Stanford Essay – Virtually all of Stanford’s undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate – and us – get to know you better. (100-250 words)

I’m super excited to meet you! I’ll probably be moving in with my guitar, ukulele, harmonica, and clarinet. I’m always looking to learn new things, especially about other cultures! I’ve lived in Hong Kong my whole life but my extended family brings a number of cultures together – English, Danish, Swiss, Irish, and Chinese. A fun tradition that we have at birthdays is to sing the birthday song in six languages.

It’ll be my first time in California and I’ll probably spend the first few weeks exploring the city to find some go-to spots. Probably a second-hand bookshop, a music store, a spot with a view, and a sushi restaurant to make me feel at home. I really hope you’ll join me in this adventure – I get connected to places easily and love going back to spots that make me feel at peace.

Actually, one of my (non-academic / not career related) life goals is to travel to Cape Palliser, New Zealand, where a lot of milky-way photos are taken, and to spend 24 hours straight there ( I have it all planned out, I’ll bring my Kindle, a guitar, a picnic blanket and a bluetooth speaker. I think it’d be really grounding to feel how small our existence is in this vast universe, but I also think the fact that humans are so insignificant, yet can affect one another in deep ways is really beautiful.

I’m excited to get to know you!

See you soon,


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