Natalya Rahman

"All models are wrong but some are useful" – George Box (statistician)

Author Bio

I am a sophomore at Princeton University, from Karachi, Pakistan but based in Dubai, UAE. I’m undecided in my major but looking to combine statistics with something more qualitative. I’m interested in mental health initiatives, event planning, and TED Talks/ TEDx.

About

Hometown Karachi, Pakistan / Dubai, UAE
Lives Princeton, NJ, USA
High School Education IB and American High School Diploma, Dubai American Academy, Dubai, UAE
Studying AB – Undecided
Graduating 2019
Extracurriculars TEDxPrincetonU, Peer Career Advisor, Princeton Perspective Project
Interests Photography, travel, writing, yoga
Future Plans I would like to pursue another degree (perhaps not immediately after undergrad) and build a career in data science, design, and/or economic development.

Posts by Natalya Rahman

Learning How To Write At Princeton

Published: January 14, 2017

In the midst of writing Dean’s Date papers, I keep thinking about when I came to Princeton and actually had no idea how to write.  Not literally, of course, but I had no idea how to even begin writing an academic paper (even though I thought I did). Luckily, when you come in as a freshman, Princeton assumes that this is the case. This is why all undergraduate students take a Writing Seminar in their first year. Although many students really don’t enjoy being taught to write in a completely different way, this class is the first building block towards independent…

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General Education Requirements At Princeton

Published: December 11, 2016

Princeton is dedicated to the idea that every student has a “truly liberal education” and so has some general education requirements. These are separate from major/ concentration requirements and every student, regardless of their specialization needs to do these to graduation. These requirements are elective because Princeton doesn’t have a core curriculum i.e. you don’t have to take English 101 to Math 101 to graduate. You don’t even have to take an English course or a Math course necessarily. You just have to fulfill some more lenient “distribution areas” like Quantitative Reasoning, for example, and you can elect which course you want to do…

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Fall Semester Structure At Princeton

Published: December 3, 2016

The Fall/ Autumn semester calendar at Princeton is kind of strange. It starts about mid-September but ends at the end of January, with 3 breaks in between: Fall Break (end October, for a week), Thanksgiving (end November, almost a week), and Winter Break (mid-December, 3 weeks). We return in early January for reading period, which technically means classes don’t mean, so you shouldn’t have to be on campus. Some professors decide to have class anyway (mostly beginner language classes), of course. After reading period, there’s Dean’s Date, when all final papers and projects are due and then finals. After finals…

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Letting go of my Math major

Published: November 20, 2016

As I said in my last post, I applied to Princeton because it was one of the best schools for Math. Naturally, I wanted to major (or concentrate, as we say here) in the subject, especially after falling in love with the IB Higher Level version. I was also interested in a double major with either History or Politics. Turns out, you can’t double major at Princeton, something I never bothered to look up. I also didn’t really know what studying math meant before taking my first class here. Proofs were far too abstract to interest me. I wanted to use…

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My journey to Princeton

Published: November 13, 2016

I thought I should start off by telling you a little bit about my background and my journey so far. I was born in Karachi, Pakistan, where I lived until halfway through the first year of my O-levels (somewhat like freshman year in high school in the U.S. system). I subsequently moved to Dubai, UAE. I spent around 3 years in Dubai and when college application time came along I wasn’t ready to leave. I thought it might be better to apply to local schools and stay close to my family. Still, my family coaxed me into applying to schools…

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