Last Call: Lindsay Sovern

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.

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People might know me as…
The student who works in the History Department who will tell you how to find the bathroom. But I’ve really been working on crafting my mysterious senior persona this year, so I hope that’s kicking in.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of…
At my most sentimental I think I’m probably most proud of the friendships and communities I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of and build here. In less sentimental moments I’m just proud that I finished my thesis.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself…
Having dinner and drinks with friends and then either going to a party or chilling at home. There have also been plenty of Friday nights when I did my homework or just wanted some time to myself.

The best class/professor at Brown is…
Professor Hamlin’s African American Women’s History class was so good that it made me change my concentration to History as a junior. One time I told Professor Hamlin straight up that the only thing I need in life is her approval and she just said, “I know,” because, duh. But Professor Pollock, Professor Brokaw, Professor Evdokimova, Professor Shibusawa, and Professor Ralph Rodriguez also all get shout outs, for sure.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year…

  1. It’s way better to be a person who wears Crocs than a person who makes fun of people for wearing Crocs.
  2. It’s dumb to be intimidated by professors. They get paid to make themselves available to students, and if you admire and respect a professor then go chill with them in office hours.
  3. For friendships, dating, choosing extracurriculars, classes, and a concentration: pay attention to who or what gives you energy and who or what takes your energy away.

Ratty vs. V-Dub?
Ratty. I’m a Pembroke kid through and through, but I just feel like there are more opportunities to get creative in the Ratty.

The best random thing you did in your time at Brown is…
The only thing that comes to mind is actually really recent. I just joined Lisa Franklin’s intramural softball team called “Brown University Lacrosse.” But now that I think about it, I wish we’d just decided to call ourselves “Lisa Franklin’s Intramural Softball Team.”

One thing you wish you had done…
I wish I had joined the Student Labor Alliance. I think they do awesome work, and I wish I had made time to contribute.

After graduation, you plan to…
I’m going to Russia for some amount of time to be determined, and spending some time in Austin, Texas with my best friend (and freshman year roommate) Tiffany, but other than that nothing is really certain. Grad school in a couple years, definitely.

What’s the hardest class you’ve taken at Brown? If you could do it over, would you still take it?
I guess my Russian class this past fall semester was probably the hardest or maybe just the most annoying. The workload was nuts, but I would still take it. I like Russian.

What’s been the most rewarding extracurricular that you’ve been a part of during your four years? Why?
Facilitating FemSex was incredibly meaningful and it’s hard to imagine growing as much as I did any other way. Being accountable to a section of FemSexies changed a lot about how I think about anti-oppressive education and community. I was so lucky to work with three brilliant and loveable co-facilitators. I’ll be so happy if I ever find a way to be a part of another organization as intentional as FemSex. I encourage anybody to check out FemSex, whether they’re a Brown student or not (all identities welcome!).

Sum up your history thesis in one sentence, lolmythesis style.
Who run the world? A lot of the time it’s men, actually.
(“He Carried Himself Like a Man”: Gorbachev and Yeltsin’s Masculinities)

One piece of advice for underclassmen?
Not just for underclassmen, but: go to the Nelson Fitness Center between 3 and 11 p.m. on weekdays, find Hassan, and ask him how he’s doing.

Kate’s question: What’s your go-to Blue Room Sammie?
There have been many versions, but at the moment I go for a wheat wrap with hummus, balsamic vinaigrette, turkey, salami, grilled veggies, banana peppers, and maybe some tomato or arugula.

Who are you tagging next?
Doreen St. Felix. When Do drops a knowledge bomb, she leaves no survivors (sorry about the violent metaphor).

Question for Doreen:
Describe a time when your parents were right about something and you were wrong, OR
What’s the wisest thing your parents ever told you?

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