Spring/Summer Music Picks

Happy week 6 everyone! It’s midterm season again, and I know everyone is back on that study grind to ace those exams. Here are a few of my favorite music picks for those days I want to get work done, plus some happier songs to get you in the mood for summer!


First up, here are some of my favorite songs to study to. These lean towards a chiller, smoother, "study" vibe


Album: Morning After by DVSN

This whole album is packed with smooth vocals, chill beats, and everything a girl can ask for. Some of my favorites off this album include:

Nuh Time/Tek Time

Don't Choose





Sins - TheColorGrey


Strangers (feat. love-sadKiD, Chris Wright & CIKI) - biosphere


affection. - jinsang


Onto a more cheerful mood, here are some of my favorite songs fit for the warmer spring/summer weather!

Vintage - NIKI


Garden (Say It Like Dat) - SZA




911/Mr. Lonely (feat. Frank Ocean and Steve Lacy) - Tyler, The Creator


Glitter - Tyler, The Creator


Sky Walker (feat. Travis Scott) - Miguel


Undercover - Kehlani


Loving is Easy (feat. Benny Sings) - Rex Orange County


Playinwitme (feat. Kehlani) - KYLE


bonus tracks for those who like k-music

Wine (feat. Changmo) - Suran

boy. - offonoff

Woo ah - Crush

Tequila (feat. Hoody) - G. Soul

D (Half Moon) - DEAN

Comes and Goes - hyukoh


written by: Tiffany Huang

Saving Tips for Students


As a college student, I find myself trying to find a comfortable balance between saving and spending. Recently, a large portion of my income has been spent on food and entertainment.

While searching for tips on how to budget wisely, I came across an article with great ideas geared toward college students. Here are a few of my favorite tips from Fastweb’s 31 Money Saving Tips for Students. To see the full article click here.

1. Don’t make impulse purchases. 

2. Never go grocery shopping when you’re hungry.

3. Limit the number of times you eat out.

4. Always pay bills on time to avoid late fees.

5. If you have a credit card, pay it off as quickly as possible. (It’s good to establish credit, but a bad credit score follows you everywhere.) 

6. Shop where they offer student discounts. There are so many places that offer discounts to students with a school ID. 

7. Sell what you no longer use or need. There are plenty of stores and web sites, where you can sell your used clothing, furniture or tech items.

8. Make your own coffee. While coffee shops are convenient, they charge hefty prices that really add up over time.

9. Open a savings account that earns interest.

10. Avoid buying name brand items. Purchase generic items when possible. They are exactly the same item, at a highly reduced price.

11. Look into class requirements and the options for testing out of classes. Why pay for a class you could easily test out of?

Written By: Amrita Singh

Travel Essentials



Finals week is rapidly approaching, but after the pain of exams comes the joy of spring break! If you are planning on traveling during spring break or even during the summer, here are some of my favorite travel essentials that I can't live without.


Power Bank


Definitely something I bring with me on a regular basis is a battery pack to charge my phone at all times. I am addicted to all my electronics, and it is definitely an inconvenience to have my phone die when I need it most. It can also be unnerving to be in an unfamiliar place with a dead phone. There are many affordable battery packs you can find on Amazon, but the price ranges depending on its charging power and capacity. For those of us that travel often or have more than one electronic device, I recommend investing in a power bank with a larger capacity that can sustain multiple charges. These power banks are multipurpose, and can be used to charge a plethora of items that have a usb or micro-usb cord. Definitely remember to bring your regular chargers for all your electronic devices as well though!





I was once opposed to electronic books for the longest time. As someone who lived at the library for pretty much all my childhood, I’m simply accustomed to the look and feel of physical books. I love traveling, but carrying around books while on vacation is just too heavy and bulky to be practical. After being gifted the Kindle Paperwhite by a generous relative, I was enlightened to a new experience of book reading. Not only can you store hundreds of books on one device, you can also check out e-books from your local library to “borrow” and read for a few weeks at a time. You can also trade and exchange e-books with friends for the ultimate reading experience. There are also different variations of the kindle, and there are definitely fancier versions you can look into. Best of all, they make reading while traveling so much easier. If you are a book-lover and travel frequently, definitely check them out on Amazon!


