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Is Nightlife Meant for You?

April 10, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

Going to parties every night and drinking until you passed out is not meant for everyone. College students tent to abuse this nightlife by over drinking and over partying. Entering college, students are expose to a lot of freedom, which enable them to feel like they can do anything without any consequences (not all college students think this way). Drinking and going to parties every night is a way of showing the freedom some of these college students have finally obtain, but some do not realize that this way of life can affect their futures.

Nightlife

Nightlife!

Neglecting Classes: If you like to go to parties and clubs every night and weekends, then it would mean that you get to your dorm room late at night. Do you get your homework done before going to the club? If not, then your classes are being neglected. Grades are important to pass the course and graduate, but don’t get me wrong. I am not stating that going to parties is wrong or that college students should not experience it. I am just stating that neglecting your priorities and just living a party life is not going to be beneficial for any college student’s future.

Lack of Sleep: I am 100% sure that a person who goes partying is not going to have the energy to go to class or get their daily task done without feeling tired and ready to fall asleep. Lack of sleep is common, and having a hangover is even more common if you were drinking. Okay, having lack of sleep is common, so this is not a great way to know if you should have a life that is full of partying and drinking.

Social Life: If you have a social life that does not involved going to parties and drinking then this life may not be for you. Let’s be honest, the kind of people you meet at parties are those who like to escape from reality and enjoy having fun, but neglect all of their responsibilities. If you want to associate with people who have that kind of mentality then go ahead, but if you are in the more serious side then this is not a life for you to have.

It is good to explore this environment by going to some parties, once in a while, but if you have friends who only live for going to parties and drinking then you should reconsider their friendship.

So, is the nightlife meant for you or not? (I know this kind of life is not for me)

A lot of college students go down the wrong path by the freedom they are given, but there are some that know how to balance school with fun and that is the kind of balance life you should have as a college student.

4 Types of People You’ll Meet When Taking Boston’s Public Transportation

March 20, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

There are many types of people that a person can encounter in this world. From the workaholic to the anti-social. Depending on the personality of a person, there are certain types of people that a person will meet in their life time. Living in the city of Boston there is higher chance to meet multiple personalities and types of people. Here are four types of people you will meet in the trains or buses of Boston.

Red Line

Red Line!

 

The Rude Person: In Boston, the trains are essential for the city to function normally, so the trains are packed with people going to work every morning. During the rush hour which typically takes places around 8-10am, you will meet the rude person. That person who doesn’t care about anything as long as they get on the train or bus. They will push, kick, and push some more to get inside the train despite the consequences of hurting someone. They do not care if they have to push a pregnant woman, a child, or a person who is elderly. I have encountered this type of person and it hasn’t been a pleasant morning or train ride.

The sweaty, Rude Person: For some reason, every time I get on the train or bus, I end up next to a person who is sweating like crazy. They stink and it’s disgusting. Whenever it happens, and I cannot stand the smell I get up and go to another seat, if available, if not I stand up. If you ever encountered this type of person, stay away. It’s not so much about their sweaty body, but their rude personality which makes these type of people annoying and hateful.

The Older and Talkative Person: Talking with a lot of friends about what type of people we encounter in the Boston public transportation, we all have at least once encounter an elder person who wants to talk and talk through out the whole ride until they get off or you get off. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind talking when i’m on my way to school or work, but these people want to know you while life story. Where you are from? How old are you? If you are attending school? If so what school? Etc. Which after a while it can get annoying. Even though I find it annoying I will still talk with them because they are older and in my family we value the elderly and respect them and listen to them even if we don’t know them. Yet, there are some people that are rude and do not care about respecting the elderly.

The Person Talking on the Phone Real Loud: Yeah, there was no way to shortened the name of this type of person. The title speaks for itself, these are the people who talk real loud on their phones while taking the train or bus. It’s like they like having their conversation heard by everyone on the bus or train. It’s annoying and it disturbs the peace and quite, the busses and trains usually have.

