Big Questions Ep. 29: Stanford

February 27, 2020 0 By Kody Olson

(moody R&B music) – I’m Sam Clark, with Crimson Education, and we’re here at Stanford
University to ask some big questions. What is the best thing about Stanford? – I would say depth of the bench. All of the people here are
really impressive, and have broad intellectual pursuits
that allow conversations like what we’re having. – What are you guys talking about? (laughs) – Things well outside our
depth of knowledge. (laughs) Project nonsense. – I’d have to say all
the people at Stanford. They’re all pretty amazing and super nice. I mean, they all ask you
how your day’s been going, what are you doing. So they’re really nice. – The best thing about Stanford is absolutely the people here. I’ve met some of the most
passionate people who are really engaged with what they’re doing, and want to help the world
in any way they can and, that’s provided for some really
awesome communities as well. – Definitely the quality education. There’s a lot of cool
resources you can use for good education and it’s good
to take advantage of it. – I mean, one thing that you
sort of have to appreciate is, they have lots of resources. Being a super wealthy university, we have crazy opportunities that, that other institutions that
don’t have the same amount of money just don’t have. That’s something that you
really have to sort of admire. – People tend to think that, “Oh, everyone is like computer
science-y in this area.” But, there’s actually a huge
diversity in terms of the people, their personalities,
what they’re interested in. And I think that’s given me
a really solid and diverse friends group. – I think the best thing
for me is the combination of sports and athletics. I’m on the volleyball team here, and being able to be on one
of the best volleyball teams in the country and get the
education I am getting is incredible and doesn’t really
happen at many other places. – What’s the worst thing about Stanford? – I don’t know, I don’t know if I’d levy this
against Stanford specifically, but I feel like all institutions, we’ve selected for a very
particular group of people, all colleges select for people
who are generally wealthy or generally think in similar ways, and its just sort of sad. That’s something that I
would, I guess, say is bad. But it’s not Stanford specific,
that’s just all education. – Sometimes, in California,
they say it doesn’t rain, but it rains. Honestly, that’s the worst part. – That’s a lie. That’s demonstrably false. – And it gets really
cold sometimes at night. The weather, it gets weird. – Worst thing is the bubble that it forms. Sometimes, you can be so connected
with other people on this campus, and so connected to
the things that are going on. Because there’s always so much happening, and campus is very self-contained and, Physically a bit of a distance
to get off-campus and so, because of that, you end
getting trapped and doing everything that you can do on this campus. – Because there is too many opportunities there’s also a lot of
groups and clubs here, so because of the amount of opportunities, people sometimes flake on
the activities and stuff. They’re like, “Oh yeah,
I’m part of this club.” But actually, they never go. – What’s the worst thing about Stanford? – It’s pretty spread out,
so stuff to get around, if you don’t have a bike. My bike recently just got stolen, so I’ve been dealing with condolences. – I’m sorry
– No worries man. – I’d say the housing because it’s pretty hard to get a good house unless you get a medical draw, and every year you have to move. That’s my roommate. She’s the best part of
the housing, though. – She’s great, she’s great. You’re great! And what do you tend to
do on weekends, here? – Go to brunch at Wilbur, with my girl A.D., who cooks the best omelets ever. – Shout out A.D. – Typically in lab, other than that, hang out
and discuss with people. – Usually, I hang out with friends. Like right now, we’re going to Coopa. It’s like a cafe, coffee shop. – Hang out with friends, catch up on work that we’ve
been procrastinating on for the entire week. – For the whole quarter. – (laughs) Totally, totally. – On the weekends, I do improv. I hang out on campus because
its kind of a bubble here, but occasionally, I’ll
go up to San Francisco. – I belong to fraternity so, just kind of hanging around there. Usually something’s going on. – So I either chill with
friends, and go around. The parties are pretty fun, or sometimes I just have a
quiet night, and just stay home. – Awesome. One more question. What did you college
application essay about? – One of the main ones I
wrote about was my height. It was like, what challenges you the most, so I wrote about that. – I was raised Jewish,
from a Jewish family, but I wasn’t really connected
to Judaism or anything. And then about four years ago, I went to Germany for an
international competition for all Jewish athletes and it was about three thousand Jewish
athletes all marching into the Berlin Olympic Stadium that
was built in 1936 by Nazis, and it was just a big statement
for the Jewish people, and it got me really
connected to my culture, and made me proud of where I came from, so I wrote about that. – I wrote one on what
matters to me and why. And I talked about education and all children receiving education. And I cannot remember the
rest of my essay questions. – Okay, all good. No worries. – I wrote about the traffic
problem, traffic jams in Jakarta, where I come from. I also wrote about predeterminism and free will and all this stuff. Yeah. I wrote a bunch of other stuff. – Oh my gosh, that was
like four years ago, so let me try and remember. I went to a science and tech high school, but did a lot of theater, so I kind of talked about how I wanted to combine communication and sciences. – And you’ve been able to do that here? – Totally, Stanford’s very interdisciplinary, so they supported me in
combining my different passions and being able to work
in different departments. – Amazing, anything to add? – Great weather! (laughs) – Yeah! Great weather! Stanford! Alright, awesome. (upbeat electronic music) – If you liked this video and want to learn more about top colleges, please don’t forget to like and subscribe. And, if you want me to start asking new, big questions in our Big Questions video, comment below the type of
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I’ll see you next time. (grunt) – Why are we still filming?