Winter Quarter finals are here! And while I know that may be a stressful thing for a lot of us, think of positives! We are almost in Spring Quarter! And what does that mean? We’re practically in Spring! We can finally leave the winter behind and get to brighter and sunny days. I’m sure the brisk wind will pop its head out every now and then, but only a few more weeks till sunnier, longer, and hopefully happier days. While we come to dread finals, the simple fact is that once they’re here, they’ll be gone just a moment later, so don’t spend valuable time stressing/procrastinating. You have to keep going and give it all you got till it’s over, and regardless of it you got the highest grade possible you finished, and that’s all that matters.
We put a lot of academic stress on ourselves, but the simple fact is we don’t give each other enough praise for balancing classes with our extra curriculars, our jobs, our social and other daily responsibilities. We are constantly being told to keep going, do more, faster, harder, but rarely do we ever just get to feel accomplished. Well that’s something I want everyone to feel so after you’re done smashing these finals and finishing up your classes I want you to relax and be proud of yourselves, because all the hard work you put is only ever going to be appreciate it by you, so relish in it, be proud, and have a great Spring Break!
Happy International Women’s Month! This month is a celebration of the courageous women in all of our lives, so I thought I would take today’s blog to appreciate some of the coolest women in media doing cool things. First things first shout out to Jameela Jamil. One of the leading actresses on the great NBC sitcom The Good Place
spends most of her free time advocating for body positivity in women all of races, shapes, and sizes. Just recently she called out a magazine for airbrushing her skin and making her skin look lighter. She also has an Instagram page that is a community for any and everybody to spread their body positivity. She also advocates against body dieting supplements and is very vocal against normal body standards and the mental distress it causes women.
The next women I’d like to talk about is musician Noname.
She is a rapper out of Chicago with ties to Chance the Rapper who similarly
uplifts the city with realistic and emotional songs that resonate with everyone
no matter their gender. She is a positive influence on up coming artists in the
city and someone whose music I would recommend.
And the final woman I’d like to commend is recent Oscar
winner Regina King. She won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie If Beale Street Could Talk and it is a
tremendous accolade not only for a woman of color but for someone of her
stature and career highlights. Support the women in your life and enjoy the
One thing that is often overlooked in the fast-paced environment of college is a student’s mental health. It doesn’t matter how far into school you are, your mental is something you should always keep in check because sometimes we neglect in favor of other things we deem important. Stressing about whether we get this assignment done, whether we have enough time to go hang out with friends, etc.
College can be overwhelming if you’re not taking the right steps to keep yourself balanced and mentally healthy, and I can tell you from experience that when you don’t your performance in all aspects of your life will decline. School in and of itself will always be a big point of stress for us students, and that impending fear about class can be a good motivator to get work done, but it can also cause us to do things like stay up all night when we should be getting sleep to help our bodies/brains.
Sleep is something that we often take for granted at this age; we no longer are beholden to bed times, curfews, and other things from high school. But getting enough rest is a part of the self-care needed to really get you to one hundred percent and do your best at school. And of course, every situation is different for everyone so evaluate what you need specifically and make sure you keep your mental health in check. Talk to someone if need be, take a break and enjoy some time alone if necessary, just make sure to keep yourself healthy.
For anyone currently living in a dorm I have some advice for you: enjoy the convenience while you can! And I don’t say that to make you think living on your own in an apartment is the worst. That’s just not true. Being in your first apartment is liberating, exciting, and of course fun. But making sure you have rent, paying utilities, and dealing with any maintenance issues are part of the adulting process we all wanted to be back when were younger, but sort of dread now that we are here.
Personally, I prefer living in an apartment over dorm life, but it is incredibly important to pick the right living situation before you take such a massive leap into adulthood. That means picking the right roommate, the right building/house, and making sure it is in a safe neighborhood. Contrary to popular belief, crime can happen anywhere in this city, so don’t let anyone (particularly those who have been in the city just as long as you) dissuade you from living anywhere because of their biases. Find a sizeable place and even get multiple roommates to help with rent and have fun! Eventually you will get to an age where you may end up living with a significant other and possibly even have a family. So why not live with some close friends for the time being and enjoy young adulthood?
I was at a party this past weekend where I knew maybe like a dozen people. However, there was upwards of maybe a couple dozen there in general. So ultimately, most of the festivity goers were unknown to me. One of things that I find so interesting about parties (especially college ones) is how people usually aren’t too friendly or willing to dive outside your social circle. So, with that in mind, I’m here to give you a list of options to make your party going experience more fulfilling (or at least fulfilling to me anyway).
First things first, don’t be afraid to introduce yourself. It can seem overwhelming to walk into a packed apartment where music is blasting and try to meet new people but, in the end, it is better to at least try (even if they ignore you) than to sit it in the same corner all night wondering why no one is talking to you.
Also, you don’t have to drink! No where in the rules of partying does it state you must be under the influence of anything to have a good time. In fact, one way to keep things fun for yourself is to play drinking games (without the drinking!). “Beer Pong” will always be fun to me, doesn’t matter if there’s anything alcoholic in the cup.
Finally, dance! Dancing in fun, and never let yourself feel afraid of looking stupid. So next time you’re at a party, introduce yourself, have fun, relax, and just be yourself. Rarely is it ever like it is in the TV shows.
I had absolutely no motivation to go to class today. Whether it was from a lack of sleep or not keeping track of my priorities, school fatigue is a problem that plagues us all. But fear not! It is a problem that we can conquer but only if you put forth effort.
