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In my opinion, cheesecake is
one of the most underrated deserts out there. Perhaps it’s the connotation that
cheese cannot be dessert, but it’s actually made from cream cheese rather than
your conventional cheddar. Although Cheesecake Factory is always a viable
option to get good cheesecake, I stumbled upon two other solid alternatives.
Tous Les Jours
Located in Chinatown, Tous
Les Jours is an artisan bakery that specializes in in French-Asian inspired
baked goods such as breads, pastries, cakes, and beverages. My girlfriend and I
split a slice of chocolate cake, strawberry cake, and of course a slice of
cheesecake. I guess I am simple and conservative, because I am also interested
in the plain vanilla cheesecake. Sure, key lime and Oreo are good too, but all
the toppings can get in the way of judging my number one quality of a
cheesecake — thickness. At Tous Les Jours, although the slices are small in
size, they pack a lot of flavor. And yes, the cheesecake does meet my thickness
Within Block 37, you can find
this bakery tucked away in a corner in the mall. The first desert I was exposed
to at Magnolia was its coveted chocolate-banana pudding. Although more of a
thick whipped cream than a pudding, it does not lack any flavor at all. After
the pudding, I eyed the cheesecake. Like Tous Les Jours, the serving size is on
the small side considering the price. Straying away from the conventional
triangular slice shape, each portion of cheesecake is presented in circular
form like your own private small cheesecake. My first slice was a plain vanilla
cheesecake, then expanding to the chocolate my next visit. Once again, the
thickness meets standards as does the taste.
Although I am sure I wrote a
blog on scholarships before, I want to reiterate the importance of applying for
them because it amazes me how many students won’t after their freshman year.
They’ll receive the same or perhaps less financial aid while the cost of
attendance rises. If you finance your own
college education, I’m sure you are all too familiar with the ins and outs of
financial aid. If you aren’t, then please take my advice and relieve your
student debt. Even if your parents pay for college, be generous back and reduce
each of their quarterly payments with these simple tricks.
First, I encourage everyone
to fill out the general applications available on Scholarship Connect. My
senior alone, I received an extra $6,500 from the finance and accounting
scholarships. There are few questions where the answers must be 500 words or
less, but each general application puts your name in for multiple internal
scholarships, so your odds are better than you think.
Also, if you have already
filed for financial aid, if you need to, consider filing a financial aid appeal
form. The 2019-2020 forms were recently posted and you find them at this link. As my dad always says to me,
“The worst they can say is no”. My father and I sent an appeal form as an
incoming freshman and every year since. The results can truly vary.
were a member of some clubs or organizations on campus, you may have had a run
into the DePaul Financial Fitness Program. The premise of this program is that
an employee of the program would visit and provide tips and guidance on
important financial undertakings like off-campus housing or financing your
I am proud
to announce that have begun a new position of on-campus employment as a Peer
Financial Advisor under the Financial Fitness Program. With the generosity of a donor, I am part
of new specialty team aimed at taking the program into new territory. The new
program hopes to expand outside class presentations and perhaps dive into
one-on-one advising sessions. After my time as a Financial Coach at the Center
for Economic Progress over the last summer, I was excited to see that kind of
program make its way into DePaul.
program is still being developed, but I am hoping that undergrads will soon be
able to seek guidance from an advisor soon. I understand that college is not
cheap, especially if you’re financing your education yourself. Things happen in
life unexpectedly, and if you’re feeling stressed or simply need advice, I hope
the new Financial Fitness Program will be a valuable resource at your disposal.
I will provide updates on details when I attain them, but for now expect help
on a topics such as credit building, student debt, loans, and applying for
1,500 hours of original series and movies released by Netflix, getting lost
between the good and bad can be time consuming. I have been able to pinpoint
two series that appeal to me — an accounting and finance major who enjoys cooking.
The Final Table
series is a culinary competition that takes twelve chefs and tests them on an
iconic dish from countries like Mexico, USA, and Japan. With a judging panel of
celebrities and food critics from the country being represented that episode,
the series is fast-paced and continually catching your attention. I have
watched seasons of Chopped my senior
year and was yearning for something new. I always enjoy the types of shows for
learning new dishes and picking up tips and tricks for cooking along the way.
