Q:I check your blog every single day. Brown is my dream school and your posts make me fall in love with it even more! Just wanted to say thank you.
Lil Jo: Thanks so much! I actually read this blog as a prospie, too, so I know what you mean. We’re glad you like it!
Q:Just out of curiosity, how is the arts community at Brown? I'm into visual arts especially, but I also love theater and music/choir/orchestra. Is the arts community diverse, or mostly limited to those who are concentrating in that area? I guess what I'm basically trying to say is, at Brown can you find anyone from a cello aficionado to a rower appreciating/participating in the arts?
The Arts community at Brown is really strong and diverse. I don’t know as much about visual arts, but as far as performing arts there are plenty of people who participate in theater, dance, choir, etc. as well as other activities ranging from ultimate frisbee to Brown Political Review. Additionally, we have performing arts classes, such as acting and dance, so even people who have the slightest interest in them can participate! Something I’ve found is that everyone is very focused on exploring all the different things they’re interested in (artsy or otherwise), no matter how different they are. It is one of the many exciting things about Brown!
Next week, students, faculty and members of the public will gather in a room at Brown University. They will sit down, open their laptops—enjoy some light snacks and drinks—and then, for five and a half hours, edit Wikipedia.
Specifically, they’ll be editing Wikipedia to add and improve entries about women in science, technology, and math. Their “Edit-a-Thon,” reported today by the Chronicle of Higher Education, will fall on the fifth annual Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of women’s contribution to technology. Lovelace worked on and wrote algorithms for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine in the early 19th century, a mechanical predecessor to the computer, making her the world’s first computer programmer.
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Introducing New Friends: Lil Jo
I’m a new mod for this blog, and I go by Lil Jo. I’m undecided, but I’m interested in Theatre Arts, Political Science, Public Policy, and Literary Arts. Other things you can ask me about are A Capella, getting involved in theatre, transitioning from a small private school, or anything else!
I can’t wait to answer all your questions!
Q:this is probably weird but are there available opportunities for freshmen in buds that dont involve actually preparing food but rather just strictly cash register or restocking? ive only worked customer service food prep jobs in the past and i did not enjoy them but from what ive gathered buds is the largest (maybe easiest) place to get a job on campus. thank you !
Nah, not weird at all! You can cashier and stock at any of the Carts (i.e. Rock, SciLi, and Barus and Holley), and you can cashier at the Campus Market, Blue Room, Jo’s, V-Dub, and The Gate. Most of it may be limited to you if you’re a first-semester student, but second-semester, you can work mostly cashiering shifts. I think there’s a requisite that you have at least one food prep shift, but you could probably work in Catering Prep to avoid actually making food. Hope this helps! If you need more info, you can click here or visit the SMO (which is located in the basement of the Ratty!).
Presented by Brown Political Review:
On Wednesday Oct, 2nd, Jesse Watters, the same reporter from Fox News that snuck in and filmed students naked at Sex Power God in 2006, came back to Brown to mock a student nude art project entitled, ‘Nudity In The Upspace.’ The event is meant to explore sexuality, race, assault, privilege and self-perception, through the body. Watters asked young women whether they were going to ‘derobe,’ or ‘whether they liked nude body painting,’ this inappropriate exchange, and arguably sexual harassment, shocked many students, probing them to speak out on the truths of student art and intellectual exploration, and the twisted intentions of a powerful news platform that exploited the event.
"We want to talk about these stigmas. In this space, we have found empowerment, some degree of self-acceptance, and fun. It is important to us to make the spaces we create comfortable and safe for everyone involved." - The Nudity in the Upspace Organizers.
"Can you speak to outdoors opportunities at Brown? Is it possible to go hiking, skiing, etc. on a free weekend?"
BOC (Brown Outing Club) is your main campus resource for all of these. They hold backpacking, hiking, skiing, ice climbing, rock climbing, canoeing/kayaking, slack-lining, bike riding, and white water rafting trips practically every weekend. If you don’t make it onto one of these trips (there’s a lottery involved), it’s fairly easy to look up ways to do this on your own!
Q:Hi! Quick question: Brown had been my first choice, but I was a little disappointed after my tour. I just didn't feel like there was any community at all at the school, like students were forced to fend for themselves and no effort was made to make lifelong friends. I really loved Yale's residential college system, but nothingg like that exists at Brown. I still love so much about it, though, so are my concerns legitimate? Any advice? Thanks!
Oh, you must have not received an awesome overview of freshman dorms/units! Brown has SUCH an incredible and diverse community. Although I do agree that the residential college system is pretty awesome, I think it’s good that we don’t have them because it gives students an opportunity to actually meet a wider range of people because you don’t live with the same group all 4 years.
For freshman year, you are placed into a certain residential space, and from there you are placed into these things called units. They’re basically smaller (typically 20-30 students, all freshmen), and you’ll have three co-c’s (our version of RAs) who will basically be there as a resource for you and to help you bond with people in your unit. You’ll do events with your unit, such as unit wars (which you’ll do again your senior year!!!), food events, etc. You don’t have to restrict yourself to one unit, but it helps in making friends for the first couple of days. I’m good friends with a bunch of people in my unit from freshman year, and they also lived in my hallway. But I also have a bigger group of friends that you just end up meeting either randomly, in class, at a party, etc.
Community is a huge part of Brown so I’m incredibly shocked you got that impression. Maybe it’s hard to explain it without overwhelming people. Everyone is very loving and interactive, and it’s awesome. I hope this reassures you!
Q:Hi, I applied this past year to Brown ED. I was deferred, and then denied next round. I am currently at another college, and while I like it here and I'm willing to give this school a try, I'm thinking of trying to transfer to Brown at the end of this year. Do you think I have a chance of being accepted as a transfer student after a year of college, or should I just give it up?
I think most of our transfer class this year is sophomores, so it is definitely possible to be accepted after one year of college. The choice in the end is totally up to you. While Brown is awesome in many ways, the school you’re attending is probably awesome in its own many ways. I would recommend seeing how this year goes, and if you still want to transfer, go for it. Otherwise, stick with where you are!
Q:has anyone ever taken CSCI0020? if so, how was it and should I take it S/NC if I am taking 5 classes? (I will be a junior this year). thanks!
We know someone who says the following: “It gave basic understanding of programs and a good background to this history of CS.” You learn python. He took it with absolutely no CS experience for a grade and got an A, so it seems pretty easy.
Q:what facilities/buildings have computer/printing areas at Brown?
All of the libraries (mainly the SciLi, Rock, and Orwig), the basement of Faunce, and the CIT have computers/printing areas. The V-dub also has two printing stations.
Fun fact: There are some departments/concentrations that give you free printing!
Q:Hi! Do you guys recommend taking ENGL 0110 ? I love writing & am looking for a writing-based course, but I'm not too sure about this one. I'd be in Professor Imbriglio's section. Thanks!
GOOD GOD PLEASE TAKE CATHERINE IMBRIGLIO’S SECTION SHE IS THE BEST EVER.
Q:how does organic chemistry work at Brown? I heard that it is only offered in the spring term, but don't you need two semesters to fulfill the pre-med requirements?
The first semester of organic chemistry (we label it chem0350) is offered in the Spring semester, and the second semester (chem0360) is offered in the fall!