10 Movies from 2018 to Check Out

Hey, would you look at that! 2018, the year we never thought would end, is finally coming to a close. Although the cash cow that is Hollywood still insists on hastily spewing out reboot after reboot, an abundance of great films came out of this year, both big and small. A preface to this list is that no film is objectively better than others (in most cases; pitting The Godfather up against The Emoji Movie is another discussion), so they won’t be in any order or ranked in anyway. Also, these aren’t necessarily the “best” movies of the year, but rather movies that came out of this year that are definitely worth a watch. This list is based on my own personal preferences and not just which films received the most critical acclaim. Enjoy!

 

Avengers: Infinity War – Arguably the biggest movie of 2018, the third Avengers installment and like, 7,000th Marvel movie brought together a ridiculous ensemble of comic book characters and mashed together a big steaming heap of Hollywood talent pretty seamlessly. An abundance of great and surprisingly long-lasting memes arose out of this movie (which obviously has nothing to do with the quality of the movie itself, but I thought I’d mention it). Coming from a huge nerd, Infinity War defied my expectations and proved itself to be extremely rewatchable.

 

Hereditary – I’d like to specifically give this film credit for reinvigorating my love for the horror genre, after a slew of trashy, jump-scare filled flicks have stunk up the box office for such a long time. Hereditary is a great movie for both general film-lovers and for horror-lovers (though it may not be for general audiences). Toni Collette certainly deserves more recognition for her frighteningly-good performance (I’m looking at you, Academy!), and Milly Shapiro turned in a terrifying performance as well.

 

A Star is Born – Probably the biggest surprise on this list, A Star is Born had everything working against it. An A-list actor’s directorial debut, a Grammy-award winning artist in her first leading film role, and the fact that this movie had been literally made three times already apparently had no effect on the power and emotion that this film brought us. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga demonstrate a raw and intense chemistry that is one for the ages, and the music is quite memorable as well. And for those of you who felt too manly to go see a romance movie with singing in it, go check it out– it’s worth a watch.

 

Mission Impossible: Fallout – For some weird reason, this series just keeps getting better. The sixth Mission: Impossible movie ended up being quite possibly the greatest action movie I’ve ever seen. Loaded with twists and turns and mindblowing set pieces, this film defied the notion that a grand finale must be saved for the end of a movie. Tom Cruise once again puts his life in danger (literally, the man does his own stunts) as Ethan Hunt in this spy-thriller action flick.

 

Beautiful Boy: A slow burn, this movie gets a slot on this list because of the fact that it’s stayed in my mind months after having watched it. While this movie may not go down as one of the best of this year, it contains two fantastic performances (Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet) and expresses a raw and important message about drug abuse and addiction.

 

Sorry to Bother You: Somehow, the marketing for this movie managed to advertise it as something completely different than it is. I don’t want to spoil it either. Just go check it out, it’s a wild ride.

 

Upgrade: Another crazy action movie, Upgrade follows discount-Tom Hardy (Logan Marshall-Green) as he’s followed by some bionically-enhanced super-assassins in a dystopian world. This movie contains some stunning camera work, impressive choreography, a super-cool soundtrack, and a plethora of moments that will leave you in shock. You’ll have to get past some cheesy dialogue, but this movie is a great pick if you’re ever bored and want to watch something with your friends.

 

Unsane: The fact that this movie was allegedly filmed entirely on a smartphone just makes it that much more creepy. Unsettling close-ups and fuzzy, dimly lit cinematography make for a pretty great combination. This film is a weird hybrid of The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, and a bunch of other B-list horror films. Claire Foy hands in a great performance as someone who literally never has things go her way. And the guy who plays the stalker in this movie will give you nightmares.

 

Game Night: This is another film that would be a great choice for someone who’s looking for something On-Demand at 11:00 on a Saturday night (that’s how I found this movie). Game Night is the perfect blend of comedy, action, and thriller, and it took a number of risks that impressed and surprised me the whole way through.
Mid90s: This movie was chock-full of child performances that just aren’t seen in Hollywood today. Sunny Suljic leads a pack of skater kids in this nostalgia-filled coming-of-age movie. With a great soundtrack and some fun moments, Mid90s was a blast.

