Six Stanford seniors have received the 2019 Deans’ Award, an annual honor which recognizes a small number of undergraduates for their scholarly achievements.
Although millennials generally meet certain life benchmarks later than earlier generations did, they don’t necessarily do so by choice, new research from the Stanford Center on Longevity suggests.
“There are two ways of getting home, and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same place,” writes G.K. Chesterton, an early-20th century wizard of words, in the introduction to his book “The Everlasting Man.”
I think there is a similar mindset at Stanford, a campus full of overachievers so competent at overachieving that we make it look like regular achieving. We wrap our identity and our worth in our accomplishments. “It’s not enough to just be a doctor, I need to be going to the number one medical school.” “It’s not enough to just be a student, I need to be starting dozens of clubs while juggling 20 units and a dance team.” Nobody is saying this out loud, but everyone is saying this in one way or another.