Archived Stories

Not Everything Goes According to Plan

Ariana Rollins, '18

Like many incoming freshmen, I arrived at Stanford armed with a shower caddy, approximately 17 pillows, and a plan. I was going to major in International Relations and become a dictator. You see, I’d always liked history and languages, and International Relations seemed like a great way to combine the two—plus, you got to travel!

Oh, that wasn’t the part you were confused about?

Why I teach the door-opener known as STS 1: The Public Life of Science and Technology

John Willinsky

This is the “gateway” course for the program in Science, Technology and Society. It means that I and two colleagues have the chance to introduce students to this interdisciplinary major that is committed to studying how the sciences and all aspects of technology affect, for better or for worse, the way we have lived and the way we do live, what we make of the world and how we use it. While my two co-instructors teach in their areas of great expertise: bioethics and the history of technology, I teach the ins and outs of intellectual property.

Why I Teach Using "Big Data" to Solve Social Problems

Big Data's definition illustrated with texts. By Camelia.boban - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33124418
Raj Chetty
Stanford and Silicon Valley are at the epicenter of the new economy, transforming the world with technologies and ideas that change the way many of us live.  My goal in teaching the course “Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems” is to harness this talent and energy to tackle challenging social problems – chronic poverty, disparities in life expectancy, underperforming schools – that have traditionally fallen outside the focus of the tech sector. 
 

An Ode to Uncertainty

Watercolor Sketch of Stanford Quad and Hoover Tower. Created by: Leo Holub, Stacy H. Geiken, Karen Preuss, Rod Searcey, Carolyn Caddes, Tim Davis
Brad Ross, '19
Coming in to freshman year, I had it all figured out. I would be a Sym Sys Major (Decision-Making and Rationality Track), breezing through the courses I’d picked out for every quarter of the next four years. On top of that, I was going to wrangle myself a research position, find a great summer job, sing in the only a cappella group worth joining, and meet my best friends for life, all by week five of Fall quarter. Piece of cake.
 

Why I Chose the MCS Major

Chalk board with equations
Zach Robinson, '16

As someone who is broadly interested in quantitative methods, Mathematical and Computational Science (MCS) seemed like a natural fit. I knew that I wanted a deeper mathematical education than I had encountered thus far, but I also wanted to explore applications beyond pure theory. The MCS major ensures that all students have a common quantitative foundation, but its interdisciplinary approach across four departments allows students to see how to apply a similar set of tools in a variety of ways.

My PWR Story

Grace Klein, '18

            When I showed up at Stanford for my freshmen year, I was terrified. Somewhere down the hall, I was certain, lived a girl who had patented technology and sold it to Lockheed Martin. I’d heard about her at the welcoming speech at my local alumni center, where they listed the glistening achievements of the 2014 entering class, none of which seemed to describe, well, me.

I Am Stanford

Patrick Crowley, '18

Hey everyone,

First, I would like to congratulate all of you on your acceptance to and, more importantly, decision to attend the realest, chillest, funnest University in the world, and I know I speak for the entire Stanford community when I say that we are incredibly excited for your arrival in September.

Why I'm a Stanford Newcomer Guide

Welcoming students on move-in day. Photo by L.A. Cicero / Stanford News Service
Mark Branom, '95

Entering the University can be an apprehensive and anxious experience. As a Newcomer Guide, I feel it is my role and responsibility to help my students adjust to their new lives -- academically, emotionally, and socially.  My door is always open for students to come by and talk, whether it be regarding classes, problems with parents, or other stresses they may encounter.

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