Archive for December, 2010


Friday, December 31st, 2010

While in college, the spring semester always seemed to follow too closely on the heels of the first. I’d just finished celebrating Christmas and New Year’s and then, boom, it was time to fork up that Best Buy giftcard Granny had given me to buy some supplies. I always seemed to need more than I’d realized. It was like all my pens, pencils, and binders had somehow gotten sucked into a black hole in that interim between semesters. Plus, I usually needed a new book bag because my old one had gone out of style. (Those super-cute Vera Bradley bags were popular, but they were also $80.) 

Like me, you’re either preparing for the winter session (which–yipes– is only a week away!) or the spring semester. Either way, you need to restock those school supplies. If you don’t have a generous Granny like I do, don’t worry. There are still ways to save money this year!  

First of all, Blick Art Materials is offering a great 20%  off coupon here! You’re sure to find all you need at Blick, whether you’re an art or design major, trying out a couple creative classes, or just want to pick up some pens and paper.  Utrecht Art Supplies also provides students discounts. And finally, don’t forget to stop by the Unique Copy Center. Whether you’re designing a newsletter for your campus club, creating a mock-up for your magazine writing class, or have just run out of printer paper before your 20 page thesis is due, check out the Copy Center. And don’t forget this discount!

I wish you a great New Year and a great new semester! With these discounts, you’ll definitely have all the supplies you need to end the school year in style.

–Written by Megan Soyars, Campus Clipper Blogger


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Friday, December 31st, 2010

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When I became a junior in college, I stopped paying for my campus’ meal plan. Letting go of the meal plan was something of a bittersweet parting. I was saving nearly 100 a month, but I was missing out on all my cafeteria favorites, like the grilled-to-order burgers and the greasy but finger-lickin’ good chicken basket. Unlike many college campuses, Trinity University boasted a pretty decent cafeteria. I especially pined for the cafeteria’s “comfort food” line, which served up home-made favorites like chicken-fried steak and mac ‘n’ cheese. But I consoled myself with the fact that I was nearly 500 dollars richer, and headed to the local grocery store to pick up some….hmm, what fitted into my budget? Now that my food wasn’t being paid by my college tution, I had to fork up my own funds to get a meal. Looked like I could only afford Ramen noodles.  

But that was okay. I figured the all-Ramen noodle diet was a principle part of the college student’s existence. But does it have to be? There’s only a few ways you can spice up limp noodles and smallish gray chunks of “meat.” But never fear! Before you reach for that one dollar cup-a-soup, check out Whole Food’s weekly and very informative newsletter, The Whole Deal. The Whole Deals lets you know of money-saving grocery tips, so you don’t have to rely on noodles every other night the way I did. I found their recent article, “10 money-saving tips for shopping” useful, especially during this holiday season. I really appreciated their last tip, “Buy some baked goods.” As they mention, sometimes it’s better to “buy time than to buy all the ingredients to make [baked goods] from scratch.” I have to admit, between my internship and work, I didn’t have the time (or the requisite kitchen supplies) to make an apple pie. First of all, I needed a whisk, and I didn’t think a table spoon or a plastic knife I’d taken from McDonald’s would work. And Whole Food’s baked pies are more srumptious than anything I could come up with!

So remember to check out Whole Food’s newsletter for some more handy tips to stretch your dollar and add some variety to your menu. They also offer handy coupons  like this one, both through the Campus Clipper and their own website. Happy Holidays (and put down that pack of noddles)!  

-Written by Megan Soyars, Campus Clipper Blogger

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Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

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Written by Megan Soyars

Christmas is over, classes haven’t started yet, and you’ve still got some holiday partying to get in before you drag yourself back to campus to start the spring semester. Well, it’s almost New Year’s Eve, and you’re in one of the greatest cities in the world to celebrate! (Hey, the word “new” is our first name!)  From the legendary ball drop in Times Square, to the fireworks display in Central Park, there’s something going on everywhere in the City.  I’ve got some handy tips and info that will help you enjoy this night to the max.

This is undoubtedly the most “rockin’” event to ring in the New Year. Millions of people brave the cold to experience the exhilaration only a festivity like this can bring.

The subways around Times Square are a little crazy during this time, but they will all be open. However, it’s recommended not to arrive by the Times Square stop, but instead a nearby one, like 50th St. and 8th, or the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

It’s recommended to arrive in the afternoon (by 3 pm) to secure the best place. At least try to arrive by 6pm, so you can watch as the ball is raised.

