Susannah Sharpless

December 12, 2013

The pregame manifesto

This is a campus structured around success. We chose Princeton because we wanted it to be as important as it promised us we would be; Princeton chose us because we had proven that we wanted it. In high school, we had shown ourselves to be — more so than hundreds … Read More

November 14, 2013

Major mistakes

I decided my major in literally a split second. I was sitting in a room in 1879 Hall waiting for precept to begin, when I realized— suddenly — I was content. I felt happy to be in this world, in this school, in this room, in this body, and in that … Read More

October 22, 2013

Getting help with fitting in

When you join an eating club (if you join an eating club), a weird thing happens: You become the baby again. Though you’re basically halfway though your undergraduate career — if you keep churning smoothly through the system like the rule-abider you are — and a legal adult, you suddenly … Read More

October 10, 2013

Rank inflation?

I have chosen — and it’s sad that this had to be an actual choice — to spend my time as a Princeton student focusing on what I’m actually learning and not on the number of zeroes at the end of my probable starting salary. This means I fight with … Read More

September 25, 2013

Finding meaning in vocation

During my internship program this summer, my fellow interns and I gathered in The Huffington Post offices, talking to former Princeton Dean of Religious Life (and current HuffPo Religion editor) Paul Raushenbush. He had answered all of our questions about the religious angle of HuffPo, the spiritual climate of New … Read More

September 11, 2013


My dad likes to tell the story of the time when, as my soccer coach, he instructed my team to run a lap. I was four years old at the time, and in response, I spun around, plopped on the grass and said, “I won’t!” Seeing my example, my … Read More

April 12, 2013

Step away from the brochure

The Editorial Board recently ran a piece rightly criticizing Princeton Preview and emphasizing that its unilateral shutdown of all the eating clubs presents an unrealistic picture of what life on this campus is like. As the weekend’s name suggests, Preview is supposed to give students a teaser of what it … Read More

March 28, 2013

The few, the proud, the artsy?

For my whole life, I thought I was going to go to college and become a hippie. I was going to have dreads and a nose piercing and walk around barefoot in a long rainbow skirt, writing my poetry in sun-soaked rooms. Instead, I came to Princeton. I’m … Read More

February 28, 2013

The point of college

In Isabella Gomes’s Feb. 22 column, “Ready, Set, Draw,” she explains what she understands the point of her college education to be, halfway through her freshman year: “learning to identify ourselves through our associations with others … Never as much as we do now, we have come to understand that … Read More

February 8, 2013

Un-justifications for Bicker

It’s hard to deny that, at its core, Bicker is elitist, demeaning and sometimes shockingly cruel. Saying that Bicker is a necessary evil is one thing (though I disagree), but claiming that it’s not problematic is another. Read More