Last Call: Hannah Estlund

Then + Now

Then + Now

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 this year’s other “Last Call” chain here and our RISD “Last Call” chain here.

People might know me as… that horseback rider who loves to bake and has a really cute puppy.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… well, it’s still a couple of weeks away, but May 24th baby!

On Friday night, I might find myself… at my apartment drinking wine with the roomies, or stealing my dog from my mom’s house nearby.

Three things I wish I had known freshman year…

  1. Don’t be scared! This is one of the hardest universities in the country, but you can succeed. And you will!
  2. It’s never too late! People here always want to meet more people and make more friends. Embrace it.
  3. Don’t save your bucket list until senior year! Start ASAP.

Ratty vs. V-Dub… Neither. I’ve been off meal plan since sophomore year. Even freshman year, I only went in to a dining hall to get Lucky Charms. I’m a vegan and mostly I cook for myself, or spend all my money at Wildflour in Pawtucket.….

The best thing you did in your time at Brown was… going to nationals in 2012 with the equestrian team. We won third place and it was one of the best experiences of my life!

One thing I wish I had done at Brown is… stepped out of my comfort zone a little bit and tried something new. That’s what college is for, but as a freshman it all seems too scary and as a sophomore it already feels too late. Don’t be fooled!

After graduation, I plan to… sleep. For a week or six.

What’s the hardest class you’ve taken at Brown? If you could do it over, would you still take it? Oh gosh that’s hard. I’ve taken many classes that really challenged me, but they did so in different ways. I would say Intro to Gender and Sexuality Studies was one of the most challenging, just because it was so different than any other class I’ve taken. While it challenged me the most, it has also been my favorite class at Brown!

What’s the most rewarding extracurricular you’ve been a part of? Why? Through the equestrian team I was able to volunteer at Fox Point elementary, which was very rewarding. I nanny during the week and love spending time with kids; the more the better! Through the equestrian team I also helped out with Brown for Equine Therapeutic Riding, where we raised money for a therapeutic horseback-riding center nearby. I’ve volunteered at this center since middle school, so to see people at Brown working to help raise money for them was really great.

One piece of advice for underclassmen? Find your niche. Becoming part of the equestrian team at Brown was the best decision I ever made. Having such a large support system on campus is priceless. These support systems come in the form of Greek life, clubs, sports, a cappella groups, etc. Join one! You won’t regret it.

Hillary’s question: As a Providence native, what do you think is one great thing about Providence that Brown students constantly overlook or don’t know about? I think a lot of people don’t realize that there’s a lot more to Providence than just College Hill. There are so many cool places all over Providence and I hate that people don’t get to see that. I wish more students utilized the free access to public transportation that we have in order to see more of the city!

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