Pre-College Programs

Pre-College Activities

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Sunday, July 6

9:30 AM Trip: Wrentham Outlets
Meet at 101 Thayer Street
1:00 PM Parent Orientation Session
Salomon 101
3:00 PM Student Orientation Session
Salomon 101
7:00 PM Ice Cream Social
Patriots Court

Monday, July 7

8:00 AM A Walk in the Park
Meet at Faunce Arch
We will walk to Prospect Terrace Park. Feel free to bring a book, artwork, etc. Walks will leave from Faunce Arch.
9:00 AM Greek Life for Dummies: A Brief Introduction
Sears 120
A discussion about how to get into Greek Life and what it's like: Rush, Pledging, Initiation, and what life's like once you're in. Covers universal elements of Greek Life with a slight focus on the program at Brown.
9:00 AM Know Your Notebook: How to Read, Listen and Take Notes Effectively
Harkness 101
College Success Series
We will explore the art and science of of academic listening, reading for success, and note-taking both within and beyond the classroom.
10:00 AM Bracelet Making
Arnold Lounge
Take a study break and come make bracelets for yourself, a friend, or anyone else! All materials are provided.
10:00 AM Ableism
Arnold Lounge
This program will provide a basis of information on ableism in its many forms, and aim to facilitate a discussion on its intersections with everyday life. Resources available to students at Brown, such as SEAS and CAPS, will be over viewed.
10:00 AM Interview Guru
Harkness 129
We learn to become interviewing gurus by acting out mock interviews and analyzing them.
10:00 AM Testing, Testing 123
Marchado House
College Success Series
We will discuss exams in college, how to prepare and alleviate test anxiety, and strategies for test taking.
11:00 AM So You Want to Study Abroad?
Marchado House
We will discuss personal study abroad experiences and answer questions students may have about the subject of studying abroad while in college.
11:00 AM Indoor Arts and Crafts
Chapin 101
Get your creative cap on and come enjoy an hour of crafting & art making! See you there.
12:00 PM Faculty Lunch Series: Glenn Tung, Eric Tung (PLME student)
TBD
12:00 PM Poker & Card Games
JWW 202
We will play poker and/or other card games. The winner gets a prize!
12:00 PM The REAL Secret to Getting an A
JWW 302
College Success Series
Although not everyone will be able to learn my secret, come be the select few who will. I will communicate the secret to acing reports, presentations, and impressing your professors.
1:00 PM College Myth Busters
Sears 101
Does the freshman-15 actually exist? Is dining hall food really that bad? Come join us to have a discussion and bust various "myths" regarding the college life!
2:00 PM Summer Soccer Series
Arnold Lounge
Let's Talk About Class, Baby. Social class that is, and its effects in college.
2:00 PM Social Class at College
Arnold Lounge
Let's Talk About Class, Baby. Social class that is, and its effects in college.
2:00 PM Living with a Roommate
Sears 101
Tips about how to choose your roommate, resolve conflicts, and co-habitate in the same space!
3:00 PM SparkNotes is Dead!
Morriss Classroom
The Internet is a both a treasure and weakness. We will explore the survival techniques for reading collegiate texts both efficiently and effectively in a SparkNotes and Facebook obsessed society.
3:00 PM You're More Than a Student: Finding Your Niche in an Academically Challenging and Diverse Social Environment
JWW 302
Unsure about how the academic climate of your future university can influence your identity as a student? You've come to the right place! Come on in and learn tips about defining yourself in and outside of the classroom as you interact with a diverse array of people, backgrounds, and interests.
4:00 PM Indoor Basketball
Wayland Arch
We will be playing some 5 on 5 full-court pick-up basketball games.
4:00 PM Major Choices
JWW 202
College Success Series
We will discuss college majors and career choices.
4:00 PM Unpacking Race in America
Arnold Lounge
"What's different about growing up white versus black in America today? Are there differences? Are affirmative action policies fair or necessary if slavery was legally abolished over a century ago? And what about other racial minorities? In this informal workshop, we will discuss some deeper implications of race and the extent to which racism affects American society now. Is there more to racism than derogatory slurs or remarks? Perhaps. We will then explore the notion of privilege, as well as what we can do moving forward. All are welcome!"
5:00 PM Ballin'
Wayland Arch
Meet at Wayland Arch to play basketball at the OMAC.
6:00 PM Community Programming
By floor
6:00 PM Women in the Media
Arnold Lounge
We will look at and discuss some misogynistic and oppressive media portrayals of women. This will include unrealistic body image as well as rape culture.

