Princeton alumnus Jordan Salama’s debut nonfiction book, Every Day the River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena, is the Pre-read for Princeton’s incoming Class of 2026. The book follows Salama as he journeys down the Magdalena River in Colombia and explores “how the people he met changed him and changed his view of the world,” explains Salama.
At Princeton, Salama pursued a Spanish concentration along with certificates in creative writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts, journalism, environmental studies, and Latin American studies. He traveled to Colombia for the first time in the summer of 2016 for an independent project with funding from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. In the summer of 2018, he returned to Colombia, supported by senior thesis funding from the University, with the express purpose of traveling 950 miles along the Magdalena River. After this second summer, Salama submitted his initial, shorter version of “Every Day the River Changes” as his thesis for his major and for all his certificates and read an excerpt from it at the first Journalism Senior Colloquium.
President Eisgruber began the Pre-Read Program in 2013 as a way to collectively introduce every incoming class at Princeton to the intellectual rigors of university life. The Class of 2026 will receive a special, pre-read edition of Every Day the River Changes that includes a forward from President Eisgruber. In his forward, President Eisgruber explains his reasoning for selecting this book, stating “I hope that Jordan’s story will inspire you to think imaginatively and creatively about what you might do with your time at Princeton. The possibilities are almost limitless…Jordan’s book will introduce you not only to the individuals, communities, and cultures he encountered on his travels, but also to the kinds of opportunities that await you at Princeton.”
After reading the book, the Class of 2026 will gather in the McCarter Theater on Princeton’s campus during its first-year orientation to discuss the book with Salama.
Read more about Jordon Salama and the Class of 2026 Pre-Read in the full article by Emily Aronson on the Princeton University news page.