Adoley Ammah-Tagoe: Welcome to the Princeton residential colleges.
Jeff Nunokawa: This is your first home here at Princeton
Jeff Nunokawa: and we do a great deal, we all of us do, each of us in our own
Jeff Nunokawa: way, to make it feel like home.
Jeff Nunokawa: To make you feel like there's a place for you here, no
Jeff Nunokawa: matter where you're from, and no matter
Jeff Nunokawa: where you want to go.
Sanjeev Kulkarni: Each of the colleges is having
Sanjeev Kulkarni: a Master Chef night.
Sarah Paige: Well, Butler always has wonderful events
Sarah Paige: going on, but the master's dinner
Sarah Paige: is definitely wonderful.
Jeff Nunokawa: It kind of touches on what we think of as
Jeff Nunokawa: the mission of the college, and that's to make people feel
Jeff Nunokawa: lively and at home.
Eduardo Cadava: What the way the college is envisioned as is a
Eduardo Cadava: place to bring together undergraduates, graduate
Eduardo Cadava: students, and faculty in a place where students live, in
Eduardo Cadava: order to enhance the life that you have here.
Sanjeev Kulkarni: Each of the colleges has
Sanjeev Kulkarni: roughly about 500 students.
Eduardo Cadava: Part of my charge is just to make sure
Eduardo Cadava: that where the students live continues to be a place where they learn.
Sarah Paige: Well, I think that the residential colleges are a
Sarah Paige: really special part of the Princeton experience that
Sarah Paige: allow you to really get to know an extremely diverse
Sarah Paige: community, but in a much more manageable way.
Adoley Ammah-Tagoe: I think what I love most about the
Adoley Ammah-Tagoe: residential college system is the sense of community that
Adoley Ammah-Tagoe: you have. It's when you walk into the dining hall and you
Adoley Ammah-Tagoe: can sit down with anyone you know.
Adoley Ammah-Tagoe: It's when you're walking along the paths of your college, and
Adoley Ammah-Tagoe: you find yourself saying, "Hi," to so many people.
Adoley Ammah-Tagoe: It's when you're studying in the study rooms, and everyone
Adoley Ammah-Tagoe: has the same sense of community in the same environment.
Katelyn Scanlan: For me, coming from a small town, it
Katelyn Scanlan: seemed like such a big place.
Katelyn Scanlan: But once I got here and got into the residential college
Katelyn Scanlan: system, into the residential campus life, it really becomes
Katelyn Scanlan: a small community and I was really surprised by how
Katelyn Scanlan: tight-knit our groups can be.
Katelyn Scanlan: And I've made of my best friends in
Katelyn Scanlan: the residential colleges.
Katelyn Scanlan: So it's something really unexpected and really, really
Katelyn Scanlan: nice to have here at Princeton.
Simon Krauss: We have six residential colleges.
Simon Krauss: You're assigned, and you stay there for at least your
Simon Krauss: freshman and sophomore year.
Katelyn Scanlan: How you're sorted into residential
Katelyn Scanlan: colleges, it's not like you can put a sorting hat on your
Katelyn Scanlan: head, like in Harry Potter.
Katelyn Scanlan: It's done completely randomly.
Jessica Johnson: Well I like that, in a sense, that it's
Jessica Johnson: not just one demographic.
Jessica Johnson: Because part of the reason why you want to come to college is
Jessica Johnson: so that you meet people that aren't in your typical group
Jessica Johnson: of friends.
Katelyn Scanlan: Three residential colleges have just
Katelyn Scanlan: freshmen and sophomores.
Katelyn Scanlan: And then other residential colleges
Katelyn Scanlan: are four-year colleges.
Katelyn Scanlan: For instance, Mathey is the sister college of Rocky.
Katelyn Scanlan: Rocky has freshmen and sophomores and
Katelyn Scanlan: Mathey has all classes.
Victoria Hoss: A lot ofupperclassmen are also
Victoria Hoss: choosing to stay in Butler because it's so nice.
Victoria Hoss: So that I think, as a different dynamic-- because
Victoria Hoss: you don't just have sophomores and freshmen-- you get to
Victoria Hoss: interact with upperclassmen who can help you out with Org-O (organic chemistry)
Victoria Hoss: and stuff like that, which is really helpful.
Jennifer Yeh: Living in Butler is wonderful, which is
Jennifer Yeh: actually the reason that I'm still in Butler as an upperclassman.
Jennifer Yeh: And so you have a social and academic network that's there
Jennifer Yeh: backing you up the entire time.
Katelyn Scanlan: Each residential college has some
Katelyn Scanlan: kind of character.
