there will be nothing new here, so get at us up there.
This red, pink, and white holiday is either everyone’s favorite or worst day…there’s really never an in-between. Those with boyfriends/girlfriends get laid and those who don’t either resort to their hook-up buddy or a night with the girls watching chick flicks to compensate. But the best way to spend Valentine’s Day shouldn’t just be limited to being cooped up in your dorm or apartment. Be creative and try to do something cute together this week to either celebrate Single-Awareness Day or to reinforce the idea that your relationship with your boyfriend isn’t just physical (HAH).
So like we’ve said before, Greek life definitely isn’t everything here at Cal Poly. There’s always parties going on, and girls have generally no worries when it comes to getting in. However, the boys do have a little something to be concerned about. The question on every guy’s mind (and our fan’s minds…keep up the questions!) is whether or not Greek Life is necessary for the full college experience. So let’s go over some of the gender requirements for parties, shall we?
As girls, we like our space, and our own things, and our morning and nightly hygiene rituals. Back home, many of us were lucky enough to have our own bathroom, where we were free to steam our showers to the extreme and spend extra time naked as we shaved, exfoliated, scrubbed, conditioned, and washed ourselves to make us perfect and glowing for going out that night. All this changed, of course, upon living in the dorms. All of a sudden, there is no convenience, no habitual routines, no privacy. Everything is shared, all noise, doorways, stalls. This comes to no surprise, because that’s what you get when you live in a dorm. But for that asshole with 7am class who loves to use the blow-dryer for 30 minutes, like come on, nobody should have perfect hair at that time of day anyways. Or when the custodian decides to vacuum at 8am? Thanks for cleaning up my mess, but can’t you come at like, noon or something? You’ll quickly pick up on all your roommate’s and floormate’s idiosyncrasies, like leaving strange items on the counter, food in the sink, and weird cleaning habits. Why can’t everyone just be normal like us?
Science: Whether it be Nutrition, physics, chem, bio, or kinesiology, these guys aren’t messing around. They’re looking to be doctors, physical therapists, pharmacists, and surgeons who will eventually cure cancer and make 6 digits plus some. Pre-Med is a long road, so you might find these guys bailing on going out on Saturdays every so often when they have five tests scheduled for the next week, or stressing at the Library while shaking from the Adderall. But they never fail to party hard when it comes to taking a chance with their livers for a couple nights of inebriation. With 8+ years of college and Med School ahead, it’s pertinent to indulge now.
Hikes: Architect’s graveyard, The “P”, and Bishop’s peak.
Thursdays: Farmer’s Market, Bike Night, Line Dancing
Beaches: Avila, Morro, Pismo
Venues: Avila Beach Club, SLO Brew, The Madonna
Restaurants: Novo, McClintock’s, Firestone
Boutiques: Avanti, Lucky Lulu’s, Bella B
We’re been putting this topic off for a while, because anyone who attends Cal Poly knows EXACTLY why this is such a dreaded subject. There’s really no easy way to say this, but…the food here absolutely sucks.
These are some of the highlights of our new REC now that we’ve had a chance to check it out. Now there’s no excuse for us NOT to work out (mixed feelings on this one…). So get up and go see for yourself! Everyone’s there, and yes we mean everyone. (With PLENTY of room to spare. 6pm prime time and we could still get a spin bike. What?)
1. Facial Cleansing Wipes: These save us when we come home, full make-up, and barely have the coherence to get ourselves into bed. With a pack of these wipes on our bedside table, we’re able to clean our faces quickly and efficiently before passing out completely. This avoids waking up in the morning with a mountain range of zits and eyes like a raccoon, aka the look that says “I had a little too much fun last night.”
We’re glad you’re all asking questions. It makes us proud to know our readers will be well informed and prepared for their epic college experience, which leads us to the topic of the Greek System. Every girl’s dream is to have the perfect Elle Woods college experience: living glamorously in a cute house on Greek Row while finding a balance between blacking out and still getting As. Cal Poly, however, falls a little short of that expectation. While we do have sorority houses, they’re pretty spread out. For example, the Gamma Phi Beta house is close to downtown on Higuera, while the Alpha Chi Omega House is 50 feet from campus off Foothill, to give you an idea of how spread out they are. The houses are cute and well kept of course, but aren’t nearly big enough to hold every sorority girl (approx. 25). Living in-house isn’t really common. Or necessary.
Cal Poly is currently enjoying it’s “winter weather,” which is 70+ degrees and sunny, almost every day. This temperature is pretty usual to SLO, but for those who have always had snowy, rainy, or cold winters, it’s absolute heaven. Girls are still able to go out in skirts and heels as well as study while tanning, and guys still take off their shirts while playing pick-up basketball.
So Cal Poly is back in school while most other college students continue their winter break reuniting with high school friends. But let’s be honest, this isn’t necessarily a blessing; we only care about keeping in touch with a small percentage of these people (random kid who threw that house party sophomore year is no longer of use to us), and those few who we do care about seeing now lack our presence and now comprehend the shortcomings in their attempts to relive high school. Honestly, those 3 weeks made us a little antsy (especially once we realized that accidentally awakening our parents at 2 am by our shrewd, loud entrance and drunk kitchen raids were frowned upon). We lack certain freedoms at home that we usually take for granted when we’re away from mom and pops.
Another fan has asked such a great and relevant question that we feel must be shared with anyone interested in applying to Poly (on a side note, we like your emails and you’re actually asking not stupid questions so keep them coming). So let’s chat about something that caused a lot of pepper spray (turns out Berkeley isn’t the only school that knows how to protest)- budget cuts.
After the holiday season and festivities have commenced (and our livers have barely begun recovering from our New Years Eve fiascos), we’re recharged and ready to take on 2012 (even though winter quarter started WAY too soon…January 3rd…a Tuesday…really??!). On a side note, we’ve also completely neglected our health regimens and workout routines during our break in exchange for gingerbread cookies, spiked eggnog and champagne. And as if we weren’t already looking forward to getting back to the gym, Cal Poly Mustangs have just unwrapped their best gift yet: our brand new REC center has JUST opened, FINALLY!
We want to congratulate all those who have applied to Cal Poly (and other Top Tier schools) and have begun receiving acceptance letters! You didn’t work your ass off in high school for nothing; be proud and get ready for a new and amazing chapter in your life (really, it’s as good as every cheesy cliché says it is). And thanks to our readers and their comments, it’s been brought to our attention that the topic of choosing a roommate needs to be covered, ASAP.