A Day in the Life: Stanford Student



(birds chirping) (upbeat music) – Hey, my name is Malaika. I just graduated from Stanford last year and I was a Psychology major, and next year I'll be a masters in Environmental Communication. Usually, I wake up around nine or 10 A.M., make some breakfast in the kitchen, and then head off to my psychology class. And then in the afternoon, I might have a tour guide shift, so do a campus walking tour or something like that. And then I might have a
break or go to section, which is like a smaller
discussion group from the class. Pretty much all Row houses
have dinner at six P.M., so come back and eat
dinner with the house, and then after that, go do a rehearsal, so I might go to some improv practice and then come home and talk to some people in the house and head to bed. This is the roof, we
like to hang out up here. It's real nice at night when you can have a full view of the stars. You can see Hoover Tower from over there. This is my room from this past year. I painted BIG TIME on the wall because that something I say a lot, and put this little
skateboard guy on my mirror. This is our kitchen. This is one of the main
places of our house where we do our cooking and
a lot of socializing as well. Because of the co-op, we cook and clean and take care of the
house all by ourselves, so that means just spending
like two and a half hours in the kitchen using pretty much anything from our stocked fridge and our pantry, to make dinner for the
35 people that live here. (upbeat music) – [Man] So we're in
the psych building now. Yeah. – [Malaika] These halls
around the psych building was where the Stanford
Prison Experiment was held. – [Man] Oh, okay. – Which what Zimbardo
did, that kind of like, it had to be shut down two days into it because the guards were actually being really abusive to the prisoners. – So you, majored in psych? – Mm-hm. – Why did you choose psych? – Yeah, I chose psych
because, super interested in the human mind and
why we do what we do, our behaviors, everything like that. As someone in the theater, I would think about that a lot with different characters and stuff, also Stanford's psych
department is number one in the country, so a lot of the professors I took classes with, their own research was
what we were studying and pioneers of their psych
field which is really cool. – What's your favorite
psych course you took? – Probably social
psychology was really cool. It was kind of a large lecture class, but we got to actually do
a little bit of negotiation in the seats with the person next to you which is kind of fun. And just learn a lot about social dynamics and that kind of thing. – And so after this, you're doing a masters program, correct? But not in psychology? – No, it's through the
Earth Systems department, and it's called
Environmental Communication, and it's a relatively
new one, about 20 people, where we do Earth Systems, but do writing and multimedia stuff, and communicate Earth Science basically, and my hope is to include
a lot of psych stuff in it, and just learn about why
humans make decisions, environmentally that we do. (upbeat music) – [Man] So where are we, now? – We're here at the
Nitery black box theater. So this is called a nitery,
and inside this theater, there's about 70, 80 seats in a black box that you can transform in
there any set or anything. (audience cheering) – What does theater look like at Stanford? – So there's a lot going on, you can be a theater major and
do stuff from the department and take theater classes. If you're majoring in something else, you can get involved with
a lot of student theater, so there's Stanford Shakespeare Company, which I did my sophomore year, you can be a part of
Theater Lab and pitch shows, direct shows, produce
shows, that kind of thing. I was in this thing called Gaieties which Ram's Head puts on in the fall, where it's like a student produced, and student written musical
that makes fun of Stanford and makes fun of Berkeley. – And you also do a lot of improv here? – Yeah! Yeah. So I'm on the Stanford
improvisors, or SImps, which is a really fun community. You have to take the beginning improv class to audition for it. It focuses on how improv
can be applied to your life, for life skills, you
have to read this book called Improv Wisdom by
Patricia Ryan Madson, that just shows you
how mistakes are gifts, and like, say yes, and things like that. How to to use that in your life, which I wholeheartedly believe it. ♪ Everyday I walk the streets ♪ ♪ With my little poodle girl ♪ (upbeat music) This is the Row, it has a bunch of different houses that, about like 60 students live in. Each. And different themes, and stuff like that. – Mm-hm. But it's not just fraternity houses, it's other housing.
– Yeah. No, it's not just
fraternity or Greek houses, you can kind of draw into this house, but it's like top tier