If you have early morning classes, I’m sure you already know getting enough sleep is a necessity. For the past few years, I’ve depended on caffeine to help wake me up, when in reality I need a better sleeping schedule and a proper diet. Not only that, but proper exercise can also help your motivation and ability to stay focused on your goals.
Also: try not to procrastinate. I know it is easier said than done, but waiting until the last minute for everything will only become detrimental as time goes on. Take it from someone who at one point became a Master of Procrastination: In the end we must evolve as young adults who will eventually join the public work force. As hard as things may seem now, the real world (post-college) can be a rough place. Bosses, supervisors, superiors, etc. will not accept late work and are definitely not as swayable as professors you might encounter here. Consistently being late will get you fired. So while it may be annoying to adhere to some rules within a university, it is much better than having to keep up with a real life job. So enjoy your time but realize you must evolve with it!
As Chicago continues its bipolar weather season, rarely do we know if outside will be habitable from weekend to weekend. Luckily for you, I’m here to break down all the amazing things you can be watching should you not want to go out into freezing cold. Who needs bars and parties when you have Netflix or Hulu? Am I right?
For those interested in some good Sci-Fi comedy, Future Man on Hulu is a great half hour comedy that has an amazing spin on the whole-time travel gimmick and manages to have an entire cast full of likable characters, entertaining situations, and just generally strange comedy in a breath of fresh air. Not all science fiction or action shows need to be super serious or too campy. Future Man is able to find the right balance and so far, has two incredible seasons you can binge watch right now!
For those who have Netflix, there are numerous movies and shows I can suggest to you. Funny enough, both Hulu and Netflix are two different documentaries on the chaotic train wreck that was Fyre Festival. Despite both films being about the same festival, each is somehow completely different due to having different footage, different people interviewed, and both are just as equally entertaining.
Also, Netflix recently premiered the new show The Umbrella Academy which is based off the graphic novel of the same name. I’ve only watched the first one so far, but from what I know and have heard it’s a delight for fans of comic books, mystery, action, and family drama. Definitely some things to look out for when you’re snowed in or don’t want frostbite!
Internships are an important part of any college experience. No matter what your area of study is, an internship is a necessity in gaining a full-time job in your field post-graduation. I’ve just started my first internship these past few weeks, and it has been quite an eye-opening experience.
For almost the last year, my only job was working weekend afternoon/nights. Now, most of my week is the early nine to five adult life that for so long I have been dreading. But after like two weeks, it is not that bad at all! Freshmen year the earliest class I had was at 10am. After that, most of my classes are in the afternoon or at night, meaning I’ve spent the better part of the last four years not waking up early. It is a privilege I enjoyed very much, but this quarter I’ve been trying to acclimate myself more to the real work force.
I know it is a struggle for quite a few college students, and I’m here to tell you waking up earlier and getting sleep is something you should never fear. I think one of the many tropes of college is that all-nighters and a lack of sleep are a necessity to get everything done -- but that’s not true. The right amount of sleep is key to your mental health and not something you take lightly. Most professional jobs want you on your A-game bright and early and if its your dream job you will have to comply, for the betterment of your career.
The older we get, the farther we are from the whimsical elements of life we once used to cherish. I remember loving snow as a kid, and now when I see it I wonder if I’m going to have enough motivation to get to class. No longer do I anxiously await meeting new classmates, but wonder if there’s anyone who I will get along with. I think as we get older and become more accustomed to life at a college university we begin to lose touch with things we once enjoyed. We begin to take little things for granted that we once may have marveled at. I know this may not be the case for many but being able to choose my class schedule and never having to wake up past a certain time is a privilege I never had growing up in the Chicago Public School system.
Since I’ve been to DePaul, I’ve never had a single class on Friday. When I tell my friends from other universities that I’m on break from Thanksgiving 'til early January, they look at me like I’m crazy. Now I know you’re wondering why I’m telling you stuff you already know, but I talk to so many students ranging from Freshmen to Seniors and all of them (even myself from time to time) seem to be ungrateful for the things we have in front of us. We have great professors, great offices/leaders, incredible amenities that a lot of colleges don’t have. So just remember that on those rough days of snow, annoying roommates, noise complaints, and anything else that’s got you annoyed.
Let the heavens rejoice, we have snow! I was starting to think that global warming had really taken over. And while 50-degree days in January is definitely a cause for concern, I’m just happy to see that snow is on the ground. I mean really what is Winter Quarter if you are not bundled up in snow boots trudging through blizzards to get to class?
Now I know for those who may be from warmer parts of the country, Chicago weather is not something you are accustomed to. Well have no fear as I have been living in Chicago my entire life and I’m still not used this weather. Every year, blankets of snow seem to get further away from December and closer to the beginning of spring, which can make things very confusing wardrobe-wise. I think I’m currently in a record year when I’m wearing four different layers just to keep warm, and I assume that will only continue as the temperature continues to drop.
Some key things to remember though is that large amounts of snow and cold weather is no excuse not to go to class, attendance adds up to participation points you may be counting on to get the grade you need. Also, don’t let cold weather stop you from leaving your dorm. I know the walk from your room to the student center may seem like a journey, but you must get used to being active in cold weather such as this, especially if you have got a few more years here at our wonderful university!
Happy 2019 DePaul! It feels like forever since I’ve done a DeBlog and I hope it doesn’t show. I think my biggest New Year’s Resolution is to make sure I don’t let senioritis take away from my focus. I spent most of break relaxing after the war zone that was finals week, but I also spent the most time I ever have working on extra-curriculars. Whether that be music, writing, or even meeting cool new people, looking back I really enjoyed 2018, and I hope it was just as beneficial for all of you! Now here’s where the tough part comes in: adjusting back to rigor that is higher education.
