Stop the duck!

Stop the duck!

Stanford students use the term "Duck Syndrome" to describe a typical undergraduate priority: looking good on the surface, seeming to float calmly along, but paddling frantically to stay afloat under water, hiding stress and insecurity. The pervasive syndrome makes it difficult for students to seek out support or discuss hardship in their personal and academic lives.

The Duck Stops Here is a blog dedicated to discussing academic skills and the Duck Syndrome at Stanford. Its goal is to equip students with the strategies and support necessary for them to dive into their Stanford experience, swim, and thrive. 

The blog is published by Adina Glickman of VPTL, Director of The Resilience Project, and her team of students and recent grads. They use fun illustrations and casual language, speaking student to student, to explain how to:

  • approach multiple choice exams
  • manage time more effectively
  • take useful notes from lectures and course readings
  • cope with personal hardship during the quarter
  • and more

Blog posts are usually timed to coincide with important times in the academic year like midterms, finals, winter quarter, and even spring break.

How could your students benefit from messages like those in The Duck Stops Here? Share your thoughts in a comment below.

 Academic Skills for Stanford Students" using an image of a duck instead of the word "duck"