Unfortunately, there are no portable public restrooms in Times Square. Don’t resort to using diapers or empty bottles like some tourists have confessed to doing. Charmin provides public bathrooms around Times Square until 3pm, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal also has public restrooms. But be prepared for a line. And I mean a looonnnggg line. Also keep in mind that once you leave your spot, you can’t return to it.

But the ball drop is only one of the 10,00000 things to do this New Year’s!

1)   Central Park is hosting several events for those who would like a more low-key atmosphere. Participate in a midnight run through the park, enjoy drinks at Tavern on the Green, or watch the midnight fireworks display!
2)   The AMEX theatre in the heart of Times Square is hosting parties and movies all night long. This is also a great venue to watch the ball drop (without the crush of the crowd below).
3)   Take the Brooklyn Bridge walk starting at 10 pm, then stay to watch the fireworks at midnight.

And to forget about your student discounts. You can use them this holiday when you’re looking for a place to refuel. From TGI Fridays, to the Outback Steakhouse, you’ll always be sure to get a good deal with your coupons.

-Megan, Trinity University

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On Becoming a Writer

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

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Written by Megan Soyars

I’ve loved writing since I was very small. I have a particular memory from my toddler-hood, which I believe sparked my passion. I was watching my mother at the kitchen table, playing with a strange machine. The machine was small and gray and covered with the letters of the alphabet. I remember feeling a certain pride as I surveyed the letters. I knew them all, A-Z, and I even knew how they magically paired together to form words, and those words paired together to form sentences, and those sentences made stories that I could read and enjoy. Thomas the train, all these stories were my favorites.

As I watched my mother type away on the mysterious machine (it was a type writer) I noticed she was actually creating something. Sheets of paper came out of the machine, covered with the words my mother had typed. The sheets looked almost like the pages of the story books I read. As my mother pulled the sheets out of the typewriter, I asked her what she was doing.

“Writing!” she explained to me with a smile. “A story just like the ones we read together, only this story for grown-ups.”

I was amazed. I’d never considered that my story books were created by real people like my mom. It must take an enormous amount of talent to create a story, I figured. I was proud of my mother, and promised to read her story once I was a grown-up. And maybe I could become a story writer when I was a grown-up, too.

Seventeen years later, I’m a officially a grown-up, and (officially??) a writer. No, I’m not Neil Gaiman or Stephenie Meyer and maybe my works aren’t on the Times bestseller list or gracing the book shelves of the Barnes and Noble where I work, but I’m not really asking for fame/fortune. That’s rare for anybody to attain. But I’d like to know that some people are reading my stuff and enjoying it. I’ve had a couple writing internships (right now I’m working for the Campus Clipper), and I’ve messed around with fiction and poetry, and I’ve self-published a children’s novel. If you’re interested, you can check out my book at

Maybe you’ve been inspired to express your creativity through writing, or you’re a starting-out writer like me who needs some tips. I’ve added some that’ve helped me below:


You don’t always have to write on what you consider to be your “subject matter.” If you’re a short story writer, try your hand at news writing. If you’re in journalism school, take a poetry class. By exploring a different genre, you’re stretching different mental muscles, which allows for a better all-around workout (just like your gym teacher told you!). Then, once you’re versed in a new style of writing, you can incorporate it into your original technique.


Write (and read!) as much as you can. Take classes, seminars, and workshops. Practice on your own at home by starting up a blog or journal. Some writers set a specific schedule (such as a hour a day) that they spend writing. I don’t personally recommend the “set schedule” since it often made me feel like I was “forcing” myself to write out of duty rather than enjoyment. But if you discover you haven’t put your pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) in awhile, sit down and make time to write, even if you aren’t feeling particularly inspired.


Everybody gets writer’s block at some point; sometimes the words just don’t flow. Don’t sit frustrated at your desk, tapping your pen against paper. Sometimes your mind works best when your body’s in motion. Get up, talk a walk, go jogging, whatever. Or even take a nice, long shower! It’s true–sometimes your best ideas do come to you while you’re in the shower. Just don’t bring your laptop into the bathroom with you (a la Weird Al in “White ‘n’ Nerdy). I’ve also discovered that taking a brief break helps overcome writer’s block. Put the manuscript away and come back to it in a couple days. That way, your mind’s fresh and has been given a chance to come up with some new ideas. And finally, if you find yourself stuck on a certain scene or paragraph, move to another section and start writing from there. You don’t always have to write in chronological order.

