Q:What's the best thing about Brown? Are any of the "pothead" "hippie" Brown stereotypes true?
I love the overall atmosphere at Brown. In my experience (Lil Jo writing), everyone is really laid back and no one is competitive. People are also supportive of one another and accepting, so you’re never afraid to be yourself or try something new. Also, everyone is constantly trying to make themselves better and learn more; I’ve definitely learned the most from conversations among peers. It is truly paradise. There are so many amazing other amazing things about Brown, too. For instance, the open curriculum, the professors, Providence, and more!
There are definitely a lot of people who smoke. There is also a very liberal feel on campus, which some might say is hippie-like. That being said, there are also plenty of people who do not smoke or who are less liberal. Your experience is what you make it.
Bruno: I also want to mention that even though I definitely have met some people who smoke their share of weed and walk around without shoes talking about free love and unity, I’ve also met people who can’t wait to start their jobs at Bain. Like any school, Brown has a diverse student body, and I wouldn’t say that there is one stereotypical “type” that dominates the campus.
Q:Is it possible to create an independent major in nursing at Brown?
Possibly? Becoming an RN takes a lot of practical classes that would be basically impossible to fulfill at Brown, but a Bachelors of Science in Nursing is a little more liberal. I really doubt that it’s realistic though. Go for a Bachelors in Public Health or Biology.
Q:are classes ever cancelled if snow gets too bad?
Brown has indeed had its fair of snowdays. Do whatever snow dance ritual you can think of, because it looks there’s a chance of a cancellation tomorrow!
Q:Is it possible to double concentrate in neuroscience and journalism?
There is no journalism concentration at Brown.
Question: What is your Spring weekend like? Fun? What usually goes on/who has played there in the past?
A: Here is a complete list of people who have come in the past: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_University_traditions#Spring_weekend
Spring Weekend is one of the greatest traditions at Brown and certainly a night to remember (if you can, obviously). Artists play, many people are comfortably drunk/high, there’s a carnival, slip-n-slide, BBQs, laughter, dancing, and just all around fun. Also: Dave Binder is a legend. To truly understand, you have to experience it. Words certainly don’t do it justice.
Q:Hello I am interested in concentrating in neuroscience and computer science. But I'm also just interested in I guess English/Literature/Writing classes. How are the programs for these concentrations and what are some of the awesome teachers and classes? Thank you!
I’m going to mention right now that if you want to double concentrate in something that will give you an Sc.B (Science Bachelors) with an A.B. (Arts Bachelors), you need to do a 5 year program. It’s complicated. Read about it here. However, we do offer an A.B. in Computer Science, so let me continue.
So we have concentrations in “Literary Arts”, “Comparative Literature”, and “English.” They’re all a little different, so I suggest you check out the websites. I’ve had a few friends concentrate in Literary Arts and one has told me that he felt like he spent 4 years discussing literature with some of the brightest minds in the field and that it was worth every second. Another told me it’s that you need to be very self-motivated to get a lot out of it. Personally, I have not taken a Literary Arts class, so I suggest that people comment on this and tell me what they think.
I really enjoyed my Comp Lit classes with Professor Weinstein, but this is a very intensive concentration. His classes were incredible and highly recommended, but there are many requirements, particularly language-based ones (you must be bilingual) making it a tougher concentration. Most people who do it, love it.
I know nothing about English.
Q:I know most college students eat in the diners of the University, but I was wondering whether or not making your own meal from time to time is completely unheard of.
Most dorms have kitchens where you can cook for yourself. I lived in a suite with a kitchen and prepared a lot of my own meals last year, but it was way too much of a hassle to cook in the communal kitchens, since people steal your stuff if you leave it there, but I guess you could do it if you were willing to schlep your cooking supplies around or live very close to the kitchen.
