Wise Fools: What if I Don’t Want to Party?


Curious about sophomore life and learning at Brown? Here you hear about the best and worst parts of being a second year at Brown.  Follow a Wise Fool (from the Greek sophos or wise and moros or fool) and aspiring Classicist Hannah Liu around Brown and the surrounding area as she explores from a student’s point of view. 

At a lot of schools, there are no other options meet new people and have fun on the weekends if you don’t want to party. At Brown, there are always other options, even on the weekend that is known for partying.

This weekend, as I’m sure you know, was Spring Weekend. This is a time when you can have loads of fun attending big-name concerts arranged for students, by students, right here on the Main Green on Friday and Saturday evenings. This year we had a number of acts from Andrew Bird to Ms. Lauryn Hill to Diplo. Many students went and had a great time, but there are also options for students who don’t want to go to the concerts.

For example, this Friday I chose not to go to the concert and instead work and hang out with my friends. Though there are not many activities planned on campus (other people and organizations don’t want to compete with Spring Weekend for attendance), it has been easy for me to find friends who also weren’t going to the concert both this year and last year. Also, since many Brown students are occupied, restaurants that would usually be crowded on Friday night or Saturday afternoon have ample seating! My friend and I had dinner and dessert on Wickenden Street (see my earlier post for more information about Wickenden Street), and then worked on homework in her apartment. When we went back to her apartment, four other friends also joined us to do work together.

There are also other events that take place before the concerts that are lots of fun even if you aren’t attending the concerts like barbeques, scavenger hunts, student group gatherings, and more. Spring Weekend is in fact prime time to find free food on campus!

If you want to go to a concert, but lights flashing and people jumping around isn’t your scene, there is a third informal concert on Sunday. This is what we call “Binder” (yes, like the office supply).  This is a really fun concert of songs like “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” and “American Pie,” sung by a really amazing fellow who comes down from Boston every year named Dave Binder.  My picture of this event is above, and behind me there are just as many people listening on picnic blankets.  It’s a great time if you love singing along to all your childhood favorites and soaking in the sun.

With all of these options, it’s impossible not to enjoy Spring Weekend just the way you want to!

What are some questions that you have about Brown?  Is there anything specific that you would like to read about in Wise Fools?  Please email me at Hannah_Liu@Brown.edu with any suggestions, comments, questions, or concerns!


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