Tuesday, July 8

8:00 AM Morning Walk
Pembroke Field
Tuesdays, 8-9 am, we'll walk over to Prospect Park and enjoy the beautiful view of early morning Providence.
9:00 AM Major Decisions: Finding Your Academic Passion
Harkness 101
Come to this session to speak with a panel of RAs who have had diverse and exciting college experiences. Learn about them, ask questions, and work towards finding your passion!
9:00 AM So Meta: Learning About Learning
Morriss Classroom
College Success Series
Come discover ways to improve your learning skills in this fun, interactive, not-too-shabby-for-nine-in-the-morning program. (Tuesdays 9-10am)
10:00 AM Ultimate Frisbee
Quiet Green
Come play Ultimate Frisbee on Quiet Green! Bring all your friends, no experience is necessary. Rules will be explained if needed. If it is raining, come instead to the Arnold Lounge for a fun selection of board.
10:00 AM Oops, missed that! : College Note Taking and Listening
JWW 202
College Success Series
We will be discussing college note taking and listening skills.
11:00 AM The Grass is Always Greener...
Arnold Lounge
We will be discussing the issues that may arise between two students on a college campus when their social economic background has become evident to one another. How would you discuss your economic problems to a friend who may or may not relate? Can these differences affect your overall relationship or can it strengthened it? Are we divided on campus because of these differences or does the campus allow for growth and interaction between the different social economic groups?
12:00 PM Touch Rugby
Pembroke Field
"Soccer is a gentleman's game played by hooligans; rugby is a hooligans game played by gentlemen." Come out and play rugby, the greatest game ever played!
12:00 PM Coasting Through College
Morriss Classroom
College Success Series
Does acing a test seem impossible? Not if you have the right tools! We'll be covering how to study and take tests at a collegiate level.
12:00 PM Discrimination Against People with Disabilities
Arnold Lounge
This workshop will include an engaging discussion about disability and it's different forms. We will be looking at how our media and culture shapes our attitudes towards people with disabilities. Students will have an opportunity to share personal experiences about this topic.
1:00 PM "What are you?" Demystifying Stereotypes
Arnold Lounge
It is hard to deny that "people watching" is not entertaining - figuring out where people are going or what they are going to do. However, what about deciphering where they are from or what their backgrounds are? Are we allowed to try to classify people?
1:00 PM Reason and Rationality
JWW 302
College Success Series
We will explore and hold rationality in a world of increasing inanity and illogicality.
2:00 PM Green Football
Pembroke Field
Come out and enjoy playing football and hanging out with friends on the Pembrook Field!
2:00 PM Tuned In, Boxed Out: Media Stereotypes of Disabilities
Arnold Lounge
What is a disability? How do the TV shows and movies that we love like Glee and Wreck It Ralph inform our perceptions of individuals who have disabilities? Why are some disabilities considered to be "bad" while others are "cool"? Why is a difference in ability a source of entertainment for others? Stop by Arnold Lounge for a different take on America's view of disabilities through interesting conversations and fun activities! For more information, contact Alexandra_Sepolen@brown.edu
3:00 PM Fitness and Weightlifting
Meet at Faunce Arch
Pump the iron & run that machine! Everyone is welcome.
3:00 PM Soccer: Kickin' Fun
Wayland Arch
Do you get excited about the world cup? Do you want to experience the game for yourself? We're kicking off every week with a game of soccer. If you don't know how to play don't worry, you'll learn. The most important thing is to have fun!
3:00 PM Balancing Academic and Social Life
JWW 302
