The Question: What’s the social atmosphere like up here?

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 11.51.01 PMAre you curious about Brown and what it will be like when you get there? Do you want to know more about what the Brown experience is all about? The Question has the answer to all of your inquisitions and uncertainties. Brought to you by first year student, Snap Chat enthusiast, and Long Island native Sam Savello, this blog section will fill you in on everything you should expect when coming to Brown. 

So you’ve learned about the college lifestyle at Brown, but you haven’t quite learned about the social setting. It’s time to explore the social atmosphere of the Brown Campus and learn about the types of interactions you may have on campus.

The Brown campus generally generates chill and relaxed vibes on a day to day basis. Aside from finals week when everyone seems to be drinking 8 cups of coffee a day and running on little to no sleep, most people are relaxed and calm throughout the year, creating an atmosphere that is both welcoming and relaxing. That’s not to say there is no stress…Many people are often stressed on campus, but that’s just a part of life–especially college life. However, the main difference between the Brown campus and other campuses is that there are many more outlets for stress and ways to prevent stressful situations than at other schools. The open curriculum, lack of general education requirements, and option to take classes pass fail definitely takes a lot of pressure off the students and gives them more room to explore their interests. As a result, Brown students tend to generally more relaxed, less stressed, and happier than students at other schools.

In terms of the social environment at Brown, it is definitely very diverse to say the least. No matter what you are looking for, you will definitely find it here at Brown. There are shy people who keep to themselves and have a small group of close friends, social butterflies who get to know lots of people all over campus, and almost everything in between. Through clubs, classes, and activities, you will get to know people and can find out which social atmosphere works best for you.

The best part of Brown is that people are not very judgmental or critical. With such a diverse student body, students are aware that everyone has their own perspective and way of doing this and does not feel the need to judge and criticize others for doing their own thing. One of the most common phrases on campus is “do you,” which basically embodies the Brown message of following your own path and figuring out what is best for you.

Hopefully, this helped clarify any questions you had in regards to social interactions/the social environment here on campus and will give you some insight as to how it will be when you come to Brown!

Do you have any other questions about what to expect at Brown? Email me at samantha_savello@brown.edu for more information and answer to your question.

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