When your world’s turning

College can be a big transition for most, if not all, people making the big leap. Looking back a year later since I moved into Villiger 338, I can honestly say that the only feelings I can remember were excitement to move into my own, new space (and to decorate it however I pleased) and the sadness of leaving my friends and family.

Now I’m a sophomore (woah) and the same emotions are consuming my body just like last year.

However, I would say that there are a lot of differences.  Freshman year you’re more consumed with freaking out over the location of your classes,

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“And I need a job, so I want to be a paperback writer.”

– The Beatles, ‘Paperback Writer’

…Well, not exactly a paperback writer; more so a music journalist.

And that’s precisely how I’ll be spending a good chunk of my summer, thanks to an internship I’m doing with REBEAT magazine, an online publication centering around “mid-century music, culture, and lifestyle.” If you know me (or at least if you’ve taken a glance at my bio) you’ll understand how excited I am about this opportunity.

The last thing I expected to do this summer was find a suitable internship position;

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The School Year is Over… What’s Next?

So the school year is officially over, finals are done, and the class of 2015 has graduated. This now means it is time for summer fun. As students we use this time to relax and forget the stresses of the past school year. Taking the next few months to enjoy time with family and friends. But, now that the school year is over students must start thinking towards their future and the upcoming year. We must start thinking how we can improve ourselves not just academically but also personally. Whether you just finished your freshman year or you are going to be a senior,

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“School’s out for summer. School’s out forever.”

– Alice Cooper, ‘School’s Out’

After finishing final exams and moving out of dorms, apartments, and houses, we have finally been graced with the presence of the hallowed summer vacation.

My first week of break has been almost strictly unwinding, as I just restarted working at my summer job yesterday. My sleep schedule has already been turned upside-down; four in the morning feels a lot more like four in the afternoon than it ever should, thanks to sleeping in late and drinking coffee at midnight (genius idea, I know.) My childhood room is just as I left it so many months ago: record player and stack of albums in one corner,

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“Summer’s here, and the time is right for dancing in the street.”

– David Bowie and Mick Jagger, ‘Dancing in the Street’

Ah, summer: a time for frolicking in the sunshine, relaxing by the pool, road-tripping with friends (and, if you’re anything like Jagger and Bowie, dancing in the street.)

So where does work-related stress fit into that mix?

Whether it be from parents, from society at large, or even from yourself, there is a great deal of pressure placed on us as students to find a summer job. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, however, being that the months between May and September typically provide students with more free time than we know what to do with;

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