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

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.

Autumn Quarter

Sunday, September 23               Welcome Back Dinner

 

Friday, October 2                          Lunch Program: Learning Strategy Programs

                                                            Jae Chung, Academic Skills Coach, VPTLJessica 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

 

Winter Quarter

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

                                                           

Spring Quarter

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

Academic Skills Coaching

Schwab Learning Center

 

Advisors in Undergraduate Advising and Research

Academic Advising Directors

Specialized Advising Team

Sally Mentzer, Academic Advisor and Co-ordinator of Transfer Advising and the Returning Student Process