By Destiny Camacho
I have had the pleasure of knowing Chloe Brown for the majority of my college education. There have been moments throughout the journey where we’ve both had enough of each other’s company but somehow, we’ve managed to make life work. Most people say we’re like an old married couple and honestly if you and your best friend aren’t then obviously you’re not that close.
Though I know quite a bit about Chloe, there were a few things that I didn’t quite know. She has some advice for incoming freshman as well as some parting words for her fellow students.
Destiny Camacho: When did you enter Our Lady of the Lake University?
Chloe Brown: Fall 2014. It was a bright and very humid August day. I was very nervous but really excited to not see my parents for two months. A kind of feeling of freedom… I guess.
DC: From whence do you come?
CB: That’s a very complicated question… (Chloe looks off into the distance.) I’m originally from Nevada. I lived there for fourteen years but my dad decided to shake things up and move to Amarillo. When I started high school. We did that for a few years and then they moved back when I was a junior here. They were like we’re leaving you here in another state by yourself and I was like cool cooool cooool coool cool.
DC: What’s your major and why did you choose that? Did you know that you wanted to do this when you first started?
CB: So, originally, I wanted to be a storm chaser. I wanted to be that weather person. (Whispers.) I still kind of do. But about the time that I couldn’t afford Oklahoma State we decided to go to a school in Texas. When I first applied I didn’t have a major. I never saw myself as a writer even though I literally write every day. It was always taught that writing wasn’t a career choice. Until I got here and talked to Professor Winstead and she was like writing is totally a career choice. (She says she’s paraphrasing here.) And then because I hate myself I decided to double major in Journalism and English. Also no one stopped me. (She looks into the camera.) Someone should have stopped me.
DC: You talk about your double majoring, what was the most difficult thing that you faced while working for your degree?
CB: (She looks into the distance.) I think the most difficult (She stumbles over her words for a minute.) Probably would have to be a tie between scheduling and the hours. What I mean by scheduling since they are both majors in the arts they tend to coincide with other classes that I needed. A good example is my last semester I only needed four classes and three of them were at the same time. That was a fun mess to get out of. And then the hours… I’ve been taking eighteen hours since my sophomore year to my second to last semester. That’s a lot of hours… That’s a lot of crying…
DC: What advice would you give incoming freshman?
CB: Don’t be a double major. Don’t procrastinate. And most importantly if you’re going to pull an all-nighter make sure to eat a lot of food. You will be hungry and that won’t help you out. In all seriousness though, remember first of all why you’re here. Just because you’re here to have fun it doesn’t mean that you’re not here to get your degree. And I think a lot of people get caught behind because they want to have fun. Don’t get me wrong I think it’s important to have fun. But it’s a lot of money to waste if you’re having too much fun and not getting anything out of your degree.
DC: You worked with the Lake Front and have been part of quite a few organizations on campus, what do you hope to leave for the ones who you leave behind and new members?
CB: I want people to be as excited as I was. I sincerely hope that people enjoy their experiences with these organizations as I did. And I hope that… I’m hoping a lot I guess. That people understand what a privilege it is to be at a small school and be able to do so much. I got to try a lot of things that I know people at bigger universities never got to do. I was president of an honor society. I got to write so many stories. I got to do lighting for theater. And so many other things that you don’t get to do when your competing with so many other people. So, enjoy it. And take care of it. And put all of your passion into it if you can.
DC: Do you have any plans or expectations for your future?
CB: (Nervously laughs. Nervously tries to exit room. Nervously escorted back into room.) Expectations… expectations are like a noose tied around your neck and then you hope that you don’t jump, or someone doesn’t drop the floor from beneath you. So, I expect nothing, but I hope for everything. (Looks off into distance. Forced to look back at the camera.) My plans of the future are constantly changing but one thing I know for sure is that I’m going to keep on writing and I’m going to keep in touch with all the people I met here.