Last Call: Leah Douglas

Then + Now

Until the class of 2013 grows 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.

People might know me as… the Market Shares girl. Which is great.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… my friends. They have become amazing, beautiful, strong, powerful, brilliant people and have pulled me up with them. I am also proud of my ability to avoid libraries, even/especially during finals.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… drinking bourbon at my kitchen table, entertaining some ladies, maybe hosting a small, impromptu dance party.

The best class/professor at Brown is… this is a tease, because the professor isn’t at Brown anymore, but taking and then TA’ing Sustenance and Sustainability with Kathy DeMaster defined my Brown experience. She showed me that there is a whole world of people studying and talking about food and farms, and facilitated an amazing community in the ES department. She also has a wicked sense of humor and consistently mispronounces “meme.” Good times.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year… That being stressed out doesn’t make you cooler. That you have three more years, and your whole life, to make friends. That you should stop trying to prove WHO YOU ARE, because I’m pretty sure we keep growing after college, and the most we can do is try to be good to each other and ourselves in these four years.

What have you found to be the most rewarding part about being involved with the Brown Market Shares Program? Working with my amazing co-coordinators and training new leaders. The other women I’ve met through the program are so amazing and inspiring, and have done so much to shape me and my time at Brown. And they also like to eat. Which is important.

Ratty vs. V-Dub… Ratty. But I don’t miss it.

(Lucy’s question) What is your favorite spot on campus to spend time? The UEL, the Environmental Studies department building. It has a garden out front and a kitchen and is full of amazing people. You can find me there 80% of daylight hours.

Favorite restaurant in Providence… if someone else is paying: Red Stripe. If I’m paying: Louis.

You’re a contributor to Serious Eats. What’s your favorite piece you’ve written for the publication? I don’t know about my favorite, but certainly the most epic was a cupcake taste test I did during the summer of 2010, when I interned at the site. I collected and sampled dozens of cupcakes across New York City and ranked my favorite bakeries. It was pretty epic. I still get e-mails about it. I don’t really like cupcakes though. THE IRONY.

The weirdest object I have in my apartment is… My great-grandmother left me this little stack of fake books that hides a small bottle of brandy and four shot glasses inside. It’s not that weird, but it’s definitely my favorite object. She apparently instructed my grandma not to give it to me until I turned 21, so last summer I shared a shot of seriously aged brandy with my 78-year-old grandmother and toasted to the memory of my great-grandma Ruth. That was pretty special.


One thing you wish you had done… Lately I haven’t been thinking about what I wish I’d done at Brown, but rather what I’m going to do in my remaining two months in this place. So far I’ve got: chill, frolic, play music, write, be a good friend, cook. Suggestions welcome.

After graduation, you plan to… hahahah. Thanks for STRESSING ME OUT, GUYS. Just kidding, I totally have a plan. Right now that plan is: live somewhere, eat some things, keep writing.

Who are you tagging next? Gladys Ndagire. I would to hear what my new and dear friend Gladys has to say about her time at Brown. She’s a special lady and has already taught me so much in our friendship. Share the wealth, Gladys!

Question for Gladys: If you could only bring one box of (non-clothing) items to your new apartment in NYC, what would be in the box?

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