Standing at six feet, four inches tall and dressed in a sharp black suit, Ronald Spogli ’70, former U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino, appeared a firm, powerful character. But his warmth emerged as he fondly recalled his time on the Farm and its profound impact on his life.
Home: it wasn’t until I heard my Australian host mother, Maree, say it that I really contemplated the sound of the word itself.
When in Madrid, do as the madrileños do.
The precious time when students indulge in the stupor of warm weather and drink the ambrosia of relaxation — the lull of summertime, for many, is a chance to wind down, an escape from the hectic pace of problem sets, papers and exams. Some students, however, choose to walk the path less traveled — a summer immersed in Asia’s corporate culture.
Stanford Overseas Seminars are returning to the University for the 2011-12 academic year. The program, which is run by the Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP), will accommodate between 60 and 75 students in five three-week long seminars during summer 2012. The program should then expand to its peak size of 10 seminars for 150 students in 2013. Specific details on the programs offered have not yet been announced.
The University announced earlier this month that it is launching a new International Travel Assistance Program intended to provide improved medical, personal, travel and security assistance services to Stanford affiliates who are traveling abroad on University-related business, research or programs.
I glanced down at my cup of boiled river water. My coffee would be brown before I even put the grounds in.
That morning, I had awoken in a sandy sleeping bag, greeted by the sun rising over the chain of mountains before me. Not to mention the growing chatter of 30 or so other students who had also sniffed out breakfast.
Such was camping down Orange River. And after a long day of rowing, we would sleep on South African sand one night and on Namibian shores the next, with no tents — just an endless sprinkling of stars overhead. It was like being in one of those 360-degree planetarium exhibits, but without the stuffy room and nasal monotone of the docent.
When people ask me why I wanted to study abroad in Oxford, I can give them a variety of reasons — namely, the incredible academics, the perfect setting and the multitude of extracurricular opportunities here. Or maybe because Oxford was founded in 1167, making it something like seven times older than good ol’ Stanny U. Or maybe it’s the fantastic architecture and incredible scenery. Obviously, I came here for all those things, but that’s not really why I came here. Stanford likes to tout the academics of its study abroad programs and whatnot (especially Oxford), but forget that. Those aspects aren’t that important in the grand scheme of things.