USG Welcomes the Class of 2021!
Dear Class of 2021,
Congratulations and welcome to the Princeton community!
My name is Myesha and I am a rising senior in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese with a concentration in Portuguese and Environmental Studies, and certificates in African Studies, African American Studies, and Spanish. In addition to my academics, I am also the president of Princeton’s Undergraduate Student Government, which has been an exciting and challenging role for me. Being president affords me the opportunity to get to know and work with incredible students on this campus as we work to ensure that you as students are able to thrive, learn about yourselves, try new things, ask important questions, and get the help and advice you need when you need it.
Over the next few months, there will be plenty of forms and resources Princeton and students will share with you. Take advantage of the resources and people who want to help you! We want to make sure you have all of the information you need and we want to answer all of your questions (even before you’ve stepped foot on campus). Princeton students were once in your shoes starting out!
At Princeton, every class has its own class government that works to foster class unity and spirit. The members of your class government plan class-specific programming and order gear for your class. The events that your class government plans give you more opportunities to meet members of your class. You also get to represent your class with some awesome gear! Elections for the Class of 2021 government will be in October 2017. Click here to learn more information about the current class governments.
I am president of the USG Senate and the main differences between the Class Government and the Senate is that the Senate represents all undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) and we work on policy initiatives that span a wide-array of topics including mental health, dining options, diversity and equity, academics, and much more. There’s a lot that goes on as a Princeton student! We are advocates for students and represent student concerns and ideas to administrators, faculty, and other departments. I get to meet and hear great ideas from Princeton students, it’s one of the highlights during my time at Princeton and I learn a lot from my fellow peers about our Princeton community. The USG Senate has elections in November and in the Spring for a variety of different positions. If you don’t want to run for a position, you can also join a committee on the USG Senate. There are many easy ways to get involved!
Here are a few campus-wide initiatives that we work on:
Princeton Perspective Project: a student government initiative (USG) that shares student stories to dismantle the myth of effortless perfection. With your NetID (a truly powerful tool), you will now have access to reach the videos from Princeton students on this website!
Mental Health Initiative: a student government initiative that works on university policy and programming to destigmatize and increase awareness of mental health. We have an annual mental health week for students along with a plethora of other amazing programs.
Diversity and Equity: a student government committee with students from all over campus that works on initiatives and policy on a variety of topics about inclusion. This group also collects data from students about their on-campus experiences and coordinates a Leadership Education and Diversity Summit.
Academics: Did you know Princeton has finals after winter break? Currently, the university is in the next phase of the calendar reform, which you can read about here. Our academics committee has been working to gather student input about how the current calendar impacts pedagogy, mental health, and campus experiences.
Social: Every semester, USG hosts the main act for Lawnparties for students. Lawnparties are at the end of the spring semester and at the beginning of the fall semester and bring musical guests and performers to put on a great show for the student body right in our own backyard! Jeremih will be performing at Lawnparties in Spring 2017. We also have a variety of other initiatives throughout the year including student art shows, trips off campus, and much more.
Everyday is a learning opportunity for me on this campus whether it’s from my professors or my friends and peers. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
I am so excited to meet you over the next few months virtually and on campus in the fall. If you need any advice or help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or your friendly Undergraduate Student Government to help you out.
You can email me directly at email@example.com with questions. We are all here to help make Princeton the best experience for you!
Congratulations on the start of an incredible adventure!
I'm Myesha Jemison, a rising sophomore here at Princeton. I'm originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia. I'm interested in attending both medical and graduate school to pursue global medicine and public health. Currently, I'm doing an International Internship Program in Acornhoek and Agincourt, South Africa for the MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit. If you have any questions concerning freshman year, global health, international internships, scientific medicine, social medicine, and anything of the like, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be sure to answer you or direct you to someone who can.