Last Call: Dillon O’Carroll

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 2015 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 the other chain of Last Call here

Then + Now

Then + Now

People might know me as… Depends on where you find me.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… Not leaving the football team after I had to stop playing. I felt a strong urge to [quit], because I felt angry for my circumstances. But I always remember that I was in the 50th percentile in my high school and had mediocre test scores and would not be blessed to be here without them allowing me the opportunity. I’m grateful for the program and for the sport.

Also, athletes are people too and we enrich this school. I wish some folks at the BDH Opinions page would realize that. We can read, you know. We’re humans who sacrifice for the school’s name and promote the university. And sports create jobs, too.

On Friday night, you might find yourself… Don’t ask questions you don’t need the answers to. Besides, I’m only doing this interview so I won’t get fined.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year…

  1. I wish I knew Day 1 that President Ruth Simmons was going to step down.
  2. What Brown Charge is.
  3. The definition of heteronormative.

Ratty vs. V-Dub… The V-Dub is a cute family diner, but the Ratty has more character. Ratty. 

The best thing you did in your time at Brown is… Volunteering at Fox Point Elementary was the best thing I did at Brown. Freshman year, I got to become friends with a little kid named Josh in the special needs class there. He cut his hair in a ducktail, so I cut my hair in a ducktail too. Kids at Brown thought I was crazy, but Josh freaked out when he saw it. He loved it.
One thing you wish you had done at Brown is… I wish I had gone to more office hours. Talking to deans and professors seemed strange to me; it still does in a lot of ways.
After graduation, you plan to… I mean, God willing I have like 60-70 years to do stuff, so probably a lot of things.

What’s the hardest class you’ve taken at Brown? If you could do it over, would you still take it? British History 1600-1800 [with Professor Harris]. And if you got to go back in time, would you do everything the same? That would be boring AF.

What’s the most rewarding extracurricular you’ve been a part of? Why? Man, I’ve been blessed to have done so much with so many great people. Brown Football, Theta Delta Chi, Post- Magazine, SAPE. I can’t rank those experiences, because that wouldn’t be fair to me or them.

One piece of advice for underclassmen? Building a network is for schweens; try to build a community instead. Don’t be so damned wrapped up in competing with other folks here. No matter how hard certain people try to make it so, we’re not learning robots trapped on top of an isolated hill in some death match reality TV show. This isn’t the Hunger Games; this is our lives. Also, try to be grateful even when it feels hard to do so, and it does feel like that sometimes. That’s why we need each other.

Up next: Todd Baker

Dillon’s question for Todd: Chipotle or Baja’s?


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