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As a first-year college student in 2001, Matt Martinez had a plan: earn a bachelor’s degree in history and proceed directly to law school. But after the September 11, 2001, attacks, he decided to postpone law school to become a pilot in the @usmarinecorps. “I couldn’t have seen not being involved somehow, especially when so many other people of my age were fighting,” he says. “What right did I have not to be one of those people?” Martinez, who served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, was a major by the time he left the @marines in July 2017. Two months later, he was sitting in a classroom at @stanfordlawschool – a civilian, a student and a #veteran – ready to pursue his dream of becoming an attorney. At #Stanford, he’s been part of the #Afghanistan Legal Education Project, which produces textbooks for undergraduate students studying #law at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, and he’s served as co-president of the Stanford Law Veterans Organization. He’ll begin his third and final year this fall. “The richness of the educational experience I’ve had so far has exceeded my expectations,” Martinez says. “I’m excited to be able to use the tools I’ve gained here in the real world.” Click on the link in our bio for more of his story.
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As a first-year college student in 2001, Matt Martinez had a plan: earn a bachelor’s degree in history and proceed directly to law school. But after the September 11, 2001, attacks, he decided to postpone law school to become a pilot in the @usmarine

“Ultimately I want to screenwrite, but I’m really, really interested in physics. I came in undeclared but figured I’d choose something I’m interested in and apply that to storytelling, so I’m majoring in physics and English. I also love science fiction and other thought-provoking fiction. One standout class I’ve taken so far is Film and Philosophy with Joshua Landy and Jorah Dannenburg. We ask big questions through the context of Hollywood movies.” –Elizabeth Fox (@elizfox23), ‘22
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“Ultimately I want to screenwrite, but I’m really, really interested in physics. I came in undeclared but figured I’d choose something I’m interested in and apply that to storytelling, so I’m majoring in physics and English. I also love science ficti

“For me, Stanford has the best of both worlds in academics and athletics. I’m a member of @stanfordwsoc, and having the student body come out and support us in our games during the season was amazing. There’s a great energy and a great community here. Everyone is willing to help.” –Naomi Girma (@naomi_girma), ’22
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“For me, Stanford has the best of both worlds in academics and athletics. I’m a member of @stanfordwsoc , and having the student body come out and support us in our games during the season was amazing. There’s a great energy and a great community here

And just like that ... #Stanford19
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And just like that ... #stanford19

Congratulations to the Class of #Stanford19! : @hollyhernandezphoto and @l.a.cicero
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Congratulations to the Class of #stanford19 ! : @hollyhernandezphoto and @l.a.cicero

Don’t waste your time living someone else’s life. Don’t try to emulate the people who came before you to the exclusion of everything else, contorting into a shape that doesn’t fit. It takes too much mental effort—effort that should be dedicated to creating and building. You’ll waste precious time trying to rewire your every thought, and, in the mean time, you won’t be fooling anybody. Graduates, the fact is, when your time comes, and it will, you’ll never be ready. But you’re not supposed to be. Find the hope in the unexpected. Find the courage in the challenge. Find your vision on the solitary road. Don’t get distracted. There are too many people who want credit without responsibility. Too many who show up for the ribbon cutting without building anything worth a damn. Be different. Leave something worthy. And always remember that you can’t take it with you. You’re going to have to pass it on. – Apple CEO Tim Cook at the #Stanford19 Commencement
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"Don’t waste your time living someone else’s life. Don’t try to emulate the people who came before you to the exclusion of everything else, contorting into a shape that doesn’t fit. It takes too much mental effort—effort that should be dedicated to c

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Whatever you do, whatever profession you pursue or journey you take—whether you become a teacher or a community leader, a lawyer or a physician, an engineer or an artist, or a mother or father, a caregiver to the next generation—whatever you make of your life and of the opportunities before you, I hope you will use your gifts to change the world for the better.” - President Marc Tessier-Lavigne to the Class of #Stanford19
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"Whatever you do, whatever profession you pursue or journey you take—whether you become a teacher or a community leader, a lawyer or a physician, an engineer or an artist, or a mother or father, a caregiver to the next generation—whatever you make of

Wacky Walk #Stanford19 : @l.a.cicero
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Wacky Walk #stanford19 : @l.a.cicero

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Waiting in the wings for the #Stanford19 Commencement
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Waiting in the wings for the #stanford19 Commencement : @l.a.cicero

Your lives can be rich and meaningful if you continue to learn, if when you fall you bounce back, and if you embrace, protect and expand your communities to include those who for too long have been considered 'other,' Olympian @ibtihajmuhammad told graduating students at today's Baccalaureate ceremony. Visit the link in our bio to read more about today's event. #Stanford19
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"Your lives can be rich and meaningful if you continue to learn, if when you fall you bounce back, and if you embrace, protect and expand your communities to include those who for too long have been considered 'other,'" Olympian @ibtihajmuhammad told

