Anna Hiltner Nouzeilles '23

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Admission Ambassador
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Novogratz Bridge Year Program, Bolivia

Hello! My name is Anna Hiltner Nouzeilles ’23 and I am a senior from New Jersey. As a BYP participant, I lived in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where I worked at an NGO called Mano a Mano International, an organization that promotes sustainable agriculture and infrastructure in rural areas of Bolivia. At Mano a Mano, I volunteered on the sustainable farm, conducted sustainability workshops with rural farmers and students, and helped construct greenhouses in rural communities. Outside of my work site, I learned traditional weaving, explored Cochabamba’s many hiking trails, and baked with my homestay mother. Bridge Year was a transformative and lovely experience and its lessons continue to guide me every day. Now at Princeton, I study Sociology and Latin American Studies. 

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What advice would you give to prospective Bridge Year applicants?

My biggest advice for prospective students is to take advantage of every opportunity. And filling out the Bridge Year application is the first step. When completing the application, I’d recommend imagining yourself in each program location and being honest about how you think the program will change your life. During Bridge Year, it was easy to feel like I had all of the time in the world, but it goes by quickly and I found that going out of my comfort zone to take advantage of any and every opportunity led me on all kinds of adventures. 

How has Bridge Year informed your Princeton experience?

After Bridge Year, I came to Princeton feeling more prepared to explore my academic life than I would have been if I went directly to the university. Each week, my cohort not only studied Spanish, but also got to explore indigenous history, U.S Interventionism, food sovereignty, art, and more. I got to meet activists, farmers, diplomats, artists, and academics who specialized in different areas and ask them questions. On top of that, I learned through experience during our excursions, with my homestay family, at my worksite, and elsewhere. This gave me the worldview I needed to be confident in how I used my time at Princeton and left me more prepared to choose my classes and major. I am still able to use everything I learned from the experience to enhance and guide my work.