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''Work hard, stay healthy, and have some fun,'' Stanford president Donald Kennedy advised incoming freshmen. He urged students to sense the unity of their education with the rest of their life.

Besides maintaining a sense of humor, he suggested, ''be committed to things in an unembarrassed and enthusiastic way. Being 'cool' is really not so great. . . .

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''Be willing to speak up for an important idea, to urge others to get involved in something important, even when you appear to encounter reluctance and passivity. There are all sorts of things in this world that are much worse than being condemned for overenthusiasm.''

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