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.….

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Last Call: Hillary Jacobson

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 girl that reads super quickly? It’s something that seems so normal to me, but never ceases to fascinate others.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… my friends. They are kind, thoughtful, inclusive, genuine, fun, weird and love to eat. They are my explanation to anyone who asks if I’m happy I chose Brown. I’m proud to know them.

On Friday night, you might find yourself… at the end of one of two extremes. Either reading a book and falling asleep by 9 or seeking out a party with friends.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year…

  1. You can declare your concentration anytime, not just second semester sophomore year. The earlier you declare, the sooner you get a concentration advisor who can help you navigate the concentration.
  2. Ran Zan on Hope St. They actually have acceptable sushi with fresh fish. It makes me crazy that I went through almost all of Brown not knowing this.
  3. 90% of the boys you will have a crush on will turn out to be gay.

Ratty vs. V-Dub… No eatery on campus offers enough healthy options, although the oatmeal at both the Ratty and the V-Dub, and the salmon at the Ratty are surprisingly wonderful.

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Last Call: Mark Valdez

 

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… the boy with too many pairs of Warby Parker glasses who watches too much television.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… coming in second in BlogDH’s Senior Superlatives for “Most Likely to be on SNL.” It would have been too much pressure to live up to if I’d won.

On Friday night, you might find yourself… singing “Friends in Low Places” or “Out Tonight” at The Boombox.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year…

  1. You’re not going to find love in the next four years. So, stop looking for it. You’ll be happier.

  2. I can’t sing. My high school drama director lied to me. I was cast in leading roles, so I thought I could sing. I got to Brown then never got a callback for any acapella group or musical.

  3. My parents know, so just tell them already.

Ratty vs. V-Dub… V-Dub forever and ever. I met my best friends at the V-Dub the night before classes, so I consider it a magical place. I’ve missed only a handful of Chicken Finger Fridays. I’ve grown close with Celeste, one of the BDS workers, and I’m already tearing up thinking about saying goodbye.

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Last Call: Darian Surratt

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… Darebear, Naomi, Leila, or Layla.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… managing to watch all four seasons of Ugly Betty, among other things, during Fall 2014 finals. I’m extremely proud of my level of dedication and followthrough in this instance, and I hope it will translate to other things I do moving forward.

On Friday night, you might find me… convincing my reluctant friends to drink and go out with me and falling asleep before we make it out of the apartment.

Three things I wish I knew freshman year…

  1. CAPS exists and they’re literally there to listen to you talk about your issues, however big or small. I wish I had known that it was not only okay to ask for help, but that we might all be a little better off if we could admit that sooner.
  2. Read Morning Mail!!! A lot of people miss really cool events on campus because they don’t read it. (p.s.: sometimes Heavy Petting is only advertised on morning mail and you don’t want to miss that)
  3. If you shop a class that you’re excited about and find yourself bored while sitting in, DON’T TAKE IT (unless you have to). It probably won’t get better, even if the material looks really interesting.

Ratty vs. V-Dub… Ratty with my bffs Uday Agrawal and Abby Plummer.

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Senior Send-Off: A new kind of school spirit

Then + Now

Then + Now

Brown has found itself atop a lot of rankings lists, some more useful than others. BlogDH covers them all. We’re infamous for having once been the university with the happiest students (it was like 6 years ago, leave us alone!). And we’ve done it while being pretty smart and sexy, too.

None of those rankings, however, would ever deem us a spirited student body. That’s a University of Michigan or Duke or Alabama thing. Indeed, Brunonians often take an ironic sort of pride in their lack of school spirit. We ham it up for “Brown State” during Homecoming; we don’t even know the fake words to our fight song; most of us don’t have a clue what our football team’s record is, even in the rare year that we’re kind of good.

I believe Brown students’ lack of school spirit is a serious problem, and it’s making our campus less engaged, less united, and less safe.

And when I talk about school spirit, I’m talking about something that means so much more than supporting a university’s sports teams. This isn’t about how many people showed up for the night game against Harvard or how many different Brown sweaters you own. It isn’t about whether or not you’ve given to the Senior Gift Committee (though you should!). This is about how much stock each of us takes in the label “Brown Student.” Right now, that trait, just about the only thing that we have in common — except, perhaps, a love for Dave Binder — doesn’t matter as much as it should. From what I’ve seen in the past four years, the consequences of this undervaluing of what it means to go here have been dire. This campus is without question more divided than it was when I came here.

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Last Call: Uday Agrawal

Uday

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… Udy-booty.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… Putting up with my crazy but lovable roommate(s) for the past 4 years.

On Friday night, you might find yourself…
 At Kabob and Curry!

Three things you wish you knew freshman year…
  1. You can print directly from your laptop to PAWPrints.
  2. Tea in Sahara is the best place to pretend to study, and the Watson Institute is the best place to actually study.
  3. The best way to save money is to participate in every single research experiment and go to all the events with free food.
Ratty vs. V-Dub… Ratty, obviously.

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