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kate
Describe the students at your school.

Princeton undergraduates are funny, ironic, smart, clever, gregarious, brilliant, loyal, straight, gay, preppy, hip, new mone...

Describe the students at your school.

Princeton undergraduates are funny, ironic, smart, clever, gregarious, brilliant, loyal, straight, gay, preppy, hip, new money, old money, no money, Caucasian, Hispanic, Indian, African American, Asian, European students who are scientists, artists, actors, writers, economists, athletes and politicians that share one commonality: they are fierce, focused, and addicted to acapello singing groups.

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

There are three things every freshman must know before starting Princeton. 1. Dormitory rooms are incredibly small; closets are tiny; bring less of everything. 2. Make appointments to have coffee with your professors; you will miss the best feature of Princeton if you are too shy. There will be no other time in your life when you can have one on one meetings with Nobel Prize winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, famous authors and political consultants you see on CNN and Fox News. 3 Study hard from Sunday to Thursday, party on the weekend: meet your peers, they are incredible!

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

Parents, welcome to High School, where students compete in America's most vicious sport: Getting In to College. Forget about your fond memories of Senior Prom and Cheerleading. Today's kids have been groomed since birth with club sports and SAT tutoring. Fascinated by the insanity surrounding college admissions, I wrote a comedy , "Getting In, the Musical", and produced it at my high school. Because the main character was the 'College Admission Officer from Hell', my parents did not want me to include this play with my admissions packet. Actually, they were furious that I dropped Varsity Water Polo, "my ticket to college", in order to write this musical. LESSON ONE: LET YOUR CHILDREN FOLLOW THEIR PASSION Not only did I discover my passion for writing with 'Getting In', but I also know that my Early Admission Acceptance to Princeton was due, in large part, to that writing sample. Princeton's Creative Writing Department is amazing and turned out to be the perfect school for me. LESSON TWO: LET YOU CHILDREN FOLLOW THEIR INSTINCTS IN SELECTING A COLLEGE. Their first impressions of a school are usually correct. COLLEGE IS AMAZING: BE BRAVE, BE OPEN TO NEW EXPERIENCES ACADEMICALLY AND SOCIALLY.

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

The most important part of the college search is the visit and talking candidly to real students. There is no other way to g...

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

The most important part of the college search is the visit and talking candidly to real students. There is no other way to get the true "feel" of a university or college.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Motivated, academic, enjoys studying, but at the same time not party-phobic. Most of the social life on campus takes place in the Eating Clubs, which are a very frat-like scene. There is litte other life in the town. That said, the academic life for undergraduates at Princeton is unparalleled. If you like to study hard and party almost as hard (but really at the end of the day, studying is the most important thing to you), then Princeton is the place for you.

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

I was a math major and Princeton objectively has the greatest mathematics department in the world. This is why I went there. However, growing up in a small rural town I was unprepared for the social life at Princeton, and wished I had considered more schools in making my college decision. If I had to do it again, there is a good chance I would have ended up at Princeton anyway. Reason why Princeton is the best UG education in the world: perfect combo of focus on undergrads and high-powered research university.

Catherine
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Probably best known for its academics, but it should be known for its tight-knit campus community. Socially, it is very well ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Probably best known for its academics, but it should be known for its tight-knit campus community. Socially, it is very well known for the eating clubs, which are essentially co-ed fraternities.

What's unique about your campus?

How accepting and welcoming everyone is.

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

Don't let the college process get to you: it's overwhelming and overrated. Take your time, try not to stress, and listen to what your heart tells you when you step onto the "right" college campus. But to be honest, there is more than one "right" college for each person. Also, to parents -- putting pressure on your child is not going to help them in any way to make what seems like the hardest decision in their life thus far. Instead, try to give them space and support whatever decision they make. And students -- once you finally do start college, take advantage of every second because it will be over before you know it. Make a million friends, have fun, meet your professors and maximize how much you can learn from them. Pick a major that you truly love, not what your parents have been dreaming about their whole lives, but whatever subject makes your heart beat just a little faster and whatever classes make you spring out of bed just a little sooner. But truly just remember to enjoy yourself!

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

The college process is a very personal one; I would therefore encourage parents and students alike to branch out from pre-con...

