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Show some college etiquette


It’s impossible to avoid the constant chatter about college in the hallways. Whether you overhear who is applying ED to which school or you sit down at a lunch table in the midst of debate over which school has the prettiest campus; the college talk won’t stop.

But there are some students who feel the need to overshare their opinions. Of course people are going to talk about which schools they’re visiting and which ones they’re applying to, but there are certain things that don’t need to be said.

At Staples, many students are visiting and applying to the same schools. While going through this process, everybody is forming different opinions. We’re all looking for different things, so it’s natural that every student won’t have the same idea of which schools are better.

Now, I watched both of my brothers go through the college process before it was my turn. There were many instances where other students’ opinions impacted the way that they felt about certain schools. Unfortunately, I’m seeing the same things happening again.

Some people feel the need to speak openly about every thought that enters their mind concerning college.

All I ask is that you stop saying negative things about other schools.

Yes, I understand that you are allowed to have those opinions, but there is no positive result that comes from you sharing them. You’re only going to offend people who are interested in those schools and maybe even make them rethink their initial opinions.

The last thing that anyone wants to overhear in the cafeteria is a list of negative adjectives describing their first choice school.

You wouldn’t want people bad mouthing your dream school, so don’t do it to other people.

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Julie Bender, Web Opinions Editor
Baby sitting and journalism may seem to have nothing in common, but Julie Bender ’15 packs both professions into her high school career. While many students were off at camp or vacationing this summer, Bender was hard at work baby sitting families and friends. She was extremely dedicated to her job, practically becoming the neighborhood babysitter. Her baby skills easily compliment to her journalism skills as “dealing with children is like dealing with interviewees.” Using her same dedication towards her baby sitting monopoly, Bender hopes to improve her writing skills before she leaves Staples in 2015. There is no rush, however, as Bender “loves getting the info out” through journalism. After three years of being ruled over by seniors, Bender finally finds herself at the top of the food chain in high school. The best moment of the summer was “taking off the junior parking sticker” Bender said. Finally bursting through the doors as a senior girl, covered in feathers and whistles is a moment that all high school girls can’t wait for. Her excitement as a senior has added on to her excitement for journalism this year. Bender has a passion for opinions and news articles; she loves the fun, fast-paced language that is used in the writing style. It also gives her opportunities to interview unique and interesting people. Her favorite article she wrote, in fact, was an article on Hookah and E-Cig usage in high school because the interview process was one of the most awkward. Whether it is journalism or caring for children, Julie Bender brings all aspects of high school to the table in her last year writing for Inklings. She hopes to end the year strong and keep up with her hard work and dedication in and out of high school.  

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