Last Call: Jesse Frank

Until the class of 2012 up and leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things the class has been up to. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here.

Then + Now

People might know me as… People definitely know me as a Sigma Chi bro. I think (really hope) that people who get to know me find there is a different side to me, but Sigma is a label that I carry with me.

Gabe’s Question: What’s your go-to meal on College Hill? One of my favorite things about Providence is the food, so this is a tough question, Gabe. Undoubtedly though, my go-to meal is Haruki Express. In fact, it is possible that I single-handedly have put the Haruki children through college because I go there so often. “Ruks,” as my friends and I affectionately call it, is a good, quick meal that is consistent. After seeing Jiro Dreams of Sushi last week at the Avon, I was reminded that Haruki may not be a world-class eating establishment, but I love what it brings to the table nonetheless.

What is the greatest lesson you learned through your time in Sigma Chi? I mastered the skill of wearing pastel colors and backward hats… But seriously, I learned a lot about conflict resolution and how to work with others. Any time you are part of an organization of more than 100 people, differences of opinions are going to come up. Learning how to talk through those successfully was a big lesson for me to hold onto when moving forward.

What was the best part of being an ENGN9 TA? Any great Hazeltine moments? The party at Professor Hazeltine’s house afterward is a great tradition. He is such a big deal at Brown — he has impacted thousands and thousands of students. Getting to talk to him in a small setting was really special. Also, his house is like a museum. I am pretty sure he has been to more places than Carmen Sandiego. Hearing his stories, especially about his trips to Africa, is amazing.

After graduation, you plan to… I am moving to Alabama and doing Teach for America. It was really nice and I’m honored that Gabe tagged me because I am doing this. I am very grateful for everything that I’ve had in life but really wanted to try something different after graduation. I had some great teachers growing up and I know how big of a difference that can make. I have the idealistic view that I am doing this to help kids and I hope that is true. But at the same time I also hope to do this to challenge myself and to gain a new perspective from it. It would be great if my two years (at least) in Alabama will promote some self-growth and teach me a thing or two about life.

What are you most excited about in anticipation of moving to Alabama? Roll Tide!  Aside from the serious stuff I mentioned above about self growth etc., I am really excited to get into college football. Being from the northeast, I really don’t know what big time college football is like. I am excited to have a team to root for.  

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… I’m really proud of the friends that I have made. This may seem superficial or easy, but let me explain. I love that at Brown in every conversation you have with a classmate, whether it is in the library or out on a Friday night, you are going to learn something. I have been lucky enough to surround myself with friends who challenge me every day. I was recently talking to my mom and getting nostalgic about my four years at Brown. One thing that she commented on was that I was lucky to have made such a close group of friends. Now that I am a week away from embarking out of the Van Wickle Gates to the real world, I can rest assured that I have made some lifelong friends and I think this is something to really be proud of.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… Hmmm, how do I answer this and not appear to be a complete tool? Fridays often start at our house with a pretty small group of friends watching sports or DVRed Jeopardy episodes while we get ready to go out. Then we usually go out to meet up with more people — it is anyone’s guess where that will be. It could easily be a party at Sigma Chi or Spats but probably almost as often it will be a lower key get together at a friend’s house or dorm.

A quick side note: Seniors, do you guys remember Liquid? I went occasionally as a freshman but was always a bit intimidated. I feel like that would’ve been a great place to spend our senior Friday nights.

The best random thing you did in your time at Brown… I have two things. The first is more general. I had a lot of random conversations with strangers at Brown who subsequently became friends. People at this school all have interesting stories and possess different talents, temperaments, and convictions. You can learn a lot and have a really great experience by having a random conservation with someone.

Secondly, I took part in the Battle of Kadesh reenactment on the Quiet Green on April 20 a few years back. It was hilarious to see people from pretty much every social circle running around slaying each other with swords. I honestly have no idea if my side was victorious, but I think everyone who took part was a winner that day.

The best class/professor at Brown is… One of my biggest regrets of Brown is not getting extremely close with any professors. It would be nice to be able to say here that Professor So-and-So is the best because we really got to know each other and worked together to cure world poverty. But I am going to give the nod to Wendy Schiller and the American Presidency class (it would be cool if she read this). Professor Schiller asks a lot of her students and that can be intimidating. But, honestly, it is nice that she expects the best from us and it felt great to rise to the occasion. Also, her swag on Bill Maher was awesome.

Three things you wish you knew freshmen year…

  • 1) Take some risks. I was lucky to have friends who pushed me from day one or else I feel like I might have been complacent and easily settled into a routine. Some of the coolest things I did at Brown, whether it was having Ruth Simmons over for dinner or taking a crazy road trip to Canada, involved a certain degree of risk. Stay within your moral boundaries and don’t sell out, but try your very hardest to stretch yourself and try new things.
  • 2) Take Intro to Art and Architecture (Oh, that is another favorite class of mine) to get some base art history knowledge. Then spend a ton of time at the RISD Museum. Some of my friends like to tease me for how often I go there. I love bringing friends to walk around and chat or sometimes I just go own my own to clear my head. We have an amazing, free resource right next door and make sure you check it out at least once.
  • 3) On nice days it’s great to jog/walk/run to India Point Park and Prospect Park. Take advantage of the rare beautiful weather and get outside and enjoy it.

Ratty vs. V-Dub… I love the V-Dub salad bar and obviously Chicken Finger Friday is amazing…. Having said that, I have to go with the Ratty. Gail is a Brown legend.

One thing you wish you had done… Apparently Snoop Dogg killed it on Spring Weekend a few years back. I had a minor cold and decided to sit it out and recover. In retrospect, that cold would’ve been fine if I had rallied and gone to the concert. Oh well.

Who are you tagging next? I’m going to take this thread in a new direction and tag Stefan Kaluz. I’ve known him since freshman year and I think he always goes out of his way to meet people and be nice. I really respect that.

Next up: Stefan Kaluz
Jesse’s Question: What is your best memory at Brown? 

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