The Christmas Gifts You Never Wanted

We all know the excitement of holding a wrapped present during the holiday season, and then opening that gift and thinking to yourself “Why did they get me this?” It’s either something you’d never use, something you’d never wear, or something that makes you think “wtf grandma.” It’s safe to say most of us have been there before, so here’s what some Chapman students had to say about their bad gift experiences.


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When I was 11 me and a couple of other people went to my friends house during winter break to hang out and she said she had gifts for us. She gave my other friends gift cards and other things you would want for Christmas, but when it was my turn she gave me and one of our other friend hangers. In her defense they were nice hangers, but like who wants hangers as a Christmas gift?

– Brett Hayes ’19


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When I was 15 my mom gave me condoms for Christmas. It was super awkward because you don’t really want to talk about that stuff with your mom when you’re 15, and especially when it’s Christmas.

– Dylan Dahle ’21


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In my life I’ve been given around seven Bibles and I’m not really religious at all. I usually get them from my Irish side of the family, but I once got one from a friend. I don’t know what to do with them so they just sit on my bookshelf untouched with these cross necklaces I’ve been given over the years.

– Davis Anderson ’20


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When I was really young a family friend got me a really expensive lip pencil but being like 8 years old I was really confused because all I wanted was toys.

– Alya Hijazi ’21


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My family always has Christmas dinners with two of our close family friends, and they always give really bad gifts. About two years ago one of the families gave me and my brother fake lottery tickets. We didn’t even realize they were fake until we thought we won and our dad pointed out that the back said “for entertainment purposes only.”

– Zack Morse ’19

Even though it’s fun to make jokes about how bad some gifts are, it’s important to remember the holidays are about more than just presents. Take the time over break to relax, enjoy life, surround yourself with the people you love, and put the extra mile into your gifts so you don’t end up on a list of worst gift givers.

Chapman majors as vines

Many of us are still mourning the death of Vine back in 2016. But still, app or no app, everyone has a six-second vid that truly describes them. So, as we wait patiently for Vine 2, here is a list of Chapman majors as vines to keep you going.


1. Broadcast journalism and documentary

2. Communication studies

3. Economics / Business administration


4. Vocal Performance / Theatre arts


5. Health Science


6. Chemistry


7. Mathematics


8. Film Studies


9. Dance performance


10. Political Science

Seven ways to hack registration

With registration for interterm and the spring 2019 semester just around the corner, we’re about to face a whirlwind of frustration and stress. Here are some tips to help you survive class registration season and what to do if you don’t get the classes you wanted.



1. Plan Early

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The best way to prepare yourself for registration is to give yourself time. Know what classes you want to take and create a few mock-up schedules that ensure you’re on track to graduate on time and make you excited to go to class each morning.


2. Have backups, and backups for backups

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You need backups! Don’t get stuck during your registration period frantically searching for a class if the one you counted on fell through. You can avoid scrambling by creating multiple schedule scenarios for the semester.


4. Meet with your advisor

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Meet with your academic advisor to get an idea of what you should and shouldn’t take in order to graduate on time. Academic advising is located in Beckman 405 and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advisors are supposed to have extensive expertise in scheduling and planning and the ability to help you.


5. Your course catalog is your best friend

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Your course catalog is very important when planning out classes. Use it to check your major and minor requirements, prerequisites and whether classes are offered in particular semesters. Your course catalog can be found here and is based off of what year you’re in. For example, if you’re a junior, your course catalog is the 16-17 catalog.


5. Talk to people who have taken the class

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While your advisor can be extremely helpful, you’ll often get some of the best insider information on a class from students who have already taken a class you’re considering.  


6. Check out Rate My Professor

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Using Rate My Professor can be really helpful when figuring out what  classes to take. It can help you get a better understanding of certain professors from past students who have left reviews and comments on them. Although this can be helpful, take it with a grain of salt. Your experience will always be different from everyone else’s.

7. Find good Wi-Fi

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The worst possible scenario: your Wi-Fi cuts out right as you’re trying to register for your classes. Make sure you have the best Wi-Fi possible at least five minutes before your registration time. If you have to, come to campus and nestle in a spot with reliable  reliable Wi-Fi before tackling your course selections.


What to do if you don’t get the classes you wanted:

  1. Go to the first class with an add/drop form and make your case for why you should be in that class.
  2. Send an email or talk to the professor before the class starts — you want to make the best impression possible.
  3. Give the professor legitimate reasons to add you to an oversubscribed class — maybe it’s a major requirement, prerequisite, it’s only given in spring and you’re going abroad then, you’re a graduating senior, things like that. It would also help to describe what you can bring to the table, what makes you passionate about that certain subject and how the curriculum would benefit you as a student.
  4. Be persistent. Fight for your place in the class.
  5. If all else fails, talk to your academic advisor. There are always online classes, community colleges and other semesters to take these classes!

Eight Random Holidays You Probably Didn’t Know Are Coming Up

There is a holiday for anything if you dream it. We found these random holidays on Holiday Insights and thought, there is always a reason to celebrate. Check out these eight upcoming holidays and come up with the ultimate excuse to treat yourself.

1: November 3rd – Sandwich Day

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Sandwiches are a staple in North America, from a PB&J to the Elvis Presley (peanut butter, bacon, and banana). Celebrate this day by branching out and making a unique sandwich you can call your own. Consider a mac & grilled cheese, B.L.T.A., or adding peanut butter on your burger.

2: November 12 – Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

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This is a day to give back to yourself. It’s a celebration of who you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going. We suggest doing things that make you feel like the best version of yourself, like taking a bubble bath, eating your favorite foods, or spending time alone.

3: November 13th – World Kindness Day

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Celebrate this day by donating your time to local charities. We sometimes forget how lucky we are to go to such an amazing school, so let’s put some gratitude in our attitudes and help others in need. Here are some volunteer ideas around Orange: 4Life Animal Rescue, Mary’s Kitchen, Surfrider Foundation, and the Ronald McDonald House.

4: November 16th – Button Day

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Buttons can be underrated; they come in all different shapes, colors, textures, and styles. Celebrate this day by jazzing up an old sweater or jacket with some buttons for a fun new look.

5: November 17th – Take A Hike Day

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Celebrate this day by literally taking a hike. Go down to Laguna and do the Top Of The World hike or road trip to LA for the day and hike the Hollywood sign. Any way you celebrate, grab some friends and get outside for that perfect Instagram worthy picture.

6: November 23rd – National Espresso Day

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Because there’s no such thing as too much caffeine. Go to Starbucks to get your fix, or venture beyond Chapman and explore some of the coffee spots in the Orange Circle. Just make sure not to say “ex-presso.”

7: November 26th – Shopping Reminder Day

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You know it’s going to be a good day when someone wants you to shop. This day falls on Cyber Monday, so put this one in your calendar to snatch up all those online steals and deals.

8: November 28th – French Toast Day

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Best. Day. Ever. This day gives attention to an often forgotten breakfast food. Celebrate by adding fun ingredients to your french toast to spice it up – consider cocoa pebbles, peanut butter and jelly, Nutella, or sprinkles.