Circle-up and Reflect
The Third World Transition Program ended tonight. As with tradition, one of the final activities of the program was a group reflection. First-years and their upperclass mentors circled around Andrews Dining Hall. One by one they stood up to share what they had gained through the program and share their appreciation to each other. Here is a small sample of what people said:
“This is a place where I feel whole.”
“Thank you for teaching me about people and life.”
“I’ve shared more in this space in the last four days than I have in 18 years of my life.”
“I’ve grown so much in the last few days. I couldn’t have imagined how much I would grow before coming here.”
“I now know why Brown students are so happy.”
“I love you all so much. I look forward to laughing with you, crying with you, and respecting all of you. And being one Brown community.”
Experiencing the last few days with the Class of 2014 and the MPC’s and Friends have made me remember how much I loved my own TWTP. As a first-year I was not keen on public speaking and never stood up during workshops. But on the final night of TWTP, when we circled up to share our reflections and say our thank you’s, I was among the dozens of participants who stood before the group. I told them how much I loved them and how much they had all helped me find my voice.
TWTP is so important to so many people: first-years, upperclass students, alumni, and the thousands of students who have yet to come to Brown. You’ve heard the testimonials and read the quotes. If any of this speaks to you, I encourage you to head over to the Alumni of Color Initiative site and check out the TWTP Endowment. The Alumni of Color Campaign Committee and the alumni affinity groups (A4, BULAC, IPC) seek to raise $100,000 to establish an endowment for the TWTP by December 31, 2010. To date, $41,730 in cash has been raised. Let’s help them meet their goal and ensure that TWTP will always be here for future students.