Micellar Water


I prefer to use micellar water to take off my makeup at the end of the day as opposed to a makeup wipe. My personal favorite is the Garnier Micellar Water in the blue bottle, which both cleanses the face and removes waterproof makeup. This is great for removing stubborn eye makeup, dark lipsticks, and foundation all at once. Even if you do not choose to wear makeup, this is a great alternative for a wipe down on-the-go, and it also comes in a small travel size!




I also use makeup remover wipes to freshen my face and remove any traces of makeup on trips. They are easy to throw into a bag and are very lightweight compared to liquid removers.



My favorite body lotion is definitely the Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. I love how moisturizing this product is and I have been using it for years. This can be used for sensitive skin, is fragrance free, and is super gentle so it can be used on the face to double-up as a moisturizer! I also use the small version of this lotion and carry it around as a hand cream during the winter season. If you are planning on flying or traveling to anywhere where the environment is typically quite dry, I recommend bringing a travel size lotion in your backpack for convenience.



After suffering the worst hay fever known to man during spring quarter my freshman year at Davis, my friend recommended I try out the Flonase nasal spray to combat the high pollen count in the area. After seeing drastic results, it quickly became something I could not live without in the years that followed. I bring it in my backpack everywhere now just in case I go somewhere that triggers my allergies immensely. This nasal spray combats various triggers such as pet hair, dust mites, and seasonal grass so it can also be used year-round. 

Ear Plugs


After traveling with my family and being forced to listen to my dad’s constant snoring within close proximity, I started bringing ear plugs to block out unnecessary noise to maximize sleep on the plane or in the hotel room. They are also effective at minimizing baby screams on the plane which I know can be not-so-cute when you are trying to sleep.

Cozy Socks


Lately I’ve been addicted to buying these thick fluffy socks from Daiso. They are super affordable, ultra soft, and are perfect to bring on a road trip or on a long flight!


Mobile Passport


International flights are definitely a hassle, and going through customs is not something I personally enjoy doing. A handy app I utilized this past summer when I was flying back to the states from Taiwan is the Mobile Passport app. It is relatively simple to use, and allows you to skip the long line for customs and pass simply by scanning your phone. Just upload a photo of yourself (honestly you can just take a selfie on the spot), enter your passport information, answer a few questions, and be ready to show the app to someone at customs! This app has been authorized for official use by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, so make sure to ask where the mobile passport line is so you can skip the long customs line. Definitely check it out if you are planning to go out of the country. The Mobile Passport app can be found in the iOS app store or Google Play Store and can be used at 24 major international airports.

Public Transportation Apps


I also recommend doing some research about the public transportation in the area you will be exploring! A lot of countries have excellent public transportation systems, and I’ve used several apps abroad that helped me navigate subways, trains, and buses. These apps are especially useful by providing maps, highlighting different train/subway lines, and providing real-time schedules that can help you navigate unknown areas or cities you’ve never been to. A few examples include the trainline app, navitime, etc. If you have Google Maps on your phone, you can download the general map area of where you will be going ahead of time so you can navigate even when you are offline.


Travel Wallet/Folder



It can be difficult to keep track of all your items when you’re traveling with a lot of baggage. I like to bring a clear folder bag of some sort that can be easily thrown in my backpack and hold all of my documents. The transparent material makes it really easy to see all of my items and make sure everything important has been put away. These are really handy especially for traveling abroad, and I make sure to throw a few pens in there too for easy access when filling out forms at the airport. I also stumbled upon the existence of travel wallets when shopping online, and these are especially useful for holding passports, boarding passes, phones, credit cards etc. all at once. They come in multiple colors and keep everything organized and in one space.


Safe travels everybody! <3 


Written by: Tiffany Huang


10 Places to put on your Bucket List

Take a well deserved break from studying for finals, and think about some fun road trips to go on for spring break or summer.

Get ready for a fun time with these beautiful spots in California and in the Southwest if you're feeling a little extra adventurous :)  

1 ) Yosemite


During the spring it is around 58 to 60 degrees fahrenheit. It’s around a 3 hour drive from Davis. If you really want to challenge yourself bring your hiking shoes, and gear yourself up for the half dome hike. This hike is pretty grueling because it is around 16 miles and it will take around 12 hours. However, once you get to the top of the dome it will be a view worth a million dollars

2) Garden of Eden ~ Santa Cruz


If you live in the Bay Area or you are visiting definitely check out this little hidden spot in the middle of the mountains of Henry Cowell State Park, 20 minutes from Santa Cruz. It is right off of highway 17. Come here for the perfect swimming spot and to escape the crowded Santa Cruz beaches.

