Halloween! One of the coolest months of the year!

Hey guys!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays in the U.S! I am back to share a few tips on Halloween festivities around the city. Actually, let’s start talking about the very initial roots of Halloween! According to the website library point (librarypoint.org) Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays! “It was originally a Celtic festival called Samhain (pronounced sow-in), marking the end of harvest and the beginning of the new year (November 1st).

When the Romans took over the Celtic lands, they adapted the day to honor their own deities. One of these, Pomona, was the goddess of fruit and trees and was represented by an apple. Eventually, the Roman Catholic Church adopted the day as All Saints’, or All Hallows’, Day, to honor saints who did not have a specific feast day of their own. The name gradually changed to Halloween. The tradition of trick-or-treating dates to All Souls’ Days parades in England. Villagers gave poor people “soul cakes” in return for prayers for their dead relatives.”

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5 HALLOWEEN EVENTS WORTH GOING:

1-GREAT JACK O’LATERN BLAZE

It features over 10,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins set against the mysterious backdrop of Van Cortlandt Manor’s 18th-century buildings and riverside landscape. Wander along the main street Pumpkin Promenade and stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge. Gaze in wonder at swimming aquatic creatures and gasp at the sight of a giant Sea Serpent surfacing next to the Croton River. Get mesmerized by a color-changing star show in the plus-sized Pumpkin Planetarium. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters, and don’t miss Sleepy Hollow Country’s most iconic inhabitant, the Headless Horseman. Admission is ONLY by advance timed ticket, entrance times vary by evening. Most nights sell out, so get your tickets early!

Where: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.2017 dates: September 29-October 1, 5-11, 12-31. November 1-5, 8-12, 16-18, 24-25. Times vary by evening.

Cost: Adults $20, children 3-17 $16 (Fridays-Saturdays $25 and $20).

For reservations: buy tickets online, 914-366-6900 ($2/ticket surcharge for phone orders).

2- HEADLESS HORSEMAN

Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman’s Hollow returns to the village for 15 evenings of highly entertaining haunted mayhem.

Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow’s unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Elaborate costumes and the work of award-wining feature-film makeup artists make it all too real.

Those who survive the trail enter the terrifying ruins of Ichabod’s Schoolhouse, where they must endure a twisted maze of horrors too terrible to describe, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman.

Heads will definitely roll…maybe even your own! This is Sleepy Hollow’s premier haunted attraction, right in the heart of the village. Most nights SELL OUT IN ADVANCE.

WARNING: This event is NOT suitable for adults who are claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures, or have other chronic health conditions. Enter at your own risk!

Recommended for ages 10+

Tickets: $20 (Saturdays $25) 
3- IRVING’S LEGEND

Featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes, Kruk’s spellbinding storytelling captivates all audiences. Performances last about 45 minutes.

This Historic Hudson Valley event takes place at the Old Dutch Church,  just across the street from Philipsburg Manor.

Recommended for ages 10+.

Adults, $25; Children under 18, $20
Members receive a $5 discount per ticket

 

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No silver spoon for me, F-1 student.

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No silver spoon for me, international student from a “developing” country. (My reflection after 7 years living away from home)

I was born and raised in a small beach town in northeastern Brazil. Maceio is located in the state of Alagoas (or “North of Rio de Janeiro”, as I would explain to my foreign friends). In Brazil, my family was considered middle class. There, my family had cars, places to live, farms, babysitters, cooks and maintained a certain quality of life (privileged compared to the sad reality of my beloved country).

The obvious class division was part of my life only in a few moments; when I came across very rich or influential people, or by reading the local newspaper (Gazeta de Alagoas) and spotting photos and gossip notes written by party promoters and social columnists.

The division and social pressure was so intense, that on several occasions I dreamed of seeing my picture stamped there with some useless caption to somehow feel “good”.

Sometimes I wondered why some individuals’ behaviors were borderline ridiculous. On top of their yachts on the most noble beaches of the city; they spread sound pollution and lack of any acceptable form of common sense. Whiskey bottles were thrown into the air and beautiful women would form a sort of shield -almost like an advertisement of one’s own ego.

