From Albania to Zimbabwe: BRIO!


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 just wanted to let you know about an organization I am part of at Brown called BRIO, or the Brown International Organization. Here is what the club really is: “a cultural organization open to any person in the Brown community that offers the opportunity to celebrate and share different traditions from around the world.” BRIO hosts many events that allows domestic and international students alike to explore and enjoy the

Many cultures and traditions that make up the diverse population at Brown.
I learned about BRIO through its famous parties that they host each month. I attended their first one on September, and instantly fell in love with their group. At this party, I met so many cool international students, both upper and underclassmen. I clicked with so many of the international students that I wanted to find a way to spend more time with them. BRIO was that solution. Continue reading

Posted in From Albania to Zimbabwe | Leave a comment

Wise Fools: Friendship After Freshman Year

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Hello all! I’m Christy Le, an enthusiastic but slightly sarcastic goofball who will be your second-year blogger for Wise Fools. Follow me on my tumultuous journey as I awkwardly stumble through my Sophomore year and courageously battle the vicious beast best known as “the Sophomore Slump.”

Hey guys!

You’re probably wondering why I’m such a flake of a human being and why this post is one whole day late (Jk, none of you care when my blog gets posted and I’m just telling myself that you guys care to fluff my ego).

Sophomore Slump Survival Update:

Anywho, the reason for the delayed post is due to the fact that this week, I struggled to find something to write about for all of you guys. This week was relatively stress-free (I use the term “relatively stress-free” loosely as I still had a lot to do but wasn’t drowning in an absurd number of midterms, lab reports, or problem sets this week). Life was delightful compared to previous weeks; thus, I was left with nothing to rant about in my blog. How tragic. Do cry for me. Sooo, what did I do with all this splendid free time?

Continue reading

Posted in Wise Fools | Leave a comment

On the Brown Low: A Pumpkin Spiced Adventure


Ever 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!

So it’s mid-October, we’re in New England, and the leaves are falling off the trees. Social media is flooded with pictures of people going apple picking and enjoying the crisp fall weather. With all the fall festivities happening at Brown and in Rhode Island in general, it was only fitting that we did something “pumpkin flavored” this week. Continue reading

Posted in On the Brown Low | Leave a comment

The Extras: Q&A with Brown Debate


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…

I’ve decided to change things up for you all this week! Instead of reading my rambling, I’ll treat you all to a different perspective on a highly interesting extracurricular here at Brown: the Brown Debating Union (aka BDU)!

Here to give us his perspective is BDU President himself, Alex Mechanick ’15!

Continue reading

Posted in The Extras! (Extracurriculars at Brown) | Leave a comment

Blogside Manner: PLME Perspectives, Part II


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!

Once again, another perspective on PLME! Here is the second installment of my interview series. Continue reading

Posted in Blogside Manner | Leave a comment

Office Hour: Professor Laurel Bestock


Hi! I’m Alina Joharjian, a first-year at Brown from Cranston, Rhode Island. Although I am plenty acquainted with life in Providence since I am a local, I am super excited to delve into the world of academia at Brown and take you on that journey with me! In the Office Hour column, learn more about the brilliant professors of the Brown community.

The idea of ancient cultures is one that, for certain, is not new to many of you readers. Remember when you learned about pharaohs, tombs, mummies, etc, back in middle school? I know, let’s not talk about those days… Well, those concepts are not so far away at Brown. Interestingly, the Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology and Art is one of Brown’s most popular courses. Highly recommended by many, this week I sat down to talk to the course’s amiable professor, Laurel Bestock. Continue reading

Posted in Office Hour | Leave a comment

Pride and Prejudice: Dating @ Brown


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.

Yes, we all knew this was coming. So we might as well just accept it and get through it with as few scars and psychological issues as possible. Right?

Dating at Brown…What am I saying? Dating in general…but in special reference to Brown.

I’ve been at Brown now for almost two months and I have already noticed a few things about dating and what is referred to the “hookup culture” on campus. Although I will spare you all the gruesome details-gruesome not as in explicit but rather disappointing- I will admit to the fact that I have, somehow in my short time here, had an experience in the college dating department.

Though it didn’t turn out as I had hoped, I’m nonetheless grateful that it happened because I was able to walk away from the ordeal with a few lessons in mind.

Here are some of the things I learned: Continue reading

Posted in Pride and Prejudice | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment