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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.


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