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.

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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.  

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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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Student Savings or Student High

July 13th, 2018

Back in high school, we had alumni telling us about their personal experiences with parties and drugs in college—he majority just warned us to stay away from the drug and alcohol scenes in college for fear of being punished and having our scholarships revoked. I have only drunk a few times at family gatherings—I was never really a drinker. As for drugs, I would often see how shaky, paranoid, and unalert people were made by the so-called harmless drug of marijuana. I’d hear about certain kids offering special discounts and being able to rack up $40 in just four hours. I would just roll my eyes and promise myself never to try it out in college.

A year later, I’ve kept that promise nice and strong. My roommates were respectful about it, and didn’t seem too involved in the drug and alcohol scene themselves.  Nonetheless, sometimes it seemed to me like just about everyone else would smoke a blunt or go to Saturday night outings to drink their semester stress away. I would hear about it and smell the smoke on the corner of 6th avenue which caused me to assume that only 10% of people are completely sober here.

I actually took a class called Drugs and Kids last semester, and in it the argument of whether or not to legalize marijuana came up and the teacher proposed a poll. She first asked who thinks it should be legalized, and the majority of the class raised their hand—although some people didn’t vote at all. She let those who raised their hand explain their reasoning and then proceeded to ask those who didn’t think it should be legalized. I raised my hand more so in a shaky way, because I only agreed to an extent. Marijuana policies do create extreme numbers in arrest (especially for African Americans), overpopulated jails and diminishes every single tax benefit. But, I made it clear to the class that I felt mixed about the situation because of my experience in seeing how screwed up my high school peers were. I even mentioned how I never tried it so I wouldn’t know the beautiful high of it and one of the students just turned around: “Really?” Yes, really.

I remember feeling quite embarrassed by the dead silence that filled the room. I wondered if there were even kids who were scared to raise their hands. But then again, why should I feel ashamed? In college, or in life in general, abiding by the law is seen as a joke and breaking it is the trend. The whole conversation was one big replica of high school, something I dreaded. I never went to any parties or did any drugs during my freshman year. Though, I did have a nice alcoholic experience with family after the spring semester. Not everyone in college is partying, drinking, or doing drugs. And even if they are, I shouldn’t put those who party in the same category as those who do drugs or drink because that is simply not the case. I assumed this in the beginning because I didn’t know many people and I hadn’t found my niche. If you’re like me, a traditional person who doesn’t want to see people blacked out and prefers laid out and rather cheap, safer environments, then you will find people like me eventually. I wouldn’t consider myself an antisocial person—trust me, I’m not—but just like Alessia Cara, I don’t do parties and I feel great about it.

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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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Roommate Horrors

July 3rd, 2018

Her laughter would annoy me as she was approaching the door. I would be even more annoyed if there were a second laughter that harmonized with hers–she loved to bring friends over at night. These are just some of the complaints I had about my roommate, who I will name Tory. My other roommate, with the pseudonym of Ally, was fairly quiet. I remember hesitating as to whether or not I should live on campus because I already lived in NYC. My number one concern was having an awful roommate that I would be stuck with–and although Tory wasn’t necessarily terrible, I consider myself unlucky for being bombarded with an inconsiderate person. Despite her thoughtlessness, I established strict rules on drinking in the room–I had been admitted on a scholarship that stressed that any of its students caught drinking would have their scholarship confiscated. After all, a full scholarship is a sweet student deal and I’m all about student discounts.

Looking back, NYU was not strict at all when it came to room checks, but I don’t regret emphasizing that rule to my two roommates. I was only a freshman who wasn’t aware of NYU’s leniency, and I was simply looking out for myself and definitely my financial wellbeing. Speaking up was never an issue for me, but I didn’t want to seem like the mother of the room. Even though I had the right to peacefully speak up about certain factors such as cleaning the bathroom, keeping the noise down when guests come over, and not slamming doors in the morning, I didn’t want to overdo it. On the other hand, I can only keep my mouth shut for so long when it comes to living with someone. Tory had proposed a rule to me and Ally, called “sock on the door.” We all agreed on it, and Tory tested the system for the first sometime during the spring semester. I was with my friend when I saw Tory’s text and about an hour later, we went to check if the sock was still in place–of course, it was.

