Friday, May 7, 2021

Natalie Notaro

Trader Joe’s— best value for College students

It’s just another Sunday. You go to the refrigerator to make breakfast, but only to the gut-wrenching realization that you are once again, out of food. Going to the grocery store can be overwhelming, and it is a chore that few college students enjoy partaking in. Instead of blowing off groceries and ordering Chinese takeout (again), stop by a different grocery store that you aren’t used to, like Trader Joe’s, for a fun and cheap grocery shopping experience.

Spring ‘Flex’ plan: too good to be true?

About a week ago, College President Kathryn Foster announced to the campus community that a “Flex” plan is in place for the spring 2021 semester, which involves both in-person and remote learning, allowing students to live on campus. However, many did not have the enthusiastic response that the College was expecting.

College should bring back pass/fail option for fall

As our fall semester is drawing to an end, students from the College are struggling to maintain both their grades and their mental health. Remote learning is not for everybody. If students initially wanted to complete courses online, they wouldn’t have attended the College at all.

College should move forward with ‘Flex’ program for spring semester

Although professors have been doing their best regarding online learning, it’s necessary for the well-being of students that the College implements a Flex program for the spring 2021 semester, offering a mix of in-person and remote classes.

Meal-kit HelloFresh presents more inconvenience than benefits for single users

As a junior at the College, I have spent the past few months navigating through the off-campus lifestyle. Having lived in Wolfe Hall my freshman year and Cromwell Hall my sophomore year, I have yet to be as independent as I am in my off-campus house. Living in a house presents many new responsibilities, such as cleaning my own bathroom, taking out my trash and cooking my own meals.

TikTok pervades privacy just as much as the next social media platform

You cannot deny the simple pleasure that comes with scrolling through your TikTok feed. It is almost mindless: you open the app and before you know it, an hour has passed. Maybe even two. Have you ever wondered why this app is so hopelessly addicting?

CUB continues to entertain students despite remote learning

The College’s decision to have a remote fall semester has forced students and organizations across campus to stray from their usual routine and seek creative solutions to the problem of isolation. The College Union Board (CUB) is one organization that is working as diligently as ever to keep students engaged and connected to one another.

What we’re watching on Netflix: ‘Elder Millennial’

You’ve heard it time and time again: women aren’t as funny as men. Female comedians tend to gain less recognition than their male counterparts, most likely due to this stigma. Regardless, comedian Iliza Shlesinger defies these stereotypes in her four comedy specials, specifically in her 2018 stand-up “Elder Millennial.”

Be considerate, wear a mask

Imagine you go into the grocery store without a mask. You think to yourself that you are young and healthy, and that wearing a mask is a nuisance. While in line to check out, the stranger in front of you has diabetes, and you are exposing them to germs you may be unaware of. You never know the full story of the people around you or the stories of their family members, so it is crucial to wear a mask.

A positive attitude about remote learning is possible

Although the shift from Flex to remote learning is not ideal for students, it is necessary for the health and well being of the College’s community. We as a student body should devote time to appreciating the benefits of online learning rather than focusing on the drawbacks.

Social isolation doesn’t have to be boring

Coronavirus seems to have dominated the country in a matter of days, and students nationwide have been forced to put both their academic and social lives on hold. It is easy to have a negative outlook on this three-week hiatus, but that will not help the time pass any quicker. I have had a difficult time adjusting to this sudden change myself, however, there is a long list of activities for college students to try that will keep you occupied during the long days ahead.

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