I’m sure you’ve all been back for a few days now and seeing friends you haven’t hung out with since before break can lead to a bit of a distraction, and some may even feel that after one quarter “you’ve got everything in the bag.” But don’t get too cocky, take it step by step, don’t let the “syllabus week” catch you off guard, and stay focused. But just because it’s the start of the quarter doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Don’t be afraid to join new clubs or try new things this quarter. Some of the closest friends I have met and most interesting experiences I’ve had at DePaul have been a result of trying new things and meeting new people in Winter Quarter. Don’t let the cold weather stop you from getting out every now and then; you’re here to learn but you’re also here to have fun. So, start your 2019 off the best way you know how!
Finals week is upon us! The Armageddon is here, and the world is collapsing!
So, allow me to tell you all what I’m thankful for in our time of need. I’m thankful for extended deadlines and reasonable grading by very nice and professional professors. Always be grateful to teachers who help you, especially when they don’t have to. This a university and a lot of people don’t necessarily have to help you as much as they do. So, at the very least be kind, fill out your course evaluations, and do the work!
I’m also thankful for professors who don’t make students come to class on the final day. As we get older we realize that time is money and I respect and appreciate people who do not want to waste the time of others. I’m thankful that should I be lucky enough to pass all my classes I may be on track to graduate on time. I changed my degree at the beginning of Sophomore year and didn’t do so well in a few classes and have been worried about it ever since. But it looks as though things may work out in the end.
I’m thankful for DeBlogs giving me the outlet to share my thoughts, feelings, and wisdom with anyone who cares to read it. I’m thankful for DePaul being the backdrop to my growth as a young adult into the real world. When things seem tough or hopeless, or you get plagued by negative thinking, try to remember what you’re thankful for and stay positive. The holidays are right around the corner, and everything will be okay in the end.
It’s almost that time, we’re inching closer and closer to
finals and while the end of the quarter seems so close there are still those
massive hurdles known as finals. If you’ve been doing great all quarter, I
completely understand how easy it is to begin slacking off in the final weeks.
But stay focused! All it takes is one missed assignment, bad test score, or
lackluster presentation to drop your grade below what you needed. I often have
a hard time focusing in the final weeks as I just want things to be over and
have felt I’ve done more than enough over the past ten weeks. But contrary to
how most view the quarter system I feel it is a marathon, not a sprint. You
need to finish strong and that means not waiting till the last minute to start
assignments that will surely take hours. As someone who suffers from senioritis,
every day I struggle to start things at a reasonable time in lieu of wanting to
socialize or do anything but school work. But as fun as those weekend plans may
seem they’re never as fun if the thought of impending homework is creeping up
in the back of your head. So, enjoy your fun as you should without the worry of
exams you haven’t studied for, PowerPoints you haven’t made, and essays you haven’t
written. You got to work hard to play hard, so keep your tunnel vision and do
the very best you can to end the quarter!
While some may go to movies to get their Halloween scares, for those of you who want a longer trick or treat, the best horror entertainment of the weekend comes in the form of the new “Sabrina: The Teenage Witch” that premiered on Netflix this weekend. I know it may seem crazy, as a lot of us may have grown up with the old Melissa Joan Hart version but as most nostalgia from our childhoods this update is very different. I’d compare this show more to “American Horror Story” than anything else but do anything but compare it to the similar “Riverdale”. Instead of glorifying the nonsensical storylines Sabrina works because it’s about magic and monsters and it is supposed to be over the top. But still features much more diversity, good acting, and even LGBT characters that aren’t just there in token roles. For anyone hoping for just a good ole scary show for the holidays fret not, because that’s exactly what the show is, it’s never preachy and has genuinely likable characters. One of the other benefits is that it’s all available now to watch. I came into the show very skeptical and by the end of the first episode I was already determined to finish half of it before going to sleep, woke up and watched even more of it. Only stopping to write this very blog post right now. For someone who doesn’t have ten dollars to waste we got to stick together and watch the best Netflix content, so get on it, Happy Halloween!
I watch a lot of Netflix. I’m a film and television major here at DePaul so it is honestly the cheapest way to immerse myself in
the art for creative purposes. One of the best things Netflix has to offer just premiered this week in the form of “Daredevil” season three. Now I’m sure there are people who are just not interested in comic book related things but to be honest this isn’t a usual comic book show. There aren’t crazy color costumes, there aren’t explosions and things of that nature. The show is more so a crime thriller with some action than anything else. The show follows a lawyer (Matt Murdoch) who despite being blind is a ninja who puts on a mask and beats up criminals at night in New York. But this specific season is great because it not only develops the incredible cast of characters wonderfully but the story is truly well-written. Twist and turns really keep you guessing till the very end and each episode transitions wonderfully into the next (allowing for maximum binging). The action scenes throughout the series are choreographed perfectly. It’s not your stereotypical comic book story, the show is dark, sometimes a bit bleak, but actually has a cool mystery the characters must solve throughout the seasons. Daredevil is entertaining and definitely a show worth your time if you’re up for a crime thriller with a lot of action. Don’t let the fact that it is based off a comic book not make you want to watch it.
This week was a perfect example of how quickly Chicago weather can turn on you. From close to eighty degrees one day down to thirty-something the next, Chicago is no joke in terms of its wind. As a Chicago native, I’ve been used to harsh winters, but I know that may not be the case for a lot of people. Even those from states that get plenty of snow, the way Chicago harsh winds operate can catch a lot of people off-guard.
One thing I can suggest is wearing layers for the next couple of months. Scarves and things of that nature are also a good idea to protect your neck and throat. Whenever the weather drastically changes my allergies immediately flare up causing me to get sick. Be sure to drink tea and whatever cold medicine necessary to stay healthy. Because unlike high school, sick days do not get you out of work in college. Even if you miss a class due to extreme sickness it is on you to figure out what you missed and make that work up. I would much rather go to class than be sick and still have to navigate classes, work, and other University obligations.
A good way to avoid sickness is to not only stay warm outside, avoid germs, but also keep your dorm/living space clean. Disinfect on the regular and be agreement with your roommate on when to clean up. One of the most important things to remember in your freshmen year is that both you and your roommate are responsible for keeping things clean and tidy. So make sure you’re on the same page, stay clean, stay warm, and have a great week!
As a person who makes music I am absolutely addicted to any and all of it. I love listening to it, making it, discussing it etc. And the thing I want to talk about today is a music group known as BROCKHAMPTON. A group that has inspired me over the past year and a half. Originating from Texas and now operating out of California BROCKHAMPTON is a self-proclaimed boyband. Unlike groups like One Direction however they are reinventing the term as they do not sing ballads just meant for teenage girls. Their musical style varies from hard rap, melodic singing, and generally experimental production that makes them sonically one of the most well-rounded musical acts going today. But it isn’t just their sound that makes them unique it’s their lyrical content as well. The leader of the group “Kevin Abstract” is an openly gay rapper that frequently talks about his struggles in an attempt to bring awareness and normalize such a thing. Other members of the group constantly speak out on issues such as racism, mental health, and sexual abuse. They have their fun songs but they definitely use their platform to spread a message. In a landscape where a lot of popular music is purely surface level or promoting dangerous things BROCKHAMPTON is a group expressing themselves for a new generation who want alternative ideas and unique creativity. Their music is inspiring, their videos are off the wall, and they generally seem like nice people. Anyone looking for new music will definitely enjoy them and I highly suggest it. And thanks to being at DePaul, I am able to potentially see them on tour later this month!
We are slowly creeping into October, so you know what that means! Halloween-Scary-themed blog time! Now this isn’t just going to be me recommending scary movies it is more so me showing you some cool stuff I’ve experienced over the years during my time in Chicago. For instance, one cool activity you might like is Navy Pier’s Haunted House experience. The theme changes every year, but the purpose is always the same: to absolutely terrify all those who enter, and all things considered they do a horrifyingly good job. I’ve gone in middle school and high school and have had a lot of fun with it. It is something I recommend to do with friends to maximize the fun; the prices aren’t bad and is a great group activity. But if you don’t want to go downtown I would recommend looking for haunted houses all throughout the Chicagoland area. There are some great ones who put a lot of effort in, as Halloween isn’t just a one night activity for some, a lot of people put time and money into making the holiday a month-long experience and if you are fan, you should help to support the entities that do this. Don’t think being in college now means you can’t get into the Halloween spirit, there’s more to it than just going to parties with adult-themed costumes looking to do what you may see in movies. Of course, that’s something to look forward to, but walking around in costume throughout campus can lead to some surprising social connections and could lead to meeting new people, so don’t be afraid to let your scary flag fly. Have a great Halloween month!
As the fall season truly starts to set in, the weather is slowly getting colder and colder and being outside isn’t always the most reasonable option. And what better way to justify staying indoors than a good Netflix binge-watching session. So, allow me to recommend some of my current favorites and give you plenty of reasons to never leave the comfort of your television screen.
First and foremost, for anyone who is a fan of documentary crime dramas “American Vandal” is a must watch. With the second season having just premiered this past week I have never been so entertained by what might be some of the stupidest crimes in television history. “American Vandal” is a show that attempts to unravel mysteries such as “who drew male genitalia on the cars of a school parking lot” and “who is terrorizing a private school with feces”. What may seem juvenile to some is surely a hilarious watching experience for others.
Another great show you may want to give a try is “BoJack Horseman .” The adult animated series follows an anthropomorphic middle-aged celebrity horse with a drinking problem, navigating a weird subversive Hollywood. It can get very dark and surreal but don’t allow that to stop you from giving it a try. It’s really funny and when it gets serious it’s actually kind of inspiring. I think a lot of animated shows don’t get enough credit for how much meaning and heart they have when you look past the surface, but regardless, these are two of the shows I feel might be enjoyable to all, happy binging and have a great week!
Coming into college, classes can seem intimidating. For a lot of people, you can go from an intimate classroom setting for one class to a lecture hall the next. For others, it’s the opposite. Whether you are going from a large class where you were able to blend into the background to a smaller setting or vice versa, the transition can be tough. But stay positive! It’s alright to be a bit shy but don’t let the new environment scare you into not letting your voice be heard. DePaul is a great community with a diverse range of people - and you never really know who you can meet if you just say hello to whoever is sitting next to you.
I remember going into classes not knowing anyone and struggling with participating, just because I was content with staying hidden. However, little did I know that being able to express yourself in class is not only good for your social benefit but for your academic benefit as well. Speak up and participate in class/group discussions, because doing so will not only help integrate yourself with your classmates but also help you get to know your professors as well. These professors are great educators who can help you with recommendations for jobs, internships, and other great opportunities that happen at our university.
