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Midterm dress code

Midterm dress code

The aroma of coffee and stress fill the cafeteria as anxious students gather together on their first Monday of midterms. Tensions are high as kids cram in their last minutes of studying while shoving a chocolate chip muffin in their mouths in order to fill their knotted stomachs.

The good thing about midterms week is that I can waltz into school with no makeup on, sporting baggy sweatpants instead of stylish jeans and no one judges me.

I notice the familiar faces of girls who I would consider the “fashionistas” of Staples High School in baggy sweatshirts, trying hard to keep their eyes open after a long weekend of studying.

There’s something about the “midterm dress-code” that bands us all together though. The baggy old sweatpants and the long t-shirts seems to say, “I stayed up until five in the morning last night cramming for my exam and I don’t really care how you think I look.”

I look around the crowded cafeteria in between breaks and notice that the people who are not dressed their best are the people who are all in this together.

There are those few people who decide to throw on jeans and boots during midterms week and I will never understand how these people are capable of sitting through two hours of a test while a muffin top hangs loose over their jeans.

The people who dress comfortably during midterm week understand each other and understand the hard work they have all suffered in order to be prepared to take their first Monday morning midterm.

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Alexa Davis, Staff Writer
Alexa Davis ’15 is the definition of a people-person. Her summer says it all: interning at a Public Relations firm, coaching kids gymnastics at the YMCA, and bonding with her team at cheer camp. As a senior, Davis was drawn to Inklings because it seemed like a place where her personality would thrive. On top of that, English was her favorite class, and she loved writing, reading, and hearing other people’s opinions. Inklings, which incorporated all of these characteristics, seemed like the perfect match. “I really like the interviewing process in particular because it lets you connect and interact with other people,” Davis added. Not surprising for a competitive cheerleader who has been on the Staples cheer team for 4 years, Davis is drawn to writing for the sports section. “I always go right to the sports section when reading Inklings, so I’m excited to try writing sports articles,” Davis said. At the internship she had at the University of California in Los Angeles working for a Public Relations firm over the summer, Davis said her least favorite thing was all the time she spent on the computer. “I’d much rather be interacting with other people than on the computer all the time,” Davis said. For this reason, Davis is excited to be a staff writer and participate in Inklings this year because it is the exact opposite, full of interactions with people through interviews. Inklings will only add to Davis’ senior year experience, which she describes as both ‘exciting’ and ‘scary’ so far.