Students take 'action' to kick off freshman year
This year's Outdoor Action program is the largest in its 37-year history, with 796 members of the class of 2014 participating. Through Outdoor Action -- the University's oldest and largest pre-orientation program -- students are engaged in activities at the Princeton-Blairstown Center in northwest New Jersey, hiking in the Delaware Water Gap and taking sustainable farming trips near Princeton, among other excursions.
An additional 145 freshmen are taking part in Community Action, which sponsors volunteer service projects in Princeton, Trenton and Philadelphia. Students are working with community organizations focused on the arts, health, environmental awareness, housing, hunger relief and education.
During one Outdoor Action trip to to Terhune Orchards in Princeton, students helped with the day-to-day farm work, hoeing the weeds from around the bases of young apple trees and cutting a maze into a cornfield, while also taking a hiking trip and engaging in team-building exercises and games. Jennifer Greene, a freshman from Hackensack, N.J., said, "If OA is indicative of the Princeton experience, it's going to be a really good four years."