We’ll be discussing how difficult or easy it can be for different people to get involved on campus and discuss the ways to overcome the challenges that arise due to time management, juggling multiple activities and a rigorous academic workload, and being organized.
3:00 PM Surviving College: Managing Your Time
Harkness 101
Tuesdays 3-4pm. Workshop on managing your time at college. Learn how to juggle classes, studying, extracurricular activities and friends for a more productive and successful college experience.
4:00 PM Technology in College
Arnold Lounge
4:00 PM Green-Soccer
Pembroke Field
It's the summer of the FIFA World Cup! Come play the world's most popular sport.
4:00 PM Genderbread People
Arnold Lounge
An open discussion and exploration of language and issues surrounding sexual and gender identity, for the queer, questioning, and curious alike!
4:00 PM Managing Money
Sears 101
College Success Series
We will discuss college majors and career choices.
4:00 PM The Myth-teries of College Life
Chapin 129
Come discuss stereotypes you may have about college life, outside of academics! You can get all your questions about college answered in a no-judgment space.
5:00 PM Research to radio to rugby: navigating extracurriculars
Chapin 129
This panel will cover different areas of extracurricular opportunities and how to get involved in them. If you're curious about volunteering at local hospitals, joining Rugby Club, or writing for the newspaper, come on by with plenty of questions! If you think college is all about the books, let us change your mind! If you think navigating 200+ clubs in one activities fair is daunting, you're right! But this panel will give you a good idea of what to look for. Come for the discussion, stay for the pizza!
5:00 PM Getting Your $#!% Together: How to Get Stuff Done
Morriss Classroom
Do you find your endeavors to complete important tasks in your life thwarted constantly by distractions? Do you find yourself gaping at the amount of stuff you have to do in a month, a week, a minute?! Do you want to learn how to lead a BALANCED LIFE in spite of all that aforementioned stuff? Do you want to be able to take full advantage of your high school experience, your college experience, and your life?! Do you, Summer Brunonians, want to succeed? If you answered yes to any of the previous questions or to any question even marginally related, come to learn a few TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS. These are likely the most important skills to learn before going to college if your goal is to succeed AND to have the time of your life. After all, in college it is not necessarily the smart one who succeeds; it is the disciplined hard worker – the expert time manager.
6:00 PM The Disney Vault: Unpacking Gender and Racial/Ethnic Identities in Disney Media
Arnold Lounge
Ever wondered how Disney movies are connected to real-world social issues? How have race/ethnicity and gender been portrayed in Disney movies over time? Come to "The Disney Vault: Unpacking Gender and Racial/Ethnic Identities in Disney Media" an an introductory workshop on topics of gender and race/ethnicity addressing how social identities are displayed in popular Disney media. Disney is popular amongst all ages, so how has it inherently shaped our perception of the world as we know it?
6:00 PM Interviewing Skills
Marchado House
This program will cover the basic and fundamental aspects of interviewing for college admission, internships, and other positions relevant to the community members in attendance.
6:00 PM Outdoor and Indoor- Recreational Rotation
Wayland Arch
We will meet every week and play a different outdoor/Indoor ball sport activity.
6:00 PM Tech Up!
JWW 302
Come and learn about the importance of technology in college. As technology was embraced by educational institutes, students and teachers have access to an incredible amount of resources through which they can communicate and share information in real time. Discover how to use all these resources to be a successful college student!
7:30 PM Distinguished Speaker: Pratik Chougute
Salomon 101
Distinguished Speaker Series