DePaul is a place full of great resources, people, and opportunities - but you won’t experience any of it if you don’t speak up, get involved, and most importantly have fun. This is a great place to learn and I hope you all make the best of it!
I’m so glad to once again show you DePaul through my lens, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you. First and foremost, I hope everyone had an amazing summer. Allow me to tell you about some of the activities I partook in.
There’s a great old-style arcade in Brookfield, Illinois called "Galloping Ghost " that is very affordable for all-day admission to play whatever you want. As a nostalgia nerd, I spent a lot of time there playing not only today’s most recent games but arcade machines spanning all the way back to the 80’s. Anybody in the area who is a fan of that type of stuff should definitely check it out.
One of the best movies I saw this summer was called “Sorry to Bother You ” directed by musician, Boots Riley, and starring a bunch of smaller actors I like. The experimental film is a topical comedy about the problems of workforce labor. It’s honestly one of the best films I’ve ever seen and has a great deal of diversity and inclusion. It’s an incredibly weird movie but with an important message and some fantastic performances.
And speaking of performances, the last thing I want to share is the perfect way I ended my summer - and that was seeing Childish Gambino live in concert. Coming off his award-winning show, chart-topping songs, and whatever he decides he wants to be good at Childish Gambino had a concert here in Chicago last night and it was incredible, the man can truly put on a show and continues to be in my inspiration in all things creative.
I hope you all did some cool things during summer as well, but regardless the school year here at DePaul will lead to a lot of fun and new experiences, so take some time to not only do some work but enjoy everything on campus as well!
It’s the end of the school year and to be honest I don’t really know what to say. It’s always the same amount of time each year yet somehow it feels like things are flying by. In just another year I’ll be graduating and going into the real world. It sounds scary, to not have the safety net of school and being a student. But it is something that I look forward to. In the last year, I have gotten my first apartment, multiple jobs to help pay for it, and have made significant strides in my personal career. I think in this current age of social media we see a lot of people our age with a lot of success so young and we look down on our own positions. I know for a fact I’ve done this, but I want to let everyone reading know that you should be proud of everything you’ve accomplished no matter how small. If we focus too much on the end game we can’t have fun during the journey. And whatever path you take you should have fun. Whether that be chilling with your closest friends even if you are not doing anything, or spending time on a project for a class you really care about (because school work can be incredibly fun). Whatever it is, just enjoy it because life is too short to be constantly stressing about the future or comparing your situation to others. I’ve had a great school year and hope you have as well. Have a great summer, looking forward to you reading my adventures next year.
As the school year begins to wind down you might find yourself losing motivation to continue putting your all into your school work. Whether that be from senioritis, already killing every other assignment in the class, or even just general laziness. But take it from someone who struggles with this himself, you’ve got to keep pushing forward. I know Summer seems right around the corner (or Spring, depending on how the Chicago weather feels that day) but it’ll be much more satisfying knowing you’ve put all your effort into crushing final exams, projects, etc. so you can feel confident about knowing you’ve aced (or at least passed) all your classes. DePaul is a little different from other universities in that we are on the quarter system which means a lot of your friends may already be on Summer vacation traveling the world, going to festivals, and while it may seem fun to join them it is easy to lose focus about what’s important. Passing your classes, making sure you have a summer job, having an internship, etc. I personally have been procrastinating a few projects but over the next weeks, I plan to change that. Even as a Junior I still have a lot to learn about time management and not waiting until the last minute to do something, even if the deadline was given to me weeks ago. Put the work in and it’ll be worth it trust me.
Becoming involved with some organization, club, or group at your university is a must. Not only does it look good on a resume but it allows you to meet a lot of different people and potentially even bring you closer to the school you’ve decided to attend. Here at DePaul University I have become involved in the Men of Color initiative. It is a program that works to help acclimate male minority students into DePaul. The program aims for incoming freshman to have someone to help them not only use all of DePaul’s resources to the best of their ability but also have someone to talk about common struggles such as being a person of color in a predominantly white college. Programs like this are very important because having people you can identify with and know what you’ve been through and knowing you are not alone is something that a lot of students do not have. Being a part of this program just within the last year has opened my eyes to just how important it is that I can help incoming freshmen navigate the tricky world of university. In fact, in just the last two months I helped a student to ultimately decide DePaul was the best place for their university education just speaking candidly about my experience. So whether it is a program like this, a school-sponsored one, or even an intramural sports team try to get involved, it can change your life.
I’m a big comic nerd. So, the month of May so far has been very good to me. Whether it’s the release of Avengers: Infinity War or impending superhero blockbusters like Deadpool 2 and The Incredibles sequel, I absolutely cannot wait for movies this summer. That being said, I’ve begun to notice that movies like these are beginning to receive some backlash. Not that they haven’t necessarily had them before, but now people are being more vocal about how they don’t like superhero movies; how they’re all just the same and are a waste of time. I get it, from the outside in they are, they usually include a lot of forgettable bad guys and beams of light shooting from the sky but I think it’s important to remember that while everyone and their mother is trying to copy the success of the Avengers. There are other people trying to take comic book properties in another direction. Whether it’s on TV or movies I think we should stop putting a stigma around these movies and try to enjoy them for what they are and sometimes that is just mindless entertainment. Sure, these movies don’t try to be thought-provoking but they are entertaining spectacles and the ones that do put in the effort and are quality don’t deserve the hate that the
less than quality copycats do. If you’ll never be a fan that’s fine, but if you’re even mildly interested in comic books but don’t care for blockbuster summer action look for something more your style, you’re sure to find something you like.