Books, Cafes, and Music: What More Does a Student Need?

December 5, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

Living in a city like Boston provides endless options on how to spend your time full-heartedly and make plentiful memories. As an adventurer who enjoys discovering eclectic book shops, artful cafes, and everything quirky, I can always be spotted wandering down an alley with a camera in hand, hopping on and off the train, and taking risks that are ultimately worthwhile.

Since childhood, cities have intrigued me. I’m still questioning why a vast and fast-paced environment gets my adrenaline rushing and pushes me to be more spontaneous and creative, nevertheless, metropolitan areas will always have a place in my heart. So how exactly do I spend my free time, when I’m not writing college essays or editing last-minute papers? Number one, books. Number cafes, food. Number three, music.

Books

During the first few weeks of college, I stumbled upon a bookshop while searching for a greek restaurant. Brattle Book Shop was constructed in 1949, making it the oldest and largest antique bookshop in America. It had an antique interior with a wooden staircase that led to the second and third floors. What I most loved were the diverse sections, from poetry and essays to science and history.

Brattle Book Shops offers an outdoor and indoor array of books.

I find myself going back to this bookshop, at least once a week, to read poetry for long hours, admire the shop’s rare but charming condition, and view delicate photos of New England from the 1900’s. This bookshop carries a smell dating back hundreds of years ago, and it never fails to warm my heart.

Cafes

Nothing says it better than peppermint tea or chai lattes in the winter, along with a toasted blueberry muffin or cranberry scone. Thinking Cup, a coffee shop chain around Boston, satisfies my craving for Brooklyn-style cafes with brick exposure, jazzy music, and a laid-back ambiance. I come to this cafe at least twice a week with a notebook or laptop in hand. Coffee shops are the essential places for creating, people watching, or simply enjoying your time.

Thinking Cup Cafe has a variety of drinks and sweets to choose from.

Other coffee shops that I frequent are Boston Common Coffee Company, Cafe Nero, and Trident Booksellers Cafe. Now Trident is more unique compared to the others, because it’s half cafe, half bookshop! You can’t get more perfect than that!

When I’m craving a Parisian atmosphere, I walk through Beacon Hill. Now Beacon Hill is the place to go when searching for french-style cafes, cute clothing shops, and J.P. Licks Ice cream. When you’re looking for out-of-this-world ice cream, go to J.P. Licks. College students are obsessed with this parlor, and the best part is, vegan ice cream is offered. I recommend the coconut almond or blackberry sorbet.

Music

This is what college students go crazy for: good music on full blast. I’ve recently become fascinated by concerts, and have attended a variety of performances around Boston. Laura Stevenson, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Glitch Mob, and Meatbodies are my top shows thus far. From electronic sounds, indie rock vibes, and heavy punk tunes, Boston offers an array of artists and shows. The Sinclair, Great Scott, House of Blues, and The Middle East are the hot spots to meet bands, meet people, and have an awesome night.

Concert goers live their lives to the fullest at the House of Blues in Boston.

Books, cafes, and music basically sum up my ideas of time well-spent and enjoyed to the fullest. Although I’m on-the-go at Emerson College, especially when it’s finals week, I ALWAYS make time for myself in order to live happily and fully.

Dorm Life: Creativity At Its Finest

November 21, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

Creative and worthwhile. Those are the two words that basically sum up my dorm life experience thus far, three months at Emerson College. From nights of jamming to Fall Out Boy till 2 a.m., meeting new students while “partying,” and holding American Horror Story marathons, dorm life has been a bundle of memorable craziness, and more is to come.

Music

Being at a college that focuses on the arts and communications, there is a diverse music scene. Students enjoy sharing their top soundtracks and Spotify playlists, holding open-mic events and stand-up comedy shows during the week, and coming together to expand their music tastes. Especially on my dorm floor, the 8th, many residents are part of bands, musical groups, and solo acts. Shoutout to a friend/floor mate who’s the bassist for the alternative band Riverview, and who’s always bringing people together through music!