When I ran into Ally later that day, she admitted that she was also annoyed by the inconvenient timing of Tory’s occupying the room which went on for an hour and a half in the evening the day of a residential floor meeting. When the actual confrontation took place with Tory, Ally was silent as a mouse. I was the only one to speak up during the uncomfortable conversation. Although there was some tension in the room afterward, the situation passed. Some of our other issues with Tory still persisted, and I couldn’t rely on Ally to say anything because of how timid she was. There was always a competition as to who would take out the trash as it would pile day by day. Thank goodness I had my own trash can, my Zzzquil for those noisy nights, and my apartment nearby to help me keep my sanity. Still, we all got along for the most part and the living situation could have been much worse, because I know not everyone can tolerate me. I’m happily moving in with my best friend next year, and I know I  might become annoyed by things she does, but I am proud to know that I have the guts to speak up about whatever issues may arise.

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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Time Killers and Quick Bites Before Broadway

May 18th, 2018

If you have time to spare before house opens, go wandering–but not too far.

If you come more than 30 minutes early to the theatre, you will find a long line of ticket holders/buyers standing around. You’ll do better wandering Time Square than standing around.

Don’t bore yourself by loitering around the streets waiting for the show.

With the exception of the Lincoln Theatre, Broadway theatres are in proximity to the lights of Time Square. There’s so much to catch. Go wander.

Quick Bites:

Don’t let food tire you out, so get something small.

Places for a Quick Bite that are not McDonald’s. If you have cash money in your pockets, like a $10 bill, this could get you a treat.

  • Ice Cream
  • Hot Dog Stands
  • Halal Stands
  • The Walgreens on 42nd Street
  • Yeah, get lazy and go to McDonald’s for a burger.

 

Outdoorsy Things: Hang around the subways and listen to the songs and drummers. If you have change in your pockets, spare some.

 

On cold winters days

If the sun ain’t shining or the snow is ankle-deep, you’re better off hanging in the warmth of indoor areas. Of course, due to the tight areas of the theatres, they won’t let you in soon.

Don’t randomly enter apartment or business buildings that you have no residency or interest in using. Go walk into one of the stores, a public space where you’re brief visitation is welcomed. I have walked into the Disney store to stare at Marvel and Star Wars merch. If you have the means, plan for which T-Shirt or snowglobe or cheesy keychains you want to give to your relatives.

 

Of course: Above allelse, come about 30 minutes when house opens. The theatre will be filling up and the ticket/waiting lines moving.

Up Next: In the Theatre…

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, Tumblr, 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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My High School Sewing Class Still Helps Me Make Life Decisions Today

April 16th, 2018

To me, high school is a time where it’s very difficult to feel like your own person. While some people combat this by going through an “emo-phase” or dyeing their hair blonde, I decided to sign up for an adult education sewing class. I had always been interested in sewing at least from a curiosity perspective. At the time I was very into “fashion,” and thought my ultimate goal should be to make my own clothing, so the first step was to learn the basics of a sewing machine. I was 15 and by no means an adult, so my mom called the class teacher to check if I would even be allowed to join. After that confirmation I was in, and the youngest member of the class by about 30 years.

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The first project was a drawstring bag. We sewed the string strip and the square bag with a small tunnel opening. I was amazed at how taking things step by step it was so simple, but the end product was something functional, useful, and I made it entirely myself.

Throughout the program I really enjoyed my time spent with these women, and the projects we were able to create. If my bobbin got stuck, or my thread fell out of my needle, they would help me fix it right away without ever being condescending toward the fact that I was young to be there. This class really made me feel for the first time like I was doing something concrete to achieve a goal I set out for myself, and that was exciting, refreshing, and motivating. During a time where I found it hard to separate myself from my friends, and really find out what makes me an individual, this class was a twice-weekly escape into my own world.

I keep mentioning how this was a big deal for me because it was during high school, but really I often think back to this time when making decisions in my life since then. At any age I think it can be easy to fall into a rut, or fall into into the habits of the group of people around you. But when I think back to this class I not only think it was a great decision for my individuality, I also think it showed me how the most memorable parts of your life, and perhaps the most meaningful, come from when you decide to do something just for yourself, because you know you will enjoy and benefit from it. This is where I try to base most of my career-oriented decisions from, and so far it has led me in a rewarding direction.

