Anyway, I was reading through my tumblr and I looked at my why I choose Stanford post. And then I realized that I forgot some reasons why I decided on this school. So, prepare yourself…
1. Its motto: ”Die Luft der Freiheit weht”
Otherwise known as “The Winds of Freedom Blow” - its not an exact translation, but that’s the essence of the statement. When I compare this to a motto like Veritas or Lux et Veritas, I think about two things. 1) Those mottos are really lame and not only that, but they aren’t even original and 2) This really captures the spirit of the farm, and what I hope to get out of life.
If the motto of my school were just truth, I’d think cool…I guess this means I’m like John Locke’s blank slate, and am gaining the truth in college. Its gratifying I suppose to learn that I will actually be learning in college, but it doesn’t really inspire any emotion in anyone (or at the very least me). And then don’t even get me started on Lux et Veritas, its like oh Veritas was pretty good, but we’re a better school so lets just add some light onto the beginning. I don’t think it actually adds any meaning to the motto.
The idea of ‘the winds of freedom blowing’ is rather liberating. It feels as if you can do anything in college.
2. The Bathrooms:
These are integral to a good college experience. Its quite possibly one of the reasons why I decided on Stanford over Yale. The bathrooms at Yale, were, quite simply, terrible. Of course, they did make up for that by having the most amazing dorms/residential colleges ever. Anyway, the bathrooms are Stanford are quite nice.
Ever since I saw the television show Chuck, I harbored a secret desire to go to Stanford. I’ve pretty much always been a slightly ‘nerdy’ kid (**this is a pun…for those of you who have ever seen Chuck, you’ll get it), as in infatuated with computers, so I could relate to the main character. And then hearing him talk about Stanford (though admittedly its all dialogue written by screenwriters who have probably never been there) made me want to go there. Of course, I probably wouldn’t have cared if it were any other TV show, but this is definitely my favorite one, and i’m rather sad that it’s over. Plus, I hope that the whole Secret Agent CIA recruiting from Stanford pans out :)