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We're so excited you're joining our community, and we can't wait for you to arrive for O-Week! If you or your parents have any questions prior to coming to Rice, feel free to email brownoweek2018@gmail.com

Your O-Week Coordinators

  Rachel Carlton   Hey guys! My name is Rachel and I’m a rising junior from Oakton, VA, a short metro ride away from Washington D.C. I hope you enjoy reading through our book—it’s a great way to learn about Brown and your Advisors! If you only have time for a quick skim, the most important thing you should get out of it is that I and everyone at Brown can’t wait to see you in person! I am super grateful for the opportunity to be a Coordinator because I believe strongly in the merits of Rice’s unique and special orientation, and I want to be an ambassador the amazing community that will help you through your time at Brown. My introduction into Brown in August 2016 was a whirlwind, but moments from my O-Week will forever be dear to my heart thanks to the wonderful people at Brown.   I entered Rice with my heart set on Materials Science and NanoEngineering, so I spent my first year completing general engineering requirements and working on my distribution classes. But by the beginning of my sophomore year, I realized that I had been dead set on one path without any real reason why. After a stressful first few weeks of the semester, I dropped the engineering life in order to pursue a major based on the classes I had found most interesting—now, I am happily wedded to a double major in Cognitive Sciences and Linguistics. If we get a chance to talk for a bit, I might try to pick up on an idiosyncrasy of your speech and take a guess as to where you’re from! One day, I hope to use my language skills and Cognitive Sciences background in the interest of national security.   One of my favorite ways to stay engaged in Brown College is through College and IM sports. Coming into Rice, I had heard that Powderpuff was the biggest sport across campus - and is it ever. Because of our fantastic Brown cheerleaders and Brown’s general love for the game, Powderpuff has become my favorite part of Rice in the fall. While I played soccer through high school, I have found that the College sports system at Rice gives you the opportunity to try any sport you’d like, regardless of previous experience or skill. When I’m not playing sports, you’ll find me surfing through Spotify for hours on end or hanging out at Coffeehouse with my friends.   Because of my interest in sports, I served as Brown’s Sports Committee Head last year. Apart from that position, I also stayed involved in Brown’s government as a Floor Representative for second floor. I really enjoyed acting as the voice for my floor at Cabinet, a one-hour meeting every other week at Brown that allows Brownies to share their opinions and vote on issues at Brown and the overall Rice community. I’m also a DJ at KTRU, Rice’s very own radio station. I’ve found that sifting through vinyl and CDs for two hours a week helps me escape the pressures of classes and gives me an outlet for my love of music. Whether or not you decide to partake in any of these activities, I look forward to seeing you around Brown, Rice, and Houston for the next two years!   

Rachel Carlton

Hey guys! My name is Rachel and I’m a rising junior from Oakton, VA, a short metro ride away from Washington D.C. I hope you enjoy reading through our book—it’s a great way to learn about Brown and your Advisors! If you only have time for a quick skim, the most important thing you should get out of it is that I and everyone at Brown can’t wait to see you in person! I am super grateful for the opportunity to be a Coordinator because I believe strongly in the merits of Rice’s unique and special orientation, and I want to be an ambassador the amazing community that will help you through your time at Brown. My introduction into Brown in August 2016 was a whirlwind, but moments from my O-Week will forever be dear to my heart thanks to the wonderful people at Brown.


I entered Rice with my heart set on Materials Science and NanoEngineering, so I spent my first year completing general engineering requirements and working on my distribution classes. But by the beginning of my sophomore year, I realized that I had been dead set on one path without any real reason why. After a stressful first few weeks of the semester, I dropped the engineering life in order to pursue a major based on the classes I had found most interesting—now, I am happily wedded to a double major in Cognitive Sciences and Linguistics. If we get a chance to talk for a bit, I might try to pick up on an idiosyncrasy of your speech and take a guess as to where you’re from! One day, I hope to use my language skills and Cognitive Sciences background in the interest of national security.


One of my favorite ways to stay engaged in Brown College is through College and IM sports. Coming into Rice, I had heard that Powderpuff was the biggest sport across campus - and is it ever. Because of our fantastic Brown cheerleaders and Brown’s general love for the game, Powderpuff has become my favorite part of Rice in the fall. While I played soccer through high school, I have found that the College sports system at Rice gives you the opportunity to try any sport you’d like, regardless of previous experience or skill. When I’m not playing sports, you’ll find me surfing through Spotify for hours on end or hanging out at Coffeehouse with my friends.


Because of my interest in sports, I served as Brown’s Sports Committee Head last year. Apart from that position, I also stayed involved in Brown’s government as a Floor Representative for second floor. I really enjoyed acting as the voice for my floor at Cabinet, a one-hour meeting every other week at Brown that allows Brownies to share their opinions and vote on issues at Brown and the overall Rice community. I’m also a DJ at KTRU, Rice’s very own radio station. I’ve found that sifting through vinyl and CDs for two hours a week helps me escape the pressures of classes and gives me an outlet for my love of music. Whether or not you decide to partake in any of these activities, I look forward to seeing you around Brown, Rice, and Houston for the next two years!

 

  Adam Bender   Hey y’all! My name is Adam and I’m a rising junior from Phoenix, AZ/Columbus, OH! I’m a Economics major on the Pre-Med track. If you hear someone dribbling a basketball outside the Commons or yelling in Vator Lobby, it’s most likely me!   Sports are a big passion of mine, and I’m a huge fan of the NBA. Growing up in Ohio, I rooted for both Lebron James of the Cavaliers and Tracy McGrady when he played for the Rockets. I used to do decathlon for the track team here as well, so I enjoy watching and talking about track and field events too.   Like most college students, I am a big fan of late night food runs. I’ve gone to The Hoot more times than I could count, and I know which desserts are best at the Chocolate Bar in Rice Village. Some of my favorite places to go are Torchy’s Tacos and Frenchy’s Chicken!   Last year I was able to be an Advisor here at Brown, and truly enjoyed the experience. Getting to know my group of eight New Students and the freshman class as a whole was very rewarding and a ton of fun. As a Coordinator this year, I hope to give all of the New Students a warm welcome to Rice and let them know that they truly belong here!

Adam Bender

Hey y’all! My name is Adam and I’m a rising junior from Phoenix, AZ/Columbus, OH! I’m a Economics major on the Pre-Med track. If you hear someone dribbling a basketball outside the Commons or yelling in Vator Lobby, it’s most likely me!


Sports are a big passion of mine, and I’m a huge fan of the NBA. Growing up in Ohio, I rooted for both Lebron James of the Cavaliers and Tracy McGrady when he played for the Rockets. I used to do decathlon for the track team here as well, so I enjoy watching and talking about track and field events too.


Like most college students, I am a big fan of late night food runs. I’ve gone to The Hoot more times than I could count, and I know which desserts are best at the Chocolate Bar in Rice Village. Some of my favorite places to go are Torchy’s Tacos and Frenchy’s Chicken!


Last year I was able to be an Advisor here at Brown, and truly enjoyed the experience. Getting to know my group of eight New Students and the freshman class as a whole was very rewarding and a ton of fun. As a Coordinator this year, I hope to give all of the New Students a warm welcome to Rice and let them know that they truly belong here!

  Claire Luo   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!!!!

Claire Luo

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!!!!