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July 18, 2022
The Stanford Columns by artist, Beverly Pepper. (Image credit: Andrew Brodhead, Stanford News Service)

Dear Class of 2026 & Transfers,

This week we're continuing to introduce you to the Stanford student community!
Many of you have been contacted by current students to talk about Stanford. In addition to these 1:1 conversations, we encourage you to keep meeting our NSO Community Coordinators - this week, get to know Mikayla (Black Recruitment and Orientation Committee) and Sean (Religious and Spiritual Life Orientation Committee). All our "I Am Stanford" stories can be found on the OC Blog.
And join in on various zoom sessions this week: OC Zone, New Student Social, International Student Town Hall.
Finally, don't forget that your Vaden Entrance Health Requirements are due August 1. If you haven't started filling out your Vaden Forms, there's still time!
Read on in the Newsletter for:
Have a great week, and, as always, let us know if you have questions or want to talk!
Approaching Stanford Team
(650) 723-7674

Vaden Health Forms Due August 1

A friendly reminder that the Vaden Entrance Health Requirements and Forms are due August 1. 
As new students entering Stanford, all of you must complete this requirement and upload your vaccination information in the VadenPatient portal by August 1.
If you need to see your health care provider in order to complete any of the requirements, please make the appropriate appointment(s) at this time.
If you do not complete your Entrance Health Requirements by the deadline, an Enrollment Hold will be placed on your account, preventing you from registering for classes this fall. 

Have Questions? 

The OC Zone & New Student Thursdays

Not only do the Orientation Coordinators (OCs) have a new set of posts for you, but they're kicking off New Student Thursdays this week!

OC Blog

New Student Thursdays

Join us for our first New Student Social this week and meet your classmates through fun activities and conversation. Every Thursday, the OCs will be hosting a social or a topic-based webinar. Check the schedule in Canvas and join us!

OC Zone

While the Thursday Social is meant to build community among your class, the OC Zone is an informal space for you to drop in, chat with the OCs, and ask your questions! Curious about the kinds of questions your classmates have? Take a look at the OC Zone Recap

Orientation Volunteer Outreach Emails

If you opted on your Approaching Stanford Forms to be contacted by current students, our crew of Orientation Volunteers and OCs are getting ready to send individual outreach emails to you. Keep an eye on your inbox and get ready to connect with your friendly neighborhood OV to talk about life at Stanford!

Advising Corner: Your Stanford Journey Will Be Unique

Hello, Class of 2026 and Transfers! As your Undergraduate Advising Directors, we have talked about the importance of academic exploration in the last couple weeks. This isn’t only because it’s fun for us. It is because the university’s mandate to itself, and to its staff, faculty, and students, is to encourage the kind of breadth that will prepare you for a changing world. Placing an emphasis on exploration now will allow that impulse to grow even more as you go out into the world. It is one of the things that will support your success here on the Farm, and your success beyond. And it will connect you to other Stanford grads, past, present, and future.
Remember that there is no one correct path through Stanford. Though you will share this journey with your class, and all the other classes, your experience will be unique. And, once you arrive, please remember that you don’t need to have it all figured out, because figuring things out is a core part of your Stanford experience.
Of course, if you're eager to start planning your first steps, look through the information we sent out in last week's Advising Newsletter #2: the Exploring Your Stanford Courses video, the Academic Advising website, and the many academic resources here to support your success.
But as you start really thinking about your first steps at Stanford, remember, too, that it is really important to just relax a bit. Even if you are working, or taking classes, it is important to grant yourself a little downtime, because being at Stanford is a full time experience. You are about to start a wonderful adventure. But it will be a very busy one, too! Do whatever things support your wellness and wellbeing this summer, so you are as refreshed as possible for the amazing journey ahead!
Contact Us
Office of Academic Advising
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
590 Escondido Mall | Stanford, CA 94305-3085 US
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