Walking out of the dorm this morning was almost painful; if I were to only learn one thing here at Brown, it would be that humidity and I do not mix. Just kidding, I’ve already learned loads of information in class!
Today we focused on the other half of supply and demand, supply. I won’t give a full description of what we learned exactly, but I will tell you that I’m having an awesome time absorbing what’s going on, and being in an environment in which everyone wants to learn. After 12 years of public school, this is a first for me.
The majority of students at Brown are paying for the full course with their own money. If that doesn’t tell you enough, besides one other student, the only people I know that have gone to public school are Kelly, David, Ying, Tayler, and Nick. So, in class and out, it’s really interesting to hear about their scholarly experiences.
I found it strange that, in terms of sports and athletics, El Cerrito High School has some strange ones. For instance, apparently Mountain Biking just doesn’t exist at some other schools. Of course, this makes sense when the area surrounding their school is flat, but I stand by the platform of “EC has the number one Mountain Biking team of the schools represented at Brown.”
Where I can also see the differences is in academics. In our econ class, Nick and I are the only two who’ve taken BC Calculus. Thanks to our block scheduling, we have a lot more knowledge than we really need for the class, but we still got to show off, just a little bit. However, in basic biology and chemistry, I really feel lacking. Missing a substantial part of my science foundation is an obvious fact when meal conversation switches to the material the science classes are covering. Naturally, I haven’t taken the APs of either of these classes yet, but I honestly feel that I’m missing a lot of core science information.
The basement of the dorms, where the laundry is done, is, in a word, creepy. The exposed pipes, the cement walls, and the random, smelly, frat house equipment all contribute to a place that you spend as little time as possible in. However, for a bunch of people on my floor, this is something they won’t have to worry about. They have all purchased the linen service, where their laundry will get picked up, and dropped off, with no worrying on their part. This procedure sounds nice in theory, but fiscally, doesn’t make any sense. Why would you pay a lot of money, when the laundry machines are only $1.25 each, and you’re only there for three weeks? I don’t mean to criticize the way anyone lives, only to note the differences between their and my ways of life. And, because I work 4 hours a week basically doing laundry, I’m very fast at folding and sorting clothes.
|If it were possible to capture humidity on camera, I assure you that this|
pretty (but irrelevant) photo of Thayer Street would be covered in it.