Blogside Manner: Everybody Needs a Hand Sometimes

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!

Hello and congratulations to everybody that was accepted into the Brown Class of 2019! You have all worked hard, so take some time for yourselves. While we are amidst one that stressful post spring-break pre-spring weekend midterm season here at Brown, I thought it would be fitting to talk about resources and advising, especially related to the PLME program.

As most of you might have learned by now, Brown has a fantastic advising system that makes sure every student in the freshman class has a faculty advisor that will guide them through their first year of college. This is true as well of PLME, expect instead of a faculty member in an area similar to your declared interests, you are assigned one of the four PLME deans. Since a main part of their job is to manage the PLME program, they make themselves very accessible for anything that could come up and are all really nice people to talk to. As a PLME, you meet with your PLME dean probably more than a regular student will meet with their advisor, which I personally appreciate because it is good to be told that I’m on track in a semi-regular basis. Also, the deans plan things like bonding activities within the advising groups, which usually involve fun people and food. What could be better?

In addition to your faculty advisor, everybody is assigned a Meiklejohn, or a peer advisor. PLME believes in group advising, meaning instead of just one or maybe two Meiks, every PLME advising group has about five. So technically you get five Meiks, which is great because each of them brings a different experience to the table to give you a diversity of views. Also, since every PLME Meik is also a PLME, they know all of the tricks to the trade of living at Brown, so they are a great resource for more than just picking classes. They are always down to talk if you need an ear and are genuinely some of the nicest people you will meet at Brown. Plus, you’ll see the majority of them for the next 8 years, so you’ll always know someone you can talk to who’ve gone through your struggles.

Sorry that this post is a bit short (and late) this week. Spring weather is finally starting to show, so go enjoy some sunshine!

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email me at or comment below! I’ll make sure to respond as soon as I can!


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