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Commencement 2012: Beyond FitzRandolph Gate

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Meet 10 Princeton seniors who have made an impact on the world even before they departed through FitzRandolph Gate at the end of Commencement. Read more.

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LUCY REEDER: When I came to
Princeton, I was looking for a

way to volunteer in the community.

I decided to do something that
I've never done before and I

never thought I could do.

I'm leaving Princeton knowing
that I can do anything.


BENJAMIN COGAN: I worked in a boys' orphanage

in New Delhi, India.

ALEXANDRIA ("CAMMIE") BROWN: I tutored middle school
students in Trenton, N.J.

AMANDA REES: I taught a course on energy, environment and

entrepreneurship in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.

FAAEZ UL HAQ: I worked on a
crowd-sourcing system for

tracking corruption in public offices in

the developing world.

YU-SUNG HUANG: I spent a summer
helping New York City

figure out how it can help
failing small businesses.

ALAN UTRIA: I worked with an NGO in
South Africa called Nkanyiso.

ARIELLE SANDOR: I was an enactor
in a magnet theater troop in

Nakuru, Kenya.

JAVARIA NAJEEB: I made a documentary about a

transgender person.

breakout trip to Washington, DC,

to look at HIV/AIDS issues in the district.

LUCY REEDER: I volunteered with
the Princeton Fire Department.


LUCY REEDER: We got one call at 6 a.m., in
December, for a structure fire

out in Hopewell.

We really didn't know what to
expect until we came over a

hill and we could see the house,
on the top of the hill,

completely engulfed in flames.

And I expected to feel nervous
but I was actually calm

because I knew that I had been
trained to know everything

that I needed to know to get the job done.


individuals who were HIV-

positive, seeing that their
lives weren't just the fact

that they had an infection,
it really brought

the issue to life.

ARIELLE SANDOR: Magnet theater
is a means of engaging a

community in an issue that
they're facing internally

through theater, and then halfway
through the skit we'll

say, "OK, freeze point."

"What would you guys do if you
were in this position?"


JAVARIA NAJEEB: I took a class
titled "Social Issue Filmmaking."

The great thing about being at
Princeton is that there's a

lot of collaboration between the
different departments, so

my class was a combination of
many different kinds of

perspectives in one classroom,
which is something that

Princeton offers to all
its students.

ARIELLE SANDOR: Princeton was
the reason that I found out

about magnet theater and, you
know, it's those connections,

it's those random conversations, those

appointments you schedule on
e-mail and you don't know how

they're going to impact you, and
then it's like [finger-snap] everything

is just so different.


FAAEZ UL HAQ: To think that this
could potentially have a

positive impact somewhere in the world,

that's a really--

that's a really great feeling.

AMANDA REES: In the Dalai Lama Fellowship,
when we talk about takeaways, it's really like a greater

understanding of compassion
and resilience and interconnectedness.

YU-SUNG HUANG: Now, when I walk
through the streets of New

York, I see a very human side
behind every small business.

JAVARIA NAJEEB: This gave me
a broader perspective of how

the human condition is the same everywhere.

come in who were very

shy, and the children really
starting to get into the

stories and I saw confidence
levels soar.

inspired to start a global

poverty charity called Giving
What We Can, that both

encourages students to give
more to global poverty

charities and to give to the most

effective charities possible.


ALAN UTRIA: You get to go out
into the world and really

learn things you can't learn
in classrooms, and while

you're doing that hopefully, you
can also have an impact on

the communities that you are working with.

LUCY REEDER: There are many
different ways to make a

difference, and you should
think about all of them

because you'll never know what
you'll be able to do.

ALEXANDRIA ("CAMMIE") BROWN: Anything that you can imagine, you can do here.

ARIELLE SANDOR: There are so
many opportunities to get

involved, and it's just about
taking that first step, and

somehow, you'll find maybe five,
and you'll be able to

link them all together and
create this incredible path

that you never would have
imagined before.

something that you're

passionate about, something that
you're interested in, if

you see a problem, then you can
really make a change and you

can make a difference.


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