RU Voting

RU Voting?

Voting is obviously a privilege that all US citizens should take advantage of since Americans have fought for the right to vote throughout history. It is constructed into our history since patriots fought to have a voice in the Parliament in the late 1700s. In addition women and blacks have fought for a voice in government in the 1900s. Therefore voting is a privilege that many people have fought for such a long time so we should use our vote to respect that struggle.

In addition voting gives regular Americans a voice and power in politics when we usually don’t have any significant say in government. Yet people in the 18-34 age group vote proportional less than those in the other age group as indicated by the graph below provided by the US Census Bureau.

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Our local officials, member of Congress, the President, make decisions that will affect the rest of our life. So we have to pick the officials that will hopefully make the right decisions.

So please don’t waste your vote. If you don’t want to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, then vote for a third party candidate such as Jill Stein. At least you have spoken your mind.

Voter Registration ends on October 18. Its takes only 5 minutes.
File, Thom, “Who Votes? Congressional Elections and the American Electorate: 1978–2014,” Population Characteristics, P20-577, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC, 2015.

Rutgerian Chronicles – A reality check !

After spending a month in US, I can say that ‘The Great American Dream’ not only means getting to US but the real part of struggle to achieve your dreams here in the States. From the dynamic to expensive lifestyle, from travelling to studying and finally adapting to the Americans is not as easy as it seems from outside. Being a commuter from Springfield Township, it takes me at least an hour to reach the university by train, which by the way took almost two hours during the first couple of weeks.The second challenge for me comes as an ‘International’ & ‘Transfer’ where I have to not only get accustomed to the academics here but also overcome the way I was taught things back in my country. The third challenge I face is making good friends. Though Rutgers community allows you to interact with lot of people by organizing so many events but making good friends with whom you can share time academically and socially is a bit difficult as during the first two years, students have less common courses that they take. But in process, the lifestyle has also taught me the solution, to tackle all these challenges – First is accepting the new environment and lifestyle by telling yourself you are not only the one facing it. This would let you find people who are facing such challenges and together you can overcome them. Secondly utilizing the weekends. Weekends are such an important part of this work culture that they not only gives you time, but also rejuvenates you for the upcoming week. Hence fighting small battles and winning over them would ultimately let you win the big battle. So have a great stay because to all your problems, Scarlet Knights have their own way of successfully dealing winning it !

New Seasons Bring New Adventures

Ah, so it is finally fall. Put away your shorts, flip flops, and short sleeves and trade them in for rain jackets, hoodies, and boots! For many, fall is the most wonderful season, because what can be better than apple cider, bright colored leaves, and pumpkin-flavored everything? Here are a few things to look forward (or not) to this season:

Football

Watch your fellow Scarlet Knights play on Saturdays and go out and support during home games! Our stripe the birthplace game against Michigan is coming up on October 8th and it will be a game you for sure won’t want to miss. And I can’t forget to mention NFL Sundays. Grab some friends and some snacks and watch your favorite teams play.

Apple Picking

One of my favorite activities to do during the fall is apple picking. Something about putting on a cute outfit and picking some fresh fruit from a tree that you will ~hopefully~ make into a delicious apple pie or other tasty meal. You’re lucky if you go to a farm where there is a pumpkin patch too – kill two birds with one stone. I thank the “autumn gods” everyday for pumpkin-flavored delights. If you’re looking for a real treat, our very own Brower Commons has pumpkin ice cream that is to die for.

Halloween

Halloween is a time for people’s creatives sides to show. Whether you’re dressing up as your favorite TV show character, or a classic ghost or witch, Halloween is always a fun time.

Cold Season

Unfortunately, with the change of the weather comes the ever so unpleasant stuffy nose and cough. On a college campus it is seemingly unavoidable to catch a cold with people sneezing and coughing all around you. If you are sick though, do us all a favor and try to keep your germs to yourself. For the rest of you, keep your hand sanitizer and tissues handy.