Wednesday, July 9

8:00 AM Group Morning Run
Wayland Arch
Get your day started on the right foot with a refreshing morning run! I spent four years as a member of Brown University's cross country and track teams, and I will do my best to accommodate all levels of fitness/experience. Also a great way to check out the campus and its surrounding areas.
9:00 AM Communicating Clearly
Marchado House
College Success Series
Come discuss clear communication and how communication skills might differ in college and high school.
10:00 AM Ultimate Indoor Frisbee
Buxton 120
Summer@Brown Motion, Come out for one hour of FUN, learning and great work out. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.
11:00 AM Henna
Arnold Lounge
Come get henna-fied :)
11:00 AM Do You Really Know What's Going On?: Active Listening and Note-Taking for College Success
Chapin 129
College Success Series
Time to clear out that ear wax and bust out that new ink pen. Active listening and taking notes are key elements for success in every environment.
11:00 AM Micro-aggression Matters!
Arnold Lounge
This workshop will break down the concept of microaggression, providing both a comprehensive understanding of how microaggression contributes to institutional sexism and methods to identify and challenge microaggression in day-to-day life.
12:00 PM Faculty Lunch Series:Katherine Piskor
TBD
12:00 PM Thinking Critically
JWW 202
College Success Series
We will be discussing the tenets of critical thinking and analysis
1:00 PM Queering College: Exploring LGBTQ Identity in High School and College
Arnold Lounge
This program is purposed to allow LGBTQ and allied students a space to come together and share their experiences with their identities. Dialogue will provide students with insight into constructions of queerness, accessibility, GSAs, etc. This is a safe space and open to people of all identities.
1:00 PM Living with a Roommate
Archibald/Bronson Lounge
Join us to discuss the joys and struggles of sharing your space with a roommate! Come with your questions about handling conflicts and forging lasting relationships.
2:00 PM Balancing Academics and Social Life
JWW 302
We will touch on the extracurricular/professional aspects of non-academic life as well as social stuff, such as trying to get employed by your college and making connections with professional staff. We will also stress that you don't need to make all your best friends as soon as soon as you get to college and not to be concerned if you need to focus on academics as things are starting out. Also we will emphasize academics as a priority over other activities. This will be done in a discussion panel format.
2:00 PM Jedi Dodgeball
Green By McMillian
In a galaxy far, far away, there is a civilization of Jedi warriors that play their own version of what Earthlings sometimes refer to as “dodgeball”. Jedis are split up into two teams, each with a Jedi Master that can heal his Jedi companions when they are hit by incoming meteors, i.e. doge-balls. Save and protect your teammates by catching incoming meteors! Conquer the galaxy by knocking out all of the Jedi warriors on the other team.
2:00 PM Maintain Balance in College!
Chapin 101
Come learn how exactly to maintain your balance of academic and social life during the potentially stressful college adjustment period!
2:00 PM YOLO…but actually/Staying Healthy
Buxton 120
College Success Series
We forget to take care of ourselves and we think that small things we do, don't have an impact on our lives, but actually they do. We have to be aware of our consequences.Learn ways to move in the right direction of a healthy lifestyle!
3:00 PM Afternoon Identi-Tea
Arnold Lounge
Come for a casual safe space discussion on gender identity and sexual orientation in the context of campus life. Share ideas, stories, and questions while enjoying snacks and iced or hot tea.
4:00 PM College Admission Series: A Guide to Standardized Tests
BERT 130
4:00 PM Songwriters Meet Up
Quiet Green
We will meet to share songs we have written, workshop songs we are writing, and discuss strategies and exercises for songwriting. Bring an instrument if possible.
4:00 PM Successful Student Athlete
Harkness 129
"Being a Successful Student Athlete ""I didn't go to college to play no school, I came to play sports."" We will discus the challenges associated with being a student athlete such as time management, academic struggles, balancing all aspects of college with sports, and how college recruitment happens. "
5:00 PM Summer Soccer Series
Pembrook Field
Get into the spirit of the FIFA World Cup this summer with a little bit of soccer. Don't forget to bring your water bottles to keep hydrated as well as your energy.
5:00 PM Making a Good Impression: How to Engage in a Successful Interview
Arnold Lounge
I will be going over tips and essentials for successful interviewing!
6:00 PM Myth Busters
Sears 120
We will speak about college life and answer any questions Summer@Brown students might have about what it's like to be a college student. The goal of this program is to fix any misconceptions high-school students might have about college life, so that they are better prepared when they do go to college. Essentially, we bust myths.
6:00 PM OMG! How Am I Supposed to Do All of This?!
Morriss Classroom/Fireside Lounge
You have two events, dinner, and a lecture you want to go to... all on top of homework. Balancing schoolwork and fun can be stressful, but in this program we will go over some of the most strategic and beneficial ways to structure your time and succeed.
7:00 PM College Admissions Series:Writing the College Admissions Essay
Salomon 101

