Tag Archives: college

And Then One Day, I Was The Weirdo


Connecting isn’t impossible, but it is damnably awkward.

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The World’s First Honest Cover Letter


Sorry, were you expecting a cover letter burbling about how orgasmically thrilling it would be to work for your exalted place of business?

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Is There Life After High School?


Everyone grew old and died, most of them still wishing prom night had worked out better than they remembered it.

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Letter from the Editor


Greetings, Synthesis readers! In an effort to spare you any fear or confusion, let me begin by handing you a cup of warm toddy, and telling you in a soft voice that Sara is taking a little time off. Shhh, shhh, take a sip of your toddy, it’s OK. It’s not because of anything you […]

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Back to School Safety Guide


Congratulations! You’re about to embark on the exciting adventure that is college life. But wait! Before you dive headfirst into that pool of questionable depth, consider this sage advice form the experienced pioneers who came before you.   Scenarios for the girls: {bad} Heather & her friends let Molly leave the bars downtown by herself […]

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The Second Chance


I messed up in high school. Many kids do, for a variety of reasons. My reasons were among the most common. Things weren’t good at home. Though my parents worked very hard, neither of them had completed high school, their educations truncated by war in my dad’s case, and by pregnancy in my mom’s case. […]

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Rachel Goes To College


I’m a Southern California girl and a recent high school graduate, thoroughly enjoying my last few days of summer here in Chico while visiting my cousin, the Managing Editor of the Synthesis. She was kind enough to let me write a little something to express my thoughts before I whisk off to college and leave […]

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Major in English


Let’s say you’re an incoming freshman who just happened to walk into Aca Taco and you saw the Synthesis sitting there—all neat and proper if it’s Monday, disheveled and askew if it’s Thursday—and you thought to yourself, “Neato! A hip local ‘zine. I must read this instantly so as to establish my street cred in […]

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Although Ya Don’t Know Who I Am… Won’t Ya Listen To Me

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In 1973, it was $73.00 per semester to attend a California state college, and $225.00 per quarter at U.C. Berkeley (where they smoked pipes in tweed and played chess). I went to three schools, contingent on a proffered couch or artistic collaboration. I was escaping my insane father, and staving off the workforce. Like today’s […]

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Hi, I’m Kaz! You might remember me from a few weeks ago, but I don’t remember you because we never met. This is just a column where I write and you read it, not an actual conversation. I didn’t go to college, because I’m a cat, but I still have advice to give you.   […]

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A Tower, Burning


I can discuss the personal experience I was able to have as a result of it, but beyond that, I could only answer this question of purpose with speculative prose.

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