Summer Quarter at Stanford: Two Former Undergraduate Students Share their Experiences with Jess Matthews

Learn at Stanford.

Current Stanford undergraduate and graduate students and visiting students from around the world are invited to experience the University’s fourth academic quarter.

Current Stanford Students

Continue learning throughout the summer. Registration is easy: visit Axess on April 9, 2017 to view courses and sign up. No separate application is required.

Visiting Domestic Students (U.S.)

Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world are invited to apply. Enjoy challenging academics, explore the Bay Area, and engage with top academics and industry leaders.

Visiting International Students

Students from six continents make our summer program truly international. We encourage all interested international students to apply.

International Honors Program (IHP) Students

Students from select universities around the world come to the Stanford campus to experience a transformative and global academic adventure.

Summer Online Students

Introducing Stanford Summer Online – experience a Stanford education anywhere in the world.

High School Students

Stanford High School Summer College (HSSC) is where exceptional students take Stanford undergraduate courses and earn college credit during the summer quarter.

Summer Courses

Over 170 courses are offered in 40 departments within the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering.

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Former Undergraduate, MacKenzie Ward, on Balancing Challenging Academics & Creative Downtime

Former Undergraduate, MacKenzie Ward, on Balancing Challenging Academics & Creative Downtime.

Learn at Stanford.

Current Stanford undergraduate and graduate students and visiting students from around the world are invited to experience the University’s fourth academic quarter.

Current Stanford Students

Continue learning throughout the summer. Registration is easy: visit Axess on April 9, 2017 to view courses and sign up. No separate application is required.

Visiting Domestic Students (U.S.)

Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world are invited to apply. Enjoy challenging academics, explore the Bay Area, and engage with top academics and industry leaders.

Visiting International Students

Students from six continents make our summer program truly international. We encourage all interested international students to apply.

International Honors Program (IHP) Students

Students from select universities around the world come to the Stanford campus to experience a transformative and global academic adventure.

Summer Online Students

Introducing Stanford Summer Online – experience a Stanford education anywhere in the world.

High School Students

Stanford High School Summer College (HSSC) is where exceptional students take Stanford undergraduate courses and earn college credit during the summer quarter.

Summer Courses

Over 170 courses are offered in 40 departments within the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering.

@StanfordSS

Guest Student Reflection: Ms. Wangui Wangui Kariuki

Former Stanford Summer Session undergraduate student, Ms. Wangui Wangui Kariuki, shares her experiences from Summer Quarter 2012:

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Creativity, innovation, motivation, and dedication cannot be forced. These are intangible elements that are fostered by inspiration from open environments where people interact freely (encouraging individuals to achieve personal breakthroughs through exchanging ideas, and challenging one another). In my view, Stanford is a great example of this because I believe it is a hub of inspiration, excellence, and growth – comprised of both academic and social aspects in equal measure. Stanford Summer Session was inspiring because I finally realized what I wanted to pursue academically after a year of uncertainty in this area. This was achieved through a combination of interesting courses and fascinating conversations with my professors, particularly with Professor Linda Capello who challenged me, and inspired me to go into Communications after I took her Entrepreneurial Communications class.

The emphasis put on the social aspects of a student’s experience is one of the most striking features of the Stanford Summer Session that I did not anticipate when I was contemplating over what my experience was going to be like. I was rather anxious on my way to campus because I thought Stanford would be overwhelmingly focused on academics. To my surprise, I found that the same emphasis put on academic prosperity was also extended to students’ social lives and overall exposure.

I love that Stanford organized weekly trips and events for us. For example, we went to San Francisco, watched amazing games (e.g. the LA Galaxy versus the San Jose Earthquakes and the San Francisco Giants games), campus tours, and attended multiple “Lecture and Dinner” events with Faculty Club guest speakers.
My experience with Stanford Summer Session surpassed my expectations. It was incredible because it included amazing academic, cultural, and social experiences. I would recommend the Stanford Summer Session experience to anybody who is ready for a challenge, open to new experiences, and has the desire to grow. I want to warn them now that they will probably fall in love with Stanford because it is such an astounding institution. They should not be shocked when the time comes for them to leave, that they may find themselves desperately wanting to stay.

Best wishes,
Wangui Wangui Kariuki
Former Stanford Summer Session undergraduate student
Nairobi, Kenya

Learn at Stanford.

Current Stanford undergraduate and graduate students and visiting students from around the world are invited to experience the University’s fourth academic quarter.

Current Stanford Students

Continue learning throughout the summer. Registration is easy: visit Axess on April 9, 2017 to view courses and sign up. No separate application is required.

Visiting Domestic Students (U.S.)

Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world are invited to apply. Enjoy challenging academics, explore the Bay Area, and engage with top academics and industry leaders.

Visiting International Students

Students from six continents make our summer program truly international. We encourage all interested international students to apply.

International Honors Program (IHP) Students

Students from select universities around the world come to the Stanford campus to experience a transformative and global academic adventure.

Summer Online Students

Introducing Stanford Summer Online – experience a Stanford education anywhere in the world.

High School Students

Stanford High School Summer College (HSSC) is where exceptional students take Stanford undergraduate courses and earn college credit during the summer quarter.

Summer Courses

Over 170 courses are offered in 40 departments within the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering.

@StanfordSS