WHAT STUDENTS SAY:
“I think I speak on behalf of all of us when I say that we truly hit the jackpot with you both this year. I was overjoyed to find that we were treated like mature adults, yet we had the love and support that I would only expect from parents. You filled our days and lives with meaning and appreciation, allowing the unbearable to be bearable and the obscurity of college life to become much more clear. You have showed us beauty and warmth in human interaction inspiring me to make all of my relationships as authentic and deep as yours is. I feel like both of you were exactly the kind of warm, calming force needed to break through the confusion of this year. I cannot emphasize enough how appreciative I am for all that you have done for us—whether talking with us, feeding us, or cheering us on. In showing us the size of your hearts and your room for such understanding and compassion, you made this place feel like home. It was so comforting to share this year with you and I know that I always have this home to come back to.” - T.S.
GRADIANT PROGRAM STRUCTURE:
THE GRADIANT EXPERIENCE:
From transition to transformation
Learn from award-winning Stanford educators who help first year students transition to college everyday.
Develop a genuine relationship with a college mentor who has successfully been there.
Dynamically engage the real issues of college in real-time. Before college.
Cultivate crucial life skills for navigating the opportunities and challenges of college at a critical time.
INNOVATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Practice in an immersive, diverse and safe environment that models real college life.
Proactively learn how to make healthy friends and have meaningful relationships.
PERSONAL GROWTH & PURPOSE
Understand who you’ve been, discover who you are, and explore who you want to become in college.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY:
“I know that after every class I say how much this class has changed my life, but it really is true. Having the assignments every week, ramping up from illuminating reflections to heart pounding challenges, and talking them through in the group and hearing your advice, I have been able to workshop what I was trying to become: intentional and brave. To have been able to take this class at all would be amazing, but it happened to come at exactly the time when it completely changed everything. It feels like a totally new side to life has been unlocked. You two have shown us how to read the signposts in our lives but also how to forge our own paths when we want to. You have taught us how to be ourselves in the way we always wanted to be.” - A.V.
SAMPLE GRADIANT OUTCOMES:
Make healthy friends and have meaningful relationships
Set boundaries skillfully - say no without ruining a relationship, say yes without compromising integrity
Name and take responsibility for actions individually and interpersonally
Effect positive decision-making personally and with others
Acknowledge and face fears with realism, courage, and action
Increasingly motivate from personal purpose
Give and receive support from a peer community that is transitioning together
Create and break habits
Work positively in small groups on projects and assignments
Experience failure/set-backs as opportunities
Know when, to whom, and how to reach out for help and take personal responsibility for communicating needs
Understand, navigate, and utilize campus resources
Create realistic and achievable first quarter course schedule
Gain knowledge about majors, minors, and specializations
Speak confidently with collegiate faculty and advisors
Set realistic expectations
Be informed and practiced in the most current and salient collegiate issues
Understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress
Enact a plan for a healthy everyday at college
Regularly assess and articulate strengths and areas of growth
Problem solve, tackle challenging obstacles, advocate for needs
Understand and practice positive physical and mental health habits
Discern activities, clubs, and organizations to join and enact strategies for how to do so