Soul-Healing With New York Art And Adventures

November 13th, 2018

My first NYC adventure brought me solitude and artistic enlightenment. I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in upper Manhattan to compose sketches of ten of my favorite paintings for a painting class assignment. On a cloudy Saturday, I made my way to the MET with nothing more than my sketchbook, a pack of art pens, and my wallet.

I knew the MET was every New York artist’s dream but I discovered that the MET is also an escape from reality, a passage through different times and places. In one room I was a Christian from the 16th century. In another I was a French child playing on the shores of the Seine. 

One Egon Schiele sketch captivated me: “Girl 1918.” It was not a grand painting or sculpture, but a simple sketch of a nude girl, leaning over the arm of a chair on her right side, in a somewhat sitting, somewhat lying posture, as she stares forward, relaxed and mouth slightly opened, towards the unseen artist Schiele. I pictured myself as this girl in this tranquil position.

As I sketched the complexities of the girl’s human form, I realized why this specific nude sketch stood out to me. Prior to visiting the MET, I was recovering from a messy breakup. An ex had been out of my life for about four months. But for some reason, whether out of loneliness or hatred, he decided to drag me down on the internet. I found myself in the same heartbroken, mistreated funk I had been in four months ago. When I saw “Girl 1918,” I had found an art piece that reflected my disheartened state and vulnerability.

Immersed in the early stages of my sketch, I had to get up from the bench and move closer to work to mimic the exact lines and movement Schiele achieved. Suddenly, I heard a man from behind me ask if I wanted to borrow a pencil. I guess he had seen that I was sketching with pens. I accepted his offer and started again on my sketch, finishing just as the man returned. When I gave him back his pencil, the man complimented my work and I was overjoyed. I had felt what the girl had felt.

I saw many more resonating art pieces. Otto Friedrich’s “Scherzo” (1913) displays nude children playing on a beach, and it reminded me of my joyous, carefree upbringing in the islands. Instead of the flowery subjects on that flower-speckled beach Friedrich painted, I thought of my friends and family in place of the flowers. 

The following Saturday, I went on another adventure, this time not alone. My friends and I went to Central Park right before sunset. We watched as the sun descended behind the skyscrapers in the distance, so far away from us as we perched on this boulder revealing the green expanse before us. It felt nice to be surrounded by trees, which seemed to envelope us, completely hiding our views of the city. This is forest bathing in New York City. Forest bathing, for those of you that haven’t heard of it, is the Japanese therapeutic practice of shinrin-yoku, when one becomes connected to nature through one’s senses. 

I spied a man playing a beautiful string instrument underneath an old yet beautiful tree. His music seemed to be an extension of that tree into another art form, from living to musical. I wish I had money to give to him. Live music, no matter the kind, touches my soul, especially when it seems to be an embodiment of Central Park itself.

My time at the MET and Central Park were moments of healing. Those paintings reminded me that although heartbreak has remained through mankind’s history, love of oneself, of art, and friends has lasted as well. Being surrounded by people that make you laugh like a child. Being immersed in nature is the best medicine for a a funk. New York can be a very busy place, so it’s nice to find those special places where you can chill and regain your composure; don’t let the fast pace knock you off your feet.

  1. If you’re feeling down, go connect with some art.
  2. Whenever you need relief, venture to nature spots and connect with the Earth.
  3. If these don’t relate to you, then there are a million other options that will bring you peace, joy, or comfort.

By Solana Joan Suazo


Solana is a freshman at NYU Steinhardt, studying art and psychology. Solana spends many hours walking around lower Manhattan with her friends, sketching in the park, or finding new inspirations for her art around the city. When she isn’t playing volleyball or meditating, she’s usually watching Game of Thrones with her roommate, daydreaming about California beaches and buys, or painting a new picture for art class. She loves coffee, chocolate, and ramen, of course.

For over 20 years, the Campus Clipper has been offering awesome student discounts in NYC,  from the East Side to Greenwich Village. Along with inspiration, the company offers students a special coupon booklet and the Official Student Guide, which encourage them to discover new places in the city and save money on food, clothing and services.  

At the Campus Clipper, not only do we help our interns learn new skills, make money, and create wonderful e-books, we give them a platform to teach others. Check our website for more student savings and watch our YouTube video showing off some of New York City’s finest students during the Welcome Week of 2015.

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Ice-Breaking With New Friends

November 6th, 2018

Coming from a small island, I kept my childhood friends close. I met three of my closest friends in kindergarten, so my adult self was out of practice in friend-making. I have had the same group of friends for so long that I doubted that others could fill the gap when I had to leave them for NYU. Meeting Eric, Javi, and others friends at the move-in party was a miracleUnfortunately though, I was friendless in my classes.

