Senior Send-off: Finding happiness at the happiest school on Earth

Then + Now

Then + Now

People might know me as: “Merbz,” The Best Mom of the Class of 2014, proud history nerd, or the former Editor-in-Chief of BlogDailyHerald.

…well, at least that’s what people would say at this particular moment in time. My time at Brown hasn’t been characterized by a single or static set of experiences; it’s been a journey of self-discovery, trial-and-error, and exploration.

My friends and I have been thinking and talking a lot about happiness lately. We’ve been actively reflective about how much we’ve changed in these formative four years, and how different we feel from the earlier versions of ourselves who walked through the Gates back in September 2010. As Commencement Weekend creeps closer, I’ve noticed how my sadness about graduating manifests itself in my final days at Brown: trips on trips to (and drinks on drinks at) the GCB, hugs and snuggle sessions, and an active effort not to take any part of Brown for granted. Although it may seem like sadness is the inverse of happiness, this isn’t necessarily so; they are vastly different emotions, but our sadness about leaving this place goes hand in hand with the happiness many of us have developed throughout our time here. As we change contexts and transition from an insulated college campus to the slightly more terrifying “real world,” this sadness and nostalgia for Brown is essentially our happiness in a different form. In other words, it’s an indication that we’ve done as much as we possibly could to make the most of our four years. But happiness isn’t necessarily that simple.

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People never know how to respond when I tell them that I was once on Brown’s Varsity Softball team.

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Diplo released a new bootleg pack with a picture of a Furby

Here’s some JOURNALISM!: Diplo just released a new bootleg pack (i.e. playlist) on Soundcloud to celebrate the milestone of achieving 1,000,000+ Facebook likes.

This is an interesting development for two key reasons:

1) You can escape the doom and gloom of the #SCILIFE and relive the glory days of Spring Weekend by listening to these tracks (in addition to these more general study jams).

2) The supporting image on the pack is of a FURBY. A. FURBY. The official mascot of Spring Weekend. It’s like it knew we Brunonians wanted to relive Spring Weekend—both in terms of the music and the company.

FYI: We plan on doing the same thing when we reach 1,000,000 likes on our Facebook page. Well, we’ll start with 2,500. Help us get there!


Last Call: Marc Briz

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.

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Then + Now

People might know me as…  Jeggings. Golf sweaters. Rockefeller Library resident. Laughter that has no respect for quiet spaces. History and Middle East Studies concentrator with an affinity for the following buzzwords: queer ontologies, digital nonfiction, discursive violence. Coffee.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of…  Making friends I’ll want to play with until I’m 88. Seriously, I can’t get enough of these kids—and that will bring me more warmth than any resumé bullet point can muster.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… I’m definitely dancing. Most often in a crowded living room. I’m relentlessly trying to conjure my hometown Little Havana, Miami and all its hip swings and yelling and aggressive gesticulating. I’m a whirlwind of limbs. And it’s all a result of a magical, Isabel Allende-inspired upbringing. It’s my best form of prayer.

The best class/professor at Brown is… An impossible question. Best lecturer is Robert Self. Best seminar faciltator is Maud Mandel. Best humble radical is Amy Remensnyder. Best office hour holder and Twitter user is Shiva Balaghi. Best (anti-imperialist) writing mentor is Naoko Shibusawa. Is it obvious I love my department? Continue Reading


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. Continue Reading


Last Call: Doreen St. Felix

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.

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Then + Now

People might know me as… The Girl With a Hoop Earring. My cumin addiction is big talk around town, too. Also, I spend a lot of time editing The College Hill Independentwhich was recently shortlisted for a Pulitzer. So that’s that. But if you want the real me, the serious, the unadulterated, the “I’m not a girl, not yet a woman” thing, check @dstfelix.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… Black Girls. That’s the title of my nonfiction thesis. It’s a collection of essays—about my mother, Lauryn Hill, Michelle Obama… there’s even a little thing about Lil Kim in there too. Why did people stop listening to her? And I’m most proud of black girls. The beautiful women walking around this campus, they make me proud to be a part of that sisterhood.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… face down, ass up, in the downward dog position. I think it’s super important that one center oneself before engaging in any shishinou. That’s French. I also just made that word up. So after aligning my chakras, I love to just roll down to the west side on my bike, Isis, and find a dance party. 

The best class/professor at Brown is… the class you make outside of the classroom with your intelligent, wondering, and off-beat friends.  Continue Reading


Last Call: Lindsay Sovern

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.

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People might know me as…
The student who works in the History Department who will tell you how to find the bathroom. But I’ve really been working on crafting my mysterious senior persona this year, so I hope that’s kicking in.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of…
At my most sentimental I think I’m probably most proud of the friendships and communities I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of and build here. In less sentimental moments I’m just proud that I finished my thesis.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself…
Having dinner and drinks with friends and then either going to a party or chilling at home. There have also been plenty of Friday nights when I did my homework or just wanted some time to myself. Continue Reading