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A defense of small talk

Everybody hates small talk. There’s no denying it. Google defines “small talk” as, “polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, especially as engaged in on social occasions.” Now, the English major in me automatically performed a close-read on this definition. Here’s how I unpacked it: This definition of small talk literally contains the word “unimportant,”…

Wheelin’ in the rain

I’m wheelin’ in the rain, just wheelin’ in the rain. What a horrible feeling, I’m unhappy again. I found myself humming this as I made my way to my human biology section, feeling like I was zooming through one of those mist machines at an amusement park on a hot summer’s day — except I…

To drop or not to drop

Like many other students on campus, I spent the first week of the quarter shopping a lot — and I don’t mean shopping in the sense of going to the mall and buying clothes. This is a much more stressful kind of shopping — the shopping of classes. I had settled on four five-unit classes,…

No turkey for me

Each year, my family does the whole Thanksgiving sha-bang. We make a turkey (or buy it on years we’re feeling lazy) and fill our dining table with a cornucopia of foods — stuffing, cranberry sauce, cornbread. We gather around the dining room table instead of the regular kitchen table, sometimes with family from out of…

Taking a sick day

Sneezes, coughs, sniffles — I’ve been hearing a lot of these noises on campus as we are deep in the middle of fall quarter. A college campus is a place where you’re just begging to get sick — you’re living in close quarters, germs everywhere, always on the go and rarely have time to rest…