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  • 10 Highs and Lows of the Average Ohio State Student

    Written by: | April 23, 2014

    Misery and celebration are always better when collectively shared, if being an Ohio State student has taught me anything.

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    Topics: Author, Campus Life, finals, Julia S., School Spirit, Student Life, Why Ohio State? | No Comments »

    Finals Week: We Just Stole A Classroom

    Written by: | April 22, 2014

    Ahhhh finals week.  We all know this is the most productive time of year for me in terms of blogging.  In terms of studying, not so much.  Of course the two main libraries on campus (Thompson and the SEL*) have been reduced to zoos at 2pm on this lovely Reading Day.  Kendra and I have resorted to occupying an empty classroom, which thus far is going pretty well.  This may be the true solution to finals week library occupancy levels: find an empty classroom, ask no permission, and stay there. Read the rest of this entry »

    Topics: Academics, finals, Hayley, Study Abroad, Travel | No Comments »

    Easter: Dorm Edition

    Written by: | April 21, 2014

    College is a unique time in one’s life: it is perhaps the only time that one can claim youthfulness one day and adulthood the next. (Job interview? Lemme just finish this episode of Spongebob…)

    So when it was decided that I wouldn’t be going home for Easter this year, I resolved to continue all of the Easter traditions of my childhood right here at The Ohio State University. After a few trips to good old Dollar Tree (side note: yes, you can buy eggs from the dollar store- REAL EGGS) and a dose of holiday spirit, I had myself a merry little Easter. Here are some highlights/tips from my successful celebration:

    1) YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD FOR AN EASTER EGG HUNT! 

    My wonderful boyfriend hid eggs all over campus for me, each egg with a riddle leading me to the next one. To all the doubting girls out there: romance/chivalry is alive and well in the Buckeye State <3

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    2) Dyeing Easter Eggs is cheap and fun!

    Egg dyeing kit: $1.99 (all the change in my wallet)

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    Our masterpieces

    3) Easter is a perfect excuse to eat otherwise socially unacceptable amounts of chocolate

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    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    4) Going to church on Easter morning never loses its magic…

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    …Despite screaming babies, the inevitable chair deficiency, and the half-hour long communion

     

    Happy Easter, Buckeyes! He is Risen!

     

     

     

     

     

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    It’s That Time of Year…

    Written by: | April 19, 2014

    …when everybody’s scrambling to finish projects/papers and study for finals.
    …when seniors are freaking out about how close graduation is.
    …when students are finalizing their housing arrangements for next year!

    Next year, I will be living in the Towers again. Some people are shocked when they hear I’ve chosen to live in the Towers for a second year.

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    Topics: Campus Life, Student Life | No Comments »

    Where’d the Semester Go?

    Written by: | April 17, 2014

    Remember how I said I would blog more frequently?

    …Sorry.  Really.  I’ll explain. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Multitasking

    Written by: | April 16, 2014

    I’ve always prided myself on being able to manage my time really well, especially carving out time for schoolwork. I never found that juggling activities was too stressful.

    But this semester has been quite different. Read the rest of this entry »

    Topics: Advice, Campus Life, Classes, finals, Meera, Personal, Personal Events, Relaxation, Stress, Stress Relief, The Future, Why Ohio State? | No Comments »

    Vice Presidential Pre-Speech

    Written by: | April 9, 2014

    Ski season wound down around a month ago (can’t believe it’s been that long!) and I haven’t really known what to do with myself.  I can’t say I’m disappointed that snow finally stopped falling because walking* to class is both more pleasant and less dangerous. Somehow this season managed to top the last one.  I’ve sat down and tried to type out a few different posts about the season but found myself dissatisfied with what I was writing because most of the time words couldn’t do justice to the things I saw and felt throughout this winter.  Tonight I’m determined to get something out though. Read the rest of this entry »

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    What TV Doesn’t Tell You About Greek Life

    Written by: | April 4, 2014

    Recently, I joined a sorority that is part of the Multicultural Greek Council, Kappa Phi Lambda Inc.! Prior to joining, there was so much that I did not know about Greek Organizations. There are so many skills and experiences that are not talked about!

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    Going out with a Bang

    Written by: | April 1, 2014

    As it is my last semester, I assumed workloads, responsibilities, and opportunities would slowly dissipate and fall away as I cried myself to sleep that I will no longer be a student on Ohio State’s campus come May.

    But…

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    How to Do Chicago in Just 2 Days…On A College Budget

    Written by: | March 31, 2014

    This past weekend, my boyfriend and I embarked on a spontaneous get-away from campus life. After a little (okay, a lot) of planning, some pretty strategic financing, and 8 hours of mind-numbing Midwest corn field driving, we found ourselves in the great city of Chicago. Now that I’ve had a day to readjust to the “real world,” I can confidently say that this weekend was the best of my life. If you think that college students can’t afford the time or money necessary to travel, think again: Here’s how to experience The Windy City on a tight budget and a tight schedule.

    1) Never turn down a $1 ticket: Two Words: THE MEGABUS.

    Book early enough and you actually can buy a ticket to many major cities (including Chicago) for just one dollar.

    2) Save money by booking overnight trips 

    We left for Chicago at 10:50 PM on Friday, and arrived in the city at 6:30 the next morning. Not the most ideal sleeping situation, but we saved ourselves from paying for unnecessary nights in the city.

