Stanford: Learning Through Service

Uploaded by StanfordUGA on 24.09.2012

>>male #1: Sunday is just like loading, it's just manual
>> female #1: Yeah
>>Karen Scrivner: RA stands for Resident Assistant and at
Stanford we have not just resident assistants but also a
couple other staff members that make up basically this team
of staff, student staff who work in the dorm and live in the
>>female #1: They're very nice people.
[group laughs and chatters]
>> Karen Scrivner: So that's kind of our job, is to really
form this community here and I think that's one of the
reasons why we do have such a strong undergraduate community
at Stanford is because we do so many things as dorm. Really
your best friends coming out of freshman year are mostly
from your freshman dorms.
[Spanish speaking]
>>Karen Scrivner: I think the first time I really was able
to talk to a lot of different students and really hear what
their stories were, which really shaped what I wanted to do,
was the summer after my freshman year. I actually spent a
month in Nicaragua and I went with 12 other Stanford
students. It was through the Haas Center for Public Service.
Because I was hanging out with all these 12 Stanford
students for a month straight, we had a lot of time to
really talk about different interests and most of them were
older than me and most of them were human biology majors and
several of them were pre med. So that was really great for
me because I got to hear all about the ups and downs of this
human biology core and the major itself so coming out of
that experience, not only did I gain so much knowledge from
just that service learning trip that we went on but also
came out of it being pretty sure I wanted to be pre med and
positive that I wanted to be a human biology major.
>>female #2: It's really common for people to get warts.
[Spanish speaking]
>>female #2: Especially when you're young.
[talking in background]
>>Karen Scrivner: You basically create your own major. So my
area of concentration within human biology is called, it's
very long, it's critical global issues in child and maternal
health and development and no one's ever had that as their
area of concentration, I basically made it up. I pulled
classes from the human biology department, from biology
department and from the psychology department. So that's
been great for me since I can take sort of all the courses
that I've wanted to take and get a degree out of it.
[women chatting and laughing]