I’ve never been a “x,y,z group” type of person, I’ve always enjoyed meeting different people. That was a problem for me, after all, it did not fit the molds of my surroundings. I lived in conflict with my own personality. I wondered if I had to behave in a way and be part of some group, other times I just wanted to be me. No explanation of anything to anyone. Some days, I was wondering how great it would feel to go out on my pajama pants or with my natural nails. The feeling of freedom shadowed my thoughts. Freedom of my soul, freedom from a society that was often chauvinistic, closed and rooted in futile values.

One day, while attending university, I decided to leave everything behind and simply start over. Restart from scratch and leave behind my “golden crib” as we say in Brazil or “silver spoon” as we say here in the United States.

I found a program called “Au Pair”; program which promised a total immersion in an American family with the benefits of attending English lessons and earning some money weekly working as a babysitter for the family’s children. Against all my family’s wishes, I signed up for the program. I was 20 years old and the day I stepped into the United States, I went back to zero.

At that moment, my silver spoon, no longer existed. I quickly learned a new type of division, this time, racial. From the very beginning I would hear about “white privilege” in the United States mixed with hate comments between races. My understanding of the historical roots of that expression was completely vague.

I started my English as a Second Language classes at Drew University and there, I often heard direct criticism about my grammatical structure when writing essays in addition of my professor calling me out about me (not) arriving on time for classes.

One of the first great realizations I had was that Brazilians do not like to be criticized. Until then, my idea of criticism was to listen to that one friend saying that everything was right, even though everything was so incredibly wrong.

I’ve realized that in addition to moral values, educational values were also very different over here. Back in Brazil, getting into any public college was enough to be considered a very good student . Here, I met the 3 scariest letters of my lifetime: “GPA”, which is basically the average of all your grades that can define your academic and professional future.

I realized that arriving on time for classes was no more than my obligation as a student and as a citizen who respected teachers and the time they devoted themselves to it.

After 10 months living here, I decided to stay a little longer. I applied for a new visa and continued the most crazy and uncertain journey of my life (Ah, and the most interesting one too).

I quickly learned that being an international student carried stereotypes, for example, that we were all rich. The United States is a huge country that hosts the best universities in the world, so students from very privileged families tend to come here to pursue their studies.Not surprisingly, people will build this stereotype.

In my case, it was a little different. I came from a country where the currency is almost 4 times weaker than the US dollar. Imagine instead of paying around $1000 dollars per semester in my home country, having to pay for a college tuition that costed about $30,000 per semester! (No loans or anything for international students/ saved in rare scenarios where we can get a tiny grant or scholarship)

Despite the difficulties, something in my heart (and on the ratings of U.S educational system haha) made me think I had to study here, that I would not leave this country feeling accomplished without at least a diploma.

My first degree was from a community college. There, I met people who lived in homeless shelters, who were single mothers, rich international students trying to boost their GPA’s, students who came from a completely different economic, cultural and educational background. We were sitting side by side, learning and walking together in academic life.

I started noticing that some people would look down on me for attending a community college. In the first month or two, I didn’t know how to deal with it, I soon learned how to stand up for what I think is good and really helps people on a larger scale.

The pride and love I feel for that campus does not fit into my heart. In that college, I met other international students, each with its own story, struggles (or not). I participated on every single event, workshop and opportunities the campus offered, I even got my first internship there! My mission there was accomplished.

I continued my studies at a bigger college. Among CUNY colleges (the only set of colleges I can realistically afford), Baruch is one of the bests. I was so obsessed with studying there that when I applied for my transfer I didn’t even pick a second option!

As I finish my Bachelors at Baruch, I feel that when this cycle closes, a whole new one will soon begin.

With the limitations of the student visa and the new proposals of the president, I literally have no clue about what the future looks like. I won’t lie and say that everything is ok. Anxiety has been knocking on my door for some time and living on the back of my thoughts.

After 7 years of a fast-paced, surprise-filled lifestyle, I could regret a great deal (especially given the fact I would have a much easier life back home).

Still, something is here, telling me one more time I have no right to regret at all, not even for a minute for living life to the fullest. A few months and I’ll see what the next phase holds. May life surprise me, here or in other oceans for the next 7 years to come. May my crazy journey can inspire all my f-1 friends to follow their dreams.

-Liana

Midterms and Halloween

Hi everyone!

If you are curious about midterms in America, this is the perfect post. The past weeks have been insane. Back in my home country we had a relatively easy grading system. We had 1 midterm and 1 final. That is it. In the United States however, is a little bit different.

Most of my classes have a grading system broken down in attendance, homework, quizzes, midterm, final and so on.

