PROVIDENCE, R.I. — With the school year coming to an end, Brown University freshman Aaron Clark has been reflecting on his totally awesome year, citing city-living as “eye-opening yet crazy.”
“Yeah, I’m pretty stoked to tell people back home that I go to school in the city.” said Clark. “Besides the massive quad and quiet, opulent neighborhoods featuring ornate original colonial and Victorian mansions enclosing the Brown grounds, it’s basically like the city is my campus!”
Clark continued to gloat about the diverse student body at Brown.
“Because the city attracts so many different kinds of people, I’ve been able to really expand my previously myopic worldview. In fact, Brown just announced that this class is one of the most diverse in history, with only 80% represented by Moses Brown graduates. I’ve even connected with other students whose parents make less than $200,000 a year, just like mine. It’s a relief not to feel like such a minority,” said Clark, as he shoveled dining hall ketchup packets into his backpack, “These new, lifelong friends of mine have so much in common with me. They also got rejected from UPenn and Columbia, but let’s be real, Providence is a much better city anyway. It’s like a blessing in disguise.”
It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for Clark. He’s already had a few unsettling encounters with Providence’s gritty underbelly.
“I had a really big scare the other night. I was walking to Wayland Square from my dorm on Hope Street to grab some food, and during that walk, I passed by one person wearing a hood. Luckily, they barely noticed me as I screamed and dove behind a nearby shrub,” said Clark as he mimicked the move. “Thank god I managed to escape that situation unscathed. Next time, I’m not so sure I’ll go outside after 8:00 pm by myself.”
At press time, Clark was overheard telling friends that maybe he’d even move to a bigger city like New York after school, but also wasn’t so sure about “crossing state lines” to see a movie in Seekonk.