I'm at the Bear's Lair gym right now trying to take advantage of the facilities available to me. I've visited all the libraries and they're all so amazing. The John Carter Brown library is literally like a museum. Walking up the stairs and seeing the grooves in the marble from the countless students that have walked there before me is a constant reminder of the long history of Brown and the brilliant minds that have come here. As I do my homework everyday, I always start to wonder what genious might have been doing his/her school work in the very same room.
I've become friends with a girl from Canada. She knows english, french, and spanish. It's great to see everyone come here at the summer at Brown program in a big melting pot of languages and cultures. I am personally in love with other ways of life and languages and it seems like a shame that my school puts such little emphasis on it. In America, knowing four or even three languages seems like a great feat while in Europe and other developed nations, that seems to be the standard. At school, we are only required to take two years of language. This barely seems like enough time to me to learn the language much less the culture. I've really learned about my leadership style and ways to make it more effective so hopefully when I get home, this can be a problem that I can address. A main goal for me in coming to Brown was to be able to bring something back to my community to improve it, even if it's in a small way. Maybe bringing a bigger focus on languages can be a first step.
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