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The breadth and depth of experiences that our students have during their time at the Brown School are unparalleled. Read firsthand from some of our students.

Life at the Brown School During COVID-19

All of that is definitely fun, but selfishly, for me the best part is getting to actually talk with y’all - when we call (maybe for the 10th time) to ask if you have any questions about life at the Brown School and we end up chatting about your story, why you’re interested in your chosen field, or your career goals.  […]

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From Case Study to Real World: Getting an MPH During a Pandemic

As a Global Health specializer, my innate sense of global responsibility immediately took heed. A mysterious illness displaying SARS like symptoms appeared in Wuhan, China. The reports were minimal and most of the world was left in the dark. During class, I remained pragmatic as we discussed the what-ifs of global health security and disease outbreaks, but like most students, I was preoccupied with the ebbs and flows of daily life.  […]

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How do I find housing and a roommate in St. Louis?

If you went away to your undergraduate college or moved far from home in between your undergraduate career and starting at the Brown School, you may have experienced this stress before – maybe your university randomly paired you with another freshman, or maybe there was student housing that you and your friends could choose between, or maybe you just looked on Facebook for an apartment listing within a few blocks of your job.  […]

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How can international students make a positive transition to the Brown School?

To help us have a positive transition at the beginning semester, the Brown School provides a lot of support programs, ranging from language proficiency class, professional development workshops, and academic writing workshops. These can quickly make international students feel comfortable in American class and social culture. They also help international students learn skills that will be necessary when looking for the practicum. Personally, I find the following resources are really helpful:  […]

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Impostor Syndrome - It's Hitting Some of Us Harder Than Others

I began to question if I deserved to be here, if I worked hard enough to get here, and if I was taking up space.  […]

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The Secrets to Getting Accepted to the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

I remember working on my application and trying to decide how to prioritize. Would they care more about my personal statement or my analytical essay? Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation? Does my undergraduate GPA even matter or should I focus on my work experience? What exactly does the holistic review mean for my application (more on that below) and how do I make sure to add in the perfect ingredients to get accepted?  […]

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5 Tips for a Successful Merit Scholarship Interview

Sometimes, the hardest part of an interview is the nerves. Before you get started, remember that you’ll be considered for merit-based scholarships based on our […]

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Should I Apply to the Brown School?

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A Letter to Me, Two Years Ago

Jonathan, […]

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Practicum in Overview

For many social work students, January marks the start of their practicum experience, and many spend the month getting oriented at their site and learning to balance a new schedule. The majority of MPH students begin their practicum in the summer, so for them, January brings the start of their practicum search. This includes a practicum fair that features representative from partnering organizations and provides a forum for students to meet with participating agencies. […]

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