I remember the first week at Emerson. Students, including myself, were experiencing shock to a brand new environment, unfamiliarity with the area, and nervous contemplations when meeting other students. Though when acoustic guitars began playing in my common (lounge) room one night, students joined the circle and sang along to Fall Out Boy, The Killers, Foo Fighters, and other rock bands. The circle grew from just three students jamming to over 20. This was the perfect way of meeting my floor mates and reminding myself why I’m here. It was a lively evening, an artistic and creative activity that strengthened our dorm floor’s community. We were all united by the commonality of music and the power of the expressive arts.

People gather together and share their love for music.
Photo credits: theguardian.com

Community Floor

Now jamming to music was an entertaining way to meet like-minded students, but playing Cards Against Humanity at midnight is a completely wild story. A moment that sticks out is the first night living at Emerson. I remember hearing bursts of uncontrollable laughter coming from the common room. I opened the door, and was surprised to see over 40 students sitting in one large circle, all playing Cards Against Humanity. To debrief, this is the “party game” that brings humor to death, abuse, race, stereotypes, and anything serious. The game will lead to hysteria, immature jokes, and absolute humor, so imagine what it must’ve been like with college students playing. It was a crazy experience, nevertheless, worthwhile!

One of the many hilarious examples of Cards Against Humanity.

There was a period at the beginning of the year when “parties” or a bunch of students packed in a dorm room listening to electro/club beats and discussing art, music, film, and Boston, were held. Although students did get in trouble for playing too loud music and staying up past “lights out” time or 11 p.m, it was a fun time getting to know other creative students, and of course, making a few inevitable but harmless mistakes. :) That’s college for you, in a nutshell!

Creative Nights

A night I will always remember is attending the Digital Film Club’s meeting where we watched the Woody Allen film “Manhattan” then discussed the cinematography and the director’s intentions at the end. Popcorn, chocolates, a classic film, and a room full of film students… what more can you possibly ask for? Because I have an appreciation for film rather than a critical eye for it, it was rewarding to be immersed with intelligent filmmakers and lighting experts and sound designers, and listen to their differing perspectives on “Manhattan.” A heated debate inevitably occurred at the end: can the viewer separate the artist from their work? Only at Emerson do we have arguments over art and Woody Allen.

The classic image from the film “Manhattan” overlooking the Queensboro Bridge.

American Horror Story (AHS) Season Premiere — this was a spooky night of several attempts in streaming the series online in my dorm room with friends. Although failure overcame success, my floor mates and I ended up watching the first season of AHS, including the pilot, which was terrifying. But thankfully, we had dark chocolate almonds and peanut butter cup ice cream to cure the goriest scenes.

For the record, I tend to stay away from crazy parties and rather focus on the artistic and the creative ways to enjoying my time in college. My “wild” experiences may be different than the typical Emerson party goer or Sorority sister, nevertheless, all the students are 100% Emerson, and the moments we spend together are always worthwhile. “Dorming” at Emerson leads to discovering creativity, meeting expressive students, and unlocking your artistic genius in a city life environment.

Emerson Health and Happiness

November 7, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Health

Although it’s easier to avoid the subject than to address it, the freshman 15 is real. Losing touch with daily exercise routines and mental health rituals are problematic when entering college, and external factors like extracurricular activities, time management, cultural and academic shocks, and new social settings only add to the stress. With a few Emerson tips in mind, living physically and mentally healthy and maintaining happiness shouldn’t be problems anymore.

Fight the Urge 

The first few weeks living in Boston are anything but underwhelming. Since Emerson is located in the midst of coffee shops, french cafes, pizza joints, and an abundance of Donkin Donuts, saying “no” to sweets is easier said than done, and fighting temptation can be challenging. If you’re going to splurge every once in a while (which you definitely will) by buying that pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks or frosted donut, remember that a fitness center is available and offers daily workout and yoga classes. Why waste the convenient exercise that’s free of charge?

