By Alicia Deily
When many college students leave home for the first time they often report missing their pets the most out. As students move through their college career, move off campus and graduate, they may get a pet of their own. Is getting a pet actually beneficial?
I got my first pet on my own this summer when my roommate rescued a cat from her hometown. We named our new cat Babygirl. At first I wondered if we would have enough time to care for her or if she would have enough space in our tiny city apartment. I was used to my parents caring for our cat and being able to let her out to roam free outside. However, within the first few months of owning Babygirl I came to realize that I truly enjoyed having a pet.
After a long stressful day Babygirl is always at the front door waiting for me and following me around the apartment. She is also always the center of attention at parties and friends always stop by to see her.
Studies have long shown that having a pet can be greatly beneficial to the elderly and the sick. However, recent studies also show that pets can help young adults cope with stressful or difficult situations. Learn more about the benefits of pet ownership as a student.
Both young adults and college students typically deal with a lot of stress. They often work long hours with little pay and must deal with school related work. Owning a pet may be the thing to help relieve this stress.
Research also shows that pets can promote a general sense of health and well being. Taking care of another living thing can also be a way to gain more responsibility and learn valuable life skills. Studies show that people who own pets are actually less selfish. Read more about the benefits of pets here.
A cat may be a good ‘starter pet’ since they tend to be more low maintenance. A dog may be the pet to own when you have a more reliable job schedule. This is due to the fact that they need to be let out every 7 or 8 hours.
Here are some links to some ‘No Kill’ shelters in the Boston area. If you are living off campus next year or graduating definitely consider getting a pet.
By Alicia Deily
There is nothing quite like spending a summer in Boston; it is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately this also happens to be the time that most students flee the city, headed for their hometowns or on vacation. This year if you happen to find yourself staying in Boston for summer 2012, here is a list of four excellent ideas of how to spend your days off in the city:
1. Head to the beach- Nothing says summer like spending the day at the beach. You don’t have to have a car either to enjoy laying out on the sand. There are several beaches that are easily accessible on the MBTA, by both bus and by train. There are beaches on the blue line that can be reached in 10-15 minutes from downtown Boston. Here are some specific beach ideas and exactly how to get there.
2. Admire some art- Spending the day at the Museum of Fine Arts is the perfect way to pass a rainy summer day and learn something new. The best part is that admission is free for Lasell students, so don’t forget your school ID. An upcoming exhibit starting April 28 is, contemporary artist, Alex Katz who uses vibrant color in his work. Check out the MFA website for more information and events.
3. Shop and sun- Spend your shopping day on Newbury Street where you can soak up the sun and the atmosphere. If you start shopping in the morning at the ‘Hynes’ end of Newbury street and work your way down to the Boston Common by the afternoon, you will have just enough time to grab an iced coffee and lay out in the sunshine. It is the perfect ending to a shopping trip. For lunch, in between, I would suggest Stephanie’s, where you can dine alfresco.
4. Sail the Charles– Take a class on kayaking or sailing on the Charles. You can take a boat out for a day or enroll in a longer series of classes. Check out more information about prices and dates at the Community Boating Website. There is no better way to see the city and to get out on the water. This happens to be the priciest option on the list but will make for an unforgettable experience.
By Alicia Deily
It’s 3’oclock and you’re starving. What do you eat?
The life of a college student can be stressful and is packed full of commitments and activities. Between classes, studying, part time jobs, extra-curriculars and friends, there can be little time left for food. Leading such a busy lifestyle can make it tough to find the time to eat healthy and balanced.
Often times students will end up spending more money purchasing snacks throughout the day then if they had taken the time to pack a few in the morning. Here are some great healthy and relatively cheap snack options that you can throw in your bag at 9 am and eat at 3 pm when you hit that mid-afternoon slump, no refrigeration or preparation required.
- Raw Almonds- Any raw nut will provide you with the quick nutrients that you need for your long days but almonds are one of the best and most affordable. Almonds are rich in protein and the healthy fats that your body needs to function properly. Make sure you avoid the roasted kind which contain the bad fat that you want to avoid along with other unhealthy additives.