I hope these tips work for you the way they did for me. While working at the Campus Clipper, I’ve learned that there’s so many young people out there with their own distinctive talents. (For example, all the great writers of Campus Clipper’s book The NYC Student Guide.) Whatever your passion, whether it’s writing, or dance, or film, always remember to follow it 🙂

-Megan, Trinity University

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

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Written by Megan Soyars

I currently work at a popular bookstore, and am constantly surrounded by harried customers who are trying to complete their last-minute holiday shopping. The store is packed with people riffling through greeting cards, scanning book shelves, and grabbing random games and puzzles off the “Buy One Get One Free” table. They stagger to cash wrap and plop their purchases in front of me, sweating underneath the coats and hats they didn’t have time to take off.

“One hundred and sixty-nine dollars,” I say. They hand over the money, and I hand over their purchases, which are usually double or triple-bagged to hold the weight. Sometimes the games and coffee table books have to go in thrash bags. As I watch them stagger away, I slowly shake my head. A few days ago, I had a family visiting from Virginia buy three coffee table books and the Monopoly deluxe edition. I could barely lift their bags over the counter to hand them over.

“I dunno how we’re gonna get these on th’ plane,” the man confided to me in his slow twang as he walked away (listing slightly to the left, the side where he was carrying the shopping bags). I felt a brief twinge of pity for him, since his wife wasn’t helping him carry anything. Turning away, I called my next customer.

A young man jauntily approached the counter. He was almost whistling.  At first glance, his hands seemed empty. Then I realized he was carrying six gift cards.

“Twenty-five bucks on each,” he announced. “Now my Christmas shopping is done. And I only spent ten minutes this year!”

So it seems depending on your method, holiday shopping can be an arduous ordeal or a breezy affair. Maybe you don’t have the muscle (or monetary) power to buy as many hefty gifts as my Virginia tourist did. But you don’t want to cop-out and snatch up a bunch of gift cards like the young guy did. So take the Buddha’s advice and choose the Middle Way. Here’s a couple tips for completing that last-minute holiday shopping that lets giftees know you spent time shopping for them, but also keeps your hands light and your wallet (relatively) full.


This prevents you from becoming lost in the myriad streets of Manhattan. It also prevents impulse buying! Figure out what places you want to hit and write a list of those stores, including directions to them, what you plan to buy there, and ideally how long you plan to stay. For example, your list might look like this.

Store: Your Local Bookstore A Popular Clothing Store
Directions: 5th Ave. b/t 45th & 46th 34th St. & 7th Ave.
Items: 1 book for Sally, 1 game for Rob 1 scarf for Mary, 2 shirts for Daniel
Time: 1 hour 2 hours

That being said, don’t feel like you have to be restricted to your plan. As Captain Barbossa remarks in Pirates of the Caribbean, “Think of ’em more as guidelines than actual rules.” If you planned to get Sally a romance novel, but see a bestseller you know she’d like more, go ahead and get it. But remember to stay in price range if you can!


Since you’re a student, you don’t exactly have a lot of disposable income. Budget yourself by conceding you can’t buy everybody you know and love a personalized Christmas gift. I generally send cards (with maybe a gift card) to everybody, but save my big buys for close friends and family.


After working at a busy bookstore, I’ve determined what hours we experience a rush. This is lunchtime (roughly between 11:00 and 2:00) and 4:30-6:30 when everybody’s getting off work. This may seem like a convenient time to hit the stores because you can shop right around the workplace, but it’s NOT! The lines are super-long during this time, guys. The rest of the day, the store is pretty dead. So I recommend getting your shopping done in the morning before work. That way, you can breeze straight through to the front of the line.


Not only do you avoid the holiday rush, you also gain that sense of accomplishment that comes from creating something unique. Whether it’s a hand-made card or a batch of cookies, your recipient will appreciate the fact that you spent time on them. For example, I bought my boyfriend a really nice leather journal. It didn’t take too long to take it off the shelf during my lunch-break, but now I can personalize it by writing little notes.


I know this sounds hokey, but it’s probably the best piece of advice I can give. When you were a kid, Christmas was the best time of the year. Mommy and Daddy (and Santa) showered presents on you. And it was so much fun giving presents back! Yeah, Mommy picked them out, but you got to do the wrapping. So remember the holidays are really about showing your friends/family how much you love them, and receiving that love in return. Be thankful you have people to share this wonderful holiday with! And truly, that is the most important gift of all.

