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Monday, January 9, 2012

US Winter Roadtrip 2012: Princeton University

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda


Because I  itch to get out and explore places during the below zero temperature here in the US, my prince gave in to my cravings last weekend.  Guess where he brought me? To a place that is close to his heart both in name and location - Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey . (remember I call him prince and he lives in New Jersey).  
Of course, my fascination for Princeton University does not end there. With this trip I was able to check off some bucket lists: (1) Ivy League schools, with Princeton as my 5th of the 8 schools that comprised the group, (2) another US National Historic Landmark and (3) One of the Oldest University in the United States. 
1Ivy League consist of the eight (8) private educational  institutions of higher learning in the Northeastern, United States. It  includes Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Darmouth College,Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University. Initially the term refers to the athletic conference,  but now it connotes academic excellence, selective admissions and social elitism. For 9 years,  Princeton University holds the No. 1 spot of US national universities according to US News and World Report and belongs to the Top 10 of the best of the best world universities! 
2Princeton's original name was the College of New Jersey founded in 1746 in Elizabeth New Jersey.It was only 10 years later in 1756 that then College moved to its current location in the heart of Princeton , New JerseyFor many years, the College of New Jersey was colloquially known simply as Nassau Hall, because this sandstone building was originally designed to house the entire college when it first opened on November 28, 1756.  In 1960, the United States Department of the Interior deemed Nassau Hall a National Historic Landmark signifying its importance in the War for Independence and in the history of the United States. During its more than two centuries of existence, Nassau Hall has survived the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777 and has served as the nation's barracks, hospital, and military prison. 
3Chartered in 1746, Princeton University is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. In 1896, the College was granted university status with its expanded program offerings. And ask its most important graduate? No other than the former President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson. He was a Princeton student, professor, and the University's 13th president. Of course, Princeton University boast also of an array of Nobel Prize winners and luminaries.
With that credentials and sense of history, I'm beginning to understand the lack of signage that bears its name anywhere in its 500 acres campus. Yup! Not even in its front gate like most Universities do! (oh well, who needs a signage when everyone knows you!)


Source:  Princeton University's Virtual Tour

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