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Princeton University


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Sara
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Princeton is equally strong in the humanities and the sciences. There is an emphasis on research: undergrads must complete a...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Princeton is equally strong in the humanities and the sciences. There is an emphasis on research: undergrads must complete a year of independent research for their senior thesis--the main focus of their senior year. The social scene is very unique. Rather than frats and sororities, the social lives of most undergraduates revolve around the eating clubs--mansions on the edge of campus that serve as eating places for upperclassmen and social centers for all. Princetonians of all ages are united by old traditions, which is one of the many reasons why alumni feel such a strong attachment to it.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Princeton is probably not for you if you are: 1) lazy, 2) closed-minded, or 3) convinced that you?re the smartest person on earth (you?re not) and want it to stay that way (it won?t). But other than that, this university has almost everything. I think most people can find their niche here and thoroughly enjoy the experience. If you are fortunate enough to get in, and are willing to work harder than you probably have ever worked before, go for it.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you?re used to high school being pretty easy, get over it. Princeton is VERY demanding of your time, intellect, and energy--but don?t worry, it is totally possible to succeed here. Just stay organized and budget your time (and try to sleep a little), and you?ll do just fine academically. However, those hours you spent in the library are not what you will remember about college. You still have room for a great social life! I can say with absolute certainty that the best thing about Princeton is the people. This place is home to thousands of fascinating individuals with ridiculously diverse backgrounds, interests, and personalities. One of the things I love the most about my school is that you are constantly learning--not just in class, but outside of class, too. Make no mistake, you will learn a ton in the classroom, but just as important is what you will learn from your classmates and the stories they tell. In only one year here, I have become familiar with cultures that were all but unknown to me before, and I have developed new and unexpected interests. Bottom line: be more than just a student.

Omoshalewa
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Everyone around you may be telling you exactly what school to go to or not. Or maybe there's no one to support you or no one ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Everyone around you may be telling you exactly what school to go to or not. Or maybe there's no one to support you or no one cares where you end up going to college. Or perhaps you have no idea what you want to do with your life. Or you've "had a plan" since you were three years old to attend the most prestigious university, study aerospace engineering and become a rocket designer for NASA... Whatever your "or" is, don?t stress it. This is perhaps the most important decision in your life thus far, but you have many more years to live. Keep it simple. Look for the place with the best bathrooms, comfortable (as much as possible) residential living, good food, and most importantly where you can actually see yourself being. Think about your home and all the things you like and don't like about it. You're going be living in one place for four (more or less) years, the environment is definitely one of the most important things to pay attention too. Once you find the right place --whether it takes you visiting 20 schools or just one-- everything else will come naturally.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known that I wouldn't like the major I started off in after two years and that Psychology isn't a stupid major.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The fact that although there are MANY opportunities, one may never know what they can truly do unless they're in a jam--and generally that's when it's too late.

Henry
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are exceedingly bright.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are exceedingly bright.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It was #1 in the nation and has the most amazing professors, TAs, and student body.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When entering the college application process, keep an open mind. It doesn't matter where your parents went or where they want you to go; it's your life and should ultimately be your decision. Obviously cost can be an issue, but it should never be the most important factor; your education is priceless. Once those letters of acceptance arrive in the mail, it's time to pick your college of choice. If you find yourself broken between schools, visiting the campus can be the best way to make a decision. Pre-freshman programs are your best friend in helping the decisions because you get to really interact with core of the school: the students and the faculty. As for making the most of the college experience, treat it like a whole new world and throw out your preconcieved notions developed in high school. Take a pamphlet from every station at the activities fair; get out and get to know your school community. DO NOT sit in your dorm all day long doing work. Of course school work is important but college offers much much more academics so be sure to take advantage of that.

Aaron
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Extremely intense but even more rewarding.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Extremely intense but even more rewarding.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Everyone tries to convince you that finding the right college is like choosing the perfect meal: it must taste right without breaking the bank. When ordering dinner at a restaurant, the primary concerns for most people are taste and price. The ideal entree satisfies hunger without leaving a dent in your wallet. Likewise, the most pressing concerns for prospective college students are ?fit,? and cost. It is important to find a school that meshes well with your ambitions and personality, but it would stupid to throw money away by going to a school with a big price tag, no matter how great it is. Or so they tell you. While it is important to live within your means, when it comes to what you?ll be ?eating? for the next four years, the size of the check at the end of the meal should never be the most important factor. It is far better to be happy at an expensive school than to be miserable somewhere while you save a buck. After all, you can always go back to a restaurant to try a different dish, but choosing a college is a once in a lifetime decision.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I would've known that the workload was so demanding and that the stress level is so consistently high. I would have also liked to know that there is no place on earth that you can learn more. I wish I would have known that this would be the most rewarding decision of my life.