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Two Diverse Endeavors

I can’t believe it’s almost becoming time for me to graduate! I hardly even feel like a college student right now, so I am in serious wonder of how I will feel when I finally leave. One of the things I will miss about college is the ability to socialize and quickly make friends with people of different cultures and backgrounds. I’m not saying you won’t meet people of diverse upbringings after college, but it will not be as new and fresh an environment to make friends as in college, since later in life people start worrying about their work, how to start families, and other personal commitments. In college, basically everyone is trying to figure out where they are going, and a huge part of that journey entails meeting new people.

I myself have gotten to appreciate other cultures over the years, and below I list two of the ways I have explored backgrounds different from, but also including, my own.

One of my endeavors is attending cultural events at Marathi Vishwa Professional Association with my family during the fall season. Here, I travel with my parents on a weekend to any local NJ high school where the event is sponsored and get to socialize with family friends and make new ones, almost entirely in my first language, Marathi. There is great food (always the best part), dance performances, theatrical skits, and a great chance for me to stay connected to my Indian heritage. Best of all, it’s a great break from the academically stressful environment of the weekdays. Even if I have an exam to study for later in the day, I at least find it relaxing that I got to go to one of these events. Of course, the event is not only exclusive to people who speak Marathi, so it’s also nice to see people from all over India dressing up in traditional Marathi attire and connecting with their culture.

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Another way is that I spent two of my summers interning at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, in which I described my experience volunteering in the waiting room of the pediatric clinics, almost entirely in Spanish. I had described my experience in a previous post titled “The NYPD – New York Presbyterian Department“, and I had the privilege of doing it again this past summer, this time as a paid intern! I even got academic credit for it at the Rutgers Internship and Co-op Program! I am glad to know that the initiative to address patients’ social determinants of health (non-biological factors such as occupation, education, and housing) is gaining ground at NYP, and I do hope it grows out to other healthcare institutions as well. The best part about this experience was that it introduced me firsthand to the Dominican culture in the Washington Heights region of New York City, and it thrilled me knowing I was part of an initiative to help the children and their families adjust to their living situations with support from local government-funded and private community resources. The sooner the problems are addressed, the better the lives of the family improves and the less of a chance they have of developing unhealthy eating habits or building up risk factors for chronic disorders. Speaking Spanish to these patients really made me feel like part of their lives and able to communicate what they may have been anxious or had not known about.

Those were two of the experiences I had that I considered as being the most diverse. One was for clinical experience, and the other was for pure family enjoyment. I am sure I have many more that I will talk about in my future posts, and I am sure many of my peers also have something to share regarding their diverse experiences. Whether you realize it or not, each one of us really does have an interesting experience that is worth writing or talking about. Engaging in free discussion was one of the ways I was able to build relationships in college and connect with other cultures. At the end of the day, nothing makes me feel more satisfied than walking away from a conversation where I learned something new about the person, the culture, or myself.

Must-Read Final Exam Tips

Hey everyone! Fall 2018 semester is finally coming to an end. I feel like it flew by so fast! You know what that (unfortunately) means: finals are approaching. I thought I would share with you some tips for the dreadful exams.

