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Act II: Beatriz Stix-Brunell, ’25, on leaps of faith and life beyond the stage

After 11 years with the Royal Ballet, first soloist Beatriz Stix-Brunell retired from dancing and enrolled at Stanford – the oldest member of her freshman class. “I wanted to see who else I was.”

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The science of skin

Chemical engineer Zhenan Bao strives to re-create nature’s ultimate electronic system.

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Life coach

On and off the field, David Shaw knew how to keep his eye on the ball.

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Before landing at Stanford, a record-breaking flight around the world

The Stanford frosh’s solo flight around the world in 2021 made history, but not before some close calls in the air.

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The volcano detective

As a young adult, Ayla Pamukçu found herself at a crossroads between college and culinary school. Thanks in part to an influential box of rocks, she chose a research path that eventually led to a career studying the inner workings of the Earth.

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‘Why College’ sparks an unexpected journey

After taking the undergraduate class, Why College, Daniel Gaughran took a leave of absence from Stanford to extend the course’s goals of contemplation and self-discovery. He is now back at Stanford, energized and ready for whatever is next.

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