18 Dec, 11:07// Tomorrow it’s finally Thermo exam! Guess who’s spending the whole day at Uni again… Yes! Yesterday was Fundamental Materials Science test, and it went worse than expected, but ok anyways. It’s quite a hard subject because with such an extended syllabus (alleys, polymers, ceramics, new materials, mechanical, thermic, electrical and magnetic characteristics…) you never know what you will be asked. Also professors are very demanding and just give you the full mark of you answer it perfectly but briefly. There’s no pattern of how the exam could be, especially in problems section (they love playing with our minds and nerves, but what can we do… It’s engineering).
I hope tomorrow will be better.

Opinion?

No one from my high school has ever gone on to go to an Ivy League school. Does anyone know if this puts me at an advantage or a disadvantage?

I see a lot of posts about feeder high schools and ultra-competitive public schools. I’m just curious.

anonymous asked:

I was wondering how you are liking Stanford? How do you feel reflecting back on your first quarter? How are you feeling in regards to how college has impacted your stress level? (If you don't mind me asking!) I am currently a senior and I tend to get extremely stressed even over the smallest of tasks. I enjoy challenging courses, but I always feel on edge. Thanks :)

Stanford is more than a dream come true. I’m happier than I ever imagined I could be, and being there surrounded by so many wonderful, brilliant people has really helped me start to figure out ~what matters to me and why~ on an interpersonal and academic scale. Yes, that’s a supplement joke. I’m so sorry, it’s 2:18am.

My first quarter went significantly better than I expected, tbh. Everyone was trying to boost morale, preparing us for the ~harsh reality of college grades~ etc. and I legitimately thought I would struggle. And I made peace with that. But then I didn’t struggle, not on a large scale. I had a few periods of academic nonfunction due to totally non-academic situations (wink wink nudge nudge) but other than that it was smooth sailing. Yes, there was a lot of work, and yes, I had to spend a lot of time on said work, but that was okay, because that’s why I went to college in the first place. I took classes whose material I genuinely enjoyed absorbing (despite some subpar lecturers…), whether that involved reading 100+ pages of pseudophilosophical neuromechanical bullshit in one night or hours upon hours of trial-and-error just to break a paragraph of some mystery code. 

Looking back, I wish I’d spent more time reading said pseudophilosophical neuromechanical bullshit before the assignments were due, but that’s about it. I had a wonderful first quarter and I can’t wait for the next one to begin.

College has actually brought my stress way, way down. I think it’s partially the campus tbh but also partially what I’ve chosen to do with my time. It no longer feels as if I’m working to ~get somewhere~; I’m already there. Mama we made it, etc. Yes, I plan on going to grad school and getting even more educated, but my years as a Stanford undergrad aren’t a tool for getting me there. They’re their own thing. That was three homophones in a row jfc

But yeah, my stress has gone way down. I’m in zen mode about 88% of the time. If I ever start getting stressed, I know how to cope, and I make time to do so instead of trying to push through it. 

I used to be that same way. Trust me. It’s all about having experiences that help you figure out 1) what EXACTLY is getting you stressed and 2) how EXACTLY to combat that. This whole thing’s very precise, see, and honestly nobody has it fully figured out in high school. I thought I did for a bit, but coming to Stanford has made me realize how much farther I had to come.

If you have any specific questions or want my own personal tips on getting to and staying in zen mode during school, feel free to ask. If not, best of luck, and I hope this has helped!

Shout out to everyone who finished this semester and realized college is not for them.

Shout out to everyone who finished this semester and cannot financially or emotionally go back in the spring.

Shout out to everyone who could not finish this semester.

We’re still here for you. We still believe in you. You are still going to do amazing things.

Examinations
  • To all those with exams this week and next week:
  • -No matter what grade you get, it does not define your intelligence.
  • -If you feel like giving up when you are studying because it is too difficult, remember that you lived through the entire semester. And, you will get through this. When the last exam/paper is over, then your winter holidays shall begin. Just keep fighting.
  • -If you dislike studying for a subject, take note that during the school year, study for the school. During the holidays, study and do the things that you are passionate about.
  • It will all be worth it. No matter how hard life is at the current moment, remember that nothing last forever. You will overcome it.
  • Best of Luck and Happy Holidays.

12/7 8:38 PM Last minute cram session before finals tomorrow….there is a method to this madness. Pro tip: take classes from professors who post their lectures online! It’s so nice to have the lectures printed out along with the in class notes. Spotify playlist: Intense Studying.

My Finals Week Playlist:

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