Video: Freshman Parents Weekend
Posted October 27, 2011; 12:00 p.m.
The Princeton campus welcomed hundreds of the freshman class's family members, so that they could see where the students live, learn and socialize. Read more.
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Freshman Parents Weekend is a really special
time for us at the University.
I really enjoy showing my mom around the campus
and having her meet my roommates and my hallmates.
The campus is really alive and buzzing, and
the family members are so delighted to see how
exciting the students' lives are here at the
University. So, they get to see where their
students live and work and socialize.
It's definitely a bonding experience for both
of us because I get to share what I love about
Princeton with her.
It's primarily directed to parents to let
them kind of get a glimpse of what life is
really like here.
You see what these kids have and what they've
been given. They may not understand it totally
right now, but they sure will one day.
Freshman Parents Weekend is a wonderful opportunity
for parents to meet with their students' faculty members.
We know that all of your sons and daughters
that are here now as students have put a great
deal of time and attention into getting here,
and now they have the final goal of graduating.
But in between, we want them to truly experience Princeton.
I was pleasantly surprised that people
were so open and willing to talk.
The University has a number of events that
are always going on that are very compelling,
really exciting events, and it is a question
of balancing. Make sure you let your son or
daughter know if they're ever feeling challenged,
overwhelmed or need help, ask for help.
I dropped a 17-year-old who had not been away
from home longer than a week here in September.
She is maturing in a just phenomenal way from
the person that I dropped off just over six
weeks ago. I can say truly that I'm a little
bit more at ease having spent this time with her.
They have been an amazing, amazing group,
and we're so excited to have them here. And
one of the things that I share with them is each
and every one of them is here for a reason
and a purpose. First is to get the most out
this education that they possibly can -- that's
the detours; those are sometimes the dead-ends
-- but it's to get the most out of this experience
in and outside the classroom. And they also
have a responsibility to give back and make
a difference at this place. A lot of the ideas
that you see being put in place happened because
of our students. So, thank you all for sharing
them with us for these four years, and I hope
you enjoy the rest of Parents Weekend.