#106. Conduct a meaningless survey.

With the Social Psychology final quickly approaching, hundreds of students are bustling around conducting surveys, asking questions, and desperately trying to collect data to use for their sociology experiments.

Unfortunately, I do not take Social Psychology. Nevertheless I decided to collect some of my own information using a short, five-minute survey. Here are the results (sample size 10):

1. Would you rather have a beard forever or be bald forever?

Results: 70% of students answered that they would much rather be bald forever than have a beard forever.

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2. Do you prefer:

a) Skim Milk

b) 2% Milk

c) Whole Milk

Results: Fascinatingly, 50% of respondents said that they would drink skim milk as their milk of choice. Only 30% chose whole, and 20% picked 2%.

3. Do you believe that cucumbers are a fruit or a vegetable?

Results: This one was shocking. I am ashamed to say that 70% of the Brown students I surveyed believe that cucumbers are a vegetable. Yet cucumbers are quite obviously classified as accessory fruits. Not vegetables. To the three students that knew this, albeit not confidently, congratulations on being smarter than us all.

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4. Do you still have your wisdom teeth? If so, why?

Results: 50% of respondents have had their wisdom teeth removed. 10% responded that only half of their wisdom teeth have been removed, and the remaining 40% have never had this procedure. Reasons for which include:

  • “Yes, haven’t had to remove them.”
  • “Yes; they are still coming in and sometimes drive me crazy. I may get them pulled this summer.”
  • “Yes. just haven’t gotten to remove them yet.”
  • “Yes, they haven’t bothered me or my dentist.”

5. Rate your current level of happiness on a scale of 1 to 10.

Results: 90% were either a 7 or an 8.

Conclusion: The happiness level of everyone surveyed increased after the survey. Therefore, because of the survey, respondents felt happier. So in conclusion, doing surveys makes people happier.


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#105. Read the newspaper cover-to-cover.

I have been writing for the school newspaper for almost two semesters now and recently realized that I have never actually read it. How humiliating. I recently upgraded from Contributing Writer to Staff Writer, and it was time for this embarrassment to be over. I am proud to say that today I read the Brown Daily Herald in its entirety.

I was shocked to find out that the other writers are actually really really good. Better than me, even. There are a lot of things that they are doing that I am not doing but could be doing and should be doing. I am thrilled to start imitating these other more talented writers, and I will hopefully improve my own reporting skills as a result.

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#104. Dessert before dinner.

The chocolate cake served in the dining hall is irresistible. The rest of the food is a little bit more resistible. So for once, I broke through the traditional boundaries of social convention, I subverted cultural expectation, and I consumed my chocolate cake before eating my steak, potatoes and salad.

Honestly this “rule” is very ridiculous. Cake has some pretty nutritious ingredients if you think about it. Milk. Eggs. Flour. It’s all good stuff! Three of the five necessary food groups.

Really, everything in moderation.

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#103. Make a penny lucky.

I always see pennies laying around tail-side-up and can’t help but feel a stab of disappointment. A heads-up penny means a day of good luck, everybody knows that.

So today as I walked by a tail-side-up penny, I flipped it over. I hope the next passerby enjoys the 24 hours of luck that are soon to come!


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#102. Learn to juggle.

So far I’ve only watched an informational tutorial. I have yet to actually put my juggling skills into practice. The informational video was extremely informative and helpful though, so I am optimistic that I will be juggling fire like a pro in no time.

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#101. Spring Weekend!

Brown University’s spring weekend was voted the #1 college music festival in the country.

The random website that made this decision for our country seems to have chosen correctly. Upperclassmen say frequently that Spring Weekends will be one of the highlights of your time at Brown, and after this weekend, I can foresee that eventually being something I tell freshmen to come. I had no clue about the people who were performing and I still had a fabulous time.

Chance the Rapper? Diplo? Andrew Bird? Who? Doesn’t matter. Just slap on your tank and you’re good to go.

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#100. Ride a mechanical bull.

In honor of my 100th day:

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Pure terror.

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#99. Use a bathroom in my dorm that isn’t on my floor.

This entire year I have dutifully gone to the same three bathrooms on my floor over and over and over again. Yet now that I have ventured beyond the third floor bathrooms, I realize how foolish I have been.

Perks of switching up what bathroom I go to:

  • Fresh faces — every day its the same people, the same routine. The repetition gets boring. Its always nice to have a toothbrush chat with somebody new.
  • Increased cleanliness — the basement floor and the 5th floor of my dorm building have almost half as less residents than are on my floor. Also everyone on my floor is really gross. I know that now.
  • Variety is the spice of life.
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#98. Become a bone marrow donor.

The football team stood in the middle of campus today outside one of the lecture halls accosting every person that walked by. On my way back from a meeting, I decided to give in to their demands and sign up to be a bone marrow donor.

The “quick and easy process” of “saving a life” took forever. I spent over twenty minutes making up information for this ridiculously long form that asked me for information it almost definitely did not need. Also, I didn’t actually save anyone’s life. I just signed up to be someone who might potentially one day save someone’s life.

But they’re going to send me a donor card in the mail. Which is kind of cool. I guess.

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#97. Survive the housing lottery.

The housing lottery is one of the most stressful times of April. Actually, of the semester. Actually, of the year.

You form groups, are given a predetermined time, and then you are given three minutes exactly to choose your housing for next semester. I had heard a lot from upperclassmen about the process but participating myself was extremely stressful.

However, I can now say I have successfully made it through my freshman housing lottery experience and I am very happy with who and where I will be living next year. Only 364 days until I get to do it all over again!

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