Brown University Student Panel

Recorded Friday, September 25 at 10:00 PM

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Brown University

Providence, RI

Ask current Brown students questions about academics, campus life, dorm living, and more. Livestream viewers will get to vote on questions and ask their own!

Meet the panelists: Leon, Drew, Ryan, Ellen

Leon is a junior from Stony Brook, New York concentrating in Biomedical Engineering at Brown University. He is personally interested in the fields of healthcare, entrepreneurship, and biotechnology but also finds time to take courses in Anthropology and the Chinese language. Outside of class, Leon does research in a Biomedical Optics lab and occasionally involves himself in healthcare start-up related work. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, biking/running around the Providence area, and reading books ranging from fictional novels to tutorials on investing.

Drew is a rising junior from the greater Chicago area. He is pursuing a degree in Health and Human Biology at Brown University with an emphasis on Brain Health and Human Behavior. Drew enjoys hiking, swimming, and skiing, and loves to travel.

Ryan is a rising junior at Brown studying Behavioral Decision Sciences, a fairly new concentration at Brown. He spent last summer living in a Buddhist Monastery in China after taking a Contemplative Studies course at Brown. Outside of school, Ryan enjoys making music and writing.

Ellen is a rising senior double concentrating in Applied Math-Biology and History. She has interests ranging from modeling human movement for injury prevention and rehabilitation to studying colonialism and post-colonial impact. She is pre-med and has conducted research in multiple disciplines, runs a community supported agriculture (CSA) organization, is a member of the Women’s Club Volleyball team, is a mentor for freshman and sophomore, works for the admissions office, and is taking the semester off to work full time in her research lab. Besides academics, she is training for a triathalon, is an avid foodie, and knows how to kick back and have a good time.

School information

Brown University

Providence, RI
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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

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19:45@anonymous:How is the premed program? Is the culture more collaborative or competitive? Are there still opportunities for premed students outside of the PLME program?
21:40@anonymous:Could you elaborate on the PLME program? Do you still have to take the MCAT? Is it accelerated?
23:36@anonymous:Will STEM students do well here even though it's a liberal arts school?
24:31@anonymous:How does the open curriculum work?
25:38@collegeguru:Can Ryan elaborate on the Behavior Decision Sciences concentration?
27:39@anonymous:have any of you ever taken any art programs at RISD?
29:16@anonymous:How much free time do you have on average?
30:32@anonymous:What is the approximate percentage of students that concentrate in multiple areas of study?
31:50@sriya:What are some examples of clubs in biomed?
32:24@anonymous:What is the workload for freshmen?
34:18@anonymous:What is the research experience like?
37:51@anonymous:Do you feel safe running on campus or walking around campus at night?
38:24@anonymous:How hard is it to get involved with clubs/ extracurriculars?
38:47@anonymous:What is the social scene like? How prevalent is Greek life on campus?
39:58@anonymous:Ryan, I saw in your description that you enjoy writing; how is the creative writing program at Brown?
40:23@thewriter:Ryan, I saw you enjoy writing! Would you be able to describe the writing community and/or the writing programs at Brown?
41:47@Parent24:Are dorms available to everyone or only freshmen?
42:03@anonymous:Please speak about the food and student life
42:55@anonymous:What is the food and dining options like at Brown?
46:39@anonymous:What is the best dorm in your opinion?
47:57@anonymous:Ryan, I saw that you lived in a buddhist monastery in China. Did Brown help in terms of the study abroad fees or was this a solo trip? And would you say that studying abroad is still a possibility for students even if it doesn't necessarily align with their major?


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