UMaine culture events

November 21, 2014 in Campus Life, Events

At the University of Maine there are many cultural events that are planned on campus at the Collins Center for the Arts. It is the main auditorium for the University and holds concerts, comedians, plays and hosts an art gallery.

One of the great things about the University is that it brings in many artists from around the area of Orono as well as around the world. It is a great way for people to experience different cultures. For students to attend most of these events it is free to enter by showing their student ID card. For events that are not free, students are allowed two free tickets per semester to use towards any event.

During this year the University is hosting many holiday events to bring in people from the community, this year they are having the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas on December 9 at 7:00 p.m. This is a holiday concert event is produced by Chris Davis, a Grammy award winner, is a mixture of holiday music and multimedia effects. Later on December 20 and 21 the university will be hosting a special presentation of the Nutcracker. It can’t be considered the holiday season without having a presentation of the Nutcracker.

Another event that is taking place this holiday season if you have a young family is an Art factory family fun day. It is free for families to attend and all art supplies are supplied as well. What better way to kick off the holiday season as a family than attending an art factory fun day.

UMaine does a great job at hosting multiple events that will appeal to all audiences not only just adults. It is a great way for the entire community to feel involved. Many other cultural art venues forget to add family events to their schedule. It is one way to build a strong relationship that will last.

UMaine really does a great job a promoting these events to people who are in the community and from far away. The marketing department sends out reminders and promotions for their events to ensure that they receive proper turnout. Social media has also become really helpful to reach out to even more people that aren’t in their e-mail list.

Not only do they focus on the arts, but on other cultures as well. UMaine hosts an annual multi-cultural event once a year. With many international students attending UMaine it is a great idea for them to express their own culture to their new surroundings and friends. Not only does it give students a chance to express their own culture, but it gives other students a chance to learn about other cultures.

Being in the state of Maine, it is very hard for many to experience different things. UMaine does a great job to help students experience different events and cultures that they wouldn’t exactly have the opportunity to do. Because of the size of the school it is able to attract artists, musicians and events because of the size of the school.

University Primetime

November 3, 2014 in Admissions, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Events, Health, Infographics, Love, Reviews, Sports, Style, Top 10 Lists, Travel, Videos

University Primetime is a blogging website designed to specifically target college students.  This website covers all aspects of college life such as dating, relationships, lifestyle, and information about colleges all around the country.  Aspects of this blog include top ten lists, student reviews, and other commentary from current college students.

One interesting thing about this website is that all of the content is submitted only by college students.  In a way, this blog is the nucleolus for college students to come together and compare their notes.   All of the articles are written by students, for students.  This is a great way to make college kids feel like they have a way to express themselves.  This blog also serves as a source of information for college students as well. While yes, most of these articles are written for the purpose of entertaining college students, there are other types of articles written.  There are articles about music, television, sports, politics, movies, etc.  There are a wide variety of categories for readers to choose from.

One thing that stands out about this website is the layout/design of the page.  The University Primetime logo is clearly printed at the top left corner of the page.  Next to that logo is a drop down menu for readers so they can easily navigate throughout the page.  The three main things that this website contains are articles with lists, advice, and campus life, which is what they first three drop down menus are.  There’s also a submit content tab which gives the reader the option to write in to the website.

Right under this drop down menu, there is a mix of the most recently published/most popular articles plastered in the center of the page.  These include the main picture in the article, and the article title. Underneath that, there is a section called “what’s new”,” which continuously updates as new articles are posted.

The overall page design is actually quite simple.  It’s very pleasing to the eye, as it’s design is made so that it will not be too overwhelming.  The color scheme is very bland, using blacks whites and a salmon coloring for the University Primetime logo.   The only pop of color the reader gets is from the pictures that are in the articles.

This website is successful because it’s writing specifically for things that college students care about.  There’s articles about money, fashion, movies, pets, things that people want to see.  There’s a fun, humorous side, and there’s a realistic, serious side.  The key is that University Primetime has found that balance of both sides.

It’s also successful because it’s well known.  When University Primetime first started out, the promotion that went around and the buzz that was created for it was very over the top.  There were links posted all over Facebook and Twitter, and the owner of the company even gave students the chance to become University Primetime Campus Representatives, which made students feel like they were a part of something.  The amount of marketing that went into the creation of this website was astounding.

