Q:Hi! What do you think are some good questions to ask my interviewer? For Brown especially but schools in general? Is there anything you wish you had found out before you went to school?
Ask them what their favorite thing about their experience at the university was. Ask them if there’s anything they wish they would have done or if there’s anything that the school added since they left that makes them jealous that they’re not a student. Ask them what their number one piece of advice is for a first year. Ask them why THEY chose Brown (or whatever school you’re trying for). Ask them if they know anything about what goes on on-campus regarding a specific interest you have (like opera or trapeze or inner-tube water polo).
Ask them any of these things or none of them, but definitely ask them SOMETHING. I don’t think that my interviewer really would have been able to help me much when it comes to things I wish I had known, but I think that all the questions I just asked will let you hear someone’s real perspective on why they love the school that they continue to volunteer for.
Q:Any tips on the alumni interview?
Don’t freak out about it. Be friendly and polite, dress appropriately, present yourself well, and try to remember that the interviewer doesn’t have that much power. You might want to try going over some practice questions (just google “alumni interview” and you’ll find some) before you go, but don’t overdo it. Seeming rehearsed is not a plus.
My big tip is to ask a lot of questions about Brown and your interviewer’s Brown experience. They want to see that you are interested in the school. The interview is set up so that you get to learn something too!
All in all, just relax and go in there ready to have a nice conversation with an interesting person. I talked about marijuana and prostitution in my interview and still got in! (NOTE: I don’t recommend talking about marijuana and prostitution. It’s probably a bad call. I’m just saying, you can make a mistake like that and still get in.)
Q:Would a shy wallflower fit in on campus? I feel like so many people at Brown are outspoken and dynamic; I don't know if I'd have a place at the university, that is to say if I get in, because I love the school and I am applying ED.
There’s definitely no shortage of strong personalities at Brown, but I have friends who are a bit more shy as well. I considered myself to be a totally introverted, keep-to-myself-and-my-tumblr-dashboard kind of person when I was a senior in high school, actually. Being at Brown and being surrounded by supportive, interesting people has definitely brought me out of my shell and made me much more outgoing, so keep that in mind! You’re not going to be the same person at Brown that you were in high school. College is a time when everything changes, even you. If you love Brown, you’ll find a place for yourself there, shy or not.
Q:Describe Brown/your Brown experience in five words.
Chaos. Confusion. Bliss. Enlightenment. Maturity.
Perfectly odd journey to adulthood.
Q:Hi! I just applied early decision to Brown. HOW DO I NOW CONTROL MY EMOTIONS?
Q:How do I write a Brown Admirers/Compliments post?
To write a Brown Admirer’s post, you can submit through this Google Form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHYyQS1JTzZoN0tHYkFLaE5ldm9kOEE6MQ
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Q:Hold me in your sweet, sexy, scholarly embrace, Brown. I love you so much; I really hope your fabulou$ adcom understands how sincere my love is. Even if I'm denied/deferred next week, I want it to be known that I'm glad Brown exists, and it truly is the dreamiest school out there. I love you Brown- please love me too. Give me a shot, bb.
I could get used to these declarations of love - Brown
Q:Sorry if this sounds dumb but is it possible to apply to brown and the PLME program and not get into the program but still get accepted into brown?
Yes it is!
Q:Let's hope the love of my life will reciprocate my desire for a committed relationship this December <333
Baby, give us some time to think it over. Let you know in a few weeks. XOXO, Brown
Q:Pros and cons of the New curriculum?
Pros: Most students who enter college have an idea of what they want to do but are uncertain if it’s 100% what they want. The Open Curriculum gives students the opportunity to explore whatever interest you have. For example, I always thought Egyptian artifacts and the culture was fascinating, but I never thought I’d have an opportunity to take a class in that field. The Open Curriculum gave me that opportunity, as well as allowing me to take classes in different areas including History, Comparative Literature, Neuroscience, Anthropology, etc while focusing on my declared concentration, Psychology. It allows students to explore many different concentrations to find exactly what they like. Another great thing about this curriculum is the lack of General Education classes. While some universities require you to take classes, such as speech, bio, math, etc, the Open Curriculum simply gives you the option of taking them. Of course, if your concentration requirements say you need to take a bio/math class, you should definitely take it. But say you’re a Lit Arts concentrator. You won’t have to worry about math/bio at all! (Unless you’re just curious and want to take it for fun). The only adjustment to this is that students must take 2 Writing designated courses (WRIT) in their time at Brown (one in the first half, and another in the second half).
Cons: Some people dislike the lack of structure in the Open Curriculum. Because there are so many options, some students may find it hard to keep themselves on the right path. We do have many resources to prevent that, but the freedom can be overwhelming to students who are used to having so much structure. It can also be troublesome for students who have a wide variety of interests and find that they cannot narrow down their options. Students who have this issue can submit an Independent Concentration or also Double Concentrate.
