Your Relationship with Chapman represented by Taylor Swift songs

Taylor Swift can fillet the feelings of young women and girls so well that at times it seems she has a song for every single phase and event of our lives. In fact, there is a Taylor Swift song to represent every phase of our relationship with Chapman. See below:

Let’s go!

Love Story

We were both young when I first saw you

When you first toured Chapman’s campus (or looked up the gorgeous pictures online), you were immediately in love. Just like Swift in her Love Story music video, you started to fantasize about all the amazing opportunities, friends, parties, and fun you would have at college. And Chapman would be right there by your side – the Romeo to your Juliet. Your dad might have thrown a fit and said “stay away” to Chapman after seeing the tuition cost. In the end, however, Chapman one you and your parents over. After all, it’s a Love Story, baby: Just say yes.

You running to Chapman.

Blank Space

I’ve got a blank space baby, and I’ll write your name

You’ve received all your acceptance letters and it’s time to decide where to go to college. Chapman’s been at the top of your list for a while now. You can really only picture yourself at Chapman. So you decide, it’s gonna be forever, or it’s gonna go down in flames. You’ll know when it’s over, if the high was worth the pain. You pay your deposit and get ready to move to Orange.

But wait, the worst is yet to come.

Everything Has Changed

All I know since yesterday is, everything has changed

You spent your first night in your dorm room and in a completely new world. Your parents are far away, two other random people are sleeping in beds next to you, and people were still walking around and playing basketball at midnight. You may not know much, but you know one thing for sure – everything has changed.

When everything hits you.

Shake It Off

But I keep cruising, can’t stop won’t stop moving

It’s like I got this music in my mind sayin’ “it’s gonna be alright”

Once you were accepted and definitely attending Chapman, you started thinking about classes. You’ve spent the past month calling admissions, looking up recommended courses for your major, and trying to navigate MyChapman. Now, your Shopping Cart is full with only the best and most best interesting classes you could find. The time has come to register, but a yellow triangle has appeared next to every course, except for your FFC. That’s right, you’ve been waitlisted. But hey, it’s no big deal. “The players gonna play,” right? You’re just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it off.

Look What You Made Me Do

I don’t like your little games

Don’t like your tilted stage

The role you made me play

Of the fool, no, I don’t like you

You’re in the thick of the semester. You have four midterms this week, including a lab midterm, and your first two essays, one for that class you know you should have dropped. You’re not really liking Chapman right about now. Your classes are demanding your full attention, making you skip parties, lunch dates, Disneyland trips and beach days. Chapman’s forcing you to get smarter and harder, and just in the nick of time, since your first midterm is tomorrow morning.

Bad Blood

‘Cause baby now we got bad blood

You know we used to be mad love

So take a look at what you’ve done

‘Cause baby now we got bad blood

Finally, your freshman year is almost over. Now, you get to decide where you want to live and who you want to live with. You and your future roomate(s) have been talking for the past month and you all settled on a dorm you’re happy with. You received your sign up time, which ended up being on the last day. You were a little worried that there would be slim pickings, but now, the day before your sign up time, you just got an email informing you that Sandhu (the most expensive dorm and the only one without a kitchen) is the only one available. The POV of you and Chapman right now? Similar to Iraq.


Everything will be alright if

we just keep dancing like we’re, 22

It’s Senior Year! You’ve turned 22 and you’ve realized that you are happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time. Senior year is both miserable and magical. The stress of finding a real job in the real world seems overwhelming and scary. And it constantly feels like the perfect night to forget about the deadlines and have breakfast at midnight. But have as many of “those nights” as possible, since this is your last year in college.

Out of the Woods

Are we out of the woods yet?

Are we out of the woods yet?

Are we out of the woods yet?

Are we out of the woods?

Are we in the clear yet?

Are we in the clear yet?

Are we in the clear yet?

In the clear yet?


It’s the final semester and you’re just about ready to bounce. You’re motivation is at an all time low. Between applying to jobs and figuring out where you’re going to live next year, it’s hard to get yourself to still show up to class. Chapman’s been great and you’ve had a good run, but you can’t help constantly asking yourself, Have I graduated yet?

You running away from your responsibilities.


You were the best thing, that’s ever been mine

As graduation approaches, you become sentimental. All of a sudden, your taking graduation pictures and doing things “for the last time.” You got bills to pay and nothing figured out, but that doesn’t stop you from seizing every opportunity, including going to Disneyland and the D every single weekend. (There are only a handful of Thirsty Thursdays left!) You begin to brace yourself for goodbye. Do you believe it?

Your graduation pictures


We never go out of style

The graduation ceremony has ended and you’re are now an alumni. You have that James Dean, daydream look in your eye. Your hard times with Chapman are blurred by the amazing memories you’ve made over the past four years. You may miss Chapman while you’re out in the real world, but that’s okay. Just throw on that white (Chapman) t-shirt and a tight little skirt, because you and Chapman never go out of style.

Looking back at your time at Chapman like

All GIFs courtesy of Giphy.

