Young Alumni at Princeton University Reflect on their Hun Roots

This year, fourteen Hun School graduates are enrolled at Princeton University, the #1 nationally ranked school for undergraduate collegiate education by US News and World Report. Seven of those Hun School alumni took time out of their busy schedules to reconnect and reflect on their time at Hun. One September morning, the group convened in a wood-paneled classroom named in honor of Dante scholar Professor Robert Hollander, where they discussed how their high school experiences prepared them for the rigors of a Princeton University education.
This year, fourteen Hun School graduates are enrolled at Princeton University, the #1 nationally ranked school for undergraduate collegiate education by US News and World Report. Seven of those Hun School alumni took time out of their busy schedules to reconnect and reflect on their time at Hun. One September morning, the group convened in a wood-paneled classroom named in honor of Dante scholar Professor Robert Hollander, where they discussed how their high school experiences prepared them for the rigors of a Princeton University education.

Katie Kubala ’14, a current freshman at Princeton, pointed to her work with the community service club, her travels to Shanti Bhavan in India as a service volunteer, and her experiences studying Constitutional Law during her senior year at The Hun School as contributing to her decision to study in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. “Not only was Constitutional Law my favorite course of all time,” said Katie, “but the extracurriculars at Hun helped me to figure out what I want to do with my life.”

Katie is enrolled in the Constitutional Law freshman seminar at Princeton University, because of her love of the class at The Hun School.

Lucia Perasso ’12 is concentrating in psychology and will receive a certificate in French language. During her junior year at The Hun School, Lucia took AP French, the highest level of language offered at the School. As a senior, her college counselor, Radha Mishra, encouraged her to continue her French studies and to pursue opportunities within the foreign language department at Princeton University. Because of The Hun School’s proximity to Princeton University, Lucia was able to take an elective course at Princeton while she was a senior at Hun, which influenced her decision to apply to the University.

“I really loved French, and I didn’t want to lose it by not practicing it; so it was absolutely perfect that I was able to come here [Princeton University] and take advantage of the courses. It’s such an advantage [the proximity between the University and The Hun School]. There are so many incredible facilities here that we are so lucky to have so close to Hun.”

Tyler Tamasi ’11 was part of an Advanced Placement Chemistry class at The Hun School, in which all fifteen students scored perfect 5’s on the AP Chemistry Test. Tyler said of that class, “My experiences in AP Chemistry at Hun had me completely prepared for the intro-level courses here at Princeton. Not only was I confident in my chemistry foundation, most of my freshman chemistry was a review of things we had learned at Hun. That class set me up with the fundamentals to study chemistry here at Princeton.”
Tyler is currently concentrating in chemistry, with an interest in addressing solutions for energy conservation.

Beyond specific classes that prepared students for their coursework at Princeton, several students discussed the progression of work at The Hun Upper School – from structured assignments as freshman, to independent research projects in higher-level humanities courses – that they felt were beneficial to their preparation for collegiate writing.

Jason Elefant ’11 explained how much he appreciated having the opportunity to explore independent work as a high school student. As a senior, concentrating in history and currently working on his thesis, Jason said, “You don’t want your first 25-page paper to be your J.P. [Junior Paper]. The fact that papers of that length are being assigned at Hun is good. It’s good that Hun expects students to write large papers of substance, because in college, that is how things work.”

Kelly Byrne ’12 described an experience in her American art history class at The Hun School, in which she wrote a 20-page final paper. That assignment became the inspiration for her fall semester Junior Paper at Princeton University. “My J.P. is going to be on children’s literature. I discovered how much I liked it when I originally researched this topic at Hun,” Kelly said. Kelly is studying English and creative writing.
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