University Primetime is definitely a front-runner for college blogging websites.  It’s simple, it’s modern, and it’s entertaining, which is exactly what college students want to see in the media nowadays.  I’m sure it will continue to be successful in the future.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

October 31, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Events

This past year went by so fast that by the time I noticed a year already had passed by and now I an a senior in college. There were a lot of memorable events that happen this past year that I would never forget and keep with me for the rest of my life. There were events, activities, classes and trips that stood out this past year. Here is a list of some of these memorable events that happen this past year:

A Trip Down Memory Lane

A Trip Down Memory Lane!

Classes: There were two classes that I would never forget for the rest of my life. The first one is Positive Psychology. Not only was I able to take this class with one of my favorite professors at Wheelock College, but also with one of my good friend in college who took same class with me. We had an amazing experience leaning about positive psychology and sharing fun and unique experience about the class. It is always fun to take the same classes with your friends because it can be a support and motivation to get work done.

The other class was Survey of American Literature. I took this class with another favorite professor at Wheelock College. I read a lot of different books that were not only great, but had a deeper message behind each one.

 I would never forget these two classes for the rest of my life because they had a great impact on my learning and overall thinking.

Trips: Last year, around August, my friends and I decided to do a overnight trip to New York. This trip was a nightmare. Yes, one of the worse trips I have ever taken in my life. Yet, at the same time, remembering the experience, it was funny. It was raining, so there was not a lot of time for exploring the city, then when it stopped raining, we got lost on the same street we initially started walking, and then when we had to go back home we missed our bus, so we had to find an alternative way to get back home, and it was also raining while we were looking for that alternative way back home. This trip will never be forgotten for the rest of my life as the worse trip ever!

Activities/Events: Even though it can be kind of boring for some people, every time I go out to eat with my friends it becomes a unique and wonderful experience. The last time my friends and I went out for dinner, we had so much fun that we forgot that we were supposed to go to the movies next. We talked about high school events which are always fun to remember. Another time we went ice skating, it was the first time I ice skate, so it was a fun experience for me to learn something new. I laugh, fell, and bump into my friends, but we all had a great time and we will be going again this coming winter. 

Experience Boston and the Dating Scene

October 30, 2014 in Colleges, Events, Love

Remember those moments in middle school when holding hands and instant messaging every few days equated to being in a “relationship?” Or in high school when eating lunch together and kissing during sports games meant that you were committed? Here comes college with all its randomness and casual hookups, and we begin to wonder, how serious can dating possibly be during school?

With lively times at parties and unexpected encounters at social events, high expectations of finding love and a “soulmate” shouldn’t be set, at least not freshman year. Instead, living in the moment with friends and having rememberable, no-strings-attached flings will be widely seen.

Speaking for myself and the first-year Emerson community, serious relationships are rarely seen on-campus, especially two months into the school year. Although I have seen my Emerson friends “tie the knot” and commit to each other, the level and the maturity of the relationship depends entirely on the person. Some students are individualistic and simply want to experience Boston while focusing on themselves, while other students are ready for dedication, romance, and emotional attachment.

To accommodate both parties, below is a list of serious and not so serious date-like settings or hangout spots where it’s easy to meet new faces and form countless memories.

The Esplanade

This is the essential meet-up spot on Friday and Saturday nights. The Esplanade, a park and “Adult Playground” located on the Charles River and just a few blocks from Emerson College, is where Emerson, Northeastern, BU, and other surrounding college students meet and greet. They gather together by the dock, which overlooks the river and the city of Cambridge, make a few mistakes, and create memories.

Students and locals soak up the sun and enjoy Boston’s quaint charm on the dock, overlooking the Charles River.

Although this spot doesn’t have to be for informal, laid-back nights. It’s perfect for a first date or romantic encounter: playing Disclosure beats or The Beatles tunes, having a picnic at the park, taking advantage of the playground, or watching boats sail along the sparkling water make for a lovely evening.

The Common and Public Garden

Being positioned directly across from Emerson, these two parks are perfect for not only first dates but group hangouts, social events, guitar jams, or homework/study spots. Some students get takeout from a cafe and have picnics overlooking the duck pond. This can also be a romantic midnight setting of wandering aimlessly through the parks and listening to spooky music (especially during Halloween time).

Late night strolls can be perfect in the garden for spending date nights or time with friends.

