Mina Sarmas may be meeting her first-year student face to face for the first time this month, but she has been creating opportunities to connect with each other for more than a year.
Shortly after her acceptance of Bran’s initial decision in December 2019, she created a group discussion for Group 2024, a popular messaging app for Group 2024. Since then, the outbreak has grown to include more than 1,400 first-year brown students — mostly in the classroom — as the epidemic cancels campus visits and delays its arrival this spring.
This fall, Sarmas successfully sought one of two seats in the Branch Graduate Council. The high school student council knows from experience that she wants to join the student government to make a positive impact on the school community. But from her home campaign in Long Island, New York – to find a place in a school where she did not start her full-time education – she raised a new question: “How do you find people when you can’t even find them all? Christmas? ”
Answer: Sarmas posted a Google search post on social media to find out the most important motivations for undergraduate undergraduate students. She used feedback to develop a campaign platform focused on expanding campus sustainability and supporting first-generation college students.
After her election in November, Sarmas began collaborating with first-year representative Emma Amselem Bensadon on her Instagram page, which completes the “everything she needs to know about life on campus: from COVID-19 testing to advertising Tips for packaging virtual reality for college.”
Now Sarmas is finally looking forward to starting campus, course on campus – covering chemistry and biology, public health and sign language. She hopes to pursue a career in biochemistry, public health, and political science. She looks forward to participating in the first-year program offered at the U-Fli Center, a place where undocumented, first-generation college or low-income students can build a community.
“Many of the kids here are from college grade generations, and parents who have gone through this process are helping them,” said Sarmas, a first-year college student. “I think it’s good for you to have a place where everyone has the same experience.”
But most of all, she looks forward to meeting many first-year students in person last year.
“We’ll have to wait a long time,” she said. I am very happy to be here. ”
Jordan de Padova: Unexpected first year experience
How does a student secretary record their coffee experience before it officially begins?
It is a mystery to greet Jordan de Padova this fall, months before he and his friends arrived on campus to officially begin their college career.
“When I was in my room at home for months, it was a little difficult to think about coffee,” he says.
But Anne Arbor, a native of Michigan, tended to write about the challenges and successes of finding a place in his unbaptized community.
I remember writing and thinking, “I hope you are not alone.”
But the column echoed with first-year students who e-mailed to share similar experiences, inviting older undergraduates to ask questions that they might face during the long fall.
De Padova’s response confirmed his feelings and confirmed the purpose of the column. Number one, what people read, because it’s cool, and number two, because I feel like this, makes it so much easier to move forward. Because it is a common feeling now.
He also encouraged other student organizations to expand their imaginative engagement with the community – a decision reflected in the last column:[T]The clubs I participated in were not just swinging our time until we got to campus – they gave us meaningful ways to get involved.
When De Padova arrived in Brown in early January, he had been on campus for over a year. At the time, he was visiting colleges as a junior college – encouraging students at Magnet School in Anne Arbor to pursue their careers – and was impressed by the open study paths. Curriculum is encouraged.
“I didn’t say, ‘I’m a biologist, and that’s what I do,'” he said. “There are so many different combinations you can make.”
Now that De Padova has arrived on campus, he looks forward to immersing himself in the Brown community, exploring the city of Providence and pursuing his interests in a variety of subjects – biology and international relations, political science and linguistics. His schedule for spring.
“I am so happy to be doing school again,” he said. I was happy to be back on the bridge. ”
Kathleen Williams – Joining the team before entering the field
When Kathleen Williams visited Brown for the first time, she was in high school.
With the bright “beautiful” architecture, the enthusiasm for the students, and the fact that three years later she joined Varsity, the coaches and players at first sight fell in love with Pitcher Corners, Georgia. Women’s soccer team.
“I can say that they really love the group and love each other,” she said. It seemed like a good opportunity to be part of a community that was trying to make each other better.
As a freshman, Brown was asked to postpone her school year to spring. But she is already part of a much-appreciated women’s soccer community.