Study abroad experience: Tanzania, Summer 2010
List of favorite courses: HIS 379: History of American Capitalism, HIS 370: Dominance, Democracy, Decline, Britain 1830-1945, ENG 370: Contemporary Fiction, COM 205: Classical Roots of Western Literature, CWR 203: Creative Writing Fiction, CWR 201: Creative Writing Poetry, POL 313: Global Justice
I've learned a lot in my time at Princeton. It has been a challenging, rewarding and also really interesting experience. I've found I really like cultural history, literature, poetry, and intellectual engagement in general. Getting to this point, however, has been confusing, directionless, and, at times, even painfully difficult. I decided to become a peer adviser to offer whatever wisdom I've gained from this experience and to share my current enthusiasm for academic life at Princeton.
Here's a quick glimpse: I thought I'd either major in classics or comp. lit. when I first came to Princeton. Then, in different stages, I was set on studying either philosophy, or English, or sociology or political theory. When I had to decide, I uneasily declared politics, but I was conflicted and unhappy with the decision. I wasn't really excited about the prospect of taking the eight remaining required courses and drudging through the independent work. Finally, one of my favorite teachers at Princeton, my preceptor for HIS 379: The History of American Capitalism, sat down and talked through all the options with me. He eased a lot of my anxieties about the decision and also helped me realize how much I enjoyed studying history.
I offer that story not because I think of that decision as the quintessential moment of my academic career, but because along with the excitement and independence of Princeton, there have been a lot of difficult moments for me. Classes were hard and, at times overwhelming, course selection made no sense, and finding what I was interested in felt stressful and laborious. So I know a fair amount about the course catalogue, which professors to look out for (good and bad), and several different departments, especially those I considered for my major. I'm happy to share any and all of this information. Ideally, however, I'd hope to be able to do what my preceptor did for me-- listen, talk through the options, and try to make academics a fun interesting part of college.
My phone's always on and if you're thinking about it, don't hesitate to call.
Best way to reach me: Email! Or cellphone. 973-879-5142