Change in to High Gear


I’m Janne Vepsäläinen, and I was one the lucky six that got to experience Stanford in the summer of 2013. I haven’t written nearly as prolifically as Tiina, Mikko, Arttu, Antti or Suse, and while there are many reasons for that, I’d rather not get into it. Let’s just say, I’m not much of blogger.

Since I never got around to posting anything while I was at Stanford, I thouht I’d write a longer, more detailed story on the whole experience when I got back, with pictures. A sort of Janne’s Odyssey, if you will.

But as I writing it (For a not-insubstantial time, for that matter…) I realised something: I never had the time for it. I hadn’t had the time since I had my first lectures at Stanford.

For the last 4 months I’ve been working my ass off in a  two major school projects, of which the other is due next June (Yes, it’s huge. No, you don’t get enough credits for it.), I’m on the board, vice-president, treasurer and assistant trainer at my budo-club, I attended the European Iaido Championships (Came home with silver), and I was a TA in two laboratory experiments (Two weeks of 9-19 days. Each. Wohoo!).

All in all, work. Lots of it.

And I’m loving it.

I’m very aware that my girlfriend might not love my working enthusiasm as much, but she’s supportive nonetheless, of which I couldn’t be more grateful. 🙂

Stanford wasn’t a place to meet people. It is a place to ramp up your life, meet amazing friends and, if you can take the moment (Take the moment, courses will wait), see amazing sights and enjoy California.

Go to SF, visit Mountain View for the best Burritos in California, play tennis and golf, swim and tan with friends, eat clam chowder from a bread bowl at Fisherman’s Wharf, visit Six Flags and go hiking in Yosemite, have a burger and fries, Animal Style, at In-n-Out. Courses at Stanford are amazing, but they’re just courses.

Take the plunge. Fear the Tree.


Buy a bike as soon as you get there. Craigslist or Walmart are both good choices.

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