11 Things We Wish We Could Change About Shippensburg University

I’m not saying these things make Shippensburg University a less desirable school to go to, but if we had the chance to implement some change, the next 11 things would definitely make that list.

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This article was originally published for The Odyssey on April 24, 2017.

Everyone has a million great things to say about their college because if you don’t love it, why are you here? However, there’s always room for improvement. I’m not saying these things make Shippensburg University a less desirable school to go to, but if we had the chance to implement some change, the next 11 things would definitely make that list.

1. The heavy doors.

Even the doors in the elementary school on campus weigh a ton! Also, what’s with the library doors? How come they’re like a foot wide and only open halfway?

2. The weird stairs by Shippen.

Implement a ramp. Last year, they played an April Fool’s joke on us and said they were going to replace the ridiculously wide stairs with a moving sidewalk, and we were all seriously bummed that they were kidding.

3. That class that could be from 3:30-4:45 p.m.

The 3:30 slot is when professors have meetings, clubs have socials, and no one wants to be in class. Eradicate this class time.

4. Kriner’s limited hours.

If we wanted to eat at Reisner, we would choose Reisner. Kriner can’t really be the finer diner if they’re closed on weekends.

5. The random-roommate system.

We fill out those preferences on the housing portal, but where do they go? Random-roommate has seriously ruined some people’s living situations. It wouldn’t take much effort to create a more refined system. Make us fill out a survey or something!

6. “No string lights in the suites.”

The key to the ultimate dorm room is string lights. Listen, I know it’s a fire hazard, but I’ve never had to evacuate a building due to string lights. It’s most microwave and smoking-related incidents. Let us have the lights!

7. Desire to Learn or Brightspace or whatever it’s called now.

First of all, when I go to d2l.ship.edu, why does it ask if I want to log into Ship or Millersville? I’m at a Shippensburg web address. Second, d2l mobile is the worst application to have ever existed. Finally, when it crashes, professors and students lose everything; it’s time to switch up the program.

8. The fact that you need a key to access the elevator in DHC.

The floors aren’t even equal! Hiking up to the third floor is a sin. We should have an open elevator like Grove does.

9. Limited food options in the CUB.

Not that we don’t totally love the fast food thing in the CUB food court, but some more options would be cool. More snacks, like soft pretzels or churros, anything small that we could meal, would be much appreciated.

10. The fact that we can’t meal chips or bottled soft drinks.

If you can make a deal to meal Papa John’s…why can’t you make a deal with Pepsi to help bundle some of that stuff?

11. The inconsistency of room numbers in Old Main.

Look, if we have to go anywhere in Old Main, you better hope we don’t get lost while we’re there for official business. Why can’t we keep all the evens and odds on the same sides?

How To Survive That End-Of-Semester Slump

Skipping class to do work for another class is only really necessary if you have a major project or paper to finish.

We all struggle trying to get through the last few weeks.

This post was originally published for The Odyssey on November 14, 2016.

It is getting to be that time of the semester where we all feel like giving up. We struggle to get through the weeks; we spend our hours counting down the days until the weekend, so we can finally get some sleep. Many of us are coming down with colds which are mostly caused by stress. It is becoming more and more difficult to wake up to our alarms, go to class, and study for the exams that we wish would just end already. I know how hard it is to motivate yourself, but do not give up! Here are a few ways to survive this end-of-semester slump!

1. Nap whenever possible.

Some people say napping really is not an option for them, however, I think if you tire yourself out enough, you will find a way. Take that 30 minute power nap and nap on the weekends. Just do not skip class to nap and try not to nap in class.

2. Remember to eat.

When you do eat, try to eat something healthy. Shoveling junk food into your mouth and treating your body like a trashcan generally is not the way to keep energy.

3. Form study groups.

Talk to people you do not even know; ask them if they want to study with you. The only way you will survive this is if you do it together. Worst case scenario, you all go down with the same ship.

