Astonishingly, we have almost made it through the year. One more reading period, one more series of finals, one more lawn party weekend…and your student will be a sophomore (Or, wise fool. But there’ll be more on that later.).
We hope it has been a productive year—full of challenges and surprises; growth and opportunity; friends and hard work. Your student has enjoyed his classes, become accustomed to the Princeton culture, found a compatible group of peers, and learned a tremendous amount about independence and responsibility. There have likely been some occasional potholes along this road—perhaps even something more resembling a crevasse from time to time--but both you and your student are familiar with the terrain now, and it will be much easier from here on out.
The end of the year comes quickly now: the last week of classes; dean’s date and the accompanying revelry; then finals, move-out, and commencement. Your student will be moving at a very fast pace, trying to complete all of his work, say goodbye to new friends, and pack up all his effects. He’ll need to be reminded to pick up boxes, figure out where to store his things, and clean up his room before departing campus. It’s quite possible he will be upset at the prospect of being separated from his sweetheart all summer. He will be sad when she bids farewell to her senior teammates.
In any case, your student will be one quarter of the way through his Princeton experience…and soon you will be the one attending commencement with your own graduating senior.
We look forward to seeing your student back at Forbes next September, and wish you both a happy and productive summer.
The End of Spring Term: What to Expect
What your student is experiencing:
- The second round of reading period and finals. This means late nights, likely stress, possible exhaustion, and too much caffeine.
- Spring lawn parties (the weekend between reading period and finals) are the big blow-out event of the year. The eating clubs host bands, and there is a significant amount of alcohol consumption. There is also significant pressure on students (especially women) to invest in multiple outfits for the weekend, which can be financially challenging for some.
- Packing and moving out…and making sure their rooms are left in a reasonable state.
- Saying goodbye to some friends, and “au revoir” to others.
What you can do to help:
- As usual, watch for signs of overload, and send your student to UHS or the college office if you think she’s pushing too hard.
- Remind your student to be careful during lawn parties, and be aware of the peer pressure to dress the part.
- Make certain your student does not leave packing and cleaning until the very last minute. Students will be charged for any damage that has been done to their room, and there may be disciplinary action if the situation is particularly egregious.