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Greek Life: I don't know anything about Greek life at Brown.

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Greek Life: The Greek life is there for parties and some other events, but it doesn't dominate. It's not a big deal if you are in a frat or sorority, and it is not a big deal if you never set foot in one. No one cares one way or another. It's nice because you can go to frat parties, which can be fun sometimes, but it's not a status thing at all. However, there definitely are a few real `frat' types, but it's nice to have a little bit of every type at Brown.

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Greek Life: Greek life is an option, but it doesn't dominate the social scene and it is avoidable. Frat parties get old quickly.

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Greek Life: I'm in a fraternity. I never thought I would join one, but it turns out that I did. They definitely do not dominate, but they do provide big parties open to the whole campus that a lot of people find to be pretty fun-there's dancing, drinking, and usually some theme. There's usually always something else going on around campus, though, and bars are always open.

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Greek Life: I feel like only about six percent of people live in fraternities and sororities, so it's a small part of the scene. You really have to search pretty hard to find someone who is involved in them.

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Greek Life: It exists, but it's not big. I think it's mostly a thing for freshmen. It's not like other schools where it's probably cool to be in a sorority. I never considered joining a sorority. Freshman year, I went to a lot of fraternity parties, but I haven't been to one since. All the other students and organizations throw just as many good parties, so I haven't been to one since freshman year.

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Greek Life: I wasn't in a sorority, but I lived in a dorm that was partially joined with a Greek house. Going into it I was very skeptical because you hear so many stories based on stereotypes, and living in a dorm with them changed my perspective of Greek life. They were very approachable. It was intimidating at first, I thought they were going to be rowdy, but in the end it created a great dynamic.

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Greek Life: There are always frat parties to go to if you don't have an ID. They are pretty fun, all the same.

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Greek Life: I lived in Bodega House, the creative expression house, which is not Greek life. It was a program house sandwiched between a normal frat and non-affiliated residents. Brown put a revolving door between our space and the frat's, and right away we felt physically separated. To counter the sense of separation, we had residential programmers who planned activities for the people in the building.

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Drug Safety: If you want to find the scene, you can find it pretty quickly. If you don't want to, you can stay away from it. People are pretty open about their personal habits.

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Drug Safety: I think the policy is lax, and I like it. I got in trouble once, but nothing came of it.

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Drug Safety: Pot is the most used and accessible illicit drug at Brown. However, coke, acid, mushrooms, and ecstasy also seem to be around from time to time. The scene is avoidable if you so choose. I haven't really heard anything about heroin, which is a good thing.

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Drug Safety: Yeah, most of my friends smoke and drink. I wouldn't date someone who doesn't smoke or drink, I think it's like that at most universities. I have friends outside of that group that I meet in class or at work to get a cup of coffee with, but people kind of stick to their circles here.

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Drug Safety: I've never been busted. You hear stuff like that happening. I think Brown is really cool. They definitely give you a lot of responsibility, and they're pretty hands off. They expect students to make the right decision.

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Drug Safety: Most Brown students are responsible about drinking and drugs.

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Drug Safety: I would say most students do drink, but not a lot. I would say the average student would, at most, have four drinks-I mean in a night, not in an hour.

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Drug Safety: A fair number of people smoke pot. It's not as many as those who drink, but I think a fair number of people do.

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Drug Safety: Pretty easy to do, pretty easy to get away with.

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Brown has a reputation that precedes itself. As an Ivy League school, Brown carries a distinction that many students desire, while knowing little about what they need or want in a liberal arts education. In that sense, Brown’s liberal nature and open curriculum exceed that of the average liberal arts school. Many students redefine and rediscover themselves in college, and Brown’s biggest strength is that it promotes individual development and self-discovery over the course of the undergraduate career. Internally, you have a lot of chances to make mistakes, which the University calls “discoveries,” in the course of your studies. It’s easy to change your concentration in the fifth or even sixth semester.

Few people who choose Brown regret it. While it’s not the school for everyone, almost anyone can find what they are looking for at Brown. Whether you are from New England or Siberia, there are clubs, organizations, classes, and fellow students who share your academic and personal interests. Most people choose Brown for its liberal nature and its strong academic resources, and few are disappointed.

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