Thursday, June 23, 2011
Today we experimented on DNA and restriction enzymes, all very complex concepts. It was reminiscent of my school's late AP Biology class and the experiments we had performed. The class is very fun and interactive. Our first test is tomorrow, which is very nerve-wracking.
After class, I went to lunch and ate with an eclectic assortment of people. I realized that I have been eating a lot more at Brown. I scarfed down my meal and departed with my classmate, Cameron. Our destination was India Point Park Bridge, which was about a mile away from the main campus. Once we returned, I went to play cards with friends in the Portland lounge for a couple hours.
As the rain gradually worsened, the Brown cohort reassembled for a meeting with other partnership program members. There was plenty of pizza at the meeting and the information was very helpful. I went to study with some of my Biotechnology classmates afterward. The night ended with homework and studying.
Dean Rose split off the group of students into two groups lead by some scholarship college students. Each of us wrote what he found interesting about Brown, what he found difficult and what he wanted to ask the students. After reading off the feature that interested the student, the Brown students proposed solutions to the difficulties of Brown. We did not get to the questions, but I think most of the students received their answer when the Brown students told us about their experience in college application.
The next step after listening to the Brown students is to prepare for applications. I have all the help I need from my Brown Mentor, Grace, Amy, my RA, the students from tonight, my High school teachers, my parents, my peers and my councilor. I am fortunate to have so many people that I can ask questions to—it is part of the ILC to not only allow to students to visit an Ivy, but have the resources to get in as well. Now it is my turn to evaluate myself to find what school compliments my qualities. Brown is my first choice in college right next to MIT. What assures me in my answer is the familiarity of the campus; I can picture myself at Brown with an accepting, diverse student body, but not the Brown that I am currently attending—as I am told by current Brown students that the culture is entirely different. Everyone I have spoke to has also said any school will morph a student into a particular type of person; it is a daunting choice just like the science of choosing a name that may influence a baby for the rest of his life (reference to Freakonomics).
I also went to a dorm decorating party and made a poster to cover the blank wall above my bed. Things are getting a lot cozier in J005. All my floor mates agree.
I attended a speaking seminar with Rachel about careers in the medical field in Salomon Hall. Sumner, an RA in Bronson, talked about his current computer science concentration at Brown. I talked to him afterward to hear more about it while Rachel talked to the main speaker, a college lecturer with a Ph. D. Sumner told me that he was applying for an internship at Pixar Animations and that I was more than welcome to stop by the Bronson house to chat about it later. I’m making connections here.
After the seminar, we went upstairs to watch “Freakonomics”, and economics documentary spanning statistics of different topics such as baby names to sumo wrestling.
Macroeconomics this morning went by very quickly. Professor Coleman brought up some new material on comparative advantage and then he skimmed over the next two chapters and what we would be learning in the near future. So far, we have looked through and discussed 267 PowerPoint slides. Out TA, John, blitzed through a review of last night’s homework in under an hour. Economists talk very fast.
It was raining again today, so I after a delightful veggie melt, brown rice, salad, and sausages, I chose to stay in my room and do my big vocabulary assignment. It fit on five pages of college-ruled paper.
The ILC Cohort #1 met up with Ms. Larson on the corner of Benevolent and Brown Streets at 4:45 to meet up for a partnership dinner in Arnold Hall. It was great to see our chaperon again. Being ILC students, we were early and ready to begin. Dean Rose and Jaqueline Newcomb welcomed us and other students began to trickle in from the rain outside. Some of the different partnerships included Minds Matter and the Joyce Foundation.
There were about 30 people at the pizza dinner and after a brief introduction, we split up into two discussion groups. We were instructed to fill out an index card explaining what we liked at Brown, what we found challenging at Brown, and a question to ask the panel of current students that were in our groups. Our Brown students were Paul, Maria, and Thai-Son. They went through our index cards and talked to us in depth about applying for college and what they contributed to at Brown. I really enjoyed this dinner. I felt as though the current students understood what kinds of situations we were in and the fears that we had for the application progress. I talked to Paul after the discussion, and he told me to e-mail him so we could talk more about what interested me and what I might like to do at Brown. After our 5-minute conversation, he gave me a big hug and encouraged me to apply. Everyone is so helpful and loving here!
I’m done with all my homework and I plan to chill for the rest of the night with Rachel and Steph. By the way, never leave your dorm room unlocked. That was the main thing that all of the RAs and administrators here are stressing (besides curfew of course). Steph just moved in to the 007 hall and she totally left her (and her roommate’s) door unlocked. This was just a shame so the rest of the hall welcomed her by TPing the entire dorm. Lesson learned.
After class I went to lunch and ate with an eclectic group of people that I did not know too much. But after lunch our relationships grew from unknowing to strong acquaintances. After lunch I headed to my dorm to do some extreme homework. I decided to get it over quickly so that I could go to bed early tonight. Our homework was to go look up certain financial terms, and answer a few short answer questions. Basically the assignment was getting at the reasons for the financial crisis in 2008.
I finished my homework at around 3 so I looked at my bed, heard the beautiful sound of the rain, and enjoyed the beautiful Providence area while I closed my eyes and took a nap. I was woken up by the strong knocks on my door by Frank. He was waking me up so that we could all attend a discussion panel with other scholarship groups at Brown similar to the Ivy League Connection. We had pizza and discussed certain issues and other features of being a scholar at Brown Summer College. This experience was great, and in addition we were able to see our lovely chaperone again.
After the discussion panel Frank, Erinn, and I headed to the Science library to do homework, study, and even socialize for a while with other students. This went well and after w returned to our respective dorms. Today was a good day overall, and I look forward to what tomorrow holds.