After settling in our dorms, we attended a brunch with Brown alums, current students, and the first Brown cohort. During our brunch each of us had the chance to talk to different alums and students. Mr. Ramsey did a good job in placing us where we sat.
We (Ynah and Iris) sat next to Gerica, who is a rising senior at Brown, and Lizette, who just graduated a few months ago. They mainly talked admission and about their experience during Brown. She said if we weren't accepted to our first choice, that it is ok. We learned that the best way to handle it is to just leave it behind and keep moving forward with applying to other schools. She reminded us that all of our achievements will still bring success to our lives wherever else we decide to pursue our dreams. Unlike most other students we encountered, Lizette had her heart set in concentrating on urban studies. She never changed her major and that gave us a different perspective of selecting majors. If you're passionate about a subject, you should place all of your efforts into it. They claimed that life at Brown was exceptional. They loved that this college gave them the freedom to have a flexible schedule that allowed them to be successful in what they're doing while having fun.
I (Molly) sat next to Irene at the brunch. Irene just finished her first year as a student at Brown University, and is in Providence over the summer to help one of her professors write a book. I know Irene because she recently graduated from El Cerrito High School, where I go, so it was fun and interesting to talk to her about her college experiences. She had a really busy freshman year - in addition to doing academics, she was involved in a lot of extracurriculars. I asked her about music, since that is something I am passionate about and I want to continue playing music in and beyond college. She participated in a chamber music ensemble in her first semester, and also has a friend who is majoring in music at Brown. Later, she pointed out some music department buildings to me as we were walking home from the brunch, so I will definitely try to check them out while we are here. I also talked to Irene about the women and leadership course, because she participated in it two years ago. In her view, the class was interesting academically and also emotionally demanding. A lot of interesting topics are covered, and a lot of discussion goes on in class. It sounds like the course also helped her with becoming more confident as a leader. Talking to Irene definitely made me look forward to our class even more.
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