- Air-popped popcorn– This delicious snack has only 40 calories per cup and is perfect for when you want to munch on something. Only when you add high-calorie oils and butter does this food become unhealthy. Popcorn is high in fiber so it will help you get your daily serving. it is also easy to carry around all day in a plastic bag.
- Bananas– Oranges, apples or peaches are all excellent and nutritious options for a portable snack. However, bananas have the most energy-providing nutrients to keep you going. They are made up of fiber and a mix of natural sugars that translate into instant energy that will keep you going longer than most energy bars and drinks. They also contain many nutrients like potassium that are essential for leading a healthy life.
- Cereal- Dry cereal is easy to pack and affordable but be careful you are picking a healthy kind. Make sure you read the labels and the ingredients. Choose a cereal with little sugar and avoid high fructose corn syrup. Those ingredients can easily turn a snack into a poor choice. Instead look for options with high fiber and vitamins.
- Raisins- Fresh fruit is delicious but when not eaten fast enough can easily go bad. For a college student with limited funds, dried fruit is an excellent option. Raisins tend to be one of the cheapest choices. They are packed full of vitamins like iron and B-complex. They also contain fiber. Like nuts, dried fruit can be calorie dense, so make sure you watch your portions.
Studying abroad can be the most incredible experience of your life, allowing you to gain new experiences, knowledge and friendships. It can also help you land your dream job. Whether you have studied abroad in the past or your thinking about it for the future, the skills and qualities you gain during your stay are in high demand by employers. Today’s jobs often require business travel, international communication and a broad knowledge base. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense that international experience would be highly valued in the workplace. Here are some of the top marketable skills that employers are looking for that studying abroad can provide.
Cross Cultural Communication- Students who have studied abroad are more likely to have an awareness and understanding of cultural differences. This is a useful trait in today’s globalized marketplace where companies are often communicating with offices and clients abroad. Foreign language skills along with knowledge of other business cultures are highly valued.
Flexibility- Traveling in general requires a great deal of flexibility and living in another country takes that to the next level. For example, the host university may have a completely different grading policy than the one a student is used to and they must adapt in order to be successful. On the job, employers expect that the applicant will bring that same kind of flexibility to their work.
Independence– There’s nothing that says independence to employers like having traveled to a foreign country to study or work. Employers will often be more impressed if a student went abroad by themselves versus with a group or with friends. This shows that you will be able to learn on the job easily and work on your own without needing constant supervision.
Confidence- This is one of the most important traits that a student gains from study abroad. After navigating a new culture and living amongst the locals, students gain the confidence needed to tackle a variety of obstacles on the job and in life in general. The ability to live outside of your comfort zone, meet new people and function in a completely different culture all build confidence.
As someone who spent a year abroad studying and interning, I can say that I have greatly improved in all of these areas. If you have already gone abroad be sure to emphasize these skills during your interview and on the job. If you haven’t gone abroad yet, be sure to stop by the study abroad office and visit the Lasell study abroad site for more information.
By Alicia Deily
What was once reserved for high fashion royalty and powerful editors is now accessible to anyone around the world. Thanks to social media anyone can stream Burberry’s A/W 2012 runway show live on Monday, February 20, at 4p.m. GMT through Burberry.com. Check out the trailer for the show here.
Anyone following the brand on Facebook or on Twitter can get exclusive sneak peaks and backstage photos, too. Chief creative director Christopher Bailey will even be live and interacting with fans on Facebook. This is a classic example of a brand using social media to directly connect with consumers.
Before the days of the Internet and social media, the public would have to wait to see the new collections. Now everyone can see the latest trends at the same time that the most powerful people in the fashion industry are. Burberry has proven to be extremely digital savvy and this has contributed to the brand being named International Retailer of the Year.
Despite being an amazing opportunity for the public to interact with the brand, the accessibility that social media offers consumers could potentially be problematic. Critics say that for brands that rely on exclusivity, social media can make the brand too accessible and even deteriorate the brands image with their target demographic.
How many of the viewers are actually going to make a purchase from Burberry? How many of these followers are customers and how many are just fans? This is something that Burberry and other high-end brands need to keep in mind as the Internet changes how their brand is viewed. In the meantime, fans or shoppers alike can see what’s coming down the runway together.