It’s not unheard of but it’s not easy. Even when I had my own kitchen, I would be pressed for time or unwilling to hand wash the dishes (no Brown kitchen comes equipped with a dishwasher). It can be fun to cook for yourself as a special treat or a project, but be aware that you then need to actually HAVE cookware, because the kitchens don’t have pots and pans. I don’t know where you’re from, but your utilization of the term “diners” makes me vaguely suspicious that you’re British? Sorry if that’s inaccurate, but keep in mind that a frying pan takes up a lot of room in your luggage. Anyway, I would say it’s not unheard of but I really recommend relying on your meal plan as a freshman. As a sophomore, I recommend going off meal plan to save money, but still eating out all the time, because that is literally cheaper than meal plan.
Q:What was your initial reaction to being accepted to Brown University? (The thought of being accepted brings a tingly feeling to my stomach.)
I had gotten into Cornell about half an hour earlier and started cursing insanely because I got into an Ivy League and when Brown’s website finally got its sh** together, I just started bellowing out expletives and texting my friends and hugging my mom. I actually had no clue what school I would pick at the time, so I was sort of confused and overwhelmed.
Q:I heard that Brown was ranked as the "most fashionable ivy" by some magazine. Do you agree with this ranking? Are people very cautious of what they wear?
If you like fashion, Brown is a great place to be. We have designers and fashionistas all over campus. Personally, I like to dress well and on trend and find that I can see style inspiration all around me.
However, my freshman year I dated someone who only wore pajama pants after 4 pm. Clearly no one is going to feel self conscious if they don’t want to be involved in the fashion scene. Caution makes it sound like people will judge you if you aren’t fashionable and I don’t think that’s true. If you want to be fashionable and around fashionable people, it’s totally possible. If not, no one will care.
And during finals week, don’t expect anyone to look good.
Q:Hi there! I'm just entering my senior year and have finally decided that Public Policy Analysis will be the the undergrad route for me (YAAAAY!) To your knowledge, what is the program like at Brown? How is the Taubman Center? (Thanks for the awesome blog, btw!)
At first I thought you meant you were entering your senior year at Brown and I was momentarily terrified about the fact that you were just declaring now, haha. Public Policy is a cool concentration. The introduction class is horrible, apparently, which puts a lot of people off of it, but most people say that everything after that is great. The Taubman Center gets decently strong reviews from everyone I’ve talked to that’s involved with it. Thoughts from the followers?
(sorry this is going up so late!)
Q:Do Brown students refer to water fountains as "bubblers"? (Source: "22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other")
Only the ones from states that would do that. We don’t all become from New England by moving there when we’re 18 ;)
Q:Brown is my top choice school, and I am completely in love with everything about it, but a little confused on the freshman dorm situation? I understand you are in units, but as for individual sleeping rooms how many people do you share with?
All freshmen are placed in doubles unless there is a health issue that mandates that they be placed in a single.
Q:I'm a freshman in high school and I have to do a college project so I picked the best school ever, brown! So I need some weird out of the ordinary facts for the hook, can you help a sister out?
Boom. We got you covered.
Q:I am applying for a transfer this year as a sophomore. But even though I am trying to go into undergraduate for astrophysics, a big part of my reason for transfer is that I am currently studying Biology University College London, where I am only allowed to take science classes, I wanted to submit an art supplemental. A lot of the pieces I have have placed in national competitions, but will submitting this hurt or help my application?
I don’t see how it could possibly hurt. Being a well-rounded student is what a liberal arts education is all about. Being passionate about science, but still being an incredible artist is pretty much an example of what Brown loves in an applicant. They won’t assume that you’re going to switch to being an art concentrator, if that’s what you’re thinking.
Q:So what does sci-li challenge really mean? And what does the "other sci-li challenge" (saw it on CC) mean...?
I’m not sure what the “other” SciLi challenge is, but I’m going to assume it’s staying in the SciLi for 24 hours straight. It can and has been done.
Edit: People are saying having sex on very floor, which seems like a near impossible task to me, but I suppose I’m not as sneaky as some!