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.
The Newly Updated Freshman Dorm Guide
Fresh[man] Tips: Freshman Dorm Guide
Recently, the Class of 2018 found out their freshman housing for the 2014/2015 school year. Yep, pre-frosh, your future life at Brown is becoming a reality. Of course, you have questions. And although we may not be able to answer all of them, we give you as much information about the dorms as possible. Shout out to BlogDailyHerald/Brown Daily Herald for creating a guide two years back. Here is our freshman dorm guide, updated from 2013.
Check out our super helpful dorm guide that should answer your many questions on the different dorms! It’s been newly updated as of today with additional feedback on the many renovations that were unveiled last year. Enjoy!
Q:hi! i'm an incoming freshman and i was wondering whether double majoring in history and poli sci would be possible.. like, are there any overlapping requirements that you know of? and would i also have time to take a few electives just for fun? thanks :)
You would definitely have time to take classes just for fun mainly because of the open curriculum and the fact that neither PoliSci nor History have too many requirements.
Q:hey! As an incoming freshman, I am starting to become stressed out about what I will need! I was just wondering if a printer was vital in our first year? Also if you can, it would help to have a list of things that are crucial for school!
Ah yes, the ever stressful “what to pack” question. Have no fear, pre-frosh, we’ve go your back.
As far as printers go, I have a printer and find it useful but not essential. It really depends on how much you’re going to print (more for humanities kids). Also, sometimes people are too lazy to walk to the libraries to print. Your choice.
Other things I’ve found especially helpful:
- Fan—it’s gonna be hot during orientation, trust me.
- Extra lighting—that fluorescent is a killer
- Extra hangers
- Shower shoes—because ew
- A mirror—because lez be serious
- Laundry stuff
- Duffle bag for when you go home—I didn’t think about this, don’t forget
- Broom, disinfecting wipes, etc—you’ll need them soon enough
- Mattress pad—those beds are so not comfortable
- Trash bags
- Extra towels—so you can avoid laundry as much as possible
- Extra sheets—see above
Things that were nice to have, but dispensable:
- Speakers, for music
- Command hooks—and lots of them for when you want to ~personalize~ your room
- Storage boxes
That’s all the notable stuff, comment if we forgot anything.
Q:Are there any parties at Brown where spanish music is played?
Yes! Machado House, which is Brown’s spanish house, throws parties there that of course feature spanish music. (The house is also really nice, just saying).
Q:What's the protocol for the alumni interview? And if you know someone who is an interviewer, is there a way to get/not get them?
What do you mean by protocol?
After you submit your application, an alumni will contact you personally to arrange a time to meet. That person doesn’t see your application, but only gets your contact info. The alumni relations office sets the whole thing up and I’m sure (though not certain) that they probably don’t let alumni you know interview you. After the interview, the alumni writes something up about you and sends it over to admissions.
Also, not everyone gets an alumni interview. It depends where you live/if it can be arranged. Alumni interviews are pretty casual—usually they just want to get a feel for who you are and what you would bring to the school. I wouldn’t stress out about it too much!