Opinions, TU/TD

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Week Of Nov. 22

Thumbs Up: 

  • Friendsgiving 
    • Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the things and people in your life that you’re grateful for, including your friends. As college students, we spend most of the year surrounded by our friends at school, and when the holidays roll around it’s important to celebrate those relationships too. So plan a Friendsgiving! It doesn’t have to be big, but taking the time to appreciate the people who appreciate you, even if they’re not direct family members, is always a thumbs up. 
  • Private Stories 
    • Despite the apparent chokehold that social media has on our generation, apps like Snapchat and Instagram are collectively recognized as exhausting. Instantly responding to empty messages is tiring and most content we consume is lacking quality. That is, with the exception of private stories. Being added to a private story is like a hug, and because people feel comfortable openly sharing on that platform, it’s genuinely entertaining content. Whether it’s someone’s friend attempting to do a handstand or a screenshot of a funny text conversation, private stories tap into the closer relationships we have with others. Plus, they allow us to stay connected without having to constantly check in with people. 

Thumbs Down: 

  • Gatekeeping Addie’s 
    • This one is literal. Some mornings, for no rhyme or reason, the upstairs seating area of Lower is gated off. With coffee and breakfast in hand, daily Addies-goers looking for a quiet spot to eat are turned away with hanging heads. Perhaps someone forgot to open it, or perhaps it wasn’t sanitized yet, but regardless, there is a heart-sinking feeling that accompanies reaching the top of the stairs only to descend back down again. 
  • Limited Dining Funds 
    • As the year draws to an end, students’ dining funds are beginning to dwindle at an alarming rate. Cries of “can you spot me lunch” and “no, I have to meal plan because chicken with two sides is making me go bankrupt” can be heard in the dining halls as students navigate high prices.
November 20, 2021