Snapshots of Brown: It’s That Time…

Week 6

Welcome to Snapshots of Brown, your destination for pics of Brown all year long! I’m Celina Stewart, and I’ll be bringing you little photo insights into my third year on Brown’s campus. What’s up this week? Let’s take a look… 

Aight phes – here’s the deal. College is a germy time. Between close proximity in dorms, shared showers (they aren’t that bad, I promise), and sticky floors at parties, your immune system will probably work out more than you will. That being said, follow me after the break to learn more about how Brown helps you out- and how you too could be as confident as that hardcore looking microbe in this week’s snapshot. 

Today I got my flu shot. Every year, Brown sponsors free flu shots in the student center- if you’re over 18, you can just walk in and grab one (not literally; they have legitimate health care professionals administer them). Seriously, it is so easy that at 11:44 (I have a discussion section at 12, mind you) I was just ordering at Starbucks. Gold card app at the ready, I was out and walking towards Faunce by 11:52. At 11:54, I emerged, shot sticker in hand, prepared to face whatever the influenza feels like throwing at me this year. Within a ten minute period, I had coffee and an immune boost- what more could a girl want?

Free flu shots aren’t Brown’s only means of helping students protect themselves and maintain their health. Health Services offers lab facilities for blood work, a full pharmacy, and practitioners from a variety of fields to help students with nearly everything that may ail them. If you need a specialist- Ear, Nose and Throat or Optometrist- Brown can recommend you a local specialist, many of whom accept Brown’s insurance policy if you’re covered through the University.

If you have a prescription from home, the pharmacy staff is incredibly helpful with transfers. Or, if you run out of a prescription over the summer (oops…) they can help you to refill so that you don’t need to spend additional money at home.

Another great feature about Brown is the fact that sexual education is a huge deal on campus. There, I said it.

Not only does every Residential Peer Leader, Women’s Peer Counselor, and Minority Peer Counselor have safe sex supplies (condoms, dental dams, and listing of where students can find additional supplies- we have supply vending machines!), but Brown actively endorses programs that help students to understand the resources available to them and ask questions to get more information.

week 6 part 2

As you can see, our Community Advisor (what RPLs turn into when you’re not a first-year) has a variety of items on her door, and a whole listing of resources.

Additionally, Brown is one of the leading institutions in the US that actually allows students to use the insurance to offset the costs of gender reassignment surgery and counseling, which is a huge asset. No matter how you identify, Brown will help you to be as safe, comfortable, and informed as possible.

That being said, if you have the chance- please get a flu shot and keep safe this winter!

Have questions or comments? Want more details? Send an email to celina_stewart@brown.edu and I’ll get back ASAP!

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