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Date: May 10 2004
Major: Math (This Major's Salary over time)
I got a good solid education, though not too broad, as I focused on technical subjects. The requirements at that time allowed a student to take only 7 courses in humanities and social sciences, and take all the rest in technical areas; that is exactly what I did.

The aspect of my Stanford experience that had the most profound effect on me professionally is that I took courses from a world famous professor in computer science professor (Dr. Donald Knuth) and did well. He took a personal interest in me, encouraged me to go to graduate school, and wrote me recommendations. I got into a top-tier grad school in computer science and successfully earned a PhD.

The aspect of my Stanford experience that was most lacking was my advising. The requirements for a math major were very unstructured, and I just ended up taking classes that looked interesting, with no real advice for

what made sense for me
in the big picture. The purpose for advising seemed to be to make sure I was on track for graduation—but I was smart enough to figure that out for myself by reading the university bulletin.

The teaching quality at Stanford varied widely from professor to professor. Some were exceptional teachers. Others were very poor, and did not seem to care about teaching. I was able to minimize the number of really bad teachers I had after I figured out to ask other students about which professors to avoid.

All that being said, I look back on my experience at Stanford positively.

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