3) Big Sur

Who doesn’t love to drive down highway 1? Big Sur is located right near the beautiful town of Carmel. Big Sur will give you views that no other place will offer with sights of sea cliffs all along the drive. It’s a perfect place for hiking, and camping too. If you venture far enough down the highway you can even spot the famous McWay Falls.

4) Point Reyes ~ Marin County


Point Reyes is located in Marin County above San Francisco. There are many trails to walk, pretty scenery, and lots of wildlife. The weather won’t be too cold around 63 degrees during the spring but it's sure to be windy so bring lots of sweaters.



5) Emerald Bay ~ Lake Tahoe


This bay is located in a little cove at the south end of Lake Tahoe. Take in the pretty views of the lake while walking the trail to the beach. Once you get to the lake you will be able to relax on the beach and do many fun activities like kayaking and paddle boarding. It is the perfect weekend getaway because it’s only 2 hours away from Davis.

6) Grass valley

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Grass valley was an unexpected beauty. Walking around there I could hear the birds chirping and it was so peaceful. I went to the Spenceville Wildlife Area and did a short hike to Fairy falls. You can even climb down and swim next to the waterfall. It is only an hour and half away, north of Davis. Check it out on a weekend you’d like to get some fresh air and be surrounded by nature.






7) China Beach ~ San Francisco

Definitely put China Beach on your bucket list. Who can resist that magnificent view of the Golden Gate Bridge? Be sure to get here early though because the parking lot is small but it’s free :))

8) Big Basin National forest ~ Santa Cruz

Surround yourself with giant redwood trees and waterfalls. When you come here you will feel minuscule around these giant trees. This destination is the perfect place to unplug yourself from the world and take in the ethereal beauty of the forest.

Or...Venture out of California 

9) Horseshoe Bend ~ Arizona


When I went on my southwest road trip this was by far one of the most amazing sights I had seen. You walk about a half a mile until you get to the rim. Definitely bring some food with you because you’ll want to stay for a while. If you get really close to the edge you can see the water wrap around.

10) Grand Canyon~ Arizona


This national park really makes you realize how beautiful and grand nature is. Bring your camera because you’ll be taking lots of photos. This place is bigger than you think it is. It will take your breath away once you stare into the canyon and see all of the vibrant colors.

Written by: Thea Lawler

Calories and Cons

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This midterm season has lead me into a spiral of unprecedented stress, and the freshman fifteen that I have been managing to avoid has definitely been catching up to me. My problem? Constantly JoyRun-ing burritos and Dutch Bros with my friends as we scramble to meet a deadline or to cram for an exam.

This weekend I have come to the realization that it is time to change my snacking habits. By having some healthy alternatives at hand, it is easy to cut down on impulsively eating junk food.

Here is a list of snacks I have been replacing...

  1. Chocolate Covered Rice Cakes - with 60 calories per rice cake, this cures your sweet tooth and can help avoid feelings of guilt.

  2. Dark Chocolate- satisfying with only a piece or two; and has many health benefits (keeps your heart healthy, helps you sleep).

  3. Trader Joe's Snap Peas- a serving is 22 pieces and only has 100 calories. They’re crunchy and addicting; a great alternative for chips/cheetos/cheez-its.

  4. Almonds - small snacks with the power to fill you up.

  5. Sparkling Water - because we all know sugary drinks are the enemy.

  6. Pre-Cut Fruit- easy enough to grab and eat, but never overeat.

  7. Skinny Pop- microwaveable popcorn is a no-go.

Considering what we put into our bodies is an essential part of succeeding in all aspects of our lives. Start embracing the idea that it's your job to fuel and treat it right.

Written by: Juliana Beduschi

Celebration and Upliftment


The month of March is Women’s History Month, and in celebration of that, I would like to acknowledge some contemporary female leaders that are inspirational to me. Here are four quotes from four of my role models.


Malala Yousafzai: “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

Be the one who is different. If no one else wants to take action, your individual words and actions can create a big difference. Don’t be afraid to show others who you are and what you believe in.

Oprah Winfrey: “Turn your wounds into wisdom.”

We will all have successes and failures throughout our life. Of course, we will celebrate the successes that we have, but we should turn the failures into learning opportunities. Don’t be discouraged if something doesn’t work in your favor, analyze the experience and grow from what you realize you can improve one.

Michelle Obama: “Our greatness has always come from people who expect nothing and take nothing for granted – folks who work hard for what they have, then reach back and help others after them.”

Do what you do because you are passionate about it. This is the only true way to grow and learn from an experience. Having a humble mindset will allow you to reap the benefits in a genuine manner and more easily help others to achieve something as well.

Sheryl Sandberg: “Taking initiative always pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.”

Be a leader who takes action. If you want to see something happen, take it upon yourself to try to make it happen. You are not guaranteed any result if you just sit back.


I am uplifted and moved by the things these women say. It constantly motivates me to push myself and step out of my comfort zone. I am grateful for the people I know that provide a strong support system for me, and those in the public media that motivate women like me to strive for greatness.

Written By: Amrita Singh

How to Strengthen Your Mindset

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1. Get out of your comfort zone

Step out of your comfort zone, and try something new! Switch things up in your life and try to stray away from the same old routine. It is normal to feel fear and discomfort when you do step out of your comfort zone. However, if you let fear take control you are stopping yourself from experiencing things that in the back of your mind you want to try. So why not go for it and try something new? In the end it will be worth it because you will feel good about challenging yourself and you might find a new hobby or passion.

2. When things get tough, stay focused on the good things

Although you may be going through a rough time it is key to channel those negative thoughts into a positive goal. Stay focused on the things that make you happy and the things that will help you academically. The ability to deal with hardship and adversity with positivity is the key to your future and the strengthening of you as an individual. Remember to focus on what your goals are instead of putting all your energy towards negative thoughts. Learn to not have regrets and let go of the past because things happen for a reason. I promise you will grow and become stronger from these experiences. One thing that has personally helped me is writing 3 things I am grateful for everyday. Being grateful, is a very important key to your happiness, friendships, relationships, and mental health. Writing down what you are grateful for will force you to look at the positive things in your life, and appreciate the little things too. If you look hard enough you can even find positivity in the negative things.

3. Be Consistent

Be consistent with your goals. The way to attain what your mind wants is to practice staying committed to your actions. The frequency of what you do will help create good habits. This will take organization and willpower but will yield results. Ultimately you feel a sense of satisfaction. One way I keep in check with this is I make a checkbox for all the things I want to achieve throughout the day. At the end of the day I tick off the tasks I have completed which helps me feel a sense of achievement. Also, setting a time to do things will help you stick to them better.

4.  Be Around Positive People

Whoever you surround yourself with will affect the way you look at yourself and how you handle situations. Friends have a huge impact on your psyche. Positivity is infectious, and if your friends are constantly being positive and encouraging you it will affect you in a good way. Be around friends who uplift you, and are goal-oriented. You can learn a lot from good friendships, adopt good habits, and grow together.

5. Take a chance

Do something that scares you, and overcome a fear. If you consistently do things you're not inclined to do it will soon be normal to step out and take risks. Your fears will seem minute eventually. If you take a chance and fail at something you end up growing regardless because you learn. Failing is a fear that is common because it tends to bring up other fears such as feelings of shame, being mocked, or looked down on. However if you take away the fear of failure all together and you take a risk you will be comfortable with the outcome regardless. Be comfortable with failing because it is totally normal. Work on your goals, take a chance to do something regardless of failure and you will be unstoppable!

6. Exercise

Many studies have shown that regular and consistent exercise will help you feel accomplished and your brain will improve its memory. According to The Guardian, physical activity can really affect your mood too. Essentially, when we do exercise we get a “runner’s high” and that feeling comes from the body’s homemade opiate, the endorphin rush. Therefore after we exercise we get that feeling of happiness. So put in your favorite tunes, hit the gym, start exercising, and improve your mental health :)

7. Have a Positive Mindset

Happiness comes within. Creating a positive mindset is one of the most important things to strengthen your mind. Choosing to look at things in a good light and maintaining a positive attitude will take you very far. If you set your mind to think happy thoughts and block out any thoughts of doubt about yourself you won’t regret it. Give yourself reasons to go for it instead of telling yourself you can't do something or you aren't good enough. One thing that helps me a lot is to listen or look at motivational content, quotes and videos that make me laugh or smile. It can be anything from watching inspirational Youtube videos, looking at inspirational quotes, watching Ted talks, memes or puppy videos.

8. Be Yourself

Learn to love yourself and accept who you are because YOU are beautiful. Never forget to smile and laugh. Don’t hate yourself for everything you are not, rather love yourself for everything that you are.

