Last Call: Bridget McNamara

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the Class of 2012 up and leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things the class has been up to. To this end, we are (re)starting a series, Last Call, featuring seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here.

Then + Now

People might know me as…A field hockey captain and someone who wears a lot of backwards hats.

What will you remember most about your experience on the field hockey team? Definitely the camaraderie of the team: the dynamic that we’ve developed of being friends off the field and how that transfers to what we do on the field.

So how do you as a captain foster that camaraderie? There were three captains this fall and we did a really good job of including everyone from all four years — so, making a big effort to incorporate the freshmen into whatever we were doing as a team. We guided them and made sure that everyone was on the same page both in terms of field hockey and in academics and their social lives. We had the full picture in mind.

What is the best way to get your team pumped up before a game? We do a lot of, kind of, channeling aggression. We bang our sticks and do cheers before the game. But I think the main thing is making sure that everyone knows that they’re playing for Brown and that there’s school spirit and a team. That’s why you’re on the field.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself…At the GCB. 

The best class/professor at Brown is…That’s a really hard one. So far, probably Persuasive Communication with Barbara Tannenbaum. I’m taking it right now. I think it’s a really great senior class to take. It’s integrating all the knowledge I’ve acquired, finding out what’s important to me, and teaching me how to communicate that to an audience.

Three things you wish you knew freshmen year? (1) is you have to ask for help in any aspect of Brown. If you ask for help, there are people who are willing to give you great advice. (2) four years goes by incredibly quickly. Savor every moment. (3) There are a lot of different, interesting kinds of people at Brown, and if you take the time to branch out and talk to people different from yourself, that’s where a lot of my greatest learning experiences have come from.

Ratty vs. V-Dub? So hard! Ratty, unless it’s Chicken Finger Friday.

What is one thing you wish you had done in your time here? The SciLi challenge.

BlogDH: Which one?
BM: All of them. Any of them.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I’m working with a small education consulting firm in Boston. We’re basically contracted out by public school districts around the  country and we look to improve different aspects of the districts with the idea that it is a fiscally limited time for schools. So improving scores, improving teacher administration and leadership without increasing costs.

Who are you tagging next? I am going to tag Brian Cross ‘12. He is a really interesting guy. I think he’s done a lot at Brown; he does a capella and he’s in a lot of shows, but he’s an Econ major, so he kind of knows a lot of different people. He’s super cute and fun and he’s a friend of mine.

Next up: Brian Cross ’12
Bridget’s Question: What are you most passionate about?

Check back next week for BlogDH’s Last Call interview with Brian Cross ’12 and his answer to Bridget’s question!

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