Thursday, July 10

9:00 AM Relax, Listen, and Take Notes
Morriss Classroom
College Success Series
Learn to take good notes and become a better listener to enrich your college success.
11:00 AM Forms of Discrimination You Might Not Know of
Arnold Lounge
Discussion will include topics on ableism and the stigma that is associated with disability.
12:00 PM The Art of Fun
JWW 202
There is truly an art to letting loose, getting free, and having fun. Each week we will do a different activity to de-stress, find ourselves, and create art in the process. Come through to experience the mysterious art of FUN!
12:00 PM Secret Superheroes
Buxton 120
1:00 PM “ But...I don’t’ see Color”: Discussing What it Means to be Colorblind in a Post-Racial America.
Arnold Lounge
In this discussion, participants will be engaging in a conversation on the topic of colorblindness in regards to race in the United States. We will explore the implications behind colorblind rhetoric as it used from both places of privilege and misunderstanding.
4:00 PM Extermination of the Examination (Fears and other Issues)
JWW 202
College Success Series
We are going to discuss test taking strategies and coping with anxiety.
4:00 PM The New F-Word: Demystifying Feminism
Arnold Lounge
We will look at concepts of gender and how sexism impacts both men and women. We will also explore how these related topics interact with media and pop culture.
4:00 PM Chips and Salsa
Sears 101
Are you ready to set the dance floor on fire? We are! Come join us on Thursdays from 4 to 6 pm and learn some Latin dance moves. No experience required. Just add your own flavor to the Salsa, the chips will be provided!
5:00 PM Green Soccer
Pembroke Field
World Cup? Why not our own World Cup @ Brown? Join us for soccer, aka football.
5:00 PM Financing an Ivy League Education
Buxton 120
Come learn about financial aid and other ways of financing college. We will also discuss how to communicate with your family about your college experience.
6:00 PM The 23rd Annual Summer@Brown College Fair
Meehan Auditorium
6:00 PM Reading For Success
JWW 202
College Success Series
We will examine different reading strategies to help you succeed in high school and beyond
6:00 PM Capture the Flag
Pembroke Field
Come capture the flag, IF YOU CAN!
6:00 PM Hopes and Fears: How to Talk about Racism
Arnold Lounge
The workshop will focus on exploring the hopes and fears that students may have about talking about racism and learning how to navigate the topic. The first activity will start with the facilitator explaining the terms comfort zone, the zone where we feel most comfortable and are not challenged to learn new things, and learning edge, the zone past the comfort zone that allows us to expand our understanding and stretch our awareness. I will define those terms and use examples to explain the aforementioned terms. I will then encourage students to think of examples of comfort zones and learning edges in their personal lives, and in addition to stay in the learning edge as much as they can during this activity. The second activity will focus on hopes and fears concerning talking about racism. I will pass out an index card to each student and each individual will write two fears on one side and two hopes on the other side. The cards will be collected, shuffled, and redistributed to each student. The students will then read the hopes and will be asked, "What did you notice?", "Did you see some repeated themes?", "What are the main concerns of the group?", and "What is one fear you may not have thought of yourself?" The students will then read the fears and will be asked similar questions. After, I will explain that the following activity will help us set guidelines in order to help us navigate the fears regarding talking about racism. The students will play "Emily's Morphs", an energizer where students will line up on one side of the room. They will each individually choose a sound and a movement and once I say "Go", they will begin moving toward the other side of the room, performing the sound and the movement. Once in the middle, all the students must begin to perform the same sound and movement, however they so choose, until they reach the other end of the room. I will model the activity for them. At the end of the activity, I will ask, "What did you find challenging?", "How did it feel to give up part of your sound and movement to be part of the group?", "Under what conditions are people willing to give up something?", "How does this relate to what happens in a classroom where people bring their individual needs and ideas to a collective learning process?", "How does this relate to assimilation?", and "How can we create rules/guidelines that can let everyone be part of the group without giving up their individuality?" I will then post the list of hopes and fears and will instruct students to think of two guidelines that we can use as a way to securely navigate the topic of racism. As a big group we will make a create a list of guidelines that they can use in the future when creating safe spaces and when talking about racism. Afterward, I would suggest some guidelines that may be missing. At the end of this activity, we would go over the guidelines and encourage the students to use these guidelines as a way to talk about racism in the future. I would like to acknowledge that I thought of this workshop using a storytelling curriculum I found through the Storytelling Project from Barnard College.
8:00 PM Documentary:Bully
Salomon 001

