Sunset at Main Quad

Week 2


This week marks the official start of our lessons after our recovery from the power outage the week before. As the week progressed, we slowly settled into our newfound routines and even found more study spots!

This summer, many of us are trying out new courses such as Game Theory, Genocide and Humanitarian Intervention and even Conex Optimisation. Sitting in a classroom with a mix of High School, Undergraduate and Graduate students was a new experience for us – everyone came from such vast backgrounds and yet could contribute to fruitful and engaging discussions in class.

Convex Optimization Homework


On days when our lessons ended early, we were able to explore the campus a little more.  As summer session students, we were able to freely use facilities like the gym, rock climbing walls and the swimming pool. When the sun goes down, the campus once bustling with activities during the day becomes a spot to relax and take a breather.

The summer session also offers guided trips to places like the Stanford Research Park where we learnt more about the research on electric cars and autonomous vehicles.

During the weekend, we headed down to San Francisco’s Market Street via the Caltrain at Palo Alto Station and soaked in the atmosphere at the annual Pride Parade. The train journey took roughly an hour and the train carriages were packed as flocks of people headed to the heart of San Francisco for the celebration. We also visited Chinatown and munched on cheap and delicious Dim Sum at the famed Good Mongkok Bakery.

Pride March on Market Street
Good Mongkok Bakery Chinatown San Francisco
Chinatown San Francisco Dragon Gate

With Independence day celebrations just round the corner, we’re looking forward to what the summer has to bring us!

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