Q:Do you think Brown University knows about this blog?
Q:I'm interested in applying to Brown ED this year, however, I couldn't find the answer to my question anywhere on the website/internet so, here it is: Would it be possible to double concentrate in IR as well as a foreign language? I know that the IR program REQUIRES one to take a language and I was going to take Arabic for that, (since middle eastern studies would pair nicely with it) but I also wanted to concentrate in Russian Lang/Studies on the side (learn 2 languages)... think it's do-able?
Sounds good to me, so long as you are very organized in your schedule making (I only say this because IR has a lot of requirements). But, yeah! I don’t see why not. You can always email or schedule an appointment with the concentration advisor, though, if you have more questions/qualms.
Q:Is the Leung Family Gallery a good place to study? I've heard that there's no rule enforcing quietness.
The intense shade thrown at noisy studiers is enough to make Leung Family Gallery pretty frickin quiet. I think it’s a pretty nice place to study, especially to read since there are lots of comfy chairs with individual lamps everywhere. There isn’t a lot of table space, so I wouldn’t recommend doing problem sets or anything like that there.
There are also tons of secret study spaces littered around the rest of Faunce, which I highly recommend.
Q:I'm an incoming first-year and didn't get into anything through the first round of the course lottery. The courses I was interested in weren't available in the second round, so I didn't end up entering. What now? Do I have any chance of getting into a FYS I'd like to take, or an FYS at all?
Where there is a will, there is a way, my friend. My advice for getting into any class that is “full” prior to shopping period:
Before classes start, I would try emailing the professor just saying who you are and that although you are know the class is full, you are still very interested in the class. More often than not, they will tell you to come to their class on the first day and sit in, and if someone drops you can have their spot. Show up to the class on the first day, and sit through the whole thing. Even try to speak up during the class if you can. Then at the end of class, go up and introduce yourself as the person they corresponded with via email.
Worst case scenario, you still don’t get in to the class which will suck, but you did all you could. However, there’s a good chance at least one person will drop, and if you’ve shown interest early on the teacher might give that spot to you. By talking to them early on, you’ve essentially put your name at the top of the wait list. Many teachers also expand the cap size in order to accommodate more students.
I used this method to get into a FYS my first semester, as well as two other classes the next semester. It works!
Q:hi! I'm going to be a freshman at Brown this fall =D is it worth getting a fake id? would I use it a lot? thanks!
This is a great question and really depends on a few things, mainly you. If you plan on going to bars and clubs a lot, then I would definitely recommend getting one. Also, if you plan on potentially hosting lots of parties in your room then I’d look into it. Otherwise, having one is definitely helpful but not necessarily vital.
Now you probably have no idea what you’ll be doing in terms of drinking, but, personally, I went my entire first year sans fake and was fine. I would say that if you are unsure, hold off because you can always get one after you get here and after a few weeks or so you’ll have a better gage of how much you’ll need one. If you really are in dire needs, I’m sure you’ll meet plenty of people who will have fakes and won’t mind getting alcohol for you.
But, like I said, it really depends on you anon!
Q:Hey, I've been looking through the course catalogue on Banner (soon-to-be freshman here) and for most of the courses, it's hard to tell what the prerequisites are. Is there a good way to tell which courses would be realistically available to freshmen versus which are meant for upperclassmen? (Ex.: I'm looking at COLT1420, The Fiction of Relationship. Could I take that my first semester?) Thanks so much!!
So it really depends on the department. For example, the class you are talking about is in the Comparative Literature department. This department doesn’t require very many prerequisites or previous department experience. On the other hand, for a department like Political Science or absolutely any STEM department you may want to stay in the lower numbers your first semester. In general, 1000 level classes tend to be more advanced.
EDIT BY BRUNO: I was on vacation this weekend but I took Fiction of Relationships as a freshman and felt fully prepared. Also, it was the best class I took at Brown.
This probably wasn’t too helpful, so here are two things that may help more:
- The Critical Review- this is a website run and written by Brown students in which people who have taken classes give you the down low. While I’d take these reviews with a grain of salt in reference to opinions of teachers, boringness, etc., they do tend to be helpful when judging work load and difficulty. Most reviews will let you know if previous experience in the department/topic was necessary or not. Sometimes they’ll even say how many people per class year took the class.
- But, more importantly, shop the class. Going to a class that you are curious about during shopping period is pretty much always the answer to your burning questions. When in doubt, shop.
Q:what's your favorite character on game of thrones (the show, because the book has spoilers)?
GREAT question, anon.
I’m going to have to go with Tyrion mainly because I just love his sense of humor and generally believe that he is one of the few people in Westeros who has good intentions. Arya takes a close second. Having said that, both of these characters have certainly taken dark turns within their character arcs kind of complicate the way I feel about them. So much Hound love—I cannot even express. (Is it obvious that I love anti-heroes?)(Lil Jo)
This is cruel.
