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Stanford U / Re: What's it like?
« on: March 12, 2005, 12:29:03 AM »
I went to Stanford for my undergrad and I'm debating between it and Harvard at the moment.  I'm going to Harvard's admit weekend at the end of this month, but let me tell you - Stanford is Fabulous.  It's a great place to spend a few years, especially if you're coming from the east.

I've had several friends who went to Stanford Law and they all loved it.  From what I've heard (and this is from Harvard students among others), Stanford has some of the happiest law students in the country.

The weather in Palo Alto is amazing.  I went out in a t-shirt today and debated putting on shorts. For a sense of comparison, here's the weather forecast for tomorrow:

Boston: 39/29 F
Overcast
Humidty 92%

Palo Alto: 69/49 F
Clear
Humidty 72%


Let me know if you have any specific questions.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Stanford Bound!
« on: March 12, 2005, 12:03:20 AM »
I think you would probably want a car.  It is the 'burbs after all.  But you may be able to get by for a while bumming rides and taking public transportation.

Car or not - it's one of the big questions.

I'd say get/bring a car if you can.  Things are spread out, which means decent parking around Stanford but hard to get places without a car.  Also, public transportation is nothing like east coast metro areas.

As an undergrad at Stanford, freshmen weren't allowed to have cars, so I'd bum rides off of people with cars.  It's totally do-able, so if you don't have a car don't worry about it.  Plus, it's a good excuse to make friends ;-) 

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Harvard's Admit Days are March 20/21 and April 10/11.  I don't think Stanford has more than one weekend because it has such a small entering class (less than half the size of H.) 

However, I went by on a random day to viist the Stan. law school and it was fab.


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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Stanford Bound! - New Poster
« on: March 07, 2005, 06:26:11 PM »
Hullo Everyone! 

I'm choosing between Stanford and Harvard and it's been so hard.  For those of you who are thinking about coming to Stanford from back east - COME.  I did my undergrad at Stanford and it was fabulous.  Nowhere else are a ton of people with type-A presonalities packed so tightly with so little stress and animosity.  (Not that there wasn't any stress; there certainly was lots.)

I thought I wanted to go back east for undergrad and Stanford's Admit weekend, coupled with a few run-ins with the more snobby admitees heading back east - decided me against it.  Anyone who's still on the fence or who wants to enjoy a few days in CA should come out in April. 

As much as I loved Stanford, I did have times when I wondered what it would have been like to be at Harvard or Princeton, someplace where the liberal arts were more valued.  Stanford is very techie - great place to come if you like the Silicon Valley/ IP vibe.  While I had friends who were interested in literature and art, it seemed like most of the people I befriended were pre-med or engineers.  It simply had a different intellectual character from other schools.  At the same time, it encouraged me to explore many areas that I likely wouldn't have had I gone elsewhere.

Housing wise -- 1l Classes start early.  I wouldn't advise the commute from San Francisco for your first year.  I had a friend who was a dorm advisor in Crothers for a few years and she loved it.  Like any dorm, it allows you to get to know your fellow students better than living by yourself. (That is, if you are willing to participate in the activities.)  The rent prices in the Palo Alto area are fairly reasonable and you can get some good deals if you are willing to split apartments.  Craigslist is always a good place to look to see what kinds of things are available.  You may be surprised at what you can get.

It sounds like there are several Public Interest people posting on this board.  What feeling do you get for Stanford v Harvard?

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