Heathwood’s college counselor, Susan McGuire, advises rising juniors and seniors to seek out meaningful summer programs that allow them to follow their passions or develop their talents. Junior John Davis recently attended a program at Brown University that allowed him to do both. Here, in his own words, are the highlights of his Brown experience.
Over the summer, I attended a pre-college program at Brown University that lasted 3 weeks. To get into this program I had to submit an application which included an essay, a teacher recommendation, my transcripts from 9th and 10th grade, and a few short essays. Once I got in, I had a choice of many different classes in which I could enroll. I chose to enroll in numbers theory. Going into the course, I had no idea what it would be like. The only thing I knew was that it was an introduction to higher mathematics. This course turned out to be the most interesting, yet most difficult, course I have ever taken. The course was basically a course on proving math, all different aspects of it.
Although the course was amazing, it was only 3 hours of our day. The rest of the day we had the freedom to roam around Providence to do whatever we liked. This was the best part about the program. Providence is an interesting city that’s a hub of music and counterculture. There was an outdoor stage at the river that had a band playing almost every night. It was amazing. The other great part of this program was being able to meet people from all different types of places. it was astounding to see the broad spectrum of people the program attracted. Overall this was an eye-opening experience in which I learned about different aspects of the college experience, and learned more about the essentials my college needs to have.