Why Brown? A Q&A with some pre-frosh

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With Deadline Day around the corner, here is BlogDH’s latest installment in shameless Brown promotion Brown-related posts for the dearly beloved Class of 2019. Last week, two BlogDH staff members sat down with an assortment of pre-frosh and asked them what questions they had about Brown. Here are our answers:

How has your perspective of Brown changed over the years?

Julia: I came to Brown thinking it was an incredible place because it had incredible academic opportunities. That’s definitely true, but I realized within my first semester that what makes Brown incredible are wildly passionate and creative students. I see Brown now as a community instead of an institution.

What is your least favorite part of Brown?

Kevin: Personally, my least favorite part of Brown is the fact that it can become so easy to get consumed by the present moment. As soon as you arrive on campus, there are so many amazing and exciting things occurring all around you that it can be hard to look past the parameters of the Main Green. Providence is a really interesting city; however, because there’s so much going on around campus, it can be hard to pull away from College Hill and make the trek downtown. The same applies to the clubs you join and the activities you get involved with; once you invest your time and energy, it can become really easy to be blind to all of the other exciting happenings around campus. In other words, it’s really easy to lose track of all of the incredible opportunities that Brown and Providence have to offer because there will inevitably be so much going on in your life as soon as you get on campus.

What’s the best part of the Open Curriculum?

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BlogDH Panel: Why Brown?

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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.