In light of Brown’s transition to online learning, the U-FLi Center will be sharing narratives from the Class of 2020. We aim to affirm and honor graduating students’ time at Brown. Read about Ella Satish (she/hers) below:
What does it mean to you to be U-FLi?
To me, being U-FLi means thriving despite a system that was built to tear us down. It means taking the time to sit in our feelings and our accomplishments and knowing we have people in our corner cheering us on and supporting us.
What communities at Brown have been influential in making it feel like a home?
Brown staff have truly been the folks who make me feel most at home on this campus. From my co-workers-turned-friends in the dining staff always checking in, to the members of the facilities staff who chatted with me during their breaks everyday, and the BCSC staff who send me their love and encouragement. The Black community at Brown has also been like a family to me, giving me space to be myself and thrive alongside my peers.
Advice you’d give your first-year self?
Learn to say no to things–it’s okay to set boundaries. If you do what brings you joy, you’ll continue to feel satisfied and rewarded by the work that you do.
Favorite memory at Brown?
My favorite memory at Brown was my first spring weekend freshman year. The weather was perfectly sunny and warm. All of my friends from different friend groups came together on the green and we sat in the sun and let the music move through us. We were smiling and happy and in awe of this annual Brown tradition.
Who are you away from Brown/outside of the student identity?
Outside of my student identity, I’m a person who loves music. I love discovering new music from around the world, re-discovering songs that I used to listen to in my childhood, and sharing these discoveries with others. I love to spend time reading and most of all, spending time in the sun.