Class of 2016 Welcome Letter
I’ve sent you a few e-mails already, but want to take a moment to extend my greetings to all of you. Dean Stirk and I also look forward to seeing you at the college dinner tonight.
I also want to remind you of a few considerations to bear in mind as you plan your academics this year.
While you do not need to have your major decided until mid-April, you should be homing in on a few likely candidates. You should be using this semester and next to explore your options and make sure that you have completed all the prereqs for potential majors. The Major Choices website is a valuable resource for information on major selection, with advice on how to think about this choice and useful information on each department, including descriptions written by students in each major. (Note, as the webmaster for this site, I can tell you that we haven’t yet updated the list of current peer advisers in each major or listed Major Choices events for the year, but that will come soon.)
Please review your progress through distribution requirements on SCORE. Normally, you should have only one or two distribution requirements left to fulfill by the end of this year, and if there are any areas that you would rather avoid, that is all the more reason to get them out of the way before you move on to your major and independent work – the last thing you want is to be working on that STL when you’re trying to write your senior thesis and look for a job or apply to grad school.
When Princeton surveys its graduating seniors each year, study abroad is consistently listed as one of the best experiences they had as Princeton students. Princeton has lots of great summer programs, such as the global seminars, but there’s no substitute for becoming immersed in another culture for a semester or a year. The Office of International Programs would be happy to discuss study abroad options and help you plan ahead. (See here for some good tips on planning ahead with respect to each department’s requirements.)
If you have any questions, your faculty adviser, peer advisers, Dean Stirk, and I would be happy to talk to you.
See you at dinner tonight!
Matthew Lazen, Ph.D.
Director of Studies