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Throwback Thursday: Dear Freshman Year

By Kyra Louie, Staff Writer

College goes by faster than you'd think, BU freshmen./ PHOTO BY Kyra Louie

College goes by faster than you’d think, BU freshmen./ PHOTO BY Kyra Louie

I’ve interviewed 11 Boston University students and alumni and asked them, “What would you say to your freshman self?” Some people were funny about it, some people were serious, but all answers were straight up honest. Freshmen, I hope you take these quotes into consideration as you spend the rest of your semester growing into your own skin. These students have some great advice.

“Spend more time with good people and less time in SMG. Also make better decisions.” – Will Dunn, 24 (SMG ’12)

“Everything always ends up being fine in the end. Don’t have any regrets for the hard work you put in.”- Sean Marria-Nelson, 22 (COM ’14)

“Never try to finish an entire dinner portion and cheesecake slice at the Cheesecake Factory. It’s a bad idea. Some people are not going to care about the things that you care about. Some people are inherently rude or mean but there will always be loving people to combat those jerks.” – Kathryn Vaz, 19 (COM ’16)

“Pursue the major that makes you happy from the beginning, rather than trying to stick with the one that you feel like you are expected to pursue.” – Beth Whatley, 22 (CAS ’13)

“Get your ass out of bed and go make some friends. Enjoy your freedom while it lasts.” – Christina Garzillo, 21 (CAS ’14)

“Be a little more social and confident.” – Deanna Garzillo, 21 (CAS ’14)

“Break up with your long distance girlfriend. Don’t let your major mandate what you can and can’t do. Find another way to paint.” – Max Davis, 20 (SMG ’16)

“Being physically close to someone isn’t the same thing as hanging out. Remember that when you room with your best friend and keep growing in friendship.” – Doully Yang, 22 (ENG ’14)

“No matter what grade you get, you are amazing. Put yourself over your studies, your social life and your commitments because after this all that matters is that you did what made you happy.” – Avion Cummings, 19 (SAR ’16)

“Kid, you’ll never have free time like this again. Make the most of it.” – Jason Chan, 27 (CAS ’08)

“Worry less, take more risks, and stop procrastinating. Take advantage of more of what Boston has to offer.” – Isabel da Rosa, 21 (COM ’14)

As for my advice to my freshman self and current/future freshmen, you don’t have time to waste on people that don’t treat you the way you deserve to be treated. People come in and out of your life. Your friends and significant others will change. Let it happen. It’s their loss, not yours.


Surviving a Long Flight

By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer

What do you do to stave off boredom at the airport? /PHOTO VIA Flickr user Michal Osmenda

What do you do to stave off boredom at the airport? /PHOTO VIA Flickr user Michal Osmenda

The worst part about being on a flight is knowing that no matter how many books, Sudoku puzzles and card games you bring, you will always end up being bored.

You should be able to sleep, considering you probably went to bed much later than you should have, to wake up much earlier than you normally do. Unfortunately, the inside of an airplane is just about the worst place in the world to try to fall asleep (aside from the middle of a busy street or in a public bathroom).

At least the airlines try to do something kind by providing magazines with crossword puzzles to fill up the time you’re stuck in that glorified Greyhound bus. But after flipping through that magazine there’s nothing else to do, lest you choose to get sucked into the ever present in-flight catalogue.

So what are you supposed to do with all the time you’ve got left?

One solution is watching a movie or TV series on the electronic device of your choice, as long as its already been downloaded (sorry, no Netflix!). A couple of downloaded movies and some complimentary snacks and drinks are a surefire way to pass the in-flight time. And, if you’re fortunate enough to get on a Southwest flight, they allow you to watch free live TV on a computer, tablet, or phone. Hello, Real Housewives!

But if there’s one thing that works every time to make the travel time pass by quicker, it’s taking someone along with you, preferably a good friend or funny cousin. If you haven’t got anyone with you, make a friend!

Spotlight: Fast Facts About the Race to Replace Menino

By Amy Gorel, Staff Writer

Who is to replace Thomas Menino?/PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons

In case you missed it:

1. Whoever wins the Nov. 5  election and replaces Menino will be the first new mayor in 20 years.

2. Mass. Rep. Martin Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly are vying for the position.


  • Walsh came in first in the September primaries, with 20,838 votes, or 18.47% of the votes.
  • Walsh worked as a union laborer before being elected to the House of Representatives in 1997. He continued to be active in labor union affairs.


  • Connolly came in second with 19,420 votes, or 17.22% of the votes.
  • Connolly is a former public school teacher who became city councilor. He is focusing his campaign on education and reforming Boston Public Schools.

3. Less than a third of registered voters participated in the September primary. According to Mark Trachtenberg, precinct election supervisor of the BU area, reported that less than 30 BU students voted in the primary.

  • Even though your license might not say Massachusetts, you could still register to vote here since you will be living here for at least four years of your life.