My DePaul experience can be summed up as unexpected. As in, when I started going to this school I certainly didn’t expect to be performing music in front of people - not once but three separate times. In fact, when I entered DePaul I didn’t think I would be making music at all. Where you decide to go college really can change the trajectory of your life. Whether that be the friends you make, the classes you take, or the paths you embark on, I feel like DePaul has influenced all of those things. Music is a big part of my life now and I’m not sure if it would be that way if I didn’t go to school here. The people I’ve met have allowed me to experience new things and have opened my mind to different ways of thinking that I believe have allowed me to become more diverse. Whether it be the way I dress, the way I talk, or the way I interact with people my development as a person is forever tied to my experiences at this university. Whether they’ve been bad or good I have dealt with things I wouldn’t change at all, because it has allowed me to grow into the person I need to be for what I want to do in the future, and thanks to what has happened to me here that will be a lot. I’m thankful for DePaul and their diverse student groups, organizations, and their location because I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything, and I hope you experience life-changing moments of your own here.
I chose DePaul because it was the best possible option for
me. The film program here has a lot of opportunities and teaches a lot for anyone
interested in going into the Film and TV industry. It allows me to stay in
state and still be away from home experience college life. To be honest some
days it is hard to remember a time in which I wasn’t at DePaul. Going here
allows me to be pursuing film and other interests more than I ever could in
high school, it has allowed me to meet an incredibly diverse group of people in
a short period of time, and I get to continue living in a city I love. I had a
lot of other options and places I could have gone but after the last few years
I’m convinced things have worked out as they should, and I am exactly where I
belong. I’ve met close friends I wouldn’t trade for the world, I’ve had
experiences that have made me the person I am today and I am not sure I could
have those opportunities somewhere else. DePaul has helped me grow into someone
I am proud to be. Someone who has learned to balance multiple jobs,
relationships, and school work while also preparing me to live my life as an
adult post-graduation. Everything is different for everyone but I feel DePaul
was the path I was always going to take, because thinking about everything I’ve
done it all just makes sense, and hopefully it will for you too.
Choosing where to live can be a surprisingly difficult part of freshmen year of college. Who you live next door to can affect so many things; such as who you become friends with, who you don’t like, who you never want to see again, if you’ll ever get a noise complaint, or whether you will ever have to file a noise complaint. This train of thinking can lead to a lot of spiraling thoughts. Don’t worry, I’m here to let you know that none of that matters. What you should care about most is what you think is going to be best for you. The things I’ve listed already are factors you cannot predict and are out of your control, so focus on what you can control.
I would suggest all freshmen live on campus (if possible of course) because that is the best way to really get a feel for campus life and how things work at DePaul. Living on campus gives you the opportunity to meet people not only from your dorm but other living areas as well. Being on campus also gives you the option to go to a campus event at the drop of a dime. That being said, you might need to research the prices of certain dorms to make it work with your financial situation. Some dorms are more expensive than others and have different types of amenities. However, wherever you decide to live just get involved. Be friendly, meet people around you, and don’t be a shut-in. I met some of my best friends halfway through freshmen year and it turned out they lived two doors down from me. You never know what’ll happen if you say hello to someone next door.
Today I want to give some helpful advice for those who are considering off-campus housing and how to go about finding a place that is right for you. First and foremost, unless you absolutely can’t afford it I would suggest living on campus freshmen year. It helps you meet other incoming freshmen and make connections you otherwise wouldn’t be able to make if you weren’t always in the same vicinity. And trust me, friendships like that can change things dramatically. Outside of freshmen year though it is common for most upperclassmen is to find an off-campus apartment to live in. And that means no longer relying on just your meal plan (i.e. buying groceries and cooking) which can be a radical change for a lot of students (especially if you’re coming from out of state). So, what I would suggest is trying to find an apartment with friends you trust in an area near transportation (I’d say redline would be ideal as it never stops running as opposed to the Brown or Purple line). Apartments are incredibly expensive though, so unless you’ve got parents willing to bankroll things for you (and I know some of you do) working and saving money is a necessity. It took me an entire summer of being frugal and working as hard as I could to just barely afford to move into my current apartment. Thank God for refund checks and financial aid because that’s what allows me to keep living in my apartment. So, don’t fret, off-campus living is a possibility, it just means it’ll take some work.
Even though we just started Spring Quarter never forget that time can fly by in an instant. That’s why if you’re in need of a summer job I would suggest looking as soon as possible. Regular summer jobs such as camp counselors and things of that nature tend to go quickly (even as early as November!) so if that is something you desire you’re going to want it taken care of sooner rather than later. I wanted to take the time to tell you guys about a summer camp I had the pleasure of working at this past summer right here in Lincoln Park!
That camp is called Galileo, named after the famous astronomer Galileo is a day camp with locations not only all throughout the Chicagoland area but in California as well. Galileo has many programs for campers ranging from ages 6 to 14. To my knowledge, they are still hiring prospective counselors, interns, and anyone who can help out. Last year I worked with a great group of people and had my best summer job yet! As of now I plan on returning in the summer and thought I would let anybody in need of a summer job know. You should definitely apply if you like working with children or want experience in childcare. If you’re majoring in anything education wise you may also qualify as an instructor and gain instant experience teaching children simple yet engaging activities. Definitely be sure to check out The Galileo Website for more information.