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

 

About me

Hi everyone! My name is Dishant Shah and I am currently a freshman in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers. I love to go out and socialize, meeting new people and experiencing new things. I am pursuing a BS degree in Computer Science , and am also on the pre business track, as I am also interested in pursuing a bachelor’s in finance. I especially love playing sports and anything that involves cooperating with others.

Not Alone

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It is too easy to surrender to grey feelings, brought to the surface by murky weather, first exams, and stress-inducing papers. And as autumn marks its cold and wet stamp on campus, anxious blood flows through my veins and pounds with my heart.

Year after year, this happens – this change in mood; this change in season; this change in coursework; and this calling desire for stillness. To be still among all the change – to know that happiness is consistent, despite all of life’s ever-moving parts.

Walking on College Ave. today, I noticed the absence of the sun’s hot shine blazing through the sky. I noticed the trees’ thin limbs, waving and reaching, back and forth, as the drizzling rain, with such force, sparked movement down the street. Students dressed in sweatshirts and long jeans, proof to summer’s passing, ducked their heads under cotton hoods and umbrellas. They raced with the impatient gusts of September wind to their next destination.

And suddenly, without expectancy, a soft and subtle change of moisture and air crept across my path. On the wet road, I saw the reflections of white headlights and red blinkers, flashing for different directions. I inhaled the fresh chilly air, an invisible stream, flowing in my direction. And, in such a small moment, a realization came to mind: I am not alone in this. I am never alone in this. And neither are you.

Attending a university is thrilling; it is exciting; it is an intellectually and socially adventurous pursuit that we, as young adults, are privileged to partake in. But as the seasons themselves, nothing is an unchanging and one-dimensional act. No experience is black-and-white. The sun can seclude its rays, just as the wind can shake the trees, just as the rain can cause us to shelter our heads and dart indoors.

College can be difficult and complicated to manage. It can be can be mentally exhausting and emotionally draining. It can become a juggling act or slippery surface within a matter of shifting weeks. Semesters of coursework, no matter how intriguing and enjoyable, can lead us to burned-out brains and sleepy aching eyes. But this current semester in our lives is a small portion in the larger picture. This is but a small detail of our larger roles as human beings on this planet. This is something every single university student experiences when driving to excel in his or her studies. This is a shared experience of emotions that not one single student journeys through alone.

When the road is too slick, do not hesitate to pull over and break. When the work is too heavy, do not hesitate to take a moment to yourself and breathe. When the busy atmosphere becomes overwhelming, do not hesitate to talk to a friend; talk to a parent or guardian; connect with RU’s incredible amount of helpful resources – such as CAPS.

To traditional and non-traditional students, of all ages, remember that no one (neither myself or yourself) is alone during these passing moments of assumed weakness or felt exhaustion. Everyone journeys through pleasures and pains; successes and failures; low moments and high and bountiful returns. And everyone, in due time, recaptures his or her internal strength and passionate fuel once again.

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Walking Around Campus: Footwear

Coming to Rutgers, I wasn’t given the impression I’d be walking a lot. For some reason, the whole idea of buses made me think that I’d be maneuvering by foot a lot less than most traditional campuses that do not require public transportation. However, I was completely wrong. These past few weeks at Rutgers I’ve realized I’ve been walking more than I could’ve ever imagined—whether it’s running to catch class, or it’s walking to get something to eat, or it’s climbing the stairs to my dorm. I walk A LOT. And for this, any freshman needs to be prepared or else you’ll make the same mistakes I did and either end up with blisters, broken shoes, or bad ankles.

Now… I’m not saying you need to wear Skechers Shape Ups. But you can’t be wrong during the day wearing sneakers to class. I like to wear my Nike running shoes, especially when I have back-to-back classes or have a 10 minute walk to class. I was really against wearing sneakers at first because I’ve always liked dressing nice, but as time goes on, you learn that comfort definitely matters more than how cute your outfit is. Even if you don’t wear them all the time, it’s nice to give your feet a break when you’re running around.

Along with my Nikes, I like to wear my Converse. I used to wear my Converse all the time, so now they’re falling a part a little, but they do the job and they look better with my outfits than my running shoes (so I guess you can say that’s a perk). I’ve always loved my Converse, so they’re a nice go-to and also doable for running to class if it’s on the opposite side of campus.

