No. 18 Stanford field hockey (3-2, 0-0 America East) traveled to Brown (1-2, 0-0 Ivy League) and put on a clinic Tuesday afternoon, with five different Cardinal players netting goals in a 6-0 victory over the Bears.
Litigation on the lawsuit filed against Stanford by the nonprofit Disability Rights Activists (DRA) alleging Stanford’s leave of absence policies discriminate against those with mental health disabilities has been paused as the University remains in active settlement discussions with the DRA.
The first annual Stanford First Generation and/or Low Income (FLI) Conference was held this past weekend from March 2 to 4. Around 250 students and school administrators from Stanford and other elite universities including Duke and UC Berkeley participated in the conference, which was based around the theme of “uplifting voices.”
There’s a bit of haloed glow around Stanford’s name. Mention that you attend Stanford, and you’ll almost always receive an impressed smile and a “wow, what a great school!” or, “didn’t Stanford have the lowest acceptance rate in the country?” Like many elite schools, a culture of such selectivity gives Stanford a certain media presence…
This is especially relevant for seniors, many of whom are going through tech, consulting and TFA recruitment this fall. Everyone should have reasons for many any choice, but as we chart our course after Stanford, it is vitally important that we consider what is meaningful to us, as individuals, and pursue the opportunities that will best fulfill that, regardless of any financial returns, prestige or “success” they may – or may not – offer.
In July, The New Republic published an essay titled “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League” by former Yale professor and now writer William Deresiewicz. That piece was controversial, needless to say, garnering almost 200,000 shares on Facebook and prompting many students of elite universities to respond. To address some of these criticisms, I sat down with Mr. Deresiewicz last week.
Deresiewicz’s book, which was just published this August, highlights the problems with a goal, or “hoop,” oriented system of education that Deresiewicz argues takes the love of learning out of students.
Even if he is accurate in portraying the mentality of the average Ivy League student, however, his critique is not unique to Ivy League students. While some top-tier students may be lured by money and power, students at public schools pursue majors in business, finance, and pre-law, pre-professional majors most Ivy Leagues don’t even offer.