- Class: Freshman
- Major: International Relations
- Gender: F
- High School:
- Transfer Student: N
Oh god... I could go on and on. I think the best thing about Brown is how much everyone is genuinely happy to be at Brown. I really don't see what could make someone unhappy at Brown... there are no rules, you can do practically anything you want, you can take any class you want (pre-requsites might as well not even exist), and if you don't get what you want, yell loud enough and you WILL get it. Makes us sound a little spoiled... hmm.. that may actually be a valid analysis. Anway, point is, the school definitely doesn't give you a reason to be unhappy. As for me, the school size is just right. There are between 5-6 thouand students, enough to ensure that you will always know someone but will never know everyone. The campus itself is big enough not to feel clausterphobic, but small enough that you can get from one end to the other in about 20 minutes. Be careful though... College Hill is a bubble in disguise, I only realized in May that I had left campus (plus Thayer St.) only a totaly of three times the entire semseter!
Classes range from all sizes - from 500+ person lectures to 5 people sitting in a circle. Obviously, its hard to get to know a professor in a big class if you don't go to office hours, but I've have a professor from a 120-person class remember me simply from the questions I asked in class. Brown students are generally not competitve. People share notes, give advice, and honestly help each other out on essays, even if they're writing the same one. Academics are challenging and inspiring, but chill. I realize now that there is hardly any cheating at Brown, something everyone used to do in my high school, even in AP classes. I think its the very lack of pressure that reduces the incentive for people to cheat. In most classes I've taken its easy to get a B and challenging to get an A. You can take however many classes you want as pass/fail, but I dont know anyone who takes more than one pass/fail per semester, and I've never met anyone to audit a class. I know this might sound strange, but at Brown students have the hardest time choosing classes, simply because there are SO many good ones. The school reccomends we take 4 classes per semseter and allows us to take up to 5, and while taking 5 classes is a serious workload, people take that many because there aren't enough semesters in 4 years to take all the good classes. Such a problem. Best class? Global Security After the Cold War with Minh Luong
The student body includes all races, but it is a predominantly caucasian school. There is teh TWTP, which the the resource center for minority students, and it provides a lot fo support, advocacy, and events for minority students. Everyone I know who is involved with the TWTP is obsessed with it. There are many gays and lesbians at Brown, and while some claim that there is a "gay community" at Brown, I definitely don't think gays and lesbians stick solely to themselves. There are a lot of homosexual guys, I think they have a great dating pool. I wish I was a gay guy here sometimes cause they're all so hott. You will notice that a lot of Brown students come from very wealthy families. But you will only notice that if you visit them at home - because no one flaunts money. While I wouldn't say finances aren't an issue for people, those who don't come from money (and I could argue that is a very considerable size of the student body) are never looked down upon or pressured or made to feel out of palce. No one talks about how much money they intend to earn in the future. Thats what kids do at UPenn... not here.
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