Welcome to My Home: The Merion Atrium

My absolute favorite place on campus (besides my bed) is the Merion Atrium. If you’re not familiar, the Falese Atrium in Merion Hall is a place where dreams come true and happiness is around every corner. If you’re ever looking for me on campus, it’s more than likely that I am plopped on one of the super-comfy chairs on the first floor with an Einstein’s bagel in hand, pretending to do work on my laptop.

Last semester’s addition of Einstein’s Bagels really turned up the traffic in my happy dwelling space. This was a bittersweet addition to my world;

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“At Least Your Food Will Keep You Company”

Someone actually said that to me once: “You’re eating by yourself? At least your food will keep you company” and then proceeded to laugh at their own, not so funny joke. There was one thing I was determined to do before I finished my freshman year: Eat by myself. The majority of the time during my freshman year, I never ate alone. Now you’re probably thinking, ‘well how is that a problem if you’ve never eaten by yourself? Clearly, you’re so charismatic and wonderful that people would always want to eat with you.’ Yes, that is true, but the thing was,

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Trying to eat healthy in the dining hall

I always say that I’m going to eat healthier, but this semester I decided that I really wanted to give it a try. It is not always easy but so far I have been doing pretty well. What I’ve realized is that my best option for a well-rounded meal (or as well rounded as it can get in a college dining hall) is to go to the Home Zone (between the Grill and Dessert stations if you don’t pay attention to the names). For example, a few weeks ago they were serving meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas, and roasted cauliflower. The cauliflower is surprisingly really good when it’s roasted,

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For The Love Of Food

This year I started writing for the SJU student newspaper, “The Hawk.” Considering some of my favorite interests are food, health, fitness, and the community, I figured that I would be best suited to write for the lifestyle section. I wrote a few articles about charities, restaurants, and shopping in the city, but my favorite articles are the articles where I share my recipes with the readers. While I always wanted to attempt to branch out and write about something out of the ordinary, part of me felt the need to share all of my recipes and food ideas with the readers.

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Thankful for a Different Bird

This Thanksgiving, as food is splayed out on tables across America, we will say our prayers and count our blessings for all that has happened in the past year, and for the family and friends that surround us. We’ll dive into piles of food, laugh (or bicker) with family, and merriment will be had by all around. Mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and ultimately– the inevitable turkey, the “bird.”

 

And though I do indeed harbor a fondness for turkey on Thanksgiving, this year, I’m especially grateful for a different bird.

 

As a senior who will be leaving this campus in a mere six months,

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CIP Thanksgiving Dinner

Every year, the Center for International Programs (CIP) hosts a Thanksgiving dinner that allows International and American students to come together, mingle, and enjoy a good meal. For many of the students, this is their first American Thanksgiving dinner so they were excited not only to meet new people, but also to celebrate the holiday.

A few months ago the executive boards of the Asian Student Association (ASA), Latino Student Association (LSA), and International Student Association got together to talk about why there was no overlap of students in our general members. We all agreed that we should start working together in order to support each other’s organizations and help increase each other’s membership.

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Drug Awareness Week

This week is Drug Awareness Week!

There are three events this week that everyone should try to attend, but it is a crazy time in the school year so maybe make it a goal to attend at least one!

Addiction Speak Out

Wednesday November 18th at 6 pm in the Perch

Panelists will share their experience and there will be Q&A session.

 

Drugs over Dinner

Friday November 20th at 5:30 pm in Villiger Lounge

Watch a short video about prescription drug abuse and then discuss it over a Thanksgiving style meal.

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Manayunk Mayhem

There is a quaint little town in Philadelphia, which is known here at SJU as the place where all the upperclassmen live. This eclectic up and coming neighborhood positioned near the Schuylkill River is Manayunk. There are a number of amazing things to do here, and with its close proximity to campus it makes for the perfect weekend getaway.

 

What is so great about Manayunk is the convenient location, the great events that are put on, and the new shops that are always opening up, but this town wasn’t always as popular as it is today.

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Café con Leche

We are officially one month in. With school now in full swing, I’ve been spending most of my free time exploring new cafés to mix up regular homework time. My roomates and I have been trying to find a new one almost everyday…definitely spending more time wandering for hidden gems than actually studying. It didn’t take long to get accustomed to the traditional Spanish coffee order- a café con leche and usually churros con chocolate to go with it. Only two windy streets from our house we found an amazing market called Mercado San Miguel, which reminds me so much of Redding Terminal back home.

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Microwaves are Evil!

College has definitely ruined my microwave experience.

Over the past three years the microwave has been front and center on my kitchen counter. That has changed. After spending my first summer home since high school, I had been spoiled with real, home-cooked meals. I can no longer, with peace of mind, eat a bowl of microwavable mac n’ cheese or instant mashed potatoes.

It’s disgusting. Its as if food has been lying to me this whole time.

As such, I’ve taken to making more of my meals by hand. During a family reunion in August my great aunt gifted me with a lovely cookbook composed of family recipes dating back a few generations (mixed with some newer concoctions).

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