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The Fairy Tale of Princeton University

Fairy tales are meant to make us dream. They help us conjure up ideas taking us away from real life. They create images of a fantasy world more abstract than what we see with our own two eyes.

But, sometimes, just sometimes, reality and this fantasy world meet, and when these two world collide, its like magic, making it difficult to discern what is truly “real.”

What I really am trying to say is…

Last weekend, I went to Princeton University to see the campus and to enjoy the day there, and it was magical. It felt like I was living in a fairy tale.


Not a blade of grass out of place. The lawn chairs strategically placed. Perfectly up-kept buildings. Flowers abloom. Sunrays pouring through the tall trees. Vines growing up the sides of old buildings.

Students playing frisbee outside. Freshman packed in little orientation groups, giggling as they try to make new friends. People riding bikes.



If you ever have the chance to visit Princeton University, then I would highly recommend it.

I’ve been touched by this experience. Touched my a magic of knowledge that has passed and continues to traverse these buildings, and the beauty of the campus that I didn’t know was there.




13 thoughts on “The Fairy Tale of Princeton University

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  4. To each his own I guess. I live a few miles from Princeton University and I’ve photographed the campus quite a bit. Nothing magical about it for me. If you live locally you soon realize that the largest landowner in Princeton Township is a non-profit University with pays nothing in taxes. Which means it’s residents and restaurants and businesses in the township who shoulder the increasing burden as the university expands.

    Don’t get me wrong. Princeton University has a nice campus. For people who live here it’s just not the fairy tale you’ve described.

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    1. Khurt – Thank you for your comments and for sharing this different perspective. I clearly did not know this about the school not paying property taxes, which I find quite disappointing for a school with such a large endowment.

      Maybe its that with anywhere you live that the “charm” fades? Your eyes become opened to all sides of a city – the good, bad and ugly.

      Thanks again for your comments. I really appreciate it Khurt!

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