Dean Dolan's Downloads: Stay in the Moment as you Race to the End!
Princeton students always anticipate the next thing, and this semester promises to be no different. But I hope as you proceed through your courses, your independent work, and your other activities this spring, you’ll take just a moment to savor what you’re doing now. Alumni surveys ten years after graduation tend to suggest that alums remember their thesis experience fondly. Your thesis might not seem such a happy experience right now if you’re a senior working on a deadline but at some point, all that work will be tinged with nostalgia and the pride of completion.
But despite the stress of the moment, you can still try to savor the experience of research and writing, of collaboration in labs and studios, of chasing down creative ideas that might bear fruit. Once this exercise is complete, when will you next have the time or the excellent mentorship with which to pursue such an ambitious independent project?
For those of you who are not yet seniors, I urge you toward a similar sense of present-ness, even as you make decisions about your future. What moves you now in your studies? Which courses excite your passions and ideas? Which of your studies and co-curricular activities moves you and why? Pay attention to the signals you get from your work (and from your play) and use them as information as you make your choices about concentrations and other ways to become involved on campus.
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