Grocery Shopping

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Dear Freshmen, Everyone told us that dining hall food would get old in no time, but if you were like me, the number of options for the first few weeks entranced you. I can’t even count how many times I asked myself, how could I ever get tired of all this? Well, it happened, and it happened much faster than I thought it would. By the beginning of September, I was over the pasta and pizza and just about everything else. Luckily, my mini fridge was stocked full of frozen foods, and I had plenty of easy mac and goldfish stored in tubs under my bed. Unfortunately, by the end of September, I had one plastic cup of applesauce to my name. It was time to go grocery shopping. Luckily, I had a few options! I could shop in one of the residence hall...

Single and Ready to Mingle?

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Dear Freshmen, In this first semester of college, I’ve met a lot of people who are single and happy, desperately looking for a relationship, or just having fun hooking up. One isn’t any better or worse than the other, but it seems as though being in a committed relationship holds less value in a college setting nevertheless. At parties, it can be difficult avoiding guys who are invading your personal space, and it can make you feel uneasy. When I tell them that I have a boyfriend, in hopes of turning them away, they usually respond with “But is he here now?” The lack of respect some people have for committed relationships, male or female, can be discouraging to a freshman experiencing his or her first time away from their...

Fall Dorm Necessities

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Dear Freshmen, This past summer, you and your parents made a list of things you would need to survive your first semester in college. However, summer is fleeting and the cool fall breeze is approaching. After speaking with some experienced upperclassmen, I have come up with a list of must have dorm necessities for this fall season. Granola Bars: It is getting colder, and you are getting lazier. You may be tempted to skip the gym and snuggle under your sheets. While you are at it, you might munch on some junk food while watching your favorite shows on Netflix. However, no matter the weather, the freshman 15 is still a threat. Stock up on granola bars. Not only are they cheaper than Insomnia cookies, they are also healthier! Zip lock bags:...

Two Cultures, One Syracuse Student

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As Blog Editor, I usually edit the blog posts, but today, I am coming out from behind the anonymous user names! I want to share my experiences living on this beautiful campus with you thus far. I think it is important to note early on that I am, indeed, Latina. If my last name wasn’t a dead giveaway, I do not know what would be. I should also bring up that I am from Rutherford, New Jersey, a small town whose population is primarily of European descent. Growing up with the same kids since kindergarten, I never really noticed that I was different. They treated me the same. We liked the same music, the same food. Pizza, burgers, and pasta were ideal for dinner. At the same time, once I hopped into the car, I liked to listen to Latin...

The First Winter

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As you very well know, Syracuse is not lacking in the snow department. The 315 earns the number one spot almost every year for most snowfall in the United States. Take it from me, someone who went to high school three and a half miles down Euclid, that preparing for the winter is something to be taken as seriously as the seasoned fries in the dining halls. Pretty soon, it won’t be sixty-five degrees in the morning and seventy-five by noon, because it will be ice cold. ALL. DAY. LONG. Do not fret, though – Syracuse winters are completely doable with the right winter gear. It might seem overwhelming to prepare for, but as long as you have the essentials, you’ll stay warm. I stopped by Marshall Street’s J. Michael Shoes where Corey...

Going Out and Staying Safe

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Dear Freshmen, The age old saying “there is safety in numbers” has held true multiple times during my time here at Syracuse. Ladies and gentlemen, I am talking about the beautiful thing known as the buddy system. Whether you are in a group of ten or a group of two, I can promise you it is better than being by yourself. Now, as a Freshman, I know that before I go out with people, we should establish a basic set of rules and regulations. For the most part it goes like this: “Okay so we’re all going to try to stay together, but at the very least stay with one other person at all times. If you meet a cute guy, don’t leave without telling someone. Ask another person just to make sure they’re cute in the first place. Also, always...

Finding the One

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Dear Freshmen, Winter is on its way, and if time keeps flying by like it has been, Rush Week will come before you know it! If you’re like me, you’re already thinking about what sorority or fraternity you want to join. I will admit that the amount of options regarding Greek Life can be super overwhelming. There are seventy-one sororities and fraternities altogether! Lucky for us, we have plenty of time to weed through our choices. You might be thinking, how am I going to pick one? How do I know which one I will like the best? Well take a deep breath. I have some tips that will calm your nerves. Personally, I began by conducting some research. Visit the websites of some fraternities or sororities. Browse and see what they are all about...

How To Survive Thirsty Thursday

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As high school seniors, we were all guilty of drooling over the Thirsty Thursday posts from our college friends each Friday morning in school because, lets face it, we weren’t up late enough to see them the night before. Our lives as seniors were boring compared to the #thirstythursday posts on Twitter and Instagram from previous classmates across the country. We have long awaited the day when we could finally spread the excitement and pregame with our new college friends. But, what these Instagram posts didn’t show is the preparation, energy, and extreme stamina needed to survive the typical Thirsty Thursday. Here are a couple of tips that will most definitely ensure not only survival, but a good night for all on Thirsty...

The Freshman Ego

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Dear Freshmen, Your freshman year of college is a fresh start; who you were in high school no longer matters. Now, depending on who you were throughout those four years, this new beginning could be a good or a bad thing. For those of us who were big fish in a small pond, like myself, letting go of our freshman ego can be difficult. Long gone are the glory days – the time when we were at the top of the metaphorical food chain. Senior year of high school is over folks, and we’re at the bottom once again, especially physically. The gym is one of the most important places on campus to relinquish your freshman ego. Going into the gym with a big head and a cocky attitude won’t help you; it may actually hurt you. For example, we’ve...

Roommates and Relationships

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Dear Freshmen, Living with another person can be tricky at times. As a freshman, I considered the experience to be terrifying. Throughout high school, I heard dozens of horror stories about roommates.  I heard about the messy roommate, the unfriendly roommate, the party non-stop roommate; the list went on and on. Yet, everyone knows that the worst type of roommate is the one who brings a guy or girl back to the dorm every other weekend. I’m sure my future roommate at the time heard similar stories. Much to her relief, she soon discovered that I would not be that kind of roommate. However, she wasn’t completely off the hook. Though I am in a long distance relationship, my boyfriend is very much part of my day-to-day life. During our...