Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mentorship Outing

Today, the Brown mentorship group went on our first outing since the dinner. Unfortunately most of the mentors couldn’t make it, but all five mentees were present. We were joined by Mr. Ramsey, Brown alums Susan, Peter, and Alice, Elizabeth, a current senior at Brown, and Irene and Guadelupe, former ILC members and incoming Brown students. We took BART to San Francisco, where we ate lunch at Chevy’s and watched Billy Elliot.

Lunch at Chevy's

At lunch, I sat next to Elizabeth and chatted with her about her experiences at Brown. She is majoring in Sociology but is also doing Portuguese Studies, something she told me she became interested at Brown. Hearing her stories made me realize that students in college discover their passions in college and often change their major, no matter how set they were on it before. I also learned that Brown during the school year is not quite the same as it had been for us at Summer@Brown. There are more events going on and of course, more people on campus, adding to a whole new vibe at Brown.

All the Brownies

After we finished eating, we headed to the Orpheum Theatre to watch Billy Elliot, a musical about a young boy aspiring to be a ballet dancer. I had heard praises about the show from Beilul, a Columbia cohort who saw it on Broadway. In addition, I had never seen a musical before, adding even more to my excitement. I wasn’t disappointed. The show was entertaining and inspiring.

After three weeks of being home, I miss life at Brown so I enjoyed our “reunion” with fellow Brownies. My mentor, Raquel, couldn’t make it today, but we’ve been contacting each other and are planning a meet-up. This mentorship program has been great, and I’m looking forward to future mentorship events.

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