Hoarders: Concordia Style

Posted on Saturday, November 10th, 2012 by

If you have never seen the television program Hoarders, you need to. Even if you watch it just once. Now I will admit that it is not my favorite show, and if given the choice between that and something else, I will probably choose the non-Hoarders episode. However, I do love seeing all of the stuff people keep around their house. One of my favorite episodes is one in which a woman has thousands and thousands of dolls in her house and shed. I must admit that making a spectacle of these peoples’ disorders is a little concerning to me, but even I am not immune to the gawking phenomenon.

Anyway, I am not here to talk about the show or harangue on why we should let these people fight their battles on their own. I’ve noticed some Cobbers are mini-hoarders. Some people hoard Peace Tea cans. My friend Jen hoards literature from political campaigns. I actually hoard DS mints.

My collection

The reason I take these mints and hoard them is because I dislike not having fresh breath. I almost always have gum on me, but when I don’t want to use up a piece of gum, I just pop a mint. Whenever I feel bad about having these mints, I just remind myself that I could be hoarding worse things. Like chinchillas.

  1. Gia R. says:


    I want you to know that you are not alone. I suffered (or perhaps more accurately, reveled) in the same obsession during my undergrad. In fact to this day, whenever Sue lets me, I take one or two [six or seven].


  2. Andrea J. says:

    Dear Dan,
    I was a DS Mint Hoarder as well. I love mints in general, but particularly enjoyed the DS mints because they were free! My problem as a DS Mint Hoarder was that my friends were enablers. Every time we would leave DS, I told them “if you were really my friends, you will get me mints.” So not only did I have my own mint haul, I had 5 other peoples handfuls of mints. And, due to the addiction, I couldn’t just eat one mint, so the stash didn’t last long until I needed to stock back up.

    DS Mints 4 Life!!!!

  3. Jocelynn says:

    I currently have 9 mints in my coat pocket from breakfast. I swear they are addicting! I also will admit to hoarding peace tea cans. I recycled them just the other day and my room hasn’t been the same since!

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I’m Dan. I am a Spanish major after studying music education for two years, and I am in the class of 2015. Being a newfound Spanish scholar after training to become a teacher shows my diverse interests—I love languages, I love music, and I love learning. Most importantly, I get a lot of fulfillment from advocacy. Most recently, I have been assisting the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired communicate via the telephone. My favorite things to do at Concordia are the CEC events like grocery bingo, theme dances, and trivia night. I grew up as the youngest of three children in the metropolitan town of St. Anthony Village, Minnesota. My house is literally a mile away from the city of Minneapolis, and I love every aspect of the city–unique shops, diverse people, and amazing arts.

When I’m with my friends, I enjoy playing board and card games (though they can get intense), watching TV and movies (I’m a huge fan of 30 Rock, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and reality TV), thrifting, and spending hours just chatting. Meeting friends who have these same interests as me has been one of the best parts of being at Concordia!