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Life & Other Drugs, On "The Hill"

Why Self-Care Should Count as an Extracurricular Activity

November 15, 2017

The age-old question: does self-care count as an extracurricular activity?

I’m here to explore the various facets of self-care and tell you why you should invest in a chocolate cake instead of applying to yet another student group. In just a few short minutes (shorter than the average minute, I promise) you too can learn how to add self-care to your lengthy list of student activities.  Continue Reading…

Life & Other Drugs, Listicles

Four Songs to Listen To This Thanksgiving That Definitely Aren’t Just Adam Sandler’s Thanksgiving Song

November 14, 2017

Thanksgiving. What a weird holiday. Thousands of families gorging themselves with pies and potatoes, a famous parade with oversized balloons, and a largely ignored history of genocide. How about some tunes to play in the background, hm? To perhaps lighten the mood a bit? I know Thanksgiving songs are hard to come by, and that’s extremely annoying giving the insane popularity of songs of the juxtaposed Halloween and Christmas. I did the work for ya, and found four great tracks to listen to this Thanksgiving. They’re definitely not just Adam Sandler’s Thanksgiving Song!

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Life & Other Drugs, On "The Hill"

Thanksgiving Break: 4 Days or 4 Weeks?

November 13, 2017

Across America, people celebrate Thanksgiving as a time to eat delicious food, spend time with family, and buy obscenely expensive plane tickets home (k maybe not that last one). But in college, Thanksgiving takes on a whole new meaning. Right when we begin to reach that point in the semester when we literally cannot deal, Thanksgiving rolls around and gives us a much-needed break. Many of us get the chance to go home for the first time since August and eat a real home-cooked meal.

As a senior, I’ve realized that like many things in college, the meaning of Thanksgiving Break changes during these four years. One year you can’t believe that your grades won’t drop if you miss a lecture, and the next year you skip half your lectures in November and hope your professor is still feeling thankful to have you in their class. It’s pretty easy to tell what year someone is based on their approach to Thanksgiving Break: Continue Reading…

Life & Other Drugs

The Pajama Theory

November 11, 2017

Have you, reader, ever been to a Gap Body? Neither had I, until a friend’s last-minute bikini quest led me there in September. I thought it was one of those places that only sold soft-looking, impractical sport bras for women with small boobs. I also thought their use of the word “body” was strange, like they were saying yes, we are the master commanders of all body types, which they clearly weren’t. I was skeptical to say the least, but then I touched a shirt.

“Touch” seems too purposeful a word. It was, in fact, just an accidental graze. As I sluggishly walked behind my bikini-fanatic friend, I loosely dangled my arms. In the inconsequential sway of my hands, I caught what I can only imagine to be God between my fingers. Then and there, I considered the significance of thread-count for the first time in my life. Whatever it is, this shirt had a high one. I stopped and gripped the shirt in both of my hands. How could a single t-shirt be so soft? Were they killing puppies for thread or something? (Sorry, gruesome. But were they?!) Continue Reading…

Life & Other Drugs, Satire

Ask Me Why I’m Drinking: Family Reunion Edition

November 9, 2017

I come from a big family and religiously attend our annual family reunion every fall. Some people do their worshiping in church, I do mine around a buffet table of casseroles and homemade sour pickles.  But I’m not going to lie, after attending more than twenty of these shindigs, I’m itching for a little drama. My relatives consume their weight in chocolate milk (it’s the dairy farming roots in all of us) and swap brownie recipes and look genuinely happy to see each other. I’ve watched enough movies and television shows to know that this isn’t normal. Seriously, I’m pretty sure we’ve never had a brawl or a fist-fight or even a mild tussle. This year, as I sat digesting my lunch and listening to the polite chit-chat around me, I started musing on what would add a little excitement.  As a new member of the 21+ club, my thoughts naturally turned to alcohol.  My own family wasn’t delivering on the boozy shenanigans and drama, but what might another family be like? I began to fantasize about a real, “normal” family, and thus, Ask Me Why I’m Drinking, the cringe-worthy game show you never knew you needed (until now), was born.

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Life & Other Drugs, On "The Hill"

Cutlery Hypocrisy

November 8, 2017

In the lovely bathroom of Sears House, a new resident had fully moved in. Perched atop the shelf below the mirror was a shiny, freshly cleaned spoon. It had stayed in this arrangement for a little over a month, greeting each bathroom-goer with a metallic glare in its eyes. It became an established facet of our bathroom.

I began to wonder how in the world this spoon had moved in—it can’t actually move and it surely had to have come from somewhere else, other than the bathroom. Thus, my CSI-level sleuthing began. Continue Reading…