Dartbeat Debates: Sophomore Summer’s Over- and Underrated Parts

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Last Thursday, the few, the proud, the (only) ’16 Dartbeat writers had a conversation about whether certain sophomore summer experiences were over- or underrated. For your sake, we’ve edited the conversation to give you our decisions — overrated, underrated or appropriately rated based on student perceptions — on quintessential sophomore summer activities. Get ready, 15X!
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Seat-Saving: The Ultimate Guide

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It’s week 10, graduation is near and ’15s are desperately looking for seat-savers. For those unfamiliar with the term, it is when people pay undergrads absurd amounts of money to show up on the Green two hours before graduation begins and sit in a chair so that the families and friends of graduates can sleep in. The people saving seats don’t even technically need to be awake to do this job. They just need to be alive and show up. This may be the only time in anyone’s life where they can get paid $50 or more an hour to just sit there. Continue reading

10 Things to Appreciate During Summers Away from Campus

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The end of the school year is often accompanied by sadness and nostalgia as we prepare to leave our beloved campus, best friends and KAF coffee. For those of us not remaining in Hanover for sophomore summer — namely, ’18s, ’16s and ’19s (are you out there?) — the next three months might look bleak, boring and even unappealing. But all hope is not lost — there are benefits in taking a break from Hanover too. Appreciate these as you wistfully cross out days in your countdown to 15F move-in day.
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9 Ways to Snag a Study Spot During Finals

As a naïve ’18 in the days of the 14F reading period, I wandered aimlessly through the library, growing anxious as I searched every study spot I knew only to find them occupied. Upperclassmen shot me pitiful looks as I climbed up and back down the ceaseless staircases of the stacks. If you’re not careful, you could find yourself in this mess as well. Continue reading