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    How to Eat Your Way to Friendship

    In college, you do not control your eating habits. No matter how determined you may be to maintain a steady diet, there are an endless array of forces which are bound to ruin your resolve and cause your dietary patterns to take on a life of their own. There is a reason that everyone over the age of 20 will feel the need to warn you about the “Freshman Fifteen.” It’s real and it comes for us all. It seems easy enough to avoid in the beginning. After all, you are the one who chooses what to get from the cafeteria and how much you eat. But unsuspecting freshmen get…

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    From Talking to Stalking

    Mob mentality is a real thing.  And it’s not just for villagers with pitchforks and citizens with a cause.  While not the most common use of the term, a group of girls can also be put under this category.  When girls are together, we can talk ourselves into believing anything.  That the guy who has never talked to you definitely knows who you are and is actually in love with you.  That the reason you failed that test isn’t because you didn’t study, it’s because the professor is just intimidated by your unusual brilliance.  Probably even that the sky is neon pink and clouds are made of cotton candy.  Girl…

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    Ring by Spring?

                The impression I had from the outset of college is that it is supposed to just be one big singles meet-and-greet.  Yes, you have to meet your friend group and all that, but I have already addressed that particular struggle.  Right now, I’m talking about the opposite sex.  College is the calm before the storm of life.  You have four years to figure yourself out and get your act together before you have to enter the real world as a productive member of society.  For many people, this ideal future for which you must prepare, includes a significant other.  So you walk into college with thousands of other hormonal…

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    Maybe We Are All Just Overt

    I love my bed.  I like to watch TV and listen to music.  I like to drive by myself (mostly so I can sing as loud and as obnoxiously as I want).  Some days, I don’t even want to leave the house.  But I am an extrovert.  There seems to be a widespread misconception that extroverts like people and introverts do not.  Extroverts are supposed to be the life of the party with a million friends, always ready to hit the town, or something.  And introverts are supposed to be isolated homebodies who sneer at the notion of fun.  But while that may be the case for a select few,…

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    My Heart Sings a Song of Palm Trees

    A week ago, I evacuated West Pam Beach just before a hurricane tore through the city.  Damage was not devastating but there have been substantial repercussions, including several deaths.  This is a tribute to my second home: Every city which you inhabit throughout your lifetime changes you.  Whether you love it or hate, the sights, sounds, and culture have a way of sneaking into your identity.  Part of this comes from necessity.  Your surroundings determine what is available to you.  What you do for fun, what you eat, and who you associate with are all dependent on where you call home.  The longer you stay in one place, the more…

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    A Yellow Sky

    This week, I went on an adventure with my new friend, Irma.  Although “friend” probably isn’t the right word for a catastrophic hurricane.  Not that my encounters with her were all bad,  but as a general rule, a natural disaster is not a cake walk.  Although we did have a cake… But I’ll get to that later. When you live in Florida, you get used to people telling you that the entire state is going to be wiped out every hurricane season.  And inevitably, it drizzles for 15 minutes, everyone is frantic, and then they realize that the storm has changed course for the 63rd time and everyone is saved. …