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
Hi there! Your blog is awesome and really helpful! I absolutely love Brown and applied ED. I have a few questions:
1) Can you use your Brown meal card at any of the off-campus dining places?
Nope. There are multiple eateries around campus, which means you get plenty of options, but it’s not like at NYU where you get to use your meal credits at Starbucks or something.
2) What are the teachers at Brown like, and how available are they?
Teachers are generally pretty available but in larger classes they might refer you to TAs. Just like at any school, there are good professors and bad professors and people’s opinions on what category each professor falls in vary widely. I’ve loved professors and found them fascinating while other people in the class have found them dull. But the great thing about Brown is that you can shop and find a professor that meets your needs. On the whole, I’ve liked my professors.
3) What is a typical day/week at Brown like for you?
A typical day for me involves waking up at around 11, grabbing brunch, and going to class and doing homework or hanging out with friends in my breaks between classes. At night, I’m usually heading to a club or section, working out, or getting dinner with friends. After 9 or 10, I usually try to get work done in the library or hang out with people (or both!) until the wee hours of the morning.
Thank you so much!
Picked the wrong concentration on Common App
I selected Engineering as my Second Choice Concentration on the Common App and submitted it. Now on the writing supplement it says that I have to write three different essays about my plans as an engineering major. I’m interested in engineering but to be honest I don’t know much of anything about it. Since I submitted the Common App (and can’t change my concentrations now), I can’t submit the writing portion without the engineering essays…What should I do?
Eesh, that’s a tough one. The option of writing the essays is probably the strongest one for you right now, but you could also contact the admissions office and ask them what to do. Do any of our followers who applied for engineering have thoughts on this?
Q:Is weed super prevalent on campus? Everyone jokes about Brown being the Ivy for stoners and potheads, but I was just curious about how true that is. And on the note of drugs/ partying, what is the social scene really like? Is it more focused around groups of friends hanging out, or are there your typical college parties too?
There are definitely a lot of people on campus who smoke or have smoked. That being said, there are also plenty of people who do not. You will have multiple interactions with both types of people, and it really won’t make a difference.
As a freshman, you’ll find in the beginning of the year that you are at more “typical college parties” at the frats and athletic houses. Eventually, people will begin extending dorm room pregames into full fledge parties with their groups of friends. Also, once you join activities and meet upperclassmen, you’ll begin to attend more intimate parties. However, the frats and athletic houses are always still there if you’re in the mood or there’s nothing else to do.
Q:Hi there! I applied to Brown ED and I'm going to have an alumni interview next week. I was wondering what advice you could give me, especially because I've heard that alumni interviews are generally hard. While I'm pretty good at holding a conversation and presenting myself well, I'm still really nervous! Thank you!
Hello! Honestly, the only thing you can really do is be yourself (cheesy, right?) The alumni conducting the interviews are just regular people who loved Brown, so be prepared to talk about why you love it, too! They’ll ask you about your classes, activities, etc., and feel free to ask them questions. They’ll love that! Otherwise, there’s not much else to prepare for!
Q:Hi! I would just like to say a quick thank you for running such an amazing and informative blog. Anyway, I applied ED around a week ago. Even though decisions are announced next month, I find myself constantly thinking about my application and whether it's good enough, if I screwed anythings, etc. I'm a bit of a worrier when it comes to things, but do you have any advice on what I can do during this time - I guess I'll call it "waiting period" - until December comes?
This period of time is going to suck, no question. You just have to remember that it is completely out of your hands now, and you did all you could. This is a great time to focus on friends and family, especially with the holidays. I remember my group of friends having little get togethers and movie nights to reward ourselves for working so hard! Just relax!
Q:Hello! I was thinking of applying Early Decision to Brown for a few months now, but now my parents think I should just do regular decision. They read the statement on the website that says that your chances do not increase with ED, however, I feel like they would because applying ED shows Brown that you are dedicated to the school. I have no idea if this is true?! I know you aren't admissions officers, but could you offer your personal thoughts on Early Decision? Thanks :)
If you’re die-hard about Brown and absolutely without a doubt know it’s the place for you, apply Early Decision. While ED does show that you’re committed to Brown, applying Regular Decision isn’t a bad choice. It gives you more time to really polish your application and whatnot. Bruno and I both applied Regular Decision. It really just comes down to a matter of preference. I think if I had finished my application for ED, I might have applied then. But obviously I was lazy, haha. Totally up to you though. Best of luck applying!
Q:How hard is it really to get into Brown?
How hard are eggs when you boil them?
Q:So I am a transguy who would like to apply to Brown but I don't know how to go about doing it. I am just not sure how to approach it from an application standpoint. I will be using my birth name since that is still my legal name, but do you have any suggestions as to what I should do about the rest (essays and such)? Should I be open and straightforward about it? Should I just not mention it? I am not sure.
I recommend doing whatever you feel comfortable with. Brown is incredibly appreciative of people from all types of backgrounds, and it definitely would not hurt your application at all if you chose to be honest about it. Over the summer, I was an RA, and I met a couple of attendees who identified as transgender. So really, it’s just a matter if you want to address it or not. Completely fine either way!
Q:This page is awesome, first of all. Brown is my top choice and I'm finishing up my application for ED but I'm really not at all sure if I'll get in seeing as I'm not top 10% of my class or anything like that. Anyway I was wondering if you had any last minute advice? Wish me luck :)
Be true to yourself and your application! And don’t let the verdict get you down too much. No matter where you go, you will make a lovely impact on the campus!
Q:Homesick freshman here! I just got word that it's snowing in my hometown. When can we expect the snow to fly here in PVD?
As you’ve probably noticed by now, Providence has incredibly erratic weather. The year of 2011, it snowed on Halloween, but not after that. Earlier this year, we had a blizzard. I wish I could assure you that it will snow, but for now, I would probably YouTube videos of snow falling to make you feel better. (this one looks promising!)
Q:I have no idea if you would know the answer to this question, but I signed up for the Experience Brown day program and I was wondering if it included a tour of campus? I already signed up for a separate tour and I'm not sure if I should cancel it or not based on what the Experience Brown program includes. Thanks!
According to their website, you’ll have a lunch and attend a class together with a current student before your information session and tour!
Q:How supportive is Brown's administration of students' extracurricular endeavors? For example, is it easy to get funding for student organizations?
So incredibly supportive to the point where you can grab ten of your closest friends and create a student organization. The bigger you grow, the more funding you’ll receive. It’s awesome.
Q:How is the workload transition from high school to college?
It’s really hard to say considering people come from all kinds of school backgrounds, and it also depends on what classes you decide to take/the concentration you decide to do.
I find that most students receive an overwhelming amount of reading assignments plus problem sets, essay, or projects. It’s all doable, but very time consuming. And studying. Studying happens way more the high school, I think, because sometimes your grade is only based off three exams. It’s mostly manageable, but you have to be willing to put effort into it making time for it!