Big Questions Ep. 19: Princeton University

Big Questions Ep. 19: Princeton University

September 1, 2019 70 By Stanley Isaacs


(jazzy music plays) – I’m Sam Clarke with Crimson Education. We’re here at Princeton University to ask some big questions. Check out that building. Look at that. Whoa, it’s huge. (upbeat jazz music plays) (upbeat jazz music continues) What is the best thing about Princeton? – Definitely the people. I love like meeting everyone here. There’s a good amount of people where, everywhere I walk I know someone. But I also see new people. And everyone’s just engaging
and it’s a great community. – Amazing. Same question. – I would say the professors. There’re a lot of professors from different walks of the world that you wouldn’t get a chance to meet or engage with, unless you are here. – And what are you studying here? – I’m studying Politics. – I’m in the Woodrow Wilson School. Yeah, I want to be at least. – So there’s always something to do. And that spans across, you know, not just academic interest, but also
like sports you can play. Or things you can go see on
campus, that are really cool, that you just won’t get anywhere else. It’s just always packed. – Awesome. Okay, what is the best
thing about Princeton? – Probably the campus. It’s so nice and it’s amazing and it feels really homey. – The academics. – What do you study here? – I study Ethics and Public Policy. – Okay, great. – Yeah, it’s amazing. Just the people you can
talk to, the opportunities. – The best thing about Princeton
is definitely the people. They’re all really bright and interesting. And they’re so friendly and I love just interacting with everybody here. (upbeat jazz music plays) – Probably the weather. We’re both from Florida
and (laughs loudly) – A rough transition. – This morning was not good, so, we’re getting used to it again. – But this is, we’re
lucking out today, I guess? – Yes. (laughs) – Same question. – I would say the weather, too. Just because it’s very unpredictable. And then in the morning it’s freezing and then by midday I’m
wearing all these layers and don’t know what to do. What else? I would say the course load. Classes are hard. There’s a lot of work to do. As a senior you’ve to write a thesis and I’m in the middle
of that right now, so. – How’s that going? (sighs and laughs loudly) Sums it up probably. – Great, uh, yeah. I am struggling to get started. So I’m doing research and
so we’ll see how it goes. It’s not going well right now but I hope, it’ll get there. – You got time, yeah. – Don’t worry pal. – It’s good, good reassuring. – The grading. – The grading, okay. It’s like hard? – It’s hard, yeah. – Sure. – And the stress incurred by the grading. – That now, it’s the worst
thing about Princeton. – Being so far away from home. – Okay, where’re you from? – London. – Okay, yeah, that’s pretty far. – Yeah. – What’s the adjustment been
like from London to here? – There is more of a culture
shock than people think. Even if it’s the same language. Definitely different
phrases and different food. – Sure, okay. Yeah, yeah, yeah, totally. – The fact that it is
always packed and that you do have to choose between
a lot of these priorities. And that gets you really good at just like being able to like miss things that you would’ve wanted to go to like in high school or something. – Sure. – Sure. – Well, mid-terms are coming up, so it’s, I guess it’s pretty challenging. Which, I mean is good, but also, you know, can be, kind of, challenging. – It’s a stressful time. – Exactly. Exactly. (jazz music plays) (jazz music fades) (instrumental pop music plays) – I like it ’cause it’s
different every time. I’m an ROTC so my Fridays
are filled with training. So they’re probably not as
exciting as some other students. But we’re both on the
water polo team together so Saturday nights our team gets together and so it’s a lot of fun. – Mine’s a little different than most. I’m on the soccer team here. So, mostly Friday night is sleeping in and making sure that I’m
rested for Saturday games. But, Saturday nights we usually have a little bit of fun
after the game, so, yeah. – And what’s a typical weekend’s like for you at Princeton? – So far it’s been a lot of fun. So Friday night’s normally study night. People, if they go out, they’ll go out Thursday or Saturday night. But you do a lot of work during the day and then like during the nights you chill with your
friends, or you can go out. It depends on who you are. I sometimes chill with my friends. I’ve been out a couple
of times, but, yeah. – Totally. – A combination of working
and guilt for not working. (loud laughter) – So, it’s either
partying or, full of work. – Okay, yeah. – Usually full of work. Yeah. – Got it. – Friday night or Saturday
night, usually you know, people like to go out to the eating clubs. They’re on Colonial. And have fun there and then hang out. Small parties sometimes, yeah. – Great. For someone who might not know, what are the eating clubs? – The eating clubs are basically just, juniors and seniors kind
of eat dinner there. They have like parties and stuff. And they’re kind of similar
to Greek life, I guess. They host parties a lot and, you know, everybody can go and have fun. (instrumental pop music plays) – I wrote mine about moving
from Chicago to Florida before my senior year of high school. And how I kind of burst like a bubble and kind of got a different
perspective on life. – I wrote my college application about, or the essay rather,
about Alexander Hamilton and how he was an influence, so, yeah. – And you did that before Hamilton? – I did that after. – You did that after Hamilton, okay. – But like, I spun it in a very good way. You know, he influenced me
but like, not that much. – Okay, alright. Fair enough, fair enough. What did you write your
application essays about? – So one was on my heritage. So I am Lebanese. So one of my application
essay was on my heritage, being Lebanese, but not living there. And my other essay was on how
I don’t like to be helpless. – Great. – Ooh, I wrote about, one of the questions for
the essay was about like service and what you did
to help the community. And I wrote about a food drive that I organized in my junior year. And just kind of went
into detail about that, ’cause they’re really into service here. – Sure. – Helping, helping out the community. – Awesome, anything else? – I love Princeton. – Yeah, Princeton. – Go Tigers. – Is that a Tiger cheer? – You know, I need to
learn it, but it goes like, Rah, Rah, Cis, Boom, something, something. – Yeah. Something, something, Cis, Boom, Tigers. – Exactly. (instrumental pop music plays) – If you like this video
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