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Sprint-ing to the Verizon store

It was the first Saturday of spring break and I was looking forward to heading back home for a relaxing weekend on the coast. I load my car, fill the tank and begin my drive. The drive to Corpus Christi takes about six and a half hours to complete. I pass through a few podunk […]

Choose your own adventure: Summer edition

The air is getting warmer. Mosquitoes are surfacing in swarms. Summer is near. You have roughly eight weeks to figure what you’re doing this summer, so you: A. Decide you have so much time, you’ll figure it out later. But wait, 20 of the 22 students in your 10 a.m. have an internship already. What […]

Choose your own adventure: Job interview edition

It’s the day of the big interview. You have an hour before you need to leave, so you: A. Take a nap. You don’t need to set an alarm. You’ll wake up in time, but NOW YOU’RE AN HOUR LATE. B. Trim your bangs just a little to make yourself look more professional. But then you end up with a bowl cut that […]

The future induces a quarter-life crisis

I’m 20 years old, and I have no idea what I’m doing with my life. This, my friends, is a quarter-life crisis. What is a quarter-life crisis you ask? Well, it’s kind of like a mid-life crisis but 20 years premature. Instead of realizing your mortality in life, you realize your mortality as a student. […]

Stop trying to fight the power of Netflix

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a college student in possession of absolutely no fortune must be in want of a week off from the relentless classes and back-breaking debt. And so we have spring break. But that’s over, and now we have to deal with the horrifying task of returning to school with enough motivation […]

The worst party trick ever

I haven’t watched TV or loyally followed a single show in over a year. I honestly can’t say the last time I watched something on Netflix. No, I didn’t give it up for Lent or intentionally make some vow against TV. I promise I’m not a pretentious freak – I have nothing against TV, and […]

Reflecting on childhood cartoons is troublesome

So if you want to read something clever or academically engaging, you won’t like what I have to say. However, if you’re dying to hear someone you probably don’t know talk about nothing, then stick around. Each time my column comes around, I debate for hours on what to write about, as if it really […]

The plight of the iPhone addict

Hello, my name is Catherine Blakemore and I’m addicted to iPhone applications because it’s like having my own personal MiniBot robot in my pocket. IPhone applications are a superfluous addition to working with technology, but it’s also a glimpse at what life may be like with robots. Or not. For me, the iPhone 6 is […]

The calm before the storm: bye week for intramurals

Spring break is here, which means all intramural teams receive a much-needed bye week before entering the final two rounds of playoffs. Some teams will use the break to rest injured stars while others will force their players to follow strict training regimens so they don’t lose their “touch” leading into the most meaningful games of […]

Packing for spring break: backpack edition

Packing for trips has never been my strong suit. When I left for Oxford, the thought of packing for four months in one suitcase was terrifying. Thankfully, with the help of my mother, I managed to make it here with all the important things. Now an entirely new task lies before me: packing for 10 […]

La importancia de un idioma extranjero

Bear with me. I spent at least three hours trying to read 46 pages of Cien Anos de Soledad two nights ago, and I am on a Spanish kick. But really, as difficult as reading a magic realism novel in a foreign language is, and no matter how ridiculous I sound when I stutter and […]

Ready Player One: Gamer dystopia meets ’80s nostalgia

The novel Ready Player One takes place in the near future where the majority of the world has ignored global issues (global warming, food shortage and so on) and instead spends time on a gigantic, elaborate virtual reality game called the OASIS. The billionaire founder of the game dies, leaving his entire fortune to whomever can […]