Once we get settled into our Princeton experience, unfortunately, we rarely venture beyond the comfort of our selected friend group.
As Princeton students, we can take it upon ourselves to become familiar with the names of our local representation and the avenues through which we can make our voices known. Perhaps this is a first step to crafting a more democratic and engaged nation.
Unfortunately, the debates have left most audiences with only the following: fleeting stump speeches, catchy (and ridiculous) slogans, and ill-defined policy proposals.
What is the use of spending years contributing to an ever-growing mountain of scholarly work if it will never be read or used in actual policy? Perhaps one step would be to include more experts in policy-making and in the decision-making of government officials.
In general, students simply seem apathetic or disengaged with USG affairs. After elections, little is known as to whether candidates actually did uphold their campaign policy or if they really intended to pursue those causes after being elected. Clearly, the way we as undergraduates approach voting and elections to USG ought to be changed.
I believe that the issue isn’t as simple as a lack of responsibility on the part of underage drinkers — though, admittedly, they do not help their case by drinking. Rather, we must consider how the 21+ rule inadvertently encourages drinking.
It’s no secret that most students are stressed here. In fact, Princeton ranks No. 6 in the U.S. for universities with the highest stress rates.
Social media platforms strip people of their multidimensionality. Without the face-to-face interaction, the inherent humanity in all of us is often invisible on the social media platform.
If I have the time or if the inquirer is genuinely interested, I will give my spiel for the weight of classics. In fact, I believe that Latin or Greek should be a mandatory element of the high school or college education, regardless of career plans. The education system would benefit from a mandatory requirement of — or at least a greater emphasis on — the classical study.
Encourage your friends as well, so that more people are inclined to break that taboo precluding us from embracing silence. It may just be key to thriving during your time at Princeton.