Written by Thea Lawler

Beauty Favorites

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Happy week 7 Babes!

Today I want to share with you a few amazing things that I've been using lately and loving on an everyday basis. With a busy regimen, it is sometimes hard to look put together all the time. It's nice to have a go-to makeup routine ready so I can pull myself together on a busy morning and feel confident about myself. 

These have been the products I've been loving for a natural, dewy everyday/work makeup look!

1. Anastasia Brow Wiz 

What did I even use to fill in my brows before brow wiz? I honestly have no idea and there is no way I am going back! Without the existence of this brow pencil, my eyebrow routine would not be the same. This is the one product that is worth the hype and rave. It gives you the most natural looking brows in the world. It is really hard for me to find a brow color that looks natural against my very dark hair. I use the shade Ebony. 

Price: $21.00

Dupe: Loreal Paris Eyebrow Pencil 


2. L.A. Girl Pro Concealer 

Now for something more on the cheaper side. This concealer is medium to full coverage! As a college student I barely get any sleep and as a result, I have raccoon eyes the very next morning. This concealer fixes my undereye bags as well as my problem areas. On the days when I am running very late, I would smear this all over my face, pretend to be a warrior and dab it down with a damp beauty blender. It smoothes out my pores and doesn't crease! I wear the shade Creamy Beige. 

Price: $4.57 


3. Maybelline Color Tattoo 

I don't know about you guys but I am a complete noob when it comes to eyeshadow. Sometimes when I attempt to put eyeshadow on it ends up looking like someone bruised my eye. Discovering this product was a game changer for me. Every so often I come across a product that makes me question how I ever did my make up without it. I just lightly dab this product on my eyelid every morning and makes me look like I spent a lot of time on my eyeshadow when I really didn't. The color I use is Bad to the Bronze. 

Price: $5.60


4. Mario Badescu Rose Water 

MY HOLY GRAIL. This product is a 2 in 1. You can use it as a setting spray and it melts all the dry areas you have on your face as well as make you look like a glowing goddess. It is also a great spray to incorporate into your skin routine. I use it morning and night and my skin has never been the same. I find that my skin is more glowy, clear, and soft than usual. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT. 

Price: $14.00


5. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

I don't usually like heavy makeup on my face especially when I go to school or work. I came by this product not long ago and it has literally rescued my complexion. It makes me feel so much more confident in my skin. It has a natural glowy finish and it makes your skin feel so soft like a baby's bum. You apply this product with your hands! No makeup brushes needed. Fast and easy for busy bees like us. My shade is Dune 7.5 

Price: $30.00


6. Red Cherry Lashes #747xs 

I wish I was gifted with beautiful long lashes but unfortunately, I was not blessed with them. I personally like to put falsies on every day but this step can be skipped. You can find these lashes on Amazon! These are honestly the most natural looking lashes I have ever tried. When I wear these, my friends always ask me if they are real. I wish but, no lol. Obviously, not everyone has the time to put falsies on and I totally agree. This is just the extra step I take every morning to make me feel confident. But Girl, rock those beautiful natural lashes you got!

Price: $15 for a pack of 6

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7. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 

At the end of the day to remove all of my make up this is my go-to product. It is oil-free and can be used for sensitive skin as well. 

Price: $6.79

That's all of my current favorites. Thank You so much for reading I hope you enjoyed it!

Written by: Loi Han 


10 Tips to Get Out of Bed FAST

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Getting out of bed can be tough. Not all of us are early birds.

The alarm clock is going off and obviously, we all just want to remain warm and cozy in our bed, but our schedule does not allow us to.

We've all been there. It's painful and it sucks, but here are some helpful tips to make the transition easier so you can start your day off feeling energized. 

1. Open your Blinds Before Going to Sleep. 

Leaving your blinds open will allow more sunlight to enter your room in the morning and wake you up. It is really hard to go back to sleep when a beam of sunlight is in your face. A majority of people tend to have a hard time sleeping in a bright room. Vice versa, a dark room is more conducive to sleep. Sunlight reminds our body and mind that it is morning and that we have to get up. 

2. Drink Water Before You Sleep

So what if you have to get up before the sun? Drinking water before you sleep will cause you to go to the restroom in the morning. The need to use the restroom will help your body get up in the morning and prevent you from falling back to sleep. However, a large amount of water prior to sleeping will cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. I recommend drinking half a cup of water or experiment to find the perfect timing and amount of water you need to drink prior to sleeping. 

