Kirchhofer sports a striped jacket with her shirt from Hot Topic. Photo by Lauren Puckett.
Kirchhofer sports a striped jacket with her shirt from Hot Topic. Photo by Lauren Puckett.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about Style of the Week is getting to know new people — even if it’s only for a few, brief minutes. “Hiding behind a recorder,” as it’s sometimes called in the journalism world, is easy, but to really get the most of a person — out of a story — you have to talk. You have to engage. You have to share.

And today I shared a little piece of my “nerdiness” with sophomore Rachel Kirchhofer. After talking a bit about, the two of us began a conversation about Harry Potter and a particular jacket of hers that looked just like Professor Umbridge’s. Suffice to say, even two strangers can bond over the genius of J. K. Rowling and the age-old question: “Where’d you get that outfit?”

Name: Rachel Kirchhofer, sophomore

Hat: Wal-Mart

Jacket: Borrowed from her sister

Shirt: Hot Topic

Jeans: Goodwill

Boots: Borrowed from her mom

Fav store: Goodwill

Best buy: Pink jacket with a bow, just like Professor Umbridge’s

Budget: $30 per shopping trip, goes shopping every 3 weeks

“It’s not that I don’t care what I wear,” Kirchhofer said, “but to me it’s more about looking different and still feeling comfortable.”

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My name is Lauren Puckett, and I’m one of the A&E section editors for The Rock. I’m a senior, and a member of City Lights show choir and the Varsity Acting Squad. Besides singing, acting, and participating in my church’s activities, I like to write every story I can get my hands on. Writing is what I love, and it’s what I want to do with my life. Other than that, I’m a ridiculous blonde who likes Arnold Palmer and raspberry yogurt pretzels. I’m a Ravenclaw and I’d probably hail from District 8 or 11, although I doubt I’d survive the Hunger Games. Feel free to shoot me an email or come say hello—you’ll probably find me in the choir hallway or the journalism room. You know us “artsy kids”—we don’t ever leave our roost. To contact me, email me at



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