Before I came to Brown in my sophomore year, I believed that everything about university was, and should be, career oriented. However, studying at Brown challenged that deep-rooted assumption of mine and offered me the opportunity to question my educational aspirations. There, I experienced a very different, student-led learning environment in which I was invited to take control of my own education and was motivated to engage in independent research and reading.
From stimulating class discussions to insightful conversations around the dinner table with friends, during office hours with professors and research symposia with the prominent academics, from hosting a student from Kansas to enjoying concerts and musicals or volunteering at events, I was constantly inspired by the people I met: students, scholars, professors, musicians and even artists.
My journey of self-exploration at Brown had its ups and downs, but I learnt to deal with my own vulnerabilities and to ask for help when needed. Studying at Brown has been one of the greatest, most life-changing experiences I have ever had! I feel privileged and grateful to have had the chance to study there and I strongly encourage every student to join an exchange programme to explore, learn and grow.