What does it mean to add value to the Stanford community?
A great proxy: “is this someone who would be super fun to sit next to at breakfast and is this someone I could have a fascinating conversation with?
Once you make the “first cut”, they divide up the applications and a bunch of “application readers” get applications.
Each admissions person will choose an applicant and they will pitch to the room as to why that applicant should be let in to Stanford.
Step four: Of the answers to step two and three, which things are other people not working on and are not going to start working on in the next 3–4–5 years?
Lastly — what is the intersection of all of those answers?
After discussing some of my plans for entrepreneurship the following year (this year), such as ___, _ gave me incredible feedback, enthusiasm, and even additional ideas that we have chosen to implement.
I cannot think of any other person who has actually affected the course of some aspect of this university before attending.
Step two: What things could I therefore be excellent at that are good/useful for the world?
Step three: What things could I be excellent at, that people demonstrate they want, based on how they spend their money/time?