PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — As Daryl and Peggy Twitchell strolled through Brown’s College Green with their daughter, sophomore Emily Twitchell, they were transported back in time and recalled meeting each other more than three decades ago as students in the same curricular advisory group for Chinese history studies at Brown.
The two Class of 1993 graduates were among more than 2,600 family members of current students from across the U.S. and around the world who convened on campus from Oct. 13 to 15 to celebrate Family Weekend 2023, a fall tradition that offers a wide array of social, academic and cultural activities.
“I’m excited to see what Emily has done to make it her own,” Daryl Twitchell said. “This is her school now, it’s her place. It’s thrilling that she’s here.”
Perfect fall weekend weather presented an ideal setting for activities on campus and beyond, including guided tours, a “Barbie” movie night on the College Green, yoga on the Quiet Green, sporting events, and more opportunities for students to give their families a taste of the educational and student life experience at Brown.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my life here at Brown, and now it’s awesome that I can introduce it to my friends, show them all the places I have class and just explore the campus together,” said first-year student Gustavo Trope Mayer, who was joined by his parents Rony and Larissa Trope Mayer, who are originally from São Paulo, Brazil, and traveled to Providence from their home in Sarasota, Florida.
The Trope Mayers were charmed by Brown’s historic campus and enjoyed dining with their son in Andrews Commons, soaking in the sunshine on the College Green, attending an open house for study abroad programs, and engaging with Providence’s premier cultural event, WaterFire, in a University-sponsored full lighting.
“This, for us, is a dream — that he is studying here,” Rony Trope Mayer said. “We both went to college in Brazil, and having the opportunity to experience all of this, for us, is like we are living the same experience with him, and that is why we’re very excited about everything here at Brown and his experience here.”