Princeton University Visit Report by MIT 012
Visit to Princeton University in April 2008 by MIT 012(Student, HS Class of 2008)
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Admissions Interview: No - The campus grounds were breathtaking. the buildings magnificent and getting there was rgeat fun.
Information Session: Yes
Campus Tour: Yes - Beautiful campus with many notable locations to get your picture taken.
Classroom Visit: Yes - The classes were as fun as I imagined they would be.
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Campus Visit Notes for Princeton University
I was thrilled to be admitted to Princeton and visiting on my own.
By the end of the visit I was convinced that Princeton was a fantastic place but definitely not for me.
The food at Princeton was divine. So were the classes I attended.
Apparently a decent percentage of Princetonians get married to
each other - even before they graduate - just a random piece of
info I was thrown- do not know if this is true or why it matters.
Princeton had the same mix of rabid and fun intellectuals and sharp witted individuals I found at MIT/Harvard. Much like a brief summer
that stands out because of the intense winter, these cheer-spreading
students stood out amongst the 'showing my college-spirit
is fun' majority that were mind numbing to say the least.
Students appeared cheerful in public. In private it was clear that there
were Princeton students who fit the college spirit and 'wanting to belong' mold and those that simply did not and were miserable (albeit doing a great job of appearing happy in public).
I did not get to see the insides of the eating clubs but was privy to
the insides of the stomachs of quite a few upperclassmen who were
decorating the lawns with their putrid offerings late Friday night.
NASAs vomit-comet can take a few lessons from whoever cleans up
after these folks.
Before visiting Princeton I was ready to dismiss all the talk of preppiness
as stereotyping. After my visit I was more inclined to be counted
amongst the 'no-smoke-without-a-fire' camp. Of course anyone of
any stripe or persuassion can survive here and even thrive just as
anywhere else on the planet. That was not what I expected to walk
away with when I left the campus.
And that in a nutshell sums it up- 'expectations'. Being ranked #1
sets up Princeton in terms of expectations. My college visit reports
reflect how well the colleges met my expectations. Sometimes these
expectations can be unrealsitic. So treat what I have said with the
skepticism it deserves. However, after you are accepted, do take the
time to understand how you would fit into a great place like this.
Will you make enough of a dent for them to name a gargoyle after you
or are you going to be one of those ivy leaves on the walls?
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
Take the dinky to get to Princeton. it is cool.