By the end of his sophomore year, Adison Chang ’19 was “done” with Stanford. Burned out from juggling his extracurricular commitments and frustrated by his major requirements, Chang felt like he’d lost sight of his purpose at school. “I was like, ‘Why am I here? What do I want out of my time here?’” He…
Sasha Landauer ’20, founder of Gap Guides and co-founder of No Crap Gap Guides, took a gap year in the 2015-16 academic year to explore different cultures before attending Stanford.
Students seeking off-campus learning opportunities will be able to use a more centralized portal starting this year, as the Office of International Affairs (OIA) expands its new online platform, SOLO.
Born and raised in the Computer Age, I didn’t know a life without technology. This past winter quarter, however, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Madrid. That meant (per my parents) turning off my data plan and abandoning my iPhone in order to avoid huge phone expenses.
Roxy Sass gives us the scoop on what she considers the best part about studying abroad.
Since coming back to campus, adjusting to the Stanford lifestyle hasn’t been always been easy. I thought it would like learning how to ride a bike again, you know, it comes right back to you just like that. However, what I failed to remember is how difficult it is — me especially — to ride a bike, and that it takes a little trial and error before you get going again. And of course, looking around at everyone whizzing past me and doing loops around the Circle of Death, I had to believe it was just me who was struggling to just stay on a bike.
You have no idea where you are, who is around you or why you’re there. You have no money, you can’t do anything quickly and you don’t have anywhere to go. Sounds like a bad dream, right?
That about describes the first couple hours of being abroad in a foreign city. But I only need two words to describe how I felt in Florence: abroad and confused.
Despite the preemptive homesickness, I was itching for a change. I had spent the better part of two years in the Stanford bubble and the better part of my life in the Bay…