Space L Clottey

Brown’s culture fosters a community in which students challenge the ideas of others and have their ideas challenged in return, promoting a deeper and clearer understanding of the complex issues confronting society. This active engagement in dialogue is as present outside the classroom as it is in academic spaces. Tell us about a time you were challenged by a perspective that differed from your own. How did you respond? (200-250 words)

“Yeah, my uncle was Jeremy Mallinson,” said Celeste.

“Oh yeah?”

“Yeah. Like the library.”

It took me a second. “What library?”

“Like the school library. It says on the front. Mallinson Library. My uncle paid for it.”

Ah, of course.

“Come on! Tell him off, Space!”

“I didn’t say it!” said the boy they were holding.

“I definitely heard it,” said David, who held the boy’s right arm.

“I said li-quor! Not the n-word!”

Ah, of course.

I didn’t expect to fit in perfectly at Wellington, but it still stung.

I was one of twelve full-scholarship students in the entire school, and everyone around me was paying more for pizza each term than I’d spent my entire life.

I wanted to learn how to ski, swim and sail, and they wanted to know how my curly hair felt.

But as I came to make more friends, I realised that the parts of our histories we’d shared were special; that our lives had mirrored each other over chasms of time, space and money.

The billionaire girl and I both mercilessly quoted movies. The Malaysian scion and I both lost ourselves to the creation of fictional worlds.

Through each new perspective I became more and more of a student, eager to see what my spectacular array of friends would teach me next.

It still stuns me to realise, but I am proud of getting to say I am so many people’s first black friend.

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And through each new perspective, I became more eager to see what next thing my spectacular array of friends would teach me. I became more and more of a student.

eager to see what my extraterrestrial array of freinds would teach me next.

What did me and Kai both find funny? It also counts for me and Stevne. I can say about film / about code. ella and i having similar sense of humor? Me and hannah finding the same thingis weird? I could say getting lost in the creation of fictional worlds

found __ funny.

It doesn’t really flow?

Fuck, gotta get rid of four words. FOUR. Then there’s only one essay to work on.

But it doesn’t really make sense if i’m saying through each new perspective it did x. Even though the two things I’m listing aren’t new perspectives. Or maybe it doesn’t matter? Maybe I just say screw it and work on the rest of the application? Will the admissions officer think I’m stupid or will they get it?