3. Place Your Alarm Clock Away from Your Bed. 

This tip is my personal favorite because it really works. By placing your alarm clock across the room you will be forced to get out of bed to turn it off. Getting out of bed is often the hardest part about waking up in the morning. By getting out of bed faster, you increase the likelihood of starting your day rather than going back to sleep. Having your alarm clock next your bed makes it easier to press the snooze button and sleep longer. Once you are out of bed, it’s usually easier to stay up. 

4. Play Your Favorite Music

I love to play my 2000's playlist in the morning to get pumped for the day. Waking up to the sound of the alarm clock can elicit negative feeling. This will cause you to start your morning off on the wrong foot. So, replace the negative vibes with positive ones by jamming out to your favorite tunes in the morning!

5. Caffeine

Consume Caffeine. Caffeine is a great source for mornings when you feel unproductive and groggy. To eliminate these feelings drink coffee or tea shortly after waking up. Not feeling caffeine? According to research found online, ice cold water will do the trick!

6. Excercise When you Wake Up. 

Some light exercise in the morning will get your endorphins flowing and give you more energy. Going to the gym or light jog outside can make a huge difference to your mornings. You could even just do a short easy workout such as some jumping jacks, crunches, or push-ups at the comforts of your own home.

7.  Eat Breakfast When You Wake Up

After sleeping for eight hours your body needs sustenance. A small and easy-to-digest meal in the morning will give you a boost of energy. I recommend a piece of fruit, smoothie, a glass of milk, or yogurt. If you have the appetite, a full meal like avocado toast with sunny side up eggs is my personal favorite. 

8. Do Something You Enjoy in the Morning

Stimulating your mind by doing an enjoyable activity will give you energy. I personally like to do my make up in the morning. Getting that perfect eyeliner makes me laser focused. There are multiple other activities you can do in the morning such as having a phone conversation with a friend or significant other, reading, roaming through Instagram, etc. 

9. Minimize Decision Making in the Morning. 

 Getting your bag and outfit ready the night before minimizes the time you spend making decisions in the morning to combat decision fatigue. This means getting your school bag, work bag, or food bag ready the night before. Lay out your clothes the night before so you don't have to think of what you want to wear in the morning. For example, Steve Jobs wears the same outfit every single day so he doesn't have to make these decisions in the morning.

Also, try to have a standard go to breakfast. For instance, a parfait or a fruit smoothie are good options. In the morning we usually max out our threshold of making decisions. Just waking up thinking about making these decisions like "I need to decide what to eat, wear, pack, etc." can give us anxiety and give us unnecessary stress in the morning. So to sum it up, get ready the night before. 

10. Keep a Routine

Keeping a regular and consistent sleep schedule helps your body get into a natural rhythm. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day. By doing so you will begin to naturally fall asleep and wake up at the same time each day. Waking up will feel more natural. It will help you fall asleep at a more regular schedule. 

Written by: Loi Han 


Today's Actions are Tomorrow's Results


“When was the last time you did something new?”

You know, I really do not know. It seems that my life is a constant cycle. Eat, school, work, and (sometimes) sleep.

It is mid-quarter and I know I am at the point of going through the motions to end the quarter. Week by week I am just going to class, waiting for exams to be over, and submitting lengthy papers. It feels like a drag that continues to prolong itself, only ceasing after the dreaded finals week.

I know that I am doing everything I can in order to set myself up for success. Whether it is studying harder or picking up an extra shift at work, I want a greater end result. But still, it feels like I am just floating amongst everyone else.

After recent events, it was only then that I came to the realization that we all have the power to shape our own lives and paths. We all have the ability to put in effort, stay persistent, and use the encouragement given by others to motivate ourselves to start something big. We just need to activate these abilities.

Life gets boring when you stay within the limits you already know. I do the same things every day and it gets very monotonous. Life really begins at the edge of your comfort zone. By pushing yourself into unfamiliar situations you get to experience different things. Being able to work through something new is special in itself, because you get to see your own character in a new light. If it does not challenge you, it does not change you.

I always wonder what it would be like to get an internship at a large company or get my dream job. Now I know that only I have the ability, in my own hands, to work towards it. By chance things may work out in my favor, but waiting for something to happen guarantees nothing. I am guaranteed some effect if I do it myself.