Eric, Javi, and others friends were in different classes. For a while I kept to myself in all my classes, unable to get over my shyness. I would enviously eavesdrop on my classmates’ conversations. I needed friends in my difficult classes, a study partner, a study group to survive the workload.

I thought it was unlucky that NYU Steinhardt required students to take a New Student Seminar class. Next thing I knew, I was sitting in a classroom full of freshman. Ramy Ebied, my academic advisor, put all of us into pairs to break the ice with our fellow classmates. He paired me with the very tall and handsome Luke, so I became even more nervous when it came time to start the ice breaker. Fortunately, Ramy gave us three topics to get us started. 

Ramy’s Icebreaker Questions:

  1. Where you are from?
  2. What our names mean or how we got them?
  3. Something challenging about college so far or something you enjoy about college so far?

Luke and I became acquaintances, then close friends. He decided to start a study group before our first psychology exam, inviting our whole class. Only a handful showed up, but it was nice to finally be in an intimate environment where I could talk with my fellow classmates. Now I have many acquaintances in that class and one cool close friend in Luke. 

Meeting Luke helped me open up. I eventually made close friends with Hannah, a senior from painting class. Last class she invited me to get food with her after. I agreed to stop at a Shake Shack where Hannah and I had our first non-school conversation, about our futures, her dog, and my anxieties. As we were walking back to Washington Square Park, she told me that I was always welcome to join her at the dog park with her and her adorable dog.

My initial mistake was that I figured college would be like high school, that people stay within the realm of their grade or class and don’t form friendships across those boundaries. I have never seen a high school senior and a high school freshman develop a mutual friendship. But I learned to stop comparing the larger-than-life NYU to my tiny high school.

College is a fresh start to go outside of your bubble and meet new people across the boundaries.

Remember

  1. Open up to people, especially if they are opening up to you.
  2. Say yes to group activities or events. There you will meet people who will have a lot in common with you.
  3. College is nothing like high school, all the grades/levels blend together into one collective, so don’t be intimidated. 
  4. Make a few close friends, those you can share an intimate chat with. 

By Solana Joan Suazo


Solana is a freshman at NYU Steinhardt, studying art and psychology. Solana spends many hours walking around lower Manhattan with her friends, sketching in the park, or finding new inspirations for her art around the city. When she isn’t playing volleyball or meditating, she’s usually watching Game of Thrones with her roommate, daydreaming about California beaches and buys, or painting a new picture for art class. She loves coffee, chocolate, and ramen, of course.

For over 20 years, the Campus Clipper has been offering awesome student discounts in NYC,  from the East Side to Greenwich Village. Along with inspiration, the company offers students a special coupon booklet and the Official Student Guide, which encourage them to discover new places in the city and save money on food, clothing and services.  

At the Campus Clipper, not only do we help our interns learn new skills, make money, and create wonderful e-books, we give them a platform to teach others. Check our website for more student savings and watch our YouTube video showing off some of New York City’s finest students during the Welcome Week of 2015.

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Fighting The Moving Day Blues at NYU

October 30th, 2018

When I flew from the Caribbean islands to New York City, I couldn’t bring more than my clothes in three overweight suitcases. My mom, her boyfriend, and I spent two days shopping for dorm necessities at Bed Bath and Beyond. Unfortunately, I  bought things before even seeing my dorm, so I would later discover that many items didn’t fit. 

Arriving on campus on move-in day, I was a bundle of confusion with a racing heart. Parents were scurrying to get their children out of the car and up the stairs to Weinstein Hall’s lobby. As soon as I began loading all of my stuff on to the curb, I noticed and recognized Grace, my roommate at the curb. We chatted. Seeing her nervous face reminding me I wasn’t alone in my anxiety. 

Once Grace and I arrived at our room I became more overwhelmed. Her family and my family were all cramped into our tiny dorm, scurrying around and fixing every minute detail to save us stress. It had the opposite effect for me. Seeing everyone racing around the tiny space, opening boxes, making opinions, increased my claustrophobia in this tiny room.

I needed to get out. My mom, her boyfriend, and I headed back to Bed Bath and Beyond, but we found more chaos there. The whole freshman class were rushing to find the products they needed before someone else found them first. Eventually we escaped and headed back to my dorm. Then my mom and her boyfriend left me so I could finish up the unpacking at my pace, while my roommate was out to lunch with her parents. I put on some music. Finally, I could relax in my new space and create it exactly how I wanted to, without people throwing their opinions at me.

