Little Victories: Finals edition

Little Victories!

With the cold winds sweeping through campus and the specter of finals looming large, an end of semester pick-me-up felt appropriate. Presenting Little Victories: December Finals edition:

1) When the first question on the exam is from the textbook and you did it the previous night: Exams are tricky. You never know exactly what to prepare or what devious mind-warping questions the professor will come up with. Under such circumstances, seeing a previously solved question is like sighting a friend amidst a crowd strangers – a wonderful feeling and the sense that everything is going to be OK.

2) When you are the first person in line at the Ratty omelet bar: There are a few things that make as scrumptious a breakfast as a freshly made omelet. Consequently, there is always a line at the Ratty omelet bar. Sometimes, by the rarest of occurrences (i.e. by getting up early) you will find yourself at the head of this gathering. When that moment comes, savor it. Fill the order form with a bold flourish and remember to glance at the large overhead clock to rejoice in all the minutes you just saved.

3) The blast of warmth that greets you when you return from your outdoor adventures: Providence weather in December is miserable. It is frigid and the gusts of ice-cold winds can penetrate through the thickest armor of woollens. In such conditions, walking between classes seems like a miniature trek to the Antarctic. However, every long journey has its reward, and for the brave 9a.m. class goer there is the life-affirming warmth that comes when you finally stumble into a campus building.

4) When you get tickets for an event just before they get sold out: Getting tickets for certain extremely popular events (like the Nick Offerman talk) is slightly reminiscent of the Hunger Games: there are limited spots and no shortage of contestants. In situations like this, only the alacrity with which you click matters. Many times you’ll be too slow on the uptake, and the dreaded “sold out” notification will appear on the webpage. But sometimes you’ll time the click just right and get the ticket minutes before they run out.

5) When you wake up feeling well rested: The fact that college students are sleep-deprived is widely-known. However, many well intentioned adults believe this is by choice “Oh young blood,” they mutter indulgently, little knowing that burning the midnight oil is often a necessity, not a whim. However, there are some days, though a precious few, when you wake up feeling well rested having partaken heavily of “tired nature’s sweet restorer.”

Good luck on finals, everyone! And remember to stop and appreciate all of the little victories around you.

Little Victories: November Edition


Little Victories is a series about the ‘small, universal pleasures’ we find around campus that make us the happiest student body in the country.

“The sharks are coming,” my professor said as he wrote down the date of the second midterm. There were audible groans from the class. As I looked around the room, I saw row after row of yawning and bleary eyed students. The semester has clearly taken its toll on the populace, and a Little Victories post seemed to be the perfect remedy to counteract this widespread malaise.

1) When there are chocolate chip pancakes in the Ratty: There are few sights as welcome as the freckled brown Ratty chocolate chip pancakes. They are the sole reason many students wake up at all on Saturdays. After one bite of this succulent culinary masterpiece, you will immediately forget all of your academic travails and worries.

2) When your meal adds up to exactly one meal credit: The current value of a meal credit is $7.05. Several fiendish mathematicians were employed in choosing this number. As any student on meal plan will attest, it is nearly impossible to utilize your points completely. Students always end up having to use additional flex points or underselling their meal credit. But once in a while, a rare and powerful analytical mind (most probably an APMA concentrator) will send the Blue Room cashiers into a frenzy by making all their purchases add up to that elusive magic number — $7.05.

3) Arch sings: It doesn’t take an audiophile to appreciate the raw talent of the multitude of Brown’s a cappella groups. And when several of these vocal powerhouses assemble under one roof arch, there’s no choice but to stop, listen and be transported to a happier place.

4.) When it stops raining as soon as you step out of class: Providence rains are chilly and miserable, a stern reminder from the heavens above that ‘winter is coming’. However, occasionally these torrential downpours abate. And sometimes the rain will stop just as you tentatively step outside of the classroom. You are expecting to be drenched but instead escape with just a few residual raindrops falling from the trees and the sun slowly coming out of hiding from behind the clouds.

