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Sunset last night on my stroll home through the Fens!

Sunset last night on my stroll home through the Fens!

Greetings from UNC Chapel Hill!

Just writing a quick post from a student center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I’m visiting a friend who goes to school here for part of my spring break. 

Just wanted to say a quick hello; I know it has been awhile! I’ll keep you guys updated next week with how my weekend went. I’ve never really gone to visit any friends away at different schools, so it will be interesting to see how this compares to my Northeastern experience!

Anyone have any fun trips planned in the near future?!

Concerts, galore!

So one of my favorite things to do around Boston is go to concerts. It’s getting to be a problem… I’m kind of a fiend. Which is all fine and dandy, but my wallet doesn’t quite think the same thing. Anyways, just a brief overview of the concerts that I have been to in the last year/am going to this year! All of the pictures below are from my Instagram account too!

2013:

  • Walk the Moon at Paradise Rock Club – Great band! So much fun and energy, and a fantastic way to spend a Thursday evening out singing and dancing. If you haven’t already, DEFINITELY check these guys out. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDVW81bXo0s)
  • Mumford & Sons at the TD Garden – Usually I’m not a HUGE fan of the Garden, but since Mumford is perhaps my favorite band, I splurged for the GA floor tickets. And it was well worth it. One of my FAVORITE concert experiences ever.
  • Mika at Royale: I love Mika’s enthusiasm, and the intimate setting of Royale made this concert a blast.
  • Spring Boston Calling at City Hall Plaza: Boston’s first attempt at a concert festival, and rock out we did. With artists like Fun., The National, Young the Giant, The Shins, Matt & Kim, and many many more, this concert was a blast.
  • Bruno Mars at the TD Garden – All I can say is that boy knows how to perform. Took my mom for Mother’s Day. It was quite the bonding experience.
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the TD Garden – Along with the Mumford concert, splurged for the GA floor tickets and had SO MUCH FUN. Amazing performance, so much energy. Just wow!
  • Taylor Swift at Gilette Stadium – Slightly ashamed of this one… But I took someone as a birthday gift. I think that I was roughly 10 years older/less dressed up than the average concert attendee. But I had fun?
  • Walk the Moon at the House of Blues – Why yes, I am a repeat offender when it comes to concerts. If I enjoy a performer, then I’ll go twice. Heck, maybe even three times. There is no stopping me.

2014:

  • Bastille at Royale: Saw them in January for the 1st time. They are quickly becoming one of my new favorites, so I recommend checking them out if you haven’t already.
  • Arctic Monkeys at the Agganis Arena: These guys rock out real hard. As did I at this concert.
  • Kodaline at the Paradise Rock Club: Going on a Valentine’s date this Friday! …with my sister. Super excited to see this band from Ireland. They are all super adorable. (For example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cOCmC_m23E) P.S. This song makes me cry, it is so heartwenchingly beautiful. WOOF
  • Spring Boston Calling at City Hall Plaza: Memorial Day Weekend. Death Cab for Cutie, Jack Johnson, Bastille, Brand New, Modest Mouse, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, the Head and the Heart, Frank Turner, Tegan & Sara, The Neighbourhood, amongst many others. Need I say more?

I’ll keep you guys updated if I add any more to the lineup. Because I’m sure that will happen, probably very very soon. Now it’s my turn to ask YOU a question – if you could see any artist, alive or, well , not so alive – who would you want to see perform?

northeastern-jessicamertens:

7wholefebruary:

so it’s snowing

Northeastern, you are BEAUTIFUL.

We Want to Hear From YOU!

northeastern-angelavallillo:

So last night we had a blogger meeting! We want to hear from you guys what kinds of questions you want answered and what kinds of things that you want us to address in our posts!

Let me know!

eastindiarow:

Boston in Blue | September 2013

Love it!

Next post is going to be about concerts… But here’s a little foreshadowing. The lineup for Boston’s music festival - Boston Calling - was JUST announced. And since I bought tickets way back in the fall, I could not be more excited!

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D 

Next post is going to be about concerts… But here’s a little foreshadowing. The lineup for Boston’s music festival - Boston Calling - was JUST announced. And since I bought tickets way back in the fall, I could not be more excited!

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D 

Hi all,

So I apologize for being MIA during these last few weeks. The semester kicked off quite rapidly, and I must admit… it took a little bit of time getting used to doing homework and the likes after coming back from co-op. In general, I am REALLY excited for my semester for the following reasons:

  1. Classes: I am taking a Consumer Behavior class (at 8am, on Tuesdays and Fridays… I think I should be commended for my braveness) and I am already LOVING the class. My professor is an adorable AND intelligent scholar from Scotland with a perfect and enchanting sing-songy accent. She could lecture about anything and I would be enchanted.
  2. On-campus work: I am back at work at the Husky Card Office! Yes, I photograph students and print ID cards – might seem mundane to some, but I enjoy it. To each his (or her) own, I guess. The office supervisors are really great and help contribute to my professional development.
  3. Boston Globe/Boston.com part-time work: I am continuing my work at the Boston Globe, where (for those of you who are just entering the game) I previously co-oped. I am doing work with pulling reports about the online advertisements on Boston.com which will definitely help me in the marketing research field someday.
  4. Guest choreographing: My roommate is directing the NUStage Revue, which is basically a bunch of different song performances compiled into one fun show! And he invited me to do some guest choreography, so I will be showing off my jazz squares and helping out with that.
  5. Half marathon training: So if I tell you guys about this, I have to do it right? Self-explanatory. But I’m gearing up to run my first ½ marathon on April 27th… Or at least I hope! 13.1 miles of pure sweat, endurance, and FUN.
  6. Tours, Tours, Tours: It’s been 6 months since my last tour, since I was on co-op and the likes. But I feel like I am getting back into the swing of things and meeting all of the lovely prospective and admitted students. The university has so many exciting opportunities, and I love sharing my experiences with everyone.

Anywho, that’s a snapshot of my semester. I’ll be posting in more details about these things as the weeks follow. If you have any specific questions or comments, feel free to ask away!

For those of you in Boston or the surrounding area, be careful with the snow tonight! What’s your favorite snowday activity? Not that I’m saying that classes should be cancelled or anything… but it wouldn’t hurt having a few hours to sleep in, amirite? 

How do u like IR? I plan on majoring in it but NEU is still in my top 3 choices.. I dont really understand how NEU is divided? for ex, the person below mentioned that he/she got accepted @ D'Amore-McKim school?
Anonymous

I’m only an International Affairs minor, but I really like the classes that I’ve taken! It’s helped me see a different side to things rather than strictly majoring in Business.

For undergraduate degrees, Northeastern is divided into 7 colleges within the university including…

  • The D’Amore-McKim School of Business
  • College of Arts, Media, & Design
  • College of Science
  • College of Social Sciences & Humanities
  • College of Engineering
  • Bouve College of Health Sciences
  • College of Computer & Information Science

So that person was referring to the fact that he or she got accepted into the business school! There are many different programs in each school, so you can do some exploring on the Northeastern website - www.northeasern.edu

Hope this helps! :D 

The Textbook Tango

Spring semester is almost here. You know what that means! It is TEXTBOOK SEASON. I’ve compiled a list of ways to obtain textbooks and the pros and cons of each of them. It might seem pretty mundane, but textbooks are a huge part of prepping for class and hey, it’s Monday… We have to start the week out small.

1. Buy new: The most expensive of all of the options, but it guarantees that you have the right edition. The Northeastern Bookstore is organized alphabetically (with course numbers included), which helps ease the pain of finding the correct textbook. I can sometimes occassionally often be a last-minute person, so I find myself in the mile long line on the first day of classes. You think I would learn my lesson by now… Anyways, another cool thing about buying new is that you can either choose to get a physical copy of the textbook or an eBook - for all of you tech savvy Kindle, Nook, or general tablet users. I personally prefer the feel of a crisp page turning between my fingers, but we can just agree to disagree on this one.

2. Buy used: This option is often really helpful if you’re looking to save a few bucks but still want the added benefit of owning your own textbooks. You can find used books at the bookstore, on Amazon, and on many other textbook sites. Along with buying new, it is nice to own the textbook because occasionally you can sell them back to the bookstore at the end of the semester to make a few extra bucks.

3. Rent: If you’re looking for something more affordable and know that you’ll be able to keep the textbook in fairly decent condition, renting is a great option. You have possession of the textbook for the semester and return if when you’re finished. You can rent from the bookstore, as well as from many websites including Chegg, Textbook Rentals, and other rental outlets. The only downside of this is if you spill water or walk in the rain with your textbook (not that I have done either of these things… C’mon guys don’t judge), you often have to either pay for the textbook entirely or pay an additional fee.

4. Textbook share: If you have a friend in your class or have a friend taking the same class, but a different section, you can pair up and split the costs of either renting or buying the textbook. This is nice because it halves the amount spent, but can be tricky with coordinating schedules with a split-custody textbook.

5. Phone a friend: Sometimes, if you have super nice friends who have already taken the class, you can ask around and borrow the textbook for the semester. Wow! When this works out, it is a dream come true.

6. Library: If you don’t think that it is absolutely necessary to purchase the textbook, sometimes the library will have copies available if you need to pop in and use one for a homework assignment or two.

I personally like having my own physical copy because, like this baby here, I believe in book osmosis and sleep with my textbook under my pillow before exams.

So there you have it. Just a few of my favorite options for dealing with the pre-semester-stressor of textbooks. And with that, I am going to go look up what textbooks I need to begin my springtime endeavors. If you have any additional ways of obtaining textbooks, feel free to comment! I would love to hear any new ideas :D