PAW partnered with the senior class to ask students to capture the last four years in “six-word memoirs.” Here is a sampling of their responses.
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LOST MY ACCENT, FOUND MY VOICE.
TWICE A YEAR WE HAD SANGRIA.
RULE ONE: FINISH YOUR THESIS, SON.
STILL PROCESSING THE EVENTS AT HAND.
LEARNED MORE FROM FRIENDS THAN CLASSES.
CAREER SERVICES SAYS I AM “PENDING.”
CAN I PLEASE DO IT AGAIN?
REMEMBER TO LIVE, NOT JUST WORK.
WEIRDER THAN I THOUGHT IT WAS.
NADYA SOTO FERNANDEZ
THANK GOD FOR THE EATING CLUBS.
I DARED TO DISTURB THE UNIVERSE.
SEEING OLD IDEAS FROM NEW PERSPECTIVES.
OVERALL, THOROUGHLY EXHAUSTING BUT COMPLETELY WORTHWHILE.
IT’S BEEN ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE.
GO TO CLASS, FOR PETE’S SAKE!
CHERISHED MEMORIES SQUIRRELED AWAY UNTIL REUNIONS.
Gen. David Petraeus *87, leader of the U.S. Central Command, challenged members of the Class of 2009 to commit themselves to public service and the meaningful life such work offers.
“More than ever before, your community, your nation, and our world need talented people like you to tackle the pressing issues we face,” Petraeus told students during the Baccalaureate ceremony, held May 31 in the University Chapel. Princeton, he said, “has uniquely prepared you for such service.”
The general praised the University’s ROTC program and described how his Army career has enriched his life. But he emphasized that public service need not be military or even within the public sector. “History is full of examples of captains of industry and masters of the universe who made tremendous contributions to good citizenship,” he said, discussing the ways in which civil-service jobs provide camaraderie, self-satisfaction, and intellectual stimulation.
Petraeus, who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School, thanked Princeton’s professors and praised President Tilghman’s leadership. Tilghman lauded Petraeus for rethinking American military strategy through his principles of counterinsurgency, and noted that he has been described by many as “a genuine American hero.”
By Catherine Mevs ’09