“So… what are you doing this summer?” — maybe the worst question since that dreaded “Where are you heading next year?” you might have gotten from relatives, your dentist, or strangers your senior year of high school.
Have no idea where to start your search? Have no idea people did things over the summer? Blog has you covered with an overview of some different options, especially for you precocious but overwhelmed first-years.
Some students stay at Brown to take classes over the summer. It’s a great opportunity to take a class you might not have time for in your normal schedule during the year, or to get a concentration requirement out of the way. Despite the shorter term, each class counts as a full course credit because they meet more frequently. You can take up to two courses a summer, and up to four summer classes can count towards your degree. Classes are paid à la carte. Here’s the current course catalogue for Summer 2016. Pre registration for summer courses runs from April 1 – 21.
You can also take classes at another university and petition for transfer credit. This needs to be arranged through the Dean of the College, because Brown’s course hours might not match up with the other school. If you’d like to get credit counted towards your concentration, you should double check with the department, because often departments are strict on what courses can fulfill a Brown equivalent.
RISD classes are also offered during the summer. Note that while RISD classes are included in Brown tuition for the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms, Summer classes are not included. More information here. Up to four RISD classes can count towards your Brown degree.
If you’re sticking around Brown for the summer, whether for classes, research, an internship, or something else, you can pay for Brown summer housing, or get a sublet in the neighborhood (there are always many options available, as juniors and seniors who live off campus desperately want to find subletters). You can also apply to be a Summer@Brown residential assistant (for high school students) and live in dorms over the summer for free. Many students enjoy spending the summer in Providence, for the free concerts and events, the warm weather, or for the change in pace and community from during the year.
Pre-registration is upon us once again. In case you haven’t even thought about pre-registering because it’s freaking November and who are you to think more than an hour in advance, here’s your warning: Seniors register at 8 a.m. Tuesday (tomorrow), juniors on Wednesday, sophomores on Thursday and first-years on Friday.
Whether you’re deciding between that upper-level CS class and an experimental literary arts class or an 8 a.m. Monday lecture and a Friday afternoon seminar, BlogDH is here to help. Just remember: the secret to a great schedule is selecting courses based on their name alone.
We present the Spring 2016 course superlatives:
AMST0912: Unsettled Things: Objects and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century America
…likely to have the best field trips
ARCH2744: Egyptian Art in New England Museums
…likely to have the most dangerous field trips
LITR1230: Latin American Death Trip
CLPS1720: Human Resilience
PHP1680: Tobacco, Smoking, and the Evil Empire
BIOL2350: The Biology of Aging
MUSC0221: Electroacoustic Improv Ensemble
…likely to bring out your inner child
PHYS0113: Squishy Physics
MCM1700: Theory for Practice/Practice as Theory
ENGN1480: Metallic Materials
…likely to blow up Barus & Holley
PHYS1170: Introduction to Nuclear and High Energy Physics
…useful on a Saturday night
PHP1520: Emergency Medical Systems: An Anatomy of Critical Performance
…practical for crossing Thayer St.
ENGL2901C: Pedestrian Theory: Walking, Working, Waking
The time of year has come again to ignore your current classes and focus on future endeavors, like
Spring Weekend next semester’s classes. While we can’t guarantee the enjoyability, ease, or practicality of these following courses, their titles have a lot to say. Presenting, the 2015 fall semester course superlatives:
- …Alliterative HIST0522 Reason, Revolution and Reaction in Europe
- …Pessimistic AMST1250 Gravestones and Burying Grounds
- …Optimistic LATN1110 Comedy
- …Realistic PLCY1700 Crisis Management
- …Ambitious PHIL0450 The Meaning of Life
- …Meta COLT2650 What is Critique?
- …Likely to Czech Your Privilege CZCH0410 Czech View of Self and Others
- …Likely to Induce Paranoia PHP0100 Statistics is Everywhere
- …Likely to Induce a God Complex ENGN1520 Cardiovascular Engineering
- …Likely to Be Nominated at the 2015 Academy Awards ENGL1050 True Stories
- …Anachronistic ENGL0310 Shakespeare: The Screenplays
- …Specific HIST0658 Walden + Woodstock: The American Lives of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Bob Dylan
- …Comfortable ENGN2912 Soft Matter
- …Confusing Description of “Event-Appropriate Attire” CHIN0920 Business Chinese
- …Risky Topic for a Lecture Course COLT1812 On Being Bored
- …Risky Topic for a Seminar GNSS2010 Pembroke Research Seminar in Feminist Theory: Fatigue
- …Self-Aware Meninist HIST1965 “Furies from Hell” to “Femi-Nazis”: A History of Modern Anti-Feminism
- …Artistic STEM Course MATH1530 Abstract Algebra
- …SO Last Week POLS1120 Campaigns and Elections
- …Likely to Find Love at Whole Foods CHEM0360 Organic Chemistry
- …Blunt ETHN1890 Johnny, Are You Queer: Narratives of Race and Sexuality
How do you pick what classes you take each semester? Do you check with your advisor to see what you need to do in order to finish your concentration? Do you ask your friends what their favorite class has been? What about your parents and pets? Do you post on Facebook, soliciting the opinion of all 1,484 of your friends? Or, do you click that link below the course description on Banner and check out The Critical Review? Though we haven’t done a scientific analysis of the answer to this question (yet), I can imagine the last option is an important part of your decision-making process.
Without much public acknowledgment, the men and women behind the website, perhaps even as much as Meiklejohns, faculty advisors, and friends, seriously influence what you do with your academic life at Brown. And with pre-registration continuing through Tuesday afternoon, the insights the website provides are again center stage for many Brown students. I would argue that few student groups have the reach of The Critical Review, yet their members rarely find themselves in the spotlight for their work.
At Brown, we do have one binary: to take one’s shoes off during class. There is no “sometimes I do,” and there is no, “well, I slide my feet out halfway.” No, no, no. Let’s not be silly. You might think that halfway insertion of foot into shoe doesn’t count because no one can see it, no one’s paying attention, and no one can tell. Well, everyone can see it, everyone is paying attention, everyone can tell, and, most importantly, everyone can smell it. You either are the person who takes his shoes off during class or you aren’t.
Brown is a safe space where students are encouraged to feel comfortable in all situations. I appreciate that, and I appreciate the fact that our 9a.m. seminar makes you feel at home. However, I still struggle to comprehend why you need to take your shoes off, and how you ever so casually do it and feel okay with it. You don’t see me taking my bra off in the middle of class because it would be more comfortable for the ensuing hour and twenty minutes of sedentary discussion about 16th century Russian political philosophy.
Is there a difference in severity between those who unleash a bare foot and those who wear socks? I’m not quite sure. Sometimes, the bare foot means the shoes smell horrific. The socks usually smell like shit by themselves. So I suppose it’s a lose-lose.
A quick question I’ve been longing to ask: If you do take your shoes off, why do you rub your feet against each other? I’ve never really had a compulsion to do that before.
While being one of the people who take off their shoes during class is a binary, the severity of each specific shoes-off situation does, actually, fall on a spectrum.