Before the Exam

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  1. Go to the review sessions. I know this may sound a little “no-duh”, but trust me there are many of you who think staying in and studying instead of getting on the bus to go to the review session is smart. All the review sessions I have attended in the past 3 years (including for my last semester classes) were quite useful; the professor/TA’s always gave some sort of hint on what to focus my studying on, so do go if you can.
  2. Go to your Rutgers portal to see your final exam dates. You should have done this by now, but if you haven’t, then go do it right now. Plan out how your exam days are going to be. Which campus do you have to go to? Do you have enough time to commute? How far apart are your exams? Do you have a little extra time to wake up and study?
  3. Make a condensed note sheet of keynotes. On this list, it would be useful to write mechanisms, dates of key events, classifications of lipids, etc. Any piece of information that you keep forgetting, (after you have studied and reviewed all the material multiple times) put it on this note sheet. I find it helpful to limit my words and pages used for the keynotes because I don’t want to rewrite ALL my notes.
  4. While you go over your notes, use a red (or a color of your choice) pen to highlight/box/underline VERY important notes. Try to limit it to one color so the information really sticks out when you review the notes again.
  5. Make a questions list. You know those questions you have been waiting to ask your professor all semester? Well, now would probably be a good time to compile all the questions into a list on your phone (I do this using notepad), laptop, or a piece of paper.
  6. Speaking of questions, make it a goal to contact your professor at least once between now and two to three days before the exam to clarify material/answer your questions (from the list you have made of course). Notice I said contact and not that you HAVE to go to office hours.  I know time is of the essence right now, so see if you can email your questions to professors instead. I find this more helpful because the professors themselves take the time to write out more thorough answers than if you were to ask in person.
  7. Grab a friend (or make one first by exchanging contact information) from the class and quiz each other. I usually wait till I have gone over and am comfortable with all the material before I do this. This is so that you truly find out the really weak topics that you should look over in the last day or two (or few hours) before the exam.
  8. Try not to study the last hour before the exam. Trust me, it does NOT help at all. In fact, when I do study an hour before the exam, I get more anxious and feel like I don’t know any of the material ( I feel less prepared than I really am). Just relax this hour. Watch those 20-minute episodes of your favorite show. Listen to music. Hang out with your friends (obviously for fun and not to study together at this point).

Taking the Exam

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  1. Circle/underline keywords/terms in the exam questions (if you are allowed to write on the exams). These are usually the “NOT the answer”, “does NOT fit in”, important names/numbers, etc.  Be sure you know what the question is really asking you.
  2. Do not doubt yourself on the exam. I usually star the questions I REALLY have no clue about and then ONLY review those after making sure there is an answer for every question (even if this answer is doubtful). You can make sure your bubbled in answer matches the one you circled (if you are using a scantron), but other than this, do NOT go over questions you are not totally doubtful of.
  3. When reviewing doubtful questions, unless you know for sure (because you remembered an important piece of information or deduced the answer due to hidden clues from other questions on the exam), DO NOT CHANGE YOUR ANSWER.

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  1. You are free. Stop thinking about that one question you know you got wrong (even after I told you not to doubt yourself and change it for the tenth time).  You can’t change the past. Move on.

I hope these tips help! Good luck to everyone!!!!!

 

How to Make the Most of the Last Few Weeks of the Semester

Did you come back after Thanksgiving Break surprised that there are only a few weeks left of the semester? Me too. The first day of classes feels like it was just yesterday, and I still can’t believe how this semester’s flown by. If you’re thinking to yourself that you wish you’d joined more clubs or gone to more events, don’t panic! You still have some time left. Here are some ways to make the most of these last few weeks.

  1. Check out some pre-finals destress events, such as Midnight Breakfast and Twilight Yoga. Many student organizations host their own special events, too, so keep an eye out for them!!
  2. Go to a concert or musical performance. Many of the choirs, acapella groups, and instrumental ensembles have their end-of-the-semester performances coming up, and they’re the perfect fun break from hours of studying. For example, Cabaret Theatre’s production of Fun Home has performances tonight, tomorrow night, and Sunday night, so that’s a perfect place to start.
  3. Try some new places to eat. Last year around this time, my roommate and I made it our mission to eat everywhere that took meal swipes that wasn’t Brower. There are a lot more than people realize – we went to so many different places and still didn’t eat at them all. If you’re getting sick of dining hall food, hop on a bus and check out a new place to eat on another campus.
  4. Spend time with your friends. Yes, finals week is coming up, but that doesn’t mean that you should hide in your room with only your notes and textbooks for company. Take some time to hang out with your friends before you have to say goodbye to them for a whole month. You could even study together and motivate each other, though make sure you can stay focused!!
  5. Treat Yo’ Self. While it’s great to try to accomplish as much as possible during these last few weeks, be sure to take care of yourself and stay healthy. Watch an episode of your favorite TV show if you’re feeling burnt out, or buy yourself your favorite Starbucks drink. If it’ll make you smile even with final exams looming, it’s worth it.

