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 2012 up and leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things the class has been up to. To this end, we are (re)starting a series, Last Call, featuring 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
People might know me as… the Badmaash guy. I’ve danced on Badmaash, the South Asian fusion dance team, since freshman year, and I think it’s my most public involvement. It’s also one of the most fun. It keeps me sane and drives me insane. In a good way.
Nabeel’s Question: Who has had the greatest influence on you at Brown? Is it a cop-out to say my friends? I feel like I’m always being inspired by the people around me and constantly learning from them. Not that classes aren’t important — of course they are, and of course I’ve learned a lot with coursework — but I would be an entirely different person if I hadn’t been around such amazing people. Special shout out to my Badmaashies, Learning Exchangers, TWC family, and housemates.
Why’d you decide to join Badmaash? Do you have a favorite move? It’s funny, because when I came to Brown I saw Badmaash and sort of laughed… they were good, but I wasn’t especially interested in South Asian dance. Then I decided to try out spring of freshman year because two of my friends were going and we had practiced together beforehand. Now we’re the co-directors, though I’m still not sure how I got in with my awful audition. My favorite move is hard to express verbally, haha. My favorite style we do is probably bhangra.
What’s the culture like in the group? Do you guys rage or is it more of a community? Do we rage? Yeah, I guess we rage (especially at competitions), but it’s a community more than anything. I hosted a team social last weekend and after everyone left, my housemates were talking about what a close-knit community we are. I guess I take it for granted sometimes, but it’s pretty special. Dancing is so much more fun when you love the people you’re sharing the stage with.
On a Friday night, you might find yourself… at a Badmaash social or going out with my housemates. Or at the GCB. (Or sleeping.) [Read more →]