Friday, July 11

12:16 AM Board Games
Arnold Lounge
Board and card games will be available for recreational use of the Summer@Brown students as they meet, mix and mingle. It's an hour of fun and relaxing activity!
10:00 AM Disney Decoded
Arnold Lounge
Ever wondered how Disney movies are connected to social issues? How Disney portrays race in movies? Come to "Disney Decoded" a roundtable discussion addressing how racial and other stereotypes are displayed in popular Disney movies.
10:00 AM How to Learn
Buxton 120
College Success Series
Panel discussion about pre-college students' expectations of academic learning in college.
1:00 PM Going Greek!
Harkness 129
Greek life can offer a lot to any collegiate. From volunteer opportunities to social events and leadership roles to campus involvement, Greek life provides it. Come to this informal Q&A session to dispel common myths and explore how Greek life can contribute to your college experience!
1:00 PM Preventing the Freshman 15
Archibald/Bronson Lounge
College Success Series
Tips on how to stay healthy throughout the school year, evening during finals. With a few tips, you too can beat the freshman 15.
2:00 PM Arts and Crafts
Chapin 101
Paint your own Summer@Brown Tshirts!
2:00 PM Tick Tock: What are you doing with your college life?
Morriss Classroom/Fireside Lounge
College Success Series
Time management is essential to college success. Academics, homework, co-curriculars, work, friends and family all demand your time and attention, but how do you find a balance? Come find out how you can “have it all” without going bonkers!
3:00 PM Volleyball
Pembroke Field
Come play an exciting volleyball game against your peers, get to know interesting people, and be prepared to have lots of fun!
3:00 PM MythBusters - Social Skills
South Wayland
On Fridays from 3-4 we will be looking at various myths and misconceptions about social skills in a collegiate environment.
4:00 PM Indoor Board Games
Arnold Lounge
Meet new friends and get to know your fellow residents better by playing your favorite boardgames and card games! Have a game in particular you love to play, bring it to the event.
5:00 PM Out Night
Arnold Lounge
Fridays 5-6 pm, a safe space to discuss sexual orientation, gender, and the intersections between them. Come share, learn, and get a better idea of what to expect from these topics in college and beyond. All identities welcome.
5:00 PM Face in the Crowd
Sears 120
What happens when you go from being at the top of the pack to one of the crowd? We will explore how to find your place in academically competitive environment.
5:00 PM From Brian Griffin to Emma Watson: Choosing a Major and Career Choice That is Right For You
JWW 202
College Success Series
College can be an overwhelming time for any incoming student. Having an idea about what your academic interests are and what you would like to do with them could offer you some much needed relief during your first year in college. In this program, we will be discussing how to chose the right major and career path for you to achieve success at any higher level institution and beyond.
6:00 PM The Ivy League: Race and Class Dynamics
Arnold Lounge
Friday 6pm-7pm, we will discuss how issues of race and class emerge and intersect in the college environment.
6:00 PM Friendship Bracelet Making
Sears 101
Fridays 6-7, make friendship bracelets with your new Summer@Brown friends! (bracelet materials will be available at the activity)

Saturday, July 12

8:30 AM Trip to Boston
Meet at 101 Thayer Street
8:00 PM Movie: Winter's Tale
Salomon 001
8:00 PM Movie: The Lego Movie
Salomon 001