The start of the Spring Quarter is here! It is slowly beginning to get warmer (emphasis on slowly) and summer seems like it’s just around the corner. Something important to keep in mind though is that staying focused will only get harder from here. As it gets warmer there will be more social activities, not just on the weekends but all throughout the week, and as long as you’re able to get what you need to be done there’s nothing wrong with indulging in some fun. However, take it from someone who has let Spring Quarter get the better of them by losing focus, just know that a quarter at DePaul can go from good to bad real quick if you’re not focusing on your classes. Don’t let assignments pile up, don’t let hanging out with your friends get in the way of your own personal goals.
Spring Quarter is the last three month stretch of the school year and everyone wants it to be their best whether that’s academically or socially. And don’t let this blog post make you think I’m trying to steer anyone away from doing any extracurriculars. Join some clubs, meet some new people, have some fun. This is just a friendly reminder that college is an even balance. You must work hard and play hard. After all, we’re spending a lot of money for an experience that isn’t just about our education but our experience at DePaul in and of itself. So have fun, go to class, learn what you want to learn, and enjoy your time at DePaul before the summer hiatus begins.
Studying is a different beast. If you wait last minute to study for a big test (especially if it is a subject you’re not that good at) it will more likely than not lead to a poor score. You don’t have to spend 8 hours a day studying right up until the exam, but a full week or couple days before the test try studying at least an hour - in small doses, things will seem less daunting and it may even help you remember the things you need to learn.
Projects are the same thing, in my opinion, try to start it piece by piece or else you will just try to be rushing the day before. One last important thing to remember as well, never overwork and stress yourself out. It’s important to take breaks or else your work will get sloppy. Finals are important but they are not life or death. Your mental health and overall well-being should always come first. Have a good week and good luck!!
By the time you are reading this, the Oscars will have already happened. However, I am still going to tell you about some of my favorite movies and television shows I’ve watched this year. First and foremost, if you see any large superhero blockbuster it must be the wildly popular and successful “Black Panther.” Rounded out by an incredible cast and amazing director this movie is not only outstanding by Marvel movie standards but it fits my criteria as a good movie. The film has a message, it is fun, it is well acted, and now we are one step closer to having more diversity in high budget Hollywood films. In terms of television, I would recommend “The Venture Bros” to anyone who is a fan of Adult Swim (and Rick and Morty in particular). It’s basically a parody of Johnny Quest, comic books, and generally weird stuff that mixes and mashes together as a wildly sporadic but entertaining show. Good animation mixed with stellar voice acting and writing, it is a must watch for anyone who likes weird adult humor and sci-fi action.
Speaking of weird this is where I will tell you about “Black Mirror” and why it is incredible. The anthology series is surely inspired by Twilight Zone but it has created its own legacy by showing us a darker side of the technology we as humans hold dear. In each episode we see a future affected by a piece of technology that drastically changes how we interact as humans. Anybody wanting to see a creative view on the future, I would definitely check it out, as well as the other two recommendations!
Orientation is by far one of the best DePaul experiences you’ll have. I think the school, as well as the students, do a wonderful job of integrating new students into life not only in the Lincoln Park campus but Chicago as well. Despite living here all my life, there are a bunch of places and things to do here that I would have never known about if not for some of the wonderful Orientation leaders you’ll meet during your experience. In fact, one of my orientation leaders ended up being my mentor and one of the closest friends I had freshman year. Never be afraid of any student older than you. They’re there to help you become more comfortable. I remember trying to play icebreakers and people being too shy but because of our orientation leaders we eventually were able to become a more comfortable with each other than we were going in. And I think that’s part of the DePaul experience too. You might walk in not knowing anyone and then you leave with more connections than you could’ve ever imagined. Part of the fun is that you also get a little sneak preview of dorm life by spending the night. I think it’s definitely pretty cool to have a fun night in the dorm with multiple activities happening on different floors. I remember having karaoke, cookies, and plenty of board games. All in all, orientation is meant to not only be an educational preview of what lies ahead these next few important years but to also be fun. Life should always follow a work hard play hard motto, you always need a healthy balance. And that’s what DePaul is.
As a massive comic book nerd and film major, I am incredibly excited to know that Marvel’s Black Panther is finally going to be released this upcoming weekend. Not only is the movie important for the superhero genre but it is crucial for the movie industry as a whole. There isn’t another example of a multi-million dollar property at the forefront of pop culture and entertainment with an almost entirely black cast and crew. It’s almost unheard of in terms of superhero movies let alone big budget Hollywood. As someone of color who feels they are greatly underrepresented in media, I think this a great time to rejoice and have confidence that things will get better and people will realize that people do want to see themselves represented and want to see something different. I think that’s also the biggest take away from this movie -people want something different, Black Panther isn’t just more of the same of the usual superhero stuff.
From the looks of the film, it deals with complex topics of political unrest, classism, and monarchy. I believe these themes are extremely relevant in a time in which we aren’t so sure on how we feel about these topics. And to have them put in an action-packed film proves that it isn’t just going to be another popcorn flick with a rinse and repeat formula. Black Panther makes me extremely excited to not only see the future of Hollywood but just for the future of our society in general because while some might not be such a fan of the movie, the amount of support the film has shows me anything is possible, sometimes you just have to be patient.
