Hello to our fabulous followers,
My personal apologies for the lateness of this post (I’ve been traveling in China, so it’s been hard for me to reliably access WordPress)! As you all can probably tell, since Brunonia has let out for the summer, the blog has done the same. We want our bloggers to be out and about exploring the world, having fun in their internships, or just enjoying the nice summer weather – and they’ll be sure to tell you all about it when we get back to campus in the Fall!
The blog will be back up and running at the end of September, so keep an eye open for new posts about the happenings and changes at BrownTown (the best place on Earth). In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot email@example.com an email. This Gmail account is running all throughout the summer and is a way for you to connect to a Brown student about a specific area of interest or a specific question that you might have.
Additionally, just like we want to make sure that the blogging experience is fun for our bloggers, we want to make sure that the reading experience is fun for our readers (yourselves!), so in the middle of August I will be putting up a survey for you all to fill out regarding your reading experience, what you’d like to see more or less of, and other questions to help make the blog as fun and informational as possible for you! The more of you who fill out this survey, the better we can make the blog!
So for now, adios/再见/au revoir/ciao/goodbye - enjoy the rest of your summers! We’ll see you in the fall.
Ever true to Brown,
Hello! My name is Monica Chin, and I’m a first-year student from Lakeville, Connecticut. I have not yet decided on a concentration, but am leaning towards English with a focus in nonfiction writing. Through this column, I will feature a different Brown student each week. I hope to give visitors to this blog a taste of the Brown community, and to give a slice of our talented, passionate, diverse student body!
Sophia Gluskin-Braun laughs too loudly for too long. She enjoys every aspect of her Brown life, from environmental activism to engineering, poetry to politics, so much, that it’s hard for her not to.
Class Year: 2017
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Concentration: Environmental Engineering
What classes are you taking this semester? Dynamics and Vibrations, Foundations of Biology, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Empowering Youth: Insights from Research on Urban Adolescents, Methods of Applied Mathematics
What extracurricular activities are you involved in? Student Labor Alliance, Brown Climate Action Forum, Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment, Spira Engineering Camp
Favorite class you’ve taken so far? Empowering Youth: Insights from Research on Urban Adolescents
Why did you choose Brown? I wanted a to go to a school that had a collaborative learning environment, a student body that cares about the world, and an academic environment where students are motivated less by grades and more by their passions.
Favorite thing about Brown? Learning from my peers.
If you could change one thing about Brown, what would it be? Increase financial aid.
Favorite study spot? Science Library rooms that have chalkboards.
Give a funny/weird/awkward/whatever story/anecdote from your Brown experience thus far. It’s 9am. I’m sitting in my Dynamics and Vibrations class, and the professor starts to lecture about friction. As a demonstration for this concept, the professor places a plate on a tablecloth at the desk in the front of the classroom. He then takes out a bottle of whiskey, pours himself a cup, and places it on the plate. He then yanks the tablecloth out from under the plate… and chugs the cup of whiskey.
Give one piece of advice for an incoming freshman. Don’t be afraid to give in to spending hours and hours on Banner exploring course options.
Favorite place to eat on Thayer? East Side Pockets
Know someone who belongs in this column? Think YOU deserve a student highlight? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make it happen!
Hello, Brown hopefuls! My name is Kimberly Truong and I am the awkward (but utterly thrilled) first-year behind A Fresh View. With that big question mark hovering over where you’ll be spending the next four years of your life, rest assured that this freshman will tell you her experience as she stumbles through the wonderful world of Brown.
For my final post, I am going to share with you the lessons I’ve learned here. Of course, this set doesn’t apply to everyone, although there are probably similar experiences between all Brown students. I am honored for being able to represent the freshman perspective for this year, out of the other possible 1,600 wonderful and talented classmates that could have been in this position and even would have served as better, more interesting windows into Brown than I would ever be. This opportunity has allowed me to open up my experiences in a medium that is welcomed by such a wide audience of prospective students. Hopefully, I didn’t disappoint you!
So here it is:
1. One of my professors this semester said, “Both spatial and temporal distances are arbitrary.” Although you can certainly disagree with this idea, I can’t help but find this to some extent true. Spatial distance is not so much important anymore given how globalized and interconnected the world has become. Regarding this blog, hopefully the content you read here somewhat captures the spirit of Brown even though you might be living thousands of miles away. It would never be a substitute for a Brown experience, but hopefully, it comes close. Furthermore, four years seem like a colossal amount of time to explore. But college moves so fast that a fourth (for me) has already whisked by like nothing. Those four years might literally mean spending four discrete units of time at a place in your lives, but those four years are arbitrary in the sense that it is from your own frame of reference. Those four years truly depend on what you make of it, what meaning you ascribe to it, how you spent that time. Those four years can’t simply just be another four years of your life if you make it to be.