The end of the semester can be overwhelming with final projects, exams, and getting ready to say goodbye to Rutgers for a month, so take a deep breath and enjoy the time that’s left. I wish you all the best of luck with your finals and I hope you all make the most of the remainder of your fall semester : )

What to Watch Next!!

Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to spend with friends and family, a nice break from all the chaos of exams and essays. But, it’s an even better time to throw yourself into hours of TV, movies, and the endless stories of make-believe universes. Four whole days to pretend like it is your JOB to catch up on all the shows you’ve been putting off.

1. Thursday night: YOU

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Now, I’m not exactly a fan of anything that has to do with anything remotely scary but for some reason, thrillers never fail to keep me intrigued and on edge. And with my sister, cousin and I talking over basically every scene anyway, there’s nothing to really be afraid of. Except for the fact that YOU is about a bookstore manager/stalker Joe (played by the same actor who plays Dan in Gossip Girl, are you even surprised?) who falls in love with writer/normal girl Beck. The story is told through his perspective, and you hear every unapologetic, ironic, and creepy thought that crosses his mind. Maybe the best part of the show is kind of laughing at all the oblivious mistakes Beck makes which makes it ten times easier for Joe to stalk her—until you realize that maybe you do them too. All in all, an eye-opening and attention-capturing show which can occasionally be cheesy and ridiculous and may scare the shit out of me at some point. Bonus: all episodes are currently free to watch on Lifetime’s website!! (don’t ask why it’s on Lifetime, there is no explanation).

2. On a lighter note, Friday night: The Princess Switch

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It may be a sad tradition of mine to watch countless horrible movies that all somehow take place during Christmas and/or reference it excessively. But, what’s better than a movie that makes you laugh when it’s trying to not be funny at all? The Princess Switch was no exception, except for the fact that it stars Vanessa Hudgens who plays a baker named Stacy and also a freaking duchess named Margaret. Warning: her British (?) accent is not good at all. The movie has a few plots, all beautifully underdeveloped and predictable in almost every way. But it got me in the holiday mood and gave me something pretty cringey and fun to laugh about with my family.

3. Saturday Morning: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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I woke before 10 am to see this movie and it was 100% worth it. I don’t consider myself a Harry Potter Fan (though it’s a great book and movie series) and I had just watched the first part of the Fantastic Beast series recently. But this movie has me completely entranced in the wizarding world of the 1920s. The plot, the characters, and the ending have all left me speechless and impatiently awaiting the next part for more. The second part of the story still follows Newt Scamander and his creatures but with another plot line of Grindelwald and the ministry. I don’t want to give away too much but I do want to tell you to WATCH IT!!! I’m still thinking of how good it was!

All of these have their positive and negative qualities but have left me with a happy feeling in some way or another. Hope you decide to watch them, you won’t regret it!

Prepare Yourself

November is almost over and we all know what that means…FINALS 😦 Finals and the weeks leading up to them can be super stressful for most of us, so I thought I would compile a list of some ways to make it a little more bearable!

1. Make a list of everything you have to do

This one may seem really obvious, but it’s really easy to push things off until the last minute. I think the most helpful thing you can do for yourself is to create a list of ALL the assignments and important due dates you have coming up. I recently made one of these for myself, and though it was a little stressful seeing all of those assignments to complete, I felt so much better knowing that I (sort of) have everything under control. Plus, it’s so satisfying to cross things off of my list as I finish them.

2. Use Forest! (or a similar app)

I may have mentioned Forest in a post a while back, but this app is responsible for 90% of my productivity. Once you set the timer on your phone, you can’t use it until the time is up (otherwise you will kill the tree). I think this was a paid app (maybe $2?) but I’ve been using this for over a year now, and it has definitely been worth it. It’s is the perfect way to make sure that you can’t get distracted by your phone. I also recently discovered that there is a free forest chrome extension that allows you to choose websites to blacklist. I use this to block YouTube and Netflix while I am in the middle of a study session, but this might be also helpful for anyone who wants to use it to block social media!