    3) Stay in the HI Chicago Hostel!!!!

    Hostels are designed for the young traveler; the HI Chicago hostel offers free breakfast, SUPER CHEAP nightly rates, dorm style rooms, an awesome location right in downtown Chicago, and it’s super international. Of the four people in my room, I was the only American. You’ll also get discounted tickets for many popular attractions at the front desk!

    4) If you do one thing in Chicago, go to the Skydeck on the top of Willis Tower

    This was my favorite part of the trip; the view is absolutely breathtaking and you’ll want to take tons of artsy pictures. A word of caution: get there EARLY! The wait can reach up to 2 hours if you go at prime time (around noon.) We got there at 9:30 AM and didn’t wait for a minute.skydeck

    5) Save money by doing things that are free but fun

    Chicago is a gorgeous city-we spent a lot of time simply walking around and enjoying the scenery! A few of our favorite spots were Millenium Park, (The location of “The Bean,” a giant bean-shaped reflective sculpture that is awesome for taking pictures) and the Navy Pier (best view of the skyline in Chicago; also offers plenty of restaurants, souvenir shops, and the iconic World’s Fair replica Ferris Wheel.)

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    6) Make it your mission to eat deep dish pizza-you won’t regret it

    Our location of choice was Gino’s East-probably the most famous place for Chicago’s iconic pizza. Our tips? Get there before the dinner rush, bring a marker to write on the walls with, and check the weekly circulars for coupons. (We found a coupon for FREE garlic sticks!)

    7) It’s okay to splurge a little when you’re on vacation….

    My bank account wasn’t too happy, but my tastebuds sure were when we decided to live on the luxurious side for Saturday night’s dinner. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab: waitstaff to customer ratio: 1:1, and bow-ties galore. Our server brought me out another cup of sauce for my 100% crab meat crab cakes (which put all other crab-cakes to shame) before it was even half-way empty. Oh, and mention that it’s your first time at Joe’s and they’ll give you a complimentary slice of their to-die-for Key Lime Pie.

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    8) Visit the Magnificent Mile, even though you probably won’t be able to afford anything

    Chicago’s famous “Mag Mile” is a millionaire’s playground; Nordstrom’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Chanel, Gucci…you name it, and it’s there! But don’t worry, it’s not all out of your price-range; there is also a Hershey’s store, an awesome Macy’s, and a giant shopping center in a building called Water Tower Place that houses all the traditional mall stores. If you’re like me, you’ll want to go into Ghirardelli Chocolates for a free sample, and relive your childhood in the giant American Girl Store.

    9) Go to the Museum Campus and pick one to visit (or 2)!

    Chicago is home to some of the best museums in the country-go to the Field Museum if you like dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, and other “Night at the Museum” type stuff. Another one worth checking out is the Adler Planetarium; they have a pretty cool to-scale model of the solar system that takes up a whole room, and their location on the water gives visitors really great views of Lake Michigan. We went to both of these museums, but saved money by using my boyfriend’s reciprocal membership with the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. If your family belongs to another science museum somewhere else in the country, you could also be eligible for free entry!

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    10) You can sleep in at school….wake up and carpe diem!!!!!

    What made our trip so wonderful was how much we were able to do in just two days. But we couldn’t have done half as much as we did if we had slept in every day until 10 in the morning! If you really want to make the most out of a trip to Chicago, or any city, sacrifice a little bit of sleep and you’ll be able to do everything on your vacation bucketlist! All you need is some coffee, a smile, and the excitement of exploring :)

     

    Happy travels, Buckeyes!

     

     

     

     

     

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    Topics: Advice, Author, Food, Personal, Recreation, Relaxation, Stress Relief, Student Life, Travel | 4 Comments »

    I did it!

    Written by: | March 25, 2014

    And I’m not just saying that I made a blog post… haven’t done that for awhile… but I did something that has been taking my time and focus away from other things such as blogging: I presented my original solo show for an audience!Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 12.54.19 PM

     

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    Topics: Julia L., Research, Study Abroad, The Future | 1 Comment »

    Regrets?

    Written by: | March 20, 2014

    I’m graduating from THE Ohio State University in a month and a half.  Which, by default, also means my undergraduate career is about to be over. Read the rest of this entry »

    Topics: Advice, Julia S., Personal | 1 Comment »

    Buck-i-SERV with Pelicans!

    Written by: | March 20, 2014

    For Spring Break, I went on a Buck-i-SERV trip to Miami, Florida! Though Spring Break on the Miami beaches may sound like one of the best Spring Breaks in the world, I was able to experience something even better. I volunteered at a Pelican Seabird Station, a sanctuary that specialized in Brown Feathered Pelicans.

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    No Longer My Doppelgänger

    Written by: | March 3, 2014

    Last year was my freshman year at The Ohio State University and I’ll admit that it was mediocre. And because pointing fingers is fun and sometimes necessary for moving on, I’m going to blame that lack of fulfillment not on myself, but on the true culprit:

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    Oh, SNAP. $1.50 a meal is harder than you might think!

    Written by: | March 1, 2014

    Happy Saturday!

     

    Well, it is now on Day 5 of the SNAP Challenge. Most OSU participants finished the challenge yesterday, but I started a day late and also decided I wanted to do a full week rather than just 5 days! So I’m gonna keep on trucking along :) I just thought I would update you on the realizations/perspective I have gained from the challenge so far.

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