Returning Students

Returning Students

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.

Autumn Quarter

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


Winter Quarter

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


Spring Quarter

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

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