the-year program
Additional Support Resources
Advisors in Academic Advising