*Also, check out Jie Jenny Zou’s helpful article, “Holiday Shopping on a College Student’s Budget, a.k.a $20” here!

-Megan, Trinity University

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How to Survive Finals Season

Monday, December 20th, 2010

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Written by Megan Soyars

Thanksgiving has passed, and Christmas is not yet here, but in between these two holidays lies that behemothic hurdle known as FINALS. Invented by sadistic school board members, finals is a period spanning roughly one week, in which everything in all your classes is due. Four papers, three exams, and three presentations (including a presentation on a paper).  You wonder how you will live through it all.

Fortunately, you have these handy tips to guide you!

  • Don’t cram the night before
    • My friend told me a “horror story” that resulted from a night of cramming. My friend pulled an all-nighter to study for an Astronomy exam.  Several cans of red bull helped him get through the night. But when he showed up to take the exam the next morning, he zonked out at his desk and slept through the whole thing! Naturally, he failed the exam and nearly ended up failing the class as well. Let this be a warning to all you procrastinators. Studies like this one have also shown that the brain has difficulty processing a lot of information in a short period of time (especially since cramming precipitates fatigue and stress). If you must cram, do it two nights before the exam. This gives you time to ingest all the information you memorized and prevents you from being sleep-deprived on test day.  You can also do a quick review the night before to further cement the material in your brain.   
  • Get your papers out of the way  
    • I was an English and Communications major in college, so I was always inundated with papers during finals week. I quickly learned to write my papers first, since they don’t require any memorization. This left me free to study for finals a couple days before test day. This way, everything I studied would remain fresh in my mind, and I wouldn’t waste time  typing out a paper on imagery in Keat’s poetry  when I really needed to be boning up on my Spanish vocab for the exam next morning.  Another plus of this method is that you can go back and proofread the paper a day or so after you’ve written it. By looking at the text with fresh eyes, you’ll be able to catch errors you missed before. A final plus–if you turn the paper in early, you may earn kudos with your professor!
  • Switch up locations
    • I know this sounds like weird advice, but it prevented me from burning out during 12-hour study blocks. I would study in different locations throughout campus, usually spending only a couple hours in one place. For example, I’d start off studying in the library that morning, and when I felt myself getting antsy, I’d move to the couches in the art building.  I would also switch up what subject I was studying. If I spent an hour studying Spanish in the library, then I’d spend an hour writing my psych paper in my dorm room. A little variety goes a long way to keep you from feeling bored (and also prevents your butt from getting sore!).
  • To study group or not to study group
    • Study groups have both their pluses and their minuses. I found that I enjoyed study groups held with my friends, but I got a lot less work done. Discussion on Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus dissolved into conversation about that cute guy who played Bassianus in the film version of the play. Study groups held with random people in my class were a lot more boring, but I also learned a good deal. Because we concentrated on the study matter, we were able to benefit from each other’s knowledge. Maybe that quiet guy who sat across from me in class was secretly a Shakespeare scholar. So it really depends. In general, I would only recommend becoming part of a study group if you’re lost on the material, and know there are fellow group members have notes you don’t. And don’t study with friends unless you make a determined effort to stay on topic!   

Helpful Articles

For more hints, or just some ways to de-stress during finals season, check out these websites!

    • College candy provides a humorous article on some unorthodox ways to de-stress during finals. Check it out here! Pet a cuddly puppy, host a dance party in the library, and more! And don’t forget to check out this article for the top ten best study distractions. YouTube, anyone?   
    • Aside from offering discounts, also provides helpful articles. Check out their Exam success tips here.  


-Megan, Trinity University

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NYC Student Guide Authorship

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The Campus Clipper NYC Student Guide has been completely created by NYC students just like you. These talented writers, editors, and illustrators have contributed their personal experiences to the guide. And now we want to tell you a little bit more about them!



Aleksandra is the co-creator of the innovative start-up company JATCHED. JATCHED is a unique job-matching website designed specifically for college students. Check it out at



Christina is a senior at Fordham University. She is currently interning at a publishing company and PR firm, and loves to write in her free time



Mary, an NYU student, created along friend and fellow classmate Aleksandra Bookman. She’s currently pursuing a glider pilot license.


Bonnie is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate. Her talents include writing and music. She’s recently combined these talents to write a rock musical, “The Era of Me.” Check out her webpage here and listen to some tunes!


