Last Call: Nate Thomas

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” chains here.

Then + Now

Then + Now

People might know me as… Natalio, or “that boy who doesn’t even go here.”

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… finding out what I really want. Cliché, I know, but Brown is a really distracting place, and everyone wants all of your time. So if you don’t know what you want, you’ll end up doing a lot of things not worth the missed naps.

The best class/professor at Brown is… Health, Hunger, and the Household with Prof. Foster. When you find out what economists really do, it can make you (almost) want to get out of bed at 9 a.m.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year… 1. Saferide On Call will take you literally anywhere, if you know how to work it. 2. Tequilla is NOT your friend. 3. Tempted to repeat #2, but… Complaining is a lot more fun when you do it with people you like, and if you do it loudly in the SciLi Mezz.

What’s one thing you did in your time at Brown that you never saw yourself doing freshman year? When I came to Brown, I swore I would never take a math class ever again. 7 semesters later, I somehow ended up with an Applied Math degree. I also never thought I would take an Africana Studies class, but there’s something about Brown that drives you to take classes relevant to real life, and the department got me hooked after I accidentally showed up to one class.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… at home, in sweats, watching Netflix with my roomie before I suck it up and trek downtown to forget the week.

What are you currently watching on Netflix? EVERYTHING. I just finished bingeing on House of Cards, so now I’m on a Dexter grind. And obviously a little bit (read: a lot) of Archer. I’ve got a soft spot for questionable TV, so there might be a little bit of Bridalplasty thrown in there for good measure.

Ratty vs. V-Dub? The Ratty just has a hold over me. Plus, you can just sit there all day and pretend to do work.

The best random thing you did in your time at Brown is... almost getting married so I could live off campus with my best friend senior year (still trying to convince her it’ll work out).

One thing you wish you had done… traveled around Providence more. I know the Hill is steep and everything, but there are definitely many things to eat/do off of College Hill.

After graduation, you plan to… move to New York before Med School (Ed. — Nate is PLME) and play tennis every day after brunch.

What’s the hardest class you’ve taken at Brown? If you could do it over, would you still take it? The pre-med in me is screaming Orgo, but Statistical Inference is actually hell. You don’t even feel right telling people you’re in Stats, because that doesn’t do it justice. Would I do it again? I heard Sociology is a nice concentration.

What’s been the most rewarding extracurricular that you’ve been a part of during your four years? Why? Senior year, a group of students got together and founded Intertia. Our group is all about enhancing the experience of minorities in science, and we’re actually doing it! It can be a bit intimidating to take on 250 years of Brown, but there’s nothing like being confident in what you know is important and refusing to take no as an answer. It’s also about being able to leave our mark on Brown and know that when we walk through the Gates, this place won’t be the same as when we entered.

Sum up your thesis in one sentence, lolmythesis style. This drug might make arthritis a little less awful, maybe. One piece of advice for underclassmen? Google everything. There’s more than BuzzFeed and Tumblr on the interwebs.

Who are you tagging next? Meralis Lantigua.

Question for Meralis: How do you always come back from the island?

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