I’m an Economics major with a certificates in African Studies as well as Statistics and Machine Learning.
Role(s) held in the Humanistic Studies Program:
Certificate Student, Student Mentor
Activities on campus:
Tiger Challenge, Princeton Student Climate Initiative, Dining Hall Manager, Research Assistant with the Liechtenstein Institute, Member of the Edwards Collective
Why I decided to study the humanities:
I think there are three great reasons to study humanities. The first one is that the humanities form the basis of how we experience the world, e.g. how we conceptualize personhood or nature. The second reason is that it is personally enriching: understanding something of literature, the arts and philosophy means that you have a richer experience when engaging with culture(s). The third reason is that it teaches you practical skills useful in almost any field, such as understanding text quickly, or writing concisely.
What I have gained from the humanities:
During my first year, I took the HUM sequence and I enjoyed it a lot, so the first benefit that comes to mind is pleasure. In addition, reading so broadly on various subjects and works from so many different authors now seems like a great foundation for any future studies, since, at least in the West, they have impacted so much of modern thinking. I think that the humanities community at Princeton is also special in that one knows each other, interacts outside the classroom and is therefore able to take what we learned beyond the precept.
HUM Sequence fall break trip:
I participated in the HUM trip to Greece in fall 2018.