Saturday, August 27, 2011

RA Training

For the past week now I've been on campus, training as a Resident Assistant for the coming year. My all-freshmen coed dorm will soon be filled with students and parents alike, bustling to and fro in an attempt to move boxes, determine the "better" mattress, and introduce themselves to new roommates.

My new Tilton single: the RA room

Monday, August 8, 2011

Deciphering the Core Requirements

One of the first thing new Jumbos will want to sort out before they register for courses this September are the university requirements: the classes you need to take in order to graduate. It makes a lot of sense to start working on these now while you still have some flexibility and perhaps haven't quite figured out your major. Here's the cheat-sheet to getting a Tufts degree.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Summer Reading Conquests

Every summer, you hear people talk about summer reading. Maybe it's a summer reading list for school, or just casual summer reading on the beach, but everyone seems to think, at least at the start of the season, that they'll be tucking a stack of new books into their brains during the sunny season. Usually, these people get distracted: the ocean, the job, the video games. So how does one go about tackling a summer reading list?

Hint: You won't need a suit of armor.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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One down, four to go. That's roughly where I am in life: 1/5 of the way through, give or take. I haven't exactly consulted the actuarial tables. Suppose I live until 2076, though. On that year, the country will turn 300 years old...and I'll have been around for almost a third of it. A third of U.S. history...can you imagine?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Post-"Potter" (Comic Included)

After the eighth and final installment of the "Harry Potter" movie franchise hit theaters earlier this month, the cast members mustered the strength to claw their way out of their Hollywood trailers and blink at the bright light of day. "The real world?" they gasped, "But how are we supposed to survive...without magic?!"

How many times were we told the world was ending this year? How many times has the world actually ended this year?