Pre-College Programs

June 7, 2017

7 exciting ways to spend your free time at Summer@Brown

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Tug of war, hosted by Residential Life staff



Summer@Brown is all about learning, but it doesn't all happen in the classroom. Whether you’re looking to learn more about college life, sharpen a skill, play a sport or just get off campus for a bit, there's plenty to do outside of class time as well.

To get you thinking more about how you’re going to spend your outside-of-class and studying time at Summer@Brown, here’s a sampling of some of the activities on offer.

Join a student organization

Summer@Brown student organizations cover everything from recreational activities like running, capture the flag and Quidditch; identity, including ethnic groups, sexual orientation and first-generation college students; and interests outside of academics, like sustainability, poetry and card and board games. Groups, led by a residential advisor (RA), get together regularly for meetings and activities and are a great way to make friends with similar interests outside of your courses and residence hall.

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Quidditch match on the Main Green

Expand your mind

In addition to student organizations, the Summer@Brown also offers a diverse selection of workshops where students can learn more about a range of topics. Workshops, led by RAs, touch on social issues like classism, cultural appropriation, race and gender, as well as more college-oriented subjects like time management, choosing a major and critical thinking. All offer a safe space where students can discuss and ask questions about topics they’re curious about.

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Group discussion beneath Giuseppe Penone’s meditative “Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone)” on the Main Green

See a movie

Grab some screen time of the non-computer variety at the free movie screenings that happen every Friday throughout the summer at 8 p.m. in Metcalf Auditorium. This year’s line-up includes a fun mix of recent hits like Moana, the Lego Movie and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, to name a few.

Movie Nights - Brown Pre-College Programs

Hit the beach

With more than 400 miles of coastline, you’d be remiss to come to the Ocean State and not set foot on at least one of its many beaches. On weekends throughout the summer, buses with RA chaperones take students to some of Rhode Island’s most scenic sandy spots, including Scarborough and Roger Wheeler state beaches, where you can swim and sunbathe to your heart’s content. Specific dates and sign-up links will be posted on Guidebook, and bus seats are first come, first served, so don’t delay if you’re interested.

Sand Hill Cove Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island - John Woodmansee

Sand Hill Cove Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island. Photo credit: John Woodmansee

Check out colleges

If you’re starting to think about college, the Summer@Brown annual college fair is a great place to start learning more. With representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities in attendance, students can ask questions about the application process, majors they’re interested in and campus life. The fair is open to local students and their families, but Summer@Brown students have exclusive access for the first hour. This year’s fair takes place on Thursday, July 13. For more information, visit the website.

Brown Pre-College College Fair

Annual College Fair

Take a day trip

Whether it’s your first time to New England or your fourteenth, there’s probably plenty you’ve yet to explore. Summer@Brown makes a weekend day trip totally doable, with regularly scheduled buses to take students to some of the area’s most popular locales. Take in the sights in Newport or Boston, check out Rhode Island’s Point Judith Lighthouse or root for a minor league Pawtucket Red Sox game. Buses are first come, first served and students are responsible for expenses at the destination.

Point Judith Lighthouse, Narragansett, Rhode Island - John Woodmansee

Point Judith Lighthouse, Narragansett, Rhode Island. Photo credit: John Woodmansee

Explore Providence

You don’t have to travel too far to experience some of the best Rhode Island has to offer. Providence is chock full of history, world-class restaurants, cultural activities and many events happening throughout the summer. Food Truck Friday, WaterFire, RISD Museum, and Movies on the Block are just a small sampling of the many activities students can enjoy in the city. More information about Providence’s attractions can be found on the Pre-College website.

Providence Gondola Ride

A summer gondola ride along the river in Downtown Providence

Guidebook, a free app for Summer@Brown students, will be your go-to source for all co-curricular activities happening on and around campus this summer. Available for download soon, it can be searched by activity or date and even includes information on getting around campus, social media links and other important on-campus resources. There’s also lots of information on summer activities on the Pre-College website.