Deserts are delicious and addicting, and by all means, don’t refuse frozen yogurt or chocolate cookies on every given occasion. It’s just important to remember that what you put into your body is what you get out of it, and most Emerson students become aware of this after spending night-after-night in the dining hall.

Take Advantage

The Emerson fitness center is over 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art equipment, featuring group excersise programs, personal training, and health workshops. If students feel ashamed or physically unhealthy after sneaking that chocolate brownie or apple pie, they head straight to the gym. And the best part about going to the gym is knowing that other like-minded students are their burning calories as well.

Students enjoy Emerson’s fitness center and take advantage of the equipment.

Living in a city like Boston presents many opportunities to wander, to explore, and to live an active lifestyle. Since Emerson is positioned directly in front of The Commons, students can be seen running alongside the pond, speed-walking through the gardens, playing frisbee on the lawn, or practicing yoga in the grass. Even if you derive from a health-conscious suburban town, like myself, don’t let the preconceived notions of the East Coast and city life fool you. Individualize Boston and create your own life around it.

Like mentioned in the article Experience Boston and the Dating Scene, The Esplanade, a pathway stretching miles along the Charles River, is an excellent workout source to take use of. Not only will your workout be scenically beautiful and overlook Cambridge, but you’ll be surrounded by other runners and joggers… and who knows, you may make a new friend or have an unexpected conversation with a Bostonian.

Students can be seen running through The Esplanade.

Fact, Emerson holds a reputation of not being the most sports-centric college compared to its surrounding competitors like BU, Northeastern, and Harvard, though the Quidditch program excels in combining creativity with athletics. The competitive wizardly sport is an amusing way to pump blood and stay healthy and happy. Emersonian’s take advantage of this sport, among the few, and make fit look fun. For more information, visit: http://emersonquidditch.org.

Happiness and Health

You know the feeling you get after listening to an incredible song for the first time? That feeling that sensationalizes all things and guides extra contentment into your life? That’s the effect of sound. Music is therapy and it holds the power to increase serotonin and reduce stress levels. Emerson students are suckers for good music, whether the genres be electronic, classic rock, reggae pop, or rap, and because Boston is the haven for emerging artists and new waves of sound, there’s always something happening just outside the doors. The House of Blues, The Paradise Rock Club, and The Middle East are all eccentric venues that students flock to.

The House of Blues in Boston is a great music venue to enjoy great bands, dance, meet new people, and feel happy.

Attending concerts is a spontaneous way to enjoy yourself, enjoy Boston, and enjoy the enthusiastic music scene. If music isn’t a strongpoint of yours, other creative endeavors like writing, filming, singing, or dancing can increase mental happiness. Emerson students enjoy participate in many clubs and activities because it keeps them busy, builds their arts portfolio, and gives them inspiration and purpose in life.

Additionally, Emerson’s downtown and theatre central location should not go to waste, for ArtsEmerson produces incredible plays and comedy shows throughout the week at The Cutler Majestic, The Paramount, and other surrounding theaters. The Polish Film Festival is occurring right now, and the play “The Old Man and The Old Moon” will begin Nov. 19. These shows will boost your happiness and make you laugh.

Emerson’s theatre, The Cutler Majestic, is scenically aesthetic and houses outstanding performances.

Do what makes you happy. This quote is cliche, but truthful. Take a walk through the garden, people watch at a coffee shop, experience the cuisine of fried dumplings and stir-fry dishes in Chinatown, browse through a record shop in Cambridge, or go to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park! Don’t let the cloudy weather and dropping winter temperatures build your stress and lower your happiness. All the beautiful things in this world are right in front of you, you just need to embrace them. 

Emerson is an accepting community of open-minded students, staff, faculty, and services. Counselors, psychologists, and nutritionists are available to promote physical and mental healthiness and security. Students aren’t alone, they have Boston and excellent resources!

(P.S.: the song “Find Your Cloud” by Papadosio will make your mind smile).