Filip Åsberg Montgomery

"Tomorrow will be a very productive day."

Author Bio

Filip is currently a third year student at Brown University where he concentrates in Cognitive Neuroscience. He is born (and mostly raised) in Sweden but moved to Switzerland towards the end of high school to finish his diploma. His interests include locking himself up in the library and getting unnecessarily frustrated over "unfair" problem sets, having “candid” photos taken of himself in soft lighting, and he is also an avid fan of anything that has to do with the outdoors. Furthermore he is a chronic pop-culture referencer and custodian of useless trivia. Somehow he plans to turn my widespread and loosely related interests into a career in Advertising or Design but he is yet to figure out the steps.

About

Hometown Stockholm, Sweden
Lives Providence, RI, USA
High School Education International Baccalaureate at College Alpin Beau Soleil, Switzerland
Studying Sc. B in Cognitive Neuroscience
Graduating 2018
Extracurriculars Captain of Mens' Alpine Team, Creative Director Vagabond Magazine, Manager for Brown Outdoor Leadership Training, Brown International Organization Publicity Chair
Interests Skiing, Trekking, Writing, Design, Architecture, Photography
Future Plans Doing something in the Advertising industry

Posts by Filip Åsberg Montgomery

Life Outside the Classroom – Extracurricular Activities

Published: March 1, 2017

  One of the main reasons I chose to come to the United States for my secondary education was my love for extra curricular activities. In high school I was involved with everything from Sports teams, to student government, to tutoring, to mountaineerings.. I heard that clubs and extra curricular involvement in Europe was either non-existent or paled in comparison with the United States, but the extent to which clubs and organizations form part of your learning experience in the US took me a little bit by surprise. Brown has more than 450 student organizations ranging from acapella groups, to volunteering,…

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The Internship Hunt

Published: February 21, 2017

Unlike my friends who are going in to finance who have known for months what they’ll be doing this summer, for most other industries the spring semester is the time to lock down your summer job. This can be stressful given that some companies *cough Droga5* don’t open their apps until mid March (which is only 2 months before finals!). But on top of that, us international students always have some extra hoop to go through: the work authorization. Many companies do not hire students who lack a work visa or a green card at all, others are just very…

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Shopping Spree

Published: January 29, 2017

After an exciting winter break, filled with lots of ski racing, Brown is finally back in session! The semester always kicks off with 10 days that are known as shopping period and during this time you can sample a variety of courses and professors to get a feel for what they’re like and whether you want to devote the next couple of months of your life to them. Although you do a preregistration the semester before, you hardly ever end up taking all the classes you registered for (last semester I ended up taking one of the classes I was preregistered for).…

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Jan-Camp in New Hampshire

Published: January 6, 2017

Greetings from North Conway, NH! After a solid ten days at home in Stockholm, Sweden where I got to see friends and family and recover from finals I am currently back in the US at a training camp in White Mountains with the Brown Ski Team to kick off our season. Although i was not particularly psyched to step on the plane at 06.45 on January first to fly back here, I am now stoked to be back on the slopes! This is the first time we’re doing our Jan-Camp in New Hampshire (usually we’re in Vermont) and it’s also our…

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Finals Festivities feat. David Beckham

Published: December 6, 2016

I am writing this post in a caffeine induced frenzy on the thirteenth floor of the Science Library as a “break” from simultaneously studying for a stats final and writing a paper for a class I almost forgot I took… Is this just another day of the job for a Brown Student? NOPE: it’s finals season and all this panic is all my own doing! Although I have been taking final exams at the end of every semester since 11th grade of high school one might expect that I would have it down but now… But the only thing I’ve gotten better at is underestimating the amount of work…

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Thanksgiving as an “International Orphan”

Published: November 25, 2016

Like most international students, what I know about Thanksgiving I have learned from exported American pop-culture (…in my case that mainly means Friends and Gilmore Girls). There are several things about Thanksgiving that perplex me: is it really a holiday constructed around an aggressive and overgrown pigeon? What exactly is stuffing and WHERE DID YOU SAY YOU PUT IT?! Supposedly there is something about Pilgrim and Native American relations in there too but from what I learned in my US history class freshman year, they were not keen of one another. It’s atrocious to see that history is repeating itself with…

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Popping The Brown Bubble: The 2016 Election

Published: November 17, 2016

  It was as if someone had died. The usually fast-paced and somewhat panic ridden mood that characterizes the Brown students during the midweek madness in Wednesdays had been replaced with an impending sense of hopelessness defeat. The entire campus felt like a dispersed funeral processions: not a single smile, everyone dressed in black, hordes of people embracing each other while openly shedding tears. Brown prides itself on the very active student body who burn for their passions. The 2016 election made the possibility of finally shattering the glass ceiling seem within reach, was a cause many of the students had burned and fought passionately…

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The Perks of Being a Student of the Open Curriculum

Published: October 24, 2016

“Brown University is a leading Ivy League institution and the only major research university in the nation where undergraduates are the architects of their own course of study” Reads the first line on Brown University’s homepage, and it seems as if some variation of this catchy yet oddly vague statement adorns every single course syllabus and is repeated in every single official speech during convocation and graduation ceremonies. But what does this mean? What makes Brown so different (or not so different?) from other Universities all over the globe? Unlike many University systems, especially in Europe, you do not apply…

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