Be honest. One of the things that scares you the most about going to college is not knowing what the food is like. If you are worried about what you will be eating on campus once you arrive at Brown, look no further than Hungry As a Bear with Megan Kelly.
I love being in the kitchen, from stress baking during mid-terms to cooking Burmese dishes with my tutee. I cooked at home every single day, so coming to college was bizarre–no more cooking, food always prepared for me whenever I wanted it. The meal plan here is great and it’s definitely a lot easier to just grab food without going to the store, prep time, and clean up time, but I still feel most at home in a kitchen, so I’ve explored quite a few of them at Brown.
All the dorms on campus have some sort of kitchen. My specific dorm has an older kitchen than most freshman housing but it’s next to be renovated, but older doesn’t mean dysfunctional. Even the “old” kitchens here have perfectly good ovens, stoves, microwaves, and fridges. The stainless steel, gorgeous, five-star kitchens in Keeney have a lot more than that. Granted I’ve had to supply my own pots and pans and ingredients, but the kitchens have supplied everything else I could need. the kitchens have been a pleasure to work in. I’ve made pasta, jello, eggs, tea, espresso, every kind of muffin, cake and bread imaginable, and soup throughout the different kitchens at Brown. Believe it or not, nothing has ever caught on fire, and nothing has ever come out of the over raw.
There’s even an entire (really really cool definitely get in the lottery for it) called Kitchen Chemistry where you learn about why baking works like it does and then spend (really really awesome fun) lab time in the (really huge industrial make-300-cookies-at-a-time-in-one-oven) kitchen in our main dining hall cooking and baking and (sometimes) eating (after you write your lab report of course). Whether you grew up in the kitchen or can’t even boil water without burning it, Brown has the resources
If you have any questions about this blog or a question to be addressed in the next blog, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!