Last Call: Daniel Pipkin

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2014 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things they’ve been up to. To this end, we’re (re)starting the series Last Call, which features seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. 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…
That guy always running to or from a meeting… OR that guy giving tours to prospective students.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself…
At the English Cellar Alehouse, Spats, the GCB, or all three. 

The best class/professor at Brown is…
POLS 1480: Theory of International Relations with Ulrich Krotz. It made me fall in love with IR.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year…
1) Grades matter, but at the same time they aren’t the most important thing.
2) Take time to enjoy just relaxing on the Main Green or taking an afternoon nap.
3) Bring a Xbox to campus and learn to play FIFA better.

Ratty vs. V-Dub?
V-Dub, duh. One word: WAFFLES!

The best random thing you did in your time at Brown is…
Freshman year, a friend and I had a huge argument over US involvement in WWII that end with us standing up on chairs in the Gate. It was then that I knew I found a home at Brown.

One thing you wish you had done…
Taken more time to enjoy the little things that make Brown special. I’m going to miss them. For example, I wish I would have taken an art class or two. I was really into pottery in high school and I feel I missed out on the opportunity explore that passion at Brown.

You’ve been involved in UCS, UFB, and other notable campus leadership positions. What’s the most rewarding part about being able to create and implement changes here at Brown?
The best part of making change is that you can see a real net positive in people’s lives. Sophomore year, I was able to work with the administration to secure free media services for all student groups. Last year, we started funding Service Groups and changed the UFB policy to find food, which was awesome! Also, the switch to the new shuttle system, B.U.S., free NYTimes and Microsoft Office, and the creation of Men’s Health Coordinator and Veteran’s Affairs office are highlights.

Describe the best day you ever had at Brown.
Spring Weekend Carnival during my freshman year. It was awesome to see everyone on the Main Green having fun.

You studied abroad in Spain. What was the most exciting part of that experience?
The most exciting part was really just being there. Living like a spaniard. Practicing Spanish. Eating great food. Hanging out in El Parque de Retiro. Staying out until the crack of dawn. All of it made the experience one I will never forget.

The best day in Madrid though was when I lucked out and got a private tour of the Bernabéu. I was, like, a foot away from Ronaldo’s locker. It was pretty sweet!

After graduation, you plan to…
I’m going back to Dallas to work for a year or two, then off to law school.

One piece of advice for underclassmen?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Yeah, that Orgo or Econometrics exam is going to be hard and important for your final grade, but in the long term, it’s not all that big. Enjoy the time you have here. Don’t waste it. It goes by so fast.

Who are you tagging next?
Anatol Gudenus.

Question for Anatol:
What are you most looking forward to next year?

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