4. Keep going to class.

Do not skip. If you do, you will form an addiction. Skipping class to do work for another class is only really necessary if you have a major project or paper to finish. Do not let it turn into a habit.

5. Keep your head up.

Maintain a positive attitude, listen to all your favorite music, and take a break every once in a while. Take nice showers. Meditate. Do yoga. Watch an episode of Netflix every now and then (that does not mean every five minutes).

13 Signs You Definitely Belong In The English Major Or Minor

If your significant other or best friend uses the incorrect form of a word, they better expect all hell to break loose.

Let’s eat Grandpa. Let’s eat, Grandpa. Punctuation saves lives.

This article was originally published for The Odyssey on September 5, 2016.

No matter if you’re already an English major, or are thinking about declaring, this article is for you. Are you super creative? Do you enjoy writing and reading? How about making up your own words? If you said yes to any of these questions, you’re destined to be a member of the English department. The major isn’t just talking about your favorite books, but also includes writing several page papers while downing several cups of coffee in a six to eight hour period, releasing steam by writing creatively or honestly in a journal, getting excited about your favorite well-written pieces of media and correcting people’s grammar. If you’re not an English major and are thinking about joining the major, you’ll definitely want to join our elite group after reading this article.

1. When people ask you if you can write their papers for them, you’re like:

PLAGIARISM IS A REAL OFFENSE PEOPLE. Do you want to get us both kicked out of college? Also it’s gen-ed English, I think you can afford to read this Ibsen play and write a two page essay.

2. You get a little too hype about writing workshops and visiting authors.

Being given the opportunity to work with an actual published author is such a riveting experience! How many times will you get this chance again? Who cares which movie will be playing in the quad tonight? I have to prepare my poetry for the visiting author workshop in three months.

3. When people complain about gen-ed English classes, you think that you’d like to see them survive Advanced Literary Theory.

Oh no, you have to write a paragraph summarizing the twelve pages you read last night? You also have to write a four page maximum paper about ‘The Great Gatsby’? Boo hoo. Let me know how you feel after you’ve achieved the mirror stage and also realized the gender is performative.

4. Writing papers is a natural habit for you.

Oh, this paper is only 5 pages? I was prepared to write 10!

5. You go through several packs of highlighters each year…from underlining books and articles.

I have to highlight quotes, buzzwords, vocab, themes and you know what? I should underline the copyright information just in case I need it later.

6. You buy your books because you know you’ll mark them up.

I’m sure the bookstore didn’t appreciate my underlining of ‘American Pastoral’…but here we are. You live and you learn.

7. You plan/outline your papers weeks in advance.

You probably change this outline two to three times during that time too. Alternatively, if you don’t plan and outline, you probably write your paper all in one shot. Spending eight to ten hours on a paper is common for you.

8. You are the most organized disorganized person ever.

You have every single assignment in a folder with a page protector but you may or may not have misplaced several pencils, assignments and your laptop charger. Oops! I found them in my copy of ‘Jane Eyre’!

9. You do not hesitate to check Purdue Owl if you’re confused about literary rules.

Between citing quotes, oxford commas and how to write your paper depending on the style, the owl is probably a bookmark on your browser.

10. You’ll send your rough draft to just about anyone.

In a group email to your professors, your peers, your tutors and your mom, you’ll ask for honest advice and constructive criticism. Here’s hoping they have different opinions. Sometimes you need to triple check that grammar.

11. Whether you are an education major or in the writing concentration, you know most, if not all, of the people in the English Department because of how often you see them around campus.

Between clubs, classes, in passing and study sessions, you’re buds with people in the major. You probably walk around campus and are constantly waving to them.

12. Spelling and grammar are really important to you.

If your significant other or best friend uses the incorrect form of a word, they better expect all hell to break loose. Grammar is seriously important for all aspects of life. I just don’t respect you as much as I could if you do not know the difference between ‘your’ and ‘you’re’.

13. All-nighters are both your best friend and worst enemy. At first you’re like…

…and then you’re like:

One day you’ll learn time management. Today is not that day.