Making Myself Uncomfortable: On Easing Out of the Comfort Zone

Quick and necessary confession: I sleep with my baby blanket. And, yes, I realize this fact may make some of you cringe in your seats, twitching to exit this post as quickly as possible so as to swiftly erase the (inherently disturbing) image of a 21-year-old woman cuddling a baby blanket out of your mind. You have my deepest apologies, but I urge you to … Continue reading Making Myself Uncomfortable: On Easing Out of the Comfort Zone

A Week in the Life of an SASHP Junior

Hi there! This is Isabella Brewer and welcome back to my channel! Or…that’s what I might say if this were a YouTube video. As you already know, this is not YouTube, however, feel free to visualize this post in the format of a vlog. With this, I hope to give you all a glance into the daily life of a struggling-and-thriving SASHP junior: the fun, … Continue reading A Week in the Life of an SASHP Junior

Making Seconds Count: How to Stop Feeling Like You’re Running Out of Time

Picture this: you’ve been in and out of classes since 10 o’clock in the morning (on the DOT). It’s a beautiful, sunny, warm day (“In March in NJ?!” you stage-whisper. Just stick with me, okay?), and you’ve spent it frantically checking bus arrival times, eating in between, reading in between, etcetera, etcetera. At 6 o’clock, you finally extend your leg out the door of your … Continue reading Making Seconds Count: How to Stop Feeling Like You’re Running Out of Time

Little Things You Can Do to De-Stress This Semester

If you’re anything like me, then you were late to your classes within the first week of in-person. And, if you’re really like me, then you felt so embarrassed to be the last person into class that you apologized to your professor. And promised never to do it again. Or…was that just me? Cue face-palm. After that ordeal, which happened in both of my classes … Continue reading Little Things You Can Do to De-Stress This Semester

Getting My Life Together: Resetting for the Semester & Settling Into a New “Productive”

To be frank, this past semester (Fall 2021) kicked my butt. Apologies for the lack of eloquence, but the sentiment is genuine. To illustrate, this is the first blog post that I have written for the Honors Program since April 2021. Granted that I was able to write about a post per month during the 2020-21 school year, this nine-month gap is something I’ve been … Continue reading Getting My Life Together: Resetting for the Semester & Settling Into a New “Productive”

Getting To Know “Normal” Again: Confronting Change, Returning to Campus & A World Beyond COVID

When Rutgers first announced their plans for a near full return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester, though I wanted to join the collective exhale that was thousands of students’ energetic yearning to get back out there, all I could feel was a fathomless, stomach-tying sense of dread. Don’t get me wrong, underneath that dread was certainly a hefty layer of excitement. As a … Continue reading Getting To Know “Normal” Again: Confronting Change, Returning to Campus & A World Beyond COVID

Life Through A More Cinematic Lens: On Missing Movies and the Motivating Power of Living Them

I miss movies. Plain and simple, no preamble, no post-script, no post-credit scene (you’ve been seen, my fellow watch-till-the-absolute-end-er’s). And, let’s be clear, I’m talking about the whole movie-watching experience, of which I must doubly emphasize the significance of it being an EXPERIENCE. I miss going out and sitting in a fully-occupied movie theatre, miss being enveloped by the potent scent of overpriced (and yet … Continue reading Life Through A More Cinematic Lens: On Missing Movies and the Motivating Power of Living Them

Making Fashion Sustainable

We live in a fast-paced world where innovation, production, and creativity don’t seem to take any breaks. We’re also in a climate and sustainability crisis, for which we should all try to do our part to help lessen the ecological footprint we leave. The fashion industry, although seemingly inconspicuous at first, actually has a huge environmental impact. Trends cycle through quickly, so by the time … Continue reading Making Fashion Sustainable

How to Celebrate the Holidays… in a Pandemic

As the year 2020 is slowly coming to a close, we can’t help but realize how different the upcoming holidays would be due to the pandemic. Because of social distancing and other health regulations, the usual Christmas and New Year celebrations will be drastically different from the usual… but don’t worry. Despite the apparent barriers, there are a few ways to have a joyful, merry … Continue reading How to Celebrate the Holidays… in a Pandemic

The Art of Practicing Gratitude (Yes, Even In 2020)

Whether you’re like me and you’ve been planning your pie line-up for months, or whether your attitude mirrors that of Wednesday Addams in her iconic Addams Family Values monologue (it’s worth a quick YouTube search if you’re not familiar), you’re probably aware of the one holiday that’s standing between you and putting up the tree and twinkling lights: Thanksgiving. Ah, yes. One of the most … Continue reading The Art of Practicing Gratitude (Yes, Even In 2020)