At Princeton, Adam Mastroianni ’14 explored every angle of his interests, from the witty to the wise. He pursued his passion of writing and performing comedy for fun, as well as conducted academic research on humor with an eminent social psychologist. Along the way, he earned numerous awards—including a Rhodes Scholarship—made lots of people laugh, and helped other students adjust to college.
The gifts made to Princeton through Annual Giving go directly into the University’s operating budget, to be used where they are needed most. Here are a few examples of the areas where gifts to Annual Giving have provided essential support to teaching and learning.
Before moving into a Princeton dormitory, Brian Reilly ’14 lived with a family in a stucco house in Peru, eating two potato-fueled meals a day, mastering Spanish, and conducting surveys about the efficacy of a clean stove project as part of the University’s Bridge Year Program. The varsity lacrosse player has since studied French and Portuguese in preparation for a post-graduation return to the developing world.
Percussionist Jason Treuting and graphic designer Danielle Aubert, inaugural Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts in Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts, are spending two years on campus, teaching and collaborating with students and faculty. The fellowships, open to early-career artists in all disciplines, bring new artistic energy to campus while allowing students to learn from professionals.
“Curiouser and curiouser!” Lewis Carroll’s line from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland flashed through my mind as a cage-like contraption, larger than a football helmet and fitted with a mini-movie screen, was lowered over my head.
Before Kovey Coles ’15 came to Princeton, he had limited experience traveling internationally. During the past three years, he has taken advantage of three opportunities to go abroad to four countries through the University's international initiatives. These programs have helped him choose his major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and set him on a career path in global politics.
An unusual letter arrived on campus recently from the mother of a freshman: “I need to give back in some way,” wrote Kuntal Parikh, whose son, Agastya, receives scholarship support. “I do not have financial resources to contribute, but am more than willing to do anything else…absolutely anything, from filling envelopes to filing to making calls to making endless cups of Indian chai lattes or dinners or anything else that you can think of.”
Since its launch five years ago, the Bridge Year Program has allowed 123 newly admitted Princeton students to delay the start of their freshman year in order to spend nine months engaged in public service projects in another country.
Princeton students are currently on fall break, pursuing a variety of activities. In this video, we take a look at community service work, research projects, and other experiences that enriched students’ summer breaks.