(Pre-)Frosh-cessities: What to expect at ADOCH

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This is exactly what College Hill looks like when you first arrive.

Getting into Brown feels awesome, but before you come visit there are a few things that you should be ready for.

Warning: This article will deal with more meaningful things to expect rather than simply run through the typical nuggets of wisdom: “bring a toothbrush,” “three days = three pairs of underwear,” etc.

First and most importantly: You are not “too cool” for anything.

The train ride to Hogwarts: All of the accepted students are invited to sit in the back two cars of a particular Amtrak train that is reserved for Brown. The trip to Providence can be a long one, especially for the kids coming from D.C., so your experience will come in waves:

  1.  It will be awkward. You’re hungry and it looks like some people already made friends so you’ll feel behind.
  2. Everyone warms up to each other… eventually. Then they have cute pre-frosh conversations for about an hour.

The pendulum will swing back and forth between these two states as you are all constantly reminded that the train ride is longer than one hour.

Your hostUnderstand two things:

  1. Brown’s midterms literally last all semester long, so your host may be really stressed out.
  2. You are coming to visit a few days before Spring Week Weekend.

The host that seemed super excited to host you a few weeks ago may act weird. It’s important to stay calm and not judge him/her. You’ll be sleeping on his/her floor, and that’s it; that’s the only dimension of your symbiotic parasitic relationship. Sometimes, hosts are awesome and make your ADOCH experience, and sometimes they aren’t, but you will find awesome current students during your visit – it just may involve leaving the dorm.

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