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The Resilience Project

What is the Resilience Project?

The Resilience Project combines personal storytelling, events, programs, and academic skills coaching to motivate and support you as you experience the setbacks that are a normal part of a rigorous education. We help you learn from failure and hope to instill a sense of belonging and bravery. Our goal is to help change the perception of failure from something to be avoided at all costs, to something that has meaning, purpose, and value. 

"Stanford, I Screwed Up!"

"Stanford, I Screwed Up!" is an event commemorating and celebrating the 'epic failures' in our lives. Students from across campus come together and share experiences through storytelling, comedy, poetry, song, video, spoken word, and other creative means. The last event took place at the CoHo on Thursday April 5, 2018.

View more Resilience Project stories on YouTube

Why is Resilience Important?

On a small scale, being resilient will enable you to raise your hand in class and risk "sounding stupid." On a grander scale, it will allow you to try something really hard whether or not you're sure you'll do well at it. With resilience, you can make the most of Stanford's opportunities to learn. The growth and wisdom that can only be achieved by navigating setbacks should not be considered the consolation prize to success, but rather bona fide revenue through which new perspectives are gained and crucial shifts in thinking are heralded. It's not about how epic your failure is, it's what you learn.


The Resilience Project is a collaborative effort with the following offices:

Core Ideas

  • Learn about learning
  • Seek advice
  • Get perspective
  • Connect with community



Write to Tim Randazzo.

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