7 Reasons To Be Happy To Be Back At Curry

7 Reasons To Be Happy To Be Back At Curry

We're back at Camp Curry, and here are some reasons to be excited about it!

Aside from the reasons to be happy to be back at any college across the country (seeing your friends, and returning to your freedom) there are reasons specific to Curry College as to why we should be excited to be back on campus. Here's a countdown of the top seven reasons we should all be happy to move back in!

7. The soft serve machine in the Stu

Yes, ice cream is available outside of college, but there's nothing quite like the readily available soft serve machine in the Stu. All you have to do is grab a Styrofoam cup or cone, and press and hold the pump (vanilla, chocolate, or swirl) for a few moments, and you have delicious soft-serve ice cream that you can indulge in as frequently as you want. It's a great after-dinner treat we've all indulged in at some point.

6. The Stu in general.

The beloved Student Center is the heart and soul of Curry. It's where we eat our meals, work out, play pool, shop, get our mail, etc. The Stu is the hub of student life and nine times out of 10 when you walk in, at least some of your friends are there. There's always someone you know. It's comforting to have something so familiar and so central to our daily lives on campus.

5. Jools.

If you go to Curry, you know and love Jools, the favorite employee of the Student Center dining hall. Perhaps the best part about Jools isn't her always-smiling face and always genuinely asking you how you are today, it's that she makes an effort to learn everyone's name. It's a special day when Jools addresses you by name. We all know that if we ever need anything, Jools is where it's at. She's a Curry legend.

4. The Quad.

Although ours is probably the smallest quad you've ever seen, we all have to admit that it's beautiful. And from the hours of about 8 to 4 p.m., depending on the weather, there are people everywhere on the quad, whether it be walking to class, sunbathing in the grass, or sitting on the "smoking bench," you can find friends to talk to on your way to grab lunch.

3. The infamous flag poles.

The flagpole on the quad is perhaps the most popular meeting place on campus, aside from the Stu of course. When meeting up with friends after class or before heading down to dinner, the flag pole is the place to go and because of the two semi-circle stone walls, it's impossible to miss.

2. Coffee from the Stu.

Okay, the coffee from the Stu isn't the best, but we're college students — we run on coffee. If you go to Curry, you no doubt know these red insulated coffee cups or the clear plastic ones for the iced coffee fans out there. You see them about 100 times a day around campus.

1. Late Night.

Late Night is popularly known as the best food served on campus. Whether you love the nachos, cheese fries, or the fruit smoothies, everyone has a favorite food from Late Night. And you know that if you run out of "Points," your friend will be there to vouch for you and buy you your favorite treat. Going to Late Night is good if you missed dinner and are hungry, or if you just want a reason to get out and socialize.

We don't call it Camp Curry for no reason. The camplike feel of the campus really does make it feel like home. When we move back in, we will be hit with a wave of nostalgia and deja-vu, and wonder why we left for so long in the first place.

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25 Things To Do After 1 a.m.

You never remember the nights you went to bed early.

I'm a night owl, and at a clean, Christian university, it gets a bit rough trying to find things to do after one in the morning. If your adrenaline's pumping with or without friends, here are some things you can do for free or using that crumpled twenty dollar bill in your pocket.

1. Dick's.

If you're feeling frisky in the wee hours of the morning, head to Dick's with some friends.

Or if you're looking for something more adventurous...

2. Watch a movie.

Reserve a time slot at the movie lounge in your dorm, pop some popcorn, and watch your hall mates cry at your favorite tearjerker.

3. Go on a walk to nowhere.

Without using a map, just walk with no destination in mind. Try to find your way back without any assistance. Of course though, be safe.

4. Jam out.

Bust out someone's guitar or triangle and go to town. If you don't know anyone who plays an instrument, borrow a speaker and blast a good tune.

5. Cards Against Humanity.

People get weirdly inappropriate when they're tired, this makes it the optimal time to play Cards Against Humanity.

6. Gasworks Park.

I swear the park is more beautiful at night when no one's there. Plus, nothing beats the adrenaline rush than when geese surround you on all sides.

7. Late-night drive.

Go for a scenic drive like the one shown above.

8. Go somewhere that's usually full of people and see it empty.

It's hauntingly beautiful to see somewhere that's typically crowded and see it completely empty. It's a private moment that you'll get to remember every time you go back.

