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Zhao: The last one

One of the things that has never ceased to amaze me about Stanford is just how elite it is. From the famous people we get to randomly meet at events to the let’s-change-the-world outlook to the sheer weight of the Stanford name as a byword for excellence, the elite status of this school is constantly being reinforced, both in us the students, and in the outside world, intensely to the point of obnoxiousness.

Hear me out

“You can buy [a T-shirt], but it is not exactly a good investment.” That is what my tour guide told us, 12 over-eager high school seniors, as we passed the bookstore the first time I toured Stanford. Her implication was simple – the barrier to entry is high. But there was also a more subtle suggestion –…

Kristian Bailey: The Advantages of a Liberal Education

When I heard that William Deresiewicz, author of “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education,” was coming to speak at Stanford, I could not have been more excited. The 2008 article, which one of my dorm staff sent to our mailing list early fall quarter, has prompted me to think a lot about what it means to be at Stanford, receiving a “Stanford education” and whether or not I am truly challenging myself to become a serious thinker and productive member of society.