How Not to be a Freshman: The one where I have an epiphany

As of last weekend, my track record with the boys here at Brown was not too impressive.  It actually really only consisted of the Walk of Shame and one phantom-like boy whom I saw from afar at the Ratty.  He graciously gave me a polite half-wave.  I figured that this scenario would be college: random hook-ups, lots of parties, and never breakfast.  My friends from high school would often talk about the college dating scene and how it was withering, smothered to death by the giant presence of booty calls and DFMOs.  I always thought they were being slightly dramatic but after my fiasco the first weekend I wasn’t so sure.

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Sans Meal Plan: Experimenting at Brown

By now, we’ve all realized that, at Brown, experimenting to find one’s true self is not only practiced, but also widely encouraged. From experiencing other academic fields to making new friends to trying new activities (and, um, extra-curricular activities), experimentation has long been central to the Brown dogma. So, why stop there? Now it’s time to get freaky in the kitchen!

I’m going to let you in a little secret: playing with recipes and doing what I call “throwing a whole bunch of stuff together and seeing if it tastes good” is one of the most rewarding and therapeutic activities you can do. That, and it is the ultimate time-waster — just sayin’. I’d always been under the impression that while cooking rewards experimentation, baking punishes it. However, after being inspired by some of my favorite food bloggers out there, I decided to go out on a limb and try and create new recipes (for both “real” food and sweets) just for the sake of experimentation. I was met with some major successes and even more epic fails, but hey, it beats that 200 pages of reading I was supposed to do for section today (#SeniorSpring)! Continue Reading

Four Things I Learned From Ichiro Fujisaki

Ichiro Fujisaki, Japanese ambassador to the US, rolled into campus today to give a talk on Japan’s current state of affairs.

Sometimes these lectures can be hit-or-miss. For every Scotsman giving an impassioned rant there’s a Leslie Chang talking about the book you didn’t like. Thankfully, Fujisaki delivered with interesting content and a playful presentation. For those who missed it, here’s a quick list of what I took away from his talk:

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