The show mainly focuses on the cooking without the curtain of drama that gets
in the way within some shows.
docuseries explores fraud and corruption at the corporate level in
multinational companies. Right off the bat, the show will reminisce American Greed detailing motives behind
illegal actions and how they did it. As a business student, I am captivated by
this show especially in the sense that I can witness firsthand the material and
jargon I learn in the classroom being displayed on a Netflix series. With
episodes ranging from Volkswagen, to Mexican Cartels using American banks, to
even maple syrup, it amazes me how most of these huge scandals went unnoticed
by me before I developed my accounting and finance background, despite being
within the last decade.
If you are
a prospective student who has been admitted into DePaul University, I strongly
recommend attending the admitted student days to hear first-hand from current
students on their experiences at DePaul. Yes, you can read DeBlogs and gain a
good sense, but these events are a great opportunity to ask questions and
express any concerns you may have.
hear from a panel of students from 10:00AM to 10:30AM in the Lincoln Park
Student Center on the following dates:
Friday, February 22
Friday, March 15
Friday, April 12
I will be
speaking at the student panel on Friday, February 22. If you are thinking of
going into the Strobel Accountancy Honors Program then you were probably also
invited to attend a Strobel Honors Reception. The receptions take place from
1:30PM to 2:15PM in the Loop at the DePaul Center on the 11th floor
in the DePaul Club room on the following dates:
see me at the March 15 and April 12 receptions and I’d be happy to answer any
questions you may have before finalizing your decision on what college to
enroll in. You can register at go.depaul.edu/admittedevents.
*This article is more
directed towards juniors and seniors, but if you are under 21 then you have
something to look forward to.*
As a student of three honors
programs, I haven’t much leeway when it came to deciding my classes. Lately, each
quarter would be one class towards honors accounting, one class towards honors
finance, one class within honors requirements where I at least could decide the
topic, and then one class that usually fulfills a business core requirement.
After a fall quarter where I took two graduate-level accounting classes, an
honors finance class, and an honors senior capstone, I was burnt out. That is
why on the first day of the winter quarter I decided to swap an honors class
for something I actually wanted to take out of my own freewill. With space for
just one class in my last year of college where I could choose anything, I
decided to enroll into HSP 333: International Wine Education and Management.
Sure, a class where you taste
wines every week on Thursday may come across as wanting to receive an “Easy A,”
but this class encompasses much more. I chose the class to expand my knowledge
of wines in hopes of improving my etiquette for professional networking events
or any other formal occasion. I’ve always enjoyed wine, but could never
distinguish a good one from a bad one, nor did I know what to look for on a
bottle. Midway through the quarter I can say that there I much to learn about
wines and that the tasting component of the class is a way of learning the
different varietals there are. Perhaps I enjoy the class because it is a
different tone and pace from business courses, perhaps it is the free weekly
wine. I encourage any student to not be afraid to look for classes outside your
field or comfort zone if given the flexibility, because the last thing you want
to say after you graduate is “I should have…”
The first question is one will ask themselves is what card should I apply for? There are multiple issuers (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) across many banks, credit unions, and companies. As a newcomer to credit cards, it would be wise to apply for a card with no annual fee. Next, is to do research at the credit ratings that the card accepts. As someone will no to little to no credit, American Express will more likely accept you. Many credit cards are intended for students specifically like Discover it card.
Once you get accepted, keep in mind your credit limit. Sure, you were given a limit of $500 but do not use the full $500. Once you use more than 30% of your limit and do not pay it off before the next credit score update, it will hurt your credit score. A safe margin would be 15% of your limit. Keep in mind that you do not have to wait until your due date to pay off your card’s balance. You can minimize your balance by paying it off weekly. That way you know that your monthly balance will be paid off in full and not be concerned about paying any fees or interest.
Keep in mind that a credit card is not giving you money. Every cent spent will be taken out of your checking account sooner or later. Besides building credit, credit cards offer many rewards and benefits a debit card will not. Cashback or exclusive access to events are some that even a first-time cardholder may be able to rack up.
When people think of investing the first thing that usually comes to mind is stock trading. Getting into stock trading can be intimidating, especially with the fees that are associated with trades. That is why Robinhood was created. With no commission fees and a $0 minimum opening balance, literally, anyone can invest spare money even if it may be only $10. Robinhood is best used for basic stock trading, although the online brokerage has been unveiling new developments like options, cryptocurrencies, and more foreign companies like Adidas were recently added. As with most brokerages, a bonus offer is available for first-time users. However, most of these “bonuses” are a few hundred dollars for investors with initial deposits ranging from $10,000 to well above that. Robinhood’s bonus is free stock in the typical method of referring a friend promo in order to attract audiences. If you use this link, you have a chance of earning free stock like Apple or JPMorgan Chase.
