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Mike’s New Year’s Resolutions

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by joka2000

For a lot of people, the new year represents a fresh start and clean slate to start the new year off right. As a college student, the new year is the sign of a fresh semester and the opportunity to take new classes and earn better grades. Sadly though for me, this new semester will also be my last semester, as I will be graduating from the University of Virginia in May. Although I certainly have no regrets (yet!), here are my top new year’s resolutions for making my last semester, my best semester.

1. Attend a UVa basketball game and sit in the student section

Although I’m embarrassed to admit, especially because I’m such an avid sports fan, I have never gone to a home UVa basketball game (unbelievable, right?). There’s certainly something special about college athletics compared to the pro game, and I crave that last opportunity to root for my alma mater. Plus, there’s nothing more fun than chanting “Hoo’s your daddy?” at the opposing players and coaches!

2. Cure myself of 4th Year apathy

Everybody knows that seniors, whether it be in high school or college, have a tendency to care less about school and more about having fun. While its certainly fun to be a 2nd semester senior, finishing out school on a high note will be a good boost when god forbid I enter the real world next fall. On the bright side, I’m taking all electives next semester which should certainly make this resolution easier to accomplish.

3. Streak the Lawn

Hey! It might be an archaic, nonsensical UVa tradition but it is a rite of passage for all 4-th years nonetheless. The route from the famed rotunda down toward the statue of Thomas Jefferson might be cold, and snowy but the reward is so worthwhile. What better time to engage in this distinctly UVa tradition then when I’ll be walking down this same route maybe a couple weeks later to finally graduate!

So there you have it, my three goals or resolutions for the upcoming spring semester. A perfect mix of pleasure and hard work should make these goals attainable, but hey, isn’t the best part about making new year’s resolutions is not completing them?

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The Ultimate Rivalry: Starbucks vs. Dunkin’ Donuts

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Written by BookRenter Mike

Although I go to school at the University of Virginia, I’m a California kid, born and raised about an hour outside of San Francisco. As part of my education, I have come to notice a certain rivalry between the East Coast and the West Coast, an argument in which nobody-wins but everybody is right. One of the most interesting parts of this rivalry is the preference that people have for coffee, or more specifically, whether Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks is better.

The Corner district at UVA is where every student goes to grab a bite to eat or enjoy the local bar scene but also to enjoy a good cup of coffee. Starbucks has been around ever since I came here 3.5 years ago but recently a new Dunkin’ Donuts just opened up on the corner. You would have thought the circus was coming to town with all of the hoopla surrounding the opening.

So my question: What do you think is the better, Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks? I asked some local students what they thought and here are my favorite responses:

“No doubt its Dunkin’ Donuts, I mean, how can you beat the combination of delicious donuts and coffee? Starbucks is OK buts it’s a little too trendy for my taste, I like the atmosphere much better at Dunkin” – John B. 3rd Year, Boston MA

“I would have to say Starbucks just because from a coffee standpoint, it tastes a lot better than what they serve over at Dunkin. Also, the lines are always much shorter at Starbucks because their workers are quick and much faster at bringing out orders” – Joe U, 4th Year, Rye NY

“It’s a tough call but I’m from Seattle and there’s no way I can say that Dunkin is better than Starbucks, I would be shot upon coming home for Thanksgiving break. But if I wasn’t from Seattle? Definitely Dunkin, nothing beats those chocolate donuts after bars.” Henry M, 2nd Year, Seattle WA

It definitely seems pretty split but I have to give the slight edge to Dunkin Donuts, at least at UVA. What about you guys who go to school on the West Coast? Chime in and leave a comment, and just maybe Starbucks can come back and win the Coffee Challenge.

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