You can imagine all the anxiety we experience when midterms are coming up! If we get a bad grade, a good portion of our final grade will be affected. Here at Baruch the library is open 24 hours for midterm weeks.Students literally sleep over (or take naps to be realistic) while studying alone or with friends (Check out the available study rooms right here).

My first midterm (advanced English literature) was great, I didn’t get 100 but I was able to get 96. I was a little bit sad because I knew have I worked a little bit harder I would get 100. But it was still pretty good 🙂

My second Business midterm was not as good. This class has a C average and I would never accept a grade like that. Good thing for this class we have 4 exams and the lowest grade get dropped. I have to make sure to study as much as I can to try to get a perfect grade for this one.

My third midterm was a book review. We could choose any social movement and pick a book about it. I picked the Civil Rights Movements and I chose a book that talks about the desegregation of the University of Alabama. (I haven’t got my grade yet)

My fourth midterm was to create a blog and besides creating a blog post for every single class and posting pictures/ related materials, we also had to read a book about the presence of the Dutch in Old Manhattan and also create a post with the book review. (I haven’t got my grade yet)

My fifth midterm was for another Business class. We had to do a bunch of excel homework and we also had to create a presentation about the company we are talking about for the semester (in my case, my group is analyzing NIKE). (I still haven’t got my grade yet)

As you can see, there are a lot of micromanagement while taking multiple classes in college. My tip for that is to create an organized and detailed plan as soon as the semester starts. I always create a Microsoft Word calendar (you can download calendar templates for word on the own program) and I also keep reminders on my phone to keep me updated of my responsibilities.

Do students in America have any free time? Of course we do! 🙂 Living in New York City can be insane but it is rewarding as well. We have so many cultural activities that we only stay home if we really want to.

Last weekend for example, NY was full of Halloween parties! On Friday night I found a costume I bought 5 years ago and I went out to try to find some party. I found this bar close to my apt and it was so so so much fun! I love to see how creative New Yorkers can be when it comes to Halloween. I came back home in the morning and I had a great night dancing and observing others’ costumes!

Sunday is a chill/study day usually. After eating lunch, I went to my college’s library and I study until around 7pm. I love going to the library on weekends because there are not too many students and I am able to concentrate more.

I have to go now.. the week has started and I need to study !

See you guys soon!

-Li

CUNY Spring Break: Travelling on a $200 budget!

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Hey guys, how are you doing this week?

So, last week was Spring Break  and I traveled to Washington D.C with my boyfriend. Spring break is interesting because wenare supposed to “relax” but usually our professors assign us a lot of homework 😥

As you probably know by now, I am extremely cheap (as known as a “poor f1 student”). In this post I’m going to explain you:

1- How I planned the 3-day trip on a $200 budget 2-How I save money/ get deals when I travel3-How I manage to do all my homework + enjoy my free time

ps: I may not write in this order, but comment at the end or send me an email if I miss anything!

Ok, so first, this is how I planned my trip:

I only had $200 dollars and a desire to come back to D.C. I’ve been there 3 times and every single one of them was super quick. The first time was a crazy one day trip from NYC  leaving in the morning and coming back at night (never again in my life). The second time, I went with my boyfriend and got sick on the bus and ended up staying at the hotel the entire time. The third time, I went there for 24 hours with the debate team and I spent the entire day at a college. So I thought: Maybe its time to go back to D.C! I left on Monday around 9am and left D.C on Wednesday around 8pm

Transportation-> I bought the bus tickets at BoltBus and MegaBus-> I paid around $13 each way ($26 total)

Hotel-> I stayed at a hotel called Days Inn in Arlington, VA (which is about 10min from D.C) and paid $232 for 2 nights (since I went with my bf, this price was divided by 2 = $116 each)

Food-> All breakfasts were included on the hotel stay and I’ll tell you below where we went for lunch and dinner

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MONDAY– As soon as we arrived in D.C we took an Uber pool and went straight to the hotel to take a shower and nap (since we couldn’t sleep well in the bus).

Dinner-> We went to Buca di Beppo (Italian restaurant with family style meals), the dinner came out around $13.00 for each and after it we went to a happy hour on the rooftop of the W hotel. (got a drink for $13 I believe)

 

TUESDAY– On Tuesday I woke up super early and my bf slept a little longer. We ate breakfast at hotel and when we were both ready we went to a noodle restaurant for lunch special. Oh! We checked in on yelp to get a free appetizer. 🙂
After eating lunch, we headed to the Smithsonian Air & Space museum afterwards (free).