Speaking of JPMorgan Chase, they have been stirring up Wall Street lately. In order to compete with low commission traders like Charles Schwab and free brokerages like Robinhood, J.P. Morgan Chase released You Invest. Accessible through the Chase app, You Invest requires no minimum balance and offers commission-free stock and ETF trades for your first 100 trades. It is $2.95 per trade thereafter, which is still disruptive to other brokerages considering the average runner-up offers $4.95 per trade. Coming in 2019 You Invest members will have the option of investing in a portfolio designed and managed by experts at J.P. Morgan. Therefore, if you do not feel comfortable stock picking yourself nor have the interest in managing your portfolio, this option will cover all this.
In conclusion, these are just two low-cost brokerages a college student can utilize in the first stages of stock trading. If you are a student outside of a finance major, interested in learning more about the field, FIN 290 Finance for Non-Business Majors taught by a former professor of mine, Barbara Fuzesi, will certainly shed light on how be financially independent.
Not only is being an active member of a club or organization a small way to bolster your resume, but it also serves as a means to meet new peers and network with professionals. At DePaul, there is a club for everyone as displayed on OrgSync, and if not, then you have the ability as a student to create your own. I have been amidst the process of joining Beta Alpha Psi’s Gamma Chapter at DePaul, which is part of an honorary organization for accounting, finance, and information systems students. When I attended Meet the Firms as a sophomore, recruiters there told me that my resume did not hold up to those with Beta Alpha Psi and I have been determined since then to raise my major GPA to the minimum requirements of applying to this club.
After attending events such as a bowling social, a volunteer opportunity with the Chicago Cubs, and workshops with Deloitte, it is very apparent to me, the benefits of joining this club. However, if you feel that there is not a club at DePaul that suits you, then you can form your own. You require a faculty sponsor for whatever club you decide on. By creating your own club, and taking on the responsibility of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and so on, it displays strong leadership skills and an entrepreneurial attitude that is highly attractive to employers. Extracurricular activities expand beyond DePaul as well. There are student memberships available for professional organizations within career paths. For example, there is the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts or Illinois CPA Society which offer free student affiliate memberships.
Tickets for Fest 2018 are available now for only $10 with an additional $1.09 fee. Check the link below to grab a ticket. The concert is available only to DePaul students and it is one ticket per person. The concert will be held on Friday, May 25th at 5:00 pm on the Quad in Lincoln Park. I am hoping A$AP Rocky will make a surprise appearance at Fest, but that is definitely a long shot.
Yet, you shouldn’t read it solely because it is required, but rather for its content and relativity to your major and your forthcoming career. I recommend any student in the Driehaus College of Business to subscribe in order to familiarize themselves with the rhetoric of the business world.
I once considered subscribing to the paper version of The Wall Street Journal but was deterred because of the pricing. Now that I have to subscribe, I found that there are student discounts available. From class one up until the final exam can be as long as twelve weeks. I found a subscription for online access that costs me one dollar for fifteen weeks. Even if you prefer to read the articles as if they are in a layout of the newspaper copy, there is an option to view the print online. Other discounts I remember seeing was a combo of the print and online version for fifty dollars for the entire year.
Tacos are a type of food that can take on many interpretations; there are Korean style, choice of corn or flour tortilla, onion, and cilantro, or lettuce and tomato. After three years in Chicago, there are three establishments in particular that I find myself eating at the most. The evolution of my taco preferences does not only signify my maturity as a student but as a taco connoisseur as well.
Taco & Burrito Express
On North Halsted just a short walk from DePaul’s Lincoln Park, this was my go-to place when I had those 3:00 am Mexican food cravings. In all honesty, I do not remember what the tacos taste like, for I am one of those people who would rather order the same thing every time than to try something different and risk not liking it. Thus, I ordered the California burrito most of the time, which came with steak, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and sour cream. When all others are too timid to stay open past 9:00 pm, Taco & Burrito Express does not falter from satisfying late-night appetites.
