Reconnecting socially on campus is something that many students worry about as they return from time away. As you can glean from the student voices on this site, there are many ways to approach this process of reintegration and no one right way to do it.
You can connect with other students who have taken a leave through the student group the Gap Year Network.
As you readjust to campus life, you may develop new communities of support and shared interests, and reconnect with old friends. Whether your interests are in finding a specific club or organization to participate in, engaging with a specific affinity group, joining an eating club, or getting involved with service, we have many pathways for you to explore.
Here are a few ways to connect with fellow Tigers who have shared interests:
Students might also be interested in joining the Scholars Institute Fellows Program (or SIFP) when they return from leave. SIFP is a mentorship community for first-generation, lower-income (Fli) Princeton students, as well for as military-affiliated, transfer, non-traditional, and other historically underrepresented students. SIFP is a great way to form community and friendship with other students, learn about helpful resources and opportunities on- and off-campus, and gain mentorship from a wide network of peers, graduate students, alumni, and faculty members. Students who are interested in joining SIFP should visit sifp.princeton.edu or contact Dr. Ashlee Shaw, Associate Director for the Scholars Institute Fellows Program.
Your return to Princeton can include both new experiences and ones that give you continuity. If you ever have a question, concern, or would like talk through your experience reconnecting socially, feel free to reach out to your director of student life or RCA.