Staples Student’s Create a Defined Culture

Jenna McNicholas ’15, Staff Writer

There are some things that are categorized as being “So American,” such as being overweight, worshipping Beyonce, and having an affinity for Netflix.  Then there are the things that are “So New England,”such as having a winter home in either Florida or Vermont, and spending the summer at camp, which senior and retired “Peaker”, Jennie Blumenfeld ’15, defines as being a “religious experience.”

Then, there are those mannerisms, sayings, clothes, and actions that one would only find gracing the halls of Staples.

It cannot be denied that the students at Staples have a very unique way of communicating with one another.  Words that are tossed around as frequently as Amber puts together a panini include “violent,” “savage,” “unheard of,” “blatantly,” and “absurd,” among others.

“When I first started school here, I had no clue what people were talking about when they said things like ‘violent’ and ‘savage,’” Maggie Fair ’15 said. “But now I use them on a regular basis”.

Staples has become not only a place of learning and creativity, but also a place of redefining oneself and redefining everyday words to have a completely new meaning. And this habit follows students, even after their time at Staples is complete.

“One of the biggest transitions in college is easily the fact that nobody has a clue what I’m talking about when I call someone ‘violent,’ so I’ve definitely toned back on that,” Jack Massie ’14 said.  “They just don’t get it.”

Language is just a small sliver of the whole that makes up Staples culture.

Staples can also be defined by it’s unfailing ability to not only redefine, but overdo.

Whether it be the three geo-tags on snapchat, the over/under 500 Jeeps that are lined up side-by-side in the parking lot every morning, or the abundance of Brandy Melville in every girl’s wardrobe, the saying “less is more,” simply does not apply. More is more here, especially when it comes to sunset Instagrams that consistently garner over 100 likes.

“At this point, it doesn’t even matter what the picture looks like.  It’s the number under the picture that matters to people, the likes,” Colleen Bannon ’17 said.

With a socially liberal and a fiscally conservative belief system, a slick new iPhone without a case (to show you’re classy but still a risk taker), a subscription to Vineyard Vines emails, and a good follower to following ratio on Instagram and Twitter, it’s hard to miss a Staples student when you see one, or stalk them over social media.