Since we wanted to watch something or ride on something, we decided to buy discounted tickets for an IMax movie at the museum- Don’t forget to use those pamphlets that they put on display in hotels, they have discounts! The one I got had a $2 discount, so we paid $7.00 each for the ticket.

After the movie, we took an Uber to another rooftop for Happy hour (of course! haha) The rooftop was very casual and nice. I felt really happy being there watching the sunset and wearing my all-stars!

After the happy hour, I goggled a bar with live music and I found this piano bar, so we went there. We ended up being inside this huge group of medical students from Georgetown. Apparently we were the only ones who were not medical students! haha We talked to some of them and had so much fun that night!

After the piano bar, we walked to a Chinese take out (super overpriced btw) and came back to the hotel with Uber pool as usual.

 

WEDNESDAY– Since Wednesday was our last day in D.C, we had to leave the hotel with our belongings. When I travel, I like to travel light (meaning I hate carrying a bunch of stuff). I took my backpack and my bf took his bag and we took a free shuttle from the hotel to some other neighborhood 10 min away.

We had lunch at some cool-quick lunch place with build-your-own noodle thing.

After lunch, we took Uber to Smithsonian (again hahah) but we went to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery one! Since they have lockers (PERFECT for small bags!!!), we put everything in there and explored the F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C exhibit on the Ming’s Dinasty Poetry, painting, and calligraphy, called “Painting with Words: Gentleman Artists of the Ming Dynasty”. After that, we walked to the National Museum of African Art (right across the street)

 

 

Resources for CUNY students

Hi there! Today I’m going to give you 5 tips for saving time and MONEY! Since I am a college student myself, I’ve decided to make this list to help you guys too! Enjoy and don’t forget to comment at the end 🙂

1. Download the CunyFirst App.

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If you are like me (meaning you always forget your classroom locations haha) you should definitely download the app! Is basically CUNYFirst condensed in the app. Helpful and easy to access it.

2. Use your student ID to buy discounted things.

This semester I got $9 movie tickets at Baruch! (cash only- at the Student Life office)

Here is a short list of places that are currently offering awesome student deals:

Merchant’s House-> $8 dollars for students instead of $13 (reg. price)

Carnegie Hall-> $10 student tickets! With a valid student ID, up to two tickets may be purchased at the Box Office.

Lincoln Center-> Grab your student ID and discover the largest performing arts center in the world. Explore the links to the right to experience world-class music, theater, dance, opera, and film.

MoMa-> Free admission for full-time CUNY Students. 1 ticket per student.

Guggenheim-> Every Saturday, from 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm, visitors can pay what they wish for admission.

 

BROADWAY SHOWS

Jersey Boys -> Student Rush: $27 – a limited number of student tickets available at the box office on the day of the performance beginning at 10 AM. Two kinds of photo ID must be shown: a non-expired full time student ID, as well as a government issued photo ID, drivers license or passport. Limit 2 tickets per person per 30 day period. Tickets are subject to availability and may not be offered at all performances. Locations may be partial view. Cash only.

The King and I-> Student Rush: $32 – Lincoln Center Theater offers student rush tickets beginning two hours before a performance at the box office. Limit 1 per person. Must show a valid college/university ID. Tickets are subject to availability and may not be offered at all performances. Cash or credit card accepted. Price includes $2 LCT facility fee.

Please note: ‘The King and I’ frequently does not offer student rush tickets. Inquire at the box office.

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Student Rush: a limited number of half-price seats sold a half hour before curtain. They are subject to availability and limited to 1 per person with a valid student ID. Cash or credit card.

If you look around, there are sooo many places that offers discounted tickets for students! A good strategy is to ALWAYS ask “Do you offer discounted tickets for students?” You’ll be impressed to see how many places actually do that!

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3. Maximize your tuition money

If you are an international student like me and pay $7000 out of your pocket every semester, you should really enjoy every single thing the tuition can offer.

Examples?!

