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People Watching at Starbucks: Finals Edition

December 10, 2014

There is nothing like having a Starbucks on a small campus. Odds are you know 80% of the individuals that walk through the door no matter if they are from the town of Greencastle, in your Bio class, or your major advisor. As a result of my procrastination and enjoyment, after people watching for a solid couple of hours I’ve comprised this brief-ish blog outlining 6 of what I call the “common” finals Starbucks customers.

 “Overachieving Ophelia”
This girl has been to the gym, eaten breakfast, and looks like a well-rested walking J. Crew ad. She had the study guide finished weeks ago and you desperately want to hate her. She orders a Chai Tea, puts her change in the donation box and notices you. She asks you about your weekend, talks about your shared class and…offers you said study guide. Suddenly the clouds break…maybe you’ll save the hate for someone else.

“Still Asleep Stanley”
It takes him a couple tries to mumble out his order and it’s clear he is struggling. Not even the double shot...

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Taking Advantage of the Lilly Center & Welch Fitness

December 9, 2014

Many students look only at Lilly for the new Welch Fitness Center, and I have to say that I am guilty of that.  I never worked out before coming to DePauw on a regular basis, but now I do.  It could be anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour and a half, but I love going there.  It is something about the newness and the freshness that draws me in.  But other than going there for working out on my own, I have found a new way to take advantage of Lilly… the specialized workout classes. 

Some may think these are for old ladies that do not know how to work out on their own, but they definitely are not.  I have been to multiple classes such as Turbo Kick, Indoor Cycling, Zumba, and my personal favorite… PiYo.  A friend of mine on campus asked me if I wanted to try out some new classes with her, and at first I was hesitant, but it was a decision I do not regret!  Every week, sometimes twice a week, we go to PiYo, pilates and yoga combined.  It is awesome, and not only do these classes make you...

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In College You Get Dreams Like These

December 8, 2014

Maybe this is how my mind handles the stress of college.

I was at a club, and I was looking across a dance floor. I couldn’t see the bodies specifically, and I don’t remember the music, but I remember looking all the way across this mystery club and seeing my friends at a booth. They were illuminated by a spotlight, and they were sitting with Adam Levine and Justin Timberlake. I ran over and joined their side of the booth. He and Adam Levine were really excited to meet me, and we started having lots of awesome conversations. Suddenly, Zac Efron slid into the seat on my left, closing me into the booth. He knew my name, gave me a big hug (naturally he smelled perfect), and joined our awesome conversation.

I was really enjoying my dream at that point, so I turned to them and said, “You guys are my biggest celebrity crushes. This is the best day ever. Can we please take a picture?” And Justin Timberlake instantly says, “Totally Cory. You are so awesome, and we would love to take a picture...

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Tailgating Dos and Don’ts

December 5, 2014

  1. DON’T dress to impress. Let’s face it, football season is in the fall, and we all know how cold it begins to get in the Midwest starting in October. This doesn’t mean you still can’t paint your face or wear school colors, or school clothing. By all means, please do! Just layer up and keep warm! It’s no fun being out in the cold for a couple hours, freezing your butt off!
  2. DO go to the game. You might hear around campus that no one goes to the game, but that’s not true. The games are actually fun and enjoyable. Don’t just show up to eat a couple burgers and leave. Go out and support your school!
  3. DON’T try to show off. By this I mean, don’t go around parading around any beverage you are consuming. You’re still at school and there are police everywhere. Not to mention professors. Yikes!
  4. DO meet new people! It’s easy to just stick with your group of friends, but a tailgate is a perfect way to meet new people. After all, you’re all at the same place for the same reason. Let’s face it, you...

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What I Miss Most About Home

December 4, 2014

This list has the potential to be much longer, but here is the condensed version. I am truly enjoying myself at DePauw and college is infinitely better than high school, I cross my heart, hope to die, and stick a needle in my eye. Nonetheless, here are a few simple necessities I sorely miss about home.

Watching TV shows on actual TV’s

Sure, I can use Netflix and Hulu Plus and other assorted websites, and maybe I can commit an hour a week to one show, but realistically, I have no time for TV shows. I miss those lazy Tuesday nights lounging on a couch watching back-to-back episodes of Big Bang Theory like a useless, teenage potato.

Trying clothes on before buying them

Welcome to the world of If you’re smart, you will probably pick up extra shifts at work over the summer just to prepare for the amount of online shopping you will do. After all, one more sun dress couldn’t hurt. There’s something peculiarly thrilling about guesstimating your size when money is on the line.


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