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Stanford Parents Thread

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  • phantasmagoricphantasmagoric 2168 replies32 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I'd say few have TVs, even fewer have cable (those with TVs often use them just for video games). As Clowiebear suggested, college students watch TV online now.
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  • bluegrassgrlbluegrassgrl 50 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    May I ask a followup XL sheets question- would a fitted XL sheet and regular flat top sheet work? Sometimes there are sales on the individual sheets with the better thread count?
    Taught by a thrifty mom, thanks for any help.
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  • mamaemamae 151 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Bluegrassgrl, your mom taught you well! I think a regular twin flat sheet as a top sheet will be fine. It will be about 5" shorter than an XL sheet, so you won't have as deep a "fold-over" at the top. As you have no doubt figured out, you will need the fitted sheet to be XL. BTW, if you have access to a TJ Maxx or Marshall's, last year I found twin XL sheet sets there for around $20.
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  • gladmomgladmom 739 replies71 threadsRegistered User Member
    Dungareedoll, my (rising senior) son has never had a comforter at Stanford. He exercises a lot and runs warm, plus we are from the midwest and the weather to him seems just balmy all year round there. He uses XL sheets and has an XL cotton blanket that he hardly ever uses. Has NEVER been cold. I realize it might be different for girls!

    He didn't have TV or cable and never missed them. So much is available online to watch on a laptop, and he occasionally watches Netflix instant from our account. He did have a roommate who had cable and watched a few things on it. He had a friend who had it and they watched pro basketball sometimes, but totally unnecessary to have his own personal TV.
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  • filo895filo895 44 replies11 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Love this thread. D graduated from Stanford in 2008 and S just graduated Sunday, and I'm feeling a little sad and nostalgic reading through this. D was a "fuzzy" and S a "techie," so I have a parent's perspective on both. I'd be happy to answer questions.
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  • ArtanaArtana 11 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    filo895- I would love to hear your of your "fuzzy" student's experience. Anything and everything you want to share would be greatly appreciated.
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  • mamaemamae 151 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Filo and Artana, Mine is a fuzzy as well.
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  • ArtanaArtana 11 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Mamae- Hi! Is your fuzzy current or graduated?

    I am guessing there are good things ahead for all Stanford students. What a great place to have the opportunity to go!
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  • Senior0991Senior0991 2362 replies18 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I know that the fuzzy/techie lingo is thrown about primarily by students. That said, I would like to caution parents such as yourselves from labeling your children as a fuzzy or techie. Those labels help create a divide among Stanford students that is detrimental to all. My guess is that fuzzy/techie started out as a way to define classes ("that polisci class takes a really techie approach"). I'm totally fine with that. But somewhere, somehow, it became a way to define students.

    Most Stanford students I know cannot be so easily defined. Their interests cross this fuzzy/techie border. But giving them this label subtly encourages a further dissociation from the opposite field. In my opinion, that is one of the last things Stanford needs at this point in time. Especially for the many techies who would prefer to shirk all aspects of a liberal education.

    Yes, there are some true fuzzies and techies. The best way to distinguish these people is to eliminate the fuzzy/techie label that is, as of now, given to everyone.

    I can see that as parents you are a bit hesitant to use these labels, which is encouraging (as a student, I feel no need to put quotes around fuzzy or techie, for instance). The next time your children mention fuzzy/techie, maybe take a moment to ask if that is how they would like to define themselves. My guess is their answer will be no.
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  • ArtanaArtana 11 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Senior0991- I can handle that, thank you. Speaking for myself I can genuinely claim ignorance on the matter. I had no idea that the terms were in any way viewed negatively. It reminds me of when I was a kid and hung around one summer with a group I wasn't previously acquainted with. Now, English is not my native language so picking up new vocabulary was a daily occurrence for me, even at the then ripe old age of 12. One boy in particular used a word over and over in reference to his friends and seemingly just about anyone. His delivery of that word was unique, it had great tone and somehow was attractive to me. I brought that word home with me and pronounced it proudly upon my older sister- thinking I had just given her a high compliment. Her reaction was instant and swift- boxing my ears and screaming at me in horror and disgust for what I had just called her. I think it safe to say I understood pretty quickly that this word that seemed so appealing to me a few moments earlier was not one I would utter again. She explained the meaning while steadying her glare at me. I ran through all the shades of gray I had available to me.

    One of life's memorable moments.

    I apologize for any stress or hurt suffered by anyone by my use of the terms. Once again in my life I have come across words unfamiliar and thought them good or at worst, benign. I stand corrected. Thanks for not boxing my ears!

    For the record- all Stanford students are stellar in my eyes. The school has seen something in you that they want to share in and to encourage.