Flip-flops are something I have found myself living in, and I HATE it. First of all, make sure you have at least TWO pairs of flip flops with you (one for the showers and one for wearing around). Additionally, make sure they’re comfortable. I default to wearing flip flops a lot because they’re easy and it’s hot out, however my laziness has also allowed me to deal with a wardrobe malfunction because my flip flop broke, and pain in my feet because they have no support. I also got blisters! After a while, your feet get tired and you’re going to want to wear real shoes. If you have an easy day or you’re walking to the dining hall for a quick meal, wearing flip flops is fine. However, if you’re running around to classes all day, you’re going to want something much more stable on your feet.

Which brings me to my next point… be prepared for rain. The other day I underestimated the rain and was rushing to catch a bus. I slipped on a pair of flip flops and found myself soaking wet from trudging through puddles and pouring rain. I was also sliding around on the bus because there were no seats and I had to stand. Definitely bring a pair of rain boots! A lot of people were wearing them, and all I could think about were mine in my dorm, sitting in my closet. If you don’t want to buy rain boots, then wear sneakers—just don’t get caught in flip flops in the rain.

Do not wear flats that give you blisters. My feet literally started bleeding after walking around in my flats for a couple of hours. First of all, they provide no support for my ankles, and second of all, they literally broke my skin. I thought they’d be fine because I used to wear them all the time in high school, but in college, you do a lot more walking. Do not wear the cute flats, or if you do, bring a pair of comfortable shoes to change into for when you’re almost crying in pain and debating to walk barefoot across campus! (I may or may not have walked barefoot across campus).

The last bit of advice I have is one that I once always asked people: do not wear heels. Don’t do it. Don’t wear them to class, don’t wear them out at night. Unless you’re a supermodel that has mastered the art of heel-walking and can accomplish any possible task with them on, avoid them at all costs. I brought two pairs of heels (classic black pumps and a fun pair) because I kept thinking I’d need them. So far, I’ve only worn them around my dorm, making jokes that I’d wear them out. Don’t wear heels around campus.

Hopefully this helps you out with what to wear around campus. I’ve realized that comfort is more important than anything else. I may be guilty of taking off uncomfortable shoes and walking to my dorm barefoot. I may also be guilty of having a broken flip flop and having to walk to my dorm barefoot. And trust me, that is NOT something you want to do.

BEST is the Best

Joining the Health and Medicine Living Learning Community is the BEST decision of my life (not sorry for the pun)! Not only do you get to live in B.E.S.T (Busch Engineering Science and Technology) hall, you get to live with a diverse group of people who also have the same career goals as you. We became a family ever since the first day and we are each other’s biggest support group. This being the fourth week of classes, I honestly can say I don’t know what I would do without them by my side. Being in this community means having some of the same classes with each other such as expository writing, health and medicine FIG (First-year Interest Group), biology and sometimes chemistry if you’re up for the challenge. We have mentors who are in their second or third years of the LLC who guide us through this arduous, yet fun journey to medical school. There are a few on each floor who you can go to anytime you have a question or problem, and they are more than happy to help. Other than having the same classes, mentors and mandatory meetings we have to go to, we de-stress and bond together Friday and Saturday nights by staying up late in the lounge watching movies or binge-watching Greys Anatomy. Who says pre-med students can’t have some fun? 20160903_124901

Tips for Keeping Track of Your Things

Hey everyone. So I am Akhila and I’m and part of the class of 2020.

So my first life lesson and tip for college that I learned very quickly. Don’t lose your things. It sounds stupid and obvious but I learned very quickly that it is very easy to lose track of your stuff.

So for most of my life, my parents would usually help me keep track of my stuff. If I could not find something at home, my mom would help me look for it. If I forgot a homework assignment at home, I would immediately text my parents and ask if they can bring it to school. Basically it was a lot easier to keep track of my things at home because my parents were always there.

But now in college, it is not so easy. I already lost my keys twice, lost my RUID once and got locked out of my room 3 times. Once when I went to the shower and I closed and locked the door behind me. And twice when I left for class and I forgot to make sure that my keys and RUID were in my bag.

