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Between waves of COVID-19 cases and a steady rise in the vaccination rate on College Hill, Brown’s campus was alive again in the summer of 2021. Rather than staying at home, the majority of the class of 2024 returned to school for a summer semester, a component of the University’s three-semester calendar implemented to de-densify campus during the pandemic. 

Over those two months, The Herald asked eight first-years to document a day in their summer lives at Brown through the lens of a disposable camera. Whether it was eating in dining halls, taking in-person classes or relaxing on the Main Green, they captured ordinary yet precious moments on campus that have been deeply missed. 

Although the recent rise in cases and new temporary COVID-19 restrictions have once again put a full return to normalcy on hold, the past summer highlights what Brown once was to many students and what we can expect for the future. 

See part 1 of the series here.

Loki Olin

My name is Loki Olin and I am a sophomore at Brown. I was born and raised in San Francisco, and while I haven’t decided on a concentration yet, it will definitely fall on the fuzzy side of the techy-fuzzy spectrum. Some of my main interests in addition to working for The Herald are visual art, sports and eating pizza with my roommates.

Peter Swope

Hi! My name is Peter Swope and I’m a sophomore from Morris Plains, New Jersey. I haven’t officially declared a concentration yet, but I’m planning to double concentrate in history and political science. I’m a senior staff writer with The Brown Daily Herald for the sports section. I’m also involved with the Brown American Civil Liberties Union and plan to get involved with other advocacy groups. In my free time, I love to work out and play guitar.

Sunny Choi

Hi! My name is Sunny Choi and I am part of the class of 2024. I’m from South Korea but have lived almost my entire life in Frankfurt, Germany. I am considering double concentrating in comparative literature and history. At Brown, I compete as part of the mock trial team, write for The Brown Daily Herald and volunteer at the Center for Language Studies. Aside from extracurriculars, I also enjoy reading, doing paint-by-numbers and forcing my friends to watch horror movies!

Tierra Peguero

Hi, my name is Tierra Peguero and I am part of the class of 2024! I am from Norfolk, Virginia, and intend on concentrating somewhere between French, Hispanic, and education studies with the aspiration of becoming a world language teacher. Even though I haven’t experienced most of Brown just yet, I think my favorite thing to do is sit in the Ratty and chat with friends!

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