Monday, July 5, 2010
As my time here at Brown begins to draw to a close, I have developed a strange sensation in my heart. I am sure that I shall miss Brown, which is home to so many new memories and so many experiences. Although I have only been away from home for three weeks, it feels as if I have always been at Brown, and all else was and will only be a dream. But I know that Brown is the real dream, and in less than a week I shall be returning to the reality that is outside of this sanctuary of knowledge and education. And there is so much more here than just education from books and teachers. Here, I have learned about being myself and being an independent young adult, and what that means to me.
During the past two weeks at Brown, I must admit, sometimes I longed for companionship and missed my old friends from Pinole Valley. I felt as if I didn’t fit in here, with all of these students who were taking six to seven AP and IB classes a year, and bragged about the elite status of their school. But I think that I was far more proud of coming from WCCUSD and competing here with them. In addition, while I have been here at Brown, I learned that a large part of the college experience is interacting with others, but an equally significant portion is being by myself, and dealing with issues by myself. That’s why it is so important to have friends, but I must also be ready to survive by myself. I noticed that above all else, it is important to have both, independence and friendship.