Q:Would you consider a blog an extracurricular activity? Like one that I put all my efforts in and consumes most of my time? I have a blog very similar to the Humans of New York but it's based in Arizona and deals with race and immigration issues.
If you do it outside of school and your set educational curriculum - it’s extra”curricular”. If you’re proud of it, talk about it.
Q:do you know anything about the party scene for summer@brown? like do kids drink or smoke or go to parties at all?
Well, sure! That’s definitely an option if you want to be kicked out of the program and be required to write on your Common App that you were kicked out of an ivy league institution summer program for drinking/smoking/going to a party. (And yes, that is strictly enforced.)
If you’re looking for fun things to do, trips to attend, etc. during your time here, please check out the Guidebook program, which can be found here: https://guidebook.com/guide/20559/
Basically, don’t do that stuff while you’re here.
<3 a Summer@Brown RA
Q:I'm a bit confused, if you sign up for a CAP course, is the instructor automatically your adviser?
"Brown’s Curricular Advising Program allows first-year students to enroll in a course taught by a faculty member who is also their academic advisor. Many first-year students find the advising process more natural and easy when their academic advisor is also one of their teaching professors for the fall or spring semester. ” via
Q:bucket list to do things at brown before you graduate
Here’s a pretty sweet bucket list from our friends over at Blog.
Q:Can freshmen take 5 classes first semester? I was under the impression that they were (I know the recommended course load is 4, but I just wanted to know what my options are). I'm only doubting myself because an admissions officer told us freshmen aren't allowed to register for 5 by their adviser.
As far as I know you can take five, but definitely check with your advisor if you are unsure.
Q:do houses ever throw theme parties (i.e. 90s night, alter ego)? just curious!
Themed parties I remember from this year:
- Game of Thrones
- Bear-ly dressed
- The Great Fratsby
- Too Soon party
- Top Gun
- Fire and Ice
- Toga party
- Harry Potter
And a long list of others I’m forgetting. Many of these parties are thrown every year, like the Harry Potter party that is thrown every year during Halloweekend - not to mention Body Chem, the chemistry themed party with test tubes of hard liquor (this is the party where the majority of bad freshman decisions are made).
Happy partying, my friends.
Q:Can you sit in on a class you didn't sign up for?
You mean during shopping period? Yes, this is the whole point. You are literally shopping for classes, so you can try out any and every class you are interested in until shopping period is over. You sign up for four classes during pre-registration, but you can choose drop that class and add another if you want.
Q:hi! do you know about the modern culture & media major? do you know an estimate of how many students graduate from the department each year?
Hello! I do happen to know quite a bit about the MCM concentration. The undergrad concentration is divided in to two tracks: one which focuses on more theory and the other on production. Each requires 11 courses, which are pretty easy to satisfy because for many requirements you can go outside the department.
Everyone has to take Intro to MCM which, admittedly, pretty much blows if you are not in to very long/hard readings and a not-so-great lecturer but do not be perturbed! Most of the other MCM classes rock and are well worth having to sit through one semester of a bad intro class. Electives usually cover very interesting themes and have great professors who are very experienced.
Many classes require screenings which are kind of a pain because they take three hours out of whatever night you go to. (But, you can usually just watch the movies/clips online, although your professors will tell you not to.) Classes tend to be 50 minutes and have discussion sections with TAs.
The number of graduates varies from year to year, but there are currently 28 MCM concentrators in the senior class if that helps.
Q:hello! prospective brown student here, and i just want to say thank you so much for creating this blog ^^ also just a quick question... would you consider brown to be "cliquey"? my brother went to uva and is at carnegie mellon now for grad school and he tells me that he definitely sees a distinct trend in the social life between these two colleges. made me wonder about my dream school :)
It depends on what you mean by “cliquey.” Are there groups of people with similar interests that tend to hang out together? Yes. Sports teams usually are always together, people who do theatre, etc.
Brown is not cliquey in the high school sense. There are no “popular kids” and being friends with someone in particular has approximately zero influence on your social status, mainly because social status does not exist. People hang out with who they like, there’s not much else to it.
Q:hi! I was wondering whether when registering for classes if we get some help choosing classes!? I'm really confused and worried I'll mess up! I would really appreciate if you could answer my question! Thank you so much!(:
For you? Why not.
You absolutely do get help. Before your first semester starts you will be assigned two advisors; one faculty advisor and one student advisor. You will meet with them at the beginning of the year to discuss classes and get advice.
Don’t be worried! I know it seems confusing, but you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly I assure you.
Q:Do any of the freshman dorms have semi-private bathrooms? Or are they all community style?
Yes, Emery-Wooley and Morris-Champlin have semi private bathrooms, I believe. Also, there are like three super secret/special rooms in Keeney that have their own bathrooms. May the odds be ever in your favor.