Jessica Nyquist


Combating Princeton students’ risk-averse culture

The summer hiatus from classes offers students an opportunity to truly embody Princeton’s motto, “In the nation’s service and the service of humanity.” We have the time to travel and to immerse ourselves in culture and independent work. But the current career-driven, goal-oriented, and risk-averse dynamics on campus lend themselves to playing it safe and pursuing popular and well-traversed options. In a campus brimming with diverse interests and independence, our summers should reflect and foster these ambitions.

Promoting free speech over patriotism on college campuses

Athletes on our campus should be encouraged to embrace their free speech rights to protest, rather than to separate their athletic career from their beliefs. While Trump encouraged NFL owners to fire protestors, the administration should commit to protect student-athlete protesters and make these commitments clear.

Continuing the push for inclusive debate

The overwhelming the majority of student responses contradicted these University ideals, as they fiercely criticized and sought to silence the minority views in support of Anderson. Beyond this specific incident, the general campus culture perpetrates a notion that conservative ideas are out of fashion.

More feedback can cure our fixation on GPA

It’s tempting to speculate that the lingering artifacts of grade deflation are still at play on campus — when the orgo exam is curved down, when your professor boasts about a 50 percent average on the math midterm, when the “Harvard easy A” jokes are forever funny.