September 16, 2014
At first glance, any experienced DePauw student would look at this title and say, “you can’t”. Most would admit that walking alone in the tunnel that connects Longden Hall and Bishop Roberts Hall (BR) underground is an experience so terrifying that many have lost their lives. Fortunately, this is not necessarily true. That’s why I’m here to give you some steps as to how to count yourself in the group of survivors.
Prep before you walk by picking what you walk in. The tunnel has amazing ability to echo even your eyelashes blinking. Therefore, to reduce the sound factor and scare factor, you must pick shoes that have a soft, even bottom instead of a hard clank. Ladies, that means no heels. When have you ever seen a woman escape the nothingness of the tunnel successfully in heels?
Do not carry too many objects. Most Longden residents utilize the tunnel in order to gain access to the washing machines under BR. But unfortunately, if you carry too much laundry, it inevitably limits...
September 11, 2014
Words fuse together and sentence structures become mere figments of your imagination as you dream about ordering Marvin’s and going to hang out with friends. Before you know it, your forehead slams against the book, followed by a loud whine and an “I don’t want to do this reading.” Your hand smashes the book closed, forces it into your already stuffed backpack, and you quickly exit the library.
Above, I have highlighted what NOT to do on a weekday night. But, I believe it’s definitely something we’ve all experienced. Let’s face it; we’re not always going to enjoy the assigned reading assignments from class. But, what I’ve found throughout the years is that many times, those are the readings where we end up learning the most. Though, as many say, “the struggle is real,” this is one struggle that is definitely worth it.
So, let’s conquer the struggle together in just 3 short steps.
Step 1: Be confident and positive. Before you even give yourself a chance to complain, and before you even...
September 9, 2014
Oh, Summer. These last three months were definitely one of the longest, especially being away from the wonderful palace we call DePauw. However, instead of sitting at home, moping around, and counting down the days until I returned to campus (well, maybe I did keep track), I tried to keep myself busy by doing a couple different things. Here they are:
1. Camp Counselor
This was my second summer being a camp counselor for one the hundreds of day camps in Chicago. I was in charge of 22 seven and year old boys and girls. Yeah, it might sound tedious, (which sometimes it was) but it wasn’t as bad as it seems. Although they’re a lot of work, kids are so fun to be around; and knowing that they had a blast during the summer because of you, is the most rewarding feeling. Not to mention that I had 7 amazing and hilarious coworkers.
2. Music Festivals
Chicago is one the best cities for music and street festivals. There was at least one festival every weekend this summer. Being able to...
August 25, 2014
While this deceptively looks like it’s not that much stuff, trust me, the entire car was filled to the brim. Per a typical freshman, I may have over packed… just a little.
The hardest goodbye was easily to my dog, he’s been my best friend since I was 8 years old. If you have a pet, I’m sure you understand the pain I went through leaving that little guy.
I drove down to DePauw with my mom the night before Move-In Day from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The view out the window was 95% cornfields, but I’m already in love with Greencastle.
When we finally pulled into DePauw after a 5-hour road trip, I was driving, and my mom tried to take a picture, but is technologically challenged. So I apologize for the blurry picture, but driving through the gates at DePauw and seeing East College all lit up is amazing.
We stayed at the Inn and woke up bright and early the next morning to start the move-in process. When we first got into the room, we...
August 21, 2014
DePauw University is many things. It is happiness, excitement, confidence, and teamwork, just to name a few. But there is one word that describes DePauw in its entirety, and that word is family.
Let’s quickly run through the DePauw Family Tree. Yes, Dr. Brian Casey serves as the President of DePauw University, but he also acts as our wise parent, leading DePauw and its students to greatness with his many years of expertise. The best part? He’s that “cool” parent all your friends love and who gets along with everyone.
Then, there are DePauw staff members. From Deans and Professors, to Public Safety Officers and Hubbard Center staff, they act as our aunts and uncles. Disciplining us when necessary, but always there to chat and help shape us into fine men and women.
Finally, there are us, the siblings...2,400 strong. The oldest siblings, DePauw’s Class of2015, lead by example, while the classes of 2016, 2017, and soon, 2018, learn and follow. Class of 2018, you can count on this family...