Getting into Stanford University is still pretty unbelievable to me, and I am definitely still in shock about moving to California for college. Throughout the summer before my senior year of high school, I thoroughly researched potential universities that I believed would fit best for me and my academic and social interests. Stanford had been one of my dream schools, and so I took the chance to apply to the very intimidating and prestigious institution. Being accepted meant that I would face a completely different environment and step out of my comfort zone, but I accepted the challenge for several reasons.
Plenty of Financial Aid Support
While researching Stanford's need-based financial aid support, I found that the institution is committed to granting students the ability to attend Stanford, regardless of their financial situations. I was scared to review my financial aid letter but I was almost entirely confident that Stanford would consider my personal financial standing. When I reviewed the letter, it made my decision much easier. Instead of paying over 70 thousand dollars a year, I had been given the chance to attend the university with a bill of only about two thousand dollars. Of course, this made the idea of going to Stanford even more appealing.
Opportunities on Campus
When I visited Stanford’s campus during the Admitted Students' Weekend back in April, I stopped by the activities fair held for prospective students. I was met with dozens of clubs, programs and off-campus activities that students could join and explore. One of my personal favorites was called OStem- a national student society on campus whose goal is to promote the inclusivity of LGBT students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. Being surrounded by so many opportunities to expand my network and social standing at Stanford gave me hope for a comfortable four years in California.
Diversity on Campus!
I had visited many college campuses before making my final decision and I can honestly say, without bias, that Stanford was ultimately the most diverse of them all. I expected to witness this diversity but actually seeing it in person made me feel as though I had truly earned a position on campus. Students came from around the country and from around the world. Throughout the Admitted Students' Weekend, I spoke to students from Paris, New Zealand, China, South Africa, and more. I felt as though Stanford stuck to its promise to make their campus as diverse as they could and to uphold its promise of inclusivity.