3. Make a study playlist

Everyone is different, and some people like to study with music while others don’t. For me, it depends on how much concentration I need to do. So I have a bunch of playlists (really, I have too many), and I choose what I want to work to based on my mood. For example, I have one with soundtracks like Pirates of the Caribbean and Game of Thrones, and I have another playlist with classical music for when I want to feel calmer. I also find lofi hip-hop playlists on YouTube pretty relaxing to listen to. Music can help you feel better when you are feeling down!

4. Include breaks in your schedule–and make sure you take them!

I used to have this really bad habit of setting aside break times, only to end up ignoring them and continue studying. But I learned the hard way that this only makes you feel more tired and burnt out from work later on. Sometimes I read, sketch or do a little bit of yoga during a break–just anything that allows me to step away from the work for a few minutes. Although you may feel like you don’t need a break, your brain will thank you!

I know most of these tips are things you all know already, it helps to keep them in the back of your mind. Now, I just hope  will follow my own advice 🙂

Thanksgiving Food Ideas

Hello friends. So, I’m super excited about Thanksgiving. We get a few days to sleep which is great, I can hopefully get caught up on school work, also great. Senior year is super stressful, so I actually didn’t plan out what I wanted to cook well in advance this year, which is surprising. But I decided what I wanted to cook, now! So I figured I’d just say what I was gonna do. Then if you wanted to tell me what you plan to have, please do. I love hearing about food, like literally always.

1. Main course: Turkey Breast

My sister, if y’all remember, is vegan. We actually haven’t cooked a turkey in a few years, it was never my favorite part of the meal anyway. But this year my mom thought it would be nice to have, so I decided I’d try bringing a turkey breast. I guess it’s kind of like making pickles, but meat? It sounds gross, but it’s really one of only a few ways to get actual seasoning into the meat instead of just sitting on top. So I was gonna bring it in sugar, salt (duh),  apple cider/balsamic vinegar, spices like clove, allspice, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns, anise, garlic, and onion. Then I was gonna roast garlic, mix it with olive oil and thyme, and smear that over the dried bird to crisp the skin in the oven. It’s actually bad practice to stuff the turkey with bread stuffing because you’ll have to cook it way longer to get the filling up to safe to eat temperatures. So I was gonna stuff it with herbs, garlic, onion, and oranges. So that’s that, should be fun.

2. Mashed potatoes.

These will be vegan, as they’re my sister’s only real request besides bread rolls and cranberry sauce. She really just wants copious amounts of those three things. She’ll probably season them tbh, she doesn’t trust anyone else with the coveted potato.

3. Cranberry sauce.

We make the same one each year, and it’s super easy to make. The primary things to add are fresh cranberries, a bunch of sugar, water, orange juice, and a cinnamon stick. Like literally, boil that for like an hour and you have a delicious sauce. We usually also add lime and a few fresh jalapenos, because it’s a nicer flavor to use (we like the bitterness of the lime and the heat of the pepper), but do whatever your heart desires. I’m sure you could add almost any citrus to make it delicious, you could probably make it more savory than sweet. The cranberry is your canvas.

4. Pumpkin pie.

I’m making this, one per my mother’s request, and two because my friend likes pumpkin pie and I said I’d give her one cause she bought me a pumpkin to smash on Halloween, I think it was? (a group had a sale on Busch where you could buy a small, medium, or large pumpkin to smash with a bat. Was very fun. Smashed a pumpkin in ten seconds flat. Good times). I want to try to make a slightly different take on the classic pumpkin pie. We have like a million cans of pumpkin puree in our house right now (my mom says they’re on sale, so she keeps buying them despite not using them. I’m holding her to her promise of making us a pumpkin soup over the week). So I’m gonna take a few of those cans, blend them with the classic pie spices (though hopefully I’ll freshly toast and grind them myself. I know it’s like, more money and time, but the smell is always so much nicer, my dudes). Then I’m gonna bake the pumpkin by itself, before putting it into its traditional custard filling. I saw a Tasty video do this, and it sounded like, so much nicer than just typical pumpkin pie. So imma try it.

5. Baklava.

Not super traditional, but I really like sweets, so two desserts. And I love baklava. It’s like a super syrupy dessert made with nuts and phyllo dough. If it’s fresh it’s crunchy and nice. Tbh I prefer it after it’s soaked a day; not as crunchy but I like the flavor a lot. The first time I made baklava was actually on a Thanksgiving when I was a kid, so it brings back a fond memory. So I’m making that too.