2. Although I may not agree with the most active voices on campus, I appreciate their courage to speak out loud and foster conversations that keep important issues at the forefront.
3. I fail many more times before I succeed. There is a Japanese proverb that says: “Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
4. The housing lottery is seriously a struggle. You’ll actually feel you’ve grown from it (I’m not joking in any sense of the word, and indeed, I am speaking from experience.)
5. Your friends (and friend circle) will change even over the course of the year. Let them.
6. Working things out between friends is best done in person, not over FB chat.
7. A large part of success is looking in the right places for opportunities and connections. Taking advantage of the resources and making the best of them—even expanding them beyond their conventional uses—are important ways to maximize potential and success.
8. Do yourself and the world a favor by recognizing you are not the most brilliant, most accomplished person on the planet. Always strive for self-improvement.
9. Dare to take risks. You might be lucky.
10. Remind yourself of how lucky you are every day.
11. Life is too short to stick to a course of study you’re not excited about. Also don’t feel the need to have your life planned out.
12. Take the risk. Apply to Brown. You will stumble, laugh, feel lonely at times, stay up too late, meet new people all the time, work hard only to get a grade you didn’t want, learn, cry, be inspired, and inspire, have fun *study* breaks, feel homesick, and love. It’s so worth it.
Any questions or suggestions for my next post? Please send them my way at Kimberly_truong@brown.edu. I’m happy to answer and heed to all of them!
With 400 plus student groups and tons of events daily, how does a Brown student navigate life outside of the lecture hall? I’m Lily Hartmann, and I am the freshmen behind “The Extras”; the blog that aims to give you a glimpse into the most exciting and noteworthy activities on campus. Throughout the year this blog will give you snapshots of what Brunonians do when they aren’t hitting the books on College Hill!
We have reached the final week of blogging for the semester, and the time has truly flown by. Despite writing this column since first semester, I barely began to skim the surface of all there is to do extracurricularly at Brown. But after writing about groups like Production Workshop and Meditation Community, I hope you have begun to see the wide range of groups available on campus. With 400+ options, it is all about finding your niche hear at Brown.
One of the most insightful things I heard from someone this semester in regards to picking your extracurriculars was take part in groups or activities that rejuvenate you and give you energy, rather than those that take your energy and passion away. No matter where you end up come fall, find the student group, club, or out of class activity that gives you energy on the most dreary of days or inspires your work on a daily basis. I encourage you to discover what excites you day in and day out. Walk through the student activity fairs at the beginning of each semester and see what groups catch your eye. Who knows, you may realize you’re interested in film and want to work with Brown Motion Pictures or you may find you really like teaching civics in local high schools with Generation Citizen. My best advice would be to try something new, and never hesitate to switch things up.
Writing this column for the Bruin Club Blog has introduced me to some of the most interesting work that is done on campus outside of the classroom. I have had the opportunity to explore numerous student groups and talk to other undergrads about the extras they do. My own participation in things like orchestra and BRYTE have created some of my most memorable experiences and have connected me to people I would have never met otherwise. Each time I come back to campus after tutoring for BRYTE, I feel energized by the relationships I work every week to build. Being part of BRYTE has reshaped the way I see Brown and its relationship with the Providence community. The relationship I have begun to build with my tutee and his family has given me more than I could have ever expected. I look forward to being a tutor for three more years, and I am excited to see where other extracurriculars at Brown take me too. Thanks so much for reading this year, and I look forward to seeing you all around campus soon!
All the best,
Have questions about a specific student group or event on campus? Want me to cover a specific topic in my next post? Feel free to shoot me an email at email@example.com with any of your questions and comments
Ever wonder what college students wear to survive the temperamental New England weather in style? Not sure what to pack for college? Curious about the trends fashionable Brown students are trying out each season? Look no further! Brown Threads with Caitlin Meuser will feature weekly posts about the fashion seen on Brown University’s campus.
As the semester comes to a close, shorts are finally making an appearance. That’s right, it’s starting to actually feel like spring in Providence. Since this warm-ish weather coincides with reading period, that means lots of athletic shorts and tanks lounging around the Quiet Green as students review their notes and finish up papers. Reading period and Finals are not the time to break out the new maxi dress that you’ve been dying to wear; rather, the end of the year is the perfect time to revert back to the comfy classics.
You want to be wearing what you feel most confident and comfortable in as you tackle the daunting obstacle that is Finals Week. Honestly, around this time there are so many things going through your brain that wardrobe is one of the last things on your mind. Instead of lamenting that it’s going to be another sweatshirt day because you just don’t have the energy or time to look nice, embrace it. There aren’t many times in a person’s life where it is perfectly acceptable to look like you just rolled out of bed or to look as if you spent the last twelve hours hole away in the library. No one will judge you for having bags under your eyes or wearing the same sweatshirt two days in a row.
