Leah H: Favorite Coffee Shops Around BU

For your next study Session

Whether you go for hot or iced, one of these cafes will have everything you’re looking for in a coffee shop and study spot! Plus, great food too? Make sure to stop by one of these adorable places to get your caffeine fix. 

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Pavement 

  • Location: 736 Commonwealth Ave 
  • Go-to order: iced almond milk latte with simple syrup and a rosemary salt bagel with plain cream cheese 

Pavement is a BU classic. It’s always packed in between class sessions and on the weekends, but sometimes it’s hard to find a spot to sit down and enjoy your food. The coffee is one of my favorites and is always great quality. As a New Jersey native, I’m picky about my bagels and have found Pavement’s to be some of the best in the area. Pro tip: order on the app if you’re in a rush… that line can be a killer! 

Cafe Landwer 

  • Location: 900 Beacon Street 
  • Go-to order: iced almond milk latte with simple syrup and an almond croissant 

Cafe Landwer, just known as Landwer by my friends, is the perfect place to sit down and study for hours (we would go there multiple times a week last year). You can reserve a table which is especially helpful during the lunch and dinner rushes. Also, the scannable menu and online payment system mean no extra human interaction is needed if you’re on the study grind. Landwer offers a lot of Mediterranean-inspired dishes if you’re looking to expand your palate, and the coffee and pastries are some of my favorite in the area. 

Tatte 

  • Location: 1003 Beacon Street
  • Go-to order: iced almond milk latte with simple syrup (can you tell I like these?) and a pastry (depends on the day!) 

Another campus favorite is Tatte, an Israeli-French bakery and cafe. Tatte has the best selection of pastries and baked goods, like morning buns and chocolate mousse cakes. Their coffee is top-notch but is a little bit on the pricier side. The multiple locations around Boston mean you’ll get the same great things no matter where you go, but I typically go to the Fenway or Brookline cafes. The aesthetic inside is also PERFECT for those morning brunch dates. 

Phinista 

  • Location: 96 Peterborough Street 
  • Go-to order: Phin Sữa Dừa (vegan Vietnamese coffee latte) and a crepe 

 

If you’re out adventuring in Fenway, stop by Phinista, a Vietnamese crepe cafe! All of the baristas are so friendly and the decor inside is adorable. Phinista’s coffees are strong and rich if you’re in the mood for some quality caffeination. The location is about a 15-minute walk from campus if you need a little break from the bustling Comm Ave. It’s a great little spot to grab a coffee and go, sit down and study, or catch up with friends! Also, who doesn’t love a good crepe for breakfast?

 

Colbi E: The Disney Channel Halloween Episodes You Have to Watch this Year

China Anne Mclain singing Calling All the Monsters … need WE say more? 

We have officially arrived at my favorite time of year. Fall is here — leaves are turning, the air is crisp and it’s (kind of) socially acceptable for me to solely order pumpkin spice lattes every time I get coffee.

The best part of October is undoubtedly Halloween and all the festivities it brings. So, happy spooky season to all who celebrate. As a child, a key part of my Halloween season was watching Disney Channel movies: Halloween Town, Twitches, Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire, Hocus Pocus, The Haunted Mansion — must I go on?

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But, a highly underrated aspect of Disney’s Halloween content is the specific Halloween episodes for each Disney Channel show. I’m not a certified Disney adult, but I certainly know my stuff. Here are my Top 5 Disney Channel show Halloween episodes

  1. That’s So Raven — Season 2 Episode 2: Don’t Have A Cow

As a That’s So Raven fan, I think this show is highly underrated, including its Halloween episode. Chelsea and Raven turn into cows after botching a spell, and they have to figure out how to turn themselves back to humans. I love that they were able to incorporate a bit of magic into this Halloween episode, which already aligns well with the main storyline. This is a great, goofy watch.

  1. Jessie — Season 2 Episode 1: The Whining

Will I get some complaints about including Jessie over Wizards of Waverly Place? Probably. But, hear me out: the Jessie Halloween episode has a better plot line and title (the Wizards episode is literally named “Halloween”). The kids think Jessie has turned on them and is trying to kill them. In reality, Jessie is just tired and stressed from trying to get her manuscript to a magazine owner at a Halloween party, and she wanted the kids to be in bed before she left for the party — see, that’s funny.

