Dean’s Corner

March 14, 2014

The Martin Dale ’53 Fellowship

When the late Fred Hargadon was Princeton’s Dean of Admission from 1988 to 2003, he often included on Princeton’s college application form the following short-essay question: “If you were given a year to spend in any way you wish, what would you do?” The question – too abstract, too premature? – may not have resonated deeply with the seventeen-year-olds who were answering it. For Princeton seniors approaching commencement, however, the question can have a special urgency. They are about to commence – what, exactly? College years are ending; careers loom. But for many Princeton students, another ambition, often not a career-oriented one, can also call compellingly.

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