August 13, 2014
DePauw requires students to declare their major by March of their sophomore year. At this time, students are able to choose an academic advisor. When I came to campus, I was eager to declare my major. I knew I wanted to study Economics when I applied to DePauw. Upperclassmen told me to wait until my sophomore year because I might change my mind one, two, or maybe even three times. I did not change my mind but I did wait. I waited until I found a professor in the Economics department that would assist me in achieving my educational and career goals.
After one week in Intermediate Microeconomics, I found that my professor challenged me to study more than required, to explore other interests, and to research independently. Soon after, I declared my major and chose him as my academic advisor. I was able to share my success as well as my failures with him. He was there not only for course planning but also for encouragement.
After a not so great final exam, he told me “Look in a mirror and...
August 7, 2014
College is an opportunity to improve academically and socially. You have four years to take challenging courses, to discover your interests, and to become a part of your school’s legacy. Academically, students have similar experiences at DePauw. Every student will take a First-Year Seminar, six required courses that fall into three distribution areas, and a Senior Capstone. Socially, students have different experiences. Your social life is defined by your involvement in clubs and organizations, honors and fellows programs, varsity athletics, and of course the friends you make.
At schools with large Greek life percentages, it can be easy for students to confuse social life with Greek life. While Greek life has social aspects such as formals, informals, and philanthropy events, it is not the only thing that affects social life. Like any organization, program, or athletic team, the time you dedicate to the activity is what affects your social life. Many students chose to go Greek because...
July 24, 2014
“Met and Married” is a DePauw term referring to a couple who met as DePauw students and later lived happily ever after. This phrase is popular because quite a few people have found their spouse during their time as DePauw students. In fact, I am a product of “Met and Married!” In 1974, Pete of Bethesda, Maryland was proctoring the language placement tests for transfer students when he met Debbie of Columbus, Indiana. The next night, they were formally introduced at a party at Pete’s fraternity. Nearly thirty years later, their daughter arrived at DePauw.
There must be something to the dating scene at DePauw that produces so many happy endings. I myself am in a relationship with a great guy I met during my time as a student here. Perhaps it is the outgoing, social, kind people DePauw attracts each year. Perhaps it is the trust we have in one another combined with the fearlessness enforced by the liberal arts education that encourages us take a chance on another person. Whatever is in our...
July 22, 2014
I never thought saying goodbye to a group of fellow interns would be so difficult. By the time you read this blog, I’ll have already moved out of my apartment. I’ll have already said goodbye to 15 of the most amazing people I have ever met. And I’ll have already completed an internship with Teach For America that, for a variety of reasons, changed my life. Cliché and corny, right? Hear me out.
Teach For America brought together a group of 15 students from across the country and (unknowingly) gave us a choice. We could either get to know each other and form meaningful relationships...or not. Thankfully, we chose the first option, and became a family. For 7-weeks, we lived, worked, ate, laughed, and cried together. We explored Chicago together, exercised together, and even sang and danced together. So, what did this relationship create?
It created a place where leadership resided.
From the first day, I knew I was among some of the brightest and most determined leaders on their respective...
July 16, 2014
If I wasn’t interning at Teach For America, I could easily map out the multitude of differences between being a student and being an intern. However, I can honestly say that TFA office culture is very similar to DePauw student culture. That being said, I wanted to find at least a couple differences...so I called upon my intern friends to help think of some. Ready?
1. We have to dress professionally: ...all the time.
2. We have to use TFA lingo during any and all conversations: CM’s, OC’s, OD’s, IMT, SOM’s, etc.
Now that those are out of the way, if there are so few differences, how are office culture and student culture so similar?
1. Small age gap between interns and bosses: Teach For America interns are college juniors and seniors. Our bosses? Recent college graduates. We’re more “friends” than “co-workers.”
2. Teach For America living situation: Our apartments mirror that of a college dorm. While the apartments are much nicer, they gave us a chance to bond and really get to know...