Getting out of ‘that place’: Avoiding stagnation

Mia Concepcion | Staff Writer The world is a garden, and people are the seeds planted throughout the land. Though sometimes placed in the most inclement conditions, we all eventually bloom with grace and strength. Being able to thrive in both the healthiest and stormiest conditions reminds us that we are the resources we have been looking for all along. But while diligence, perseverance and love can always come from external sources, their availability is not always guaranteed. Look for these things from within while experiencing unfamiliar places, and you’ll be able to thrive wherever your calling takes you. Whether … Continue reading Getting out of ‘that place’: Avoiding stagnation

Surviving end-of-semester stress

Anisa Saigo | Staff Writer The end is almost here—that is, the end of the school year! This period is an extremely stressful time for some college students as they buckle down for the last few weeks of the semester. Going through seasonal depression is completely real and can take a toll on how you deal with personal life and school. There are many methods to cope with the overwhelming feeling of stress, such as spending quality time with family and friends, binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix and eating your favorite snacks. “I just try to do other things … Continue reading Surviving end-of-semester stress

A short guide to apartment hunting

Leenika Belfield-Martin | Lifestyle Editor The 2018-2019 academic year is coming to a close. That means it’s the time for planning—planning for the summer, registering for classes and planning for housing. For some, this means the start of a new adventure: Apartment hunting! Here are some things to keep in mind if you plan to move off-campus next year. Budget, budget, budget Budgeting is everything. No matter what happens throughout the school year (whether it’s homecoming or beach weekend), rent is always due at the beginning of the month. So, make sure to pay rent BEFORE buying those party/concert tickets … Continue reading A short guide to apartment hunting

The importance of insurance

Leenika Belfield-Martin | Lifestyle Editor Imagine you are on your way to class one morning when the unexpected happens. You trip on the stairs, breaking your leg. When you see the hospital bill, it’s almost $17,000! Now, in addition to financing your education, how are you going to pay for your medical bills? About one in five Americans would have to pay this expense in its entirety. That is because they don’t have health insurance, according to the CDC. For young adults 18 to 24, 30% lack a source of usual medical service and have no health insurance. This means … Continue reading The importance of insurance

Living your life like it’s golden

Mia Concepcion | Staff Writer Flickr User Seaternity Let’s be ready to live. Our lives truly begin when we quit surrendering ourselves to fear. When we decide that we will no longer make room for its controlling presence to dictate our next move. Fear’s only intention is to torment and steal our peace. The moment we think we’re safe from fear’s divisive plans, it makes an unexpected appearance. Instead of confronting it, we run from it. The question that must now be asked is, what are we running from? What is it that we are so afraid of facing alone? … Continue reading Living your life like it’s golden

Gucci criticized for sweater’s resemblance to blackface

Amber Smith | Staff Writer Flickr User Heidi Uusitorppa The popular fashion brand Gucci infuriated many customers with its release of a black sweater which resembles blackface. The black wool balaclava sweater – appearing similar to blackface, the practice of non-black performers wearing black makeup on their face in order to make a mockery of the behaviors and features of black people – arrived as an unappreciated, unpleasant surprise during Black History Month. While some people say this was merely a lapse in judgment from the brand, others think this is an outward act of racism and have decided to … Continue reading Gucci criticized for sweater’s resemblance to blackface

Five bad habits for college students to avoid

Leenika Belfield-Martin | Lifestyle Editor Unsplash User Manan Chhabra College is the time to develop professional skills and lifelong relationships. Unfortunately, many students also develop some unhealthy practices during things during this time: bad habits. And, like many things, these can stick with you for life. Here are five of the worst ones to have: Bad Habit number 1: Impulse buying  If you have gone to Target to purchase one thing and left with 20, you may have an impulse buying issue. Impulse buying is “the buying of goods without planning to do so in advance, as a result of … Continue reading Five bad habits for college students to avoid