why i strive towards extreme minimalism

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Last summer, I spent six amazing weeks as a camp counselor at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Northern Michigan, and a part of my identity among both my coworkers and my campers was that I was striving to be a minimalist. One night during bunk-talk, me and my co-counselor asked all of our campers to assign their bunk mate what animal they are. When it came around to me and my co, we had all of our campers shout (shout-whisper?) what they thought we were in animal form.

For me, they thought I would be a turtle. When I asked why, they said, “Well you’ve always talked about being able to carry everything you own in a backpack and suitcase, so it’s like you have your home with you just like a turtle has their shell.”

For the past seven months, that comment has resonated with me, and it has helped me take more active steps to becoming an official “turtle” so to speak.

It hasn’t been an easy journey though as camp life and college life are polar opposite in terms of fashion and general hygiene upkeep. Throughout the summer, I was limited to a uniform and 1-2 outfits of “rec/street clothes” and only had a few minutes each day to wash my face and shower. And on top of that, makeup was just not a thing anyone had time for. However, in college, I love to look well put together and professional on a daily basis.

This factor equates to owning and needing more material goods, which makes it a lot harder to fit everything in a suitcase and backpack. But I refuse to stop trying.

Read the full article online at: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/strive-towards-extreme-minimalism

5 things to purge from our closets

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Thanks to the beautiful weather this week, I’ve been reaching for all my cute spring outfits that have been stored away for too long. However, each time I’ve reached for my clothes, I’ve become frustrated due to all the nonsense pieces I forgot I owned that are impossible to make into an outfit. I realized that my annual spring wardrobe clean out needed to come early. So here are five things you probably own that you can purge right now.

1. All the clothes you have to think about wearing

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I’ve been doing a lot of Pinterest scouring lately on tips to become a minimalist, especially in terms of clothing. A lot of the articles I stumbled upon grouped clothing into 4 general categories: I love these clothes, I want to keep this for some reason but can’t place a finger on it, clothes don’t fit, clothes are ruined.

So with this, put the LOVE pile back in your closet. Take any ruined clothes to a textile recycling location. Donate any clothes that don’t fit to a non-profit collection. Then it’s time to deal with the MAYBE pile. If any of the articles provide a form of “function” to your wardrobe that you don’t need on the day-to-day, but you know you’ll actually use, like hiking boots and ski pants, then place them back in your closet.

Ready for the next part?

Donate or recycle the rest.

If you have to think about whether something is worth keeping, it’s not

2. And likewise, clothes that don’t fit your lifestyle

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We’ve all been there: you step into the store for one specific item but you see this super cute red dress that you try on against your better judgment, look amazing in it, create an event in your mind of when you can wear that dress, buy it, then hang it up in your closet. Every time you get dressed then, you come face to face with that unwearable dress and it taunts you. Just…say goodbye to it. Give it to your roommate or a friend.

3. Crew necks and tee-shirts

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There comes a point in time where you can only wear so many of these t-shirts and crewnecks in the span of a week…two weeks…three…however long it is that you wait to do your laundry. So go ahead and get rid of a good portion of them that you can’t remember wearing. Or, find someone to make a quilt out of them for you. And make sure you put that quilt to use…don’t just save it in a box.

Read the full article online at: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/start-downsizing-closet-purging-5-things

15 struggles of being a theatre major

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Thanks to popular culture and mass media, we all know college is a weird place, but somehow the theater department provides a level of surrealism rarely attained by any other major on campus. On a day to day basis, your life in the theater department is no more reliable than a coin toss–sometimes it’s fantastic, but other times, it’s exceptionally painful. Here are 15 moments that will leave you wondering whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the crazy nonsense of this outrageous department.

1. Being the “new kid” has never been more terrifying.

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It’s nearly impossible to start a conversation with someone because everyone’s already deep in the middle of a conversation. And you can’t help but wonder if all the “clique” stereotypes are true.

2. You accept that you’ll be single and alone for a while.

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Let’s just say if you’re a straight, cis-gendered individual looking for love, it’s not easy. But if you do manage to date someone and break up, there’s a good chance you blew your one shot.

So, if you really want to date, you may just be forced to swallow your pride and re- download Tinder… even though you swore never again.

3. You don’t know what other involvements are.

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What even is life outside of EO Bull? When was the last time I left this building?

4. Everyone knows everything about everyone.

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Secrets and personal problems spread like wildfire. Trust no one.

5. When you’re not cast, you feel like a lost puppy.

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You’ll probably wonder what you did last semester before getting cast, why is there no director breathing down your neck to be off book, and why there is no stage manager ordering you to be somewhere from 6 to 10 each night.

And there’s a good chance you’ll wander around the theater building when there’s no reason for you to be these just so you can remember the “good ole days.”

Read the full article online at: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/15-struggles-theatre-major

“as we see it” and other student written one acts set to open next month

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Curious about our season? All tickets to West Chester University performances can be purchased online or at the box office.

this weekend, university theatre raised over $10,000 for broadway cares / equity fights aids

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This weekend, University Theatre raised over $10,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids