Starting your Stanford experience
The Markaz is facilitating a new networking program called PODS (People Obligingly Discussing @ Stanford) this year. This program is designed to pair first-year students with a group of 4-5 peers and an upperclass POD leader to meet monthly to check in and debrief on Zoom. This is a great opportunity to connect regularly and on a deeper level with each other. We invite any first-year students who are interested to sign up!
Meet our POD leaders:
Sign-ups close 10/28/20 and first POD meeting will be held Week 9.
Yusuf is a Sophomore from Rockford, Illinois, interested in History and CS. He’s the director of the Muslim Student Union’s Social Justice Committee, the Co-President of Students for Justice in Palestine, and he is also involved with the AMENDS at Stanford.Yusuf is currently undeclared but plans on majoring in History and pursuing a co-term in Computer Science with the ultimate goal of attending Law School. During his first year, he was a SLE student (s/o anyone taking SLE!). Something he has recently gotten more into during quarantine has been cooking. He says, “I usually tend to cycle through the same 3-4 things, it has been a good opportunity for me to become more comfortable in the kitchen.”
Roda is a Sophomore from San Diego (AKA the 619) interested in Engineering and Public Policy. She also likes Math and CS, and enjoys writing and philosophy! She has interned at Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company, and this past summer worked as a research assistant with the Stanford Law School & D. school. She is currently working with Virgil Abloh and Oana Stanescu to organize a class at Harvard GSD and Stanford LS redesigning court systems. She is involved with Stanford Law School, the Black Community Service Center, the Muslim Student Union, the Sophomore Cabinet, the Haas Center for Public Service, and the FLI (First Generation/Low-Income) Community. She says, “I am super funny, really, my mom said so.”
Ayman Babikir is a Junior from Dubai, United Arab Emirates majoring in Management Science & Engineering with an International Relations minor. He’s interested in data science, economics, politics, and business. He does political research, has done internships in consulting, and is involved with Stanford SEED (Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies). He was supposed to be an RA this year (sad) and he says, “ask me about transitioning from abroad.”
Rafeea is a Sophomore from Plainsboro, New Jersey interested in Economics. She interned at Stanford Technology Ventures Program this summer, and she is generally interested in Finance and Law. She’s on one of Stanford’s best dance teams: Stanford Bhangra. She is also involved with the Muslim Student Union, Stanford Women in Finance, Stanford Women in Law, and she did the ASES bootcamp last year! Her hobbies include “reading, eating/cooking new foods, and dancing.” Fun fact: she once traveled to seven states in a day.
Sarah Raza is a Sophomore from Michigan who is interested in International Relations and Political Science. She is a Muslim Student Union Social Justice Officer and an Oral Communications Tutor at the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking. She is interested in Human Rights, Computer Science, and French. She says, “Ask me about activism/organizing on campus, service opportunities, study abroad, figuring out your academic interests, and overall just adjusting to Stanford as a Frosh (academically and socially and emotionally). In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, reading, and watching films! Also really into houseplants these days.”
Are midterms stressing you out? Do you miss connecting with fellow frosh? Do you want to relax and de-stress?
Come to the bi-weekly Frosh Meet-Up every other Thursday (10/15, 10/29/11/13) at 7:30 PST.