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lyl926lyl926 Registered User Posts: 300 Junior Member
edited November 2009 in Stanford University
I know that Stanford has a "Shyness Institute" in which shy students with social anxiety problems etc. can be cure and improve themselves.
On the other hand, I hear that highly selective schools such as Stanford look for students who are leaders andactive, and in Stanford's case, "mavericks".
I guess "shy" doesn't necessarily mean non-maverick or non-leader, but I was just wondering...

The fact they even have a shyness institute would mean there are shy students on campus rite?

So my question is, would it be a plus or minus to answer on the Why Stanford essay that you're a naturally shy person but under Stanford's specific environment you have great potential to grow? This is, of course, after showing that you demonstrated significant growth in confidence and leadership in high school.
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  • ThatsSoCoooolManThatsSoCoooolMan Registered User Posts: 88 Junior Member
    Wow a shyness institute? really? as if I didn't have too many reasons to want stanford already.

    Anyway about your essay it's an interesting touch talking about your shyness. There's a bit of shyness in all of us, and I'd bet that the person reading your essay would have at least something to relate to.

    Go for it, but make sure you also get across how you really want to open up. Shyness is an understandable thing to have, but it won't speak well about you until you shed light on a genuine desire to be outgoing.
  • Nitro HawkNitro Hawk Registered User Posts: 1,056 Senior Member
    sounds like you do have a genuine desire to grow and thats a great reason to want to go to stanford.

    definite PLUS imo
  • lyl926lyl926 Registered User Posts: 300 Junior Member
    ok, thanks for the encouraging comments!
  • nngmmnngmm Registered User Posts: 5,708 Senior Member
    I don't think it is geared towards treating students...
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