Stanford Supplements #4

Virtually all of Stanford’s undergraduates live on campus. What would you want your future roommate to know about you? Tell us something about you that will help your future roommate-and us-know you better.

Dear Roommate,

I’m that guy who’s unabashedly outgoing. I frequently settle random debates with friends by asking the opinion of a stranger walking by. Some people call that crazy; I call it fun.

I’m that guy who looks on the bright side. When something doesn’t go as planned, I find a way to turn it into a positive development. If bad luck really exists, I’ve never been forced to admit it.

I’m that guy who’s going to make you come fountain hopping with me through Stanford’s twenty-odd fountains. I’m very persuasive.

I’m that guy who’s such a nerd at times. My Facebook comments for the past month have all obscurely referenced The Fountainhead, simply because that’s what I’ve been reading for fun. Nobody’s had a clue what I’ve been talking about. I’m that guy Kent Lansing.

Yet I’m also that guy who’ll come sit on a rock with you when your day sucks, listening and trying to help, even if there’s something else I’m supposed to be doing. I’m that guy you can come to when your math or physics homework makes no sense. I’m not that guy who’ll do it for you; I’m that guy who’ll lead you through the process and not let you leave until I’m confident you understand how to solve similar problems in the future. You can pay me in Heath bars if you want, but you don’t have to; that’s not why I did it.

I’m that guy who wants to meet you. Hi.

I’m Will.

Tell us what makes Stanford a good place for you.

Stanford is that refreshing sea breeze at Half Moon Bay. It’s comfortable; it feels like home – and yet it’s wild, fresh, excitingly vibrant. I remember playing soccer at Stanford, and going to Pirate Camp; I also remember examining the solar car that raced across Australia. Tressider was the first place to which I learned to bike, and for Halloween I once made a Firebolt broom out of a Stanford palm frond; Stanford was also the place I saw Honda’s ASIMO demonstration and took notes on George Lakoff’s speech about framing political arguments. I won the halftime hula-hoop contest at a women’s basketball game and photographed the cactus garden; I’ve participated in MRI experiments and in the Global Innovation Tournament, too. Every time I look there’s a new opportunity to explore at Stanford, and new possibilities open. It’s familiar, like an old friend, but there’s always something fresh and stimulating, too.

Perhaps it’s because Stanford doesn’t stress it’s history, where it’s been and what it’s accomplished – Stanford focuses on what it’s doing now. I like that attitude. Reveling in past successes slows a person (or school) down; I’d rather keep moving forward, searching for the next opportunity, pushing towards the success on the horizon. I want to be a tech entrepreneur, and I want a school with this forward focus and Silicon Valley roots. Stanford’s unconventionality and adventurousness fits me perfectly, as does its cross-disciplinary nature; programs like the Technology Ventures Program excite me. Stanford’s mixture of the familiar and the unconventional entices me – just like that sea breeze.

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