DANIEL GASTFRIEND ’13, PRINCETON’S ONLY TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP WINNER THIS YEAR, ASPIRES TO PUT AN END TO POVERTY, BUT HE’D SETTLE FOR LOTS OF MASSAGES. HE ALMOST GOT EATEN BY A LARGE MAMMAL LAST SUMMER, AND LEARNED EVERYTHING HE NEEDS TO KNOW IN KIDDIE LIT.
Name: Daniel Gastfriend
Major: Woodrow Wilson School
Hometown: Newton, MA
Eating Club/Res College/Affiliation: Tower (Forbes)
What was your immediate response upon finding out you had won the Truman Scholarship?
I was pretty surprised—definitely not expecting it. The first thing I did was call my mom.
Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real of fictional?
Charlotte Weisberg ’13!
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I would end poverty. Or I would make everyone be my personal masseuse.
What’s the best meal you ever had at Princeton?
Pizza. No, I’m serious. It’s pizza.
In one sentence, what is it you actually do all day?
Answer press club questionnaires.
What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you.
How are you planning to use your Truman Scholarship?
I’m planning on going into social entrepreneurship with a focus on income generation for the extreme poor in Sub-Saharan Africa. I might also be interested in pursuing international development policy work later in my career. So I’m thinking about getting a dual MBA/MPP, but I have some time to decide.