Brown University Student Panel
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About this livestream
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.
Undergrad College: Harvard University '17
Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.
Work Experience: Now in my third year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored hundreds more through my livestreams. I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist, and I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston and as Opera Saratoga's assistant conductor. I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States, and I'm looking forward to making my international conducting debut in Vienna this fall.
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 CommonApp.org 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.
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