One of the coolest things I believe DePaul does is hold multiple music events on campus. At the end of the school year, we have a concert called DePaul Fest which has led to musical acts such as Childish Gambino, T-Pain, The Neighborhood, Logic, and many others performing for a price that’s more than affordable for all students. But not only does DePaul give established artists a chance to perform here but up and coming DePaul students as well. I have been to many of weekly events where students host panels and performances all over campus allowing students to perform covers of songs, poetry, and even original material. For instance, this Tuesday, February 6
th at 7 pm to 9 pm yours truly will be competing at the Play 4 Polarpalooza competition where six DePaul musical acts will be competing for the chance to be the opener for the winter concert, Polarpalooza. Don’t worry though this isn’t going to be me plugging myself for an entire blog. I more so just want to let any students know that this campus is a great resource to not only have your music heard by the student population but also start to get your name out there and collaborate with other DePaul musicians. I wish everybody competing the best of luck and hope anybody interested will come out to support not only your favorite blogger but the rest of your fellow DePaul students. You might see an accompanying theme to a lot of my blogs here but the gist is there are a lot of cool things that make DePaul a really great place, so definitely take advantage of them and definitely spread the word!
One thing I always recommend for students is to keep in touch with your advisor. I know it may seem like a chore and that you’re old enough to keep up with your own academic progress but you should always use your advisor as a resource. If you’re changing your degree or major they will have all the information you need to either make a smooth transition or advise you on how things would change for you. I believe it is still a freshman requirement to meet with your advisor before you sign up for your second quarter of classes but for most students, that’s usually the last time people decide to keep in touch.
But sometimes there are questions that only an advisor can answer such as substituting classes and double majoring or minoring. And usually, these types of questions don’t come until your last two years of college. And by that time some students completely forget or fall out of touch with their advisors. I’m speaking from experience here as I haven’t talked to my advisor for quite some time despite needing important answers about my academic future.
Luckily for me and many other students in similar situations, it is never too late. On your campus connect or your degree progress report you can find out your advisor’s name and then schedule a meeting with him or her. I’d suggest doing it as soon as possible as they have plenty of students to meet with. Never hesitate to use your academic resources to better yourself at DePaul.
Cat lovers galore! Any DePaul students who don’t own cats but want to play with them at your own leisure I have the perfect weekend activity for you. This past Saturday I spent my time at “The Catcade ”. Chicago’s Arcade Cat Rescue and Lounge is a place where you can not only play with various cats but also play some classic arcade games as well (Metal Slug, Pac Man, Galaga, etc. for those wondering). I had never been there before but I found the experience to be incredibly enjoyable. As someone who would classify themselves as more of a dog person, I’ve always been apprehensive about cats, especially since I’ve never really interacted with them for a long period of time. That all changed however once I went to the Catcade and began just observing and playing with kittens. I think the biggest thing to realize is that cats really do have a mind of their own. Not necessarily better or worse than dogs they are simply just different. They can lose and gain interest in something in a matter of seconds.
There are plenty of toys to try to attract their attention but one of the many things the establishment will tell you before you engage with the cats is that you can’t control whether they want to play with you, you’re not allowed to pick them up at will because cats aren’t those kinds of animals. But in the end, it makes it that much more gratifying when you do get them to play with you and I think it’s worth the 15 dollars for an hour. All the cats are from rescue shelters and are adorable. The Catcade is located off the Belmont redline stop at 1235 W Belmont Avenue. Try it out sometime and have fun!
Shout out to all Digital Cinema students! Especially the ones not aware! You should use all the resources here at DePaul to your disposal. As students of the College of Computing and Digital Media, we have unique opportunities such as renting extremely expensive and high-quality equipment. I’m in my junior year here at DePaul and I certainly don’t think I’ve used these resources as much as I should have been. But it’s never too late, underclassmen should be aware that at the Loop campus in the basement of the 14 East Jackson building there is “The Cage” that allows you to temporarily borrow equipment. If there’s any short films, sketches, or even professional interviews you would like to do, I would suggest using these resources to the best of your ability all four years. Don’t be afraid to ask about certain materials and equipment if you’re not sure how to use them. Always make sure you’re getting exactly what you ask for and please always return it on time.
There are many students here at DePaul waiting to use the equipment so try not to damage it either. I recently rented cameras from the cage and had one of the best filming experiences of my life. I’m personally not so handy or knowledgeable behind the camera so it was difficult at first but I learned quite a lot just to getting into it and doing what I can. I think in-class learning is a necessity but getting actual experience is just as important. So it doesn’t matter what your concentration is, rent some equipment, start filming, and get some equipment!
Hi there! I’m Joe Hendrix and one of the newest DeBloggers! I’m a junior here at DePaul University majoring in Digital Cinema with a concentration in screenwriting. I’m from the city of Chicago and I couldn’t be happier to be at a university that allows me to stay in my hometown around my family and friends while also exploring new parts of the city I’ve never been to all while also meeting new and interesting people. As you can tell by my major I’m really into movies and television, specifically writing for them.
But I’m also into music as well, over the last couple years I’ve become fond of many different genres such as alternative R&B, underground rap, Triphop, etc. At the end of my freshmen year, I even began to start making music myself. I find it to be a fun way to express myself as I believe music is a medium that everyone at some point or another will enjoy. Music is universal.
That being said I want to be a jack of all trades when it comes to my career. I’d like to create a television show, movie, album, anime, and probably some other stuff in my lifetime. I like to think of myself as a creative. I don’t want to limit myself to just one career or thing that defines me, and I don’t think you should either. People I look up to like Donald Glover are comedians, writers, musicians, and actors and that inspires me to try to go after and obtain whatever I want in life. And I’d like to hope that in the future I can try to achieve many things I didn’t think were possible when I was younger, and I hope you do too! I look forward to you learning more about me and my adventures here at DePaul! Have a nice day and always go the Vincentian way!