When I finally finished organizing I laid down. I was in my dorm in the greatest city in the world, the city I had dreamt of living in for as long as I could remember. I would make the most out of my four years here.

Weinstein was holding an Ice Cream Social in the lobby.  I have never been a social person, always waiting for someone else to spark a conversation with me. From across the room I saw two freshman boys both dressed in stylish dark colors. I was too scared to approach them though, so I sat still and hoped my nerves would fade. Then suddenly, someone asked if I wanted to play Uno. I looked up to see the two boys from across the room. They were Eric and Javi. We played Uno before going to the Bed Bath and Beyond party to dance and sing the night away.

Why was I worried about making friends? Everyone is in the exact same boat when entering college with the desire to make friends. Not everyone you meet in college is going to be your best friend, but it is nice to be acquainted with people, to smile or wave as you pass by each other on the street.

Eric and I became closer in the days that followed. He introduced me to Melody, his high school friend from California, then she introduced me to Kaitlyn. Now all of us, Grace, Javi, Eric, Kaitlyn, Melody and I, hang out almost every single day. I always wondered what would have happened if Eric didn’t approach me to play Uno that night. I wouldn’t have been introduced to Javi, Melody, and Kaitlyn. Fate brought me a caring, creative group of individuals.

Remember

  1. Know your space before you try to fill it. See your dorm room before spending hundreds of dollars on it.
  2. Stay open towards new people. They share the same fears and anxieties with you on their first day.
  3. If you don’t meet a ton of people at first don’t worry about it. The friends you make will introduce you to more friends in the future.

By Solana Joan Suazo


Solana is a freshman at NYU Steinhardt, studying art and psychology. Solana spends many hours walking around lower Manhattan with her friends, sketching in the park, or finding new inspirations for her art around the city. When she isn’t playing volleyball or meditating, she’s usually watching Game of Thrones with her roommate, daydreaming about California beaches and buys, or painting a new picture for art class. She loves coffee, chocolate, and ramen, of course.

For over 20 years, the Campus Clipper has been offering awesome student discounts in NYC,  from the East Side to Greenwich Village. Along with inspiration, the company offers students a special coupon booklet and the Official Student Guide, which encourage them to discover new places in the city and save money on food, clothing and services.  

At the Campus Clipper, not only do we help our interns learn new skills, make money, and create wonderful e-books, we give them a platform to teach others. Check our website for more student savings and watch our YouTube video showing off some of New York City’s finest students during the Welcome Week of 2015.

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My Alien Invasion Dream: Starting A New Life In The Aftermath of a Hurricane

October 23rd, 2018

Picture an island, surrounded by the warm, blue Caribbean waters, cooled by the constant sea breeze, and inhabited by an array of tropical floral, fauna, and a diverse, loving community of people. Now picture a girl, who grew up in this magical place, absorbing all the views of life, beauty, and peace it could offer her as she prepared to begin the next chapter of her life, college in New York. The island is St. Thomas, the heart of the United States Virgin Islands. The girl is Solana Suazo, an amateur artist.

It is September 9, 2017. The first of two category five hurricanes tore through my home. Irma and Maria took the sand from our beaches, the leaves from our trees, the roofs from our houses, and for many, the hope for brighter days to come. I had my fair share of sleepless nights and wakeless days, but I never lost hope, because I never lost love.

You’re probably groaning to yourself saying, “Oh joy, another corny book about love, whoopdeedoo”. But let me assure you this book isn’t about romantic love, it is about the love of life, the hope and joy it brings, and the many loving connections it attracts. I survived those hurricanes and I thrived because of them. The shock of a near death experience clears away the many distractions clouding our minds, so that the important things, our health, our relationships, and our dreams, can shine brighter than ever. I knew I was going to college in New York. I was leaving many of the people I adored most in this world behind, but I also knew that didn’t matter. Love knows no bounds. It is fluent in every language, harmonious at every key, and fluid like the oceans that connect every country, every island, together. So while my friends and I were escaping senior year and dealing with the reality that our lives were about to change forever, we were sure to make many lasting memories that we would carry with us to college.

