35 Questions For Curry College

35 Questions For Curry College

Things we've all wondered about Camp Curry.
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1. Why is the Wi-Fi actual garbage?

I'm aware Wi-Fi is problematic at many college campuses, but c'mon, sometimes I can't even get onto BlackBoard.

2. Why do we even use BlackBoard?

It's super outdated and unforgiving.

3. Why is dinner unavailable after 7 p.m.?

Some people are still in class at that time.

4. Why does a drink count as a side?

Yes, drinks are unlimited, but still shouldn't count as a side. Why should I have to choose between a side of vegetables and a glass of water?

5. Why don't we get any guest meal swipes?

If you have a guest come visit, and you eat in the Stu, you can either get one entree and four sides (including a drink) to share between the two of you, or your guest has to pay like $12 for their own tray.

6. Why do I need a receipt to get ice cream?

What's a girl gotta do to get some ice cream around here?

7. Why do some dorms have air conditioning, and some don't?

8. Why are check-ins a thing?

I understand that having check-ins on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. is enforced to prevent partying as much as possible, but it's a tad ridiculous any one person can't have more than two people over who live in other buildings.

9. Why is Lombard Basement the moral hole of North Side?

Every year, the Lombard Basement boys establish the same reputation.

10. Why is Scholars a literal maze?

And why is it called Scholars when the actual "scholars" live in NCRH?

11. Why are the off-campus shuttles SO unreliable?

I've never NOT had a problem.

12. Why are the showers so small?

I can't even bend over to shave my legs without hitting my head on the wall.

13. Why are there never any grapes?

14. Why are chicken tenders available at Late Night but not during meal times?

Asking for a friend.

15. Why. Is. There. No. Parking!?

16. Why do we have a guard at the front gate if they lift the gate for literally anyone, no questions asked?

Rarely will they even ask for your name; you just get waved right through. What's the point of having a gate if the people coming in aren't being screened?

17. Why can't we park at the Student Center?

It's the STUDENT CENTER. But students can't park there. ????

18. Why are athletes who are below the criteria for academic scholarship receive academic scholarship anyway?

It's because Curry is a Division 3 school, and therefore cannot give athletic scholarships. So, to rope in D 3 athletes, Curry gives them academic scholarships that they don't deserve. Meanwhile, high-achieving students with high grades may get a similar or lesser academic scholarship, because they don't play a D 3 sport.

19. Who decided a Colonel would be a good mascot?

Who thought this was a good idea??

20. Doesn't PS have anything better to do than snoop around and hand out parking tickets?

We already pay enough money to go to Curry, live on campus, and to park.

21. Why does a parking pass cost extra?

Don't we already pay enough?

22. Why does the mail room close at 4:30 p.m.?

I'm not even out of class/work by then!

23. Does anyone actually live in 874 House?

I've never met someone who lives in 874... just saying.

24. Does anyone even go to the Plymouth campus?

I'm aware that we have a Plymouth campus, but I've never been there, and I've never met someone who has.

25. Why does our president make over half a million dollars a year?

And for doing what, exactly?

26. Why aren't textbooks included in tuition?

I know you have to pay separately for your books at every school, but we honestly pay enough to Curry already that we shouldn't have to spend additional hundreds of dollars every semester for books we need for classes.

27. Why is Kennedy on top of the biggest hill in the Northeast?

Seriously, who decided to put a building up there?

28. Why is it called the Kennedy Internet Cafe?

I don't get any better Wi-Fi there than I do anywhere else on campus.

29. Why are all three cafes exactly the same?

Especially when the Hafer Cafe and the AAPC Cafe are literally right next to each other.

30. Why don't points roll over?

Why is it that if you don't use your points on Late Night, you lose them?

31. Why are the drink machines in the Stu shut off and plastic-wrapped before 7 p.m.?

32. Why is the Tech Center literally useless?

33. Why do I have to pay to print?

I know it comes out of my account, but I already pay so much, I should be able to print as much as I need! It's not like I'm printing all this stuff for fun; I have no choice.

34. Why do some dorm rooms get temperature controls, and some don't?

It's annoying for both parties involved when I have to bug my neighbor every time the heat gets up too high. And if they're not in their room, then too bad, you have to suffer until they get back.

35. Why are the graduation caps and gowns black and not purple?

We have the prettiest school color, and yet we waste it by not having purple graduation caps and gowns. What a shame.

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My Problem With The Mom In 'Lady Bird'

Growing up takes time.
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SPOILERS AHEAD, BUT IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY SEEN IT WHY ARE YOU READING THIS?

Now reader, you amazing, wonderful reader, I ask you to put aside the intense (and natural) rage that you feel towards me for having put the words “problem” and “Lady Bird” in the same sentence. Now, look me in the eyes as I say this: I LOVE "Lady Bird." We all love "Lady Bird!" It’s a fantastic movie, it captures some aspects of growing up that I didn’t even know I had experienced, it conveys the awe and the horrors we start to feel towards the world as we start to really understand our parts in it.