Taqueria Los Comales
This was the restaurant I would have recommended for freshman and sophomore year. There are locations scattered all throughout of the city, but the flagship location for myself was in Pilsen. From Lincoln Park, a trip to Los Comales seems like a daunting task. Nevertheless, these tacos are so good that once I got the craving I was determined to make the journey all the way to the 18th Pink Line. What did I get every visit? Three lengua (beef tongue) tacos with a horchata.
In the middle of my junior year I found my current and only taqueria I will ever need. Some may say I am biased because my girlfriend works here and is the plug for tacos, but I can say without hesitation these tacos are my favorite. I still have the same taste for lengua tacos with cilantro, onion, and salsa verde, but I do diversify my orders now. Along with lengua, I recommend el pastor and tripe, which is the muscle lining of the cow’s stomach. It may sound gross and unsanitary, but like tongue, it will surely be an expected delight.
Like my father, I have grown to like Dunkin Donuts coffee, and while special flavors like coconut or pumpkin spice are a nice treat once in a while, I have my very own daily routine. I suppose I am one of the few who takes their coffee black and cold, thus I brew my pot the night before. Does the coffee taste as good? Honestly not, but the amount of pots I can brew from one six-dollar bag of Dunkin coffee grounds is obviously more reasonable. Also, I enjoy coffee like how one would enjoy tea, wine, or whiskey; I don’t like it too sweet, I want to savor the bitterness and unadulterated flavors. As for adding flavor, I’ll mix some ground pumpkin spice or cinnamon into the coffee grounds if I am craving it. I am not advising to swap your favorite coffee brands, but to buy their coffee beans or grounds and brew some yourself.
An obvious location to buy formal wear for cheap prices is at a second-hand store such as Goodwill or Salvation Army. However, this idea is not appealing to some (me) because of the thought of not being the first owner. So, I recommend taking it a step above to the department outlet store, Nordstrom Rack. On average, the prices are well below retail, but you definitely get your money’s worth whenever there is the “Clear the Rack” clearance sale, which is usually 25% to 30% off already markdown prices. I bought Florsheim dress shoes from here, as well as True Religion jeans for only forty dollars.
The next tip is one I obsessively follow, and that is online shopping. All I have to say is do not underestimate the promo codes. These are relatively easy to find, but there are some stores where if you sign up for their email list you’ll receive a promo code. For example, Calvin Klein’s site offers 15% off for signing up your email. Now, I am a little extra, but what I do is make a temporary email account, sign up for the promo code, use the code, delete the email account, and then repeat. That way, no matter what sales are occurring I will always have an extra 15% off. Aside from signing up for email promo codes, make an account through the supplier’s website and their reward programs, for some, will offer exclusive promotions or birthday rewards. I remember Ralph Lauren gave me a fifty-dollar gift card for my birthday and Calvin Klein gave me a 20% birthday reward. I prefer shopping Calvin Klein’s site because you are able to apply one promo code, but multiple rewards on one purchase. For example, there was a suit jacket for $425 with matching pants for $175. The sale occurring was 60% off these two, but I applied the 15% off email promo code, the 20% off birthday reward, a 10% off reward for completing a survey, and then a $20 off loyalty reward. Thus, I took a $600 suit and bought it for around $150. I use this same method for Calvin Klein dress socks, ties, and so on.
This is the second concert I have attended that was sponsored by Red Bull. The first was a Soulja Boy concert freshman year. These Red Bull concerts are typically really cheap if you sign up for the mailing list. The Soulja Boy concert was five dollars, whereas the Young Thug concert was fifteen if you bought the tickets before they sold out in the primary market. Not only are the concerts really cheap, but also Red Bull will provide a lot of free commodities for those attending. Of course, there will be an ample supply of energy drinks, but you are given a token that can be redeemed for a concert tee or other merchandise branded for that night’s concert. I cashed my token in for a Young Thug concert shirt of pretty decent quality. Red Bull ambassadors also gave out slices of pizza to those of us waiting for hours in line before the show.
While it may be too late to buy tickets at fifteen dollars for artists like Migos (which I regret not buying) you can still purchase tickets in the secondary market- like StubHub. I still have one more concert in part of the 30 Days of Chicago and that is Khalid performing at the Aragon Ballroom on November 21. Check below for the full lineup of artists that will be performing throughout the month.
