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One More Week!

Ahh! One more week until it is time for the showcase!

Once again April 25th and 26th, 7pm in the chapel, free for EC students, $5 for general admission.

I would love to see you all there! We have all been working so hard. I have literally danced every single day for the last two weeks, including 6ams. Ahh!

I have been running around like a crazy person all week cause of all the practices and no sleep and stuff. So here is a quick update thus far:

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I Heart Chicago

As Buddy the Elf would say, “I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!” But instead of Zooey Deschanel, I’m in love with Chicago. Like I have professed in previous posts, Chicago is my favorite city. I try to explore as much as I can. My internship at the German cultural center’s library allows me to get into the city twice a week. The neighborhood I frequent (or as I like to say half-jokingly, half-dead seriously, my ‘hood), Ravenswood, is the German neighborhood in Chicago. I’m right next to a great little center called Lincoln Square. …read more

From: Its history. Its poetry.

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Should You Start Studying For Your Final Now?

As of April 16th 2014, there are 35 days left until my first final exam. I have always struggled in comprehensive final exams. I realized it is impossible to recuperate materials learned in 16 weeks (multiply all that information by 4 for four courses). Spring break ended two weeks ago and results from second exams were returned a little more than a week ago, but I feel that it is just the right time to start going over the contents of the first six chapters.

I’m probably going to study during any free time I have after this week. I …read more

From: In the Shoes of Ralph Dela Cruz

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Wounds that Never Heal

Some days ago I had the opportunity to visit the National Holocaust Museum in Washington and it really had an impact on me. So please it’s my duty now to talk a little bit about it. I know it’s long but it expresses my feelings during and after the visit and I’m sure we all appreciate when we take some time to reflect, to forget about our daily tasks for a while and think of others. I had never thought about it until I went to the museum but I feel more engaged now I understand …read more

From: mpascual

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An Infestation of the Enemy

I will finally weigh in on a highly contested issue among the student body: the squirrels. I hate them. So much. They are everywhere, lurking in the bushes, the garbage cans, they scream from the trees. Those screams haunt my nightmares. And let’s be perfectly frank, squirrels are rodents rife with disease. I have looked the enemy in the eyes. Those beady black eyes with nothing behind them.

This squirrel clearly has no shame. It’s like showing up to a buffet with your own bib.

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Internships, because WHAT IS SUMMER?

Ah, gotta love April. spring is kind of in the air, I guess. But, with the countdown to summer comes the search for an internship. At EC you can do an internship through the school for credit, or on your own for experience/networking. As a rising junior, I want as many connections as possible so instead of working at the mall (which is just as great) I’m opting for an internship 5 Reasons why unpaid internships can be better than paid jobs (non-major related) Connections to people in your field of study can help you land a permanent …read more

From: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Frick Center

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Alright. Midterms are finally over. Finally, finally over.

One bio lab practical, one chem quiz, a chem exam, bio exam, and statistics exam later, I am finally DONE. But of course, “there ain’t no rest for the wicked,” so another quiz next week. Heavy sigh.

But anyway, a quick update on life:

Classes are going well, hard with a lot of work, but going well.

Dance is ALSO going well. We have the COOLEST Finale for our Showcase ever. It is circus themed and there are jugglers and muscle men and crazy lifting people. It will be awesome. Like seriously. …read more

From: A Compilation of Contemplations

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Library Life

To be entirely honest, about half the reason I picked Elmhurst is because of how close it is to Chicago, one of my favorite cities ever. And I have definitely taken advantage of that proximity.

I took the Honors section of The Great Libraries of Chicago in J-Term and it has led to one of the best experiences of my life, my internship. Our last assignment was to go to a library on our own and make a presentation to the class, and I went to the German cultural center, the D.A.N.K Haus and their library, the Koegel Bibliothek. I …read more

From: Its history. Its poetry.

First-Second Semester

There is a difference in the way I approached my first and second semester. In my first semester of college, I was all about making connections. Big Questions and First Year Seminar bombarded every freshman all Elmhurst had to offer. In Big Questions, students are meeting more than 500 new faces and interacting with most of them during activities, residence hall meetings, and break time. It’s hard not to make a network of friends right away and start expanding. Even after Big Questions, several programs of the college like the Center for Professional Excellence, the Niebuhr Center, and the Patterson …read more

From: In the Shoes of Ralph Dela Cruz

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One Year Older: College Birthdays

It is my 19th birthday tomorrow, and usually around this time of month I would start to get really excited – I would think about what gifts I want to ask for from my parents, what restaurant I want to go eat at with my family, and how I’m going to celebrate with all of my friends.

But now that I’m in college, it seems as if the opportunities that I was accustomed to on my birthday in previous years, have disappeared. Since I’m living at school, I won’t be meeting my family for dinner unless they wanted to make the …read more

From: Dancing Through Life

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Habitat for Humanity – Not Just a House, a Home

I couldn’t have wished for a better spring break. Rather than staying at home and spending all of my free time constantly sleeping, eating, and avoiding all homework, I decided to involve myself to service and the greater good. Before my spring break trip to Louisiana with Habitat for Humanity, I knew that this experience would benefit others who were in need, but I didn’t think that it would change my values as a person. This trip really opened my eyes to the poverty that still exists in this world and how we can help make a difference. …read more

From: Dancing Through Life

Sophomore Year Reflections…

Hey buddies Sup? Hope you’ve had a grand week! I’ve been MIA lately, seeing as school was super hectic this past month. Can we talk about how college flies? Putting it into perspective, I graduate college at 21 and I’ll be turning 20 in about 2 months. WOW. I remember graduating high school just yesterday. I still feel so new at college, yet I’m closing in on my Sophomore year before my eyes. It’s bittersweet; sophomore year is both cool and awkward. You’re not the new kid on the block and the glitter and glam of college has faded away. …read more

From: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Frick Center

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Is It Really?!


SNOWING???!!! Is it really? No way!

I love snow! Isn’t it the prettiest season of all? The white snow as delicate as elegant; the trees dressed up with long white dresses like if they just got married, and snowmen ohhh I love to see those little boys all over the front yards after a snowstorm. They look so cute with their little hat, their scarf around their fatty neck, their harmless little eyes looking at the little kids that stop to smile and this funny carrot trying to be a long sharp nose.

-Are you kidding me?

Yes!! Just in case …read more

From: mpascual

Spring break ranting

Alright, alright. I haven’t been on in quite awhile. How sad but don’t cry! I’m back I’ve been ridiculously busy with housing, midterms, and all things Elmhurst but it’s SPRING BREAAAAAAK. #turnup? I hope everyone has had a decent beginning to spring this SB I went home to Atlanta, Ga to see my family, since I haven’t been back since summer. I’d love to give SB tips but I’ve never spent break in the ‘hurst. But, whoever you are I hope you’re enjoying yours! If it already happened, I hope it was BOMB. I have so …read more

From: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Frick Center

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Spring is Coming! Also Some Advice.

Spring break is among us! As I am writing this currently there are two days left before the elusive and short spring break.

I did well on my Chemistry exam, Bio quiz and Bio lab practical, which means I don’t have to study for any more tests for the rest of the week! Coming back, the first Tuesday is our huge Bio test on plants, so that’ll be fun……………….. Just kidding. I actually think biology is really interesting. I honestly have a new appreciation for it. Plants are actually really complex. Unfortunately, the invertebrates, which is next on the agenda, …read more

From: A Compilation of Contemplations