One of these memories that fills me with a love and joy was the day my best friend Gillian slept over at my house. She came to help me face the unpredictable future together when I was depressed beyond belief. Vassar, my dream school, had just rejected me. I was lost in a sea of unpredictabilities and cold hard truths, naively telling myself I didn’t have what it took to go to a prestigious school like Vassar and dreading the thought of having to go through the same pain again tomorrow, when NYU would surely reject me too. I called Gillian in tears and she rushed to my house, prepared to eat junk food, rant about the college process, and watch netflix until it was time to answer the email together. She perked me up and dusted me off, until finally we were both ready to open that little letter. Next thing I remember we were both jumping up and down on my bed screaming because I had done it, I had been accepted. Gillian didn’t get into many of the schools she wanted, but she was still immensely happy that I did. I didn’t care about Vassar rejecting me anymore. I had let go of the dream of Vassar and began dreaming up new realities, in the concrete jungle.

However, saying goodbye to my friends was extremely difficult, like ripping off a ton of bandaids from your heart everyday. I was terrified to be on my own in such a big place with so many people. My whole life I had known the small island of St. Thomas, my mom who would make me lunch and hug me when I was sad, and my friends who would be with me every second of the day and who knew more about me than anyone in the world.

These fears soon found their way into my subconscious and two weeks prior to moving I had a crazy dream that aliens invaded the earth and my friends and I fought them off. It was one of the strangest, most vivid dreams I had ever had and I awoke in a confused state of despair that I did not understand, so I decided to research what my dream could have meant. I scrolled through the web until I found an interesting dream interpretation site. Would I found couldn’t have been more on the money. An alien invasion dreams mean that you are scared to start a new chapter in your life.

Of course I called Gillian directly after and told her all about my dream. I felt such relief to hear her say she was feeling the same way. I don’t know why I had been so blind to this feeling before that dream, maybe because I was having so much fun with my friends. But after that dream, researching it, and talking about it with Gillian, I was able to calm down. Though stressed before that morning, I felt a huge weight lift from my shoulders and I felt reassured of my decisions. Although I was leaving the people I loved, I could never truly lose them. They were, are, and always will be a part of me. I can call and text them whenever I need and now we can travel all across the country to visit each other, making new adventures and safeguarding new memories. If we could all survive an alien invasion, then I know we will be able to survive college!

Remember

1) Never allow anyone to make you feel unworthy. You are worthy of so much in this world.

2) If it didn’t happen, then it wasn’t meant to. Better possibilities are coming, meet them with an open heart.

3) You are never alone in this world. When you need help don’t be afraid to ask the people in your life. They love you, so they will always help you.

4) The packing and worrying can wait. Spend time with the ones you love, cherish the memories you make, plan to make some more in the future.

5) Stay positive and radiate positivity. Those in your life will do the same.

By Solana Joan Suazo


Solana is a freshman at NYU Steinhardt, studying art and psychology. Solana spends many hours walking around lower Manhattan with her friends, sketching in the park, or finding new inspirations for her art around the city. When she isn’t playing volleyball or meditating, she’s usually watching Game of Thrones with her roommate, daydreaming about California beaches and buys, or painting a new picture for art class. She loves coffee, chocolate, and ramen, of course.

For over 20 years, the Campus Clipper has been offering awesome student discounts in NYC,  from the East Side to Greenwich Village. Along with inspiration, the company offers students a special coupon booklet and the Official Student Guide, which encourage them to discover new places in the city and save money on food, clothing and services.  

At the Campus Clipper, not only do we help our interns learn new skills, make money, and create wonderful e-books, we give them a platform to teach others. Check our website for more student savings and watch our YouTube video showing off some of New York City’s finest students during the Welcome Week of 2015.

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You’re Not Alone: Maintaining Your Social Life Over School Workload

October 12th, 2018

 

Image from NYU Law website

When the school semester arrives, it’s study, study, study. You might feel alone and stressed with the school blues. The best remedy is making space for mixing and mingling with other students.

How about some hacks:

Join Clubs

Look up your clubs and organization on campus. Getting active into social justice  would enlighten you or something recreational can improve your mental health. Whether it’s a Roller Skating Club, Tennis Club, Chess Club, Debate Club, being part of something can feel good, give you something for the resume, and have you interacting with a group. Plus, these events might have free snacks.

More School Events on your calendar

Get into new spaces. Learn about new places. If you get more into active spaces, like parties, social events, info sessions, you’ll end up introducing yourself and shaking hands with a lot of people.

Set Study Groups

If you feel you outright can’t have free time, the trick is to set up a study group. Setting up a cohort would be beneficial to you. You could get homework and studying done faster and more productive. Bring the chip and dips for snacks.

Grab a Bite or Drink With A Person

You schedule something, you’ll have an obligation on your calendar. That’s incentive for you to get outside or get with a friend. Go to a Starbucks, a Dunkin Donuts, or a nice bar, for a beer, or nachos, or pizza. Share an appetizer with somebody.

