From The Editor: Check Out Our New Pages!

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 10.49.41 PMHello to all of our fabulous followers! 

I just wanted to alert you all to the presence of two wonderful new pages at the top upper left corner of your screens (or upper-middle left corner if we’re going to be that precise…). They’re the “About Us” and “Meet Our Bloggers” pages. “About Us” is pretty self explanatory – it’s just a short explanation of the blog’s history, as well as a little bit of context as to what the Bruin Club at Brown is. However, the real gem here is the “Meet Our Bloggers” page – there you get to see the faces of the wonderful people whose words you’ve been reading the past few months, as well as get to know a little bit more about them. You’ll be surprised – in addition to being fantastic bloggers for you all, they are really involved in other aspects of campus life too. Just think of them as 19 modern day Superman/woman/phes ;)

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to shoot me an email at emily_schell@brown.edu!

Ever true,

Emily 

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The Extras: Look over here! Or… Over there!

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Downtown Providence

Hello, Brunonian family! I’m Jacklyne Vargas, nice to meet you all *insert imaginary handshakes here*! I’m here to be your compass (well, that sounds heavy, doesn’t it?) in everything extracurricular here at Brown. If you’re reading this,  you are a magnetic force of your own and I’m simply helping you figure out what attracts you. In all The Extras, in all the magnetic forces here at Brown, you can easily be pulled in countless directions, but I’m here to help! If anything, we’ll go crazy together…

There is never a shortage of activities to partake in here at Brown. Morning Mail has become my BFF (don’t judge me y’all) in helping me keep my sanity but not actually when attempting to figure out which activities are worth attending, which ones I have time to attend, and which ones I’ll regret not attending.

The best thing is that there is no be-all, end-all when deciding what is worth your time because:

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From Albania to Zimbabwe: An ‘International’ Family Weekend

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My temporary parents for the weekend, Andrew ’17 and Lia

Hi there! My name is Akira Camargo, a freshman hailing from Tokyo, Japan who will try to crack funny jokes and puns from time to time as I write posts for From Albania to Zimbabwe, the ins and outs of being at Brown from an international student’s perspective. Through my posts, you’ll be able to learn more about all things international here, ranging from international events at Brown (cool guest speakers, festivals and parties) to my thoughts on living in America for the first time (!!!), and a bunch of other interesting stuff as my first year at Brown unfolds. Hope you enjoy reading them!

Hey readers,

I hope everyone’s weekend was great. This weekend at College Hill was a special one; it was Brown’s Annual Family Weekend! In the past couple of days, the campus was full of excited, confused and overall eager parents and family members of fellow students. The school and its many organizations set up awesome events and seminars for families to learn more about Brown.

I remember waking up on Friday from my weekly afternoon naps (yes, I take naps now. Welcome to college) and looking out to the quad and seeing so many adults. It was strange seeing so many older people on campus because most of the people here are students.

As an international student, Family Weekend was a very peculiar time especially because most of our parents were not able to make it from the other side of the globe. Many of my international friends joined other families for fancy dinners around Providence. It was funny seeing students have “surrogate parents” just for the weekend. The photo above is of my sister and my friend Andrew, who posed as my “proud parents” as we took a photo in front of the Van Wickle gates.

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On the Brown Low: Wonders on Wickenden

IMG_0753Ever wonder what there is to do once you step off Brown’s campus? Curious about what Providence has to offer? On the Brown Low will be your faithful guide! Be sure to check in every week with us, Lily Hartmann and Brianna Lambert, to find out about the best spots around Providence and Rhode Island!

This weekend hundreds of parents, siblings, and other family members descended upon Brown for a few days of fun and performances. Even though my family didn’t visit this year, I still got caught up in all of the activities Brown had to offer and almost didn’t see a reason to go off campus. Never fear though! It may have taken some real convincing (especially since my partner in crime Lily couldn’t come this week), but I would never let you all down! This time around I looked a little closer to home to find some off campus delights: Wickenden Street.

Wickenden is basically the older, hipster brother of Thayer St. The street is lined with small cafes and coffee shops, vintage stores, a certain snuggery that shall go unnamed, art stores, and a host of other types of shops. What’s more is it’s only about a 10 minute walk from Wriston Quad. Continue reading

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Blogside Manner: The Price is Right?

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This is where the PLME office is! Second floor on your right, for all of you future PLMEs.

Hello! I’m Lulu, a member of the PLME class of 2018/2022, and I am the writer for Blogside Manner. In this column, I will talk about the ins and outs of PLME life at Brown and, of course, the dreaded application process. Whether or not you decide to ultimately apply for PLME, I hope to help provide you with a better sense of what Brown is all about!

Since Brown’s and PLME’s early decision deadline is in a few short days (November 1), this post might be a bit late to be helpful, but alas. Maybe all of you procrastinators will benefit. This will be my first post on the admissions process for PLME (there will be more as we approach December), and will focus on what early decision actually means. Continue reading

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Pride and Prejudice: Sexuality and Religion…You Can Keep Reading I Promise!

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Hello Blogosphere! My name is Isaiah Frisbie and I am honored to be the writer for Pride and Prejudice. As a freshman myself, I came to Brown with a number of questions, many of which were answered within a matter of weeks while others remain open-ended. Perhaps one of the more enduring questions, one that may continue to be answered throughout the entirety of my Brown career, is how my own sexuality will affect my college experience. So, I have taken it upon myself to use this blog to contribute any kind of insight that I can about LGBTQ life at Brown and hopefully, in some way, help any student, prospective or otherwise, put some of those nagging worries to rest.

So, anecdote time! Honestly, what else is new?

WARNING! Sensitive Topic ahead!

Don’t run! We’ll get through this without any awkward silences or judgmental gazes.

After a three hour shift and a quick extracurricular meeting, I’m on my way to my dorm with my usual dose of caffeine (Starbucks) and I begin thinking about how I’m going to compose my post for this week. I had somewhat of an idea ready to tweak and mold into a coherent product when suddenly I was handed a coin. Taking of my headphones that had virtually deafened me to all external reality, I was able to hear the man that had handed me the coin. I don’t necessarily remember what he said but I think it suffices to say that he was a religious advocate.

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The Question: Shopping at Brown?

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Hi! My name is Gabrielle Frampton. I’m from Trinidad and Tobago but I grew up in China. I’m a sophomore concentrating in International Relations and East Asian Studies. I’ll be blogging for “The Question“. Together we’ll be figuring “THE ANSWER(s)” to your questions, and maybe even some of my own, about life at Brown.

Personally, I love shopping…perhaps a little too much. But let’s face it college is expensive-and even though I work on campus and thankfully get support from my parents- I still feel like this:

Despite all of this I do occasionally go shopping. Luckily enough there are a bazillion options to satisfy all your fashion, grocery shopping needs on or near campus. 

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