5) When you’re the first person in line for TA hours: Asking for help when you’re stuck on an assignment is almost always a good idea. That’s what TAs are for – more experienced students who are ready, willing, and able to help their peers. However, other students follow the same strategy and sometimes the TA lines seem to stretch even longer than queues at the VDub on Chicken Finger Fridays. But occasionally, by some fortunate combination of fate and location, you find yourself at the head of this serpentine line. The TA gets to you almost immediately, and as you look around and see the milling crowds, you feel relieved and slightly triumphant at your unbelievable luck.

Little Victories at Brown: Finals edition

(BlogDH) Little Victories

With finals in full swing, we thought a third and final round of Little Victories was a very necessary way to finish out the semester. Blog has been a little pessimistic with our 12 Days of Flogmas. We’re here give you a pick-me-up and remind you that the only reason you think you hate this place right now is because it’s finals—it’s definitely not because you actually hate it (you love it here, I promise). We present to you a holiday/finals themed round of Little Victories. You got dis!

1. When you get the free pizza at the Rock and the SciLi. Such a solid study break kept our somber students as happy as clams. If there’s one thing college students love, it’s free shit. Everyone knows that the best kind of free shit is free food. And how great are those mini-brownies they put out? It’s Domino’s pizza, too, a very high quality and expensive brand ( 😉 ). This is a prime example of Brown showing that it cares about us.

2. When you witness the Naked Donut Run by pure chance. The Naked Donut Run happens unannounced twice a year. That means that you have eight opportunities to witness it during your tenure at Brown (if you go abroad, only seven). The NDR is basically as anticipated as Beyoncé’s surprise album. Generally, you have no idea when it’s going to happen, but you know it has to happen. When a completely nude guy saunters up to you, toting his paper plate o’ donuts out of the blue, your jaw drops—you’re smiling, you’re laughing, and you’re always thinking, “wow, I love Brown” all at once. Continue Reading

Little Victories at Brown: Part 2

(BlogDH) Little Victories

Having a rough week? Struggling to finalize your Halloweek costumes? Need a little somethin’ to brighten up your day? We want to remind you how much you love this place by presenting to you Part 2 in our new series, ‘Little Victories.’ A literary booster dose of  positivity highlighting those little things that you can’t help but love. Here are the ten more ‘Little Victories at Brown’–the ‘small, universal pleasures’ we find around campus that make us the happiest student body in the country.

1. When you forget your laundry in the washer/dryer for a couple of hours and come back to find it unharmed. We all know and dread that moment… the moment when you realize that you forgot to collect your precious wards from that lawless land known as the laundry room. In a frantic burst of speed you head towards the dryer. Panting and out of breath, you anxiously peer through the machine’s window, and… find that your clothes are still there. You return back to your dorm cuddling them. While your unit finds your behavior disconcerting, you’re too happy about this reunion to give a damn.

2. When you can fit two cups under the water dispensers in the Ivy Room at the same time. If you place a giant cup under two of the water spigots, you fill it up in half the time. You’re also twenty times more excited to do something equally as cool as it is efficient while inebriated, hence the clutch-ness of the same water dispenser at Jo’s. You feel weirdly powerful and talented. How magical. Continue Reading

Little Victories at Brown: Part 1

(BlogDH) Little Victories

When was the last time you read a newspaper with a front page full of nothing but happy headlines? Couldn’t come up with a single instance? Neither could we. According to research presented on Lifehacker, this barrage of negative news has an alarming side effect on readers, training them to focus on the negatives rather than the positives. For example, a Brown student adapted to this mindset would complain about the stress of midterms and forget about the privilege of actually being here. We get it; it’s hard not to.

BlogDH figured that a literary booster dose of happiness and positivity couldn’t hurt. Taking a cue from Neil Parischa, we present to you the first ten ‘Little Victories at Brown’ in BlogDH’s new series — the ‘small, universal pleasures’ we find around campus that make us the happiest student body in the country. Continue Reading