Chat With Friends on Social Media

Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram. Whether it’s a long-distance friend or your classmate, give them a poke. Make a goal to chat with them. Don’t always rely on social media, let it supplement real-life meetings. If you have a cold, depression, anxiety, it can lighten your day. Check in on your friend, tell them a joke, or ask them for a joke. Take a five minute break to tear your eyes from your study notes and poke somebody on Facebook.

You can do this. You can survive. You can work in many new commitments during your time there.

By Caroline Cao


Carol is a queer Vietnamese-Houstonian Earthling surviving under the fickle weather of New York. When she’s not seeing a Broadway production, she’s buried in her nonfiction MFA homework like Hermione Granger and her Hogwarts studies. When not angsting over her first poetry manuscript or a pilot screenplay about space samurais, Carol is cooking her own Chinese food instead of buying take-outs and dreaming of winning Hamilton lotto tickets. She chronicles the quirks of New York living and writing, runs writing and scripting services, and lends her voice to Birth Movies DeathThe Mary SueFilm School Rejectsand The Script Lab. She’s also lurking in the shadows waiting for you to follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

For over 20 years, the Campus Clipper has been offering awesome student discounts in NYC,  from the East Side to Greenwich Village. Along with inspiration, the company offers students a special coupon booklet and the Official Student Guide, which encourage them to discover new places in the city and save money on food, clothing and services.  

At the Campus Clipper, not only do we help our interns learn new skills, make money, and create wonderful e-books, we give them a platform to teach others. Check our website for more student savings and watch our YouTube video showing off some of New York City’s finest students during the Welcome Week of 2015.

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Food Ventures

August 23rd, 2018

I am an Afro-Latina who enjoys eating Hispanic, American, soul food, so when I heard that most colleges serve “unseasoned food,” I sort of cringed. As a cook, I know that food is too delicious not to be served to its best potential!  Despite my initial shock, I was still eager to try new foods–I knew that NYU served food from all different cultures, so I thought college would be the perfect place to try something new.

That eagerness soon transformed into disappointment. I found myself trying new foods and hating them at the same time. The lack of healthy, culinary variety at NYU caused me to stick to the same foods that I liked over and over: cheeseburgers, fries, pizza, jambalaya, grilled chicken, mac and cheese, etc. Yes, I know this is not healthy at all as that is why I sincerely tried to change my diet. I tried eating healthier new foods, but they never impressed me. After all, the healthy foods served at NYU were bland and they would repeatedly serve the same items causing my dislike to further grow. There wasn’t a variety and my taste buds weren’t having it. Although I loved my Hispanic food, many of my food choices served at home were limited and weren’t very healthy (though not really unhealthy as well). I just wanted to try new dishes to my liking.

Image Credit: https://www.tastemade.com/videos/juicy-lucy-crunch-burger

During the spring semester, my best friend told me she wanted to lose weight with a new weight loss plan. Her plan consisted of going to the gym and eating more healthily. When she told me this, I honestly thought that she picked the worst partner to invite along on her weight loss journey. Although I didn’t mind the gym, the eating would have been an issue for me. Still, I agreed to her little plan–which we ended up barely following.

She then thought about going vegan, but I reassured her that she wouldn’t like it considering she would have to give up her Starbucks lifestyle. Once, though, she and I tried my roommate’s vegan pizza for the first time, and I absolutely hated it while my best friend loved it. That vegan pepperoni pizza didn’t make it to my list, but it made my friend’s list which made me happy considering this was her journey.

During my friend’s food venture, I seriously started to think about mine. I’m fairly skinny and had the mentality that what I ate would never impact me. In college, I began to gain weight, but I liked the way it looks on me and I have grown more confident. That’s not to say that I shouldn’t be looking out for the consequences junk food has. Although I ignored her constant preaching and converting vegan tactics, my roommate did cause me to acknowledge the importance of switching up my diet once in a while. Since I will have a kitchen in the fall, I plan on cooking new and healthier foods of my own taste. I’m still and will probably always be a meat lover who will never discard any plate of platanos and chuleta that comes my way. But, I will still be open to new foods on my pace, liking, and turf.

 

By Tiana B.


Tiana is a sophomore at NYU concentrating on journalism and creative writing. She seeks to display the representation of African Americans and Latinos by providing her own experiences and illuminating marginalized issues in her own writing. When she’s free from her stressful college life, she likes to listen to rap music, binge watch on anime, splurge on Kmart deals, and cook her Hispanic cuisines. Tiana also runs another blog called True T which also highlights not only her personal experiences, but her genuine and unfiltered opinions on today’s matters.

