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Video: Freshman Parents Weekend


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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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Valerie Smith:
Freshman Parents Weekend is a really special
time for us at the University.

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson:
I really enjoy showing my mom around the campus
and having her meet my roommates and my hallmates.

Valerie Smith:
The campus is really alive and buzzing, and
the family members are so delighted to see how

Valerie Smith:
exciting the students' lives are here at the
University. So, they get to see where their

Valerie Smith:
students live and work and socialize.

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson:
It's definitely a bonding experience for both
of us because I get to share what I love about

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson:
Princeton with her.

Alan Hatfield:
It's primarily directed to parents to let
them kind of get a glimpse of what life is

Alan Hatfield:
really like here.

Don Hatfield:
You see what these kids have and what they've
been given. They may not understand it totally

Don Hatfield:
right now, but they sure will one day.

Valerie Smith:
Freshman Parents Weekend is a wonderful opportunity
for parents to meet with their students' faculty members.

Cynthia Cherrey:
We know that all of your sons and daughters
that are here now as students have put a great

Cynthia Cherrey:
deal of time and attention into getting here,
and now they have the final goal of graduating.

Cynthia Cherrey:
But in between, we want them to truly experience Princeton.

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson:
I was pleasantly surprised that people
were so open and willing to talk.

Sanjeev Kulkarni:
The University has a number of events that
are always going on that are very compelling,

Sanjeev Kulkarni:
really exciting events, and it is a question
of balancing. Make sure you let your son or

Sanjeev Kulkarni:
daughter know if they're ever feeling challenged,
overwhelmed or need help, ask for help.

Shelley Slaughter:
I dropped a 17-year-old who had not been away
from home longer than a week here in September.

Shelley Slaughter:
She is maturing in a just phenomenal way from
the person that I dropped off just over six

Shelley Slaughter:
weeks ago. I can say truly that I'm a little
bit more at ease having spent this time with her.

Cynthia Cherrey:
They have been an amazing, amazing group,
and we're so excited to have them here. And

Cynthia Cherrey:
one of the things that I share with them is each
and every one of them is here for a reason

Cynthia Cherrey:
and a purpose. First is to get the most out
this education that they possibly can -- that's

Cynthia Cherrey:
the detours; those are sometimes the dead-ends
-- but it's to get the most out of this experience

Cynthia Cherrey:
in and outside the classroom. And they also
have a responsibility to give back and make

Cynthia Cherrey:
a difference at this place. A lot of the ideas
that you see being put in place happened because

Cynthia Cherrey:
of our students. So, thank you all for sharing
them with us for these four years, and I hope

Cynthia Cherrey:
you enjoy the rest of Parents Weekend.

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