Experience Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

Experience Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies


[MUSIC] I think my favorite part of
the program would be getting to have an intimate discussion environment and
lecture environment and getting to meet people from all across
the United States and the world.>>Being around 40 people of my age
who come from different backgrounds, different parts of the world, and
actually sitting with them and having those deep conversations. It actually makes you
appreciate being a human being.>>I’ve never met a group of counselors
and students that were just so genuinely excited and emotionally
involves in what they’re learning.>>While I’ve been here, I found some
of the most intelligent, articulate, compassionate, and caring people who
I’ve ever encountered in my entire life.>>It’s really easy to
make friends that way, especially when you have a common
interest, such as engineering. We all come from different backgrounds,
but we all have the same passion for engineering, and
that kind of fuels our friendship, and our drive to work towards
something greater than ourselves.>>The professors that we get to work
with, because they really provide new knowledge, and an expertise that
you wouldn’t really get anywhere else.>>Actually having real-life
interaction with professionals and specialists working in the field of law.>>I love the opportunity of being able
to get up in the morning and go for a run around campus. And I also love that in the afternoon,
we have all these activities, such as going fountain-hopping,
which Stanford is famous for. And I love that we have free time at night
to go around campus to visit places like Chester Union and the coffee house and pick up on all the little abbreviations
that the Stanford students use. Such as for Chester, they’d say Ches,
for coffee house, they’d say CoHo.>>Having the ability to learn so
much in a short period of time. These three weeks,
I’ve learned here, basically, probably what I would learn in a whole
trimester or semester at my school.>>Making a prototype and
then seeing how exactly it works and then iterating, which was something
that I had never really did before. Cuz I would always make something and
then just say that it’s a final product. But what I really learnt here is that
you have to at least make one or two prototypes, and then you have to see
where the weak points are by breaking it.>>And the discussion extends from
the classroom, to the dorm, and then to breakfast. We’re able to carry the discussions and
the debates everywhere we go because the people here are just so
interesting and so smart.>>I remember coming the first day and
I was really scared. My dad was dropping me off, he was gonna drive away and
spend some time with his friend, who lives just down the road, I was like,
wait, can you just not do that yet? But now as we’re coming
to the end of the camp, I’ve really realized how
much I enjoy being here. I’ve made lots of friends, there’s people
here who I’m really gonna miss and I’ll definitely stay in touch with. So it’s been a really
transformative experience for me to be here, live with these people for
such a long time and really get to know them
on a different level.>>I’ve become a better writer throughout
this process, I’ve been able to learn how to articulate my ideas both,
actually, in writing and in speech.>>They helped us see that there are so
many things to do in the art field that can really make you successful and
you can do what you love.>>I became more of an outgoing,
social person.>>Everyone in this camp were
really kind and open-minded so I definitely felt the freedom
to really be my true self.>>I’m gonna take back the encouragement
that I got from my course teacher and from the TAs. I really felt free to fail.>>I come from a very low
income background and I often find myself void of a lot of
the opportunities that other people have from their middle class lives,
or whatever, financially. And being here, I got a scholarship,
being here has changed my life. Because it made me realize that no matter
what my background is, that I can make it. And that I can become what I wanna be. I can make it to Stanford someday,
or some other school, and do something amazing,
regardless of where I come from. And that’s really changed me and
inspired me. [SOUND]

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