Tell us what makes Stanford a good place for you.
Every time I see my extended family, I'm bombarded with questions about college. "Where are you going? What are you going to study?" The first answer is always the same: "I'm hoping for Stanford." The following "why" is not as easy to answer. I talk about Stanford's reputation for rigorous academics, the countless opportunities offered to students, or the proximity to larger urban locales. Invariably, I mention the warm weather, which helps my nerve disorder (I'm sensitive to cold). What I don't mention is the general feeling I get from Stanford. I know that I can feel safe, intellectually challenged, and welcome. Stanford is an environment in which I can achieve my best; the obvious passion that teachers and students have for their work fosters inspiration and success.
My answer to the second question is usually "I'm not sure." I have so many interests, from language to astronomy to psychology. I know that I have options at Stanford. I can take "Celluloid America: Explorations in Film and History" and "Energy and the Environment on the Back of an Envelope." At Stanford, I will be able to find my true calling while indulging my other interests. When I find my passion, I know that there will be a community of Stanford students like me to share it with. If I could say all of this when people ask "Why Stanford?" they would understand.
General thoughts, anything I could improve? Thanks!