- Jun 14
"As a student from Japan, I wasn’t able to visit Brown...
"As a student from Japan, I wasn’t able to visit Brown before applying. But I had a gut feeling that this school was the right choice - I decided to send out my application Early Decision! It wasn’t until I actually got to campus did I realize what my gut feeling was really trying to tell me.
Brown’s commitment to global engagement made me fall in love with this school. As a student interested politics of humanitarianism and disaster management, I engaged with world-renowned professors and students at the Watson Institute to carve out my personal academic niche.
The moments I spent talking to professors during office hours, and with peers while studying at libraries, gave me the courage to embark on a research project in Japan. I studied the effects of 2011 Fukushima Tsunami and Nuclear disaster on victims across the country, of which Brown graciously helped fund.
Brown also helped me study abroad in Brazil, South Africa and India, where I studied the interconnectedness of social, environmental, political and economic systems on the urban environment.
On a more personal level, I engaged globally while at Brown through my daily interactions with peers. I spent hours on end talking to students from across the globe, who made me find sense of belonging, despite living in a new country.
Through late night conversations about homesickness, dealing with new American cultural norms, and the ups and downs of living at a US college, I found my own sense of belonging here at Brown. I even served as a mentor for international first-years, which reaffirmed my love for this school.
Now that my time at Brown is almost coming to an end, I can proudly say that the global experiences I have had here has made me a more insightful and responsible global citizen, feeling assured that I am well-prepared to engage with the world beyond College Hill."
Akira Camargo ’18, International Development and Sociology