The Homestretch

>> Monday, May 11, 2009

Isn’t it funny how one moment you can have a firm belief in something. Then in the next moment everything you know, your morals, your ethics, the core of your foundation is shattered. Can one image really change your entire view on something?

It’s funny, but I am not exactly rolling on the floor laughing my head off. The first year of our college experience is coming to a close. If we were to run into our old high school freshman identities would we even recognize them? The most we can remember are faded images of a forgotten world history class; And of course, the memory of two quiet and timid writers meeting for the first time. The years have passed but we’re still just as lazy then as we are now. If anything college doesn’t teach you how to do things effectively. College teaches you how to manage time… and cram at the last minute. This post isn’t so much a condemnation but rather a proclamation of encouragement. We’ll leave you with a quote familiar to us.

“You’re in college now man. No one, and I mean NO ONE, can tell you to do anything you don’t want to do. You’re on your own and never alone at the same time. You can choose whatever your heart desires; it’s your life to live. Now take out the garbage lazy.”

Wooozah…Quiet Place

>> Sunday, May 10, 2009

Typical afternoon of studying…

  • Guy across from me watching movie or TV show on lap top, headphones on. Keeps sniffing from the snot and mucus in his nose. Makes me want to jam a tissue up his sinus. 10 minutes later I get up.
  • Girl on laptop. Maybe she’s working on a…nope. Her breathing sounds like a panting St. Bernard. 15 minutes later I move again.
  • Two girls behind me reading. Finally I get some peace and quiet. I pull out my books and bam! Wrong spot again, they start giggling about some boy. (Sadly not me. It’s some boss on Facebook.) Two more friends come over and chat up a storm. I am up and walk to the other side of the floor.
  • Some guy typing away on his computer. I am hesitant but decide to sit in the cubicle next to him. He’s video chatting with a special someone and puts on headphones to be respectful. The most I hear out of him is a small chuckle. I can live with it.
  • 4 hours later I’ve done a good amount of writing and studying, the guy next to me finishes too. He apologizes for being a little noisy; his girl friend goes to school out of state. I say no problem at all.
Why can’t more people be like this guy? Sigh.

College Life Contest Winners

>> Saturday, May 9, 2009

We are proud to announce our winners for the College experience contest. After many hours of reading and debating we came to a decision. Due to certain circumstances and conditions we are only rewarding the top two entries. We felt these two spoke out the most, congratulations to...

Grand Prize: Courtney, CA
Runner Up: Evalyn, CA

Winning Entry

My high school and college experiences have been wildly different from each other. In high school, everyone was extremely cliquey. Everyone fit into some genre, and stuck to only people of their own genre. For example, people in band only hung out with people in band, ROTC kids only hung out with other ROTC kids, etc. This is not necessarily a bad thing. People like to feel like they belong somewhere, and that they have people there who they can always talk to. As a solution, they decide to be friends with those who share common interests with them. That sounds reasonable, right? If you are friends with people who share the same interest as you, then you have much more to talk about. There is nothing wrong with being in groups, but in high school, we tend to cling to our groups too much. These cliques are all conditioned to think exactly alike, and therefore we fail to find our own unique identity. In college, there are still groups, but we don’t cling to them; we interact with all sorts of people. In doing this, we are taking in all sorts of different opinions, and starting to come up with our own opinions. Now, as I am figuring out my own identity, I have started to come up with my own view of the world, and not someone else’s.

Thank you for all those who participated. We’ll bring back regular posting soon enough.

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