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普林斯顿的开学典礼

上周末,生了一周末儿子的气。

今儿,到普林斯顿网页上,看看新生的入学安排。。。眼前一亮,那不是源嘛?

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前一阵子,我还笑小青的眼力 ,那照片虽小,但至少婷婷露了全脸啊!源这是忧抱琵琶,半遮面,可我还是一眼就认出来了。

原来错怪了源,上周末他的确很忙!根据http://www.princeton.edu/pub/oc/schedule/,周六,源要到晚10点半,才结束必须参加的活动,按源的性格,他不会放弃这以后“月光”活动。。。而周日是开学典礼的日子。时间表排得满满的, 一直到午夜12点,还有“虎啸 (Tiger’s Roar)”活动。

通过“Freshmen begin journey with advice from ‘Tilghman’s Top Ten"我了解到,学生是以宿舍(福布斯学院,洛克菲勒学院。。。)而不是以专业(例如,工学院,农学院等)为单位,且不分年级,走进大学礼堂(Unversity Chapel)。。。开学典礼,校长的讲话是必不可少的。校长Tilghman女士先强调了普林斯顿的教学宗旨:

“ to prepare very talented young men and women like you to make a positive difference in the world by helping you develop the qualities that are required of leaders(培养有领导才能的): a devotion to critical thinking over ideology(善于思考); the self-confidence that it takes to change your mind in the face of new evidence (自信); the capacity to speak the truth as you understand it(讲真话); a deep respect for learning as opposed to uninformed opinion (好学); and the strength of character that grows out of humility and compassion for your fellow human beings.(谦卑,具有同情心)"

象每年一样,校长Tilghman女士对这一届新生提出她的忠告/倡导,不过今年不同,不是一点,她给了十点建议:

• No. 10: Call, e-mail, text or IM home, but not too often. As hard as it is for parents to accept, we did not admit them to Princeton when we admitted you. The next four years will mark the final stage in your transition from adolescence to adulthood, and now is the time for you to strike out on your own and make your own decisions. You will surely make mistakes — everyone does — but you will also learn from them. (打电话,写电邮回家,但不要太频繁。)

• No. 9: When you are feeling overwhelmed by Princeton, as every single student surely does at some point, say the following things to yourselves: "I was chosen from among 22,000 applicants by an experienced group of admission officers, who are not known for making mistakes. No, I didn’t win the math Olympiad at the age of 10, and I don’t speak 14 languages. I couldn’t dunk a basketball if my life depended on it, and I get stage fright just thinking about stepping in front of an audience. But I bring to this University a unique set of intellectual and personal qualities that my classmates will learn from and that my professors, coaches, conductors, directors, advisers and mentors will help me strengthen. I have earned the right to be here." (当你对自己怀疑时,请对自己说:“我是从2万2千个申请人中挑选出来的。。。)

• No. 8: Approach Princeton with gusto, but not abandon. You will face a dizzying array of choices in the next few months — the courses you will take, the student groups you will join, the friends you will cultivate. Keep in mind that less is often more. When we recommend that you begin by taking four courses a semester, and not five or six or seven as sometimes you want to do, we do so because we believe that you will gain more from delving deeply into four subjects each semester than by skimming the surface of a larger number. Likewise, the student activities fair will offer you a bewildering number of possibilities — some that will feel familiar and safe to you, and others that will promise a completely new experience. Just remember, you do not need to do everything in your first semester. Pace yourselves so that you will have time to savor each moment. (不必要把所有的事都在第一学期搞定,有时少比多好,把四门课学通,学深,学透比肤浅地,泛泛地学六门课要好)

• No. 7: Invite your favorite professor to lunch or dinner in your residential college. Now that I know you have such strong loyalty to these colleges, I know you will want to share these experiences with the professors. Now that the food is not just "filling and nourishing," as my children used to describe my own cooking, but delicious as well, faculty welcome the chance to meet students in this more casual setting. With a student-faculty ratio of less than 6-to-1, Princeton provides the opportunity to get to know your professors well, but only if you are prepared to take some initiative and meet them half way. Don’t let their Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes intimidate you — they are here because they are committed to your education. (邀请你的教授共进午餐。。。不要让他们诺贝尔奖,普利茨奖吓着你,这些教授在这里是因为你想受教育) 

