Male Applied Mathematics and Economics Double Concentrator C/O 2018
Is there anything that you feel the Applied Mathematics or Economics departments do especially well or especially poorly?
Both concentrations do really well in terms of getting a degree of freedom within the concentrations. There are some core courses that everyone has to take, but then there are electives, so depending on what part of a subject interests you, you can really explore on your own terms. And, let me think, I didn’t really have a downfall. I was really happy with both of the departments in the concentrations I chose to study.
How was going from an international school to an American college academically?
It was very, very different. At first, I found that the relationships with professors were very different. The main difference between Brown and my high school in Italy is that there are much more opportunities to engage with the professors and there is definitely a higher level of support, because of the whole university environment. For example, I can have tutoring, I can have the TA’s go over stuff with me. It’s much more of an integrated system.
The biggest change for me was going from a non-curved system to a system with grades. In Italy, the grades I would receive would be at face value and out of 10. It’s all curved here which was very tough for me. I was used to having transcripts where my average GPA was an 8.4/10, which here would be a B -, but here if you are in the upper 80th percentile you’ll probably get an A in the classes I take. So, in that sense, it was an easy transition because I profited from it.