How is the academic life at this university/college? I have undertaken sooooooo many free online courses at Stanford University and I feel really happy. Although Stanford is one of the Ivy League's members, in fact, Stanford's education system is REALLY FUN. And, I am not merely playing with my own words. Even online courses can be so interesting, how about the offline courses, then? Stanford has an extensive set of curriculums and program choices, especially those related to social sciences and humanity, which are my favorite subjects. In these days, I have taken their Giving 2.0 MOOC course in Coursera that discussed on philanthropy and nonprofit organisations. That was a self-paced course, which means we can organise our own attendances. There was also a platform for every students to discuss upon the given material. I've even screenshot and downloaded all of the course's materials because those are interesting and I might need them in the future. Other than Giving 2.0 MOOC, I have also attended the Food and Nutrition for Children course. The course was also very interesting. The course's materials are highly variated and I was also given access to many possible references. I have also got straight As in every Stanford online courses. What are the students like? I can say that Stanford's online students are highly active--they seem to love getting themselves involved in many kinds of discussions. However, they also respect the ethics, which means if there are parts of the lesson that they don't understand or seem ambiguous to them, instead of directly contacting the lecturer(s), they engage their fellow peers to discuss inside the forum. Those participations have been proven to result in more exact answers. Stanford's online students whom I knew are usually professionals with a relevant paid or voluntary, and offline or online work experience at least for 2 years. Therefore, it's no surprise that they seem to know a lot about the learned industry in the lecturing sessions. Even though there are rarely fresh graduate in Stanford, the fresh graduates are equally enthusiastic and engaging when discussing with professionals in Stanford. They also have as big knowledge base as the professionals', which are the majority of Stanford students. What do students do when not studying? Tell us about the social and sports life. When they are not studying, Stanford students are usually active social activists in their related fields. Many of them are active members of several communities and nonprofit organisations, such as Rotary and Toastmasters. If I'm not mistaken, there are estimatedly 3-5 people of Stanford students who have already obtained DTM (Distinguished Toastmasters, the highest level in Toastmasters organisation) in Toastmaster. When I looked at Stanford's official website, there are many activities in which students can participate in it. One of them is Stanford CCARE, which is a centre of altruism and compassion-based research in Stanford. Stanford CCARE also partnered with many nonprofit organisations and foundations in and outside US to held various kind of trainings and workshops. In my opinion, one of the best educational program in Stanford CCARE is the anti-cruelty conference, which will be held along with the Darbari S. Seth Foundation on November 18-20, 2016, where this conference will discuss on how do we give and forgive, and what are the advantages when we decide to give and forgive. For those who plan to go to California on those dates, don't forget to save the date! :) What is your overall opinion about this university/college? I think Stanford is an interesting campus with a set of interesting courses and study programs as well. As one of the top rank universities in the world, I can say that studying in Stanford is far easier than in Yale or Harvard. On the other hand, as an university with a worldly-acknowledged reputation, I think there will be many scholarships available to study at Stanford. For you who have social spirits and love to help people, you are very recommended to undertake courses that are directly related to humanity subjects, such as psychology or philanthropy. I believe that your university lives at Stanford will be fun because they have so many interesting subjects as well as available references.
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