4. Connolly has a slight advantage over Walsh in preliminary polls, but the race is close:  http://www.wbur.org/2013/10/18/elm-mayor-poll

5. November 5 is election day! The municipal election will determine the mayor, city councilors at-large and district city councillors will be. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Though its too late to register for this election (needed to be done by Oct. 16), you could still prepare for future Massachusetts elections by registering here

The Dartmouth ‘Social’ Cups Program

By Danielle Cantey

Eating alone may not be as sad as it seems with Dartmouth’s Social Cups program./PHOTO VIA Flickr user Jim Pennucci

We’ve all experienced the anxiety of entering a crowded lunch room alone on the first day of middle or high school. In those awkward grade school years, finding someone to sit with could be a daunting task. Sitting alone generally indicated you were some sort of social pariah. But once college begins, those anxieties and stereotypes about dining hall sociability disappear…or do they? Eating alone shouldn’t be an indication of loneliness or social status, but sometimes it is.

According to an article in The Dartmouth, Christopher McMillian, a senior at Dartmouth College, has implemented the Dartmouth Social Cup Program. The program is designed to combat the awkwardness of eating alone with special red cups. When the red cups are used in lieu of Dartmouth’s regular clear cups, they indicate that the student using it wouldn’t mind company. While there are students who have made fun of the program and others who complain about the cups’ ineffectiveness, the idea behind them is brilliant.  As McMillian says in the article, “Students often feel uncomfortable or awkward when they are eating alone.”

The social cups are aimed at ameliorating some of the awkwardness associated with meeting new people.  The cups may be ineffective when most people have established solid friend groups, but the program has great potential for freshman entering in the fall. What better way to improve freshman year than with a red cup that encourages people to come up and talk to you.

College Confidential features the perilous task of eating alone as a hot topic. Go to any dining hall on BU’s campus, and you’ll see a variety of diners: people eating alone, two people eating together, and people eating with groups of friends. In college and in life, eating alone is often a result of busy schedules and convenience. Luckily for those who feel too uncomfortable to embrace the solidarity of solo eating at Dartmouth, these red cups may just be the solution.

Spotlight: Creative Minds Across Campus

By Alexandra Diantgikis, Staff Writer

Boston University is a sea of unique minds and personalities. You could meet a future brain surgeon, a published poet, a Grammy award-winning artist, a marine biologist or an elementary school teacher all in your first class here. Students come from all walks of life, calling different countries home, speaking different languages, practicing different creeds and being shaped by different experiences. All of these qualities move students through each day and inspire them in different ways, creating a diverse collection of students.
The students of EN202, a Creative Writing course, display just that in their final project, ‘Shouts and Confessions,’ a compilation of the class’s writing samples. The students said they were inspired by personal experiences when writing their stories. Many wrote about relationships with family members, traveling away from home, their own cultural identities and life experiences that impacted them on a distinct emotional level.
Other students chose to go the fictional route and develop stories from their imaginations. One student wrote about a soldier coming home from war, despite never having gone to war himself. Still, the story held a piece of his personality between the pages.
Though these personal stories were, at first, difficult to share with the class, students said it became easier with time and even enjoyable to learn about their fellow classmates through creative content.
The book offers a melting pot of narratives that truly depicts the diversity of the students in class as well as the diversity of students at BU. Everyone has their own story to tell and no two stories are alike.

UNItiques offer affordable options for college students

Taylor Burke


Alex Shadrow, founder of UNItiques.com/ PHOTO BY Heather Goldin

BU student Alex Shadrow, founder of UNItiques.com/ PHOTO BY Heather Goldin

With Newbury Street only a few blocks away, Boston University students rarely have to worry about finding fashion-forward clothing. The issue, rather, is how students can afford to look fashion savvy without breaking their bank accounts. In such a cosmopolitan area, it’s no wonder that BUtiques, the Facebook group started by BU junior Alexandra Shadrow that allows students to post photos and sell their clothing, became a popular hit. Unitiques, the free service that is based on BUtiques, will not only help those struggling students in bustling cities, but students nationwide.

The host website will be the selling grounds for furniture, clothing, kitchen appliances, and the like. Fashion friendly students will no longer be the only people attracted to the site, but those with more realistic intentions can also find what they’re looking to have or even get rid of. Somewhat like a virtual thrift store, students can browse a plethora of products from Maine to California. Exchanging items is possible, and students can have confidence in the products they will soon be getting based on users’ reviews.

The fashion industry is constantly changing, which can make it difficult for students on a college budget to stay trendy. If someone wears something only once but happens to run into everyone while in it, he or she may already be looking for a new outfit to sport. Or if someone moves apartments and is looking for a change in scenery, he or she may find it time to decorate a little differently. Unitiques will allow students to search thousands of products with potential sellers without ever having left the couch, and often prices will be negotiable. Sounds like a pretty good deal for those of us already thinking about student debt.

In the meantime, some other sites I often check out are:

  1. TJMaxx.com
  2. Target.com
  3. H&M.com
  4. Dsw.com
  5. Forever21.com