Last Call: Anatol Gudenus

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

Then + Now

People might know me as… The weird European kid who went from wearing dress shirts everyday to never changing out of his sweat pants.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… Having served on the board of Buxton International House. Shoutout to Buxton: You are some of the most amazing people I have ever met and you have changed my life forever. One more time.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… Playing Call of Duty or FIFA until 10:00 p.m., then Ale House or GCB, and then finishing the night off at party in the Buxton suite or basement. 

 The best class/professor at Brown is… Best class is Economic Growth and best professor is Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro.

 Three things you wish you knew freshman year…
1. Providence is actually a beautiful city that’s worth exploring.
2. DO NOT TAKE ECONOMETRICS if you don’t absolutely have to.
3. Your time at Brown is short. Four years seems like a lifetime when you first start, but it goes by much faster than you think. Ergo, take advantage of every second of it.

Ratty vs. V-Dub?
Depends on the day. Ratty for Cajun chicken pasta and V-Dub on Fridays of course. But honestly, both are really quite horrendous.

The best random thing you did in your time at Brown is… Before I came to college, I served six months in the Austrian military, where I learned a number of marching songs. My Perkins friends from freshman year once asked me to perform them. So I proceeded to march around the quiet floor of Perkins in the middle of the night in my bathrobe, singing Austrian marching songs.

One thing you wish you had done… I wish I had had the chance to have dinner at President Ruth Simmons’ house when she was still president. She was amazing, and we all miss her.

After graduation, you plan to… I am going to be spending a couple of months in Austria, where I will be doing fun stuff like getting my wisdom teeth pulled. Late July, I will be moving to Mumbai, where I will be starting to work for the Indian company Mahindra.

What’s the weirdest item you have in your apartment? Can you take a picture of it for us?
It was a close race between the Team Santa drinking helmet and the Yoda bubble head figure, but ultimately Yoda won.

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In addition to being involved with BISC, Model UN, and ballroom dancing, you served as president as Buxton during your time at Brown. What was the most important lesson you learned from that experience?
No matter how many times ResLife knocks you down, you always have to get back up.

One piece of advice for underclassmen?
As generic as it sounds, I think the best piece of advice is to just follow your passion. Don’t do things just because other people think it’s the “right” or “proper” thing to do. Do what you love.

Daniel’s question: What are you most looking forward to next year?
I am most excited about experiencing the passion, beauty, craziness, and energy of India.

Who are you tagging next?
Mia Addis.

Question for Mia:
What’s the one story you will be telling people about your time at Brown in 15 years?

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