Well, we lost the Rose Bowl to USC
so I needed something Supernatural
to cheer me up. As is happens, I've thought about Sam's Stanford years a lot - I
needed to come up with a reasonable timeline for a missing scene/flashback story.
We know that Sam was born on May 2, 1983. I'm a late May kid myself and
that means that if Sam went through school at the normal starting ages, he
was one of the youngest kids in his school class year. Despite his brains, given the
amount of moving around they did growing up, I don't think he skipped any
grades, either. So, Sam graduated when he was 18, but he was barely 18 - which
also means that was 18 for his freshman year at college, 19 as a sophomore, etc.
So, Sam started college August/September 2001, when he was 18. This is also
supported by the scholarship "full ride to Stanford" that he got. The faculty/teacher
recommendation is a standard, but important part of any scholarship application.
Given the Winchesters' nomadic lifestyle, the chances of Sam spending his
junior and senior high school years at the same school are probably less than 50/50, which means that Sam's teacher recommendation probably came from one
of his high school senior teachers. They'd be most likely to remember and
give a solid recommendation to one of their current students, not a previous student who wrote a letter asking for a recommendation. If Sam applied for and
received a scholarship in his senior year, it'd be effective the start of the next
school year - you don't win a scholarship and put it on hold for a couple of years,
it doesn't work that way.
Also, in "Bugs" Sam asks Matt how old he is (16), then says "...in two years, something wonderful will happen". He'll turn 18 and go to college, as Sam did.
You do the math. If Sam started college in September 2001, then when Dean
came to see him Halloween weekend 2005, he was 22 and in his FIFTH year at Stanford. That's not as far-fetched as it sounds, either. For at least the past 5 years or so, it's been increasingly common for students to take 5 years to get their
undergrad degree. Granted, Sam had a full 4-year scholarship, but the easiest
way to need a fifth year to finish your degree is to switch your major. So, Sam
started out a declared history/engineering/computer science/take your pick
major and switched to pre-law sometime in his third or fourth year, necessitating
in a fifth year to meet all his pre-law course requirements. This also covers
why he had his interview in his fifth collegiate year (if it's normal to be interviewing
for law school in your junior year), he didn't have enough of the required
pre-law courses to be a serious candidate until then.
Lastly, there's "Skin". My take on Zach Warren is that he and Sam are/were in the
same college class - I'd like to think that they were dorm roommates in their freshman year. So, Zach graduated in the normal 4 years and was living in his home town of St. Louis when the events in Skin occurred. As a lot of people do, he married the summer after he graduated from college. "Little Becky" is Zach's
older sister, attending graduate school at Stanford when she decides to take the
semester off to help defend her brother. Sam can totally relate to having an
older sibling who's also 'littler' than he is
PS - I am totally ignoring the whole Winchester Universe calendar being
two days off from real life - there are some things you just can't explain
away. BTW, 2005 and 1983 are the same year, in terms of Christmas-is-a-Monday,
Halloween-is-a-Saturday, in other words, they are the exact same year-type
in a perpetual calendar. Cool!