A Fresh View: Some Highlights

Hi everyone! My name is Jee Won Diane Kang and I’ll be your correspondent for A Fresh View this year. This column will chronicle some of my experiences as a freshman at Brown, and will include the highs and lows of that incredible journey.

Hi everyone! Welcome back to A Fresh View!

This week I’d like to do something a little different and take a break from the typical blog post; while normally, I pick a topic that was important to me during the week and take some time to talk about it, today I’m going to change it up.

This week was kind of weird in that it wasn’t particularly eventful. I guess it was as close to normal as one could ask for. And by that, I mean that is was complete pandemonium the entire time. The only predictable thing about college so far has honestly been its unpredictability. It’s honestly a gut-wrenching roller coaster of extreme highs and lows, and this week was full of them. In the spirit of the schizophrenic-esque whiplash that defined this week, I’ve decided to truly impart the craziness of this week by highlighting 10 moments that I feel really encapsulate the spirit of the college journey so far.

Let us begin…

  • I woke up at 8:50 AM for my 9:00 AM class across campus. I somehow managed to brush my teeth, get dressed, and run to class without being horrendously late. Honestly, praise be to these miracles that shine as a testament to the capabilities of the human body in a state of sheer panic.
When you wake up 10 minutes before your class across campus
  • I actually did not have time to shower for three days. It was a disgusting experience that I have not had in a while and one that I wish upon no one.
  • My teacher assigned me an 8-page paper and gave us 5 days to write it.
  • I got off on the wrong floor of the elevator and went into a dorm room that was most definitely not mine.
  • I watched The Lion King and started sobbing uncontrollably when Mufasa died. I just wasn’t ready for it.
  • I sat in the Ratty from 2:30 PM until it closed at 7:30 PM. And what an experience it was. I have yet to complete the Ratty challenge, but this has given me a taste of what it would be like to do it, and I’m pretty sure I’d be able to handle it.
  • I ate nothing but a banana and a spoonful of frosting all day. I highly do not recommend this and strongly advocate the consumption of regular meals to have any chance of being a normally functioning human being.
  • I wore Converse in the pouring rain and had wet socks. Being from Southern California, I was wholly unprepared for the extent of the terror this experience truly entailed.
When you wear Converse in the rain and you just want to give up
  • I stayed up until 4 AM talking to some really awesome people about a swath of topics, from K-Pop to classism. It was amazing. Until I had to get up for a 9 AM class that same day.
  • I took a nap for close to 6 hours, which is a glorious experience that everyone deserves to have at some point.

That’s all from me this week, folks.

Stay classy, friends.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments! You can reach me at jee_won_kang@brown.edu.


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