Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate - and us - know you better
I hope you're excited about sharing a space with Austin's finest nerd. However, I think you should know exactly what you're getting yourself into.
I'm no songbird, but I love to sing. Whenever I'm home alone, I blast the Beatles, kick off my shoes and dance around "singing" the lyrics I know by heart. I'm not confined to being a Beatles freak, though. I think Talking Heads should be prescribed as an anti-depressant and Dylan is an absolute staple in any music collection. I'll listen to just about anything, excluding most Country, Heavy Metal and Rap. Even then, I make exceptions; you have to look up the video for "Girl Directions" by Psychostick.
I'm also a huge film buff. I don't have a television set, so I watch movies on my laptop. Anchorman has to be one of the greatest comedies of the past decade. My friends and I dressed up as the Channel 4 News Team for Halloween. I wore my moustache with pride, channeling my inner man as Brian Fantana. I may also be slightly infatuated with Han Solo (I told you I was a nerd).
Our relationship should be smooth sailing, as long as you don't mind if I stock our fridge with things like tofu, frozen Indian food, and concentrated chai. I'm a vegetarian, although not the type that'll fixate on converting you to "the cause."
As you can tell, I'm serious yet silly, and opinionated yet open-minded. I can't wait to meet you at Stanford.
See you next fall,
Stanford students are widely known to possess a sense of intellectual vitality. Tell us about an idea or an experience you have had that you find intellectually engaging
Roaming the neighborhood last night with my dog, I was struck by the enigma that is human civilization. We suffocate the Earth with an eternal stretch of pavement, which winds between the dwellings of a mentally advanced species. As a member of society, how can I come to terms with being part of the problem; one reluctant soldier in the conflict between the civilized and the uncivilized? Perhaps the differences between the two aren't as clear-cut as they appear. The indigenous peoples of our planet live in harmony with the land, relying on no pretentious notions of superiority. My English class raised these issues while wading through the jungle of Conrad's Heart of Darkness. I'm fascinated by our discussions in part because I believe we could learn much from the native cultures of the world. A champion for the study of humanity, I seek a degree in anthropology with the intent of learning about different cultures and applying the knowledge to our own society. I want to be part of the solution, not the problem. Obviously, we must work within the constructs and confines of the society we have built, but a hybrid lifestyle stemming from the adoption of a more "earthy" mindset is a viable option I would like to explore.
I look forward to your advice and criticism. Looking through the other essays that respond to these prompts, I feel quite intimidated. I admit that I just threw these together today and I'm not sure if I should just scrap the second one and start over. Let me know what y'all think.