housing at Stanford, so usually you wait until your senior year to use your tier one housing, and just draw into one of these houses. And most of these houses, besides Columbae over there, which is also co-op style like my co-op, have a chef that cooks
lunch and dinner for you, five days a week, and
your own cleaning staff, and stuff like that. So you can draw in with friends, and live with friends, and they each have nice lounges, and kitchen areas, and dining halls to throw
events, and stuff like that. I think what's really
unique about Stanford is that 98% of students live
on campus all four years. Other schools that I've visited with friends, we'd have to go to an apartment off campus
or something like that, but everything that you
would wanna go to on campus is totally walkable, which
just makes it really simple. – Yeah, everyone's here. – Yeah. (upbeat music) So we're in the Camp
Kesem office right now. Tell me a little bit about it. – Yeah, so Camp Kesem is a nonprofit organization that puts on a free week of camp for children
whose parents have cancer. And it was actually started here, through Hillel at Stanford in 2001. And then, since then it's spread to 70 different colleges,
and the college students are volunteers for the week long camp. They say the goal just to give the kids a week of total joy and playfulness that they might not get at home with all the cancer treatments going on. And the community of both counselors and kids that get what
they're going through. So I started sophomore
year as a counselor, and then junior year, was on the year round
student leadership team, and worked with the director and did communications and stuff, so like Facebook, social media. And then this past year, I went back and was a counselor with the kids again. When you join Kesem, it's just this really special experience
'cause you're just, like it's the most
generous and compassionate community you could
imagine, so you come in, you choose your Kesem name, and everyone is just so
loving in this community. I've grown a lot through being able to show a lot of love and
compassion for the kids. (upbeat music) – Okay, so there's a tour over there, you're listenin' to this end spiel. You're like yeah, I got that down. – I got that down! – So how long have you been a tour guide? – Since my freshman year. So I've been guiding for four years now. – What's it been like being a tour guide? – It's been awesome. It's really cool to
share about my experience to visitors, and answer a
lot of different questions. A lot of times people ask me, why did you get into Stanford? As if I was my own admissions officer. (laughter) – And then you're like well,
I decided I would get in. What do you tend to answer
to that kind of question? – I talk about following my passions because I think that was definitely something that helped. Just pursuing a lot of
theater in high school, and different opportunities like, like being in the DC
Black Theatre Festival, that was one of my
essays, and just telling them about how I didn't
worry too much about, oh, hey kids. (laughter) I didn't worry too much about my grades and test scores and stuff, but I just wanted to pursue my passions. – What surprised you the most
about coming to Stanford? – Really how chill and
down to earth it is, and how down to earth people here are. Like, they've done some incredible things and it wasn't 'til mid sophomore year that I realized that one of my hall mates in my sorority did some really amazing stuff at
the Intel Science Fair. And kind of the vibe of the place being super wacky and not taking
ourselves too seriously, yet meeting people all the time that are doing some really seriously
incredible things. (upbeat music) Thanks for watching our video. If you wanna learn more
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23 thoughts on “A Day in the Life: Stanford Student

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  2. Thanks Malaika Murphy-Sierra and Crimson education for sharing this experience of being at Stanford and how usual campus life looks like.

  3. I want to come to Stanford for my masters in psychology as an international Indian student after 3 years so I've time to prepare the perfect application. Can someone please guide me through? Didn't find the info on Stanford's page to be THAT helpful. Which exams I'd have to take and when? And how to strengthen my application? Does stanford value sports or community service or social activists, or just someome from a cultural background (as in he has been a debater)?

  4. I dont like Stanford-They denied me admission years ago, then i came to realise that university education is OVERRATED, A CASH COW and a commodity that one should really be careful about.Books, online media and meeting people will give u the best education rather than a university

  5. I ether want to go to UCLA or standford UCLA is a good school but standford is a amazing school and it well be and amazing if I can go into standford

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