Antoinette Seaberry Murphy ’05
The career path of Toni Seaberry Murphy ’05 suggests that she is a leader, and in many ways she honed her leadership skills while serving in student government at Princeton.
She served as vice president of the Class of 2005 during her junior and senior years. She says class officers are liaisons between the students and the administration on every issue that affects student life whether academic, social or personal.
“We had meetings with University President Shirley Tilghman all the time,” says Seaberry, who couldn’t imagine a more powerful, or more immediate, learning experience. “At a very young age, obviously very uninformed, you have to perform at a level you’ve never performed at before. You’re sitting in front of the president of the best university in the country. You have to come in with hard-core facts and really be able to articulate what you want to say in a way that’s thoughtful and meaningful.”
Seaberry’s involvement at Princeton didn’t end with student government. She was also a resident adviser for two years. As a minority affairs adviser, she dealt specifically with issues of race, gender, sexuality and religion.
When Seaberry thinks about Princeton now, she appreciates even more the "no loan" financial aid program, which offset her cost of attending the University using grant money she wasn't expected to pay back.
“I have friends who went to other schools who are up to their eyeballs in student loans,” she says. “When my parents saw the "no loan" program, they said, ‘Forget about all the other ones. You’re going to Princeton!’”