A.
What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Nothing. The supermarket's a bit far away, but it's no big deal.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When you walk onto campus, it should feel like home. When you experience that, you've found THE place for you.

Zahava
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't expect your admissions process to be logical or predictable. College admissions brochures may not be totally honest, b...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't expect your admissions process to be logical or predictable. College admissions brochures may not be totally honest, but by seeing which features colleges play up, you know what features are importatnt to them. Email students (you can find them via student group websites) to find out the real story of what's going on at the college. Get involved in extracurriculars, and always make sure you don't take on so much that classes become secondary.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The way eating clubs divide upper- and under-classmen and the way the interactive social activities happen in eating clubs and at parties, while the other fun things to do (like going to see student performances) are not that interactive.

Eric
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The most rewarding experience of my life; the perfect combination of academics, athletics, social involvment and spiritual s...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The most rewarding experience of my life; the perfect combination of academics, athletics, social involvment and spiritual satisfaction.

Describe the students at your school.

The most brilliant, interesting, talented, caring and compassionate people you can meet.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Students, follow your heart. Parents, stay out of your kids' way. Did I know the financial burden I would face by choosing the school I did? Aboslutely! Did I know how hard classes would be, and how difficult it would be to also play a varsity sport? Absolutely! However, I knew the second I set foot on that campus my senior year of high school that I was home. Everything I had dreamed of about college growing up, playing a varsity sport and going to school on the east coast, culminated in a school that also satisfied my new found desire for learning and spiritual growth. At that moment, when I stepped foot on campus, I knew that I couldn't let anything prevent me from going there, not even the almighty dollar. Don't pick the school with the best academic record, or the prettiest campus, or the one that is most affordable for you. There is money available for motivated students, you just have to find it. You'll know which school is right for you, because being there will be like going home.

Courtney
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure to visit everywhere you go - you CANNOT decide just by reading about a school or looking at pictures. Also, don't ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure to visit everywhere you go - you CANNOT decide just by reading about a school or looking at pictures. Also, don't base where you go SOLELY on financial situation-if you need help, there are ways to get it. Also, it seems to all fall together. Once in college, make sure to relax sometimes--for many, this is the last 4 years of "childhood"; enjoy it, but try hard-you are shaping your future.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I would brag about the quality of education, and how people are thoroughly dedicated to their work; students value learning here, it is not like high school where you are forced to do work--you WANT to do you work.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A slacker or someone who isn't willing to try hard should not bother coming here. It is not as easy as high school-I put a large degree more of effort into my work here to recieve grades slightly lower than those I recieved in college.

Mackenzie
Describe the students at your school.

What's the campus style like? Are there any clothing trends going on right now? Three Princeton upperclassmen tell us what'...

Describe the students at your school.

What's the campus style like? Are there any clothing trends going on right now? Three Princeton upperclassmen tell us what's up with dressing "Princeton" right now.

Describe the best and worst parts of the social scene on campus.

At a sorority formal, a senior student, Margaret, gives us her perspective on the unique Princeton eating club night scene.

Tell us about your professors.

Steve Bush, a lecturer in the religion department, and former graduate student speaks of his experience with the religion department and his own opinion as a student and employee of Princeton University.

What's unique about your campus?

Princeton University's campus can be a weird place what with haunted theaters and Biology Project go wrong mutant squirrels...

Tell us about the food and dining options.

Jeff Zhao (aka DJ Dynasty) gives a complete tour of Frist Campus Center Food Gallery. "Frist" is the only food option on campus that is an unaffiliated, university ran, complete dining facility. It is essential to any undergrad's campus experience and delicious!

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Princeton University students express their opinions on eating clubs, Proposition 8, and grade deflation.

Describe the dorms.

Join Brooks and Mackenzie, juniors at Princeton University, as they scope out different campus dorms in preparation for room draw.

What's unique about your campus?

Alex recently received a scholarship to Oxford University for adopting a lifestyle of "freeganism" through which he subsists primarily on other people's trash. Meet him and Cliff and Sean who spend their time working at the University's free bike co-op.

What's the dating scene like?

Tim and Carl, students at Princeton, divulge the best hookup spots on campus, as well as give their own opinions and experiences of the university's casual dating culture.

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