    I can't think of a higher compliment!
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  • Ivydreamer1Ivydreamer1 5 replies10 threadsRegistered User New Member
    my daughter is a junior in HS and would love to go to Stamford. Any advise or guidance you can give would be appreciated.
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  • stillwaterstillwater 85 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Today I was crushed to read that we can't use a credit card to pay part of the tuition. I was counting on paying the card right away with savings but using those huge dollar amounts to at least get some frequent flier miles with which to get my D to CA or home for a visit between quarters. They say they can't justify the fees. Bad luck.
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  • DungareedollDungareedoll 920 replies66 threadsRegistered User Member
    I know there's a list that the school gives out stating the items that kids need to bring to school comes September but does anyone have any helpful hints? Is there anything in particular that you thought was really important to bring? For example: Do you need a shower caddy? If so do guys use a bucket, a regular shower caddy that you might find at BBB or perhaps just a toiletries bag? Do kids use backpacks, like in high school? Is it best to pick up a Stanford backpack? Is there a Stanford backpack? (I can't find one on the school store site.)

    Anything anyone can mention would be appreciated.

    Thanks
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  • phantasmagoricphantasmagoric 2168 replies32 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I think there's an A-Z list on the "College Life" subforum. It's extremely helpful and lists every possible item you might ever need; I'd recommend picking out all your items from that list, but cutting it down significantly. Regarding your questions: lots of students use shower caddies, so if you get one, make sure to get one that's narrow enough (say 4-5 inches in width max) to fit into the "cubbies" they have in the bathrooms. Then again, a caddy loses some of its usefulness if you keep it in the bathroom anyway (keeping it in the bathroom does increase the risk of something getting stolen - and it happens, though not often - so if your son plans to keep the caddy in his room, its narrowness won't matter). Students do use backpacks. I wouldn't recommend getting one from Stanford, where items tend to be absurdly overpriced, but I would recommend that you get a laptop backpack (assuming your S has a laptop). There are plenty of sturdy laptop backpacks online for cheap and come in all different sizes to fit all different laptops. You might also get a laptop sleeve.

    Some other items:
    * printer,
    * first-aid kit (this turned out to be extremely important for me during NSO, and not for a bandaid)
    * basic cough/sickness medicine (I got SUPER sick not too long after getting to Stanford, probably from my body acclimating to a completely new environment; and it hit hard in the middle of the night when I couldn't have gone out and gotten medicine, so that Tylenol came in really handy in bringing my 103-spiked fever down fast)
    * eating utensils - can't even count how many times a small basic set of cups/plates/forks/spoons was useful
    * frisbee - seriously, everyone loves frisbee; and since most freshmen live next to Wilbur field, it's really easy to go outside and have fun with friends and a frisbee

    There are probably others I'm not thinking of, but most of them would be the basic toiletries, office supplies, etc. That A-Z list has it all.
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  • FireworksFireworks 29 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Has anyone received tuition statement /bill for the incoming freshmen class?

    I live overseas and am wondering if I somehow missed it. Normally, it's about time around now to pay for at least the 1st half.

    I just received the first mail package from Stanford related to the trip to drop off the students. They haven't sent out much else yet.

    Thanks!
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  • littledotlittledot 200 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    To frenhofer: as one of the lucky few who was selected to the "maybe" pile and ultimately to the "yes", I'd like to stress that the admissions process anywhere is a total crapshoot. Though I did have legacy on my side, I am willing to bet a significant amount of money that my high school transcript looked nothing like your son's. Sure, I took AP classes, etc. But my grades were not stellar, especially junior year when it's supposed to count most. So be proud your son is off to an incredible school.

    And not to snark, but if your experience with stanford admissions was so bad, why have you decided far ahead of time that your daughter will be applying?
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  • FireworksFireworks 29 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    bump...
    anyone?

    By the way, how many of you have booked your flights and hotels?
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  • mema32mema32 65 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Booked flight, not hotel. Our first choice, Stanford Guest House has been full for a while...
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  • mema32mema32 65 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Fingate - Overview: University Billing

    The above link shows the billing and dues dates. August 20th is when the first bill is sent out.

    One thing I like about Stanford is the billing is split into quarters, which means three payments for the standard school year instead of two like most schools. Plus the spring quarter payment isn't due until March 15th. This makes paying feel slightly less painful...
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  • FireworksFireworks 29 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Mema32, thank you for the link. I do need to spend more time on the Stanford site.
    Yeah, this tuition arrangement is less painful for sure, giving some 'breathing room' between my pay checks, :-).

    I need to do the flight AND the hotel soon. I gave up on the Stanford Guest House after a few tries and got their message that it must be full. It really could be more user-friendly in its search ability, e.g., more like those in Expedia.

    Thanks again.
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