Re-Runs

Re-Runs

In preparation for “A Year In the Life,” I’ve been re-watching all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls in strict chronological order, from the pilot to the finale. Well, I was. Until the episode in Season 4 when Lorelei and Rory are so busy that they don’t end up talking for a whole episode and eventually break down crying about how overwhelmed they are. Too much. And then I skipped episodes four through seven in Season 5 because I hated the…

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Learning Italian Outside of the Classroom

Learning Italian Outside of the Classroom

As someone who’s always been interested in learning another language, I’m glad to finally have the opportunity to do so as a Biology and Italian Studies double major at Vassar. I grew up listening to relatives speaking Italian, and even spoke and understood a good amount for my age (so I’ve been told) because my immigrant grandparents watched my brother and I before we started preschool. Unfortunately, as a result of not hearing and using the language enough when I…

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Service with a Smile

Service with a Smile

I’m convinced that the clock is out to get me. Each second is excruciating, a test of sheer willpower. I swear I can hear the clock laughing at me. “Tick, tick, tick” it chuckles. I glower at it, unamused by what is surely a joke at my expense. The air feels thick with unused time, and the smell of industrial floor cleaner clings to each breath. I’ve taken to pinching the back of my hand so as not to drift…

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Gilmore Girls and Life

Gilmore Girls and Life

A largely anticipated event will be occurring later this year (in 77 days, 19 minutes and 20…19…18 seconds as I write this), something I’ve personally been waiting for since I finished the show. I’ve planned my Thanksgiving weekend around this occasion. I’m not going shopping on Black Friday this year (the first time I’ve skipped the holiday in years) because of this momentous occasion. Instead of bundling up and braving the crowds of New York City, I’ll be on my…

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If You’re a College Senior Freaking Out About Your Future, Watch This Movie

If You’re a College Senior Freaking Out About Your Future, Watch This Movie

There’s a science fiction movie called Mr. Nobody, and it’s one of my favorites. Essentially, it’s about the butterfly effect: the idea that every small decision that you make ultimately has the power to change the course of your remaining life. The movie is about a boy who is faced with an impossible choice—when his parents separate, will he stay with his mother or his father?—and the consequences of either decision. This influences where he lives, who he falls in…

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“Cruelty-Free” Cosmetic Consumption

“Cruelty-Free” Cosmetic Consumption

I like to put my money where my mouth is—and by that I mean, after being a vegetarian for 10 years I’ve recently also transitioned into no longer purchasing cosmetic products from companies that test on animals. While I know it’s not possible to be a totally ethical consumer, I feel better about doing something than I do about doing nothing, and this choice was the next natural step to my dietary lifestyle. No one can argue that animal testing…

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Not The Fastest Man Alive—But Close Enough

Not The Fastest Man Alive—But Close Enough

“The Flash” is an awesome TV show. Veeeery minor spoilers follow, but nothing significant. It’s not without its flaws, which we will get to in depth, but it’s an incredibly fun and enjoyable program that anyone with even the most vague interest in the superhero genre should check out. “The Flash”’s biggest advantage is that it truly understands the balance between the funny and the serious and knows how to work that divide. As my friend says, this a show…

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In Which a Neuro Major Dispels Some Stereotypes About Anorexia

In Which a Neuro Major Dispels Some Stereotypes About Anorexia

(Trigger warning for eating disorders) When the topic of eating disorders inevitably comes up in a psychology class, it usually tends to be just a few pages in a textbook or a few slides in a PowerPoint, usually about how anorexia is a disorder in which the individual has an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat. These descriptions are almost always framed in a way that makes it seem as though “Losing Weight” and “Being Skinny” have suddenly become…

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Requiem for a D20

Requiem for a D20

I have died 14 times. I have killed my best friends. I have fallen in love. Usually when someone starts a story with this clichéd (but oh so fun) device, they’re about to pivot into a pitch for why books are great. I’m going to make a much nerdier pivot into a pitch for why tabletop RPGs (Dungeons and Dragons) are great. RPGs offer nearly limitless customization and improvisation. You can do nearly anything you want. Each item on that…

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What’s That Smell?

What’s That Smell?

Have you ever wondered what it means when you see the word “fragrance” as an ingredient in a product like shampoo, body wash, or deodorant? When the term “fragrance” (also listed as “parfum”) is applied to a product, what it means is a mix of ingredients that can include any of over 5,000 different chemicals, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Obviously, fragrance is added to products to make them smell better or to cover up…

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