Welcome to Princeton’s residential colleges

Welcome to Princeton’s residential colleges

September 16, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


[music] Adoley Ammah-Tagoe:
Welcome to the Princeton residential colleges. [music] Jeff Nunokawa:
This is your first home here at Princeton Jeff Nunokawa:
and we do a great deal, we all of
us do, each of us in our own Jeff Nunokawa:
way, to make it feel like home. Jeff Nunokawa:
To make you feel like there’s
a place for you here, no Jeff Nunokawa:
matter where you’re from,
and no matter Jeff Nunokawa:
where you want to go. Sanjeev Kulkarni:
Each of the colleges is having Sanjeev Kulkarni:
a Master Chef night. Sarah Paige:
Well, Butler always has wonderful events Sarah Paige:
going on, but the master’s dinner Sarah Paige:
is definitely wonderful. Jeff Nunokawa:
It kind of touches on what we think of as Jeff Nunokawa:
the mission of the college, and
that’s to make people feel Jeff Nunokawa:
lively and at home. Eduardo Cadava:
What the way the college is envisioned as is a Eduardo Cadava:
place to bring together undergraduates, graduate Eduardo Cadava:
students, and faculty in a place
where students live, in Eduardo Cadava:
order to enhance the life that you have here. Sanjeev Kulkarni:
Each of the colleges has Sanjeev Kulkarni:
roughly about 500 students. Eduardo Cadava:
Part of my charge is just to make sure Eduardo Cadava:
that where the students live
continues to be a place where they learn. Sarah Paige:
Well, I think that the residential colleges are a Sarah Paige:
really special part of the Princeton experience that Sarah Paige:
allow you to really get to know an extremely diverse Sarah Paige:
community, but in a much more manageable way. Adoley Ammah-Tagoe:
I think what I love most about the Adoley Ammah-Tagoe:
residential college system is the sense of community that Adoley Ammah-Tagoe:
you have. It’s when you walk
into the dining hall and you Adoley Ammah-Tagoe:
can sit down with anyone you know. Adoley Ammah-Tagoe:
It’s when you’re walking along
the paths of your college, and Adoley Ammah-Tagoe:
you find yourself saying,
“Hi,” to so many people. Adoley Ammah-Tagoe:
It’s when you’re studying in the
study rooms, and everyone Adoley Ammah-Tagoe:
has the same sense of community
in the same environment. Katelyn Scanlan:
For me, coming from a small town, it Katelyn Scanlan:
seemed like such a big place. Katelyn Scanlan:
But once I got here and got into
the residential college Katelyn Scanlan:
system, into the residential
campus life, it really becomes Katelyn Scanlan:
a small community and I was
really surprised by how Katelyn Scanlan:
tight-knit our groups can be. Katelyn Scanlan:
And I’ve made of my best friends in Katelyn Scanlan:
the residential colleges. Katelyn Scanlan:
So it’s something really
unexpected and really, really Katelyn Scanlan:
nice to have here at Princeton. [music] Simon Krauss:
We have six residential colleges. Simon Krauss:
You’re assigned, and you stay
there for at least your Simon Krauss:
freshman and sophomore year. Katelyn Scanlan:
How you’re sorted into residential Katelyn Scanlan:
colleges, it’s not like you can
put a sorting hat on your Katelyn Scanlan:
head, like in Harry Potter. Katelyn Scanlan:
It’s done completely randomly. Jessica Johnson:
Well I like that, in a sense, that it’s Jessica Johnson:
not just one demographic. Jessica Johnson:
Because part of the reason why
you want to come to college is Jessica Johnson:
so that you meet people that
aren’t in your typical group Jessica Johnson:
of friends. Katelyn Scanlan:
Three residential colleges have just Katelyn Scanlan:
freshmen and sophomores. Katelyn Scanlan:
And then other residential colleges Katelyn Scanlan:
are four-year colleges. Katelyn Scanlan:
For instance, Mathey is the sister college of Rocky. Katelyn Scanlan:
Rocky has freshmen and sophomores and Katelyn Scanlan:
Mathey has all classes. [music] Victoria Hoss:
A lot ofupperclassmen are also Victoria Hoss:
choosing to stay in Butler
because it’s so nice. Victoria Hoss:
So that I think, as a different
dynamic– because Victoria Hoss:
you don’t just have sophomores
and freshmen– you get to Victoria Hoss:
interact with upperclassmen who
can help you out with Org-O (organic chemistry) Victoria Hoss:
and stuff like that, which
is really helpful. Jennifer Yeh:
Living in Butler
is wonderful, which is Jennifer Yeh:
actually the reason that I’m
still in Butler as an upperclassman. Jennifer Yeh:
And so you have a social and
academic network that’s there Jennifer Yeh:
backing you up the entire time. [music] Katelyn Scanlan:
Each residential college has some Katelyn Scanlan:
kind of character. Katelyn Scanlan:
And it’s usually a reflection
of the Master of the College Katelyn Scanlan:
and the kind of character of
the students that happen to Katelyn Scanlan:
make up a certain class. Yien Hao (“Mark”) Lock:
What I really like about Whitman is the dining hall. Yien Hao (“Mark”) Lock:
I’ve been here for four years
and every time I come here, Yien Hao (“Mark”) Lock:
there’s always people I know. Malavika Balachandran:
You can walk into a study room, and Malavika Balachandran:
it’s always filled with people
and you know that you’re never Malavika Balachandran:
really alone. Lauren Schwartz:
Forbes used to be a hotel, and it’s really Lauren Schwartz:
neat because some rooms even
have their own bathroom. Lauren Schwartz:
So it’s kind of like being
Eloise at the Plaza, only it’s Lauren Schwartz:
not so much pink. Charquia Wright: It has beautiful views. Maxim Botstein:
It’s really interesting, architecturally, Maxim Botstein:
so it’s really fun to
walk down the halls. Maxim Botstein:
And you can see how it
changes from a new Maxim Botstein:
wing to the main Inn. Owen Knights:
Well, I think Wilson College is special Owen Knights:
because we have some tremendous academic resources. Daniel Yeboah-Kordieh:
I’m from Ghana, Accra, Daniel Yeboah-Kordieh:
and I’m an international
student living in Wilson College. Eduardo Cadava:
Well, it was the first college. Eduardo Cadava:
In the late ’50s, some students got together and
went to the then-president, Eduardo Cadava:
President Goheen, and made a case for
an alternative to the eating clubs. Eduardo Cadava:
It was a place where students
could gather Eduardo Cadava:
together with faculty. They would invite faculty and it
was a kind of template for Eduardo Cadava:
the residential college systems. Alesia Dechkoskaia:
It’s next to Frist Campus Center where
you can get late meal and do homework. Alesia Dechkoskaia:
It’s close to some of the libraries. Daniel Yeboah-Kordieh:
Trust me. If you’re in Wilson, you’re in the best place. Akshata Shirahatti:
Rocky’s just, in my opinion, the most
beautiful part of campus. Akshata Shirahatti:
The Gothic architecture really makes for a
great place to live. Sean Drohan:
The best thing about living in Rocky is that
you live in a castle. Akshata Shirahatti:
Jeff Nunokawa, our
college Master is great. Akshata Shirahatti:
I’ve had a lot of meals with
him and he’s a great person to talk to. Chad Horner, Jonathan Lack and Abraham Chaibi:
Go Rocky! Sascha Brown:
My favorite part about being in Mathey is the Sascha Brown:
activities that they put on for us. Sascha Brown:
My personal favorites were the
two Broadway trips, one to Sascha Brown:
Wicked, and one to The Lion King. Peter Giovione:
There’s a girl from Kenya. Peter Giovione:
We’re from all over the world. Peter Giovione:
It’s really a great experience
to meet them all. Student:
I got placed in Mathey. Student:
I feel like Mathey’s full of artsy people. Sanjeev Kulkarni:
I like to think of Butler as a Sanjeev Kulkarni:
particularly friendly, collegial, Sanjeev Kulkarni:
and welcoming place. Mireille (“Mimi”) Pichette:
I like the study break. Kyle Schenthal:
The location’s good for science majors. Daisy Zhou:
Yeah. Victoria Hoss:
We’re all usually Victoria Hoss:
outside playing or studying. Victoria Hoss:
We’re a pretty active group. Kellie Lynch:
I would say so, yeah. [music] Charquia Wright:
What’s happening tonight is Charquia Wright:
vegetarian night at Forbes and
it’s really popular on campus. Julie Badessa:
We have a pretty loyal following. Julie Badessa:
We usually feed about 500 people
for these dinners. Alex Trimble:
Our entire staff becomes involved with it. Lauren Schwartz:
The whole campus gravitates towards Lauren Schwartz:
these special meals. Alex Trimble:
We have, here at Forbes, absolutely the best culinary team. [music] Jessica Johnson:
Most people who graduated will tell you Jessica Johnson:
that they were greatly impacted
by their time in the Jessica Johnson:
residential college, whether
they choose to live there as Jessica Johnson:
upperclassmen or not. Yien Hao (“Mark”) Lock:
And that tends to happen with a lot of people. Yien Hao (“Mark”) Lock:
They stay really attached to
their residential college Yien Hao (“Mark”) Lock:
because of the really close
nature of their friendships, Yien Hao (“Mark”) Lock:
starting in their freshman
and sophomore years. Peter Giovone: It’s really
It’s really like a family for me. Anna Kornfeld Simpson:
It’s just a another great way that Anna Kornfeld Simpson:
Princeton tries to make us all
into a community and form Anna Kornfeld Simpson:
friendships that are going to
be meaningful to us for the Anna Kornfeld Simpson:
rest of our lives. [music]