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Deactivated: Brown Greens, Brown Rice, and the Weekly Brown Snapshot

September 1, 2014

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Hello to our fabulous followers,

Thanks to the awesome feedback from both you and the bloggers at the Bruin Club blog, I have gathered that some of you feel overwhelmed by the number of columns presented on the blog currently. To help you all out with that, we have deactivated the following columns:

(1) Brown Greens

(2) Brown Rice

and (3) the Weekly Brown Snapshot

Deactivated doesn’t mean they have been deleted! All of the information on the columns is still there, as the columns still technically exist, they just won’t have their own unique columnist for each one this year. This is because much of the material on these columns can be covered by other columns (namely, Hungry as a Bear, Third World Center Perspectives, and Snapshots of Brown, respectively), so you can still get the information you need from these streamlined sources! If you, as a reader, would really like to see one of those columns come back, shoot me an email at emily_schell@brown.edu and I’d love to make it happen!

Ever true,

Emily Schell, Editor of the Bruin Club Blog

From the Editor: A Gift to Our Readers!

August 16, 2014

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Hello to our wonderful readers! 

My name is Emily Schell, the editor for the Bruin Club Blog, and I’m back to tell you all about a wonderful opportunity to make a change in the blog reading experience that works best for YOU! Earlier this month, I formulated a short questionnaire filled with questions that will help me, and the other bloggers for the Bruin Club Blog, make the blog a more enjoyable experience for you all than it is already.

You can find the questionnaire here. It is quite short and should only take around 5 minutes of your time. If you have a brief moment at the end of your summer to fill this questionnaire out, we at the Bruin Club Blog would really appreciate it – the more feedback we get, the better we can make the blog for you all.

Enjoy the rest of your summers and, as always, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email at emily_schell@brown.edu OR the Bruin Club at thebruinclub@gmail.com. 

Ever true, 

Emily 

From the Editor: The Blog is Out for the Summer!

July 19, 2014

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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 thebruinclub@gmail.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,

Emily

Student Highlight: Sophia Gluskin-Braun ’17

May 13, 2014

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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 monica_chin@brown.edu and we’ll make it happen!

 

A Fresh View: Why Brown? Take 2

May 5, 2014

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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!

 

The Extras: Finding What Gives You Energy

May 5, 2014

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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,

Lily

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 lily_hartmann@brown.edu with any of your questions and comments

Brown Threads: Finals Wardrobe

May 5, 2014

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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 caitlin_meuser@brown.edu.

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