Hi there! I’m Laura Muñoz, a Freshman from Miami. I’m your Students of Color Perspectives blogger and I’ll write about what it means to be a proud (First-Gen, Feminist) Cubanita here at Brown (the best school on Earth).
At Brown, you’ll undoubtedly learn so much over the course of just one semester. Not only will you learn an overwhelming amount of information in your classes, but you’ll also learn from your classmates and unit-mates, just by virtue of being around them. But there’s one aspect of college which actually makes up a huge chunk of the university experience- lectures by professors and visiting speakers. In high school, I never even thought about lectures as taking part of my college experience, but I would urge all incoming freshman to attend them. Lectures and talks are a great way to learn new material in a field you’re interested in, a way to learn the about a specific topic without having to take an entire class on it, and they can even be a way to meet the professors and speakers.
At Brown we are fortunate enough to have incredible professors and a constant influx of visiting speakers who want to be in dialogue with our community, so you should of course take advantage! Since you will probably find you barely have time for your schoolwork and clubs during the week, it will definitely be difficult to follow through with plans of attending a lecture. A tip I would give would be to search for one lecture once a month and make it a goal to attend, setting aside that time at the beginning of the month. Lectures that are available can be found through:
- Brown Morning Mail
- Flyers around campus
- Department websites
- Concentration DUG Listservs
- Facebook events
- Professors’ announcements in class
Once you begin attending lectures I promise you’ll be hooked! Take advantage of these on campus opportunities because they will probably be less available to you once you graduate from Brown.
If you have any questions, comments, or just want to chat, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Seriously, do. I love talking about Brown. I’m obsessed with this place.) Gracias!