That’s basically it. I’m sure I’ll make a vegetable too, but I’m too lazy to think of that right now. Probably either a salad or just roasted veggies. So, what are y’all making/eating? I hope you enjoy your break!

 

I Am Thankful For…

Thanksgiving may have passed–and I hope you had a wonderful one–but here I go, talking to you about one rather specific thing (out of many) that I’m very, very, VERY thankful for: creative writing at Rutgers.

Rutgers has an amazing undergraduate creative writing program open to all students. You can opt to complete the certificate in Creative Writing or the relatively new minor. If you’re interested already (!), here’s a link

Here are just some reasons why I am in love with creative writing at Rutgers:

1. Fantastic Courses

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(Did you think I was going to write Fantastic BEASTS? Alas, no. But the new one in the series was ENTHRALLING.)

From Young Adult Fiction to Multimedia (with an array of subsections) to Advanced Workshop courses, there’s just such a variety of creative writing classes to choose from!! Each course operates as though it has a certain personality about it. These classes not only challenge you to use your imagination and produce creative work, but they also ask you to think critically and provide tools to improve in your craft. 

Creative writing classes are comprised of small, intimate communities of writers who support each other. Most classes have a workshop component in which each writer gets their relevant writing piece critiqued by their peers at least once during the semester. This gives writers the opportunity to share their creative work and receive valuable feedback. Courses allow students to grow as a writer and explore themes they may have never done so before.

Speaking very honestly, I’ve never been in a creative writing class that I didn’t enjoy. In fact, each one I’ve taken in my undergraduate career has been so insanely fun and informative that I would definitely do it all over again, no doubt. 

2. Inspiring Professors

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What is a creative writing class without someone to teach it? That’s where all the incredible creative writing professors I’ve encountered come in.

My professors don’t end at “incredible”. They are another “i” word: INSPIRING. They care about each and every student. They want to help every writer be at their best. They treat you not only as their student but also as a person. They are published authors, with a wealth of knowledge that they want to share with aspiring writers. They go above and beyond. They are honest about their feedback on a writing piece and just want to help you continue to grow as a writer. 

Creative writing professors bring life to their classes–imagination, creative exploration, reflection, critical analysis, and that personality I mentioned before. They are leaders and phenomenal teachers. Above all, they are one-of-a-kind individuals who love you for you are. They are truly inspiring.

3. Opportunities

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I could go on forever about how thankful I am for all kinds of opportunities I’ve received through Rutgers Writers House (yes, spelled with no apostrophe for a reason), so let me elaborate on a specific one: the Creativity Showcase. Every semester, Writers House hosts a Creativity Showcase, in which students read and/or perform their pieces in front of their peers, professors, and family. The Showcase welcomes submissions from any Rutgers student. Judges then select several pieces from the submission pool to be presented at the Showcase. This allows students to get their work out there and for some, the opportunity to share it with others. In the spring semester’s Creativity Showcase, the authors of selected pieces are recognized through awards. 

If you’re interested, I strongly urge you to submit your work for the Showcases and the award categories in your coming semesters!! 

Sooooo….thank you always, Creative writing at Rutgers, for all the positive changes you’ve brought in me over the years. I mean it. 🙂

~Tanya B.

Weekend Adventures

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College can seem like a trap. During the week, you are dragged to the classroom and when you are not in the classroom, you are tied down to a seat with a computer putting you in a trance. The routine of food, class, studying, and sleep becomes robotic, repetitive, and exhausting. That final day of routine breaks the cycle and presents a chance of freedom. Friday finally arrives as your savior and points you toward the sliver of light. The blazing white light that brings tears of joy to your eyes returns once again: the weekend. A supposed time of tranquility and Hakuna Matata. However, the heavenly two days that maintain your sanity can still seem like a drag. Students are either getting ahead or catching up in their school work as the upcoming week presents so much anxiety. Instead of being in a constant state of worry, we students must reclaim the weekend! Here are a variety of ways to have fun and make Rutgers memories you will never forget on the most precious days of the week.

