Who is OME

Jonathon Brown

Jonathon is a member of the 2015 Interphase Cohort, Class of '19, and a double-major in Course 8, Physics, and Course 18, Math.

Tell me about your first encounter with MIT’s OME Office?
My first encounter with the OME was when I met with Dean Tammy Stevens (at the 2015 Ebony Affair). She talked to me about what the OME does and how its mission is to help students of all backgrounds. She talked to us about Interphase.

What were your initial impressions?
I felt really empowered after talking with Ms. Stevens the first time. She gave me a sense of what programs the OME has to offer, and how much I can benefit from the programs, as well as how I could contribute to them.

Did those impressions change over time?
Over time, I felt that these impressions grew, in the sense that I know that I can’t fail; with the friendly staff and instrumental opportunities, I feel that I have started to find my purpose, and realize that being accepted here was not a mistake.

What programs did you take part in, and how were they helpful?
This year, I am currently a member of the Interphase EDGE ’15 Cohort. However, with my current focus on graduate school, I plan to be a part of (and give back to) other programs like Laureates and Leaders and MAP. But being a part of Interphase EDGE this year has been and continues to be a tremendous help. Going through these courses over the summer, I’ve really had a mock experience of what it would be like to be a student in the fall. Because of this, I have had to: get over bad study habits from high school, learn to live on my own for the first time, and fill in the knowledge gaps prior to starting in the fall. Socially, I have been able to meet with, talk to, and learn from many individuals that I am proud to call my classmates. Interphase EDGE is a remarkable program, where I have truly gained an edge.

What was your most memorable or valuable experience with OME?
Being on campus for the Interphase EDGE ‘15 cohort has been the best experience (so far).

If you had to describe OME with one word, what would it be?
My one word description would be: OPPORTUNITY. I see the OME not as an opportunity to join great programs and do neat things. I see the OME as an opportunity for students. An opportunity for people to explore their own interests. An opportunity for people to find resources. An opportunity for people to enhance themselves and their education.

What would you want others to know about OME?
I would want others to know that the OME is full of excellent staff members, who really want to get to know you and help you the best way that they can. The OME is a great resource to have as you try to sip from the firehose that is MIT.

What are the OME’s best features/resources?
Honestly, it is the incredible staff of the OME that really brings it all together. They’re fun, creative people who are very approachable. You can ask them about anything and everything.

If you had to pick one book or comic to take with you to a deserted island, what would it be?
If I were stuck on an island, I would read either Ender’s Game or Lord of the Flies. Ender’s Game is a sci-novel about Ender being unknowingly deceived to destroy a threatening alien race. Lord of the Flies is just ironic: the group of boys are stuck on an island, just like I will be.