What going to Cal can feel like.

What going to Cal can feel like.

Sometimes we get a little psycho during stressful times in college. We find ourselves doing crazy things like staying up all night studying, or waking up with our heads on our desks. While that regretted crick in your neck will even itself out eventually, you might want to take a closer look at yourself if your bad study habits have forced you to trade your ID lanyard for a neck brace.

Here are ten signs that getting that perfect GPA might be more trouble than it’s worth:

1. The milk in your fridge isn’t for cereal, it’s coffee creamer. (Breakfast? What’s that?)

2. Actually, scratch that – Red Bull: Breakfast of champions.

3. Someone tells you your mascara is running. Turns out they’re talking about the permanent dark circles under your eyes.

4. You’ve re-read three textbooks to pass your history class, and still get a B.

5. You consider dropping out because of that B.

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Good stories happen to people who can tell them. Or in the case of Queen Scheherazade from “Arabian Nights,” good stories happen to a young woman whose only hope at dodging her own gruesome beheading is to leave her homicidal husband on a narrative cliffhanger 1,001 nights in a row until the morning he finally decides she deserves to live.

Who knew Persian Kings were such suckers for a good bedtime story? And who knew that this basic formula for narrative suspense is the same formula that fabled broadcast journalist Ira Glass grips us with every week during “This American Life“?

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