After finishing the first week of school, some of you might feel that summertime fun and spontaneity has started to boil down. Unless, that is, you had the chance to visit the Festival of Nations held at Tower Grove Park this past weekend.
It all started with a perfect evening. I took in the arresting scene of empty, fully lit buildings, content to be back on a campus that, despite a supposed passion for sustainability, leaves every damn light on at 10 p.m. for the sake of aesthetics.
Getting around St. Louis can be tricky. Even with the MetroLink system and taxi service, the city lacks ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft.
Ah, the ’70s. The era of disco balls, the “Saturday Night Live” heyday, lava lamps and a little “Lucy in Sky with Diamonds” at the local reading of “Sisterhood is Powerful.” If you talk to people who actually lived during the groovy days, you may receive varied anecdotes such as, “You know, it’s all kind of a fuzzy, tie-dyed blur,” or, “I lived through it once and once was enough, thank you very much.”
Do you ever lose sleep at night trying to figure out which Washington University administrator you’re similar to? Are you struggling to find a quiz that would answer this burning question on BuzzFeed? Is it weird that I knew that, almost like I looked into your brain? Take this quiz!
Imagine walking into the Danforth University Center during your first week back on the Washington University campus, only to find that all of the seating—tables, chairs, couches and kiosks—have mysteriously disappeared. That’s exactly how most art and architecture students of the Sam Fox School are feeling this week.
The dawn of a fresh school year at Washington University, much like New Year’s Eve, supplies an opportunity for students to break from past patterns. For many students, that break comes from exploring all that the city has to offer outside of campus. St. Louis hosts many unique events in the first few weeks of school that freshmen who aren’t allowed at fraternities and upperclassmen tired of the normal alike can enjoy.
Hey, you. Do you need a pep talk to start this school year? Did you already get one from your mom? Do you want another one? Whether you answered with a resounding “yes!!!” or a lukewarm “please get away from me and let me finish my sandwich in peace,” I’m here to give you a pep talk!
There’s something cruel about the short time in between the fleeting triumph of receiving a diploma and the jarring transition into “the real world,” especially if “the real world” doesn’t include a job yet.
It’s almost Reading Week, which, if I’m not mistaken, is the gracious week that Chancellor Wrighton gives us to replenish our souls with leisurely reading. Sometimes I get the feeling that that’s not the case and that I’m possibly missing something, but then I remember to follow my heart and everything is okay.