Katelyn Scanlan: And it's usually a reflection of the Master of the College
Katelyn Scanlan: and the kind of character of the students that happen to
Katelyn Scanlan: make up a certain class.
Yien Hao ("Mark") Lock: What I really like about Whitman is the dining hall.
Yien Hao ("Mark") Lock: I've been here for four years and every time I come here,
Yien Hao ("Mark") Lock: there's always people I know.
Malavika Balachandran: You can walk into a study room, and
Malavika Balachandran: it's always filled with people and you know that you're never
Malavika Balachandran: really alone.
Lauren Schwartz: Forbes used to be a hotel, and it's really
Lauren Schwartz: neat because some rooms even have their own bathroom.
Lauren Schwartz: So it's kind of like being Eloise at the Plaza, only it's
Lauren Schwartz: not so much pink.
Charquia Wright: It has beautiful views.
Maxim Botstein: It's really interesting, architecturally,
Maxim Botstein: so it's really fun to walk down the halls.
Maxim Botstein: And you can see how it changes from a new
Maxim Botstein: wing to the main Inn.
Owen Knights: Well, I think Wilson College is special
Owen Knights: because we have some tremendous academic resources.
Daniel Yeboah-Kordieh: I'm from Ghana, Accra,
Daniel Yeboah-Kordieh: and I'm an international student living in Wilson College.
Eduardo Cadava: Well, it was the first college.
Eduardo Cadava: In the late '50s, some students got together and went to the then-president,
Eduardo Cadava: President Goheen, and made a case for an alternative to the eating clubs.
Eduardo Cadava: It was a place where students could gather
Eduardo Cadava: together with faculty. They would invite faculty and it was a kind of template for
Eduardo Cadava: the residential college systems.
Alesia Dechkoskaia: It's next to Frist Campus Center where you can get late meal and do homework.
Alesia Dechkoskaia: It's close to some of the libraries.
Daniel Yeboah-Kordieh: Trust me. If you're in Wilson, you're in the best place.
Akshata Shirahatti: Rocky's just, in my opinion, the most beautiful part of campus.
Akshata Shirahatti: The Gothic architecture really makes for a great place to live.
Sean Drohan: The best thing about living in Rocky is that you live in a castle.
Akshata Shirahatti: Jeff Nunokawa, our college Master is great.
Akshata Shirahatti: I've had a lot of meals with him and he's a great person to talk to.
Chad Horner, Jonathan Lack and Abraham Chaibi: Go Rocky!
Sascha Brown: My favorite part about being in Mathey is the
Sascha Brown: activities that they put on for us.
Sascha Brown: My personal favorites were the two Broadway trips, one to
Sascha Brown: Wicked, and one to The Lion King.
Peter Giovione: There's a girl from Kenya.
Peter Giovione: We're from all over the world.
Peter Giovione: It's really a great experience to meet them all.
Student: I got placed in Mathey.
Student: I feel like Mathey's full of artsy people.
Sanjeev Kulkarni: I like to think of Butler as a
Sanjeev Kulkarni: particularly friendly, collegial,
Sanjeev Kulkarni: and welcoming place.
Mireille ("Mimi") Pichette: I like the study break.
Kyle Schenthal: The location's good for science majors.
Daisy Zhou: Yeah.
Victoria Hoss: We're all usually
Victoria Hoss: outside playing or studying.
Victoria Hoss: We're a pretty active group.
Kellie Lynch: I would say so, yeah.
Charquia Wright: What's happening tonight is
Charquia Wright: vegetarian night at Forbes and it's really popular on campus.
Julie Badessa: We have a pretty loyal following.
Julie Badessa: We usually feed about 500 people for these dinners.
Alex Trimble: Our entire staff becomes involved with it.
Lauren Schwartz: The whole campus gravitates towards
Lauren Schwartz: these special meals.
Alex Trimble: We have, here at Forbes, absolutely the best culinary team.
Jessica Johnson: Most people who graduated will tell you
Jessica Johnson: that they were greatly impacted by their time in the
Jessica Johnson: residential college, whether they choose to live there as
Jessica Johnson: upperclassmen or not.
Yien Hao ("Mark") Lock: And that tends to happen with a lot of people.
Yien Hao ("Mark") Lock: They stay really attached to their residential college
Yien Hao ("Mark") Lock: because of the really close nature of their friendships,
Yien Hao ("Mark") Lock: starting in their freshman and sophomore years.
Peter Giovone: It's really It's really like a family for me.
Anna Kornfeld Simpson: It's just a another great way that
Anna Kornfeld Simpson: Princeton tries to make us all into a community and form
Anna Kornfeld Simpson: friendships that are going to be meaningful to us for the
Anna Kornfeld Simpson: rest of our lives.