Ultimately, what I learned from this was how great it was to do my own thing, step out of my comfort zone, and make a decisive move for myself. It made me realize that until you sit down with yourself and think about what you want to do and what would be best for you, nothing in your life will ever really change. If you’re struggling right now to figure out what you want to do in life, or if you feel stuck in a rut, try to think of what opportunities around you excite you. If you realize you’ve been working as a graphic designer but you really miss doing the science experiments from your high school biology class, then follow that idea and volunteer as a research assistant. You’re only ever going to get something good out of doing something just for yourself, and it might just lead you somewhere you weren’t expecting.

By Danielle Agugliaro


Danielle is a junior magazine journalism student at Syracuse University hoping to one day connect beauty, fashion, and environmental science journalism in an engaging way for the public. When she’s not busy working on assignments she likes to relax with a Kurt Vonnegut novel, smoothie bowl, and her pet bird, Alfie.

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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Out of the Library and into the Fire: A College Student’s Arrival into Bedlam

April 11th, 2018

I can attest to the struggle of finding one’s footing upon entering the anxiety-filled halls of freshman year. I remember very clearly being incredibly excited to set out upon an adventure that I had imagined thousands of times through in my mind. However, that didn’t mean that I wouldn’t encounter trials and tribulations that I would learn from. This era was the time in my life when I began to see the most physical change my body had ever undergone. In many ways, were my choices both good and bad, healthy and unhealthy, mature and immature, etc. Sophomore year of college made me aware of how important it is to spend one’s time wisely, in taking action that will propel your entire life in a positive direction, because the time so quickly escapes you.

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So what does it mean to wisely spend one’s time as a new college student, fresh blood upon the quads and campuses of universities that are dominated by more intelligent, more attractive, less awkward individuals, and push one’s life in a “healthy direction”? Well, having experienced my sophomore year living in a dorm over one hundred years old with one roommate and six other suite mates…and two bathrooms, I can attest that there is a necessity to be ever aware of three important aspects of one’s life: hygiene/healthy eating, time management, and prioritization of long-term goals. If these things are kept in mind, then it is much less likely that someone will arrive into a bedlam of their own. There will be difficult times, but one has to remember to always be maintaining your happiness and the sources of that for you. For me, being “happy”, or in a good mood, was always very influenced by the things I had recently eaten. And, if you are or ever have been a college student, you will understand that diet, what you are eating everyday, is one of, if not the, greatest influences on your overall well being and must be well maintained.

Saving money, snatching the best promos, having fun, or discovering one’s passions is always going to be on the mind of new college students. However, I found that this focus tends to detriment the decisions made about dieting, hygiene, and the general effort that is

directed toward one’s academics. Let me assure you, if not enough value is endowed to hygiene/health, time management, and prioritization of long-term goals, than a path to bedlam will surely be paved.

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In terms of being healthy, of feeling energized, of feeling ready for obstacles,, and to face life with a level headed mind the upkeep of the mind and body holds the greatest import. The vegetables, fruits, balanced meals, non-sodas are much healthier options than the typical fast food that college students flock to,  and I know first hand that what I am saying is a difficult thing to put into practice.

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Sometimes, at 3:00 AM, a cheeseburger, or some greasy tacos, or a breakfast burrito just sounds like an absolute necessity, but the will can remain steadfast! I have seen snacking, sodas, excess alcohol, drugs, and fast food deal irreversible damage on college students who showed promising potential. When there is academic material to be appreciated and learned from, or when there is an exam looming that requires heavy preparation, whatever the task may be, it is always disadvantageous to perform those tasks while not at one’s full capacity in both mind and body.

I understand the desire to live out the college life depicted across pop-culture. However, the University and the system of higher education exists first and foremost to satiate the desire to learn. To progress the intellectual and deliberative processes of the human mind, and propel an individual, who has sought such training, positively forward in their life. The Bedlam that I once knew came upon me quickly and without remorse, because I turned a blind eye to this understanding and allowed my momentary happiness to overshadow my long-term life goals. I write, now removed from my Bedlam of Sophomore year of college, with greatest hope that these words can better prepare new college entries to pave a path away from Bedlam and toward jubilant amelioration.

By James Rodriguez


James Rodriguez is a recent college graduate from New York University, who, after experiencing a diverse range of trials and tribulations in undergrad, is seeking to share his lessons learned with those who can capitalize on them today. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he found living in New York City drastically different from what he was accustomed to. From this time of transformation, readjustment and reevaluation James now seeks to utilize the lessons and understandings that he gained to better the experiences of those who face similar experiences. Working in tandem with the Campus Clipper, James now has the platform to share his words and experiences with greatest hopes that the difficulties he faced will be ameliorated for others.

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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