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Together We Serve: Annual Giving helps launch new initiatives that enrich the Princeton experience

September 30th, 2019 / Annual Giving

Every year, Princeton alumni from every decade, along with friends of the University, come together through Annual Giving to strengthen and expand Princeton’s mission of excellence, including the University’s commitment to service to humanity.

Bridge Year students

Bridge Year Reception 2018

September 18th, 2018 / Advancement

The University community welcomed the tenth cohort of Bridge Year volunteers -- incoming students who have deferred their freshman year to engage in public service projects abroad. Princeton faculty, staff, alumni benefactors, and former Bridge Year participants wished these new Princetonians well as they prepared to embark on their journeys.

Bridge Year Reception

Bridge Year Reception 2017

September 11th, 2017 / Advancement

The University community welcomed this year's cohort of Bridge Year volunteers -- incoming students who have deferred their freshman year to engage in public service projects abroad. Princeton faculty, staff, alumni benefactors, and former Bridge Year participants wished these new Princetonians well as they prepared to embark on their journeys.

Bridge Year Reception 2016

Bridge Year Reception 2016

September 26th, 2016 / Advancement

The University community welcomed this year's cohort of Bridge Year volunteers--incoming students who have deferred their freshman year to engage in public service projects abroad. Princeton faculty, staff, alumni benefactors, and former Bridge Year participants wished these new Princetonians well as they prepared to embark on their journeys.

Lessons Learned from Bridge Year: Azza Cohen ’16

March 1st, 2016 / Advancement

Azza Cohen ’16 spent the 2011-2012 academic year in India as part of the University’s Bridge Year program, which allows incoming freshmen to defer their arrival on campus for one year to immerse themselves in another culture, hone language skills, and be of service to the local community. Azza shares the lessons she learned from her year in India.

Bridge Year reception 2015

Bridge Year Reception 2015

September 15th, 2015 / Advancement

In August, the University community welcomed this year's cohort of Bridge Year volunteers--incoming students who have deferred their freshman year to engage in public service projects abroad. Princeton faculty, staff, alumni benefactors, and former Bridge Year participants wished these new Princetonians well as they prepared to embark on their journeys.

First group of Bridge Year students in 2009

A Year of Service, a Lifetime of Inspiration

May 29th, 2014 / Advancement

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.

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