• No. 6: Use your time at Princeton to "encounter the other." Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye and her colleagues have made sure that your class is composed of students from all over this country and around the globe, with different languages, religions, political beliefs, socio-economic circumstances and perspectives on the world. You will never again live in the midst of such extraordinary diversity, and the chance to explore it is an integral part of your Princeton education. Princeton’s 13th president, Woodrow Wilson, made this point over 100 years ago when he said: "One of the things that makes us unserviceable citizens is that there are certain classes of men with whom we have never been able to associate, and whom we have, therefore, been unable to understand. I believe that the process of a university should be a process of unchosen contacts." I hope you leave your comfort zone behind in the rush to embrace those "unchosen contacts." (充分利用在普林斯顿日子,接触不同的人---不同种族,不同宗教,不同语言,不同政治观点。。。)

• No. 5: Don’t confuse the next four years of education in the liberal arts with pre-professional education. The purpose of a Princeton education is most decidedly not to prepare you for one profession, but for any profession, including ones that have not yet been invented. Or said in a slightly different way, don’t think of the next four years as an exercise in resume building toward some specific goal; instead think of it as a grand intellectual adventure. (普林斯顿的四年教育不是把你培养成一种职业人,而是获得知识,思维方式,从而你可以胜任任何职业)

• No. 4: Study what fascinates you, not just the subjects in which you shone in high school, if for no other reason than you will have a much greater likelihood of excelling at your studies if they happen to coincide with something that ignites your curiosity. And at the risk of appearing to contradict what I just said, be sure to take at least one course this year in a subject you know absolutely nothing about. No matter how comprehensive your high school education was, it will not have encompassed the breadth of learning that is represented by our 34 academic departments and our rich collection of interdisciplinary programs. Princeton is the ideal place, and this is the ideal time, to strike out in new intellectual directions, holding out the possibility that in so doing, you will discover what you were truly meant to do with your life. I say this with some conviction, because on average 70 percent of Princeton students write their senior thesis in a discipline that is different from the one they put on their applications as the subject they were interested in studying — and that’s good! Such students took risks that paid off handsomely.(学习你感兴趣的东西,而不是你擅长的,今年至少选一门你一点不懂的课)

• No. 3: Follow the example of Michelle Obama, Princeton class of 1985, and embrace our informal motto "Princeton in the nation’s service and in the service of all nations" while you are here. This motto reflects an abiding conviction that the privilege of a Princeton education brings with it a lifelong responsibility to work on behalf of those less fortunate, and there is no better time to exercise that responsibility than right now. Not only is this the right thing to do, but as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." (向第一夫人Michelle Obama学习, 为社会服务,助人为乐)

• No. 2: Break out of the orange bubble and explore the world. You live at a time when the barriers that used to isolate nation states and their citizens from one another have all but disappeared. The assembled group of freshmen and first-year graduate students in this chapel are exhibit one for this proposition. Whether you believe the world is round, flat or shrinking, it is a world that you must be prepared to live in and to embrace. At Princeton you will encounter a myriad of ways to broaden your international perspectives: through coursework here on campus and in research opportunities, internships and study abroad options elsewhere. And you have the chance to conquer new languages, which is the surest path to understanding other cultures. I hope you take advantage of these opportunities and leave Princeton declaring yourselves to be educated citizens of the world — true cosmopolitans. (世界变得没了边界,要冲出普林斯顿,探险世界---学不同语言,了解不同文化 ---成为有文化的世界人)

• No. 1: Remember to exercise, eat healthy, get some sleep and, above all, have fun! You are very likely to meet friends who will remain with you for the rest of your lives, but this won’t happen unless you make time for them. As long as what you do does not pose harm to yourself or others, I give you free license to be as silly and inventive as you like. Two years ago, a group of entering students decided that Princeton needed an intercollegiate Quidditch team, and so they rounded up as many brooms as they could find and they created one. I’m sure you will have your own ideas about what we need to add to the Princeton experience. Yes, there is plenty of work to do while you are here, but this is a place to live as well as to study, and a place to learn how to live life to its fullest. Princeton is serious, but it is not somber; it is a place that values beauty and freshness and light and the renewal that comes from times of reflection and times of joy. So I hope you will embark on the next four years with a light heart and in high spirits. (锻炼身体,吃健康食品,有充足睡眠,above all, have fun! )

典礼之后,新生从FitzRandolph Gates走进校园,宣告他们正式成为普林斯顿的一员了。四年后他们将从此门走向社会,所以四年中他们都不会用此门!

在后来是美式烤肉野餐会。。。

 

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