Leavetaking

"This experience renewed my sense of self and purpose. I came back to Brown feeling refreshed yet full of questions." - Past Leavetaker"This experience renewed my sense of self and purpose. I came back to Brown feeling refreshed yet full of questions." - Past Leavetaker

Each year, about 200 Brown students take a leave of absence to engage in meaningful activities that complement their academic studies. Students on leave travel, volunteer, intern, work, or take time to take care of themselves or others. Sometimes academic, personal, or medical issues motivate a leave. At other times, students need space to reflect on their experiences in and out of the classroom. Seeing how classroom learning relates to the outside world is not always easy.  A leave may help bridge this gap.

The Curricular Resource Center houses resources for students thinking about a leave, planning a leave, or returning to campus from a leave. Our student leave-taking coordinators can help you identify options for making the most of your time away from Brown. Taking leave can be a scary or an unexpected decision. At the CRC, we do our best to address your concerns and help you along the way.

For more information on leavetaking, including first-hand acounts of past leavetakers, please see the results of our 2014 Leavetaking Survey.

Feel free to come by CRC to meet the coordinators, or email your questions to leavetakers@gmail.com. The Leavetaking coordinators hours for Fall 2014:

Ben Chesler '15: 
Ricardo Mullings '15:

Lianne Blinn '15:

Please note: Leavetaking is not for credit. Students may petition to study away from Brown if they wish to earn credit.