That scene at the end, when the titular character Lady Bird (now Christine) calls her home to tell her mom about the emotion she felt when she finally drove through her old town; I felt that too. This movie undoubtedly understands youth; what it doesn’t understand is the relationship between parent and child as that youth comes to an end.

If you’ve seen the movie, you’re familiar with the relationship between Lady Bird and her mother. There are moments of pure and utter truth in there. But what bothers me is the fact that despite the terrible things said and done by both Lady Bird and her mom, in the end it is Lady Bird that is left with the weight of reconciling with her mother even though her mom is at fault, and she does it. She calls home. She calls herself Christine again, she cries at church thinking of her home. After her mom hadn’t talked to her for weeks, she just goes and forgives her without a second thought. And why? Because they’re mother and daughter? Is that the message you want to believe in?

I think there’s a lot of affordances being made for the mother, and I don’t appreciate how we’re basically told that even though the mom is passive aggressive, belligerent, and demeaning, we need to excuse that because she doesn’t know how to communicate well and she’s worried about her mistakes. Lady Bird’s mom never directly shows Lady Bird how she loves her, and it’s clear there is some sort of affection between the two, but it’s a love shown through material things like money and clothing, essentials of course, but clearly not what Lady Bird needs.

I’m not saying that I think it’s impossible for Lady Bird and her mother to ever be on good terms again. What I’m saying is, that reconciliation takes time, and a whole lot of effort on both of their parts to see each other differently. It doesn’t come within the first week of leaving for college (when your mom refused to even walk into the airport with you), despite any of our romantic notions about university life I think we can all agree that real change has been a slow and grinding process, full of periods of growth and stagnation, but never quick. Growing up takes time, and I don’t know if "Lady Bird" did that justice.

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Dear Life

I Love You, And I Am So Thankful And Blessed.
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I'm 23 years old. I am in my second semester of my Junior year of college. I started my college journey a little later than most of my friends and peers. This upcoming fall, I'll be headed into my Senior year of undergrad, and hopefully getting a jump start on my first year of grad school. I live at home with my parents and sister and I have two part time jobs. If all goes as planned, I will have my bachelors degree in May of 2019, and my masters degree in May of 2020.

I have wanted to write this article for a long time. This isn't to brag about me or where I am. This is about the journey I am on and how unbelievably happy I am in my life. Right now I'm a busy person and I have a lot on my plate. 18 credits, working 20+ hours a week, writing for odyssey, and trying to manage a social life. I'm a busy lady. Someone asked me one time how I handle being busy all the time, my response was that "I was born busy."

For as long as I can remember I have been busy. I played two sports growing up, went to CCD classes (church related), I was a girl scout, and I have a huge family that hosts functions almost every weekend. Oh, and I went to school five days a week too. When I graduated high school I worked three jobs totaling 80 hours a week sometimes. I can't handle not being busy, this is the only life I've known.

As happy as I am with where I am in my life, it's hard not to feel a little stuck. Your early twenties is such a weird time. You're trying to be an adult but you still feel like you're 17 years old. You're just hoping that everything will sort itself out eventually. I see friends that I grew up with getting married and having kids and I quickly forget that these are the milestones we start to hit at this stage in life.

Let me talk about my friends for a minute. I love to brag about my friends. Graduating college, buying houses, moving out, moving out of state, getting really good jobs. I am so proud. Words truly cannot describe how proud I am. When you grow up with someone and you get to go through life together, it's the best feeling to watch them get everything they deserve. I also think it's so amazing that I can look at each one of my close friends and tell a different story. Not one of us chose the same path. Some of us had really great jobs right out of high school, others went straight to a 4 year university. Some of us went to community college or didn't go to school at all. Some of us have college degrees and others are still working on them. I love having a supportive group of people who understand my path and my busy life. It reminds me that although I feel a little behind, I'm not alone.

I don't know if we'll all ever feel fully complete or satisfied with where we are in life. But I don't think that feeling is necessarily a bad thing. If we never feel truly satisfied then we're always going to be striving for more. I know that I have a lot of living to do, but I am so thankful that I learned to start appreciating the journey.

It is so easy to get down on ourselves for not doing something. Should we have studied harder? Worked harder? Eaten healthier and exercised more? Probably. But we also got to sleep in a little longer, saw a movie with our friends, and go shopping at the mall. I think that learning focusing on the process rather than the end goal has been a life saver for me. I still get stressed, I still procrastinate, and I still get overwhelmed but I'd rather be tired and enjoying life than not.

So this is my letter to life. I love you and I am so thankful and blessed. I am also thankful that I learned how to take time and reflect on where I am. It's so important to remember to breathe when you're going through a rough patch. I think that we often forget that we're human and nothing is ever going to be perfect. We have to stop being to hard on ourselves. The best thing I ever did was learning to stop caring so much about the outcome and enjoy getting there.

I am so proud of myself, my friends, and my family. If you're not incredibly happy with where you are, do what you can to change it. Cut back on the responsibilities that you can, practice a little self love, and remind yourself that it's okay to fail. Reaching a goal or a milestone is a great feeling, but there will always be another goal or milestone that follows. It's a never ending cycle that we need to learn to embrace.

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