Oberyn Martell is dead and I hate everything so we won’t count him. I love Lady Olenna, but fucking over Tyrion was not cool. I love Tyrion, but my favorite thing about him was his strong opposition to resorting to murder so… (also he was already taken by Lil Jo). I’m really starting to LOVE LOVE LOVE Sansa, but after hating her/being depressingly bored by her for so long, I feel like she’s a weird choice. Podrick is adorable but not well enough developed enough to be a favorite. Let’s go with *drumroll* BRIENNE OF TARTH. Danica Liu sums it up: ‘she’s got "trailblazing feminist badassery," because she refuses to fulfil the traditional female role expected of her’. As a butch straight woman in a land where the femmes are often fairly into each other, Brienne is making really amazing strides in feminism. Also her relationship with Jamie is compelling and her relationship with Pod is hilarious and she’s so honorable that she named her goddamn sword Oathkeeper. An all-around amazing lady (Bruno).
Q:As a prospective student, would it be possible to attend Brown and maintain abstinence? A quick reading of The Blog Daily Herald's sextion leads me to believe otherwise.
Sextion is just for fun—don’t be scared off by it! There are plenty of people on campus who practice abstinence. As with most things at Brown, you can do (or not do) whatever you want and no one will really pressure you either way. Most people tend to mind their business about that kind of stuff.
If you do find yourself around people who make a big deal about your abstinence, I would probably recommend finding new people to hang around. (You’d be surprised how easy that is to do!)
Bruno response after the jump, because it’s long
Q:How do people usually keep their clothes? Hangers in a closet or folded? Also, can you talk a little bit about wardrobe? I'm coming from crazy weather desert Texas so I have no clue what to expect!
Honestly, this totally depends on the person. All rooms are provided with dressers and a closet/wardrobe.
Providence weather really varies throughout the year, as with most northeastern locations. The first few weeks is really hot and humid, so you are going to want to wear really light material.
After that, for the next few months, the weather alternates between comfortably hot, windy, dreary, and (mainly) rainy. For this period, its really hard to say what you should be wearing. I would recommend preparing to wear lots of layers i.e. sweaters, cardigans, light jackets, scarves, etc. Brings lots of rain gear because it really does rain a lot.
From about late November through March/April (it can be pretty unpredictable), its gonna get cold, especially to your standards. Again, layer, layer, layer. These layers should be a little heavier—add hats and gloves. It will snow a few times, so look into snow boots of some sort. It can also get really dark, especially in February, which has nothing to do with clothes but I feel like non-northeasterners didn’t expect that. Sprinkled in there towards March it can be randomly hot, or at least that’s how it was this past year. Don’t be fooled into thinking winter is over, it’s probably not.
From mid or late April through those last weeks of school in May, Providence weather can be pretty damn spectacular. Clear skies, lots of pretty nature, great temp, and so on. Expect to wear summer-ish clothes while lounging on the Main Green. Spring in Providence is honestly the absolute best; it makes those dark days of Winter worth it. Luckily, it’s just in time for Spring Weekend and Senior Week! Look forward to those days.
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Q:Hi! Do you know when incoming freshman find out about their living situation/roommates?
It varies year to year, but in my year we found out the beginning of August. You’ll know by August 15th at the latest - because that’s when RPLs (RAs) get their resident rosters!
Q:When is the best time to start ordering textbooks, considering shopping period and everything else? Any tips on how to cut costs? Thanks!
Unfortunately, by the end of every semester you will almost certainly feel like you spent too much money on books. That said, here are some tip$$$
- Rent, never buy textbooks. You will never, ever read them again nor will you make your money back by selling them.
- Get used textbooks because, as I said above, it’s not like you’re keeping them or anything.
- The libraries do have a copy of all textbooks that you can rent for a day. This does not guarantee that a copy will be available when you need it, though.
- DO NOT order textbooks until you are sure you are taking a class aka during shopping period. It may cause a hassle and long lines, but it’s better than having to deal with making a return.
- Look online to see if you can get something cheaper online than from the Brown Bookstore (you probably can). Keep in mind, though, that the mail line during shopping period is actually ridiculous.
- Also, see if you can torrent your textbooks before you get to Brown - torrenting on campus will get you kicked off the university internet, but using torrented files is…only illegal if you get caught. Honestly, the entire educational system is designed to create a second class of citizens who are unable to access their right to education as a result of a lack of capital, so like, is it really morally wrong? Assuming the class is larger than 30 people, the professor probably won’t care and even if it’s a small class, most profs will allow you to use online editions if you ask. The only time they won’t is if they actually wrote the textbooks - since that means they’re profiting off sales. Here’s a Tumblr post by Obsessionfull about getting textbooks online: CLICK HERE.
- Choose carefully which non-textbooks you choose to buy because if you later decide that you want to sell them the Brown Bookstore will give you basically quarters for them.
- A recently graduated senior has told me that she never bought textbooks because they were a waste of time and money. She graduated just fine. Take that at your own discretion.
Sorry, I know this sounds like it sucks mainly because it does. Welcome to the college struggle bus!
Q:Did you ever feel like Brown was too small?
Personally, I have never really found that Brown was too small.
I have always felt Brown was the perfect size; big enough that I am always meeting new people and small enough that I know people everywhere I go. Admittedly, it can be kind of easy to fall into a “crowd” which may feel small at times, but I’d say every semester I meet a bunch of new people.