“Summer’s here, and the time is right for dancing in the street.”

– David Bowie and Mick Jagger, ‘Dancing in the Street’

Ah, summer: a time for frolicking in the sunshine, relaxing by the pool, road-tripping with friends (and, if you’re anything like Jagger and Bowie, dancing in the street.)

So where does work-related stress fit into that mix?

Whether it be from parents, from society at large, or even from yourself, there is a great deal of pressure placed on us as students to find a summer job. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, however, being that the months between May and September typically provide students with more free time than we know what to do with;

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The Final Weeks of School…

If you ask any college student “when is the most difficult time to focus on school?” He or she will give you the same answer, which is the last few weeks of the school year. Students start their academic year with an air of excitement, getting to know your professors, classmates, and reconnecting with friends. The start of a year promises new beginnings. Students are not only focused but also eager to learn. As the year proceeds, focusing on school becomes a way of life. The campus slows down, as the months turn cold, making it easier to hone in on work.

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“Arrive without traveling.”

– The Beatles, ‘The Inner Light’

Yesterday during free period, I took an impromptu trip to Mongolia.

Well, not exactly… rather than travel over 12,000 miles round-trip in an afternoon, I journeyed to the North Lounge of Campion to attend a lecture called “The Land of Genghis Khan: Then and Now.” The lecture was sponsored by the Asian Studies program, the History Department, and the International Relations program.

I initially decided to go because it was an opportunity to receive extra credit for my history class, Forging the Modern World. This event in particular appealed to me because I might have some familial roots in Mongolia;

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#EarthDay

HAPPY EARTH DAY!!! In honor of this auspicious occasion I want to take the opportunity to talk about the SJU Green Fund.

What is the Green Fund, you ask? Well, it’s an organization that brings students and faulty together to make environmentally conscious and sustainable changes around campus. Some past projects include:

  • Reusable to-go containers for all first year students
  • Recycling, trash and compost sorting cans in Campion
  • Contribution to Solar Panel Project
  • Sponsorship and collaboration with Earth Week Programming
  • Sponsorship of various student organization programming throughout the year
  • Relay for Life water bottles
  • Recycling bins for all classrooms
  • Recycling bins for all on-campus resident rooms
  • Reusable to-go containers for all first-year students
  • Additional water bottle filling stations through campus
  • High efficiency lighting in Claver Hall
  • Orientation 2013 water bottles
  • Water Bottle Filling Stations which can be found in 28 locations across campus
  • High efficiency lighting in the lower gym of O’Pake Recreation Center
  • Hawks for H2O program
  • Water Awareness Week program

The Green Fund supports a variety of projects that are submitted by students,

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School Pride: the Professors’ Edition

Since this weekend is Admitted Students Day, I feel the need to talk about what makes SJU, well, SJU.

Some would say it’s the campus, while others would mention the sports. Many people find new friends and great hobbies on campus and claim that’s the magis. Some would suggest it’s the offered majors and great academic departments around campus. A few students might even mention the clubs and organizations that have influenced them during their time at SJU.

I went around and talked to people to see what they thought about SJU. And, after a while,

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¡Es Oficial!

I am thrilled to announce that in 141 days I will be officially jetting off for a semester abroad in the beautiful capitol of Spain…Madrid! I spent one week in Madrid for a study tour Spanish class last summer– and instantly fell in love. Whether we were walking through the town plazas such as the Plaza Mayor, touring the Prado and Reina Sophia museums, or getting lost in their version of Central Park called El Retiro, I knew then that I could see myself living in Madrid. While there I will be completing my Spanish minor and as well as taking the remainder of my GEP classes.

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In Defense of Campion

I recently have been particularly sensitive to student’s comments about Campion food. I’ve heard people complain about food selection, operating hours, and workers. “The fries are always undercooked”, “I hate leftovers”, “the lines are too long”, “there are no vegetarian options”, “I’d rather starve”… Enough is enough!

It’s not your mom’s cooking, that’s a given, but it is good food.

The final straw was when a satirical article was published in The Squawk, the school newspaper’s April Fools prank, which thanked Campion for getting “to wait in a 20-minute long line for a crusty chicken sandwich served with gourmet shoestring French fries or a piping hot plate of mysterious chewy meat chunks with stale white rice”.

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Why you should go to a play that will make you cry

The 20th century was miserable. I can’t say that from personal experience – my cognitive awareness reached its peak when I turned six in 1999. I also can’t say that the 20th century was more or less miserable than any other century. Every place and time has its own troubles, on both individual and community scales. What I can say, however, is that the (American) 20th century’s particular variety of misery yielded a slew of depressing and gloomy literary works. Among this canon, and, in fact, perched at the very height of melancholy, rests Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

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Things to do when visiting Hawk Hill for the first time…

The city of Philadelphia has many great attractions. For those who are not from the area it can be a bit overwhelming. There are the usual well-known historical sites, but Philadelphia is a gem with diverse options. If you are from the Philadelphia area you have the city at your fingertips, but for those new to Saint Joseph’s University it is new and unfamiliar territory. Being a student who was born and raised outside of the city limits, I have been asked several questions throughout the semester by my friends. The one question that is asked of me repeatedly is where someone should take his or her family when visiting Philadelphia.

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“Relax and let your mind roll on, over all your problems.”

– The Who, ‘Relax’

Completing group projects. Writing papers upon papers. Following through on social commitments. Working. Studying for quizzes and exams. Participating in extracurricular activities. Filling out the FAFSA, applying for loans. Registering for classes, being wait-listed, cramming GEP classes into your schedule. Figuring out housing, finding a roommate, putting a downpayment on a house.

The middle of the semester can make you feel as though you’re in the middle of a nervous breakdown.

It seems to me that the beginnings and the ends of semesters are typically smooth sailing; it’s the middle periods where the figurative waters become choppy and I begin drowning in work.

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