9. Watch something in your queue on Netflix.

Hey, you put it there for a reason.

10. Learn that one thing you've been meaning to.

Whether it's a new skill, language, or hobby you want to pick up, learn it now! There's no time like the present. Or, surf some Wikipedia articles and jump from one related article to the next.

11. Scooter races.

Find out which of your hall mates will do anything to win.

12. Table topics.

If you want to find out more about your friends, but the only question you can think of is, "How do you feel about Dick Cheney?" Table Topics are perfect.

13. Retail therapy.

Or, you can do what I do and add everything to my basket and then cry when I see the total.

14. Watch the airplanes fly in.

Knowing that each airplane holds dozens of people who have their own lives and are off on adventures or returning home is so humbling. Also, airplanes look like shooting stars if you squint.

15. City wide Fugitive.

Basically Cops and Robbers, there are two groups of people. Group A tries to make it from Point One to Point Two (we had everyone meet at a park and try to make their way back to campus) without being caught by Group B. Group B is usually dispersed into cars and they flash their headlights at someone from Group A if they're seen.

16. Beth's

Who isn't down for breakfast food at two A.M.? Any 24 hour diner will do, but Beth's is the best.

17. Pinterest baking party.

Even if you don't succeed, it'll make for a good photo (and hopefully still taste good).

18. Salsa dancing.

Or swing dancing. Or learning how to do the latest dance. Dancing is the perfect way to bond by making fools of yourselves. Plus, it might lead to a vicious dance battle between R.A.'s.

19. Picnic on a roof.

Preferably a flat roof that you're not trespassing on, but make do with what you can.

20. Stargazing.

Stargazing is my absolute favorite way to pass the time using the Planets app on my phone. If you're having some trouble identifying the stars, Star Chart app is super easy.

21. Watch the sunrise.

Just pull an all nighter to see the sunrise. It's way more rewarding compared to seeing a sunset.

22. Get a tattoo.

If you just want something simple and know someone who has experience, get a stick and poke tattoo. Even though stick and pokes tend to not last as long and don't look as clean as a professional tattoo(you have to go over it a couple times), it's still a tattoo! Make sure the needles are sterile and you're using the right ink.

23. Skinny dipping.

Maybe not during this time of year in the Pacific Northwest, but spring has to come around sooner or later.

24. Karaoke.

Hit up a karaoke bar with some friends and sing your troubles away. Boxcar Ale House, Ozzie's in Seattle, Crescent Lounge, and Hula Hula are open until 2 a.m. while Seattle's Best Karaoke is open until 3 a.m.

25. Sleep.

As my roommate always says, "Nothing good ever happens past 2 a.m."

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What Students Should Remember Now That School Is Back

Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world


School's officially back in session! Some students are happy to be back, whereas others not so much. I hope everyone enjoyed their summer. It's always sad when summer ends, especially since it never seems to last very long. I hope everyone has an amazing school year! Cherish every moment of it because you won the in school forever, but also you're blessed to be able to attend school. Sadly there are some people that are unable to do so. Be proud you get the wonderful opportunity to go!

Constantly stay on top of your classes, that way you'll always be prepared and ready to succeed. When your teacher gives specific pages or chapters to read, a lot of students think they don't have to do it. Make sure you do the assigned readings! Reading helps me understand the content a little more, so I know it will benefit you as well!

Write everything down, you never know when you'll have to refer back to it. Copy everything the teacher writes, because there's a good chance you'll be tested on it. Everyone should use a planner, they are such a game changer! They are super helpful, useful, and will make you stay organized. You get to write down everything and it helps you keep track of dates, appointments, events. My planner is my best friend, and I don't go anywhere without it!

Sometimes we have no control over this but, refrain from missing school. If you're in college and you have a class that only meets once a week, it's in your best interest to make sure you're at every class. Missing a class with only put you at a disadvantage. Of course if you're severely sick or have an emergency it's acceptable to miss class, but just don't make it a habit. Make sure you get the notes from someone in class with you.

Even though you're busy with school please don't forget to have fun and enjoy it! A day will come where you won't be in school anymore, and you definitely will miss it. Make a lot of memories because we will always remember these days for the rest of our lives. Here's to another school year!

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