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

The college process is a very personal one; I would therefore encourage parents and students alike to branch out from pre-conceptions of one college versus another and visit as many schools as possible in order to make their own decisions about what FEELS right to them. I would likewise encourage students to apply to all of the schools that they really love (REGARDLESS of the "reach"), while all the while keeping an open mind to options that they may not have thuroughly explored. In my opinion, the best way to go about doing this is to look at the list of schools to which you will apply as a WHOLE as opposed to focusing on a single school; make sure there's some variation of your own percieved culture and feel as well as level of selectivity among the schools on your list, and be sure to inlude some schools that might somewhat extend outside your general "comfort zone." Once a list like this is constructed, you can sit back, relax, and leave it up to the admissions process to highlight only those schools where you will truly thrive!

What kind of person should attend this school?

If you are academically self-motivated, interested in working hard to learn a lot, and would like to be able to do all of this alongside students with diverse interests but similar levels of passion, then this school is the right place for you. But an important aspect of Princeton's culture, at least for me, is the widespread desire among students not only to work hard, but to play hard, too--and the university provides virtually everything we need to accomplish this two-fold lifestyle!

Vivian
What's unique about your campus?

I think the best thing about Princeton are all the resources it has to offer undergrads. As a Princeton student, you get the...

What's unique about your campus?

I think the best thing about Princeton are all the resources it has to offer undergrads. As a Princeton student, you get the chance to work with award-winning professors, have access to some of the best technology and facilities available, be connected to an extensive and accomplished alumni network, and of course, attend one of the highest-ranked universities in terms of academics. At a lot of other universities, graduate students monopoloze professors' time and resources, but not so at Princeton. Because of this, students have the opportunity to do amazing work as undergraduates.

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

Mostly, I wish I had known how much I would enjoy it there, so that I wouldn't have stressed out quite so much before coming to campus. But I also wish I had known some more practical things, like that the weather is more rainy than I was used to, or that the most convenient way to get my things from home to campus and back again is not necessarily driving the 1,000 mile trip twice freshman year--finding a place to store things over the summer can be a pain, but is very helpful!

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

From the start, one of the best things you can do is try to be as familiar as possible with schools before you apply, and only apply to schools you'd realistically want to attend. Once you're accepted, visit the schools if you can, and take advantage of all the orientation programs and information available to incoming freshman, it really helps a lot. Once you've picked a college, be enthusiastic! If your school has some kind of pre-orientation trip or event for freshman, go on it. It'll help you get comfortable before the year starts. If you know ahead of time who your rommates will be, get in touch with them over the summer. Once you're moved in, an upbeat attitude and a phone call to Mom can be the key to avoiding homesickness. And then, dive in! Take classes that sound interesting to you. Get involved in extracurriculars-- keep up with something you enjoyed doing in high school, but try something new too. Most of all, find people you enjoy spending time with and a subject you enjoy studying, and you'll make your college fit you, not the other way around.

Joseph
Describe the students at your school.

Almost everyone is hardworking, motivated, and highly intelligent. People are willing to put in plenty of hours to do well i...

Describe the students at your school.

Almost everyone is hardworking, motivated, and highly intelligent. People are willing to put in plenty of hours to do well in class, because the classes are extremely hard. On the other hand, on the weekends many of those same students party hard to relieve stress, which there is a lot of!

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

There is, sadly enough, a great deal of luck involved in finding the "right college." You can tour all the schools you want, talk to professors, students and alumni, but in the end, it's a completely personal decision. However cliche it may sound, often enough you do get a special feeling when you find "the one." The school will feel like home, like there's nowhere else you ought to be. Above all, my advice to someone looking for the right college is to trust your instincts, regardless of school's prestige or reputation. Remember that reputation is simply what other people think about the school, and not necessarily what you will think. That being said, the college-finding process need not be a stressful one. In all likelihood, you'll be quite happy wherever you end up; the students at nearly every school will be motivated, unique, and fun, and you will most certainly be able to find classes that interest you. Remember that once you're there, the hard part is over-now all you have to do is find classes, friends and activities to do that are exciting and challenging. That's where the fun begins!

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Princeton is the quality of academics, be it the variety of classes, the fantastic professors, or the motivated students in the classes. There is virtually nothing you cannot study here at a high level if you want to, and the professors are all experts in their respective fields.

