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How to keep your high school boyfriend in college –

October 31, 2014

Being a senior means trying to pick where you are supposed to spend the next four years of your life in the matter of a couple of months. While thinking of what’s best for you, you also inevitably end up thinking about how your high school relationship fits into the new life of college.  Leaving home and going to a new place is not easy, especially knowing you will be separated by miles from a very important person to you. Here’s how my DePauw advice that helped me foster an even stronger relationship with my high-school sweetheart:

  1. Talk about it during the summer. Don’t let the college relationship be the elephant in the room. If you can’t talk about your concerns before, you won’t be able to bring them up when you’re physically apart.

  2. Discuss dreams and plans. When you know what the other person wants to do in the next four years, you gain a better image in your mind on how your relationship could end up going. Be happy for whatever they want to do.

  3. Know that the green...

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Why you should never leave DePauw’s campus . . . ever.

October 30, 2014

DePauw’s annual Family Weekend was a couple weeks ago, but I decided to go home and visit my family instead of having them come here. It was a fool proof plan, really. Getting to spend a relaxing weekend at home, away from the stress of school and society… what could go wrong? Well, everything went wrong. I won’t go into too much detail, but let’s just say I ended the weekend with a totaled car and a concussion. From that moment onwards, I decided that I just shouldn’t leave DePauw’s campus… ever.

Fast forward to this past week, Fall Break. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great weekspent at home with my family and friends. But as the week went by, I found myself missing the DePauw campus. I missed the independence of being a college student and more importantly I missed the DePauw community. Is it bad that I yearned to come back here? I’ve only been here for two months, but I’ve already accepted Greencastle as my home away from home. I think that kind of explains the DePauw community in a...

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Grades, Social Life and Sleep: How You Can Have It All

October 29, 2014

Well, it has been a week since I have seen the town that is Greencastle, Indiana. Thus, it means I have now come back to DePauw University a two-month veteran of college. Again, I’m aware that doesn’t really mean much. I have yet to see the shining light at the end of a year of college (or even the darkness that is finals for that matter) but it does mean that I have learned what it feels like to be a college student.

And, believe me, I have already pulled my share of late night studying and late nights out with friends. For that reason, I believe it is a good time to reflect upon the popular saying that in college there are grades, social life, and sleep and that you can only pick two.

Well, I’m here to tell you that saying is entirely false.

It is very much POSSIBLE to achieve equilibrium between all three aspects of college. However, and I’m aware this is going to sound like a broken record, you just need to learn to juggle these aspects appropriately. Let’s take a look at an example:...

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Internship Expectations vs. Reality (& Office Environment)

October 28, 2014

Before this experience, I had never had a long-term internship. I’ve had opportunities during Winter Term, and short exposures over summers, but for the most part, this is my start. When I began at Kurtis Productions on September 4, my image of an intern had been formed from my friends’ (horror) stories and various Hollywood portrayals (ok, so maybe I was envisioning running around like Andy Sachs in “The Devil Wears Prada”, judge me). I was wrong, to say the least.

Expectation: I will be running through the streets of Chicago from Starbucks to Starbucks and will come out of the internship learning nothing but the employee’s coffee orders.

Reality: I spend everyday in the office, receiving hands-on assignments and assistance whenever I need it. I’m given truly interesting tasks that have will help the editors and the rest of the team in this upcoming season of, “American Greed”.

Expectation: No one will learn my name, I will only be “the intern” to everyone around me.

Reality: Every...

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My First "Real Experience"

October 24, 2014

To anyone (& everyone) that is taking the time to read my blog, Hello. And welcome to the best six part series you will EVER experience (alright, that might be a bit of a stretch, but I’m pretty psyched to be writing this).

My name is Nicole Darnall, and as a junior member of DePauw’s Media Fellows program, I am currently completing a semester off-campus in order to complete an internship requirement. And let me tell you, it’s off to a truly spectacular start. You know that super cool voice that does the voice-overs in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”? Yeah, that’s who I’m working for. For those of who who may not follow the Anchorman saga (or just know a thing or two about classic news anchors), I am spending my semester working for Bill Kurtis. Currently, he owns a production company (Kurtis Productions) that puts out a few TV shows each year, most notably, “American Greed.” I am spending my semester in Chicago getting hands on experience working directly for “American Greed,...

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