Vassar After JYA

Vassar After JYA

Studying abroad is supposed to be self-indulgent. That’s part of the point. It does entail cross-cultural exchange and a growing awareness of the self in relation to a larger other, but for the most part, study abroad is marketed as a site of self-discovery and growth. We can tell this a bit from who tends to study abroad. Nationally, those who study abroad are overwhelmingly white women studying the humanities (a category I neatly fit into). Vassar works hard to…

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Midterms week sheds light on student stress

Midterms week sheds light on student stress

Midterms Week. That simple phrase which strikes students with a fear second only to the dreaded Finals Week. Many of us just went through one of the toughest weeks of the academic year. It’s that time which has been designated by all professors to do heavily weighted assignments at once. Just great, isn’t it? I’m sure there have been sleepless nights, lots of coffee, papers, tests, final projects, the list goes on. I for one will need Spring Break to…

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Dungeons and Dragons and Dice, Oh My: Part 1

Dungeons and Dragons and Dice, Oh My: Part 1

So you want to kill a dragon. Good, I like your enthusiasm. But hold you fantasy horses. Before you go delving into dungeons, rescuing townsfolk, and looting shiny trinkets, you’re going to have to figure out who you are first. How do you fight? What do you look like? Why do you do the things that do you? These questions and more are all answered during the first and most essential step to any Dungeons and Dragons campaign: character creation….

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How to Write Compelling Fiction: A One-Act Play

How to Write Compelling Fiction: A One-Act Play

Characters: Will Self Edger Allen Poe Hilary Mantel Kazuo Ishiguro Margaret Atwood Setting: A dark cellar. Will Self stands by a small bare bulb. He has just finished putting the final masonry on a walled up section of the cellar. Margaret Atwood floats 5 feet of the ground in a Jules Verne inspired dirigible. Kazuo Ishiguro stands somewhere in the room dressed as a knight. Hillary Mantel points a sniper rifle out the only window in the cellar, staring intently…

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Podcast and TV merge in new comedy show

Podcast and TV merge in new comedy show

My Brother, My Brother, and Me is a short (6 episodes total) and up and coming TV show based on a podcast of the same name starring the McElroy brothers, Justin (the oldest brother), Travis (the middlest brother), and Griffin (the sweet baby brother) who give advice to people and try to solve their problems. The podcast itself is a hilarious advice show, and the new TV show follows suit. The whole show can only be found on Seeso.com, a…

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A Traveler’s Guide to the Galaxy

A Traveler’s Guide to the Galaxy

Life on the Outer Rim got you down? Sick of moisture farming and blue milk? Drop those power converters and listen up! We’re Lucas-Williams Inc., the galaxy’s leader in interstellar retreat planning, and we’re here to help you get far, far away for a long time. Here’s a list of our top five destinations for the traveler looking to trade two suns for one killer vacation. 1) Hoth Tired of sand? Try the snow! Located in the secluded Anoat sector,…

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Viet Thanh Nguyen offers a glimpse into the life of refugees

Viet Thanh Nguyen offers a glimpse into the life of refugees

There are countless reasons one can think of on why many people choose to move far away from their mother land, be it to pursue one’s distinguished career in a promising foreign market, to settle down with a local, or simply look for better economic status. However, the term refugee would still be such an unfamiliar concept to most Americans until waves of Vietnamese refugees arrived in the US after the war just to be greeted with reservation, doubt, and…

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Making the most of JYA

Making the most of JYA

For many of us who will be going into our junior years at Vassar, we recently found out that we will be spending at least part of that year in a different country! For me, I’ll be heading to Italy and it’ll be the longest I’ve been both without my family and outside of the United States. If you need some convincing about studying abroad and why I think it’s an invaluable experience, hopefully my blog here will do the…

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The One I’ve Been Waiting For: A Love Letter to Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino

The One I’ve Been Waiting For: A Love Letter to Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino

Reasons I love the Palladinos/favorite moments of the Gilmore Girls revival: “I smell snow” opening Setting Emily and Lorelai’s huge fight in the kitchen, where their biggest fights always happened Seeing LANE’S FATHER. Paris in the Chilton bathroom Carole King coming back Lorelai going to do “Wild: and finding her version of it behind a coffee shop. In Omnia Paratus. The Gorilla masks. I want my own life and death brigade. For just that one sequence, set so perfectly to…

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Merry Christmas! …or Happy Holidays?

Merry Christmas! …or Happy Holidays?

Merry Christmas! …or happy holidays? I went to Catholic school since Kindergarten, so deciding which to say was never really an issue for me or anyone that I spent a lot of time with. When we left school for what we called Christmas Vacation, there was obviously never an issue with saying “merry Christmas.” I knew that there were all these issues with having employees of public places like stores or coffee shops saying “happy holidays” rather than “merry Christmas,”…

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