Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Welcome Brown Session II!!!!

Welcome Brown Session II to Brown. You must be very excited and very anxious at the same time in Boston as you await your arrival on the campus. 

I have to say that you will be looking forward to Brown because I found Brown to be a fun and exciting place to live, learn, and thrive. Just don't jump out of your car and run through the gates when you first step on campus. I'm going to give you some pointers and things that you need/recommended to do during your stay here.

When I first arrived in Brown, I was still happily living in a hotel room with comfortable beds and cool air conditioning. Don't misjudge the environment. The weather at Brown is very sunny, but it is hot and humid. I strongly suggest renting/buying a fan the first thing you get here. Here's another tip for fan use. In the morning-afternoon, close your windows or place the fan blowing out because you want to expel all of the hot air. At night, place your fan blowing in to let in all of the cool air. 

Bring your own bed sheets and supplies such as toothpaste, towels, detergent, etc. 

I suggest using very thin bed sheets because nights can be humid and hot. 

Clothes-wise, bring a lot of shorts, comfortable and airy walking shoes, and shirts. Try to bring fewer jackets and more of the summer wear.

There were many problems I faced during my last 3 weeks at Brown such as finding where my class is. There is usually a campus tour associated with your sign-in. You'll meet your residential advisor, who is a cool college student/guardian and he/she will give you a tour of the campus. This is one of the most important parts of your trip. During this trip, you'll have a tour of Brown and better understand the history of each building. Also, this time is a time for socializing with the people you'll live with for 3 weeks. Remember, first impressions are crucial in making connections. Exchange phone numbers and your experiences with one another.

Your first day at Brown will be full of mistakes and mishaps but you learn from mistakes and by the end of the week, you'll be used to college life. I suggest getting to breakfast early and locating the nearest dining hall near you. There are two dining halls which are across from each other on the campus. Know the way you get to your classroom and the way back before your first day in class. The last thing you want to do is to be late. Meet with your roommate and sit down to discuss about your experiences. The most important thing is to be friendly.

All I can say from this point forward is that you must venture out yourself to fully understand how to operate and endure in a college life. So good luck guys! I'll be rooting you back home.

1 comment:

  1. William,

    The youngest of our ILC team members and some of the best advice.

    Good advice all the way around. Unfortunately, some if it was a bit late to be of value. In retrospect, perhaps the advice about what to bring should have been made before the Brown-II group left their homes to head to Brown. Oh, well.

    As for the rest of the advice, though, I hope the new kids read this and heed your advice. We hate to see any of you learn the hard way and then have the next group have to go through the same problems either because they weren't told or because they ignored the suggestions.