Yet Another Welcome Letter

Class of 2021, welcome to Princeton – one of the world’s finest academic and research institutions. Prepare for the most memorable four years of your life!

All through Freshman Week, you will be attending speech after speech directed at AB students as if by default. Fear not, this publication is just for you as an engineering student. Frosh Help is a project of ours designed to provide you with helpful inside information about freshman engineering life at Princeton. These are hints formerly available only by word-of-mouth. Often simple words of advice from more experienced engineers will help you to avert many difficulties and false steps early on. This collection of advice and ideas is to help you and future freshmen engineers enjoy a smooth and comfortable transition into what can admittably be a trying and overwhelming first year.

Also, the sixth chapter of the booklet provides information that will be helpful as you begin to look toward your sophomore year – brief descriptions of the engineering departments and the interdepartmental certificate programs at Princeton. Although we realize that there is a lot of information that is being thrown your way, we urge you to take time to read Frosh Help so that you are fully aware of your options every step of the way.

Your next four years will be very exciting, but no one said they would be easy! One of the goals of the Engineering Council is to help Princeton engineers make prudent choices so that they will enjoy their academic experience to its fullest potential. As a freshman faced with endless decisions to make, you should always keep as much information as possible at your fingertips. Your base of information will most likely grow from your interaction with professors, graduate students, and upperclassmen engineers. Experience has proven that the best engineering advice comes from those who have traveled the same road. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

As you ready yourself for the first days of class, remember that the Princeton experience goes beyond the classroom. Princeton really focuses on its undergraduates, so be sure to take advantage of everything it has to offer. The engineering school has superb teachers and excellent facilities, but it bears an even more impressive support system. You never need to feel alone here.

Good luck!