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The journey to Princeton is long and arduous — but it isn’t exactly a picnic once you get here either. A large part of the first-year struggle is the complicated, sometimes agonizing search for an extracurricular life and, in turn, an extracurricular family.
Pull up your schedule for me real quick. ReCal, TigerHub, that one crumpled sheet of loose leaf where you tearfully scribbled out your final courses before add/drop ended. If you don’t already have it filled in, picture where all the club meetings, theater rehearsals, sports practices, and weekly study times would go.
How many times have you heard the phrase “sleep is important?” While most of us wish we could sleep for a consistent eight hours a night, that kind of a schedule isn’t particularly compatible with a flourishing GPA. Over the course of my time at Princeton, I began to realize that this was a very common practice, because let's be honest — there is a lot of work that comes with going to a school like Princeton. At this school, there’s often negligence when it comes to our bodies and sleep. But I’m here to introduce a new method of prospering while still taking care of your body: napping!
Elaine Castillo and Jessica Hagedorn (Oct. 2) at East Pyne 010. This year, the University’s Program in Asian American Studies has been celebrating New Asian American Writing. For October, the department is observing Filipino American History Month by bringing Elaine Castillo and Jessica Hagedorn, two Filipino American novelists, to campus. The two will do a reading this Wednesday in East Pyne Hall.
A couple of days ago, I was taking the elevator up to the second floor of Witherspoon (commonly referred to as ‘Spoon by its residents). The act may seem mundane enough — I do it every day, multiple times a day, because I live on the second floor of ‘Spoon.
In high school, I never received a single letter grade on the traditional A to F scale, and I didn’t even know my exact GPA until I began applying to colleges and had the opportunity to look at my transcript for the first time. I went to a progressive, liberal high school where grades were de-emphasized and our teachers discouraged us from focusing on raw numbers. Instead, we were told to think about our growth holistically within a subject, using growth as a measure for success rather than our test scores and essay grades. In alignment with this mentality, we received “verbal equivalents” (e.g. EXCELLENT, NEARLY EXCELLENT, VERY GOOD, etc.) instead of letter grades. Sometimes teachers would return papers and tests without a verbal equivalent or any other tangible indication of performance aside from constructive feedback. Our school never selected a class valedictorian for senior graduation, and we couldn’t graduate with honors or any other form of distinction.
Even though classes are picking up, weekends are the perfect time for students to escape the Orange Bubble. While going out to eat on Nassau Street is enjoyable, there is so much to see beyond Princeton. For those looking for a day trip or a chance to explore the area outside of Princeton, here is a list of ideas to do this fall:
Princeton Farmers Market (Sept. 19) at Hinds Plaza. Open now until the middle of November, the Princeton Farmers Market brings together farmers and other vendors from around the area. The summer market series featured vendors including Fruitwood Farms, Bon Nut Butters, Terhune Orchards, and more. The Princeton Farmers Market provides a bright spot of fresh fruit and veggies to help us get through the week.
Nassau Street Sampler (Sept. 12) at the Princeton University Art Museum. The Princeton University Art Museum welcomes back students each fall with the Nassau Street Sampler. The event features local food vendors, including Jammin’ Crepes, Small World Coffee, and food from the Whole Earth Center, as well as student performances. The Nassau Street Sampler provides a snapshot of what the Princeton community has to offer.
The myth and mystery surrounding our twinhood fascinated my brother, James Luke, and me as we grew up. It wasn’t the idea that we were twins (Mom always told us she sat out one night and prayed for us, and, of course, fertility drugs helped). It was the idea of twins themselves. Twins were special. The line between fact and fiction is very flimsy for children up to a certain age, and there was such a plethora of both to feed off of. We were the Wonder Twins. We were Luke and Leia Skywalker. We were Thing 1 and Thing 2. We were one person in two bodies. We could read each other’s minds. We were put together in the womb because God knew we couldn’t live without each other. To us, everything was true.
A sea of orange and black swept across campus last weekend. Alumni marched through FitzRandolph Gate with orange and black blazers, costumes, ties, hats, and banners — proudly wearing and carrying their university colors.
Perusing the galleries of an art museum, we often view artworks as portals into history. Less often do we contemplate the history of the physical piece in front of us. What we see is often enhanced by the quiet yet immensely difficult work of art conservators. On May 2, Princeton University Art Museum’s conservator, Bart J.C. Devolder, delivered this year’s Friends Annual Mary Pitcairn Keating Lecture: “A New Day for Art Conservation at the Art Museum.” During his talk, Devolder outlined the past, present, and future of conservation at the museum, shedding light on his own role in this trajectory.