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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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The Sophomore Struggle: Part 4 3 Reasons Why You Didn’t Peak in High School

October 23, 2014

Let’s be honest, we all have that friend who talks about their high school glory days way too often. You know their high school highlight reel almost as well as they do, and could probably recite it to an audience verbatim if given the opportunity. After trying not to pull a Kanye, you shake off your friend’s “golden years” and desperately hope that you finish the week without having another incident. Now take a minute, calm your racing heart, unclench your palms, and think about your high school experience. Whether it was the best 4 years of your life or the worst, it has shaped you into the person you are today.

As a self-proclaimed eternal optimist and part-time prophecy, essentially I know the future. Dwelling on those teenage years raises an interesting point: did your disillusioned friend peak in high school?  Wait. No, did…did you peak in high school? In the words of Mr. West, “Yo…I’mma let you finish but…” YOU DID NOT PEAK IN HIGH SCHOOL.

1. You were in your teens.
You can absolutely...

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The Dreadful Question: What is your major?

October 15, 2014

Throughout your junior year and senior year of high school, you are going to start noticing something…. questions about your future.  The first question you will be asked is where are you going to college.  Simple, but it is the next question that every single person could say that they hate this question; what is your major?  Most of coming into college have no idea what we want to study or what we want to be when we grow up, so do not freak out.  Here are some helpful hints and things that you should know.

  1. Your Major Will Change.  When you come in as a freshman, you may have some idea about what you want to major in or not.  Or, you may know exactly what you want to do.  But let me tell you right now, it will change.  For example, just this past week, I changed what I thought I wanted to major in about three or four times.  It went from Biology to Environmental Geoscience to Anthropology back to Biology and then to Sociology.  Your mind will change for various reasons such as coursework...

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The Sophomore Struggle: Part 3 “This is What Dreams are Made of”

October 15, 2014

Currently it’s 3:52AM on a Tuesday and I’m perched on the infamous Boulder. As I sit here and contemplate what I’m doing with my life at 3:52 in the morning, I think about what DePauw means to me. Cliché? Absolutely. But trust me, when you work in the Admissions Office and are asked that question on the daily, it really gets you thinking. What does DePauw mean to me? Looking around at my surroundings it hits me. DePauw means memories, memories and traditions.

Not many people forget the first time a group of naked bodies ambush them. Especially in November. When it’s 30 degrees outside. And snowing. That’s a “Boulder Run”. No one knows how or why this tradition came about, but it is here to stay. Cue Lizzie McQuire singing “This is what Dreams are Made Of”.

I mean I’ve always contemplated about embracing my natural state and living in a nudist colony, but then again…perhaps not. However if you’re fine with encountering the occasional streaker, maybe taking the trip down to the good ol...

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13 Girls & 2 Showers

October 14, 2014

Ever since the day I arrived on campus, I was very skeptical about the idea of sharing a bathroom. Having a younger sister, I came prepared to share not only my room, but also the idea of a communal bathroom. Not only was my first destination on move-in day my dorm room, but also the bathroom that I would be sharing with my wing. When I walked in to the very basic tiled bathroom down the hall, I immediately got flashbacks of the high school gym locker room bathroom. There is nothing extra-ordinary about a college dorm’s bathroom, other than the initial excitement of it being something new.

When the initial excitement wears off, the only thing left is an ugly blue-tiled bathroom left. Having to share a bathroom with 13 girls sounds absolutely terrible, and it did to me at first, but what I am about to share with you will surely shock you. In the months that I have been living in Humbert, I never once have had to wait to use the bathroom, or even wait to use a shower. As crazy as it sounds...

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