For over 20 years, the Campus Clipper has been offering awesome student discounts in NYC,  from the East Side to Greenwich Village. Along with inspiration, the company offers students a special coupon booklet and the Official Student Guide, which encourage them to discover new places in the city and save money on food, clothing and services.  

At the Campus Clipper, not only do we help our interns learn new skills, make money, and create wonderful e-books, we give them a platform to teach others. Check our website for more student savings and watch our YouTube video showing off some of New York City’s finest students during the Welcome Week of 2015.

 

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Class Craze

August 10th, 2018

Everytime registration deadlines are near, I always become anxious. I usually make five backup schedules in case anything goes left and all my first choice classes are usually taken up in the first few days. Unfortunately, many of these backup classes are usually classes I really don’t want to take, but fit into my schedule at my convenience. In addition, most of the times I am stuck in these classes as I don’t bother with the waitlist process. It’s one of the consequences I have to deal with as a lower class student because the upper class will always receive first dibs.  

Image Credit: https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/four-key-questions-about-large-classes/

After a disastrous class registration as a pre-freshman, I always braced myself for the leftover classes. Most of the times, these classes were historical which didn’t upset me too much. I was fairly good in history classes at high school so I did not expect to feel out of place. It wasn’t until sitting in those history classes as a college student I felt so academically behind. These classes focused on Asian history or included dense readings that were way too complicated for me to understand. Ultimately, staying in the back of the classroom while watching other people’s hands skyrocket after every question asked motivated me to take advantage of office hours and manage to improve my grade. At times, I felt that the professors took pity on me when grading me, but then again all I cared about was my grade.

Although these history classes weren’t the most entertaining, I always did learn something and was able to walk away with new knowledge. I would learn about African culture, the means behind humanitarianism, notable theorists like Foucault, and Orientalism which did at times prove to be captivating.  My other go to, back up classes were usually CAMS courses (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Studies) and those classes were amazing. Although this may sound unusual, it taught me what not to do with my future kids along with scientifically proven methods of achieving joy which I need these days.

So even though I never ended up with my desired classes, I can say that each class I took, I was able to apply that knowledge to the real world. That’s not to say that I don’t get bummed out with the classes I end up with. However, the least I can do is find some meaning in them and work myself off as it makes me appreciate these classes and the semester a ton more.

By Tiana B.


Tiana is a sophomore at NYU concentrating on journalism and creative writing. She seeks to display the representation of African Americans and Latinos by providing her own experiences and illuminating marginalized issues in her own writing. When she’s free from her stressful college life, she likes to listen to rap music, binge watch on anime, splurge on Kmart deals, and cook her Hispanic cuisines. Tiana also runs another blog called True T which also highlights not only her personal experiences, but her genuine and unfiltered opinions on today’s matters.

For over 20 years, the Campus Clipper has been offering awesome student discounts in NYC,  from the East Side to Greenwich Village. Along with inspiration, the company offers students a special coupon booklet and the Official Student Guide, which encourage them to discover new places in the city and save money on food, clothing and services.  

At the Campus Clipper, not only do we help our interns learn new skills, make money, and create wonderful e-books, we give them a platform to teach others. Check our website for more student savings and watch our YouTube video showing off some of New York City’s finest students during the Welcome Week of 2015.

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Independence and Stress Relief 101

August 2nd, 2018

The best thing about being in college is the independence that comes with it. As much as I love my familia loca and the Sazón seasoned food that they cook with amor, it feels so great to have some space from them. Just like many Latino families, they can be overly strict and judgemental–which at times is extremely annoying. And even though I didn’t have the best roommate situation once I got to school, it taught me how to deal with my own issues. I can genuinely say that I feel so much more like an adult and I deal with stress much more efficiently.  

Since I dreaded being in my dorm room, I would barely spend time there. Other than wanting to get away from my roommates, I also wanted to explore NYU and find my study niches that would have the potential to become my procrastination and cooling sites. Ironically, the best place I found was a place right in my residential building. I found the library too crowded and other places not private enough. The quiet zone in Rubin Hall, my favorite studying place, had the individual desks with rollable walls. It was perfect to study in, make faces without anyone staring at me, become 100% comfortable, relieve stress, and most importantly, escape from anything and anyone. Once one has their niche in college, everything seems much easier and you can maintain faith that college is doable.

