BlogDH Panel: Why Brown?


With decision day (May 1st) rapidly approaching and the reality of college setting in for high school seniors, BlogDailyHerald presents its latest panel. Staff members were asked one simple question: Why Brown? Here are some of their responses. 

“Brown has the coolest people of any university in America.” – Liam Trotzuk

“Brown makes you into an actively self-motivated person by providing you with LOTS of freedom…But, there’s still obviously a safety net both literally and in the community vibe, so you feel comfortable taking those risks… [The] open curriculum really is a huge deal! No requirements is so awesome!” – Jacob Koffler

“We have a great sense of humor (professors, administrators, and blogs included).” – Caitlin Dorman

“Impressive, motivated, and [very] smart peers, but also nice, chill, and supportive. The open curriculum is really so key — I can’t imagine actually being forced to think of gen distribution requirements when picking classes. Providence is really artsy and fun — great restaurants, museums, music… all the hills work out your gams. The grading system (ABC NC, S/NC, and just not having NCs show up anywhere outside of Brown) sounds ridiculous when I explain it to my friends at other schools but I think it really supports the idea that Brown provides us with a safety net. It allows students to challenge themselves and try difficult [and] new things without worrying about the grade as much.” – Kenji Endo

“We’re in an artsy, fun city but still have the feeling of a campus and community.” – Julia Elia

“Close to Boston/Newport/NYC; super strong arts community and [very] talented [people] here; connections [you] meet and network of alumni [you] can’t get at a lot of other places; [being a Brown student] makes [you] a better/more open/more informed person.” – Danielle Perelman

“Proximity to RISD is key!!!!! Our campuses overlap!!!! Providence is home to the ‘principal art museum for the city, state, and southeastern New England,’ so proximity to Rothkos, de Koonings and Matisses is also a bonus. And out of all the Ivies, Brown has the best Henry Moore.” – Edith Young (she’s technically a RISD student, but whatever…)

“I love how people at Brown are always down to chat about really important issues. Despite Brown’s reputation of being politically homogenous, it never ceases to amaze me how many interesting and nuanced perspectives you’ll hear as soon as you start talking with your peers around you.” – Charlotte Bilski

My own thoughts? There’s simply no other undergraduate institution in the world where you will grow more as an academic and as a person. The community, the student body, the courses, the open curriculum, the campus, the location, the constant open dialogue, the professors, the connections, the diversity, the opportunities, the academic integrity, the social life — they’re all geared towards making sure that you gain as much as you possibly can out of your college experience. Essentially, in my humble (and obviously unbiased) opinion, Brown’s the best school in the world. (Also worth noting: the food’s good.)

Image via Jason Hu ’16.

Yale, Dartmouth, UVA and More Imitate College Hill Troll Community

It seems the whole meme revolution has gone viral. If you missed “MEME-ism: ‘-Isms’ in Internet Culture, Phenomena and Trends” yesterday at the Underground (why you would ever turn down free Shanghai is beyond me), you can still get a sense of how widespread Insanity Wolves, Success Kids, and Condescending Wonkas have become just by stalking browsing the Facebook meme pages of various colleges and universities.

Brown’s very own meme page — The College Hill Troll Community – Br.U.Mad? — has over 1,170 followers and has proven to be relevant as it posts timely material; the page absolutely blew up yesterday after the tragic announcement that the V-Dub would be closed for Chicken Finger Friday.

Bold thinking, Keanu.

While Brown, naturally, was a pioneer with its Facebook page, certain unnamed schools in New Haven, Hanover, and Charlottesville, among others, seem to have jumped on the meme bandwagon. All three sites have gotten hundreds of followers in just a couple of days, and the growth doesn’t look like it will slow down any time soon. Stalking these pages is kind of like listening to inside joke after inside joke that you’re not a part of, but we just seem to keep doing it anyway. Some memes that we understand (and some that we don’t) after the jump.

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