At the Facebook London offices, our conference rooms are plastered with posters shipped from the Menlo Park headquarters, commanding us to “move fast and build things.” We are reminded to value “people over pixels,” and asked “what would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
During my senior year at Stanford (2003-04), I was diagnosed with depression. I struggled to stay interested in anything but sleeping and spent hours crying without knowing why. Added to the sense of hopelessness were feelings of shame and embarrassment — how could I possibly feel sad on the Farm? Everyone else around me (I thought) was accomplished and happy, reveling in the California sunshine and the dynamic academic environment. What was wrong with me?
Before he left his post at Goldman Sachs this week in the most public fashion, Greg Smith ’01 was a Stanford undergraduate studying economics. He wrote the following opinion piece during his senior year.
A week ago, Stanford informed Chi Theta Chi that it would try to revoke our home’s independence. Instead, this week’s progress, and a monumental outpouring of support from the University community, have confirmed that our home’s independence is stronger than ever before.