A Peek Into Princeton: My Favorite Campus Lectures

Over my four years at Princeton, I’ve had the honor of attending public lectures given by everyone from Nobel laureates to undercover journalists (including one who reported from North Korea). Among these lectures, here are three of my very favorites: “The Art and Science of Pixar” with Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography for Lighting at…

A Peek Into Princeton: My Favorite Classes

“Creative Nonfiction” with John McPhee On the first day of class, Professor McPhee wrote the following sentence on the chalkboard: “There are a million ways to start a story.” And with those words, he started mine. I am better for having taken Professor McPhee’s class: a better writer, a better student, a better observer, a…

(Re)visiting Princeton

The whistle sounded behind me as I retraced my steps from the train station to Whitman College, lost in memories of a magical weekend. For two days, my younger sister, Angelina, had stayed with me on campus. That weekend, there was no such thing as homework—the only item on my agenda was to have fun with my best…

You May Say I’m a Dreamer

For the past three years, I’ve kept the same slip of paper pinned to the bulletin board in my dorm room. It reads: “I think guitar groups are becoming passé.” – Record Company Executive in his 1962 rejection letter, one of many sent to the unsigned Liverpool-based band known as The Beatles.  In 1963, The Beatles…

Winter Break

To an onlooker, it must have looked like I was auditioning for a Life Alert commercial—“Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” With a sickening crack, my right foot twisted beneath me, sending me tumbling to my dorm room floor. Curling up in pain, I played the sound over and over in my mind,…

The Earth Has Music For Those Who Listen

On a warm spring night in California’s Palomar Mountains, a young man named Richard Preston stood beneath a sky full of stars. Slowly, he wandered toward a small white dome that stood out against the night’s cloak of darkness, lured by a combination of curiosity, elevator music, and laughter. Pausing in front of the astronomy…

A Cross-Section of Life

“These are the weird shapes that started everything.” Tucked away in Guyot Hall, the geosciences enclave of Princeton University, Associate Professor Adam Maloof examines the rock around which his entire career revolves. Embedded in the limestone exterior is what, upon first glance, could be mistaken for a series of hieroglyphs—and yet, this particular fossil predates…

Stop This Train

Lately, my life has been a smorgasbord of Who-What-When-Where-Whys. What internship or travel opportunity will I pursue during my last Princeton summer? Which job and fellowship applications will I be submitting next fall? What town will I call “home” two years from now? When will I stumble upon the man with whom I’ll build my future? Oftentimes, I crave…

The Golden Voyager Record of Princeton

It is half past midnight. Illuminated by the soft yellow glow of moonlight, Gothic towers touch the sky as if daring to poke holes in the night’s cloak of darkness. Inside these castle walls, hundreds of Princeton University students are scribbling and sighing and late-night snacking, but out here in the courtyard there is nothing…

The Pursuit of Passion

Last Thursday, halfway through the second lecture of a molecular biology course titled ”From DNA to Human Complexity,” I found myself fighting in vain to stifle an irrepressible smile. No, I had not just been struck by the sudden revelation that my life’s purpose is donning a lab coat and mapping genomes. (After this semester’s…