Shana graduated from Brauch College, where she earned her B.A. in creative writing and journalism. She’s currently writing a book of original poetry.


Emily is currently studying business and psychology at NYU. However, she has always possessed a passion for writing.


Kerry Anne is a freelance blogger and writer. She writes for, a site that features articles on life in NYC. She’s also created a food blog,, where she recommends restaurants throughout the city.


Mary is studying literature and criticism at CUNY Hunter College. She is currently working with the non-profit organization, Interfaith Hospitality Network, which provides housing, counseling, and job placement for the homeless.


Maya is a recent NYU graduate. She’s a talented comedian who is currently performing stand-up throughout the city. She also is a freelance writer who contributes to the New York Culture and Events column on


Ekaterina is a poet and novelist, but she is also interested in languages and translation. She is currently a senior at Kingsborough Community College.


Andrew is studying journalism and English at the State University of New York New Paltz. He also contributes articles to Death+Taxes magazine. Andrew is a Brooklyn native, and has lived in the city all his life. Check out one of his articles here!


Tania is the co-founder of the unique company, Surprise Industries schedules events for you to attend, but you don’t know what you’re getting till you go there! The event can be anything from fire-eating to ice-sculpting contests.


Cecyclia is majoring in illustration and cartooning at the School of Visual Arts. She has her own blog, “I Create New York,” and is also working on several graphic novels.


Meghan is double-majoring in English and Dance at Marymount Manhattan College. She hope to gain a PhD in Performance Studies after graduating from MMC.


Jon is a NYU student who also volunteers at the Saint Joseph’s Soup Kitchen in the West Village. He feels as if he is really making a difference there. He is currently studying French, Latin, and Comparative Literature.


Roni is currently studying at City College, with a diverse concentration in both Theatre and pre-med. He has performed in several theatre productions, including a Midsummer’s Night Dream at The American Theater of Actors.



Sabina is an NYU studying both English and Economics. After graduating, she hopes to pursue either journalism or publishing. Although she has only lived in NYC one year, she plans to live here permanently (hopefully settling in a West Village town house!)


Elisabeth is currently studying at Eugene Lang College. Her favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, which in of itself is a type of “NYC Student Guide.”



Maurice is studying creative writing Columbia University. He has lived in New York City almost his entire life. Check out his show, “Holding it Down,” which concerns the lives and dreams of veterans and civilians involved in currently military conflicts. It premiers next month on the Harlem Stage.


Aechee has recently graduated from LaGaurdia Community College. She was born and raised in Japan. She is an artist and documentary photographer. Currently, she is working on an art project entitled “Incomplete Portrait of Chaos,” which combines poetry and two documentaries.


Alyssa is a native Canadian who graduated from Columbia University. She is both a writer and photographer. Currently, she is editing and writing for C-Spot magazine.


Ayla is working for the Campus Clipper as a graphic designer for both the magazine and website. She has lived in New York City for several years but has traveled widely, including to Europe and Pakistan.



Julee is majoring in illustration at Parsons School of Design. Julie is currently working on an art project which is investigating similarities between Western and Eastern Cultures duing the 14th Century.


Jing is attending graduate school at Pratt Institute, where she is studying Communicative Design. She has recently completed her graduate thesis on increased car usage in China, where she encourages citizens to use public transportation.


Sarah is currently working as a designer for the Campus Clipper magazine. She put a great deal of work into creating the Guide; doing everything from coming up with the themes to laying out the pages. She is also finished her undergraduate study at the Lander College for Women. Her websites include and


Staying safe this season

Friday, December 17th, 2010

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Written by Megan Soyars

When you were a kid, the holidays meant presents, baking cookies with Mom, and staying up for Santa. Fast-forward ten years, and you’re still enjoying the holidays, but now the festivities might include spiked eggnog. You’re still staying up till 1am on Christmas Eve, but it’s not to see Santa. (Unless you happen to be counting that drunken frat guy who dressed as Jolly St. Nick. Oh dang, he lost his red hat.) Anyways, although the holidays are all about partying and having fun, remember to stay safe! Don’t give Santa any reason to put you on the ‘bad’ list. Here are a few helpful tips for making through this season.