Another way I fulfill my independence at NYU is by going to Kmart. I know that Target and Walmart are on everyone’s preferred list on super shopping, but I literally live for Kmart. Not only do NYU students barely shop there, making it perfect for me to escape from the college environment, but I also get everything there for free. I am proud to be a Kmart/Shop your Way member. I am a student and it is crucial for me to seek all the discounts I can get. I can shop there for hours, take time out for me, all while leaving with free items.

When you’re independent, you focus on your mental health a lot more. Starting my own blog was one way that I genuinely became happier. After being persuaded by a few peers and giving a presentation about the lack of underrepresented voices in the media, I finally took the initiative to start my own blog. I went a while not having an audience and I can gladly and gratefully say that I have a small one now. Additionally, blogging allows me to say what I want in an unfiltered tone. Blogging allows me to illuminate my current feelings onto a site that is completely under my control. My blogs are a reflection of me, and rereading them makes me proud of the person I am. After hearing from my professor that writing daily leads to happiness, I wanted to take advantage of that. Although I don’t write daily, I can say for sure that I am a much happier person now that I write more often.

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In my eyes, being independent in college means finding your physical comfort zone similar to Woolf’s vision of having a room of one’s own. Relieving stress and finding independence as a student is about finding your escape and that can include anything–like blogging! The majority of the time, you only have yourself to depend on, so, keeping your sanity while being alone goes a long way in adulthood.

By Tiana B.


Tiana is a sophomore at NYU concentrating on journalism and creative writing. She seeks to display the representation of African Americans and Latinos by providing her own experiences and illuminating marginalized issues in her own writing. When she’s free from her stressful college life, she likes to listen to rap music, binge watch on anime, splurge on Kmart deals, and cook her Hispanic cuisines. Tiana also runs another blog called True T which also highlights not only her personal experiences, but her genuine and unfiltered opinions on today’s matters.

For over 20 years, the Campus Clipper has been offering awesome student discounts in NYC,  from the East Side to Greenwich Village. Along with inspiration, the company offers students a special coupon booklet and the Official Student Guide, which encourage them to discover new places in the city and save money on food, clothing and services.  

At the Campus Clipper, not only do we help our interns learn new skills, make money, and create wonderful e-books, we give them a platform to teach others. Check our website for more student savings and watch our YouTube video showing off some of New York City’s finest students during the Welcome Week of 2015.

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Dating Dooms

July 27th, 2018

It’s no thought that high school consists of painful memories that include rude boys. Back then, I would often receive snarky comments about how skinny I was or about my short fragile hair. However, looking back, I was thankful that my dating fate did not consist of rude losers who only dated girls for their bodies because believe me, that was the sad image of my high school.

Fast forward to college and I feel much more confident in my looks. I’ve started wearing my natural hair more and I look delightful all on a budget. I even started gaining weight but in the right areas. Going into college, I wanted to experience a real relationship and not some hookup or temporary fling. I never had a boyfriend so I felt that college was an amazing opportunity to act on that desire considering everyone is older and much more mature.

When I actually got to college, though, I obviously found that this wasn’t the case. Many guys had immature personalities or just sought sex. I can’t act surprised because college is notorious for its hook-up culture especially in this day in age where Tinder dominates everything. However, I was still disappointed by the lack of charm these guys had. One guy I could have sworn liked me showed all the signs just to give up on me after three weeks. Usually when I like a person, I fantasize about my future with them just like a mad girl. But, this time I had the guts to actually talk to the guy, so when he showed signs of interest back, those fantasies continued to spur even if nothing was actually confirmed. So when I found out that his interest was no more, the rejection also struck my self-confidence a bit. Was I not pretty enough? When would my first relationship start? It sucked not experiencing the moments that many teenagers had already gone through.

I began to even ponder the fact that it must have had to be that I am a black woman. Black girls, especially those in darker skin tones, are less likely to marry, find dates, and are even viewed as the most unattractive compared to women of other races. So finding love with men of many cultures/races as a black woman in a predominantly white college is slim. On top of that, thinking about not having my first boyfriend did have me feeling like a loser at times. However, this mentality and the sting of rejection was only momentary. I try not to let negativity or any person consume my joy. I always end up loving myself the next day and consider myself the beauty that got away–his loss. I crazily appreciate my looks and intelligence, but definitely my fun personality because it undeniably me. Knowing how quickly I got over a dumb crush makes me hopeful that I will be strong for my first, but hopefully nonexistent heartbreak. I do still fantasize about my future husband and I do get a bit jealous when I see couples happily holding hands in Washington Square Park. I want that joy, but I will wait for it when the right time comes up. In the meantime, I have myself to love unconditionally and permanently.