  • Free on campus events and club meetings that offer free food
  • Free workshops and courses
  • Borrow as many books as you can
  • If your campus offer laptops, borrow a laptop too! (Even if you already have one)
  • Apply for summer study/work abroad and for grants to pay for it
  • Use up all the printing credit if your college has one (at Baruch, we have $100 printing credit and I have no clue how I’m going to spend the remaining $60, but I will. Haha)
  • Talk to people, network
  • If you have time, be active on a student club or organization

4. Use student services located on campus!

-If you have a headache, cramp or just want to grab some contraceptive stuff, stop by at the Health Services.

– Stop by at the career center if you need a job, most of the time is useless but you can always get lucky!

– Talk to a Consulor. You don’t need to have a problem to talk to one. It’s always good to have someone to talk to! If you are nervous about exams or just want to talk about your relationships, past or future, stop there!

– Work out on campus! It’s FREE! Gyms in Manhattan tend to be expensive, so why not work out on campus? By doing that, you can save anything from $70-1000 per semester (depending the gym in the city)

5. Take advantage of every single opportunity. Companies love us! (students) because we are naïve, young and full of energy.

It’s way easier to find a job while in college. They want to “fish” you while you are still young so you can stay in their company forever! Haha

Thats it for today! Have a nice weekend everyone! 🙂

-Liana

Missing a place I haven’t been… yet

Hi there!

Running around, listening to fire trucks sounds, people and their stressful morning moods, taking subways up and down, going to college, completing assignments  and working double shift… yes, this was my week. Well, this is pretty much every single day of my life in New York.

As my life-changing year approaches (graduation) I’ve been thinking about strange desires I have. Throughout my life I’ve been exposed to many different things and feelings, just like any normal human being. I’ve seen people from all shapes and forms, I’ve experienced regional rituals, I’ve associated songs to places and all these patterns that we tend to do while growing up. We are made out of associations. We connect everything everywhere.

Although I love people and the city life (sometimes), I have a HUGE passion for nature. I grew up in the beach and spent most of my childhood visiting dad’s farms. Since I love creating things and I’m much more of a hands-on person than anything else, being connected to nature is where I belong. Natural forms give me inspiration, nature sounds brings me the peace of mind I need…

Once while watching Twilight, as soon as I saw Edward’s house, I knew that place was literally perfection to me! Oh, in case you were wondering.. this is the house:

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There is something about gloomy weather, nature and sounds that makes me be the best I can be. I know for a fact that being an international student won’t help me at this moment (as I am struggling to survive and pay my college tuition instead of relaxing). I don’t know what NY holds for me but I know for a fact that if I have to live in a shoebox with no nature at all after graduation, I definitely do not and I will not be in Manhattan.

I love travelling and seeing new places. A lot of people come up to me and say New York is the greatest place in the world. Is there such a thing as “the greatest place in the world?” I haven’t visited all countries nor experienced 10% of what I planned to…yet! I know exactly what happens when people get a job here, they get complacent, get married and die.

I want more. I want more than a job, more than a marriage, more than coming back home living in a concrete jungle. But where is my true happiness? I don’t know yet. As my graduation approaches I’ve been overwhelmed with thoughts from my past, present and future. It seems like I am blending all my experiences together to find my own destiny.

Things I want and things I do not want:

While I still want to share my life with someone, I don’t want kids anymore and I don’t know if I’ll ever want kids again. Having kids means not going out, spending way more money and time, not taking care of yourself, not having a social life. Remember these are my views and my views only. Other people may love the idea. I just.. don’t anymore.

I like simplicity but I also like big spaces.

I grew up on the Northeast area of Brazil, if you are not aware, we are the “countryside” of the country. My region is characterized by simple life in the farms, extreme poverty, music (forro). Oh we have traditional sports too!  “vaquejada” e “cavalhada” (traditional sports in rural areas,  vaquejada is the sport in which two cowboys (“vaqueiros”) on horseback pursue a bull, seeking to pin it between the two horses and direct it to a goal (often consisting of chalk marks), where the animal is then knocked over and cavalhada which is a “lighter” type of sport, with a guy running on a horse trying to get a metal piece that looks like a circle out of a wooden bar.

In this video, you can see some vaquejada pictures + forro music on the background:

This one is a little bit about cavalhada:

At this moment, I’m typing from my college’s library. While going over reminiscences of my roots, I am trying to figure out where I belong to… I made a gallery of my mood today! Hopefully it doesn’t look too crazy! haha

See you soon!