How to Avoid Movie and TV Spoilers

Some whistleblowers relish ruining the element of surprise. Others simply have no self-control, accidentally spilling the endings of movies and shows you’re dying to see in person and online. This season, the movies “Endgame,” and “Us,” and the HBO show “Game of Thrones,” have all had epic, suspenseful twists. How to stay clear of spoilsports that ruin the movie or show for you in this age of viewing on demand? Here are some tips and tricks to keep your ears safe and spoiler-free.

Mute Keywords

Twitter is the birthplace of spoilers, so muting fan accounts there is a must. Also mute keywords that may be used in spoiler tweets. Perfect grammar is optional on social media, so be sure to include different spelling variations of your favorite characters and films. “Game of Throwns” anyone?

  1. Go to Notifications.
  2. Click on Settings in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Click on Muted Accounts or Muted Words.
  4. Add any TV show, movie, character, news, fan accounts you please. 

See No More

Safari allows you to choose “muted words” under your content preferences. Google Chrome, has many extensions that will block spoilers, including one that is actually called “Spoiler Protection 2.0.” This extension helps you to hide spoilers what you don’t want to see on your screen. You can hide spoilers from Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google, News Sites, and more.

Enter keywords in this extension and they will be blocked from any website you go to or that pops up. You can also direct the extension  to block or mute images, photos, video previews and YouTube thumbnails.

Invest in Noise-Canceling Earplugs

If your friends won’t swear not to divulge the ends of shows you haven’t yet had a chance to see, fill your ears with cement or buy a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Too, you could just avoid conversation all together.

Take a Social Media Break

Delete the risk of revelation full send by deleting Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Wear a “I haven’t seen it” t-shirt every time you go out

Advertise your wish to remain in ignorance by wearing an “I haven’t seen it!” T-shirt. Rely on the goodwill of others to respect your declared wishes.

Run away from the conversation

The second you hear any mention about what you haven’t seen, start running. No time for explaining, just barge out the door. Go full “Forrest Gump” and never return. Keep running and running until you’re out of the range of conversation.

Make it known everytime you walk in the room

Make yourself the center of attention by standing on the nearest table and announcing that you haven’t seen it. Make the room go silent so that no one can start a convo that can potentially ruin your favorite series. To be safe, when you walk in the room immediately let them know what’s going on. Bust down the door if you have to.

Go off the grid

Go full Thoreau and move alone to a cabin without electricity in the wilderness. You might just discover there are more compelling pursuits than finding out a a beloved Avenger dies at the conclusion of “Endgame.”

See it already!

Take the time to sit down and watch the whole thing. Now you know the end of the story. What are you going to do now?




Upperclassmen Give Advice to Freshman About What They Learned at Chapman

Many freshmen arrive at college unsure of how the next four years of their lives will play out. Prowl talked to six upperclassmen who shared advice and stories about what they’ve learned through the years and what they wished they’d known as a freshman. Read on for takeaways from their time at Chapman.

Cayla Sacre, senior television writing and production major

Takeaway: Explore Outside Your Major

Take advantage of all the opportunities! As a Dodge student I sometimes felt pressured to live and breathe my major, but adding a psychology minor was one of the best choices I made at Chapman. I got to take classes outside of my major and explore a subject that was totally new to me.

Jeremy Jesberger, senior kinesiology major

Takeaway: Be Open to New Friendships

The advice I’d give is to not get complacent with the first or even second group of friends you make in college.

I had a great group of friends in my freshman year, many of who I’m still good friends with today. But looking back I decided to rush a fraternity as a sophomore and now as a senior have made more friends outside of my fraternity. So I feel I have a good support system from a lot of different people and my freshman year I thought it was going to be that one group of friends all four years.

Ricky Elder, junior business administration major

Takeaway: You May Not Have a Clear Path, But College Helps You Find It

Don’t stress out too much about your future as a freshman. I came in undeclared and was unsure about what I was going to do, which resulted in stress. The whole process was very developmental but if I were to go back I would enjoy the process a lot more if I didn’t stress as much about it.  Joining the professional fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi helped me along the way.  It was through them that led me to find an interest in business.  I would definitely recommend freshman to join organizations that they may be interested in because it will only benefit them.

Jameson Davis, junior accounting major

Takeaway: Stay On Top of Your Classes

The best advice I would give freshman would be to stay focused, go to your classes. If you get behind, it is a slippery slope and it is easy to dig yourself into a hole. As you notice yourself behind, I would highly recommend acting quickly and getting on top of that as soon as possible.  Whether it’s going to tutoring or talking to your professor, you have to put in that extra time to get back on top of your classes.

Connor Hailing, senior psychology major

Takeaway: Don’t Let Your New Found Freedom Take Control of You

The first thing I realized when I arrived at college was that I can do pretty much whatever I want now. My advice to freshmen would be to not let that freedom take priority over other activities.