Every small step you put towards something you want is a benefit in the long run. Because, if you want something you never had, you must do something you have never done.

My high school counselor always used her mantra, “a goal without a plan is just a dream” to try to motivate us on a daily basis. It was her words I believe have changed the way I perceive all my endeavors today. If you want to achieve something, you must take a step towards accomplishing it.

You can do it. Push yourself.

Today’s actions are tomorrow’s results.


Written By: Amrita Singh

Moving On.


Sandwiched between the fresh months of starting a new year and the excitement of an almost-summer, winter quarter seems like the longest stretch of the school year. The stress of constant exams, struggling relationships, and the frantic scramble to find jobs slowly chip away at our souls on the daily. It’s easy to remind ourselves that we are strong and passionate people, but the difficulty lies in believing the words that exit our mouths. Isn’t it ironic how the words we say to reassure and uplift our closest friends seem like lies to ourselves when we are feeling discouraged?

These past few months I found myself being hit with rejection after rejection in all aspects of my life: friendship, love, career, academics, etc. Doors from every possible corner of the world seemed to deliberately enjoy slamming against me just when I thought I had one foot through the door.

One of the worst aspects of rejection is not just the physical “no” we reluctantly have to receive, it’s the mental toll that burdens you and the constant reminder that you “failed” imbedding itself into how you define yourself. My expectations for even the most miniscule of tasks dwindled to almost none with each curveball thrown at me, and I decided that having no expectations meant never being disappointed in anyone or anything. I made plans with friends knowing they would probably not show up, I applied to jobs telling myself I would probably never hear back, and I continued talking to a person I had a rare connection with while knowing in my heart they would never meet me halfway.    

I felt that lowering my standards and expectations for others only added to the negative perspective I had towards life in general. Why did I have to set these low standards at my own expense? Why did I see myself as a weak individual who can never achieve success like all the other strong and powerful women beside me? What made me so different from others that rendered me unable to achieve what others before me have? But at the end of the day I would ask myself, what qualifies as success really? Any attempt made is a lesson learned, and that to me is the true qualifier of what success is to a person.

Rejection has the tendency to paralyze us to one spot and grow fear in our hearts that prevents us from getting up and facing what is ahead of us. However, we should be more fearful of never reaching our unrealized potential by staying stagnant in the same place forever. Instead of losing our drive and our confidence, we should take rejection as the opportunity to move forward towards something bigger and perhaps even more well-suited for us. Fate definitely has its ways in this aspect.

If anything, rejection builds character and knowledge in which we should use as a means to stand up stronger. Instead of crumbling at its feet, we can take it as a lesson learned to strive towards extraordinary opportunities we just have not had the pleasure of discovering yet. One of my best friends in this entire world (and fellow member of DWIB) shared some wisdom with me that really resonated with me one day. She explained to me that rejection is not a dead end that hinders you to one spot; it is a re-direction in life towards something better. Her words sounded so obvious, yet it had never occurred to me when I was in the midst of feeling incompetent. The simple act of speaking to a close friend and hearing their perspective with a clear mind made that much of a difference in the way I viewed myself.

As cheesy as it sounds, if it’s not meant to be it’s not meant to be, and if it really is then it will come back to you perhaps in a different form. Have faith in your own achievements and walk at your own pace in life, because who else is more suited to be your biggest supporter than yourself?


Written by: Tiffany Huang 

How to Practice Self-Care

With our busy everyday lives, it could be easy to forget to take care of yourself. Practicing self-care is an essential part of regulating our stress levels and building confidence. Here are 5 ways to practice self-care for a healthy mind, body and soul.

1. Do something you enjoy

Whether that's reading a cook, cooking, listening to music, taking a nap or going to the gym. It's important to push ourselves to do things we actually enjoy before we get sucked into our everyday lives and routines.

2. Get outside

I don't know what it is about laying in the grass under the sun that makes me as happy as can be, but I wish I could do it all day. Going for a bike ride, hike, or even a jog around the neighborhood can greatly impact your mood and productivity levels.

3. Meditate

I've recently tried meditating for the first time, and now I can't wait until the next time I have time to meditate again. Meditation helps to relieve stress and can teach you how to turn off your mind when you need to.

4. Treat yourself

You deserve it. Go buy food from your favorite restaurant, cuddle up in bed and watch Netflix. It can be a little reminder from yourself to yourself that you're doing great.

