October 9, 2014
As first year students, meals come almost exclusively from The Hub, a central all-you-can-eat dining location on campus. Starting in the summer of 2013, The Hub partnered with Bon Appetit to change the dining experience at DePauw. Bon Appetit gives students fresh and house-made food options from local farms while also providing an entirely new menu each meal. The change is quite dramatic from the standard public high-school cafeteria. But even with the best options in the best locations, The Hub can be a little tricky to navigate by the first-time explorer. The following is a series of practical, back-stage secret tips on how to handle your first voyage.
Start your trip with the best: Chip. When you first walk in, you are asked to swipe your meal plan ID (or meal ticket for visitors) with the wonderful ladies who work at the front register. They are always there to welcome you with a warm smile, so it is never a bad idea to learn the names of these women and greet them properly. From...
October 9, 2014
From my personal experience, one of the school traditions that I love the most is definitely the Monon Bell! On one Saturday each November, DePauw University Tigers and Wabash College Little Giants meet on the gridiron in one of college football’s oldest and most colorful rivalries. This is only time of the year when every single DePauw student and their family get together and wear tiger gears to support our beloved DePauw football team. To most people, besides the game itself, tailgate before the game is even better. If we’re hosting the game this year, we will gather in the parking lot beside the Blackstone’s Stadium with friends and family to yell, to toast, and to welcome the Bell home with our endless enthusiasm.
However, the Monon Bell football game is far more than just a rivalry for us. We always refer Monon Bell as “a week” rather than “a game” because during the week of the game, both schools have numerous events and shared functions including concerts, debates, and a blood...
October 6, 2014
I hate to bear bad news, but college is not the love triangle of social life, academics, and sleep that you thought it was. Consider this like a ship named Student Loans departing from its home country of Intro to Geometry and entering the newfound continent of Analytic Polygon Properties.
College is actually a decagon of class, work, sleep, meals, family, homework, hobbies, friends, love life, and any extracurricular activities you deem worthy of requiring your time. For myself, facing this schedule felt like the scene in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi when that fish-headed guy says, “It’s a trap!” Despite this dramatic plot twist where the rebels might not succeed in destroying the death star, I have our way to the shield generator— and it’s sold at Walmart.
Some people enjoy their iCal or utilize their cellular devices to keep their daily routine in order, but I go to the old-fashioned method of physically writing my schedule in a planner with a pen. No matter the level of technology...
October 4, 2014
In a research project, you are thrust into a problem that has no answer key. By the very nature of the experience, you are working to discover or to create something new. Research can show you what it means and what it takes to deeply understand a subject.
That can be a powerful learning experience. I have seen many students who, after an authentic research experience, have risen to the top of their class. And I have also seen students change their major altogether, because their romantic idea of research was very different from the reality. It is no wonder that graduate schools value prior exposure to scientific research. There is no substitute for experience.
According to the National Science Foundation, liberal arts colleges like DePauw produce more eventual PhD’s per-capita than do large research-intensive universities. A contributing factor to this success is the quality of the undergraduate research experience – and at DePauw, a quality research experience includes the support...
October 3, 2014
College throws us into a lot of situations. A lot of times those situations are with people we do not know. Most high school friend groups have gone their separate ways, and we are put in social scenarios without our “besties for the resties” (or whatever less-embarrassing term you call your friend group.) Especially as a first year student, you will find yourself at events where you know absolutely no one. Rather than awkwardly fake text or stare at a wall, I have decided to use these opportunities to meet new friends.
Doing laundry. Embrace your inner Monica Gellar (character from the television show, Friends) and help out other students who have never done their own laundry. Laundry takes up a good chunk of your time, so make it useful and talk to the people around you.
Open Houses. DePauw University is really great about putting together admissions events before you move in. These are really nice opportunities to meet up with future classmates. I found my roommate at one,...