Pre-College Programs

July 5, 2017

Pre-College alumni share wisdom for summer on campus

Summer@Brown is upon us. To help get new students ready for the adventure that lies ahead, we asked a few former students for some helpful (and fun!) advice to pass along. Here are their responses.



Students sitting on Keaney Quad

Summer@Brown 3-Week Course "Neuroscience in Health and Disease"

What’s one piece of advice you have for new Summer@Brown students?

“Be prepared to tackle challenging questions. Regardless of the class you take, whether it falls into the humanities category, applied sciences category, etc., the professors will ask thought-provoking questions and expect you to think creatively and critically about different ideas. Come prepared to think beyond the obvious.”
-Claire, Texas

“Don't hide in your room all the time, go outside and enjoy your summer with your new friends!”
-Helena, Switzerland

“Do not stress! Don't worry about your roommate, your workload, or finding your way around. Everything will be fine, I promise.”
-Lucy, Pennsylvania

“Be open to anything. It is probably your first time in a college life experience, and there are a lot of new things you could experience. Try to meet and talk to as many people as you can, get to know the teachers, and try to push yourself during the time you are at Brown because it is the perfect place to do so with all the resources and amazing people who are there.”
-Jess, New Jersey

“Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and participate in any activity that is offered as well make as many friends as you can and keep in touch with them.”
-Alex, Texas

“Do not be afraid to introduce yourself to your peers and enjoy the week(s) because it will go by fast!”
-Grace, Massachusetts


Students sitting on Keaney Quad

Students sitting on Keaney Quad

Beyond your class(es), what was the best part of your Summer@Brown experience?

“The best part of Summer@Brown is meeting people from all over the world! Don't just stay in your dorm room or only talk to people in your class. Walk around campus or go to on-campus events and introduce yourself to whoever you see. You might make a lifelong friend or learn a lot about someone who has a very different background than you.”
-Lucy, Pennsylvania

“Fourth of July. It was a night to remember. Literally, because some of my friends were leaving the next day and that night, we got to explore Providence more than ever and meet the wonderful residents.”
-Rasheed, New Jersey

“Meeting new people.”
-Helena, Switzerland

“I loved getting to meet people from Spain and France on my dorm floor, because I have never been outside of the U.S., so that was amazing. Also, meeting the students in my classes who also had the same love for medicine that I have.”
-Jess, New Jersey

"My favorite part was the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and make so many new friends.”
-Alex, Texas

“Making new friends from across the world and getting a glimpse of what the college life is like.”
-Grace, Massachusetts

“The sense of community. Whenever I walked around the campus, either by myself or with friends, people I didn't know would stop to talk to me. Additionally, in my dorm, mini whiteboards hung on the doors in my hall. All of the students would use the whiteboards to write little notes to each other. I really enjoyed all of these interactions.”
-Claire, Texas


Luggage area at Check-in

Luggage area at on-campus Check-in

What’s one packing suggestion you have for new students?

“Make sure to pack a fan!”
-Helena, Switzerland

“Bring a refillable water bottle!”
-Lucy, Pennsylvania

“Students should not go without extra money because there are so many great places to eat (in Providence).”
-Jess, New Jersey

“Bring a device of some sort to take pictures and record your experience throughout the program.”
-Alex, Texas

“A comfortable pair of shoes! During your down time at Summer@Brown, you and the new friends you make will want to actively spend time together outside and explore downtown Providence and the surroundings of College Hill. Also, I brought many of my own snacks from home, but soon discovered that in order to fully immerse myself in campus life I should take the time to try the meals from different dining halls. The blueberry muffins from the Blue Room were some of my favorite snacks.”
-Claire, Texas