Thinking back to when I packed my bags to travel more than 7,500 miles away to attend Stanford Summer Session, I had a never-ending list of things to do on my mind. Bursting with passion and zeal as I landed at the San Francisco International Airport, I realized that I will cherish these months for a lifetime.
The orientation program during Welcome Weekend got me excited about the days to come, and I knew that it was going to be a summer full of magnificent experiences. And as I have entered into the third week, things just keep getting better – both academically and personally. The first thing that struck me the most in my initial days was the liberal environment that the University provides to its students. It is more than a university, more than an education. It is an experience of a lifetime.
On July 4, I stood at Lake Tahoe’s shores watching the fireworks, and there was just one thing on my mind: Stanford University’s motto, “Die Luft der Freiheit weht,” which translates from German to, “The wind of freedom blows.” And I couldn’t help but think how important it is to celebrate freedom and independence, not just in one country or two, but worldwide. And freedom of education is exactly what Stanford has provided so far.
With another five weeks ahead in the Summer Session, I can’t seem to think of a better place I can be right now. I say this as an international commuter student, and I am not exaggerating: It is like walking through corridors of the bygone to never-ending freedom; Freedom to think better, grow better, and understand better.