BlogDH Explains: Academic Advising

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Meiklewho?

At this point, you’ve moved into your humble abode with your new roommate. You’ve experienced the awkward circles of eager freshmen that form at the Ice Cream Social. You might have even experienced your first college party. You’re thinking, “this is [insert expletive of choice] great!” While you’re experiencing all of these things for the first time, it’s easy to forget the reason why you came here: to learn. Luckily, we’re here to remind you.

Classes start this Wednesday, September 4. Fear not, however, for you won’t be entering the process blindly. At Brown we have a comprehensive academic advising system for freshmen called the Meiklejohn Peer Advising Program. Each of you has a Meiklejohn (pronounced like pickle but with an “m”) who is an older student that has gone through everything you’re about to experience. Your Meik is the ultimate source of knowledge for you and the most valuable resource for all things related to Brown. If don’t know something, your Meik can point you in the direction someone who does.

In addition to your Meiklejohn, you have an academic advisor who will help you decide what classes to take, as well as what steps you should be taking to accomplish your goals (or even help figure out what your goals actually are). Tomorrow morning you’ll meet both of your advisors for the first time. Here are a couple tips to keep in mind when you meet them:

  1. Open up to your advisors. Actually give them the chance to get to know you. As a freshman, it’s easy to want to seem like you know what you’re doing. The truth is that most of the time you’re lost. And that’s perfectly fine. The advising program is here to help you! Your Meik and faculty advisor can help you best when they truly know you, your academic and extracurricular interests, and your concerns. Continue Reading

Blog Odds: Brown Scramblers

Brown scramblers

Our school’s social activity online becomes increasingly weird and intriguing with each new outlet. First we took the step from innocent eyeing to full-on baring. When that got out of hand, we reverted to anonymously complimenting. We got tired of that, so we moved on to criticizing and eventually admiring. Now, as a new semester brings new possibilities of online entertainment, it looks like we’re about to start…scrambling? If you haven’t already, meet Brown Scramblers, the newest entry in Brown students’ eccentric online lineup.

At this point, the whole thing is still shrouded in mystery. The title alludes to the well-documented Senior Scramble phenomenon. The profile’s 515 friends (hopefully all Brown students) are currently staying tuned for the “Big Event.” Its “About Me” and cover photo make it unclear whether it’s referring to sexual exploration or eggs. It turned 21 last week.

We’ve heard a lot of the buzz and theories about Brown Scramblers over at BlogHQ, but we’re still not sure of the profile’s purpose or what this “Big Event” during spring is. Until we figure it out, we’ll enjoy playing the odds. Here are some of our best bets on Brown Scramblers’ endgame:

An event for sexually adventurous seniors to meet each other, make eggs, and make out upside down while wearing beanies- 3:1
The most sound bet based on data gathered from the Facebook page.

A Brown speed-dating event- 7:1 Continue Reading