We spend so much more time and energy than we realize trying to get to know ourselves.
Now that decisions are out for the class of 2021 and Admit Weekend is approaching, I can’t help but look back at the application process.
We need residences and at least one dining hall to remain open during all school breaks. To do otherwise is telling first-generation and/or low-income students that although Stanford’s brochures may claim to value diversity of all kinds, it’s just for show.
We need to be especially attentive to issues that aren’t so apparent on the surface — the largely ignored, the stigmatized.
Imagine you and a friend are both learning how to drive. Your friend decides to drive you around the neighborhood in their dad’s car; within a few minutes, you can tell that they more or less know what they are doing. And it makes sense. Although they haven’t driven alone before, they took lessons from…
Despite many helpful programs, Stanford could still be more welcoming to first generation/low income students.
Let’s face it — although you did the best with what you were given, your peers were better prepared.
You know your grades should not define you. The same thing that goes for weight and age applies — they’re just numbers. But it’s hard not to feel discouraged when, consistently, your hours of work yield you nothing but failing or almost-failing grades on your assignments.