Oh goodness; brace yourself, this is probably going to be a very long answer!
I’ll do them in bullet point format, in no particular order.
Freshman Seminar — I absolutely love, love, love the concept of freshman seminar. A group of fourteen other freshmen that you may have never had the opportunity to know had you all not decided to take whatever quirky seminar your seminar happened to be; studying crazy, incredibly fascinating things. A group that size allows for small group discussions yet is big enough to have multiple opinions and facets to an idea brought to the table. Not to mention, that this highlights the fact that Princeton is an undergraduate focused university—as it is the professors who are teaching the seminars and taking the time out of their days to interact and get to know these undergraduates.
Senior Thesis — As crazy as this may sound, I really like the senior thesis. For the IB program, IB candidates have to write an Extended Essay that is pretty much the IBO equivalent of a Princeton Senior Thesis. And although I moaned and groaned about having to write this giant, research based essay, I loved doing it. I loved delving into a topic that I was so passionate about, learning new things in the research process; discovering opinions old and new on the subject matter. And although I know that if—by some joyous occasion—I do end up at Princeton, that I will be complaining about having to write the senior thesis, I know that at the end of the day that I’m going to love working on it.
Precepts — I really like the concept of precepts, because it guarantees that no matter how big the class gets, that I will always have one-on-one time with my professor (or sometimes a TA) in order to make absolutely sure that I understand the material. Although big classes are pretty rare at Princeton, I like this idea of having smaller classes to fall back on in the event that I am placed into a larger class (if I end up at Princeton haHAHha) and really shows that the university takes care of its students.
Deans, Masters, Faculty Fellows, Directors of Studies— And there are more. More people who I haven’t listed who work with Princeton students to make sure that they are thriving on campus and are happy with their academic track, residential lives, etc. This endless support system is also what drew me to Princeton, as students have so many people to turn to in case of times of hardship or if they are seeking guidance in one matter or the other.
Residential Colleges — Need I say more? As someone who is really big on living in communities and having some sort of “_____ pride” or another, as well as playful rivalry, I love Princeton’s residential colleges.
"Princeton in the nation’s service and in the service of all nations." — I love this philosophy. Absolutely love it. To me, it seems like an encouragement to all Princetonians, faculty and students alike, to be a global citizen. To branch out and impact the world for good in any way possible, no matter how big or small. That learning is not just for oneself, but also for the benefit of the world; to take that incredible knowledge gained at Princeton University and to share it with the world.
The Bridge Year Program — Not to be presumptuous, as who knows if I will be admitted into the university, but I am in love with the Bridge Year Program. That year after graduating from high school is an optimal time in one’s life to take a year off and to immerse oneself in a foreign culture; to live life in another person’s shoes, and to become a global citizen (as I’ve stated above) by volunteering and helping out places in need. As someone who loves learning about new traditions, cultures, languages, etc., I would love for the opportunity to apply for the incredible Bridge Year Program provided by Princeton, as it seems like an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. To live in another country and to live life away from my personal norm of the United States; just imagine how much perspective would be gained from such an experience.
Study Abroad — At a lot of universities, you see that they say “oh yes, we love for our students to go abroad!” but that actually is not the case. From what I’ve seen and heard about Princeton, the university actually wants its students to have a study abroad experience and will be ever so accommodating to students’ needs and issues that need to be addressed in the event that a Princetonian does want to study abroad for a semester.
The Woodrow Wilson School for Public & International Affairs — Don’t even get me started on Woody Woo, because I assure you that I can go on for hours. The school combines every subject that I have ever loved seamlessly into one program that allows its students the freedom to pick their academic track—yet guides them along in making these decisions. They require a cultural immersion outside of the US, as well as proficiency in a foreign language, and requires students to study History, Psychology, Political Science, Philosophy, etc. in order to provide an incredibly comprehensive program that is perfect for the politician in the making; providing them with the perfect background for becoming a positively influential congresswoman/man, empowered with knowledge.
Arch Sings— I am very heavily involved in choir and a cappella, and Princeton’s Arch Sings are a great part of the university. As someone who cannot go a day without belting at least a few tunes, Arch Sings are also what draw me to Princeton. Yee!
PMUNC — Princeton Model United Nations Conference. Princeton’s MUN is one of the strongest collegiate MUN delegations in the country, and having been a delegate at PMUNC myself, I would now love for the opportunity to turn the table and work on Secretariat in organizing the conference, and also chair a committee! And, of course, compete in competitive collegiate Model UN as a part of the Princeton delegation.
Traditions — This has gotten so long, so if you want to know specific traditions, please let me know! But I absolutely love Princeton’s traditions.