By Lisa Gong
An ongoing photo project exploring how Princeton students cultivate their own little private pieces of campus.
MADDY PAUCHET ’18
Hometown: Paris, France
Certificates: Creative Writing
Activities: Nassau Weekly, Outdoor Action Leader, Equestrian Team
Dorm: Whitman College – Baker Hall
Dorm Inspiration: It’s a collection of the little parts of home that I miss. There are a lot of communities that I call home, and it’s important to me to have the people and places I love present in my life here.
Elicits Strongest Memories: The white tapestry on the wall. It’s from Jaipur in Rajasthan. I like it because of the little elephants. I got it on my gap year in India and it brings back a lot of memories.
Brings Most Joy: The paintings of the trees – my sister is an artist and gave one to me before I left for college, and one when I turned 18.
No Longer Like: The pictures, because they’re peeling off the wall…
Dorm Style: Haha I kind of think of it as a forest – maybe because it’s usually a mess.
BRANDON SCOTT ’16 & DOUG WALLACK ’16
Hometown: B: Hobgood, NC // D: Princeton Junction, NJ
Major: B: Aesthetics (Independent Concentration) // D: History
Certificates: B: Urban Studies // D: South Asian Studies
Activities: B: reading, writing, running // D: St. Danger (student band), 2D Co-op
Dorm: 1901 Hall
Dorm Inspiration: B: Apartmento Magazine/NOWNESS films (hints of Wes Anderson?) // D: Brandon is an aesthetics major, so I couldn’t just be a slob.
Elicits Strongest Memories:
- B: Fulton the Hook evokes rather strong memories. It called out to Doug and I while we were running one day (i.e. it fell off of a truck, struck the stone wall of the Washington Street bridge, and made a charming sound).
- D: Mountain goat horn — brings back memories of trekking in the Himalayas.
Brings Most Joy:
- B: My desk brings me quite a bit of joy. Often I just want to study, write and read there. Also, I like to treat it as a landscape in which I am often changing the parts and what is on view.
- D: The couch! It’s from the 50s and a wonderful hand-me-down from Scott Leroy, one of the administrators for the Bridge Year Program, which Brandon and I both participated in.
No Longer Like:
- B: I do not like my tie drawer as much as I used to. I wore a tie almost everyday in high school, so I collected a lot over the years; however recently I have developed a much more informal sartorial leaning.
- D: My fountain pen. It won’t write!
- B: Like Jazz (a Bebop rhythm with Latin hints)
- D: “The Roach & Eel” or, as a portmanteau: “The Rochanelle”. We thought it had a nice ring to it.
DERRICK XIN ’17
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA
Major: Operations Research & Financial Engineering
Certificates: Being a beast, interior designing, decorating rooms, picking posters out, and passion for fashion
Activities: Yo fuck activities
Dorm: Whitman College – Hargadon Hall
Dorm Inspiration: My girlfriend thought my white walls were too boring, so she printed out some of my old Pokemon drawings and gave me some kewl posters to put up.
Elicits Strongest Memories: During an internship a while ago, I was pretty bored, so I started a Tumblr called “derrilickmypokeballz,” which unfortunately doesn’t exist anymore for some unknown reason (Author’s note: he has since recreated it). The point of the Tumblr was for me to draw every one of the original 150 Pokemon in MS Paint with my laptop’s track-pad from memory. Gooood times.
Brings Most Joy: The Mr. Mime cus it’s too lit.
No Longer Like: All the shitty posters I got from the poster fair two years ago. I got a bunch because I lived in the depths of the Forbes Annex with cinderblock walls. It felt like a mental asylum, so I tried to brighten things up. But instead, I just ended up getting a poster of a cartoon Tyler the Creator that would stare at me every night while I slept.
Dorm Style: A rare delicacy of style, taste, and passion for interior designing
MEGAN TUNG ’17
Hometown: Hong Kong
Activities: The Nassau Literary Review, Fashion Speaks
Dorm: Lockhart Hall
Dorm Inspiration: I’m a stress-decorator, which means I decorate my room (when I’m really supposed to be doing something else more important). I find it really alleviating. It doesn’t even really matter what goes up, just as long as I get as much as I can on the walls. I’ve been living in dorms since I was 14, so I now kind of have a routine down (this fall will be my eighth time moving into a dorm room) in the sense that I always have my Polaroid wall, Christmas lights and the Hong Kong flag. I’m also kind of a hoarder and save a lot of crap like ticket stubs and cool flyers, so I have a lot of material to work with. I essentially treat my walls like a scrapbook.
Elicits Strongest Memories: Probably my Polaroid wall, just because there’s so much on there. I have this rule that every Polaroid I take has to go on the wall, no matter how old or ugly or irrelevant the photo is. So every time I look at it, I see something I’ve forgotten about. And it’s fun because it’s mostly pictures of other people, not me. But it’s weird because I remember almost every single Polaroid I’ve taken — I remember where I was, I remember the context, I remember why I was there. Plus the whole wall itself reminds me of high school, because I started putting it up my junior year, and it’s fun to recall the different configurations the wall has taken in the past couple of years.
Brings Most Joy: My bed! I pushed two school beds together so I have a pretty huge spread. Always a great place to crawl into after your 3-hour seminar.
No Longer Like: Maybe the wall. As fun as it is to look at, it does contain some photos of people I don’t like anymore, or memories that are not ones I want to relive. Sometimes I jokingly refer to my Polaroid wall as my “wall of mistakes”.
Dorm Style: Erratic, or meticulous, depending on how you see it.
WALKER CARPENTER ’17
Hometown: Austin, TX
Major: Art History
Certificate: European Cultural Studies
Activities: Nassau Weekly, WPRB
Dorm: Mathey College – Edwards Hall
Dorm Inspiration: The misery of Forbes’ linoleum floors swore me off of depressing dorm rooms.
Elicits Strongest Memories: San Jose SXSW poster
Brings Most Joy: Line Magnetic amplifier
No Longer Like: Rolleiflex (camera) (don’t use as much)
Dorm Style: Not gonna do a description as there’s no way to do that without sounding obnoxious