FLI at Stanford

My Major is Not My Career

Greg Beale, '69
My goal was law.  I was a Political Science major at Stanford, while playing football at the same time.  That was not an easy thing to do then, fifty years ago, and is not an easy thing to do now.  I know that the demands of football at Stanford now  are more than what we had to do then, with year round training, summer workouts, etc., etc.  We had the same demands, but weren’t kept on campus during the summer.  I don’t know how they do it.
And to carry a 3.5 GPA with all that was not easy either.  

Embrace the Uncertainty, Follow your Curiosity

Linda Nguyen, '16
There was a time when some students were briefly able to glimpse their admission documents. As some of my fellow classmates, I was curious. The most remarkable thing was that even though I wrote on my application that I was pre-med and had worked on Asian-Pacific Islander Health advocacy, one of the admission officers wrote that she enjoyed my personal statement so much that she wished I would major in English! I walked out of there, shaking my head in disbelief.

My Major is Not My Career

Dontae Rayford, '07
15 years ago, I walked into PoliSci 101 as a bright-eyed freshman.  I'd major in Political Science and then take a year off to work in politics while studying for the LSAT. Then I'd go to some awesome law school before beginning a high-powered career as a litigator before transitioning into civil rights work after making my mark. 

Survive and Thrive

Ian Macato, 19
December 2014
“Congratulations! It is with great pleasure that I offer you admission to the Stanford University
Class of 2019.”
Reading this line was possibly the most affirming and validating moment of my 17 year old life
thus far. I remember sobbing tears of joy and disbelief the second I finished reading my
acceptance letter, that my Pa came down from his nap, worried that something terrible had
happened. Ma was thrilled. She started crying and wooing about my acceptance, and during

My First-Gen Story

Student on move-in day. Photo by Altmaier, Rachel .
Gianna Nino, '18

As my first year ends, I look back and appreciate all of the support that has been given to me throughout this year. From stressing out in my AAD Melissa’s office to talking for hours about some event that just happened in Warren’s (the LSP director’s) office, to just having lunch and talking about my first year experience with Anthony (my admissions officer), I could not be more thankful that these people had been there to guide me throughout my first year.

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