Liana

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve quit my job at CUNY

Ok. So this happened, again. I am really bad at quitting jobs, I usually get nervous, don’t know what to say or how to act. Anyways, I was working twice a week for a CUNY college and it got extremely crazy because besides having to work at the office, I had to meet with 2 mentees weekly and submit time-sheet and log-sheet every single week.

CUNY pays students a ridiculous salary ($9.85/h before taxes!!!) So, it is basically less than $9 dollars per hour after your taxes are deducted.

I sent a Facebook message to my boss and I told her I was quitting because I am very busy at Baruch, which is true. I am a full time student there and it requires a lot of work! My assignments are extremely long and after finishing it, I have no energy for anything else…

The other 2 jobs I had at CUNY previously I quit in a different manner:

Call center: I went to my boss office and I told her I had to quit to prepare myself for an internship (I got an offer to be a scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank at that time).

Assistant to the Director of the CUNY Service Corps program: I walked into her office and told her that was my last day. (I know it sounds horrible) but a week notice didn’t make sense in this case because the college was going to be closed on the following week… Today I would have done differently.

I also worked as Welcome Ambassador, but this job had a short term contract so I didn’t need to quit. lol but I refused a second offer to work as an Ambassador again.

I feel much lighter and now I freed some hours on my week. Oh! I bought a desk too, so I can study at home 🙂

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See you soon,

XoXo,

Liana

 

Busy and unhealthy, about to collapse!

Hi friends,

Today’s entry is quite depressing for me. For a couple months I’ve been struggling with extremely unhealthy habits and now I NEED to change my lifestyle. I’ve decided to make a list to understand the underlying causes of my eating disorder. Here we go:

  • I don’t cook at home because my kitchen is UN-usable (extremely dirty and dishes and pans are everywhere -thanks roommates! ) I don’t even walk there!
  • Monday to Friday I wake up at 7am, get ready and leave home at 8am for work.
  • I work from 8-2 and I have class from 2:30pm to the end of the day. (I am usually at home around 10pm.)
  • I have 3 different jobs on week mornings and my commute between jobs and college is extremely tiring.
  • I am usually so tired that I end up eating anything I see

I know for a fact that when my living/life situation is better, I feel healthier. When I was living with only other girl (she was also Brazilian) I used to go to trader joes and buy healthy things.. cook and leave it in containers. That period of my life was healthy and happy. Relationship wise, everything was happy too, he was also in a good situation and just trying to figure out some career aspects of his life (which he did by now! 🙂

To be honest, I don’t know how to do a proper diet nor exercise. When I was going to the gym, I was doing the same series over and over again since I had no clue how to do anything else.

At this moment, I have to pay off this semester’s tuition + monthly bills such as rent, cell phone, subway and food. Beginning on Monday, March 28th, I will make a daily menu and I try to follow 100% and insert it on my crazy schedule.

It will be something like that:

9am- eat cereal bar at work

12pm- Lean Cuisine

3pm- Juice

6pm- last meal (Lean cuisine)

See you soon guys!

Liana

 

 

 

 

BARUCH Id and First Week of Classes

3 days before classes I was able to get my ID. It wasn’t as easy as it seems…

As an International Student, we are requiredIMG_1320 to pay our tuition in FULL before the semester starts. That means that I had to have $7000.

I started packing my bags to go back to Brazil ( and I am not even joking! ) and at some point I’ve decided to do the 4 statements payment plan ($1750/ month). I almost went insane to be able to pay for this first statement (with the help of two people who mean everything to me I was able to pay for it) and then, finally got my ID. (In order to get the ID we need to show we’ve paid the tuition or that we are enrolled in the payment plan and we’ve paid the first statment)

So.. here it is! Sorry for the hearts! haha it has my student number, library and something else.

My first week of classes was fantastic.

At Baruch, I am considered a “Junior” (3rd year student) meaning that next year I’ll get my Bachelor’s degree here.

Anyways, so my first week was great. I am taking 4 classes this semester; Business Communication, Intercultural Communication, Spanish II and Public Relations Writing.

I’ll write a brief overview of my classes:

Business Communication: My professor in this class is super Business type. He dresses up really nice and he used to work at KPMG (Accounting firm). This Friday I have to present about a company (I picked IKEA) and I am a little bit scared of his feedback. (but I am sure it will be very helpful)

Intercultural Communication: This is by far my favorite class ever. People from all over the world, my professor is awesome and I am looking forward for more classes!