  1. Good Luck Charlie — Season 2 Episode 25: Scary Had a Little Lamb

Good Luck Charlie always did holiday episodes well, and Halloween was no different. The costumes — notably Bob Duncan’s blonde wig — the decor, the plotline, everything! It’s a 10/10, and it gets bonus points for its Mrs. Dabney feature.

  1. A.N.T. Farm — Season 1 Episode 14: mutANT farm

China Anne Mclain singing Calling All the Monsters … need I say more? 

  1. The Suite Life of Zack & Cody — Season 1 Episode 19: Ghost of 613

There is no question of whether or not this episode of Suite Life deserves the top spot. The crew gets stuck in an infamously haunted room, and they try to speak to a ghost. Esteban has a notably spectacular performance. The effects, the eerie music, the wonderful scriptwriting, the acting — it WAS the moment and still is.

 

Harper W: Fall Must Do’s While at BostonU

FALL-ing for these Autumn Activities

As a Senior and California native, fall definitely has amazing festivities that you must do at least once while living in New England.

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  • Apple picking 

This one might be obvious and I promise the fresh produce will be a nice addition to your dining plan. Apple picking my freshman year made me 1. Understand how little variety of apples California has and 2. How amazing the smell of apple orchards is.

Grab a group of friends or find a school-sponsored trip and make your way out to a local orchard. It can be a nice break from the city and a fun day trip.

  • Dog show at Faneuil hall 

Every year around Halloween there is a dog costume event in Faneuil hall. It is fun to go downtown and see some puppies. I know I miss my pets a lot at school so seeing all the furry friends looking cute is nice before thanksgiving break.

  • Pumpkin drop 

Multiple universities around Boston and Cambridge have done a pumpkin drop event in the past in October. Students and whoever else was a part of planning the event will drop pumpkins (sometimes in sync with music) from really high buildings on their campus.

Sounds simple, but is rather pleasing to watch. 

  • Apple cider + Cider donuts 

If you can’t make it to an orchard, try to find some hot apple cider and cider donuts and have a little picnic in the park! Your tastebuds will thank you and you’ll find yourself craving these two treats all year round. 

They are also nice to accompany you on a stroll as the leaves change along the esplanade.

  • Leaves changing 

Walking around campus might feel like enough sightseeing after a day full of classes, but I promise it isn’t! Try and find time at the beginning of fall to check out Boston neighborhoods and parks as the leaves begin to change color. 

It might spike your allergies, but it isn’t anything Zyrtec can’t fix.

I know as a freshman juggling all the firsts of college can be overwhelming, but try reminding yourself half of college is immersing yourself in where you are living. Living in New England for the past 4 years has been both very cold but also very colorful. I hope you give yourself the chance to see it for yourself. 

 

 

Nick M: A Definitive Ranking of the BU Dining Halls

The Dining Halls: Ranked By A SENIOR WHo LOVES Food & Lacks a Dining Plan.

As a senior, and I guess technically almost an adult, I often find myself longing for the availability and structure of having a dining plan, and access to a dining hall. However, not all dining halls are created equal. BU has four open dining halls at the moment, so here is my ranking of the four open dining halls on BU’s campus. dan-gold-4_jhDO54BYg-unsplash

  1. Coming in LAST PLACE is the “Fresh Food Co. at West Campus.” To be completely honest, this is probably my least favorite because I’ve eaten here the least; I’ve never lived in/near West. That being said, I don’t think I’ve had a memorable meal here either. Perhaps a pasta carbonara here or a slice of pizza there, but nothing that sets it apart from other dining halls.
  1. In third, we have Fresh Fuel at Granby Commons – commonly referred to as Hillel. Granby offers lots of Vegan and Kosher options, and they’re always fresh and delicious. I so enjoyed their vegan pizza that my group of friends named a group chat “Vegan Cheese.” On top of the fresh food, you get an excellent view of the Charles river and a less travelled dining hall for a more quiet and intimate meal.
  1. Marciano Commons, also known as Baystate Dining Hall, has without a doubt the most pleasant atmosphere of any of the dining hall’s on campus. Wide open spaces with plenty of natural light make eating here feel relaxing and rejuvenating. My favorite food from Baystate was always the fresh fried cod sandwich. It was always deliciously crunchy and the tartar sauce was perfect.
  1. This may stir some controversy, but I really like Warren Dining. There’s certainly some nostalgia leftover from living seven floors above it freshman year, but the mainly I enjoyed many meals there. From build-your-own mac n’ cheese and burger stations, to larb and tofu bahn mi’s from the “Asian Wok Station” I’ve usually left Warren feeling satiated. It’s also incredibly convenient: next door to the COM building and CAS and literally underneath the second largest non-military dorm in the country. Warren is my winner.

