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It's super outdated and unforgiving.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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Look back on past events in your life where you were resilient, where you did succeed in high pressure and high stakes situations. What did you do then? What can you learn from it now?

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Each of us, deep in our souls, has the gift of clutch. Look no further than the last time you had a paper due in less than an hour with more than two pages to write, and you were able to finish the paper (surely with phenomenal outcomes). That's what you were in that moment: clutch. Clutch as an adjective is defined as being "dependable in critical situations."

Jeff Wise, the author of Extreme Fear , a book about performance in moments of high pressure and danger, said that "there's no question that when pressure is intense, skilled performance are able to tap abilities that are otherwise kept in reserve." I'm sure myself and many of my peers, with final exams and papers on the near horizon, would like to tap into our deep-seated reserves of clutch to lift our grades.

Some believe that the idea of being clutch is a myth, that it is just a statistical anomaly that perhaps we notice it more when people succeed seemingly impossibly in high-pressure situations. According to Wise, to some extent, clutch is a myth - but it is only a myth for those that are not experts in their fields. Professional athletes are the best of the best in their respective sports, and in that context, clutch is not a myth. The truth behind clutch performances is that those we see as "clutch performers" have " a rich store of past experience, organized into a deep intuitive understanding.'

In Dr. Mark Otten's sports psychology lab, the researchers concluded that we can all be clutch, "provided [we're] in the right mental state." Those in high-pressure situations need to feel like they're in control, as those who felt like they were in control were the most likely to succeed under pressure. Obviously, confidence also helps. So those who feel confident and in control are the most likely to succeed in clutch situations.

I do not, however, find the psychological explanations of clutch performance satisfying. To me, clutch performance is not just a psychological phenomenon, but an art, and to me, an art is something that can never be adequately explained, but instead interpreted. There is no one-size-fit-all explanation, and so I will interpret the two most clutch plays in my favorite professional sport, the NBA. Both these plays took place in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.

The two plays are as follows: Lebron James's game-saving block on Andre Iguodala's open layup out of nowhere, and Kyrie Irving's game-winning three pointer.

One thing is clear: the last two minutes of the game were absolute chaos. By this point in the series, both teams had been worn out and absolutely exhausted. The plays were nothing short of miraculous, as Lebron James was located at half-court while Iguodala was at the free throw line, and Irving's shot was heavily contested. When the stakes were highest, the two players succeeded and thrived. While neither team had scored in more than five minutes, the two players pulled through and won a championship for their team, on the road.

Clutch, for the, constituted not cracking under pressure, but thriving under it. The two of them have faces of laser focus indicating their confidence and sense of control in their situations. That is clutch. The game comes naturally to them, and it seems like they stop thinking as hard and just let it come. The two players slow down, and don't freak out. However, I don't know what is actually going on. in their heads. I am merely speculating, and I will never know unless I'm able to sit down and talk to Kyrie and LeBron one day.

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Approaching finals, deadlines at work, or difficult life events, find what works for you. Find out how to be clutch your own way, which is much easier said than done, but I don't need to be telling you how to do things you know best yourself. Look back on past events in your life where you were resilient, where you did succeed in high pressure and high stakes situations. What did you do then? What can you learn from it now?

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