The Go-To Group

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Although there is no time when Stanford’s campus can be called quiet, exactly — even in the dead of night — from late January to early March it is positively humming. During this roughly six-week period, more than 800 students cram the few slivers of free time in their schedules with applications and meet-and-greets, followed by multiple rounds of interviews with administrators, faculty and fellow students. From that elite and motivated 12 percent of the undergraduate student body (composed entirely of sophomores and juniors, no less), a complex combination of matchmaking, vetting and algorithmic magic whittles the pool down to the 233 to be offered positions as resident assistants.

Among the hopefuls this year was Amit Pasupathy, a sophomore from San Jose.

Keep reading at Stanford Magazine.