west chester university student from doylestown stands in solidarity with striking teachers

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It seemed like everyone was on Twitter Tuesday night — hunching over, peering at their computer or phone, tuning into the tension building between APSCUF (Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties) and the state system.

Shots were fired.

Shade was thrown.

Memes and gifs over took the replies, adding to the excitement.

And as I tucked myself into bed, trying to get comfy, I listened. From outside my dorm room, one college kid sprinted down the hall screaming, “Wake up! Wake up! Forget Thirsty Thursday! It’s Twisted Tuesday! We’ve got a strike!”

I rolled my eyes. That could change, I thought.

It was doubtful, though, because only an hour earlier when rehearsal for “The Long Christmas Ride Home” ended, and my acting teacher and director, Charlie DelMarcelle, was officially off the clock, he broke the news that the state walked out of the negotiation room.

APSCUF President Kenneth M. Mash took to Facebook Live and said that by the 4:59 a.m. deadline, he would “have a contract in hand or a picket sign.”

There were five hours to go.

When I woke up today, along with many others, I was disappointed that I was reaching for a blue shirt to wear in order to show solidarity for my professors. No deal was reached.

While some students were excited to have a “snow day” or another “fall break,” most students were not. I can’t speak for other majors, but as a theater major, this faculty strike doesn’t just affect classes. Maybe it’s selfish of me to be angry over rehearsals stopping and West Chester’s run of “Once Upon a Mattress” possibly losing its second weekend of shows.

But it is worth the sacrifice, because I stand in solidarity with APSCUF.

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teen reality panelists reveal their favorite movies of all time

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Annie Hall” (1977)

Clouds of Sils Maria” (2015)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (2011)

To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962)

The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013)

Stacey Keba

West Chester University

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eight reality alumni offer real-life advice for surviving college

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Who better to tell you about what to expect in college than the people who are living it now?

Our panel of experts includes reality alumni Samuel Byers (University of Pennsylvania junior), Sarah Cantymagli (Bloomsburg University sophomore), Emily Franko (Boston College junior), Laura Genn (Liberty University freshman), Julia Joseph (Loyola University Maryland sophomore), Stacey Keba (West Chester University freshman), Megan Kloss (St. Joseph’s University freshman) and Jesse Pazdera (Haverford College senior).

Here’s there advice on a variety of topics:

On romance and social life

Leave your door open!

Say hi to the people who walk by your dorm room and get to know them the first few weeks of school (I made my first college friend this way). Keeping it open the rest of the year is a great way to socialize and relax while you’re doing work, too.

— Samuel

Don’t stop making friends after you have friends

Sometimes homework hits like a blizzard and you can’t even locate those first friends in the whirlwind. Sometimes a girl gets a boyfriend and falls off the face of the earth. Sometimes your male friends congregate around a PS4 in their dorm when you were hoping they’d emerge to hang out with you. Sometimes that fabulous friend will be studying abroad next semester. Ultimately, continuing to put yourself out there is worth it — my closest confidants are all people I hardly knew until the second month of school.

— Laura

Become friends with the people in your major

You will be spending a lot of time with those people, especially if your major is small. They become people you can bounce ideas off of and good study buddies!

— Sarah

Have fun, but be smart about it

As an education major, having “fun” on the weekends is a terrifying concept, because if you get an underage (citation) even if it’s by association, you can kiss your degree and any future jobs bye-bye. So, be responsible. Be nice to the security guard in your building if you do decide to venture out. Or, keep it safe, stay in, save yourself the paranoia and play Cards Against Humanity and the expansion packs you brought — you will become great friends with everyone on your floor.

— Stacey

Don’t prioritize people who think you’re optional

Girls, it doesn’t matter how much you love his personality — if a boy can’t be bothered to text you first, he’s just not that into you. If he still shows interest in sudden waves before swinging back into casual, friendly disinterest, he isn’t contemplating a change of heart — he just likes the attention. If he’s happy to see you but you had to invite yourself to his event tonight, he’s just not worth it.

Don’t waste a single second, a single tear, or a single night that you could have spent with a friend who values you. Your feelings are valid, but just keep being your beautiful self and wait for the boy who wants you as much as you want him, not the boy who needs to be convinced.

— Laura

Enjoy being single

Just like in high school, there will probably come a time when all your friends are in relationships, but you aren’t. Don’t fret over this … enjoy being single. You don’t have to worry about making long distance work when you decide on a spur-of-the-moment decision to jet off to Australia or Munich the following semester, or take that dope internship in NYC over the summer.

— Stacey

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reality panelists share their 'real' new year resolutions

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Now that the holidays are over, a storm is coming. You’ve probably seen the memes, the references and the jokes as you’ve scrolled through social media, all condemning both New Year’s resolutions and the millions of people who make them.

And here on reality, we have all fallen into the trap of letting the infamous mantra “New Year, New Me” guide us into previous new years. All for about a month, that is.

But we’re teenagers, and our lives are busy and hectic, between all the malarkey that comes with school (AP cumulative midterms, anyone?) and awkward (or extremely successful) social lives, so it’s downright unlikely that we’ll have time to exercise, become organized or chug those eight glasses of water EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Heck, we barely have time to sleep for more than 40 minutes.

So this year, we’re switching things up and making “resolutions” that we’ll probably excel at while we do what we do best: Seeing how many hours of Netflix we can clock in before our impending pile of obligations causes us distress … while we click “Play next episode.”

My “resolution”: Settle on an Instagram theme to make my account more aesthetically pleasing.

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voices from our past share their reality memories

reality turns 20

Stacey Keba

Central Bucks East High School

Years on reality: 2013-14

Even though I was only a panelist during my senior year of high school, the amount of memories I accumulated during that time are immeasurable! The one that stands out from all others, for me, is before I even had the opportunity to meet Andy, Tom and my fellow panelists.

In August 2013, a few months after applying for reality, I was volunteering at the Dublin Carnival with one of my best friends. When it was slow, I yanked out my phone to see an email I had been waiting for: whether or not I had been selected as a panelist. I was so nervous, it took me an hour to work up the nerve to open it (even though I saw it contained an attachment, and attachments are always a good sign). When I finally did and I saw that I was selected, I screamed and threw my phone in celebration like it was a trivial piece of confetti.

At the time I started, reality just seemed like it would be a cool thing to do, and I’d meet that niche of friends I had been waiting for, all while getting to write! And while reality gave that to me, I didn’t realize all of the doors it would open, like being able to give motivational speeches, writing about DigiTour and being accepted into college. But above all, it gave me courage and confidence to pursue writing as a career instead of a hobby.

Right now, as I finish up my gap year from college, I’m busy editing my novel so I can send it out to agents this winter before heading back to West Chester University.

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Interested to know how Reality started? Editor, Andy Vineberg, talks about anything and everything since the section’s inception in 1995. Read here!