 

Steven G: If I’d Only Known…

Things I Wish I Knew As a First Year

It’s officially my Senior year at BU (AHHHHH), so I’m hoping that with one of my last COM Blogs I can impart some wisdom to the Class of 2025. I’m not the wisest admittedly, but I do know a thing or two about a thing or two, so here’s what I wish I knew as a first-year. 

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Here I am my first week at BU, awe baby Steve <3

1. It Goes By Fast…Too Fast! 

Right now it may feel like you’re going to be in college forever, but it goes by much sooner than you think. Throw in a global pandemic and that time goes by even faster. Don’t take this time for granted. Put yourself out there, join lots of clubs, and make lots of friends. I did, and it made my college experience all the better. 

2. Escape the BU Bubble 

BU’s campus is great, but one of the biggest resources we have as students is the City of Boston. Explore the city. There’s so many museums to visit, small businesses to support, and new places to discover. Make sure to pick up a Charlie Card and get out there! 

3. The COM Rat Race Isn’t Everything 

COM is full of talented students, and sometimes it can feel like you need to constantly be working, applying to internships, and doing your best to be successful. I’m here to tell you that that’s not the case. Yes, you should still be doing all that—but it’s not everything. It’s equally important to take time for yourself, prioritize your wellbeing, and get enough sleep!!! 

4. You Belong

When I first came to BU, I was dealing with some serious imposter syndrome. Even though I was doing well in classes, I felt like a fraud, and that I didn’t actually deserve my accomplishments. I’m here to tell you that you do deserve the opportunities you discover in COM, and you belong here. 

 

So there you have it! I hope some of this advice helps you as you progress through your first semester. Cheers to your first year at BU, and good luck! 

 

Mia P: Advice for this Year’s Sophomores

College Advice for Sophomores

So, BU is back! It’s so exciting to see campus so lively, but it’s obviously super different from last year –– especially for sophomores. We experienced our first year of college in a way unlike any other, and now that we’re all back, things are SO different. 

In a way, we — sophomores — are second-year freshmen. Everything is so new to us! Some of us weren’t even on campus last year, making this year such and new and impactful experience for all of us. 

As a sophomore myself, the past few weeks have been exciting, crazy, intimidating, and stressful at the same time. So, here is my advice for us sophomores who are having a very unique start to our college experience.

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Something that I was scared of is that people would have set friends groups from last year already. But, what I’ve realized is that SO many people are new to campus. And if they aren’t so many people have been willing to meet more people! 

I’ve tried to make more friends in my classes (which are now in person!). Try reaching out to the person sitting next to you in class, or maybe someone that you’re sitting with in the dining hall. If you still might be having trouble making friends, join some clubs or student organizations! This brings me to my next point…

2. Take advantage of clubs and organizations!

Even though Splash has already happened, so many clubs and students groups have yet to hold their first meetings. If you weren’t able to join a certain club at Splash, try to find their Instagram or email to inquire about joining! 

3. Boston is back! Explore! 

It’s easy to think that you’ve experienced all of Boston already, but that is so far from true! Boston is so much more lively, and there is SO much to do. Make sure to check out the Boston Public Library, baseball games at Fenway Park, and concerts happening all around town. 

Last year was unlike any other, but this year will be unlike any other as well! This is such a unique experience for us sophomores, and it’s so important to remember that although last year may not have been the year we expected or wanted, this year will be SO exciting and fun.

