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Gaffney: Don't hate me because I'm from California

Oh no. It’s happened again. Please. Not again. This happens every time I think I’ve made a new friend. Every time I courageously introduce myself to a new classmate or coworker. Every single time. It always begins like this. We smile at each other. You just laughed at my joke. Good, this is going …

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Gaffney: Join the right student organization for you

In college, there is only one thing worse than being overly stressed and wrapping yourself deeply into a cocoon of your own sheets. Having absolutely nothing to do. College can become monotonous and understimulating. The first two years are especially rough. After freshman year, it’s very difficult to branch out and …

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Gaffney: How “hook-up culture” has destroyed modern romance

I’m not exactly sure when romance died for our generation. It certainly hasn’t been an overnight process – rather a more gradual decline in which the notions of romance and monogamy have detiriorated from the inside out. In fact, the concept of a relationship nowadays is borderline horrifying for most people. What? …

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Gaffney: How to learn another language on your own

Hola. Bonjour. Konnichiwa. Although most of us are aware of what these foreign greetings mean, there is a natural mental barrier that swiftly comes up when we see these words. Oh dear God, no. Please tell me I don’t have to divert from my sweet and safe comfort zone in the English …

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Gaffney: Why New Year’s Eve never fulfills expectations

Ever since the dawn of time, New Year’s Eve has become a night etched into history – renowned for celebration, camaraderie and cheer. Oh yes, bid goodbye to all the mistakes and embarrassments that you fell victim to this year. They will all be washed away with the dubious consumption of bubbly …

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Gaffney: How to make your winter break a lot less boring

You can smell it the moment you finish the last question on your final. You can feel it as you emotionally place your pencil back in your backpack. Oh yes, you’re never going to see that disgusting thing again. You can practically taste it as you triumphantly hand in your exam, …

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Gaffney: Do not judge people by their accent

I’m English. I was born and raised in a suburb of London for a good half of my life and spent the other half living in California. Unfortunately for me, despite the fact that I ideologically associate more with my American “side,” I have carried forth with me a strong British accent. …

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Gaffney: Why it's time to retire the quarter system

The quarter system. Yes, the quarter system. Never before have three simple words polarized student bodies to such unfathomable degrees. To be honest, when I initially committed to the University of Oregon, I didn’t even know that it was on the quarter system. In fact, to make it more humilating, …

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Gaffney: Why it’s time to retire the quarter system

The quarter system. Yes, the quarter system. Never before have three simple words polarized student bodies to such unfathomable degrees. To be honest, when I initially committed to the University of Oregon, I didn’t even know that it was on the quarter system. In fact, to make it more humilating, …

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