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Linda Chandler, contributing writer
If everything goes according to plan,
I will graduate from Meredith College in
four hundred and five days. I am putting off
my anticipated panic at being released once
again into the real world. I want to bask in
the warm cocoon of college life for one more
year. I want to absorb as many positive and
supportive statements as my professors and
advisors will supply. I need one more year
to try to figure out what kind of person I am
going to be as a full-fledged adult. A college
graduate. A professional.
What does that even look like?
The class of 2015 has spent the past three
or more years working toward next May
9. We may have started a portfolio or our
internship is underway but to what extent
has that directly prepared us for the life of
a full-time, no-safety-net, decision-making
“real” world? Many of us came to Meredith
for the low student to instructor ratio and
for the deep community ties found on this
campus. As students, have we truly taken
advantage of this opportunity to cultivate
a genuine mentor from among our instruc
tors, advisors or supervisors? What about
from other sources such as an interview
subject from a class assignment? Perhaps
it is a past roommate that has a master
ful comprehension of the universe and has
an uncanny ability to look at things from a
completely healthy and unique perspective.
At no other time in our lives will we
be tasked with simply working to better our
selves. We are all at Meredith to learn and
to become optimized versions of our former
selves. Rigorous education is a key part of
this transformation. We are doing the work.
We must also remember the more human
aspect of being in the real world. We are
shaping our own values, priorities to form
our own unique identities right now. This is
formed by the voices with which we are sur
rounded. Now is the time to find one or two
people who “get it” and try to round out our
educational experience by learning about
being human beings.
CSA Day, photos by Julia Dent
It’s that Time of Year Again: 28 Tips
It’s that time of the year again.
We’re all panicking to register for the
fall, maybe even preparing for sum
mer classes, internships, study abroad
trips, or just work. Whatever it is that
students are doing this time of the
year, we’re all moving forward towards
the goal of graduation.
During my time here at Mer
edith, I’ve learned a few things through
trial and error. I hope some other Mer
edith students, whether they are finish
ing up as a senior or just starting out as
a freshman, can read through this list
and both laugh at and learn from my
1. Do not accidentally dye your
hair Lady Gaga yellow two days before
Freshman Orientation. You will feel as
weird as you look.
2. Do not wear fake hipster glass
es and attempt to bond with your peers
over the fact that you are only wearing
them because you think they make you
look cool. They do not.
3. Do not think you will be a Nu
trition major if basic facts about diges
tion still to this day make you gag.
4. Do be your most genuine self.
Even if that means bonding with your
peers over your very timely depressive
episode induced by watching the BBC
Masterpiece Classic version of Wuther-
ing Heights twice a day leading up to
5- Do takp chances. Go to that
concert you’ve convinced yourself that
you won’t like with those people you
don’t know. Just go. You might just
meet the people who will become your
6. Don’t try to force yourself to
fall for that guy just because you think
he’s the only guy who will ever think
you’re pretty and nice. He’s not.
7. Do join clubs and organiza
tions on campus. Make friends who
get to know you for your talents and
8. When that super cool upper
classman asks you to coffee at Cup of
Joe because she shows genuine inter
est in your life, don’t bail on her be
cause you’re intimidated of her awe
9. Do understand that if you eat
Bojangles and Cookout most days of
the week, you will need to continue go
ing to the gym.
10. Do talk to that cute guy who
works at the gym. As soon as possible.
Don’t let another opportunity pass you
11. Do not convince yourself and
everyone around you that the cute guy
is gay because it excuses you from hav
ing to actually talk to him.
12. Do take classes that you actu
ally enjoy. Push through the classes
you hate. Believe it or not, both point
you in the right direction.
13. Do get to know a professor
who shows an interest in your future.
Establish a meaningful relationship
with someone on campus who wants to
be in your corner.
14. Do not forget to talk to your
mom. She really does know everything.
15. Do listen to your friends and
your mom when they insist that the
cute guy is not actually gay.
16. Don’t think that life will be per
fect if you stop talking to your friends
because they “don’t like” that not at all
gay cute guy that you fell in love with.
17. Do learn to be happy, even if
other people can’t be happy for you.
18. Do take summer classes, espe
cially if you have literally nothing else
to do over the summer. Stay busy.
19. Do not subsequently change
your major to Business even though
you know you will hate it just because
your older brother thinks that every
student in every school should.
20. Do get an internship. ’Whether
you like it or hate it, you will earn expe
rience which will help you decide what
you want to really do when you grow
21. Don’t overwhelm yourself be
tween school, work and your intern
ship so that you don’t have time to
think straight, let alone do any of those
22. Do finally decide to major in
English because you love it. Because
you are the type of person who is capa
ble of being depressed over Wuthering
23. Don’t fool yourself into think
ing that life is fair. Learn to enjoy every
day -with the people you love.
24. Do know that people in your
life are facing high hurdles and are
making tough decisions. Be supportive
of the people you love.
25. Do get help when you need
help. Nothing is wrong with admitting
that you can’t handle it all.
26. Do cut your hair short if you
want to cut your hair short. Don’t talk
about it for another five years. Just do
27. Do reconnect with old friends.
You can always make new memories
together. There is always room for wa
ter under the bridge.
28. Do look forward to the future
because it really is bright. Of course
it’s uncertain and of course it’s scary
to not have it all planned out, but have
faith that it will all work out. Hasn’t it
Meredith Hacks: Life Hacks for Avenging Angels!
This week: Summer Fun in the
Fantesia Evans, staff writer
Are you staying on campus
this summer? If so then I bet you’re
wondering what options there will be
on and off campus for you to enjoy this
summer while taking classes. Besides
the classes you’ll be enjoying this sum
mer there is not much happening in the
way of events on campus. However, if
you would like to venture off campus
there are many free or cheap places to
enjoy near Meredith.
For fresh produce and trinket
browsing the North Carolina Farmer’s
Market is only a few miles down the
road and is open Monday-Saturday
5am-6pm as well as Sunday from 8
am-6pm. You can also enjoy any of the
museums Raleigh has to offer as well
as the number of interesting exhibits
featured this summer. The NC Muse
um of Art veil! be featuring an exhibit
on the Durham Bulls titled “Bull City
Summer.” If you’re interested in pi
rates, artifacts from Blackbeard’s ship
will he at the Museum of History as
well as The Story of North Carolina,
an ongoing exhibition. Every Sunday
from 3-6pm, Tir na nOg, an Irish Pub
downtown, offers an Irish Jam session
featuring Irish music for free. You can
also take advantage of the North Caro
lina weather at Pullen Park located
near NC State. There you can enjoy
a picnic or walk, the carousel, pedal
boats, as well as anything else you may
want to do in a park on a sunny sum
mer day. For those without transporta
tion the Wolf line does run during the
summer, but the schedule is limited.
Of course, there are alternative options
such as carpooling, taxi services, and
bike riding to get you where you want
to go. A full schedule of bus routes and
times can be found online
Summer is the perfect time to
enjoy all that Raleigh has to offer. So
venture out and find your new favorite
restaurant, visit our museums, or do
something exciting you’ve never expe
rienced living in Raleigh.
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