  • Have a buddy system
    • Before you head to a holiday party, let someone (a friend, family member, roommate) know where you’re going and what time you should be back. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when you’ll return, but at least let them know if you will be back that night or the next day. Finally, it’s best to give them your exact address in case they need to come pick you up. And while at the party, it’s important to hang on that buddy system as well. Maybe you meet the man of your dreams at the bar. Or, at least, he seems like the man of your dreams after several drinks. Let your friends know if you’re leaving with him (but make sure it’s not to an isolated area!)
  • Know your limit
    • Alcohol is usually always present at holiday parties. Remember when too much is too much. A person’s alcohol tolerance depends on many factors, including weight, gender, and age.
  • Watch out for your friends
    • Remember that buddy system I talked about earlier? It’s also a two-way street. If you see a friend becoming too inebriated, stop them. It’s not “uncool,” it’s about keeping your friend safe! If you feel awkward telling them they’ve had too many drinks, remember you’re the one who will probably be carrying them from the party.
  • Hangover cures
    • Everyone has their own personal hangover cure that they swear by. One of my friends swears by a tall glass of Pepsi; one friend tells me that soda makes them want to throw up. But here are some tried and true methods.
      • Drink a Bloody Mary. It may seem oxymoronic to imbue your body with more alcohol, but this allows your bloodstream to ignore the old alcohol while the vegetables in the Bloody Mary provide your body with much needed nutrients.
      • Take a shower, switching between hot and cold water.
      • Try some pickle juice, or electrolyte-rich drinks like Gatorade or Emergen-C.
      • Finally, remember to drink plenty of water to flush out your system!
  • Helpful Numbers to Remember:

    Ambulance/Fire/Crime/Etc.: 911

    Rape Hotline/Emergency: 212-227-3000

    Rape Hotline/Non-emergency: 212-267-7273

    Drug Abuse: 800-395-3400

    Emergency Medical Service (EMS):  718-999-2770

    New York Medical: 212-652-5858

    Physicians on call (arrive to door): 718-238-2100


Landing that Job

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Written by Megan Soyars

As a college student, you’ve got a lot on your plate. Classes, homework, extracurrics, plus a social life–the list could go on forever. Throw a part-time job into the mix, and…what? You say you don’t have time for a part-time job? It sounds like you need help juggling your life.

But never fear, the NYC Student Guide is here to help you! Campus Clipper’s recent publication, the Guide, offers advice on how to manage both studying and work while giving both of them the time they deserve.

For example, the Guide features the innovative start-up company,  JATCHED, a job-matching service specifically for college students, was designed by two entrepunerial NYU students, Aleksandra Bookman and Mary Casey.

JATCHED is unique among other job-matching sites because it caters to the college student’s hectic schedule. You’d complained that you don’t have time for a part-time job. Well, JATCHED has the solution to that quandry. The site features gigs that you can work around your schedule, rather than the employer’s. Some examples include transcribing, dog walking, and web designing. And many of these gigs can be down from the comfort of your dorm room! No need to trek out into the cold to that 9:00-5:00 shift. So next time you find yourself pinching pennies in a time crunch, check out  

Aside from offering job advice, the NYC Student Guide apprises students about scoring internships, joining campus groups, and a host of other topics. Pre-order your $9.95 copy to today by emailing us at!

-Megan, Trinity University

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It’s All Abstract

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Written by Megan Soyars

When in elementary school, my parents encouraged me to explore my creative side. I was enrolled in several after-school art classes, which I attended with a vague sense of apathy. I liked painting (mainly the messy aspect of it) but harbored no delusions that I was an “artiste.” That is, until my parents had me to submit a  painting to a school-wide art contest. Entitled Shape People, the painting had been hastily-splashed together the night before the deadline.

But upon submission, I made an important discovery–in the eyes of connoisseurs, splotched watercolors could constitute a higher art form known as “abstract.” Shape People won first prize.

Perhaps you’re like me, and have just discovered previously buried artistic genius. If so, then you’ll need the tools of the trade. Brushes, acrylics, watercolors, and more can all be found at Blick Art Materials.  Located in the artsy East Village, Blick offers a wide selection of supplies at affordable prices. And don’t forget to use that student discount!

Bring this coupon and get 20% off your entire purchase! (Valid until 12/31/10.) With Blick’s supplies, you can start work on your own masterpiece. And if philistines disparage your work as scribbles, remind them that your unconventional form is “abstract.” Like Picasso’s Dora Maar. Or my Shape People.

And don’t forget to check out our other featured stores, A.I. Friedman, Davinci Artist Supply, and Utrecht Art Supplies for their great discounts!

-Megan, Trinity University

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