Ballet to blockchain: Wintersession courses entertain and educate
Fall-term finals are over, the spring term hasn't started, and you're spending an unstructured week on campus — what do you do? How about taking workshops on identifying trees, financial literacy or breakdancing?
"Wintersession is all about getting students and staff to share their knowledge of everything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to ballet dancing skills to law school admissions in a low-pressure, fun way," said sophomore Ben Press, a USG U-Councilor and this year's Wintersession Project Leader. "USG allows our instructors the freedom to choose what they will teach, and we embrace the range of topics that interest our students, whether that's how to correctly peel an orange or how to fix the problems in today's American democracy. ... We strive to highlight new areas of inquiry and new skills in the spirit of Princeton's emphasis on academic growth."
The slideshow below provides a glimpse into the Wintersession experience, with photos from the following classes: "How to Peel an Orange (Correctly)," taught by first-year student Matthew Fastow; "Introductory Wheel-Throwing," taught by sophomore Katie Schneer; "Learn a Musical Instrument," taught by sophomore Alexander Cox and other members of the Princeton University Band; "Learn to Juggle with the Princeton Juggling Club," taught by graduate students Logan Stafman and Jonathan Zung; and "Basic Personal Safety," taught by Sgt. Sean Ryder, a community relations sergeant in the Department of Public Safety.