Emerson students aren’t the only ones who take advantage of the parks. They’re public and home to all Bostonians, foreigners, and visitors. You never know what’s bound to happen in Boston. The city is a haven for unexpected possibilities, opportunities, and meetings with genuine strangers. Sometimes I sit in the park on warm days, write poetry while eating a burrito from Bolocco, and am approached randomly by people who were admiring my aesthetic or simply asking for directions. Fate is real, and it’s possible in a city like Boston.


Speaking of fate, meeting complete strangers at concerts cannot be prevented. Being a music writer for Emertainment Monthly, I attend shows around Boston at least once a week, constantly meeting people from all over New England, and even outside of the country. Students at Emerson take pride in the expressive arts and communications, thus they’re bound to be part of mosh pits at punk shows, dancing wildly to electronic beats, or peacefully absorbing the sounds of jazz and folk bands at cafes. Either way, meeting new faces and having various conversations are expected.

Students, locals, and music enthusiasts having fun during a Chrome Sparks concert.

From listening to my friend’s experiences, they’ve met 20-something-year-olds at venues like Paradise Rock Club, The Middle East, and The House of Blues. Although most of those encounters ended up being “one night stands” or hookups, great memories were formed, adding to the overall college experience and urban lifestyle. I suppose Carrie Bradshaw was right. “People come into your life and people go. But it’s comforting to know that some are in your heart.”

Experience ALL of Boston

That’s the best advice I can give to incoming college students or visitors. Experience, experience, experience! Walk around outside, talk to strangers (obviously not creepy people lingering in dark alleyways), go to concerts, relax at the park, go for a run at The Esplanade, get a mocha at Thinking Cup Cafe or discover your own eccentric coffee shop, ride the train to Cambridge and other surrounding towns. Personalize the city and make it yours to cherish; four years will zoom by before you know it.

Stepping outside and exploring the city are great ways to meet people and spend beautiful days.

Love won’t always be knocking at your door, but patience is virtue and dating shouldn’t always be taken seriously, especially at a young age. In a city like [Boston], with its infinite possibilities, monogamy has become too much to expect. Well said Bradshaw, well said.

A popular quote from “Sex and the City’s” Carrie Bradshaw — one that most college students live by.

Trips in College

October 24, 2014 in Campus Life, Events

Wherever you’re going to school, there will probably be a club on campus that arranges trips for the students. Usually you can get to go to awesome places or events for extremely discounted tickets. Sometimes you might even get to visit a place for free! At The College of New Jersey,  we have several bus trips to places like Baltimore or New York City. Earlier this semester we even had an overnight trip to Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go to that, and you’ll find that you might not be able to do everything you want to, either; sometimes the timing just doesn’t work out!

 If you’re lucky, though, you’ll be free someday to sign up for one of these trips and have the time of your life. This past Sunday I was fortunate enough to get to go to Hershey Park with my best friend through the school. The college arranges a bus for transportation so I didn’t need to worry about getting myself to a park that’s two and a half hours away. And I didn’t need to pay for the bus or gas, which is also a plus! We were offered tickets at around half the usual ticket price, which is another bonus. You can’t pass up on opportunities like this when you’re in school because who knows when you’ll next have the chance to do something amazing for not so much money?

What was even better about going with the school in October was the fact that most people are in school and even on a Sunday, they aren’t going to make the trek to Hershey for the day. While the park is themed for Halloween and does let people dress up while little kids can head to a certain area to Trick-or-Treat, it doesn’t really have anything going on for older audiences. It’s a family park, so you can expect not to have people in terrifying costumes popping out at you. Unless you’re startled by a gigantic Hershey Kiss.

I didn’t mind the lack of Halloween ambiance because there were little to no lines for all of the rides that I know and love. I’m fortunate enough to get to go to Hershey almost every year but not in this season. Now I think I might need to head back in October simply because you can get on every ride in such a short amount of time!

The downside to bus trips is that you need to leave the park earlier than it closes–that night, Hershey closed at 9 and we needed to meet to leave at 6–but my friend and I were able to go straight from ride to ride, doing everything we wanted with the six hours we spent there. We even made it to Chocolate World for an hour! This would have never happened during the summer.

This was a great experience that I’ll never forget. I have so many pictures to remind me of that great day. If you take advantage of trips at your school, you’ll make great memories, too!

Take trips through school clubs!

Take trips through school clubs!