Conversation deflation

We’ve all experienced the horror that is a conversation-ender, also known as a conversation deflation. You’re walking back from class with a friend, the conversation’s flowing nicely and everything seems to be going swell. Then they nonchalantly drop a phrase that makes you want to disappear into the crowd as
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Tea with strangers

I found myself on a train hurtling 38 miles away from the only place in California I’m familiar with in the pursuit of conversing with four strangers on a Monday night. As a New York City native, my instincts to evade interactions with strangers only kicked in temporarily, before being
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A student’s guide to avoiding awkward hellos

At a large public university such as UC Berkeley, we meet so many new people each semester that over time it can be difficult to gauge whether or not it’s appropriate to say “hi” to someone when you see them out of context. This can cause all kinds of awkward
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How to interact in the residence hall bathrooms

It’s just another day when you walk into the bathroom and feel relieved to find that you can finally brush your teeth in peace without anyone in there loudly peeing or loudly singing a Spice Girls song. And then, not even 30 seconds later, alas, someone else walks in to brush their
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Dining hall conversation starters and enders

This probably should have come out sooner, but, you know, we were stuck in a long conversation. Unless you are one of the loquacious members of the Clog, chances are you just learned what a conversation is from reading this. In fact, if you were to ever manage to stumble your
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Cut the small talk at UC Berkeley

Honestly, how many times do we and will we have to respond to the four W’s as a form of introduction? What are the four W’s, you wonder? Take a look: What’s your name? What’s your major? Where are you from? Where are you living? There’s nothing wrong with these four
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Interview: Sammy Obeid

After graduating from UC Berkeley with degrees in applied mathematics and business administration, Sammy Obeid turned down a lucrative offer from Google to pursue a career in comedy. Since then, he hasn’t looked back. Obeid has a long list of achievements including performing 1000 nights straight of comedy, being featured on Conan
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