Top Aspiring Experts and Professionals Gather at Stanford to Pray

On October 16th, over 30 students (and some who’d already received their degrees) from Stanford, Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and UC Santa Cruz gathered at Stanford’s Old Union building for a “jam session.” These are people studying at the best research and trade schools in the world, getting medical, dental, PhD, and masters degrees. Types of research and professions was anywhere from medicine, computer science, philosophy, to chemical engineering. I’m certain that I shared an evening with the most well educated, if not some of the most talented and intelligent people in the world.

If you want to know a bit of the history, here’s a general introduction. Logistically, this started coming together at the InterVarsity Graduate Student Winter Retreat where I met Ethan and heard about his Multi-Faith Forum at Stanford. I went to that, and there, the thought occurs to me that UC San Francisco wasn’t at the last two retreats (which consisted of grad students fom Stanford, Berkeley, and UCSC). I asked the Grad Fellowship leader at Stanford why UCSF has never been, and the rest of story can be found here:

My last post was about chillin’ with my Stanford friends, and while we were there, I realized that we have no contact with those at UCSF. I asked the Stanford InterVarsity grad director, Pete, why UCSF never comes to our grad retreat (over the winter). He says that they’re invited every year, but never come. Invitations don’t make things happen though, relationships do, and that’s where this story begins.

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UCSF, One of the Best Medical Schools, Has (also) the Best Model for Leadership I've Ever Seen

My last post was about chillin’ with my Stanford friends, and while we were there, I realized that we have no contact with those at UCSF. I asked the Stanford InterVarsity grad director, Peter, why UCSF never comes to our grad retreat (over the winter). He says that they’re invited every year, but never come. Invitations don’t make things happen though, relationships do, and that’s where this story begins.

Tess was, at the time, looking at going into med school, and well, it makes sense for her to visit UCSF (since it is one of the best). I know, I know, I don’t go to UCSF, and I don’t know anyone at UCSF. I mean, why would it make any sense for me to go hang out with them?… Hahaha,  since when did making sense ever matter to me?

On the internet, I googled for UCSF Christian groups and got a couple leads. I find, what seems to be, a unity group (holler!) which leads me to contact David Young. I spoke with him once on the phone, but from what I could gather, this guy’s got a heart for unity, and from how he’s organized his ministry endeavors, he’s quite (web) technologically savvy. David tells me that Sonrise Fellowship is the way to go and to contact Daphne and Irene.

Now, UCSF is all grad students, so building ties with any of the groups would be appropriate, so I browse their website, and contact Daphne. I then get Tess (from UCSC), and, from Stanford, Ethan, Felix, Ashley, and Kimmy in an email exchange with the UCSF leaders. This whole time I’m thinking, “Who does this? This makes no sense, but I’m going to pretend like they’d be crazy not to go along with it.”

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Too Many Blogs to Write…

I’m currently at Assilomar in Pacific Grove, CA for Foundations of Digital Games Conference. I just spent a week (or so) on the east coast. Most notably, I got to help out with a group in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Wilmington. Then, I went to E3 for the first time, and today, I drove 6 hours to get to this conference (to present the first paper of my life’s work). When I get back to Santa Cruz, Zwak will be visiting for a couple days.

This post is to list all the posts that I have yet to write… Here I go:

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