Senior Send-off: Brown is a place of love and work

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Then + Now

I have this notion that our actions fall in one of two categories: they’re either rooted in the actions of “love” or “work.”[1] Think of your daily routine: you study in the library to work; you relax with your friends because you love them. It seems pretty basic now, but over time it gets a little more complicated. Love and work may start to compete with each other: tribulations of long distance relationships or the decision to go on vacation or finish a business project occur because of the ongoing tension between love and work.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that Brown is a place where love and work can flourish in harmony. It took me a long time to realize this. Continue Reading


Last Call: Rakesh Patel

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Then + Now

Until the class of 2013 grows up and leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things the class has been up to. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here.

People might know me as…
The funny guy who studies math and says “dude” and “bro” and “sick” way too much.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of…
Coming out of my shell, and learning how to relax and enjoy life. I’m still trying to figure out the right way to measure success, but I definitely got it wrong my first two years here. I was afraid to try new things, to meet new people, and to focus on anything other than schoolwork.

My friends taught me to balance work with fun, step out of my comfort zone, and smile a little more (a lot more). They keep me grounded! Continue Reading


The Weekly Dive: Aruba Steve’s

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Brent Grossman-McKee ’13 and Leslie Clark ’14 both contributed to this post. I love hitting up random dive bars on my own, of course, but friends make the trip exponentially more fun. 

In short:

Hours: 11 a.m.–2 a.m.
Attire: Swimsuit
Accepts credit cards: I guess
Ambience: Ocean-themed
Price range: $
Good for groups: If they can fit inside
Good for kids: Perfect replacement for the beach!
Takes reservations: No need
Outdoor seating: No way
Good for: Meeting drifters
Alcohol: Full bar, Fish-based drinks
Noise level: Loud-ish. Depends how drunk the singer is.

The long version: 

After a typical week of light working and heavy drinking, Leslie, Brent, and I decided to relax by going out. After some light drinking, we moseyed our way downtown with every intention of going to a typical bar, but on our way we got a little lost, on account of the drinking. Purely by chance, we found ourselves outside of Aruba Steve’s.
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Where in the world is Carmen Senior-diego?

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As a senior, I am worried that once I leave Brown I won’t have any college grads to mingle with. I mean, who knows if anyone really lives in this town called New York City?

Thanks to this new Facebook page “Brown ’13: Put yourself on the Map,” I’m able to see where other graduating seniors are living next year. The instructions ask the seniors to go to the appropriate Google Maps page and click on the city/state/country where they will be living next year. The student then writes their name as well as their location. If they would like, they can describe their job or plans for next year.

The map is a very creative idea and allows seniors to see the wide range of places and fields in which people are working. Another bonus is that you can connect with people, those whom you may have been acquaintances or colleagues with, and develop a more authentic friendship on the foundation of your Brown roots.

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The Weekly Dive: Captain Seaweed’s Family Pub

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We know there are only a few weeks left in the school year, but you need to find somewhere to drink on the cheap post-Binder. Let BlogDH guide you (totally seriously) through all the best dive bars to stumble into/out of on a warm spring night.

In short:

Hours: Random
Attire: Wear clothes… maybe
Accepts credit cards: Probably… I wouldn’t
Ambience: Trendy, maritime
Price range: $
Good for groups: Yes
Good for kids: Depends on the kids (and the parents)
Takes Reservations: No phone (actually)
Outdoor seating: Actually, yes
Good for: Dinner with Family, Date Night, Weddings, Corporate Events, Funerals…
Alcohol: Full Bar
Noise level: Deafening Silence

The longer version:

Tired of the numerous Brown parties and fun bars that Providence has to offer? Seeking the company of a lady with some more experience under her belt? If this sounds familiar, or if your budget is approaching that of a drifter, then Captain Seaweed’s Family Pub is the place for you.

Before heading down with a few friends to a new bar, it makes sense to research the place. The Facebook page for Seaweed’s boasts “Lonely…? Come let Captain Seaweed be your date!” It offers $6 pitchers along with a variety of lobster-themed deals. One satisfied customer raved, “Is there a new phone number? The one on the internet didn’t work…” If you’re anything like me, then this place sounded too good to be true.

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Last Call: Alice Leung

Then + Now

Until the class of 2013 grows up and leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things the class has been up to. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here.

People might know me as…the very loud girl in the Barus & Holley computer lab (B&H191) or the loud girl who reps the Bay Area and Derrick Rose a little too hard at Nelson or the OMAC.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of…the impacts I’ve made, the research I’ve done, and most importantly, the relationships I’ve built. I am proud to have made positive impacts on people and on projects/teams I’ve worked on/with. Similarly, I am glad to have learned so much from the people that I’m surrounded with. The people at Brown are truly amazing and the engineering community is a family. I had the honor of working in an incredible lab (Professor Angus Kingon) doing some cutting edge research in materials science. (If you to learn more about my research, email me and we can nerd out.)

On a Friday night, you might find yourself…playing ball at the OMAC or sipping wine or Bailey’s with my bestie, Isha Gulati, at 315 Thayer. Come see us. Continue Reading