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
Undergraduate Advising and Research invites returning students to join our Returning Students Group. Most students who participate have taken a year or more off, but those who have been away for a shorter time may also join. Current participating members currently 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. The Welcome Back Dinner is from 5:30-7 p.m.
The Returning Students Group also enjoys monthly lunches from noon until 1:30 p.m. which include time to check in with one another, and to hear from guest speakers. Confidentiality is respected, and good food is always served. Below is a list of programs planned for the 2018-2019 school year.
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 (UAR)
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
Friday, February 15 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
Ed Stern, Learning Strategist, Schwab Learning Center
Friday, May 12 Lunch Program: Thoughts from her book on What I Wish I Knew when I was Twenty
Tina Seelig, Professor in Management Science Engineering
Friday, May 24 Lunch Program: Students sharing stories and reflections
Fun end-of-the-year program
Additional Support Resources
Advisors in Undergraduate Advising and Research
Sally Mentzer, Academic Advisor and Co-ordinator of Transfer Advising and the Returning Student Process