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JBName: Jonathan Raphael Brown

Major: History and International Studies

Hometown: New York City, NY

Year: Class of 2017

What’s a piece of advice you would give to an incoming student?

Your first year of college is going to be a learning experience. Do not take it too seriously, learn about yourself and be adventurous. Go outside your comfort zone, meet new people, make friends, acquaintances, whatever you want to call them. Just be different than you were previously, because your life is going to change no matter what, once you get to this place.

What’s your biggest struggle right now?

Microeconomics. I mean, I think this is what you should expect as part of freshman year…you get lazy. At least I did. And I think not investing too much time in this class is what’s making it a struggle, and I need to change that.

What’s a change you’ve made recently?

I have learned to prioritize things that I enjoy, more than what people expect me to do or what I expect myself to do that I really don’t want to do, like rushing a fraternity. That wasn’t something I wanted to do myself, it was something I did because two really good friends of mine were doing it and I thought it would be really cool to be around them a lot. But I have to prioritize my academics, make sure they come first before my other activities and obligations.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Scandal. I rush home at 10PM every Thursday to watch Scandal. That’s one of my stress-relievers…television in general is, but Scandal in particular. It’s a fantastic show!