 

Sophie F: Best Study Snacks Around

The Best Food for your Brain

Anyone else feeling overwhelmed by the start of the school year? By the return to a packed campus? By email upon email from professors? The important thing is to mitigate that feeling of impending burnout before it gets too far. Healthy, realistic study habits are a great way to stay ahead of stress, and luckily for us, that means study snacks.

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Sometimes you just need to put the laptop and the hard drive down and make use of that MicroFridge you paid so much to rent. By taking periodic breaks every few hours to replenish your energy, you’ll be able to maintain a much more consistent level of productivity. Here’s a list of A+ study snacks to keep you on your toes.

Apples with Peanut Butter

Or Nutella, or sun butter–any other kind of butter, really. Apples are cheap and often available in the dining hall if you have a meal plan. The peanut butter will offer you the protein that you need to maintain study stamina, making this snack an elite combination. While we’re on the topic of apples, let’s discuss the dark horse in the room: apples and cheese. It may sound random, but there’s something about a crisp green apple that goes fantastic with cheese.

Veggies and Hummus

If you’re like me, your mom told you before you left home to make sure you were getting all your nutrients. One of my favorite study snacks is the scoop-n-dip veggies and hummus. Carrots are my personal preference, but if you like celery, broccoli, or cauliflower, by all means, dip those too.

Muddy Buddies

Look, no one ever said your study snack needs to be healthy all the time. Sometimes you don’t just need blood sugar–you need chocolate. Consumers of Chex cereal can attest that the recipe for Muddy Buddies–and the photo–are always staring them in the face from the back of the box. This snack requires a bit more preparation than apples and cheese, but it’s full of melted chocolate and powdered sugar, so it’s worth it.

Ultimately, study snacking is not so much about what you’re eating but rather about how you’re eating. Are you eating enough to give you enough energy throughout the day? Are you eating regularly enough to sustain that energy consistently? And are you taking your snack breaks as a moment to care for yourself and your body? Study snacks are self-care, and it’s important to prioritize yourself as you dive into this semester.

 

Jessica H: Lessons Learned from a Gap Semester

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If someone told me two years ago that I would end up taking a gap semester during my college career, I would’ve had my doubts. Then again, if someone had told me that a global pandemic would ensue, I would have laughed it off as a joke.

But now, in my sixth semester of college — after nearly a year of remote classes and stay-at-home orders, followed by a semester-long break from school — I am now back on campus with a new, refreshed mindset.

Flashback to 2020 fall semester: I was living on campus in Boston, taking classes (most of which were virtual) and interacting with people mainly through a screen. I rarely left the safety of my dorm room, and my dreams of studying abroad in London and finding an internship in the spring weren’t looking too great. My time as a college undergrad student was slipping away faster than I could grasp, and I couldn’t help but feel frustrated and lost that the pandemic had stolen a good chunk of my college experience.

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At first, I felt insecure and unsure about my decision to take a break from school. What if I end up falling behind my classmates? Am I just making a lazy excuse to take the easy way out? Would it really be worth it in the end? I pondered these questions for a long time, and it wasn’t until two months into my gap semester that I finally began taking advantage of the situation.

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During my gap, I was able to take a refresher and put things into perspective. First on my to-do list was to embark on an outdoor road trip (with very little cellphone signal) with my family halfway across the country. Yup, you heard me; I completely avoided my responsibilities for about two and a half weeks. But that was all it took for me to reset, recharge, and reevaluate my academic pursuits. Being away from the very things that I constantly stressed about, even for a little bit of time, allowed me to slow down and organize my thoughts. I engaged in meaningful coffee chats with friends, peers, and internship directors to figure out how I wanted to spend my last few semesters in college and discussed my post-graduation plans. I was able to discover new interests and hobbies with my spare time, and the time I spent listening to others even opened avenues for me to explore work opportunities I had never considered in the past.

For the past two remote semesters, I felt as if I had been holding in my breath without realizing it. I was so focused on simply getting through each semester that I had lost track of my personal goals and interests. My gap semester was a breath of fresh air, a pause from the madness. It bought me some of the precious time I thought had been wasted, and I returned with a better idea of what I wanted to get out of my final semesters in college. It bought me time to postpone my study abroad plans for next spring, something I had looked forward to since I applied to BU. But, most importantly, it helped me realize that taking a break doesn’t have to mean wasting time; sometimes, it’s just as important as everything else we do.

