Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Mourning Period

The past few blogs that I've written have pretty much all been reflections of my time here at Brown and how sad I am that I have to leave. Unfortunately, this blog isn't going to be any different. Today's class may have been the most interesting so far, due to all the different topics that were presented through the group projects. I learned about obscure and relative topics such as Peak Oil and Obamacare. Our presentation went well, even though we were well over the recommended 15-minute length. I know that this trip was about growing as a person and experience the academics of an Ivy League School but today all that came second to my closest cluster mates.

Immediately after class I had to say goodbye to one of the best people I had met at this program, Jonathan. It's not that Jonathan is better than anyone in particular at Brown, it's just that he's such a good guy. Despite all the terrible puns that he makes I'm still going to miss him a lot, and yes, tears were involved. Unfortunately, a ton of other great people left while I was in class. One of these kids was Ryan. What is there to say about Ryan? If you could see him just doing normal things in real life then that's all the explanation and remembrance you would ever need. By far one of the funniest people I met on this trip and actually someone who I had a lot in common with. It's really hard to do these recaps because everyone I met at Brown was such an amazing person. Jonathan, Ryan, Shabba, Ryan C, Matt, Danny, Avi, and to anyone else that I seem to be forgetting for some unknown reason, you guys changed my life. There's one person who I left off this list for a reason and that is Utku. Some of you who have read my blogs already know that he was my roommate over these 3-weeks at Brown, but what most of you don't know is that he is the nicest person and best roommate at Brown. I'm not joking either, our cluster all took a vote on it and he won both categories. There's so much I could say but in your interests I'm going to stop here.

After goodbyes, the rest of us left decided that we should go all out by dressing up and going out to a nice dinner on Thayer. Caleb, Hector, Dylan, Sakura, Marie, and I really didn't know where to go so we just walked up the street until we saw something that sparked our interests. We ended up deciding on Andrea's, which seemed fitting since that was the place that my cohort and I had lunch on our very first day at Brown. The food didn't matter at all anymore as we just enjoyed our last meal together as much as we possibly could. After a lot of laughs we finally left, only to head right across the street to the CVS to pick up some stuff for our last night. These items consisted of an abnormal amount of Reese's Cups, a huge back of Peanut M&M's, and a massive amount of energy drinks. Needless to say, we were ready for whatever came at us.

The rest of the night was filled with food, laughter, games, and interesting stories about our time at Brown. The Squad, as we like to call ourselves, had some of the most fun I've ever had that night. The Summer@Brown program has really been eye opening in almost every way imaginable. It's been one of, if not the best, times of my life and I'll be taking everything I've learned back home to try and use it for good and not evil. I don't know but this is one of my last blog posts so the usual sign-off just doesn't sound right. I just have to say... goodbye?

1 comment:

  1. Jack - how wonderful that you have met and become close to so many people in such a short amount of time. Imagine the depth of relationships you will find in four years of college!