Freshman freak-outs: Winter gear

The temperature has officially plunged, leading me to question whether or not “in St. Louis” should be exchanged for “in the North Pole.” For many hardened northeasterners, this is what is to be expected. But as an expatriate of the South, I found this time of year to be quite the surprise as a freshman. I discovered what real winter was.

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Spend Thanksgiving on campus: A guide

While many students are counting the days until they head home, it is important to remember that not everyone on campus will be traveling home this Thanksgiving. Many students choose to save their money given the shortness of the break, where it doesn’t make sense for some students to make the trek home for just a few days.

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Claudia’s Counsel: I have a friend who always crashes my plans with other people. How do I stop this from happening?

It’s tricky trying to create plans with a set group of friends and feel like you’re not being exclusive. No one wants to feel like he’s shutting someone out, and no one wants to be shut out. At the same time, it can be frustrating and feel like a breach of personal space when a friend consistently includes himself in your plans when he is not welcome.

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Four to explore

St. Louis has a lot of neat places to offer if you know where to look. One of the best ways I’ve found to explore the city is to ask for recommendations from others. My hope for the “Four to Explore” series is that it will give you some ideas of places to check out in your favorite category.

Jessie Bluedorn | Contributing Writer

Street style

With recent drops in temperature, you have to be ready for winter at any second. And judging by the massive amount of complaints I’ve been hearing, most people are not.

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Claudia’s Counsel: I have a friend who lies a lot. He’ll seem like he’s telling the truth, but then later I find out that he lied—what should I do?

Ultimately, if this behavior continues and consistently upsets you, it may be time to reconsider the friendship. Such an ingrained habit is not likely to change any time soon—simply telling the other person to cut the crap does not guarantee that your friend will change his ways once and for all.

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Massage the right side of your brain: Ways to get creative and de-stress

It’s easy to forget all the wonderful things about school, but getting in touch with your creativity can really boost your energy level. Presumably, you’re here because you love learning. Here are some ways to reinvigorate yourself out of the mid-semester slump by tapping into your creative flow.

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A hypochondriac’s guide to cold and flu season

They say you’re not paranoid if it’s true. Well, in my case, I can assure you that I am in fact very sickly. While you were playing with blocks in kindergarten, I was at home with a fun case of walking pneumonia.

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10 things to do before Thanksgiving break

The fall semester’s gone by fast—Thanksgiving break, which signifies the beginning of the end, is little more than two weeks away. Here are some quick ideas for how to take advantage of the time you have left in fun yet productive ways.

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Fine literature: A tasting menu

When you have as much reading to do as the average Washington University student, it’s easy to completely let pleasure reading fall by the wayside. But part of college is expanding your mind and exposing yourself to a wide variety of classics.

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