The Minnesota Daily

All content by Courtney Johnson

Social media’s election

October 30, 2012

The fate of the White House will be decided one week from today. With so much at stake for both Gov. Mitt Romney’s and President Barack Obama’s campaigns, candidates are in overdrive to get...

The other option to go abroad

October 23, 2012

Studying abroad while in school is a fantastic option for students and for good reason, too. Going abroad offers ample opportunity to firsthandedly learn and experience the cultures of other parts of the...

Stress’ impact on student mentality

October 16, 2012

It’s that time of year again. The semester’s first round of exams forces students into late night study sessions, shoving activities with friends to the side and creating more stress than students...

Minneapolis’ own walking dead

October 9, 2012

October brings an assortment of chilly and creepy activities, and I am not just talking about haunted houses or trick-or-treating. This Saturday, zombie boys and zombie girls will take over the streets...

Cycling for culture

October 2, 2012

I used to overlook biking as no more than a recreational activity or a mode of transportation. I have been proven wrong. Other than its obvious convenience and recreational gain, bike buffs choose the...

The merits of a December graduate

September 25, 2012

I always imagined myself accepting my degree in the usual month of May. I never would have guessed that I would actually be graduating in December, sandwiched in the middle of the academic year. Graduating...

Lunching by the truck

September 18, 2012

There is a new way for students and University of Minnesota personnel to eat lunch on campus. And it is offered by the truckload — literally. Food trucks have gained popularity at college campuses...

The funny thing about friendship

September 10, 2012

On my very first day of college, I met one of my best friends. We introduced ourselves to each other in chemistry class, decided that we were chemistry partners “for life” and the rest is history....

A cheapskate’s guide to summer

May 1, 2012

Summer is so close, and I am anxiously anticipating the warm summer night air and the soft summer breezes blowing through my hair. My favorite time of the year is summer because it is a time for making...

Does Facebook make us lonely?

April 24, 2012

I find myself living in a world of constant communication, but because this communication, especially on Facebook, is so instant and short, sometimes it feels more superficial and less meaningful. Even...

Face to face with a new language

April 18, 2012

During my first two years of college, I put off taking a foreign language to avoid embarrassing myself in front of a class and learning an entirely new grammar system. I anticipated having to work my butt...

Break up with online dating

April 12, 2012

For some students, walking up to a cute girl or guy and asking for a phone number is a scary thought. Clammy hands and the sudden inability to form complete sentences occur. Sadly, a person may walk away...

The (too) dark side of tanning

March 26, 2012

I love going tanning. It’s warm, provides a glow to my skin and makes me feel more self-confident in the way that I present myself. I do not do it very frequently, maybe a couple of times in the...

Our hunger for the Hunger Games

March 20, 2012

The pages of yet another book of mine are bursting at the seams. If you’ve read “The Hunger Games” series, you know exactly what I mean and understand the gravitational pull of the story....

The senioritis virus

March 6, 2012

Late one Tuesday afternoon, a girl sits in her apartment, watching old reruns of “How I Met Your Mother” on her TV. As she searches for any form of motivation to study for her upcoming midterms,...

Fad diets are not a shortcut

February 27, 2012

With spring break right around the corner, many students are looking for ways to get into shape. This is the time of year when students look forward to wearing short-sleeved shirts and sundresses and can...

Your love is my drug

February 14, 2012

This Valentine’s Day, many of you will find yourselves sitting over a romantic candlelit dinner for two, laughing politely at jokes and exchanging heart-shaped boxes of overpriced chocolates and...

First world problems

February 8, 2012

Unless you do not have a Twitter or Facebook account, chances are that you have heard of or seen the phrase, âÄúfirst world problems.âÄù This phrase âÄî which highlights the minor...

The commuter’s way of life

February 1, 2012

When I think of some of my fondest college experiences, they include the cozy apartment I rented last year and all of the excitement and convenience that it brought. However, when I decided to commute...

Extreme sports are out of control

January 24, 2012

Minnesota is no stranger to intense, nail-biting winter sports. Extreme sports, such as freestyle skiing or what I like to call âÄúhybrid sportsâÄù like downhill speed skating are edgier...

Of landlords and roommates

January 18, 2012

I will always remember being handed my first set of keys to the first off-campus apartment I rented. On that hot September day, my roommates and I were handed a copy of our lease and several coupons for...

Passing by the book

December 13, 2011

As an English major, I have a special appreciation for going to the bookstore, browsing through my favorite sections with a coffee in hand and choosing a book to bring home and devour. In addition to my...

For finals success, attitude matters

December 6, 2011

I am stressed out to the max. End of the semester projects remain hardly touched, final papers need to be written and final exams have to be studied for. This collection of tasks is not unusual for any...

Rise and shine, sleepy Gophers

November 29, 2011

A recent Minnesota Daily article âÄúThe early bird gets better grades,âÄù reported that students who attend earlier classes get better grades. The article noted that students who drink...

The personalities of Black Friday

November 15, 2011

Black Friday is the official holiday shopping kickoff. ItâÄôs creeping up on my busy college student life so fast that I have had hardly enough time to realize that it is already next week. As...

The benefits of eating organic

November 7, 2011

My new favorite midnight snack is a bowl full of organic yogurt and organic blueberries. This is a nice change from the salty, sugary and artificially flavored foods that now occupy the back of my pantry...

Keep fighting for a cure

October 26, 2011

The lights of the Capella Tower in the Minneapolis skyline are one of many items turned pink throughout the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Businesses around campus have also...

Grad school is not the only path after graduation

October 17, 2011

A vital question I have been asking myself over and over since I was a freshman is: âÄúWhat on earth do I plan on doing with the rest of my life?âÄù While some days I am close to answering...

A caffeinated menace

October 10, 2011

I, like many college students, rely too much on caffeine to keep myself alert on the days when I feel like I am literally dragging my feet to class. On these days, my eyelids are heavy, my body does not...

The dating game

October 3, 2011

The University of Minnesota is a big campus; there are loads of people of all types coming and going. Amid the hustle and bustle of Gopher country though, many students are also looking for some good old-fashioned...

Allow computers in the classroom

September 12, 2011

The beginning of this semester has carried a fresh excitement to it âÄî new people, new classes and new professors. But some things that havenâÄôt changed are some professorsâÄô...

Networking is for more than just business

September 7, 2011

As a student at the University of Minnesota, I rely heavily on the people I know in making more connections. I find myself constantly introducing myself to new people and finding ways to connect with them...

Cinco de Mayo — an American tradition

May 5, 2011

The Cinco de Mayo holiday is upon us once again. And my mind has immediately flashed to bright colored piñatas, festive music being played and the waving of the green, red and white colors...

Green energy makes green wallets

April 26, 2011

A few days ago when I was filling up my car with gas, I watched the numbers on the gas pump climb higher and higher. I then grudgingly handed over my debit card to the cashier and decided not to buy the...

Here comes the sun

April 13, 2011

The sun is shining, campus is buzzing and students âÄî including myself âÄî are studying on Northrop Mall, soaking in as much sun as they can between classes. This, my friends, can mean...

Don’t be lured in by plagiarism this spring

March 28, 2011

ItâÄôs springtime. The snow is melting, and students can finally jog down University Avenue without the woes of cold hands and frostbitten toes. With Spring Jam on the horizon, many are enjoying...

Ultimate spring break checklist

March 8, 2011

Spring break for many college students consists of venturing to Panama City, Fla., placing bets in Las Vegas or exploring the Caribbean on a cruise. I, however, will not be road-tripping of any kind, except...