Love Lost and Found in 'Call Me By Your Name' Sequel

     André Aciman never set out to write the next great gay American novel. When he began writing the award-winning Call Me By Your Name, he only had an Italian villa and youthful desire in mind. The author is not one for strategic messaging or grand schemes but rather finding the most direct way to bare his characters to his reader....
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Rush Tickets: The Cheapest Broadway Tickets With The Best Seats

General rush tickets are discounted Broadway tickets sold for day-of performances at shows' box offices. I've found that these tickets have the cheapest prices with the best seats compared to TKTS tickets and resale tickets on StubHub. The tickets are usually for orchestra level seating (the closest section to the stage) which sell for $100+ when b...
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Why I Transferred Universities

Transferring to Northwestern
I spent my freshman year of college at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and then transferred to Northwestern University for my sophomore year. People constantly ask me why I transferred schools and the answer is not one that can easily fit into a surface level conversation. The most general reason I usually give is that I transferred because I ...
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The Timeless Band

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Over the past summer, many movies have come out. One, in particular, piqued my interest: Yesterday, the movie recalling the classic band, The Beatles. When I heard about a movie in which everybody on the planet, besides one man, has forgotten about The Beatles, I knew I had to see it. Although this movie was not great, it made me remember my l...
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Excellence is Contagious

Northwestern University Class of 2019
The week was finals week at my university and I was feeling the pressure of final exams, projects, packing, and leaving all my friends behind. On top of my academic commitments, my sorority had asked if I could set aside a day to take photos for the graduating seniors, as some of them were unable to pay for a professional photographer for the ...
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A World with no Mirrors

from daily mail.
Human beings are naturally drawn to attractiveness. Through the many psychology classes I have taken, I have learned about this concept and how it can affect many aspects of our lives. For example, when people view someone they deem attractive, they are instantly under the impression that this person has more positive attributes such as intelligenc...
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Elizabeth White: Revolutionizing Dance + Visual Tech with Premiering Production

On a misty November morning, I sat down with the multi-faceted Elizabeth White, founder and artistic director of the Elizabeth White Creative: a brand new production company making its premiere work OAETH :: on Saturday December 8th at the Center of Performance Research in Brooklyn.  The Elizabeth White Creative (EWC) is a new-media contempora...
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5 bSmart Tips for Your First Year of College

People often say college is the best time of their life.  While true for some people, (no other period in life offers as much freedom without full responsibility), there are still plenty of rough times during your college years.  Below are my five tips to help you power through some of the more difficult aspects of your first year of coll...
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bSmart Tips to Beat the Summer Writing Slump

It's not always easy to find the motivation to write during the summer, especially after two semesters of reading book after book and writing essay after essay.  During vacation, your work in progress might be at the bottom of your list, and that's okay because there's nothing wrong with taking a break.  But if you're itching to write aga...
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Dancing Through Life: My Story of Transition

An interesting paradox occurred recently on the day I moved out of my first New York City apartment.  The weather was like a beautiful piece of music; wild, heavily-orchestrated, and very satisfying.  So too was the climate of my heart.  Sunshine and sporadic thunderstorms in the morning (which seemed to mimic my emotions), a giant m...
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bSmart Tips for Surviving Any Networking Event

Networking, while an important part of building relationships and progressing in your career path, can be emotionally taxing and even terrifying.  Walking into my first networking event was like taking those first few lonesome steps into the middle school dance before my friends showed up.  In other words: it was my worst nightmare.  ...
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Why You Should Major in the Liberal Arts

During my first week at my liberal arts college, it felt like everyone I met was on the pre-med track.  As I listened to my roommate complain on the phone to her mom about the multitudes of prerequisite courses she was going to 'have' to take if she wanted to get into a 'respectable' medical school, I couldn’t help but wonder: was she going pr...
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9 Feminists Before it was Cool to Be a Feminist

Today, feminism is a trending topic in the media.  It seems that every millenial girl wants to wear her pink hat and profess her womanhood to all of humanity.  But, perhaps you’d be surprised to learn that years ago, most girls would hesitate to stand beside social pioneers such as Wilhelmina Drucker, Susan B. Anthony, and Glori...
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Djouliet Amara: A Virtuoso Reshaping the Dance World

On a beautiful November afternoon I caught up with Djouliet Amara, a 23-year old NYC-based professional dancer and choreographer, who is making waves in the dance world with her innovative approach to movement, choreography, and what it means to be an artist in this industry.  Amara greeted me in the doorway of the coffee shop with a bright sm...
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Confidancers: How NYC Choreographer Djouliet Amara is Inspiring Dancers to Feel Confident

I’ve been a dancer my whole life.  Often when I tell people that I’m a ballerina, their eyes will widen wondrously and they will proceed to say something along the lines of, ‘I've never met a real ballet dancer before.’  Next, they usually ask me questions about strict diets and intense training routines-losing sight of what it is that in...
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5 bSmart Steps to Jump-Start Your Career Search

Your first job search can be daunting.  Fortunately, whether you’re fresh out of school or switching careers, there are some small steps you can check off your list today to better your chances of starting off on the right foot.  Here are five simple tips to help you prepare for the professional world.Purchaes The Boss Hot Stuff Cera...
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Maximizing Your Note-Taking Potential

One of my most distinct memories in high school was learning how to take notes.  I had countless teachers tell me to include subheadings, write legibly, and write fast.  It wasn’t until I went to college that I learned not everyone can take notes in the same way, especially when it requires mindful retention of information.  Purchase...
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‘The Truth Will Set You Free, but First Piss You Off’: The Life and Legacy of Gloria Steinem

Who exactly is Gloria Steinem?  Well, that’s a very loaded question.  Your U.S. history textbook would describe her as a modern political activist for both women’s rights and humanitarianism across the globe.  But, as a feminist and aspiring journalist, I think of Gloria Steinem as an quintessential badass.Image viaGloria was indepen...
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Creating Time for Creative Thinking

My cousin Dylan and I would write songs and chapter books when we were children.  We would watch classic horror movies with my mother and yell at the television screen saying we could do it better.  We'd talk for hours on our parents land-lines discussing characters and plots, figuring out ways to up-the-stakes and make the story authenti...
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Written Coffee: My Story of Entrepreneurship

I remember the first time I stepped into a New York City coffee shop.  I was homesick, lonely, and frankly looking for anything that reminded me of home.  A quiet stroll on a weekend morning led me to Saturdays Surf, now a SoHo staple – then, a new concept store that merged men’s fashion and coffee.  It was quiet.  It was quaint...
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