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Reader Survey Results 

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Responses to Our Reader Survey Dated 6/14/24

 

The Question: "What advice would you give to Stanford’s incoming freshmen and transfer students?"

 

This survey is now closed. To see responses to past Surveys, click here.

Reader Responses (updated 6/18/24)

In the order of most recently received, some with minor edits for style or to remain on topic. 

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Be kind, thoughtful, honest, humble, considerate, respectful, have dignity, and do what you can to make the world a better place. Do not believe everything you read or hear. Question everything. Explore all sides of issues. 

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Watch your back, keep your head down and avoid doing anything on campus, off campus or on social media that could be used against you by anyone out to find a reason to cancel you.

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Come to Stanford with an open mind. Focus on academics, but make time for fun. Make friends. Get help when you need it. Eat healthful foods, and take time for exercise. Manage stress. Stay safe on campus. Skip the drugs and alcohol.

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Remember and obey the Fundamental Standard.

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If the student is not "progressive Identarian" instead believing in classical liberal values, buckle up as it is going to be a "rough" ride for the duration of their time on campus; regardless, don't despair and best wishes.

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The Stanford culture ever since its founding is to show humility, not arrogance. Don’t tell everyone you’re there to “change the world,” as seems to have become the Stanford mantra in recent years, even if some day you will in fact help make major changes. Test new ideas but feel free to speak up about what you might think and feel as well. But in the process, be sure you’re drawing out the best in others.

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Learn to love the genius of the American Constitution.

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Stanford starts late and quarters move fast. Summer will be here before you know it, so you need to start thinking about it now. Sorry.

If you're not sure what you want to study, just pick something (for now); it's better than aimless, inchoate course selections. You can always change.

Pick a couple extracurriculars and focus on them. You can't do everything, like you probably did in high school.

Have fun! Join in the traditions - FMOTQ, Big Game week activities, Flicks, etc.

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