Dear Class of 2021,
The September after graduation is a strange one. It's the first September in years that I'm not waking up to my roommate's alarm.
But man, what I wouldn’t do to be in your place right now. You don't really realize how special Princeton is until you've left. Or if you're lucky, in one of those walks through campus as late night turns into early morning, either with a friend or alone, where you look around and slowly take it in that you're at Princeton. That you're studying with some of the smartest and kindest people you'll ever meet. That these experiences won't ever come again quite in the same way, so you promise yourself that you'll start paying more attention.
If I really think about it, my time at Princeton only felt like an hour. It might feel like that for you too, so starting now, figure out how to make that hour count. Who do you want to be and what do you want to leave behind? Most importantly, who do you want to spend that hour with?
There is so much I could tell you. But each of you will learn and love and live in such different ways. And you will come to understand these ways at your own pace. What's beautiful is that you'll learn it all here at Princeton. That's what binds us together. That we have learned and will come to learn so much about ourselves and each other at Princeton. So while you're here, wake up early. Go on walks. Listen, and I mean really listen. Expand your heart and widen your circle of compassion. And write.
Here's a video of advice from the Great Class of 2017. We wish you all the best and wholeheartedly welcome you to the Best Place of All.
Nusrat Ahmed '17
Alumni class president