So, for a couple weeks, I am giving you permission to slack off in the clothes department as you study hard in preparation for finals.
If you have any questions about the fashion at Brown or what to pack for life as a college student, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy of the Brown Imagine Rape 0 Facebook page
Hello and welcome! Our names are Dolma Ombadykow and Olivia Veira. We’re both first years and will be blogging the Third World Center perspective for the Bruin Club blog this year! It’s going to be excellent.
It’s been a crazy semester. Thanks for sticking it through with us. Over the year we’ve thought critically about what it means to be a student of Color at Brown, which could be difficult at times. Above all, I (Olivia, hey) hope I’ve expressed how completely ecstatic I am to be here and despite Brown’s shortcomings, I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. In fact, an email Christina Paxson recently sent out reminded me why I am happy to be here. In her email, she stated that next year she will be hiring a full time staff member who will solely focus on Brown’s compliance with Title IX, the federal law concerning sexual assault. Also, increased funds will go towards dealing with sexual misconduct. These funds should better enable the University to handle sexual misconduct with respect to specific demographics. Also, there will be a Task Force to assess the University’s policies. This Task Force is supposed to start working very soon. To read her letter and more about the Task Force, click here and here, respectively.
In addition to Christina Paxson’s note, Justice for Lena and Survivors Everywhere created a petition, “Imagine Brown Rape 0″ with a list of demands for the Brown administration. It’s really awesome. Check it out here.
Are these the silver bullet to all of our problems? No. But it’s a terrific start. And we’re so excited to see what Brown can do.
Thank you so much for spending the year with us! We appreciate your readership and we hope our blog has helped you in your application process.
Have an amazing summer and we hope to see you around campus! And of course, please continue to feel free to email us.
Olivia and Dolma
Hi! My name is Carrie Adams, and I’m a freshman here at Brown. On my column, Stage Write, I will be filling you in about all the drama at Brown (no, not who sat with whom at the Ratty, but actual glorious theater!). Each week I’ll be highlighting different theatre groups on campus and shows that are being performed. All of Brown’s a stage!
Hey guys! I hope all is well with you! I want to talk to you about
a couple of a thousand really cool things I’ve been involved with for the last couple of weeks (which is why I’ve been sort of MIA on this blog–so sorry!!). A week ago on Sunday was the spring premiere of Brown Motion Pictures–I mentioned my callback for BMP a couple of months ago and it turns out I got the part! The films were all excellent and totally student produced and directed. There were freshmen involved in every film (freshmen actually acted in four of the five which was really cool!) and it was such a great experience. Acting for film is really different than acting for theatre, and at my high school we had no opportunity to try film. It has been so rewarding and eye-opening to see how they differ and to realize that I really like both for different reasons! It’s also been great for my friends who were involved in tech for the movies because they got an up-close and personal look at how a movie is filmed or edited or directed or anything you can think of!
Right after that, I had auditions for Sweeney Todd, which will be Sock and Buskin‘s department show next fall directed by Curt Columbus, who is the artistic director of the Trinity Repertory Company in downtown Providence. I am SO EXCITED to have been cast in the ensemble of that show and I can’t wait to fill you all in about it next year!
The same night as my Sweeney Todd callback (I’m telling you, this week was crazy) was opening night of “Keep the Bagels: A Series of Thoughtz about Things,” which was written, directed, and acted by an almost entirely freshman cast and crew (I believe three people who worked on the show were not freshmen). The show was held in the Upspace of Production Workshop, which is open to pretty much any idea you want to propose and has a ton of great theatre. It was the first play I’ve acted in since coming to Brown, and I can tell you that it was such a rewarding experience. Every night the theatre was packed, and people were so supportive of each other. That’s what I really love about Brown is that people have such varied interests but are dedicated to their friends and cheering them on as they pursue their passions. The directors of “Bagels” also wrote and acted in it, which was so impressive because every detail of the show was flawless. It was comprised of eight separate scenes and poems that were recited during each transition between scenes. The rehearsal process was incredibly flexible because you only needed your scene partners and the directors to rehearse your piece, but honestly the best part was when the whole show came together and we got to know each other. Since we were almost all freshmen, the connections that we made this month will be with us for the next three years. We all really want to work together again, so who knows, maybe the playwrights will write us a sequel? I hope so!
As you can see my last week has been dominated by theater craziness, so now I have to go study for finals!!
Questions? Comments? Want to Skype and practice monologues together? Not sure if that last one is actually possible, but for the other two, feel free to email me at Carrie_Adams@Brown.edu!