And so it begins.

This seems to be the phrase of the week. In the whirlwind that has been these past five days, I’ve finished my summer internships, moved into my new house in Chico, hosted orientation for the newspaper and had a handful of meetings. All of this while trying to comprehend and come to terms with the fact that my final year of college technically begins in just four days.

I’m back in this town that I’ve learned to love, and I feel the words “I’m a senior” come out of my mouth when meeting new people. Simultaneously, there are swarms of freshmen who just moved into their new dorm rooms with big dreams and hopes and absolutely no idea of all that they’ll see, learn, do and explore over these next few years. It makes me nostalgic and envious that they have four wonderful college years to look forward to while I am scraping at the bottom of the jar to make the most of my final one.

But I’m optimistic. With the most supportive roommates I could ask for, a senior year “bucket list” and a new job as managing editor of the newspaper, I see no reason why this shouldn’t be a year to remember. My only request is that time moves slowly enough for me to appreciate and take advantage of each day in this town before everything changes and “real life” sets in. The college lifestyle is a rare one—one that you never get back after graduation.

Of course, I’m also preparing myself for the many, many instances in which people will ask, “So, what are your post-college plans?” I’m hopeful about those too, and I look forward to finding out those plans once the time comes. Until then, I can only hope that I end up doing something I enjoy as much as my college experience.

Humanities program has few students, many opportunities

Humanities program has few students, many opportunities was written for The Orion.

With just 28 students in the major, the Chico State humanities program is known to provide courses that include meditation sessions, meetings with professors over tea and a full dose of culture.

This not-so average major includes an array of arts and ideas, including music, religion, philosophy and art from many time periods. With this sort of variety, students are introduced to a bit of everything regarding world culture.

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Easy access to Adderall escalates resource abuse

Easy access to Adderall escalates resource abuse was written for The Orion.

While the Accessibility Resource Center on campus provides accommodations for students diagnosed with ADHD, the possibility of abuse of these resources may be a sign of the times.

With prescription drugs such as Adderall nearly as common as Aspirin on college campuses, students may have discovered other ways to take advantage of services meant for those with more severe symptoms.

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After the Leaves Fall.

My neighborhood sits comfortably on the 1100 block of Hazel Street. A tree-lined street, this area is just far enough from campus to escape the noise and activities that are included in the weekend nights of downtown Chico.

With a peaceful atmosphere, the neighborhood serves as a neutral zone between the college parties down one way and the families of Chico down the other. Most living in the area are of the college age and the proximity to things seems ideal. Bicyclists can often be spotted, while cars roaming the streets are less common.

The pastel-colored houses are diverse, some run-down and beaten, while others stand fresh and tall against the backdrop of trees. These trees are a main element of the area, sprouting from every front yard and weaving high above. The branches serve as an over-head blanket for the neighborhood and now that winter has stolen all of the leaves, the blanket has holes.