College Council

Dear Whitman Class of 2021,

Welcome to Princeton and to the best residential college, Whitman College! I hope you all are having a great summer and getting ready for 2nd September. All of us here at Whitman are so excited to meet you and get to know you!

So what makes Whitman the best residential college? From air conditioned dorms to the Chicken Pot pie Wednesdays, Whitman is filled with small details that will allow you to truly make it your second home. But, no home is home without the people within and Whitman is no exception. The white castle walls are filled with your future best friends, the incredible college staff, and the amazing workers who you will soon come to know by their first names. I am excited for you all to become a part of this community and make it even more loving.

Princeton will provide you with so many opportunities to explore your interests while simultaneously pushing you out of your comfort zone. From staying up laughing with friends till 3 am in the morning to grabbing quesadillas with your study group after precept, you will undoubtedly have some of your best experiences of life in the orange bubble. You will also experience long days in the library during reading period. Whitman College will provide you with a safe, comfortable, and an inviting community to navigate both the most memorable days and some challenging nights.

One group of students that aims to strengthen the Whitman community is the Whitman College Council. The council organizes many events, for you to make new friendships and strengthen old ones, including:

  • Study Breaks: For those times, when you need to step away from that Writing Seminar essay or that Physics p-set. The study breaks are hosted in Whitman College Café and consist of delicious food such as pizza, bubble tea, cupcakes, etc. It’s a great time to chill with your friends.
  • Whitman Olympics: If you are bored this summer, start training for Whitman Olympics! The Olympics is a friendly competition among advisee groups and includes dodge ball, tug of war, and a pie eating contest.
  • Broadway Trips: During your time at Princeton, you will have plenty of opportunities to go to the Big Apple. Whitman sponsored Broadway trips are a great way to see some of the best plays at heavily discounted prices. Our past trips have included The Great Comet, Wicked, and Lion King.

We hope that you are looking forward to your time at Princeton and Whitman! If you have any questions, thoughts, concerns or want to introduce yourself, feel free to email me at We on the Whitman College Council are looking forward to making your first year as fun as possible.

On Behalf of the Whitman College Council, welcome to Princeton!

Zoya Shoaib’20

Whitman College Council Chair