It's Tiger Month! To celebrate, we're counting down 30 reasons to give to Princeton #OneMoreRoar.
Nicole (Nikki) Larson ’16 was shaking as she waited to dive off the starting block. It was the final relay—the 400 freestyle. Princeton needed to win this last race to ensure a tie with Harvard, and keep the Tigers in the running for an undefeated season.
Marissa Troiano has been '06's class agent since graduation. “I was a scholarship student,” she says. “I came, and Princeton opened my mind and my life. I knew I wanted future students to have the same opportunities I had.”
“I will never forget my four years at Princeton,” says Samantha Lynch. “That’s when I grew up. Princeton will always be a large part of who I am.” The University’s focus on its undergraduates, she says, makes her “eternally grateful for what the University offered me, intellectually and socially.”
The senior thesis is helping Alec Lowman ’16 find a sense of himself in the world as an artist, says Professor Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and director of the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing—and it inspires her.
As an undergraduate, Maria Hilton served on the U-Council and Priorities Committee, which “opened my eyes to the importance of Annual Giving. The flexibility of AG enables Princeton to be a leader in so many ways.”
As scientists, Shin-Yi Lin *11 and Matt Weber *09 have chosen to lead the life of the mind—together. As they embark on their careers, Princeton is in their DNA. Shin-Yi and Matt volunteer for Graduate Annual Giving, Career Services, the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, and the Alumni Council. And they bring their daughter and son to the Cotsen Children’s Library, making the pursuit of knowledge a family tradition.
Karen Sonneborn calls herself “a soft-sell volunteer. I know everyone has their own giving priorities. But when people understand how important Annual Giving is to the University, they are usually happy to contribute.” A leadership chair and participation solicitor, she has frequently served on her class's special gifts committee. She is also a member of the committee that oversees Princeton's Bridge Year Program.
When Princeton students have a big dream, they build it—together. Kirk Robinson ’17 and Ben Sorkin ’17 are engineering students who drive Princeton Racing Electric. These fast friends are leading a team to construct a race car from scratch, and they’re cheering each other on—all the way to the finish line.
As a rising sophomore, Tumise Asebiomo ’16 co-led a group of 11 incoming freshmen on a weeklong trip to learn about the criminal justice systems in Trenton and New York City. They toured a prison, visited inmate reentry programs, and met with district attorneys and advocates for prisoners’ rights. They left with a deeper understanding of the impact crime and punishment have on communities, and how they might be able to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by it.