Rutgers offers so many opportunities on campus that students are never far from a great experience. Keep an eye out for events sponsored by RUPA, the Rutgers University Planning Association. RUPA has featured Logic, Chance the Rapper, Khalid, and this year Amine at their once a semester Beats on the Banks shows. Show off your Scarlet Pride and support our very own Scarlet Knights as they take on the Big 10 Conference. Check out their schedules online to see when the Scarlet Knights are battling it out on the field, court, or in the pool. There is an endless number of events at Rutgers so students must keep an eye out. Follow Rutgers accounts on social media that sponsor events you would attend and check out the many bulletin boards featuring upcoming events.

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Off-campus presents just as many opportunities for students to expand their boundaries outside Rutgers. The convenient train station can launch any student into New York City in about an hour. Students can go sightseeing, grab some famous New York pizza, or just explore the city that never sleeps. Back in New Brunswick, downtown George Street has so many venues to try as well. There are some fantastic classics like Chipotle and unique restaurants like Teri Teri and Kasai. Plus, the State Theater of New Jersey and the newly refurbished George Street Playhouse are awesome destinations to catch a play, musical, or concert.

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Clearly, there are so many ways to stay busy on the weekends. Remember that you will not prize those days in the computer lab or library as much as the unforgettable memories made at an event, club, or just a relaxing movie night with your friends. Time management is the key to succeeding in school and allowing spare moments for special memories. Students, learn to balance your school work with your weekend adventures to truly maximize your Rutgers experience.

The Most Beautiful and Spectaclar Places to Visit During Fall!!

Hi everyone!

It’s finally Fall!!!! Fall is my favorite season. I love the colors; they make every cold day worth the walk outside. I thought this month I would share with you a list of the most beautiful places to see during fall. This is just a short list, so feel free to look up more if you would like. Enjoy!

1. Vermont Green Mountain Byway

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This colorful, scenic drive will absolutely blow your mind. You start the drive in Waterbury and keep driving along Route 100. Stare out your window on both sides, and you will feel as if you are entering a magical wonderland of hues of oranges, reds, and yellows.

2. Colorado Aspen Valley

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This little valley is filled with tall, yellow riverside cottonwoods that are towering over you as you hike through. Aspen Valley has many other activities you can do besides hiking. You can shop, eat, visit museums, go to shows, and much more.

3. Catskills in New York

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This is one is in our neighboring state! Catskills is filled with wooded hillsides and mountain peaks that are painted with vibrant colors in fall. From open-air rides on the Catskill Mountain Railroad to fly fishing, there are many opportunities to be with one with nature.

4. The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee

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Established in 1934, this park is one of the most popular national parks in America. If you love a mountain view, then this is the perfect place for you. The Appalachian Mountains are the epitome of mother nature.

While these places are all in America, I wish to fly you across the world for other spectacular fall views.

5. Bieszczady in Poland

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Okay, this is one is pretty cool. This is a Polish cordillera that is one of the rare places in which the night sky is pollution-free. That means you can finally stargaze; as you lay on your back and look up, a million glimmering diamonds are awaiting your gaze.

6.  Eurochocolate in Perugia, Italy

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Alright, this is one is a mouthwatering sweet delight! If you are a chocolate lover (totally me), then drop everything and go to this annual festival in late October! Seriously. This year, it is from October 19 to October 28th.  From chocolate sculptures to free chocolate chips for EVERYONE, things just keep getting better. The events are all free! Tell me a better way to make your sweet tooth tingle. I’ll wait.

7. The Megyer Mountain Tarn in Sarospatak, Hungary

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These mountains seem to be carved by nature herself. The lake meanders around the little islands of mountains. A tarn is a small mountain lake formed from a glacial erosion. Each island is splotched with colorful, vivacious trees. This is a great place for water lovers.

Well, I hope you enjoyed looking at these places. Now, go and actually look at them in person, either with a friend or with your family. These will definitely be on my bucket list (especially the Eurochocolate festival). Feel free to comment on your personal favorites below. Do you know of other places in which autumn manifest its colors (literally)?