Stanford Memories

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Where did you live when you were a student? What was your favorite Stanford course or professor? Share a memory about a learning or campus life experience.

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Lake Lag

I remember when there was a lake! I swam and windsurfed there. What a beautiful spot.  

Mike OrsakClass of '82

Bill Nye

I found out through the grapevine that Bill Nye, the Science Guy, was appearing at a small engineering class held in History Corner. I snuck in (along with many other fans) and we turned the room into a standing-room-only crowd. I recall the temperature shot…

Josh ChanBA '11, MA '11

Chasing a Nobel laureate across the Quad

It was probably two weeks into freshman year. Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish author who had recently been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, was giving a talk in Mem Aud. A friend’s girlfriend was a huge fan, and he wanted to surprise her by getting…

Shine Zaw AungClass of 2011

Wet feet

After long nights of studying or not studying, I’d find a fountain and put my feet in. Sometimes with or without water. A happy moment of relaxation. Thank you Stanford!

Nicki Harris SalcedoClass of 1996

Breakfast Eating Club

Great food, great friends, great food fights!

Curt RethmeyerBSME, 1956

Listening to Desmond Tutu

Listening to Desmond Tutu speaking to a full audience while Stanford was divesting out of South Africa. Talk about living history!

Felicia Tillman ToeClass of 1986

Meeting Maya Angelou in Ujamaa

I was awestruck when I had the opportunity to meet author Maya Angelou in Ujamaa lounge as a freshman. She was so eloquent, gracious and inspirational.

Candice Carson (Basnight)Class of 1986

Meeting my roommate

Before getting to Stanford, I felt super nervous about my roommate. Will she like me? Will I like her? What if we hate each other? But, after getting to know her, I think Stanford did a good job pairing us up.

Vy MaiClass of 2020

First fountain-hopping

The first time I went fountain-hopping, the exhilaration of everyone around me, the cool water splashing around, the happiness in the air was phenomenal.

Alice YangClass of 2020

Too many choices

My first week of grad school was hard. Too many courses to choose from.

Katie ZhengGrad student
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