Senior Dinner on the Quad. #Stanford19
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Senior Dinner on the Quad. #stanford19 : Josie Lepe

“I’ll miss the connections with people here the most. I took an IntroSem on mindsets with Carol Dweck, and going back to her over the years helped me persevere through my hardest moments at Stanford. Growing up in Bolivia, I taught myself HTML and Java and took the AP computer science test on my own because my high school didn’t offer computer science. During the summer, I plan to volunteer in Bolivia to expose students to more academic paths. Ultimately I want to work at a company that cares about health care and giving back to humanity. I became interested in computers because I loved to play video games as a child, and one of my favorite activities here has been the Stanford Video Game Association. We host video game nights with students across campus who are passionate about video games, whether programming or just playing casually. It’s a nice de-stressor, too.”
–Geraldine Millos-Lopez (@gerall6), ‘19, computer science
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“I’ll miss the connections with people here the most. I took an IntroSem on mindsets with Carol Dweck, and going back to her over the years helped me persevere through my hardest moments at Stanford. Growing up in Bolivia, I taught myself HTML and Ja

“As co-chair of the @idastanford fellowship program, I feel like an art mom when the other fellows come to me with cool project ideas. The Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) is a space that houses overlapping identities – queer, black, femme, indigenous, among them. It’s complicated to define the space. The IDA spring class, which is open to the public, consistently brings truly life-changing guest speakers like #JoyHarjo, who is one of the artists I helped bring to campus. Her poetic voice is so powerful and when you listen to her work, there’s no way you can believe that artwork is an appendage to other work. I will miss people at Stanford who are also dedicated to caring and community.” –Maya Burke (@mn_burke), ‘19, comparative studies in race and ethnicity and co-term in environmental communication #Stanford19
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“As co-chair of the @idastanford fellowship program, I feel like an art mom when the other fellows come to me with cool project ideas. The Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) is a space that houses overlapping identities – queer, black, femme,

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“I had been working in collage, painting, and drawing here as a mixed-media artist. But I decided to try sculpture for the first time for my honors thesis. I learned welding, woodworking, and digital printing onto unconventional materials such as aluminum. Working on the project for a year and being part of a group exhibition was one of my proudest moments at Stanford. I’ve enjoyed attending MFA students’ shows and having conversations with faculty after a film screening. It’s been great to connect with other artists and the larger Stanford community through art. Off campus, I’ve loved learning to surf in Pacifica!”
–Ali Vaughan (@alijetv_), ‘19, art practice and art history #Stanford19
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“I had been working in collage, painting, and drawing here as a mixed-media artist. But I decided to try sculpture for the first time for my honors thesis. I learned welding, woodworking, and digital printing onto unconventional materials such as alu

“Stanford has been a journey of enormous self-discovery for me.  I’ve experienced ebbs and flows, at times biting off more than I could chew. Then I studied abroad in Beijing, where I had a chance to put my language skills from 13 years of studying Mandarin to the test. I did a @StanfordBOSP externship at a venture capital firm and realized I really liked business. The experience brought me back to the passionate mindset I had upon arriving at Stanford.”
–Bakari Smith (@bakarismith), ‘19, international relations and East Asian studies #Stanford19 : @hollyhernandezphoto
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“Stanford has been a journey of enormous self-discovery for me. I’ve experienced ebbs and flows, at times biting off more than I could chew. Then I studied abroad in Beijing, where I had a chance to put my language skills from 13 years of studying M

Congratulations to the @uswnt on their first win in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. This year's team includes three former @stanfordwsoc players: Tierna Davidson, '20, Kelley O'Hara, '10, and Christen Press, '11. Another former Stanford player, Ali Riley, '10, is also competing for New Zealand. #USWNT #OneNationOneTeam #GoStanford
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Congratulations to the @uswnt on their first win in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. This year's team includes three former @stanfordwsoc players: Tierna Davidson, '20, Kelley O'Hara, '10, and Christen Press, '11. Another former Stanford player, Ali

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“Freshman year, I learned to dance as a member of Stanford Swing Dancers. I’ll miss that community and have loved the ability to try new things in a really supportive environment. I’ve also tried a ton of things in my classes and ended up taking a very computational approach to my biology major. I’m applying to med school right now and am interested in the ways medical data can be interpreted from data science and computer science perspectives. Being able to process huge quantities of medical data is going to be really interesting and important in the coming years. I feel really grateful to go here. It’s made a big difference in my life.”
–Sheridan Rea, ‘19, biology major and computer science minor, co-term in management science and engineering #Stanford19
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“Freshman year, I learned to dance as a member of Stanford Swing Dancers. I’ll miss that community and have loved the ability to try new things in a really supportive environment. I’ve also tried a ton of things in my classes and ended up taking a ve