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Tonight I was lucky enough to hear one of America’s most famous college professors, Michael Sandel, speak about all things philosophical. He’s been teaching an undergrad class called Justice at Harvard for the last two decades. Which is now also a TV-series and a book. But don’t fret, before you go Ivy-green with jealousy: Justice has 1,200 students. Remember that time we took a similar class that was 61 years older, but with 20 students?
It’s late. You’re up.
I’m up because despite the fact that it’s officially mid-November, I have a midterm this week. I’m up because my EC heater is overexcited, but my EC window won’t budge. I’m up because the guy who lives above me is enjoying a Sunday night rendezvous and has the stamina of a racehorse. (My suite is very impressed.) I’m up because a friend from home is chatting me and we haven’t spoken in ages and I’m too guilty to just say goodnight. I’m up because my body knows that I’m on college time and won’t be getting sleep before 1 A.M. anyway.
I’m cranky. It’s a Sunday night and I’m dreading this week. But then I remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad.
1. Hershey kisses – delicious and nutritious!
2. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - it’s timeless, and it reminds you that at least it could be worse; you could be married to Kim Kardashian.
3. My mom – one minute on the phone with Mama Quints and I’m cheered right up. Can’t you see why?
This long weekend, or unofficial fall break, I went on a road trip. Just a car, six friends, some food and a list of places to visit. No hotel/motel/college dorm floor reservations. So we decided to drive to Maine. And by we, I mean the one friend in our group that could drive. The rest of us were either foreign, proficient in Google Maps, or both.
The weekend taught me a couple things, most of all how to successfully leave work and all things school behind for a full four days. But I documented some of the others lest I forget them on the long road back to post-break recovery.
That radio beats iPhone playlists for exploring your
repressed forgotten teenage music loves. Throwing back with homies Robbie, Jesse, Ginger Spice, and Sean Paul from the yesteryears was never so fun.
That spontaneity rules. Especially when it leads you to obscenely oversized freshmen dorms at other Ivies that make even a junior-year suite (but we worked so hard for the 2.5 percent extra square footage) look like a playpen.
It’s late. You’re up.
Quite a few of you have probably just returned to campus after spending our unofficial fall break at home/at a friend’s/. For a few days, you were able to revert back to normal, non-college life and enjoy its luxuries: home cooked meals, driving a car, more accessible Targets…But all this means that, whether you’re a freshman or a senior, returning to Columbia will take a bit of readjusting, even after only a few days. Here are just a handful of the struggles of transitioning back to college life:
You discover that your room has become an inferno after you forgot to leave a window cracked for the five days you were gone. Damn those heaters!
It’s late. You’re up, trying to decide if your costume (what was it again?) was a good idea or not.
Since I’m not from here, the craze that grips everyone right before Halloween has always startled me a little. Not that I’m scared by carved pumpkins, or anything. Just that the hype surrounding the holiday gets me wondering why costumes and pumpkin-flavored-everything has everyone so worked up. Come October and the pumpkins come out of the pumpkin farms that have been waiting for this time of year to make windfall profits, and they’re everywhere you look. Pumpkin invades everything edible and drinkable – breads, coffee, pie, beer.. seems they’ve even entered the realm of soy milk, vodka, and pasta, according to this list that blew my mind. Pumpkin-penne-alfredo, anyone? Sort of like that part in Forrest Gump where Bubba lists every possible use of shrimp for a whole scene.
I have a confession to make: I’m not the biggest Halloween fan. Sure, the tsunami of free candy is always great and costumes are fun, but I just don’t like scary things. You know that dude in the Scream costume handing out Ricky’s flyers on the corner of 114th? Yeah, not a fan. And I know I’m not alone.
Most people celebrate Halloween by watching at least one or two classic horror movies. But have no fear, fellow wimps! There are plenty of quality Halloween-themed movies that won’t give us the heebie-jeebies for days afterwards. Yeah, most of them are made for children, but so was Harry Potter (which you might as well watch, too—witchcraft! Ghosts! Troll in the dungeon!).
Whether you’re sleep deprived after writing that paper, worried about tomorrow’s midterm, or can’t stop thinking in code, it’s reached the point where serious de-stressing is needed. So, in the wise words of Donna and Tom from ”Parks and Recreation”: it’s time to treat yo’ self.
It’s late. You’re up. Out of the benevolence of my heart I will let you know, if you did not know already, that the Starbucks on Broadway at 114th Street is open every night until 2 a.m. and Insomnia Cookies is open every night until 3 a.m. …in case that needed to be said.
If you choose tonight’s study break not to consist of empty calories (sweet, sweet, delicious empty calories) then I
will be going through tabs I’ve yet to close will identify for you the finest websites throughout the land. Also, here is a GIF of a cat with a cup on its face.
When I’m up late studying, hunger is usually my constant companion. It’s tough to fight that feeling of emptiness that your stomach creates to compromise for your poor, poor brain binge-eating textbook pages. I thought about writing about cutesy things that you might want to read at 1:11, like the most adorable Halloween food costumes for kids (actually, you can see the real thing here), but that would just make you hungrier. So here’s to accepting your appetite’s slow and steady expansion during test season.
I urge you to be creative about your eating choices. I know we’re spoiled for choice with the single option on campus open past
tea-time super-early dinnertime. JJ’s Place, the new and improved version, may have ditched its strict Leave Your Diet at the Door (Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That) policy, and John Jay now has a ramen station. I like it. I really do. But when I’m craving some comfort food (not infrequently of the Indian variety), I’m often surprised by the options around MoHi. So ditch your books for an hour and head off campus for some good old-fashioned slow food. Serving times range between 10 to 20 minutes, but it’s worth it.
Massawa: Looking for a relaxed weeknight dinner break, in a place so dimly lit it could put Ruggles ceiling lights to shame? Ethiopian food is fun, tasty and gives you all the choice you could want. Share it with a friend on a fluffy rice pancake—no-fuss food with a no-cutlery, all-hands approach to eating. More »