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‘Context is an Admission Counselor’s Best Friend’

Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2020
Karen Richardson and Matt Alander

In our fourth and final episode of 2020, we drop in on a conversation between Karen Richardson '93, dean of admission, and Matt Alander, director of admission. Longtime admission professionals and colleagues, Dean Richardson and Matt cover many admission-related topics including the Princeton supplement, in addition to what's on their music playlist this reading cycle. Plus, a few current undergraduates call in to respond to our simple yet personal question: "Why Princeton?"

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Have a question for the Admission Office? Submit one to our mailbag. We will answer a few on air. (We'll only mention your first name and hometown!)

About "Meet Princeton!"

Co-Hosts: Vivian Slee, senior assistant dean of admission, and Bryant Blount '08, assistant dean of undergraduate students and manager of strategic communications
Producers: Vivian Slee and Mary Buckley, associate dean, strategic communications, Office of Admission
Editorial Consultant: Veronica Salazar, senior assistant dean of admission
Editor/Sound Engineer: Nick Donnoli, Orangebox Productions 
Sound Engineer: Molly Trueman '24
Logo Design: Esteban Aguas '19, admission officer

The theme music to our podcast was created by Molly Trueman '24. The outtro is brought to you by the Princeton University Chapel Choir with University organist Eric Plutz.  The featured piece, ‘Oh God, Beyond All Praising, is composed by Gustav Holst, and arranged by Richard Proulx. The Choir sings this piece at Opening Excercises at the beginning of every academic year. 

Meet Molly Trueman '24:

Molly, a rising sophomore at Princeton, plans on majoring in music with a potential certificate in Applications of Computing. Outside of class, she is part of Glee Club, Chamber Choir, and the Tigressions, a contemporary all-female a cappella group. While she has been practicing voice and piano since age six, within the past year—especially during quarantine—she has become more passionate about songwriting and music production, leading her to create music for this podcast.