Since I had a huge problem, I kept asking everyone around me how they kept track of their stuff. So here are a 5 tips to help you keep track of your stuff.

 

  1. Have a lanyard: There are some cheap ones on amazon and are even available in the Barnes and Noble store. A lanyard is an easy way to always have your keys because it is always around your neck. You never have to actually take it off which is super helpful. You can easily take it to the bathroom and hang it up and quickly put it back on afterword.
  2. Keep your stuff in one place: If you are the type of person (like me) who just throws things down once you get to your dorm, then at least throw it down in the same place. It can be on your bed or on your desk. At the very least it is all in the same spot. So then when you are about to leave, you get check if your keys, RUID, phone and money are in the one spot.
  3. Keep your stuff organized. This helps when you want to take an overall sweep of your room to make sure you have everything before you leave the door. This also mentally helps
  4. Plan to leave early: This will allow you to have even more time to think about what you need to take when you leave the door. So basically you will have a moment to think about whether you or not you have your keys without worry about whether you will be late to class.  
  5. Always know where it is: When you are on the bus or in a friend’s dorm, always make sure that you know where you set your belongings down. These are unfamiliar places so the chances of forgetting where you stuff is is even greater.

Losing your stuff in college is a very annoying process to deal with. If you lose your keys, then you have to pay for a replacement key and your roommate might have to get a replacement key as well. If you lose your RUID, then you can’t enter your dorm building and you can’t eat at the dining hall. If you lose your phone and laptop, I don’t even want to imagine what will happen.

Managing your College Schedule

I can’t believe it’s October already. That means one month has passed since college year started. I’m sure many of you have felt this way before during all beginning school years. But how does it feel to be in college? How different do you think it is compared to high school life? For me, I think managing your schedule is the most different. Usually, school courses start early at 8:00 AM in the morning and students have to wake up early from 6:00 to 7:00 to get ready. But because each college course has its own weekly schedule at different times and days, it becomes a lot more lenient depending on the student. For example, most classes that I have start in the afternoon at 1:10PM. So most of the time, I wake up at 8:00 and feel ready to start the day until the first class starts. I even have one class on Thursdays that starts on 6:40PM, which means I have the rest of the day off! You don’t get a day like that in high school, right? But not all of my classes start late; I still have a morning class on Tuesdays so I have to wake up at 7 to prepare myself. Thankfully, the class isn’t too far, but that’s the earliest class I have so far.

Now I understand that most people will not have the same experience as I do. For instance, some might have a lot of morning classes but are completely free afterwards and have the whole late afternoon to spare time. Others will have a course evenly distributed in the morning, afternoon, and night, which is the hardest schedule to manage. And for me, the last class of the day always ends at night. But whatever the case, understand how your schedule balances out and try to make the best of it. If you’re not satisfied, then try to rearrange it by changing or dropping out of classes. Try to manage your spare time between classes by studying, doing homework, or working at a part time job. If you have important work covered, then go ahead and relax or hang out with friends. By organizing your schedule, you can handle your own life style to get things done and enjoy life.

Speaking of classes, they’re all scattered over four college campuses, so you’ll have to take the bus in order to get to them. Some of us are lucky enough to have most of their classes in the same campus. For example, I live in College Avenue and most of the courses I take are around this campus. But I still have to take the bus to go to Busch Campus and take Calculus 2 Honors and Intro to Computer Science. And believe me when I say this: bus schedules can be super hectic! Since so many students are going all over campus, buses can get so full that you won’t be able to ride one! Or if you’re lucky to get in, you’ll still get crowded inside. It especially gets worse in traffic hours, which usually occur from 4:00 to 6:00. (Take note!) The bus moves so slow that you could end up late for class! (I know how that felt for my first week…) So if you want to make sure which bus to ride and when it’s coming, get the Rutgers App to keep track. It’ll be very useful for other things too, such as checking around campus areas and your course schedule. Once you get the hang of managing your schedule, through courses and buses, you’ll be able to survive college life just fine.

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