I read somewhere that it is crucial (or at least strongly recommended) for a first-year at Brown--who is determined to get a well-rounded education/advance his writing skills considerably over the course of his Brown career--to take one writing-intensive course during his first semester here. I've also read comments from Brown students who regretted not taking a writing course like Fiction I or Intro to Creative Nonfiction straight off the bat, as they felt that they sort of lagged behind/struggled later in their Brown careers.
Does this idea hold considerable merit? Do most students opt to take small, discussion-based, writing-intensive classes in their first semester/year, and does this help them considerably?
I'm asking this now because I've found that most of the classes that I'm interested in are larger, lecture-based classes. I went to a HS that offered primarily small, discussion-intensive classes, so I have a feel for these classes, although I didn't particularly enjoy/excel in them. When I have to make a final decision, would it be wise to "give up" one of my preferred lecture classes in favor of a small, writing-intensive course (none of which particularly captivate me as of right now, to be honest) during my first semester here?