Humans of Oxford: Jack Bellinger: Aspiring radio personality

It’s a quiet Tuesday in Williams Hall. Groups of students are gathered around small study tables, and the TV plays recent student media projects. First-year Jack Bellinger walks through the lobby and up to the second floor. His Beats headphones play pump-up music to get him in the zone. He enters the recording studio and is greeted by his three friends, who will all turn into co-hosts at 4 p.m. He takes his place — the chair on the right side of the studio, closest to the door. He replaces his Beats with the studio headphones, grabs the mic...

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Humans of Oxford: Maeve Collins: Following Familiar Footsteps

Maeve Collins isn’t the first. Every time she takes a step on campus, she knows her parents, cousins and uncles have taken the exact same walk as her. Every building she walks into, every club she joins and every class she attends, she isn’t the first out of her family to do so. She feels the pressure to become a merger like her parents, to attend a top-level graduate school like her mother, to have as much fun as her uncle did on campus. Does she want to rush a sorority like her cousin? Does she want to be here for five years like her father? She doesn’t know. Maeve has always considered herself different than her parents. She has different ideals than them, a different personality and interests. Her parents have been telling her the story of how they met at freshman orientation for as long as she could remember, and she got sick of the story fast. While the love story was cute, she never saw her future at Miami. She wanted to live a different life than all her relatives did. So, when it was finally time for her to chose her own path, she applied to six schools scattered all over the country. New Orleans, Ann Arbor, Dallas, Boulder, Memphis. She never thought she would end up in Oxford. Yet, here she is. Life is...

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