Coming back soon...

You guys probably have noticed that there have not been many new posts around. Yeah, this is because of college. BUT I have a surprise for you guys coming soon. I still have to work on the concepts, interface, and all that good stuff, so don't worry: you will soon see some new and exciting changes.

Interviewing a Princeton Alumnus

Now I am interviewing an alumnus from Princeton. It is a honor to know some one who gives major importance to his education and that helps others also achieve educational success.

Peter Kurz is the father of David Kurz.

Both father and son are part os the Princeton community: he as an alumnus who majored in Politics, and his son as a major in biology (graduating in 2012).

Princeton is considered one of the best universities in many areas, such as mathematics physics and astronomy, economics, history, and philosophy. The university has only 5000 undergraduates and 2400 graduate students. Notwithstanding, it is one of the wealthiest universities in the world, with  an endowment of more than eleven billion dollars (the forth in the world), that comes from donations made by alumni.
Thus, anyone can study in Princeton even though they are not able to pay the US$50620 tuition, because the university offers need-based scholarships.

Questions: click on read more to read the answers

What did you major in?
How is life after graduation? Is it harder or easier?
How do you feel about having your son studying at the university you graduated from?
What do you already know about Brazil?
How did you learn Portuguese?
Several people admire the people of the United States for the support that alumni give to the universities. How do you support Princeton and how important is this for you?
What kind of students is Princeton looking for?
What do you have to say to Brazilians interested in going to Princeton or any other prestigious college in the United States?

Questions from blog readers (they are also part of my Creative Writing group):
      Was studying at Princeton determinant, important, fundamental? How? (Question from Marilia Costa, Portuguese and English Language teacher, PhD student in Linguistics and Portuguese Language at Unesp (São Paulo State University)).
      What has changed in the University since you graduated? How were these changes responsible for the maintenance or even the increase of the status of the University? (Question from Rafael Jordan).





Comfort food

 
Comfort food is any kind of food that makes you feel comfortable, pleasant and satisfied. By extension, determining what is on the comfort food list is something personal. In my case, the most comforting dessert ever is carrot cake with cream cheese topping (honestly, I am not that into chocolate). Its flavor is unique and remarkable, because of the touch of cinnamon in the dough, and in addition, the cream cheese topping is fuzzy. Click on read more to see the recipe.

Interviewing a Princeton Student

So, I promised I would be interviewing a Princeton student:




David Kurz is a major in Biology and he is really interested in Brazil. He is sharing some advice, and also some of his experiences in Princeton.


Age: 19


Class of 2012




Questions (click on "read more" to see the answers):
  1. What do you think that helped you being accepted in Princeton?
  2. How are the classes in Princeton? What are your favorite ones?
  3. How are the extracurricular activities in Princeton? Are you part of any groups?
  4. How is the community at the University? How is living in a dorm?
  5. How do you feel about studying at the same university your father graduated from?
  6. What are your interests in Brazil? What part of the country do you plan visiting in the future?
  7. Most people value the “school spirit.” In Brazil, this is something rare. How is the school spirit in Princeton and how valuable is it for you?
  8. What do you have to say to Brazilians interested in going to Princeton or any other prestigious college in the United States?
  9. What do you expect from Princeton in the future? How important do you think it is going to be for you? (Question from Marilia Costa, Portuguese and English Language teacher, PhD student in Linguistics and Portuguese Language at Unesp (São Paulo State University))
  10. What made you choose Princeton? What do you think it is unique about it? (Question from Rafael Jordan)
"Apply, Apply, Apply! What do you have to lose? About 10% of the student body here is made up of international students, and diversity is celebrated by almost everybody."


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