Did you really read Morning Mail? It’s a question we ask you from time to time, even though we know the answer is often a resounding “no.” And we get it, we usually skim or skip the thing too, even after its makeover. There is a reason, however, why we keep asking you that question: there are plenty of events worth checking out in the depths of Morning Mail, and now it seems like another student group has figured that out as well. Morning Mail Studies, a Facebook group started by Kayla Rosen ’14, hopes to increase attendance at the disparate events the nightly email advertises by creating a space in which people can post the events they want to go to and encourage people to tag along. There are only 46 members right now, but the group certainly has the potential to grow much larger in the near future.
Morning Mail Studies started out of a desire to get the most out of a senior’s last semester as an undergrad. As Kayla explained, “I’m a second semester senior. I’ve been getting Morning Mail for the past 3 and a half years, but I’ve gone to maybe 3 events every semester.” This semester, however, she has set a goal of going to 3 events per week. Though she admits that she has gone to a couple of events alone, Kayla has received plenty of positive feedback on her efforts. Highlights of her adventures have included a lecture by Taylor Branch, a historian of the civil rights era, and TWTP Remix, a series of workshops on issues like race, class, gender, and religion.
The one piece of advice Kayla has for younger students is this: “Your education isn’t just in the classroom.” Indeed, there are tons of cool events going on around campus on any given day (and often free food to boot). In reality, you can get as much out of them as any anthropology, biology, or MCM lecture. So read Morning Mail, and don’t make us (or Kayla) do it for you. Check out the group’s description after the jump:
I have read Morning Mail almost every night (because, let’s face it, I’m always awake) since freshman year, and every time I skim through cool lectures and fun events and many offers of free food, and never actually attend anything. On average, I’ve probably gone to two events a semester. So this semester – this last semester at Brown – I want to change that. My goal for Spring 2014 is to immerse myself in this campus community, and attending events posted in Morning Mail is a key part of that. I intend to go to at least 3 MM events per week. This group is open to anyone who wants to join in on Morning Mail Studies!
Here’s how it I see it functioning: please post events you see in Morning Mail that you will be attending. Then, others who also want to go to that same event can “like” the post or message you separately, and you can find buddies for attending events. Not only will this be a great way to explore more of campus and the amazing things Brown has to offer, but also a chance to meet other people or just hang out more with friends!
I hope you’ll join me!