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Welcome, Class of 2016


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Members of Princeton's Undergraduate Student Government welcome the Class of 2016 to campus. Read more.


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KATHERINE CLIFTON: Welcome to
Princeton, Class of 2016.

DEANA DAVOUDIASL: Coming to you
from the exotic location

of my backyard.

PAUL RILEY: From my hometown,
the great city of

Philadelphia.

MADHU RAMANKUTTY: Welcome
to Princeton

from Santiago, Chile.

SHAWON JACKSON: Hola y
felicidades from Honduras.

CHARISSA SHEN: Hello from the
sunny state of California.

What's up, 2016?

ANDY MARTENS: Welcome to
Princeton from Boston,

Massachusetts.

BENEDICT WAGSTAFF: From the
beautiful hills of Italy.

ELAN KUGELMASS: Welcoming the
Class of 2016 from the

Turquoise Trail in New Mexico.

ELEKTRA ALIVISATOS: I am
talking to you from the

beautiful island of
Paros in Greece.

DILLON SHARP: I wanted to give
you a warm welcome from my

hometown of Chicago.

GAVIN COOK: Right now, I'm in
Jingshan Park, which is one of

the very few hills in
Beijing, overlooking

the Forbidden City.

STEPHEN STOLZENBERG: And welcome
to Princeton from

Dusseldorf, Germany.

JOHN MCNAMARA: And welcome
from the Jersey Shore.

BRUCE EASOP: Hi,
Class of 2016.

Welcome from your USG.

My name is Bruce Easop,
and I'm USG president.

I'm here in beautiful
Copenhagen, Denmark, for the

summer before heading back for
my senior year at Princeton.

So the first thing
you're probably

thinking is, what is USG?

USG stands for Undergraduate
Student Government.

And I like to think of our job
as building connections.

We connect student ideas to
the administrators who can

make them happen.

We bring students together
through campus-wide social

events, plus we like to connect
you guys to your

representatives through
videos like these.

So if you have any questions
or ideas that you want to

happen, feel free to check out
our online suggestion box at

usg.princeton.edu.

Or contact anyone
in this video.

But first, we have a few
things to say to you.

So here are some people who
couldn't wait to welcome you

guys to the Princeton
community.

BENEDICT WAGSTAFF: Just wanted
to send a message of welcome

to all of you to the
Princeton fam.

PAUL RILEY: I want to
congratulate you all on

officially becoming
Princetonians.

SHAWON JACKSON: I'm super
excited that you all chose to

come here, and I know you're
going to have a really, really

great four years.

KATHERINE CLIFTON: I'm sure you
know you're very lucky to

be here at Princeton.

But remember, Princeton
is also in turn very

lucky to have you.

JOHN MCNAMARA: As you begin your
time at Princeton, the

best advice I can give to you is
to take time to reflect on

where you are and where
you're going.

SHAWON JACKSON: Have a
random conversation

with just about anyone.

People at Princeton have so many
diverse experiences, from

travelling all over the world
to doing the Rubik's Cube in

10 seconds.

And you really do learn a
great deal from them.

So instead of staying up until
4 o'clock doing a paper, stay

up until 4 o'clock talking
with some of

your closest friends.

ELEKTRA ALIVISATOS: Definitely
take advantage of all the

opportunities, academically and
socially, that you have at

the school.

ZHAN OKUDA-LIM: Ultimately,
there are just so many people

to meet, so many places to go,
and so many things to do.

And while, of course, you must
balance your time, I encourage

you to take advantage of
the many opportunities

available to you.

PAUL RILEY: As you prepare to
pack up your things and move

to Princeton, where you'll spend
the next four years of

your life, I encourage you all
to always remain humble and to

remain grateful for such
an amazing opportunity.

JOHN MCNAMARA: Combine that with
being yourself, working

hard, asking for help when you
need it, and of course, taking

a little time to enjoy
it along the way.

I promise your time at Princeton
will be nothing

short of fantastic.

BENEDICT WAGSTAFF: Enjoy
yourselves at

OA, CA, or at home.

Finish up your summers
with style.

DEANA DAVOUDIASL: We really
can't wait to meet you all,

and see you in a few weeks.

ZHAN OKUDA-LIM: Welcome to
Princeton University, and I

hope to see you around campus.

GAVIN COOK: Hope you have
a great summer.

Get excited.

I trust you'll love Princeton
as much as I do, and I look

forward to meeting
you in the fall.

ELEKTRA ALIVISATOS:
[INAUDIBLE]

summer, and see you on campus.

PAUL RILEY: I hope that you all
are enjoying the last few

weeks of summer.

I hope that you all are anxious
and excited about this

transition and this next
chapter of your life.

DILLON SHARP: So go out, meet
new people, find new friends,

and find some activities that
you're interested in.

And really have a great time.

Welcome to Princeton.

CHARISSA SHEN: So all right.

I'm excited to meet you guys.

Make you sure come find me
when you get to campus.

Hope you enjoyed your summers.

We'll see you in the fall.

KATHERINE CLIFTON: Have a
wonderful freshman year.

BENEDICT WAGSTAFF:
And get ready to

rage for lawnparties.


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