The holidays were coming which means a short break from school and Christmas presents to consider for my 11 soon 12-year old daughter. My husband is big on buying her lots and loads of presents. He says that this mass amount of presents make it feel like she will have a fantastic Christmas. In truth, our daughter is far from materialistic and does not use a lot of “stuff”. She likes her computer and spends a ton of time watching slime making videos on Youtube or watching old sitcoms on Netflix. So the nick nacks that he is considering we shop for to make her Christmas a blast would be better for another child, just not ours.
I thought for some time about what kind of experiences I would like for her to have over the holiday break and went to my favorite source for day trips close to NYC, you know our trusty friend-Google. I came across a refinery article that listed Princeton University as a cool day trip. I went to my other great source for trip advice, Tripadvisor, and read some great reviews regarding visiting the campus. Visitors wrote that you can get a guided college tour, whether you are applying to the school or not, or do a self-guided tour. The campus welcomes visitors!! How amazing is that? I live in NYC and most schools are closed to visitors and there is not much of a welcoming feel at all when you try to “breath in” the college life and experience. There are security measures that come first and even though I understand it, it can feel disheartening.
I thought it a perfect present to take our daughter on a self-guided tour of one of the best colleges in the world. The day before our visit I had her look up things to do and see on campus on Tripadvisor. We came across some “Must See” sights like the Museum at Princeton, the school’s chapel, Nassau Street (the main shopping and dining drag) and Einstein’s home. The architecture was all very gothic and as a Harry Potter fan, she appreciated the buildings that transported her back to the movies and books.
Most importantly, I hope she feels as though attending a University like Princeton can be a choice of hers one day. I don’t want her to be intimidated by a name of a place that may seem too high reaching. I want her to always know that she can reach as high as she chooses and that the opportunities are there for her to reach for. Princeton is open and willing to show her what they have to offer to help her be as well-rounded a human being possible.
Let’s take a look at some pictures from our trip!
I urge you to take your child or a child that you know for a campus visit to Princeton or a campus near you.