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Word on the Street: New Year's Resolutions

New year, new me, new Highbrow. Highbrow knows that all of you lovely Penn kids take the start of a new year and semester in stride and use the opportunity to change something about yourself. And we wanted to know just what resolutions you guys had in store for the new year. So we asked and here are your responses:

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I always feel like somebody's watching me

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How to Survive Your Final Semester, From Someone Who Just Survived Hers

There are firemen in my kitchen right now. They’re here for the second time today and the fifth time this week.

by PAIGE RUBIN

Word on the Street: In Search of Tanya

I’m hopeful every self–respecting senior has, as I do, a bucket list.  I have neither the space nor chutzpah to enumerate my personal bucket list here.  For those who don’t have one, take comfort in knowing that mine is too long and mostly impossible and any points of completion will surely offer little solace when it actually comes time to graduate.  In thinking about how best to utilize this column to cross something off my bucket list, however, I would like to issue a formal search warrant for my apparent doppelgänger, Tanya. If it wasn’t necessary to the comprehension of this story, I would hide the fact that I frequent Einstein’s pretty regularly.

by EMILY BRILL

Word on the Street: Why I Didn't Vote

You’ve got two choices: chocolate or vanilla. If you really like pistachio, you can technically choose pistachio, but you’re still going to get either chocolate or vanilla, so you might as well choose between those two. At Penn, liking chocolate means you fit in.

by SANDRA RUBINCHIK

Word on the Street: Calm Down Before the Storm

Standing on the corner of 43rd and Market with my weight in canned food sitting like a ton of steel inside my housemate’s hiking–sized megabackpack, my spine caving into an awful kind of inverted “U,” I truly began to understand the concept of the sophomore slump.

by PATRICK FORD-MATZ

Word on the Street: From Penn to Oktoberfest in 96 Hours

Let’s be real: Oktoberfest is every frat boy’s wet dream: beer, boobs, a selection of heavy, meat–based foods, amusement rides and more beer.

by MIMI SOLMSSEN

Things I Learned From Sesame Street

Governor Mitt Romney recently announced that he would cut funding to the Public Broadcasting Service, specifically to shows like "Sesame Street," which has been running for upwards of 40 years.

by FARYN PEARL

Word on the Street: Black is the New Black

Throughout my time at Penn, I’ve amassed a truly unfortunate number of “that girl” monikers: “that girl who tweets a lot,” “that girl who makes sarcastic comments,” “that girl with the glasses,” to name a few.

by COLETTE BLOOM

Word on the Street: A Modest Proposal

I want to propose something. I know that it’s radical, dangerously so, but, with any luck, some of this world’s problems could be solved with just one simple change in our daily lives: we should look at each other. How often do you pass someone on campus, just casually walking by, and they simply refuse to look at you?

by JESSE DUBOIS

Word on the Street: Wanna Walk to Class?

It’s happened to the best of us. You spend the evening chatting it up with someone in your hall/suite/living unit and end with that fateful question: “Hey, what time do you have class tomorrow?” The other person answers: “10 a.m.” You obviously start at 10 and pose the question: “Hey, wanna walk over together?” The person nods excitedly and your plan is set. Stop right there. That was a terrible idea.

by ABIGAIL KOFFLER

Word on the Street: Culture Shock

It was 2 a.m. when I got off the plane in Kolkata, India, and immediately I noticed two things: the heat, which was almost suffocating, and the condition of the airport, which consisted of only two gates.

by ZACCHIAUS MCKEE

Word on the Street: Summer Birthdays Suck

I loathe my summer birthday. Especially since coming to Penn. Take last summer, for example: my mom asked me what I wanted to do for my 19th birthday, which at the time was coming in a few weeks.

by MARIAM MAHBOB

Word on the Street: Cry Me A River

I blame my parents. They’re emotional wrecks. My mother has no "average" setting. She’s always manically happy, severely depressed or feverishly angry.

by ZACCHIAUS MCKEE

Word on the Street: Latest Discoveries

The Word on the Street column often ends with some sort of inspirational conlusive statement. This one was going to end with praise of the concept of “discovery”. In a fit of inspiration, I decided to skip the actual article.

by LEAH STEINBERG

Whistle While You Work

I promise I’m not a freak and that I have at least a basic–to–intermediate grasp on social interactions.

by PAIGE RUBIN

Word on the Street: Get on the Bus Gus

All I’ve seriously ever wanted from a bus ride is to lean back in my seat, close my eyes and concentrate on hoping no one can hear that I’m listening to the same Simon & Garfunkel song on repeat. I’m not sure if it’s because no one is ever this lucky, or just that the Gods of Transportation hate my guts, but peaceful bus trips are few and far between.

by OLIVIA RUTIGLIANO

Word On The Street: Boring is Underrated

Before Penn, I can’t remember the last time I had a boring friend. I’m not talking about the kind of boring defined as “not interesting,” but rather the kind of boring friend who’s content with just watching How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days on your couch on a Friday night, while the rest of the world is at an Avicii concert.

by STEPHANIE RICE

Word on the Street: Why We Wept Over Whitney

It all happened so quickly. I absentmindedly opened my browser to check my email and there it was on People.com.

by BEN LERNER

Word on the Street: The Quest For A Gay Best Friend

[Please see ed. note at bottom of post] I have given myself a mission. Nope, it’s not to finish my freshman year with a 4.0, nor is it to use all my meal swipes by the end of the semester, nor is it even to successfully get into Smoke’s.

by JULIA LIEBERGALL

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