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

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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Kazmataz!

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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Zombies

Is that fear really so different from homophobia itself? The idea being that if gayness is allowed to get too close—portrayed on television, for example—if you were to be exposed to it without a violent defense, it might turn you…

Are You There, Hernia? It’s Me, Margaret.

“Yeah, you’re way up there on the Owie Scale. I’m surprised you know about that. Did you attend medical school?”

The Mondegreens

What’s that old saying about how “you’ve don’t know what you’ve got til’ it’s gone…” It seems that just as Chico band The Mondegreens are getting some traction in the local music scene and gaining fans, they’re hitting the dusty trail

The Pageant Part II: The Son Also Rises

The Pageant has now been handed over to Roger’s son, Miles Montalbano. So, who is this guy, and what will it mean?

I’m Not the Only One

I got the best of what the VA had to offer and it nearly killed me. Because of the combination of medications that the VA prescribed, I attempted suicide six times.

No Casual Listening

Old Man Gloom’s Aaron Turner, on music making and bringing the heavy to our town

Event Calendar – Week of March 2, 2015

Lost On Main: Mac Sabbath, This Glass House, Bogart The Monster. 9pm-1am, 21+, $10

No Prisons In This World

There is no one controlling you. There is no mass prison system of the mind; no sinister old white men holding dominion over the unsuspecting masses.

Supertime

There Came an Echo

The story is better than the vast majority of games I have played, the effort put into it sincere, and the utilization of voice recognition more innovative than most of the things I’ve seen in a year.

The Magic Jumpsuit

A jumpsuit might temporarily change the way you perceive yourself, but it can’t navigate you through the rabbit hole of insurance company bureaucracy.

Horoscopes – Week of March 2, 2015

You begin the week with a strong and positive vibration. You will find something about life worth celebrating. Your imagination and intuition are being activated.

Grossword Answer Key – 3/2/15

Get your disgusting answers here

How You Say… Wait, What?

It’s hard to pinpoint the single weirdest person I’ve ever met, but in the running is this girl named Zoey.

Thank You Baghdad

Air Force Colonel, Doctor Jon C. Bowersox entered my life one afternoon in 2005, while I was speed walking down the hallway of the Presidential palace. Jon is my wonderful loving husband now, but when I first met him, I found him rather annoying.