Meredith
What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

There is nothing frustrating about Princeton. I wouldn't change it a single bit. The students are great, the faculty is very ...

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

There is nothing frustrating about Princeton. I wouldn't change it a single bit. The students are great, the faculty is very generous, and the facilities are perfect.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Princeton is the availability of help from the professors and the general spirit of the school. You are truly proud to be there.

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

The best way to find the right college is to go with your gut feeling. Visit the school, get to know the kids, and if you don't feel comfortable, even if you don't know why, then I wouldn't consider that school. You will know the feeling when it comes, but it should be "love-at-first-sight". When I visited Princeton, it was pouring and cold. That can really ruin your outlook on a school, but I still fell in love. Every part of campus was screaming my name, and I knew it was a perfect match. In addition, it is always a great idea to go to the information sessions. They clarify a lot about the college: you can see how the school is organized and what resources are available. Also, make sure you are proud saying that you go to that college. It shouldn't be something of which you are ashamed. College will be the best time of your life. I didn't believe that before I came to Princeton, so take it from someone who had been clearly mistaken. Get out, try everything, you won't be able to once you've graduated.

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

Be sure you are choosing a school for the right reasons. Don't choose a school because of it's name or because of ideas you h...

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

Be sure you are choosing a school for the right reasons. Don't choose a school because of it's name or because of ideas you have about it. Visit the school, learn about the good AND the negative aspects of it. No school is ideal but you should be able to find one that optimally suits you. Also, don't be too pressured by others. That is not to say that you shouldn't consider the opinions of others when deciding on a school but ultimately it is you who will have to learn there for the next four years so make sure it is a place where you can thrive. "Above all, be true to yourself" --Hardy D. Jackson

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

The school breaks are timed awkwardly. We are never off when other students have break.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is hard working, open minded, and passionate about something.

Cecillia
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are friendly, open-minded individuals who are willing to work with others to overcome obstacles.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are friendly, open-minded individuals who are willing to work with others to overcome obstacles.

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

I wish I had known more about the research that various faculty on campus are engaged in so that I could become more involved with professors earlier on.

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

During the search for the perfect college campus, I remember being bombarded left and right with advice from people whose opinion I trusted. Amidst the vocal chorus of suggestions, the most resounding piece of advice was, ?Make sure the college is the right fit for you.? But what does it mean for a college to be the right fit? For me, I realized I wanted a college in which I would be most able to achieve my goals, mainly entrance into medical school. But every student is different, that is why the most important task in finding the right college is for the student to reflect about him or herself. Make a prioritized list of your ambitions, goals and values, and then envision yourself at each university to determine at which college you will fulfill the most items on your list; because at the end of the day it doesn?t matter which university?s labs are better if you are not interested in research. Understanding your own desires will allow you to choose a college in which you will be able to grow and develop the most, and ultimately a college that will be the right fit for you.

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

College can be an amazing experience. I am a firm believer that if you follow your heart, wherever it may lead you, whether i...

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

College can be an amazing experience. I am a firm believer that if you follow your heart, wherever it may lead you, whether it be your state school, a small private college, or something completely outside of the norm, you will be happier and more likely to take advantage of what your school has to offer. Do not get too caught up in the 'name' of the college and how it makes you look to others. Your college decision is completely yours. I believe that anyone can exceed at any college if you put effort into it. It all depends on how you as a student invest your time in your studies, whether you get to know your professors and other college faculty, your ability to utilize the hundreds of resources available to you through different venues, and your efforts to become involved in social activities that will provide you with friendship and support. In the course of only four years, you can accumulate so many memorable experiences by doing what you love, putting your whole heart into all that you do, and creating the networks that will carry you far in to the future. Good Luck to you!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about Princeton is the emphasis on joining an eating club. These clubs are very much like fraternities/sorities and costitiute to the majority of social opportunities on campus. If you have a good group of friends who all want to join the same club it may not be that bad but it is not guaranteed that anyone will get in. I just wish there were more social opportunities for students who did not want to be involved in an eating club.

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

The worst thing about Princeton would be the amount of money it costs to attend. If you do not qualify for much financial aid it can be a huge burden on you and your parents to come up with the money to pay for your education. Loans may seem reasonable but just remember that you will be paying them back for many years after you graduate. I suggest finding as much outside money, via grants and scholarships, as you possibly can

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