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The lesson of practicality versus theory

January 29, 2015

My internship with the office of Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks has ended, but my time in that office has not. I volunteered on her primary campaign way back before her first term, and the time spent with her office and staff has only reinforced my conviction that she is right for Congress. What an engaging, intelligent woman. And what a staff she has; their hearts are full for the work they do in the 5th district.

One of the biggest takeaways from the experience is the difference between the college world and the real world. I am so glad DePauw encourages students to spend time off campus through internships, because sometimes it is necessary to get away.

If it were up to me, I would live in the “college bubble” my whole life. Complete independence, virtually no responsibilities except papers, and friends around you all the time. If someone could pay me to discuss Machiavelli’s “The Prince” for the rest of my life, I would do it. But the reality is that even in such a fine school as DePauw...

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5 Things You Experience During an Off-Campus Winter Term

January 27, 2015

Off-campus Winter Terms present opportunities, lessons, and experiences that are tough to find at other schools. Winter Term is a unique time that allows students to explore their passions and get out of their comfort zone. Here are just a few things students will experience on their Off-Campus Winter Terms.

1. Culture, culture, culture
It’s all around you the entire trip. For some, it can be overwhelming at first. But by the end of the trip, you get a feel for the culture that surrounds you and the customs that come along with it.

2. New friendships
Throughout Winter Term, you will spend a good amount of time with one another in and out of the classroom. During this time, you will be surprised at how well you get to know one another.

3. Beautiful sights
Whether you are in Japan studying culture and technology, or Ecuador with Timmy Global Health, you will have the opportunity to witness some beautiful sights. DePauw takes out trips to some of the most amazing places on Earth. If you don...

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Go to Myer’s Market

January 24, 2015

When you’re on campus or perhaps casually driving through Greencastle, you absolutely must get a sandwich at Myer’s Market. It’s located on Washington Street, just a few strides from the main square; if the delicious food isn’t enough of a selling point, you’ll also find their staff personable and charming. As my favorite local restaurant, Myer’s Market raised my standards on sandwiches forever, and I have several reasons why (No I’m not being paid for this. I literally love Myer’s Market this much).

First, while it is more popular among students for its deli sandwiches, it also offers various local products and produce just in case you need a t-bone steak or something. Second, the sandwiches are positively laden with a generous helping of meat. Meat! Third, their spicy mustard is a gift from the heavens. I am not a fan of the type of spicy that renders the tongue paralyzed, but I do enjoy fantastic flavor—which this spicy mustard has. Fourth, in the middle of this lovely deli stands a...

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Winter Term Wanderlust in Chicago

January 21, 2015

Currently, majority of my friends are on chic airplanes, flying back from exotic locations, reveling in their adventures and travels. Currently, I’m on the Metra train sitting next to a man who smells like broccoli going to the super exciting locale of… wait for it… Chicago, Illinois. Sure, in reality my Winter Term experiences haven’t been as fascinating or blog worthy as many other DePauw students, but I wouldn’t change them for the world. These past two years I have had the opportunity to make a difference; work for companies that are greater than I am. Last year, I worked with the design team in the Chicago headquarters of Teach For America. This year, I am working with Children’s Home + Aid.

Children’s Home + Aid is a Chicago based company that provides education and resources for children and families in Illinois that would not be able to afford it otherwise. Once a week, I have been helping in their main offices on design projects, exploring how a non-profit works and functions...

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Snapchatting DePauw

December 12, 2014

Social media. The fifth limb of every Millennial. I address only that which concerns the little blob-ghost on a yellow backdrop that we call Snapchat. When I think of the amount of Snapchats being sent through campus airspace, I imagine that scene in the older version of Willy Wonka when that obnoxious kid is sent by television and ultimately shrunk to miniature. Basically billions of particles zooming around like city traffic on fast forward.

The library, classrooms, and sidewalks are dotted with students making unusual faces at their cellphones or holding up their cell phone and spinning around. Someone foreign to the concept of Snapchat might consider our student body strange. But don’t worry, it’s just Snapchat. Get one or miss out.

Cory Hall ‘16

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