Make sure that your guidance counselor mentions in his/her recommendation that your absences were health-related, and you’ll be fine. They’re not going to penalize you for health issues.
Everyone is required to do research, so yes!
I don’t, unfortunately! The department’s website is here: http://www.princeton.edu/artandarchaeology/
I’d suggest you take a look around, see if it can answer any of your questions. If you visit campus, drop by the archaeology building — people are usually willing to talk to prospective students about programs and whatnot.
First of all, congrats!! Princeton’s a wonderful place, and I hope you end up coming! Let me know if you have any more questions :)
I honestly don’t know much about the foreign language requirement, because I placed out! I believe you need the equivalent of 3-4 semesters, but that doesn’t mean you actually have to take all of those semesters at Princeton. I got a 5 on my AP Spanish exam, which was enough to exempt me from Princeton’s foreign language requirement all together. If you’re not taking an AP language class, you can take a placement test via Princeton over the summer, which will let you know how many more semesters you need to take. If you do relatively well on the test, you’ll probably only need to take 1 or 2 semesters.
I’m not sure which languages are considered the easiest, but you certainly don’t need to have prior experience to begin! There are introductory level courses in all the languages. I’ve heard great things about the Portugese department, but I’ve never actually taken any classes there myself.
It would definitely be helpful. It makes a huge difference to let the admission office know that you really want to be there.
Absolutely! Ask away, and congratulations — Princeton is a fantastic place to be.
Oh my god yes please calm down you are going to give yourself a heart attack
So long as that character has had a genuinely profound impact on your life, go for it. I wouldn’t recommend writing an essay that’s just “this character means a lot to me because they’re awesome yaaay” - you’re not writing an ad for Glee. But if there’s a story behind your connection to the character, go for it.
The purpose of the essay is for colleges to get to know who you are, so you want to make sure that you’re true to yourself. If you have genuinely been influenced by a Glee character, then that’s who you are and that’s great. Just make sure that the essay focuses on you as opposed to the character.
And don’t worry about it being sophomoric - I listed Lady Gaga as my favorite source of inspiration on my Princeton application, and they didn’t seem to mind.
Accepted students weekends are not mandatory, though they are very helpful when it comes to making a decision about where you’d like to go to school.
After getting accepted into a school, you’ll get information about their accepted students weekends. You get invited to their campus for a weekend full of events: sitting in on classes, attending panels, going to open houses, eating in the dining halls, living with a current student, etc. The point of an accepted students weekend is to give you an idea of what life is like on campus.
I only went to two accepted students weekends - UChicago and Princeton - because they were the two schools I was trying to choose between. I found the weekends exceptionally helpful in figuring out where I wanted to go.