Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

by Kieran Laursen on May 24, 2016

In the wise words of Mugatu, Lawrence is so hot right now. Following typical Midwestern fashion, the season of summer has assaulted us with a distinct lack of middle ground when it comes to temperature. We went from chilling winds to steamy summer heat in a few days. I hope it has come to stay this time but one can never be too sure. It still is amazing to think that it was below freezing just a few weeks ago and I have lived in the Midwest for a lot of my life. You would think I would be used to it by now. With the weather changing, so is the attitude on campus.20160516_112717

In the past week, I’ve seen more people than I did all of winter term. Everyone is walking around enjoying the beauty that is Lawrence in the summer. The bright colors from the trees and flowers paired with the blue sky and green grass is pretty hard to beat when the Fox River is flowing right next to it all. The lawn is covered in students doing anything and everything: relaxing, doing homework outside, play Frisbee, what have you. It feels like a proper balance of relaxation and work has been achieved.

Additionally, campus has really sprung into life. Despite the numerous festivals and events that persist throughout the winter, now is the time where everything starts happening. Ormsby had a festival. There was Greek Week. Everyone is moving their events outside. People who I never saw throughout all of winter are out and about loving the weather.

Despite the pressures of classes coming up on the end of term, everything is a lot easier. It just seems more relaxing with the beautiful weather. It makes me excited for the adventures that I will have over the summer and I get to see my friends at Lawrence all the more often. Everyone just seems so much happier.

When things are this beautiful, I feel that it is worth the cold and bleak midwinter. As I said before, I grew up with that kind of winter all my life, so it isn’t too bad. I feel like I forgot what the summer looks like, and now that I’ve seen it, it is hard to imagine the landscape with snow and ice.

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Getting away from Appleton

by Tamanna Akram on May 23, 2016

Last week, as I was tired of wrapping up my to-do list for 8th week, I realized I needed to take a break. I needed to de-stress and just get away for a little bit. And, that’s exactly what I did- I took an impromptu trip to Madison, the state capital.

Getting places from Lawrence is easier than I thought. The Greyhound bus station is an eight-minute walk from the Campus Center. That is also where the city transit center is located. So, I bought my ticket and decided to go away for a day to visit a friend.

I love traveling. As I am an international student, I get really excited when it comes to seeing new things in the United States. The thought of being able to go see the Capitol building, Monona Terrace, eat at some great places and see a different city was beyond exciting.

When I finally arrived at the UW Madison campus I saw a lot of people around me. It was a strange feeling, as none of the faces were familiar (you always know a face when you are at Lawrence!). I couldn’t wait to explore and try some ethnic restaurants.

The first thing I did was go on a tour of the Capitol building. It is so grand! The history, structure, and aesthetics were really interesting. And as a foreigner, learning about these new things never seems to end.

Later, I took a long walk on State Street, visited some little shops, had bubble tea and sat outside in the warm sun. The weather added to my trip and I am so grateful that Mother Nature made my day perfect.

I went to an Indian and Nepali restaurant for lunch and then for dinner I decided to have some Jamaican food. And to mark the end of the day, I went on a cruise on Monona Lake and saw the Capitol building all lit up in the darkness of the night. It was indeed a memorable experience, as being away from Lawrence made me think of how much I miss it. It sounds crazy, but even though I was away for a day, I missed my crazy time at Lawrence trying to balance between different things to do, and I felt like I was missing out on Saturday night activities.

The Lawrence bubble exists and it’s surely comfortable in there, but it’s nice to get away for a bit and actually acknowledge the existence of that bubble. There is a lot to learn from the outside community, and the more you travel and explore, the more comfortable you get being out of the bubble. So, don’t be afraid of getting out of your shell. Be it traveling or trying something new, there is always a surprise waiting for you when you decide to take a chance and just do it!

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Greek Week!

May 23, 2016

Last week was a super busy one because it was GREEK WEEK! During Spring Term, all of the fraternities and sororities on campus put together a week of events to raise money for different charities and organizations. It’s a great week even if you are not a part of a fraternity or sorority, because you […]

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The Best of Both Worlds

May 16, 2016

I don’t have to change wigs when I’m running from a history class to an ensemble rehearsal, but being a Double Degree student can really make you feel like Hannah Montana sometimes. For those of you wondering what “Double Degree” means, and how it differs from a double major, not to worry, I get this question from […]

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Campus Clubs and Organizations: BombSquad

May 16, 2016

One of the great things about Lawrence is the vast number of student organizations that are out there.  You know the scene from Pitch Perfect where Anna Kendrick wanders around outside in what seems like an endless field of information tables?  That’s pretty much what it’s like to come here and wade through the hectic mess that […]

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