Daily Tidbit: Interesting Literary Pick-Up Lines

Do you have a card in the Dewey decimal system? Because I gotta write down your number. Call me Ishmael, because I’m huntin’ you. I know I’m not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but one glance at you and I’m already interested. Charles Dickens might have given you Great Expectations, but I can meet them. Do you like Harry Potter? Because I … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Interesting Literary Pick-Up Lines

A Brief History of the Winter Olympics

Let me preface this by saying that I am by no means a sports person. As a matter of fact, I kind of hate sports. But my boyfriend pointed out something that was very true: the winter Olympics are really gay. Not just because there has been a lot of buzz around gay Olympians (Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy), but because some of the events … Continue reading A Brief History of the Winter Olympics

Daily Tidbit: Bicycle Face

In the 19th Century, experts warned woman and only woman about a disease called bicycle face, which meant getting stuck with an awkward face while biking. The condition was described as “Over-exertion, the upright positions on the wheel, and the unconscious effort to maintain one’s balance tends to produce a wearied and exhausted ‘bicycle face.’” The health problem was said to have been made up … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Bicycle Face

English Idioms Explained

An idiom is an expression with a figurative meaning that is different from the literal meaning. Idioms are heard every day–in conversation, in literature and in media. Idioms are frequently used because it’s a short way to express more complicated ideas. They also help add color to your writing by introducing topics in a different way. If you do decide to use idioms; use them … Continue reading English Idioms Explained

Love Is Contradictory

How is your relationship with your parents? My parents are my greatest allies, wisest mentors, and most enduring supporters. At the same time, they can also be the most frustrating debaters, savage critics, and a huge source of stress and worry. They are both open and secretive — I have known them since my birth, and yet they are two of the most mysterious people … Continue reading Love Is Contradictory

5 Tips To Ace Your Next Paper

As midterm season approaches, many of us in writing-heavy majors are dreading the papers we are going to have to write. Whether it be a research paper, a close-reading paper, or a paper of any other variety, here are some tips I’ve found helpful for acing my papers. 1)    Read the prompt very carefully: This goes without saying, but many people do not give the … Continue reading 5 Tips To Ace Your Next Paper

Daily Tidbit: Breathing, One Nostril at a Time

When we breathe through our nose, we always inhale more air in one nostril than the other. 85% of humans breathe out only one nostril. The pattern of switching from one nostril to the other happens in a cyclical fashion, with about four hours or so between each switch. Even more interesting is that your body and brain seems to be affected by which nostril … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Breathing, One Nostril at a Time

Outside the Classroom Tips for Learning English

  Learning a new language is difficult, but that doesn’t mean it should be boring. Here are some helpful tips to make learning English more fun: 1. Find a Conversation Partner  I spent four years of high school learning Spanish. I can also probably tell you exactly how many minutes I spoke Spanish because it was limited to the five minutes of conversation for participation … Continue reading Outside the Classroom Tips for Learning English

How to Prepare for Interviews

How many times have you walked into a job interview and realized that your mind managed to feel like it was overflowing with ideas and completely blank at the same time? Did you think you had great answers to potential questions, but then find yourself stuttering half-way through your response?   Here are some tips to help you organize your thoughts to improve your responses: … Continue reading How to Prepare for Interviews

Daily Tidbit: Vending Machines and Sharks

Vending machines kill four times as many people as sharks per year. Between 1978 and 1995, at least 37 people have died as a result of shaking vending machines to free their snack, averaging 2-3 deaths per year. In contrast, there was only a total of 6 recorded shark attack fatalities in the U.S. over the past decade, averaging 0.6 deaths per year. Next time … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Vending Machines and Sharks

Rejecting Thesaurus Temptations and Finding Comfort in Simplicity

On an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, a classic American television sitcom, Joey struggles with writing a recommendation letter to an adoption agency for his friends Monica and Chandler. To make himself sound smarter, Joey decides to use the thesaurus on every single word. Sentences like “they’re warm, nice people with big hearts” become “they’re humid pre-possessing homosapiens with full sized aortic pumps.” Joey’s kind and sincere … Continue reading Rejecting Thesaurus Temptations and Finding Comfort in Simplicity