Q:if my school doesn't offer honors classes should i mention that in my application?
Yes! Make sure Brown knows that you were taking the hardest classes you could and that there were just no options for honors courses.
Josiah: I was actually told that Brown investigates into schools it hasn’t heard of to check the courses offered, but if you’re feeling extra insecure about it, I’d go ahead and mention it in your application!
Q:I just sent in money through the mail to deposit into my Bear Bucks account so I can buy textbooks when I need to. I am thoroughly regretting that now because I realized I can buy textbooks for a much lower price using slugbooks. Is there anyway I can get the money back before the semester starts?
Well first of all, your Bear Bucks account is actually good for a lot of things: laundry, printing, vending machines, the bookstore (where you CAN get a lot of non-textbook books for cheap and you can rent textbooks easily) and on-campus eateries all take Bear Bucks. I don’t know how much money you put in that account, but over 4 years, you might very well use all of it.
If you need the money back ASAP, I think you might be out of luck. You get refunded when you graduate, but getting the money out of your account before that is tricky. Try going to the card office and asking for an exception, but the norm is to not grant cash refunds of your card balance.
Q:I know some colleges have this so I thought I'd ask, are the beds in the dorm rooms adjustable?
Some but not all of the beds are adjustable in freshman dorms. You really won’t know until you get there, but I’m pretty sure that the newer dorms (Keeney, Andrews, Miller, Metcalf) mainly have adjustable beds. In all other dorms, I’ve found it to be a crapshoot.
Q:I've heard that now the Brown curriculum isn't as open as it used to be... is this true?
Taking whatever classes you want as long as you graduate with a major and taking at least two writing classes (one before the end of sophomore year, and one before the end of senior year) still sounds pretty open to me.
Q:Hi, I will be a 17 year old freshman this fall. How will my age affect my social life? Thank you!
I was a 17yo freshman and it really didn’t affect my social life until my friends started turning 21. Be sure to make friends with some younger people to hang out with once your friends start going to the GCB (the on-campus bar that no fake passes at)!
Q:When I visited Brown in the spring, the grass looked sparse. Like there were patches on the Main Green that have eroded. Does Brown take care of stuff like that?
Hahahha, yes they do. Just after winter ends and again after spring weekend, the grass looks pretty rough but i’d say they got it together?
Josiah: Over the summer, they fence off huge portions of the grass to make sure it’s beautiful again in the fall. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. There are pretty much always students laying/playing/doing work in the grass, but I think Facilities does a great job of maintaining it. Seriously, you should see it the Monday after spring weekend..
Q:Is there an elevator in Jameson/Mead?
Yes! The only house in Keeney without an elevator is Poland/Everett, but you can sweet talk your RPL into letting you use the other elevators for move-in - they have card access to the doors in between the houses.
Q:Do you know what the kitchens are like in the keeney quad dorms?
The kitchens are super nice (aka stainless steel appliances and shit), and I’m going to be an RPL off-meal plan using them - so you all better leave it like or risk the wrath of Bruno.
Q:So this is weirdly specific and you might not know the answer -- when they converted the Miller & Metcalf singles to doubles, did they just add extra beds to tiny rooms or did they actually expand the rooms??
Haha they actually expanded the rooms, no worries. Brown doubles are actually rather large relative to other schools that I’ve seen.
Q:Weird question, but how's the water pressure in the showers at Brown? Specifically, EmWool?
Varies shower to shower. I LOVED my water pressure in EmWool (strong), but that wasn’t the case with some other showers in the building, haha.
Q:so this is kind of nerdy and boring but i was wondering what the best/most popular/quietest places to study are? I've never been to campus but I know there are several different libraries. Are some libraries used more for one academic area like is Sci Li primarily a place for science students to study? Are there any really good secret study spots?
THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES TO STUDY. I will not even attempt to act like I know them all. Here are a few popular options:
- SciLi— a place for intense cramming and all-nighters; usually more of a STEM place to do work, but great for last minute essay writing
- The Rock— home to a more laid back studying vibe; great for reading long books and essays; more humanities kids found here as well as senior thesis writers
- Your dorm’s lounge— close to home so a popular favorite, especially for first-years; more prone to seeing friends and getting zero work done
- Leung Lounge—we answered an ask about this place a few posts back
- Dining halls/eateries—studying with an appetite
There are also plenty of secret rooms, gardens, libraries, etc. to study in but, alas, they are secret for a reason. You’ll have to find them for yourself just like the rest of us, my friend. (Check out this BlogDH series for a few hints, though)
Q:So how hard are FYS classes generally? Is it feasible to take 3 FYS classes my first semester (assuming I take a non-FYS class as well) ?
It’s really hard to generalize all FYS because they are all so different. None will be especially easy, but that can be said of basically any college class.
I would say that you can of course take 3 FYS if you want to, but having three seminar style classes won’t really give you a good look at how a normal Brown schedule feels. I’d advise no more than two a semester.
Q:Does Miller Hall have central air? Please tell me so.
lol thats cute that you think dorms have central air.
welcome to college.