Welcome Back: Quarantining and The LWBW Party!

Dear Moose,

Welcome back from Winter break! I hope that you were able to get some rest and that you feel renewed for the second half of the term. As the Director of Student Life (DSL), I am here to support and enhance your time at Princeton, focusing on your non-academic priorities and concerns. I help you navigate campus life in big and small ways. I am the primary person in our residential college community concerned with health and wellbeing. You can anticipate programs from me focused on our core values, including diversity, inclusivity, and wellness.

As you plan ahead for the second half of the year, now is a good time to assess how things are going for you. Feel free to schedule a meeting with me to discuss engagement, health and wellbeing, and any questions relating to the social contract, moving to campus, and remaining engaged. For those of you who won’t be on campus, no worries! You are not alone. Mathey College has lots of fun things planned for the year to keep all the classes engaged virtually. In addition, most activities will be done virtually so everyone can participate fully. Please visit Matheylive, a virtual community meant to engage, filter, and organize the best and most relevant student life programming and resources.

Ideas for programming?: We are welcoming any ideas that members of our community have for engaging virtual programming. Want to invite peers along as you go for a virtual hike? Have an easy but delicious dish that you would be willing to teach peers to cook via Zoom? Interested in sharing a hobby? Please complete this form and someone from the Mathey office will reach out, consult with you about the feasibility of the idea, and help coordinate it. The form is written with student leaders in mind so just provide as much information as you can. Check out our new virtual hub to see some of the planned activities for inspiration.

Lastly, for those making plans to return to campus, I invite you to review the attached slides about move-in. As well, please join us for our fourth annual Live Well Be Well party during College Night on Saturday, January 30th, zoom link to follow!

What is Live Well Be Well @ Mathey?

  • A full-year program that allows Matheyites to learn and practice lifelong healthy habits in creative and personally meaningful ways. We want students to know that they don’t have to do this on their own.

  • This multifaceted program is designed to address Matheyites' total well-being — mind, body, and spirit.

The journey to a happier, healthier you awaits—we are here to help you find your own path!

What you can expect at College Night on Saturday, January 30th:

  • A party atmosphere with special guests, games, and informal activities

  • Enticing and impressive giveaways related to fitness and wellness

  • Opportunities for students to reflect on their self-care needs

  • Resources on various topics and in various forms

I know these are tumultuous times, but I am really excited for the semester ahead. Whether you are worried about isolation, managing loneliness, or navigating mental health concerns while quarantining, we are here to listen.

I look forward to connecting online for study breaks and 1-on-1s.

Kind Regards,

Dr. Cepin