Reflections - Stanford’s First Year Reflection Seminar provides an opportunity for new undergraduates come together to pause and reflect upon who they are and what they want out of their lives and to assist them in making choices more thoughtfully and intentionally in their time as undergraduates at Stanford.
Designing your Stanford – A class offered for Stanford students, which will have students on their feet participating in large group activities, listening to mini-lectures, sharing personal reflections with a partner, and discussing provocative ideas about the purpose of college in small, facilitated groups.
Education as Self-Fashioning - ESF is a program in which students consider writings about education by intellectuals working in various fields, with the aim of articulating the ways that education can be used to structure one’s thinking, one’s self, and ultimately one’s life as a whole.
- Audience: Reflections is for first-year undergraduates. Designing your Stanford is a class that is available to freshmen and sophomore students at Stanford. Education as Self-Fashioning is for first-year students.
- When: The First Year Reflections Seminars are offered Weeks 4, 5, and 6 of Winter Quarter (end of January and February). Designing Your Stanford is offered each quarter, one day a week, for the full 9-10 weeks in a quarter. Education as Self-Fashioning is offered only during Autumn quarter.
- Frequency: In its first three years, Reflections seminars met for three 90-minute sessions. In Year Four, three 5-hour sessions were offered on Saturdays in addition to the traditional offerings of three 90-minute sessions over three weeks. In Years Three and Four the Reflections Seminars were offered for one unit of course credit as “EDUC 155X: First Year Reflections Seminar.” Designing Your Stanford is offered each quarter, one day a week, for 1 hour and 50 minutes. In the Education as Self-Fashioning program, each week throughout the quarter, students attend a 75-minute seminar with faculty, two 110-minute writing sections, and a lecture featuring prominent intellectuals that broadens the conversation about the aims of a liberal education.
- Approximate Number of Participants: Participation for Reflections has been as follows of each of its four years: Year One: 50, Year Two: 135, Year Three: 198, and Year Four: 115. Designing your Stanford is available to freshmen and sophomores students at Stanford. The class typically enrolls 50-60 students. Education as Self-Fashioning (ESF) drew 144 students who were enrolled in the program in 2014; in 2013, there were a 137 students.
Funding and Operations
- Reflections receives no external funding.
- Operations: $15,000. For ESF, the operating costs were $50,295 in 2014.