At first, there was a learning curve with trying to make friends and still do well in my classes. It took me a couple months and a few poor grades to realize that doing my work was at times more important than hanging out with my friends. After I started paying more attention to my work and less of everything around me, I started doing way better. I was still able to keep my friends, it’s balancing everything together and not letting some things take over your life.

Sahil Srivastava, junior economics major

Takeaway: Don’t Let Anyone Hold You Back

 The best advice I’ve ever gotten that can benefit freshman is to not let one person dictate how you feel or keep you from doing something in your life.

When I was a sophomore, I told my professor that I didn’t want to do economics anymore because of one bad teacher I had. He told me that if you’ve only had a bad experience with one person in the field, it doesn’t mean everyone else is going to suck too. He was right because I’ve loved all my economics classes since. Not letting one person decide how I act in my life is helpful for friendships and relationships too.

Nothing like a mother’s love: Chapman students list what they miss most about their moms

Shared laughter during “Lifetime movies, a sympathetic ear, encouragement, compassion, a common languageWe miss all kinds of things about our moms when we go to college. For Mothers’ Day, Prowl spoke to Chapman students about what they miss most about the woman who, for many of us, is our best advocate, therapist and friend.

Jorge Hernandez, junior, international business and Spanish double major

Fun times back home in San Jose with Junior Jorge Hernandez and his mom Rosemary Hernandez. Photo courtesy of Jorge Hernandez

I miss having my mom there to talk to about anything – personal issues or something work-related. It’s nice to have someone there to reassure me that everything is going to be okComing home every day and seeing my mom, I was always filled with joy and relief because knowing that no matter what kind of day I had, good or badmy mom would love me unconditionally. 

Sixtine Foucaut, sophomore, communication and Spanish double major

Sophomore Sixtine Foucaut and her mom Aurélie Foucaut in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. Photo Courtesy of Sixtine Foucaut

My brother and I were born in Paris but moved to California when we were little. I always admired how my mom was able to keep in touch with our family in France despite the time difference and busy life she leads. I really miss being with my momNot many students at Chapman speak French so I always love chatting with my mom and practicing the language when we see each other.

Matt Davidson, junior, business major

Junior Matt Davidson and his mom Julie Davidson at Matt’s sister’s wedding in Carmel, California. Photo Courtesy of Matt Davidson

I really miss my mom’s hug and touch. Communication over the phone is one thing but actually being able to physically be there and have her in my presence and be able to hug her is very important to me. When we are born as babies we are placed on our mother’s chest and that instant bond is something that is very calming and warm. My mom is the person who brought me into this world and having the opportunity to hug my mom is a very rewarding thing to me.

Anthony Gonzales, freshman, business major

Selfie taken by freshman Anthony Gonzales with his mom Kimberly Gonzales.

I miss the times when me and my mom would talk about musicShe always tried to make me dance, especially when we had company over. I miss being in my house and walking by the T.V. and seeing my mom watching Lifetime documentaries and not being able to resist and watching them with her. I always knew there was a seat waiting for me next to her to sit down and share that moment together. I miss her sixth sense of when I would be hungry and she would bring me something to eat without me asking or saying anything. I especially miss my mom’s enthusiasm and hearing about the hard work she does.

Avery Silverberg, junior, creative writing major

Selfie taken by Junior Avery Silverberg and her mom Janice Silverberg on Mother’s Day 2018 at the Irvine Spectrum Center.

She would always take me out to get sushi when I was in high school.  It was our special time together where I could vent to her about anything that was bugging me or just laugh and have a good time. I always felt that there was something special about bonding over a sushi dinner that is very comforting to me.   

Pizza Wars: The Pizza Press, Zito’s Pizza or Blaze Pizza?

In Old Towne Orange, there are three pizza places: The Pizza Press, Zito’s Pizza and Blaze Pizza. The three restaurants are within one-tenth of a mile from each other. At nearby Chapman University, many of the students have strong opinions as to which pizza is best. We wanted to find out why the employees of each pizza place believes their pizza reigns supreme.

10 Things That Happen When You Switch Your Major

Whether you are just starting, in the middle of it all, or nearing the cap and gown, you may have pondered the idea of completely switching gears and jumping to a different path in the map of career choices. You are not alone.

About 33 percent of students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs will switch their major and 10 percent will change their major more than once, according to a 2017 study by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Now that you know that switching majors is no biggie, here are some things you can expect if you do end up changing career paths.

     1. You may feel a little confused, and stressed, and behind.

     2. But excited too of course! The world is now your oyster!

     3. You will feel so motivated to learn. You just let go of something that wasn’t right and freedom feels good!

     4. You may hit some stumps. Who knew learning about Communications required so much… communicating?

     5. You’ll realize that all majors require hard work, but in different forms.

     6. But if you like it, it’s not really work, right?

     7. You’ll make new friends.

     8. Don’t worry, if your old friends in your old major are real, they’ll keep in touch.

     9. You’ll think about switching majors again. It’s okay if you need to reevaluate.

     10. You’ll graduate! And maybe think about switching career paths again.