Hey! I’m Claire, a rising senior from the wonderful state of Maryland. Seriously, it’s the best state. I could talk for hours about the amazing landscapes and hiking trails, its perfect location—close enough to DC that all its resources (Smithsonian museums, government institutions, etc.) are readily accessible, while also having a distinct sense of suburban comfort, its diverse array of food and cultures, and, perhaps most importantly, how it’s much much better than Virginia (@Rachel Carlton). Clearly, I love my hometown. However, in my three years here at Brown College and at Rice University as a whole, I’ve come to view it as my home as well; whereas Maryland is a foundational piece of my identity, Brown has allowed me to branch out and, as Mario would, “explore new worlds.”
An integral part of my college experience has been deciding my major: as an English major with a Biochemistry and Cell Biology minor on the Pre-Med track, I definitely haven’t taken the most conventional route during my time here. I’ve had the fortune (?) of taking a range of classes, from Organic Chemistry to Bob Dylan and the 60s to upper level French classes; as first said in Mean Girls, “the limit does not exist [during your Rice career].” I’m lucky that our Brown community has been very supportive of all of my endeavors; please talk to me if you’re interested in pursuing seemingly incongruous interests while at Rice!
In my spare time, I work at our campus student-run Coffeehouse and enjoy exploring Houston. I don’t really like to drive though (mostly because I have absolutely no sense of direction even though I’m a Tour Guide here at Rice), so I tend to rope my friends in on my expeditions to new coffeeshops, museums, or places in the city. Chinese food (specifically Sichuan food) is a source of comfort, so I try to make at least biweekly trips to Chinatown and cook a lot at home. I’m also a huge nerd in practically all senses of the word (DnD, LoL, literature, science) and love learning about new things.
Last year, I Co-Advised at Baker College (the first residential college built! HELL YEAH!) and absolutely loved my eight New Students. As a Coordinator, I really want to help promote #crosscampus involvement, because while it be incredibly easy to stay in this “Brown Bubble,” there’s so much that the rest of campus can offer. During O-Week, you’ll probably see me furiously running around, but know that’s I’m always here for you. I’ll always be down to walk + talk around the inner loop or get lost in the city, so come hang out with me when you see me around campus! Through this book, I hope that you’ll get a glimpse into why I’m so passionate about Rice and Brown and see how you might not only fit in here but also shape the community in the years to come. I’m so excited to finally meet y’all!!!!