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Guan ’27: Americans shouldn’t romanticize Canada

As a Canadian, I get a kick out of telling fellow students where I’m from. While some reactions to my nationality are muted, other reactions are much more intriguing. Recently, it’s become common for someone to say that I’m “so lucky” to be Canadian and that they want to move to Canada to ...


Aizenberg ’26: Don’t follow the news

Statistician Nassim Taleb often points to an allegory of a fragile bridge. Regardless of what car drives over it, it will eventually break. The Swiss author Rolf Dobelli adds on to that: When the bridge collapses, what does the news focus on? It reports on the driver, on his life and on his family. ...


Klein: Entering the new year with humility

As the new academic year on campus coincides with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, I’ve noticed that some of the central figures in the stories associated with the season, specifically the biblical Abraham and Sarah, have valuable lessons to impart about transitioning into the new school year. ...


Rahman ’26: The education crisis facing American boys

Today’s higher education landscape looks drastically different from that of our parents. In a dramatic reversal of the United States’ higher education gender breakdown, 59.5% of college students today are women. While both men and women this century are more likely to attend college than in the ...


Senior Column | Ren ’23: An idiot all along

The first column I ever wrote for The Herald was titled “I did not like the first-year reading.” Perhaps you remember that book ― “The Idiot” by Elif Batuman. The pink paperback Brown mailed us the summer before our first year, with the picture of a gray rock on the cover. Our first homework ...


Senior Column | Collins '23.5: Deciding Factors

Where has the time gone? It’s as if I closed my eyes on my first night here at Brown and opened them on the morning of our graduation. When we said yes to Brown, we decided that this was the place to become young, independent scholars. We decided that we loved every blade of grass on the Main Green, ...

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