Wise Fools: Extracurriculars at Brown

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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.”

As promised in a previous blog post, this week’s blog post is about what it’s like to do extra-curriculars at Brown. College is difficult enough as it is. You are forced to live in large buildings with a multitude of your peers. You’re expected to balance school, a social life, while also getting a sufficient amount of sleep. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day for you to do everything that you want to do.  And then there’s the constant paranoia about whether you’re doing “the right extracurriculars” and whether they boost your resume or now. As a pre-med student, I have found myself constantly paranoid that I’m not doing enough to make myself look like a well-rounded candidate. But in hopes of saving you guys from taking on too much at once, I have decided to share my extra-curricular experiences while at Brown.

During my first semester of freshman year, I didn’t join any clubs. I felt that making the transition to college would be rough enough without having to worry about extra-curriculars. I allowed myself to check out the student groups during the second semester Activities Fair. I ended up writing down my contact info for about twenty clubs at an Activities Fair and was overwhelmed by the amount of emails that I received in the following weeks.

Currently, I’m involved in an eclectic mix of extracurriculars on campus. I am on the executive board of two on-campus groups: Society of Women Engineers and Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students. As my faithful readers know, I’m in a sorority. Within my sorority, I am the Head of Photography and the Leadership Chair. Because I’m Pre-Med, I also conduct bio research. I work in two labs, one where I work with fruit flies and study their longevity and one where I conduct ovarian cancer research on cell cultures. I also am the photographer for a student group on campus that specializes in throwing monthly socializing events for Brown students.

Partaking in extra-curricular activities may seem extraneous and you may be tempted to just use your free time to study instead. But joining student groups is an incredibly fun way to meet new people who share a common interest with you. It also gives you a very nice and necessary break from devoting all your time to schoolwork.

I think that the key to finding a good balance is allowing yourself to do one extra-curricular that furthers your career but also one that is just for fun. Additionally, these don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Ideally, doing an extra-curricular that is fun for you but also something that you’re passionate about.

Don’t write your email down on every organization’s list. You’ll just end up with seventy emails in your inbox a day, and you’ll overwhelm yourself to the point of not joining any clubs. Take it easy. We all know you were probably that kid that was president of every club in your high school, but that really isn’t how it works at Brown. Everyone here is incredibly involved and busy, but also ridiculously passionate about the things to which they devote their time. We’re so lucky to go to a school with such a diverse collection of student groups. Brown’s campus has an incredibly eclectic mixture of student groups and it’s almost guaranteed that there’s a group for everyone.

If you have any comments, questions, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to email me at christy_le@brown.edu! Thanks so much for reading and have a splendid day!

Until next week,

Christy

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