Q:Is there much of an academically competitive vibe at Brown? There isn't anyone who would sabotage you so that they could be the top of the class, right? -Hesitant Prospective Student
The nice thing about not calculating GPAs or having pluses and minuses is that people are generally very non-competitive. I have never once heard of “sabotage” coming into play at Brown. Quite the opposite, actually. It’s a really supportive academic environment. I’ve taken classes that are graded on a curve (aka other students are going to affect your grades) and people are still super friendly and helpful and willing to study with you.
Followers, feel free to let me know if you’ve had a different experience! This is coming from someone who is very involved in the social sciences and humanities, I don’t know if it’s different in the hard sciences or something.
Q:Hi! I'll be at Brown this fall, part of the ED acceptances! :) Weirdly enough, my school let's us have our last part of the year off of school so I basically have 6 months of summer until the first day of classes at Brown. Is there anything you wish you did/did do the summer before Brown to prepare?
Read a lot (things that you’ll be able to talk about with your new, intellectual friends, not The Princess Diaries). Listen to cool music. Make some pocket money. Travel. Watch movies. Learn how to cook things using only a mini-fridge and a microwave. Hang out with your high school friends because they are all going to change and the people you think you’re going to be friends with forever will drift apart from you. Buy clothing that’s good for going out in or hanging around the dorms in or will make you feel confident when you walk into your first college class. Try your first beer so people don’t laugh when you spit it out at your first frat party.
Really, there’s nothing practical to do to prepare for college. You’re never too young for internships, to prepare you for grad school admissions, but you should really just spend this time having fun and getting culturally educated.
Commencement of the Brown Class of 2013 — myself included!
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Q:Hi, im a high school sophomore that is interested in brown. I noticed that brown doesnt have a journalism major, and this is something that i might really want to do with my life. Other than that though it seems like an amaZing school, do you know anyone who's interested in journalism who goes there, or has graduated from a similar major and gone into journalism after college?i need to know if this should be a deal breaker?? When i might not wanna be a journalist anyways?
Like a lot of professions, in the general world of writing there’s some debate about whether having a degree helps or not. (ex: you can got to film school, but do you have to go to film school?)
But as a History major graduating in a month and an aspiring journalist: NOT A DEAL BREAKER. OMG no. No no no no no. Some thoughts:
- Its true that journalism school probably more systematically teaches you how to write “hard news.” But I am very suspicious it could be better at teaching you how to write well as compared to Brown. Brown has some of the most enlightening Creative Non-Fiction courses in the country. The English and Lit Arts departments are incredible. And if you go to Brown and take ANY humanities classes, I promise your writing will improve spectacularly.
- Additionally, the news world is moving away from hard news. Jobs in journalism are increasingly for online publications, for magazines, for blogs. Even the NY Times and traditionally hard news organizations are moving more and more towards more casual, free-form writing. I know someone who works there on the digital side and he says even these stodgy monoliths know that creative news writing is the news of the future.
- Writing for any of the publications on campus will, I bet, give you an even better sense of how it actually is to write and organize news. There’s the hard news newspaper (Brown Daily Herald), the blog (our parent site Blog Daily Herald), our hip features newspaper (The Indy), our less hip but more accessable newspaper insert (Post- Magazine), our political journal (Brown Political Review), our literary journals (too many to name) ETC. At least, that’s been true with me.
- All you have to do is look at the alumni. Off the top of my head of people that I know personally, there are recent Brown alums at:
- Mother Jones
- NPR / WNYC
- NY Times
- The Atlantic
- Numerous documentary filmmakers
- Huffington Post… you get the idea
Now let’s look at Wikipedia and revel in 1990’s alums from Brown who are now doing cool stuff in news:
- David S. Rohde (A.B. 1990) – Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, escaped from 7-month Taliban captivity in 2009
- Kathryn Schulz (A.B. 1996)—contributor to the Freakonomics blog and freelance journalist
- Gareth Cook (A.B. 1991) – Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, Boston Globe, for writing about stem cell research
- Christopher L. Hayes (A.B. 2001) – Editor of The Nation and host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC
- Taina Hernandez (A.B. 1996) – anchor of World News Now on ABC
- A.J. Jacobs – journalist and author, The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, The Year of Living Biblically
- Amy Sohn (A.B. 1995) – columnist, New York magazine; novelist, Run Catch Kiss and Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell
- Vanessa Vadim (A.B. 1990), independent documentary producer and cinematographer, Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend (2005), Fire in Our House (1995)
- Rory Kennedy (A.B. 1990) – Emmy Award winning documentary producer, director, and writer, American Hollow (1999), Fire in Our House (1995), Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY:
Here are the rest if you wanna see a full spread (though this doesn’t encompass all the people who graduated in the 00’s who are out there kicking ass right now!!)
I will be a journalist goddammit, I promise to you and the universe.
And I went to Brown and feel more prepared than anything.
- The Blue Room Chocolate Chip Cookie