Plugging into literature

A torrent of words and information — PowerPoint slides, textbook pages, text messages, Tumblr posts — pervades every moment of a college student’s day. The act of reading consumes class and homework time, and perusing blog posts and Facebook messages fills leisure time. Understandably, this endless stream of letters has left
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Make things your own

Salas in solace

Stoves that don’t turn on, lights that won’t turn off and a heater that has a tendency to light things on fire: just a few of the fun things that the previous tenants of my apartment left for my roommates and me. So far, we have survived just fine, and I’ve kind of managed to make myself comfortable in the rather stereotypical ramshackle college apartment I now live in.
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Leavening the psyche

Michelle's mish-mosh

The scent permeates the household in a fit of yeasty seduction. That sweet, heavy flavor conjures memories of mornings in the kitchen, picnics with gingham tablecloths and evenings flowing with wine and cheese. Bread is the simplest form of sustenance, enjoyed by the poor man and the king alike.
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Why good girls like bad boys

CaliforMiacation

I distinctly remember having a conversation a few weeks ago with this smart, pretty girl whose boyfriend of two weeks was tall, muscular and had a notorious reputation as a player. I asked her how she could be so interested in him in light of his dating history. Her response?
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Don’t pity this column

Michelle's mish-mosh

Following a routine screening last summer, my dad learned that he had cancer. In the months that followed, amid doctors’ appointments and surgery and hushed phone calls and microwavable dinners, I diligently avoided partying — that is, pity partying.
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Just following orders

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I spent my entire childhood in the park — chasing little kids who chased pigeons, rescuing drowning bees from swimming pools, visiting lonely-looking animals at PetCo. Then one day, I was instructed to put several live baby fish in a freezer, an action which went completely against my beliefs.
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‘Doctor Who’ and life lessons

Salas in solace

David Tennant taught me “allons-y.” More significantly, the Doctor taught me. Through his adventures, his companions and his constant running, the Doctor has actually taught me quite a lot. Just add that to the long list of reasons “Doctor Who” is one of my favorite shows. Other reasons include aliens, awesome characters and British accents.
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Confessions of an extrovert

Michelle's mish-mosh

Je ne comprends pas!” I say, begging for mercy. “I don’t understand!” My high school French education proved useless while I was surrounded by fast-talking, slang-slinging French teenagers, and shamefully I waved the white flag of total incomprehension.
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The end of the world

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Well, here we are, finally: 2012, the year that supposedly ends in apocalypse. It’s the end of the world. Although the Mayans may have started it, the environmentalists are certainly keeping the hype alive. Well, at least they were, for a while. Nowadays, worrying about global warming just doesn’t seem to be cool anymore.
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Learning to accept an uncertain future

Salas in solace

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question that has plagued me for as long as I can remember. I’ve been asked countless times by distant relatives, complete strangers — pretty much anyone who wants an excuse to seem interested in my life.
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