 

Will A: Taking Advantage of the New Normal

Coming back to CoMm Ave? here’s how to make the most of It.

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Despite the onset of a new delta variant (among other variants) of COVID-19, vaccines have made huge strides in protecting against the disease and providing a way toward a future without COVID-19. 

This time last year, I was writing about ways to take time for yourself during quarantine in our first full-length, pandemic-era semester. After one year, the start of this semester feels different. From those who I’ve spoken with as the semester starts, a new energy is buzzing through the student body, as in-person classes, clubs and activities are making their grandiose return to our lives. However, the thing I’m most excited about is having the city of Boston back at our fingertips. Before the pandemic, I used every opportunity I could to travel all over Boston and explore the city that I’ve grown to love over my lifetime. As a Massachusetts native, it was a dream to live in Boston, so when the coronavirus hit and wandering the city was no longer possible, I felt like I missed out. Even prior to the pandemic, the “BU bubble” we often found ourselves in as we grinded through the semester, pandemic or not, can feel somewhat trapping. 

That being said, I hope to make up for that lost Boston time this year, and this is my encouragement for all of you to do the same! The T runs right through campus with both the Green Line train and buses, and the commuter rail feathers out to much of Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island. Put something on your weekly calendar to experience something new each week. It’ll take a little bit of effort to schedule things and get to where you want to go, and I’m certain doing in-person activities will be a bit weird at first. However, it’s absolutely worth it, and science agrees. Research shows that varying your routine and taking time to experience new things can improve your mood and your happiness. 

Explore with friends, visit a new neighborhood, eat at a restaurant (maybe venture to one you’ve only ever known through Grubhub) and, most importantly, have some fun! You always hear adults say that their college days were some of the most fun in their lifetime. Although the pandemic took away much of that time, this year is your way to get some of it back. 🙂

 

Joe P: Overcoming burnout at the end of the semester

Best ways to overcome end-of-semester burnout

In an academic year leaving many students to feel in the dark, there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel. We don’t know for sure when the pandemic will be over with, but with just a few weeks left in the semester, an academic year as mentally taxing and demanding as ever is nearly complete.

With summer on the horizon, it’s easy to get distracted thinking about what the next few months have in store. If you’re reaching your breaking point and need to stay productive through the next few weeks, here are some tips:

  1. Plan each day out in advance, especially on lightly scheduled days

On weekends or days with a light class schedule, I find myself getting caught up in all my free time that my productivity goes out the window. It’s much easier to stay on track by blocking off different times each day to accomplish anything I may need to, while also setting aside time to relax.

It’s a simple concept, and easier said than done. It’s ultimately up to you to stay disciplined to the time commitments you set for yourself. I’ve found that committing to zone in for an hour on a given task produces much better results than just saying, “Yeah, I’ll get to it at some point within the next eight hours.”

  1. Find a study partner

If you’re the type of person who needs someone else to hold you accountable, find a classmate/friend to keep you focused. It may be tricky to find someone to work with in-person during these times, but even setting up a Zoom meeting can be sufficient.

Getting another person to talk concepts out or go over a study guide with is a great way to engage with the material instead of just staring at a semester’s worth of slides. It’s much easier to get through these last few weeks with help rather than facing it by yourself.

  1. Improve your eating/sleeping habits, at least temporarily

I could live on pizza and burgers if I needed to, but in times where energy and concentration need to be at an all time high, taking better care of yourself physically will pay dividends for you mentally. Get ahead of the all-nighters during finals week by fueling up with extra sleep now, and attack all the main food groups at the dining hall to keep you feeling energized enough to get through a productive study session.

You can get back to the daily trips to Cane’s and video games till 3 am once summer hits. For at least these next few weeks, try to switch things up and help fend off burnout.

These are just a few general tips to help you get started. There’s obviously more that can be done, and what I listed may help some more than others. What matters most is setting yourself up for a final burst across the finish line, rather than a slow crawl.