Azia Kim was enjoying her freshman year at Stanford — until she was exposed as an imposter, the Stanford Daily reports.
Azia Kim was like any other Stanford freshman. She graduated from one of Californiaâ€™s most competitive high schools last June, moved into the dorms during New Student Orientation, talked about upcoming tests and spent her free time with friends.
The only problem is that Azia Kim was never a Stanford student.
Claiming a mistake by the housing office, Kim slept in the lounge of one dorm, then, complaining of a bad roommate, talked her way into a room. After two quarters, she moved to a different dorm with a roommate who slept most nights at her boyfriend’s room. Without a key, Kim kept the window of the first-floor room open so she could climb in and out.
Friends arenâ€™t sure of her motive for sneaking onto campus and living a lie, but many speculate that she felt pressure from overbearing parents to attend Stanford â€” regardless of whether she was admitted.
Kim’s high school friends say she was a hard-working student at her very competitive high school but didn’t seem to have the grades to get into Stanford. They thought she was attending community college with the hope of transferring to Berkeley.
It’s not clear whether Kim told her parents she had a full scholarship or got them to put $50,000 for a year’s tuition, room and board in her own checking account.
Meanwhile, a non-student has been haunting a physics lab for four years, at times claiming offices, a locker, a room to sleep in and a seat in seminars. Elizabeth Okazaki, once a temporary admin, claims to be a visiting scholar in music — or possibly German Studies. The physics building manager won’t kick her out.
Update: Stanford is preparing a get-out-of-the-lab letter for Okazaki, who apparently has been propping open doors to get back into the lab. Equipment thefts have escalated.