A question I get asked a lot is why Princeton? Since I love my school and want to convince you all to apply and/or attend, I’ll give a quick explanation.
- The undergraduate focus is incredible. The professors there legitimately want to talk to and work with students; they enjoy teaching. Before I even matriculated I got emails from two professors in subjects I’m interested in asking me if I had any questions. These are experts in their fields, and they were willing to work with a little twerp like me. It’s amazing.
- Touching on the above, the academics are top notch, and they’re top notch in nearly every field. Princeton doesn’t do anything half-ass; every department is strong.
- They have a special certificate in neuroscience, as opposed to a general psychology/cognitive science/biology major, which is good for me.
- The arts at Princeton are really really good, and are currently getting a lot of attention from the administration. The current president is a huge fan of the arts, and is in the middle of an $101 million arts initiative on campus. Meryl Streep will occasionally teach master classes for the advanced acting students. The McCarter Theatre, which is a Tony-Nominated equity theatre, is right off-campus and works closely with the Princeton theatre department to give internships and other opportunities to undergraduate theatre students.
- The campus is gorgeous.
- Creative thinking and problem solving is very highly valued.
- The alumni community is really involved with the school, and internships and other job opportunities are easy to come by.
- Ditto with research opportunities.
- The financial aid they gave me was beyond generous.
- It just felt right. This one’s actually really important, but it’s the most difficult to explain. I felt like I fit in on campus, you know? I was at home there. The vibe was right, and I could easily see myself spending 4 years of my life there.
Oof, so much for keeping it short. If you have any questions about Princeton, please let me know!