The other fried chicken unique to the Chi is Special Kudo. What makes this fried chicken different from the others I’ve had is that it uses halal methods: the Islamic form of slaughtering where the animals are killed swiftly. However, the butchering alone does make the chicken taste so good. You have the liberty of choosing between spicy and original for the batter used to fry. As a newcomer, I took the conservative route and did two spicy and one original. I personally prefer a little spice, but not to the point where I have to say out loud “oh wow”. In this case, the spicy was not too noticeable, but there are some seasonings that I cannot explain that make up the batter. You’ll notice green and red specks within the golden crispiness, and whatever they are, they are delicious. There is only one Special Kudo in the world and that is a block from where I live on Broadway Street in Lakeview. Their mission statement proposes they want to expand to every state in the Union, and with their great food and low prices, I anticipate Special Kudo will achieve that goal.
As for the movie itself, it is literally something I had never experienced before. Loving Vincent is the first fully painted feature film. Painted in Vincent van Gogh’s postimpressionist style, the film is a biographical drama that takes place in the weeks following Vincent’s death, with frequent flashbacks to his life. Not only is the movie composed of over 65,000 paintings that are contributed by 125 professional artists, it also features plenty of scenes from a multitude of van Gogh’s original paintings. Some are discreetly incorporated into the film while others are quite obvious such as the implementation of Starry Night as the opening scene. Honestly, the plot may be predictable and cliché, but this is a film you will assuredly appreciate. Loving Vincent is not shown in commercial theatres, but you can see the movie yourself at venues such as the Music Box, ArcLight Chicago, Landmark Renaissance Place Cinema, and Regal Lincolnshire Stadium 15 & IMAX.
The first thing to know with Prime is that their deals are not always a deal. It would be wise to search other sites or stores before buying a discounted item through Amazon. However, there are some pretty good bargains from time to time. Prime was able to persuade me to buy something I did not necessarily need, such as the Versace Eros Eau De Toilette Spray that was too tempting at 65% off, or roughly a hundred dollars off from its retail value. Another purchase I made was for my new apartment room. Once again, kind of unnecessary, but I was able to snag a leather bed frame that included sideboards, headboard, footboard, and wooden slats for a hundred and forty. The next day, the price jumped to its retail value of two hundred and ten dollars. A key feature to Prime is the free two-day delivery with Prime items. I’ve had things shipped to me that took two months, so the two-day benefit becomes quite handy in situations such as when you desperately need school supplies or textbooks.
With your Prime subscription comes the feature of Prime Now , which is free two-hour delivery from local restaurants and grocery stores. I’ve used this app a few times, ordering things such as Greek yogurt, vegetables, and even TGI Fridays once. But beware; this will ultimately culminate into a more solitary lifestyle where one will never have to leave the comfort of their home again. Okay, that may have been an extreme exaggeration, but it does hold some truth in it. I mean there were times I said to myself, “why make the trek to an Aldi or Target and haul the gallon of milk or cartons of eggs when I could have it brought to my doorstep.” That is why I limit myself to only purchasing items I prefer, that I cannot find at the Aldi by me, such as a certain nonfat Greek yogurt. I hope you try the trial yourself, for Prime is a college student’s life saver .
Upon moving in, I quickly realized the benefits, and drawbacks, from renting an apartment off-campus. What I like thus far is definitely having the luxury of your own bedroom. The room itself is about the size of the four-person dorm I roomed in freshman year, so to say the privacy and space is appreciated would be an understatement. The living room is the size of the entire room of the two-person apartment of Centennial I was in last year. These comparisons are not meant to downsize DePaul’s living accommodations, but more so to brag about how lucky we were to find this huge apartment. Living off-campus, you also get the sense of having more independence and less supervision - whether that supervision came in the form of checking into your building or having cameras on you wherever you go. However, where there are pros there are cons.
The first thing to note is the location. Yes, Lakeview is a very nice neighborhood and not far north, but it still does not compare to living on campus where I would leave five minutes prior to when my class starts in Lincoln Park or having the Ray and CTA trains conveniently located minutes away. Another downside is the monthly expenses you have to set up and pay for. Cable, Internet, heating, AC, electricity, water, laundry, and printers are all provided on the room and board expenses. As of now, we only have Wi-Fi in our apartment. No TV channels, pay $1.25 a load for laundry, and the electricity bill. For our place, water and heat are covered but the heat it is not controlled inside the units and is in the form of steam that comes from radiators. We also have no AC.
I realized I did not want to live at DePaul forever, and getting an apartment off-campus was ultimately the only option for me unless I commuted from home. I’m not advising as to which form of housing you should go for, but to look into the expenses for both.