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By Tiana B.


Tiana is a sophomore at NYU concentrating on journalism and creative writing. She seeks to display the representation of African Americans and Latinos by providing her own experiences and illuminating marginalized issues in her own writing. When she’s free from her stressful college life, she likes to listen to rap music, binge watch on anime, splurge on Kmart deals, and cook her Hispanic cuisines. Tiana also runs another blog called True T which also highlights not only her personal experiences, but her genuine and unfiltered opinions on today’s matters.

For over 20 years, the Campus Clipper has been offering awesome student discounts in NYC,  from the East Side to Greenwich Village. Along with inspiration, the company offers students a special coupon booklet and the Official Student Guide, which encourage them to discover new places in the city and save money on food, clothing and services.  

At the Campus Clipper, not only do we help our interns learn new skills, make money, and create wonderful e-books, we give them a platform to teach others. Check our website for more student savings and watch our YouTube video showing off some of New York City’s finest students during the Welcome Week of 2015.

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The New Student Special: Oversensitive Disturbances

July 20th, 2018

I remember watching South Park and being intrigued by its newest character, PC Principal. He would become annoyed every time someone would disrespect a social/political movement even if it was unintentionally. The PC Principal in South Park was a parody of college students in their PC culture craze. It wasn’t until witnessing and being in unnecessary arguments that I realized how accurate this parody was.

As an Afro-Latina in a predominately white school, I was open to the fact that there would be ignorant people around me. I’m normally a very fiesty person and will snap back if anyone goes too far. However, after a few angry mini arguments with people at NYU, I figured out that it’s not worth it. From arguing in and even about elevators, yes elevators, you would be surprised as to how low some people’s breaking points are. It got to a point where allowed myself to go by the “silence is golden” rule. Now, I just say my opinion, and if someone disagrees especially in an immature manner, I will simply not respond or waste my precious sanity/energy to engage.

I once saw a student ripped apart in class for saying that girls in Middle Eastern countries were probably never complimented on their beauty and probably had low self-esteem. Although his wording may have been off, I was disgusted by how the class became piranhas and attacked his ignorance. He ended up apologizing, but was dismissed. The moment someone becomes rowdy and childish displays to me that I can’t engage in an intellectual discussion with them.

I first followed the “silence is golden” motto when my best friend’s white roommate told me the backstory as to why her friends called her racist. My best friend’s roommate, Lea, told her friends that she disliked Bruno Mars’ song That’s What I Like and in response her friends called her ignorant and racist. Lea continued to tell me that she would take time to process the argument, and call back her friends once she understood their perspective. I, being Tiana, told her that disliking a song does not make you racist and your friends don’t sound like friends. I was extremely confused as to why she was more than willing to “understand” a perspective based on ridicule. She proceeded to rant to me that when best friends argue, that they take time apart to understand the severity and eventually come back together. After she gave me these pre-Hulk vibes, I calmly said, “ I feel like you’re being extra, but good luck.” That is exactly how the conversation ended.  I could have told her more. I too dislike it when people are ignorant, but trying to educate someone through a harmless Bruno Mars song is calling for criticism especially since music is subjective, the song itself had no political connotation to it, and people will always have a different taste for great music. Trying to educate people when we live in a world where Google knows everything is redundant. Trying to argue with people who are fixed in their immaturity and bias, is completely useless.

I can definitely say that NYU has caused me to mature. I don’t fight over petty things as much and would rather maintain my happiness that having it crushed by some idiot.

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By Tiana B.


Tiana is a sophomore at NYU concentrating on journalism and creative writing. She seeks to display the representation of African Americans and Latinos by providing her own experiences and illuminating marginalized issues in her own writing. When she’s free from her stressful college life, she likes to listen to rap music, binge watch on anime, splurge on Kmart deals, and cook her Hispanic cuisines. Tiana also runs another blog called True T which also highlights not only her personal experiences, but her genuine and unfiltered opinions on today’s matters.

For over 20 years, the Campus Clipper has been offering awesome student discounts in NYC,  from the East Side to Greenwich Village. Along with inspiration, the company offers students a special coupon booklet and the Official Student Guide, which encourage them to discover new places in the city and save money on food, clothing and services.  

At the Campus Clipper, not only do we help our interns learn new skills, make money, and create wonderful e-books, we give them a platform to teach others. Check our website for more student savings and watch our YouTube video showing off some of New York City’s finest students during the Welcome Week of 2015.

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