ON VALUES-On Addictions by Ekaterina Lalo
Frankly, I detest something that is stronger than me. Therefore, as soon as I recognized my “sweet tooth” addiction, I decided to stop it. Once you realize that something in your life is addicting, push yourself to live without it for as long as you can. Sometimes even a week seems long, so if it is hard for you, start with a day or two. Do not be upset if you cannot prolong your abstinence. Beginning somewhere is already a step forward. At the same time, find an activity that interests you so that you can devote more time to it and forget about your addiction for a while.
ON RELATIONSHIPS-On Distance by Mary Kramer
For as long as I have been in New York, I’ve made it a point to call my dad at least once a day, with frequent texts and emails in between. I’m not the type of person who needs constant reassurance from my parents or who is not used to being away from them; I rarely talk to my mom at all, and when we do, the conversations are short and usually started by her, but for as long as I can remember, I have been closer to my dad. So it was quite a shock to wake up one morning and realize that I hadn’t talked to him in at least a week. I had no pressing news for him, true, but usually when we talk, I just ramble about a topic he has interest in, like basketball, with the casual inquiry about the rest of my family and his work thrown in. The shock came, not so much from our lack of communication, but from the fact that I hadn’t noticed or been bothered by it for such a period of time.
ON JOBS-On Internships by Christina Brower
With our dismal economy rendering the competition for jobs especially fierce, obtaining an internship has become a top priority for college students seeking to get a leg up after graduation. Although most internship opportunities require that you give up between 10 to 40 hours of your time without monetary compensation, these “bottom of the totem pole” positions are windows of opportunity that ultimately give students the chance to network with professionals while gaining valuable hands-on experience. However, as the competition for these positions increases, more and more college students are asking how to succeed when their job prospects are disappearing left and right.
ON HEALTH-On Therapy by Roni Tessler
College is a truly amazing time in your life, when you begin to spread your wings and plot out your future. It is fun, chaotic, and unforgettable, and you should take advantage of every moment. But the truth is that amidst all the fun and excitement, college is an emotional rollercoaster. While you’re studying for tests and working on papers, you have to deal with issues like friends, family, and your own happiness. With songs like “I Love College” by Asher Roth, and movies like Animal House that supposedly depict the way school “really” is, many people think college is four years of non-stop fun and limited responsibility.
ON BEAUTY- On Style by Cecylia Makarewicz
Ooh, la la! The lights! The glamour! The protesters! If you’ve ever stood outside the giant tent that blankets the Met each September, then you may have found yourself in the midst of New York’s fashion week. Each year designers battle each other on the runway. The winner makes the pages of fashion magazines to dictate what the public will wear the following year. And you can only come as close as the PETA protesters without a coveted VIP pass. Copyright 2012
ON ENTERTAINMENT-On Date Night by Emily Ho
Anywhere but New York, a nice date out on the town usually means dinner at the neighborhood Italian restaurant, a movie at the local theater, and maybe a bit of dancing afterwards. But in a place where restaurants pile high on top of each other, and where we need The Village Voice and The L Magazine to tell us what’s going on around the City, planning the perfect date might involve more work than simply looking up the 8:00 movie. The long-running laundry list of where to go and what to do can boggle the mind. Add a college student’s budget into the mix, and you’ve got a tall order to fill, a creative and interesting first date that’ll ease its way into the second and not break the bank. Below are a few of my favorite haunts in the City, gathered from all the Friday and Saturday nights of almost-dates, serious relationship dates, and everything in between.
ON ENTERTAINMENT-On Concerts by Andrew Limbong
New York City, in its unrivaled expanse, is a city bursting with music. There’s something going on almost every day—some great band playing, or some group of people in the audience having the time of their lives. But none of this does you any good if you don’t know where to find it. With the nearly unquantifiable number of gigs and shows going on in the City, it’s difficult to keep track of what’s what. There have been plenty of times when I’ve missed out on some great shows simply because I didn’t know they were going on. Here are some ways you stay informed about the latest performances.
ON FOOD-On Cocktails by Maya Klausner
When on Stuyvesant Street, go from Kant in the St. Mark’s Bookstore to covert cocktails at Angels Share. Ascend the stairs on 9th Street to a Chinese restaurant and wander to the back to sip specialty drinks in an oakwood paneled speakeasy where the atmosphere is as uniquely quiet as the journey. Enjoy an intimate setting in a no standing room, where parties are seated in groups of four or fewer in cozy, dimly lit booths that overlook the animated streets through a colossal window. Bar snacks include sashimi, dim sum, Japanese sausage, and fried oysters, which complement an exotic, delicious menu of cocktails that change seasonally.
ON FOOD-On Cheap Eats by Kerry Hoffman
In New York City, buying dinner out can break the bank. Dinner can be quite expensive in a city where some restaurants serve $18 quesadillas and $26 hamburgers. However, cheap restaurants do exist. The challenge is finding them on a night where you crave delicious food, but want money left in your wallet as you exit the restaurant. The best part of NYC is the great deals that restaurants have, whether it be prix fixe menus, early bird specials, or free appetizers. In order to find these deals, search on sites like Twitter or Menupages, or CampusClipper.com, of course. Another useful site that comes to you is Blackboard Eats, which sends huge discounts right to your e-mail.
ON STUDENT LIFE-On Safety by Andrew Limbong
In my experience, New York City nightlife is as fun and exciting as I had always heard. There’s this palpitating heartbeat within New York that surges with countless things to do. This is particularly true at night, and especially if you’re part of the over-21 crowd.
THE PROBLEM IS GETTING HOME With the City being as big as it is, there are plenty of opportunities to find places to drink in different parts of town. But the farther you explore, the farther you get away from home and the longer your commute will be to get back. It gets pretty easy to forget this fact when you’re on your third, fourth, or seventh round. Here are some basic things to remember when traveling home after a night out.