Spanish II: My professor is from Cuba and she only speaks Spanish, the entire class. It can be really REALLY hard if you don’t speak any other Latin language. Even though I speak Portuguese, sometimes its hard for me to understand what my professor is saying.

Public Relations Writing: This one is very very very extremely challenging. Why? Well, English is not my first language and my professor is a writer and she works on the news too. She even published stuff on NY times before!!

IMG_1295Student Life-> Look at this pic on the left! I love this. They have this calendar at the entrance but it is also helpful to follow all clubs and organizations on social media so you are on top of things! The student life seems to be very active and I haven’t participated in any event (YET) as soon as I do, I’ll post it here. Oh Winter Carnival is tomorrow! YAYYYYYY

Friends-> I haven’t made any friends so far but I know some people by name at this point. One thing I quickly realized at Baruch is the segregation and it makes me sad because I wish people would hang out with all races… I see only white-white, Asian-Asian, black-black and so on.

 

Next week I’ll come back with other news, I am tired now and typing from Baruch’s library at 10pm!

Have a good week everyone, leave a comment! 🙂

Liana

 

 

 

I am going to Baruch!

Hi blog,

So I’ve been away for a looong time! But, this is my last semester… and I wanted to do 2839712038 things at the same time! From summer to now I’ve been working as:

1- Welcome Ambassador on campus
2- Peer Mentor
3- Assistant to the Director of the CUNY Service Corps program

I was invited to travel twice:
1- Peer Mentors Retreat/ Leadership Training  (I don’t have any pics in this computer )
2- Student Leaders Conference at Hudson Valley

Cool picture we took in front of the resort with our friend’s drone

Oh, and I am the President of a student club called I.M.P.A.C.T! 🙂

As for now, I have 2 on-campus jobs (Peer Mentor and Assistant to the Director of CUNY Service Corps) and I also have to manage all club-related issues! In addition of 3 classes + attending tutoring sessions every week. It seems a little crazy, and it is. haha but, I know it is for a good cause. I can’t imagine myself only taking classes and watching the time passing by (especially in my last semester!)

GOOD NEWS: I was accepted to Baruch college for the next step of my education! As an International Student, finding an affordable college is extremely difficult. We CANNOT get any loan, financial aid, grant, anything. We PAY 2 to 3 times more than a regular student (for ex. at University of Michigan, a resident/ citizen pays for their tuition $14.336 while an International Student pays $43.377! It is absolutely insane and sometimes I ask myself why I am doing that hahah).

Acceptance letter from Baruch =)

At Baruch, my tuition will be $14.ooo! (Paid upfront and with some other fees and stuff 😥 ) Inside the CUNY system Baruch is by far the best college and I am really happy I will have the chance to finish my studies there 🙂

After Baruch, I am going to Columbia University (since anything after Masters is extremely cheap – and there are a lot of scholarships for International Students)

My weekend was super fun! On Friday night I went to Chinatown my my boyfriend and we had their famous lobster with ginger and scallion sauce for dinner! We also went out drinking on a bar close by (they sell $5 beer + shots!! ) since I didn’t eat as much for dinner, I felt pretty dizzy!

On Saturday we went to Chinatown again, ate lobster again lol (but at another restaurant w a delicious pork hong kong style) and we walked around to try to find “mooncakes”. We found a super cheap bakery and we got the mooncake + other pastries. After that, we tried to go to the movies to watch “The martian”…but it was sold out 😦 so we ended up stopping at Best buy and coming back home to watch a documentary about a Chinese “ghost city” called ORDOS which was extremely interesting (I LOVE documentaries SO SO much!!)…

Sunday we woke up late and we ate at a Mediterranean place close by and then we went to Starbucks to work on some marketing stuff. When we were done there, we went to another bar/ coffee shop and we headed home. It was super cold out so we just wanted to come back home.

Now I am ready for a new week! This week is going to be crazy as usual, I have to send $100 for Baruch and my acceptance form; + my sponsor docs and I have to show them I have at least $41000 in my account (that is the minimum required for International Students); I will also have 2 midterms + a meeting with other clubs so we can organize a “hunger banquet” , where basically every club will sponsor it (with anything from $200- $500) and all money collected will go to an organization/cause of our choice – that will prob have to decide on the meeting.

Have a great week everyone! Stay warm!

Selfie in my college bathroom! haha 🙂