5. Have a spa/cleaning day

This is one of my favorite ways to practice self-care. Nothing makes me feel like I have my life together than a clean house and painted nails. Taking the time to replenish yourself and your space can greatly build your confidence and productivity.

"Me" time is important. Do not neglect yourself. #selfcareis recharging your batteries.

Written by: Deema Kharuf

Study Vibes Playlist

Having trouble finding the right Winter Quarter vibey music that just wants to make you study/enter another realm of chill? Well, have no fear, Ellen’s and Tidani’s magical Winter Quarter Playlist is here! We are going to give you a compilation of some of our favorite Playlists/Artists to listen to when we are feeling those study vibes.

(Ellen) I haven’t always listened to music while studying and honestly, I still don’t always listen to music when I’m looking through notes or reading from a textbook, but I do find music to be very helpful during those long stressful study sessions when you feel drained, sleepy, and hopeless. Recently, I was cramming for my Psychology midterm (never cram guys it really sucks) and I was miserable; My eyes were dry and tired, my fingers hurt from writing, and my head felt like it was about to explode. It was as if I used my brain to its maximum capacity. I decided to take a break and next thing you know, YouTube worked its magic and made me land on a 24/7 streamed playlist and guess who got an A on her midterm? Me!

Usually, I don’t like to study with music because all of the songs on my Spotify playlists have lyrics. However, this playlist I landed on YouTube had no lyrics and was chill, calm, and relaxing. It made me lose track of time, and made me actually enjoy what I was studying. My head nodded to the beats while inputting information to my head! If you’re into feeling like a chill laid back hipster this is for you! God bless this playlist:


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(Tidani) While I usually gravitate towards non-lyrical music/beats when intently reading an article or book, I do enjoy a good chill R&B track. Artists like Daniel Caesar (if you haven’t listen to his newest album Freudian, where have you been girl?), Sabrina Claudio, H.E.R, Mac Ayres, and Rex Orange County (who is admittedly more Indie), are on constant loop in my study playlists. Songs I would recommend from each of them are:

Get You (Daniel Caesar ft. Kali Uchis)


Confidently Lost (Sabrina Claudio)


Focus (H.E.R)


Easy (Mac Ayres)


Edition (Rex Orange County)



We hope you enjoyed our list of chill study music! Remember to always take study breaks and to not be too hard on yourself! Good luck on Midterms everyone and don't forget to vibe out to our playlist :)

Written by: Ellen Park & Tidani Berhe

DIY Face Mask

Amidst Week 5 Midterm vibes, your spirit and skin can reflect your fatigue, stress levels, and lack of sleep. When I feel like my skin needs a little more love and attention, I like to make my own at home DIY face masks so that I feel like I can conquer any Midterm with just the glow of my skin!

While I am a fan of store bought masks (hello LUSH anyone?), I also like to make my own masks because you can select the ingredients being used, make as little or as much as you want, and most importantly, you can save money while on that broke college life budget!

So let me cut to the chase already. I'm going to tell you guys what is in this mask and the benefits it can have on your skin. Keep in mind everyone is different and popping in their own way so this may or may not work for you. Make sure to switch it up and do as you see fit for yourself! 

You will need: 

1. A clean bowl & spoon to stir your mask

2. Indian Healing Clay (I get mine from Amazon!)

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3. Turmeric Powder


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4. Activated Charcoal Powder

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 5. Apple Cider Vinegar (It burns a little so if you have sensitive skin like me, use WATER sis!)

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What to do:

1. Mix all the ingredients together (Make sure it's not too runny but also not too thick)

2. Apply mask and leave on for about 20-30 mins or until dry (Do not FaceTime your friends during this time because they will make you laugh on purpose and your mask will CRACK!)

3. Wash your face with warm water, tone, and moisturize!


1. Indian Healing Clay: Absorbs waste such as harmful toxins, oil and dirt, deep pore cleansing, stimulates and improves blood circulation. Tightens skin, treat acne, pimples or blackheads, acne scars, blemishes spots and acts as a moisturizer.

2. Turmeric Powder: Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits. Reduces acne, dark marks and dark circles. Helps give you a natural glow!

3. Activated Charcoal: Draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, helping you to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne.

4. ACV: Prevents breakouts and minimize blemishes, reduces inflammation, a detoxifying, deep-pore treatment. 


WARNING: You'll leave the house feeling like a new woman because this glow will be popping and everyone will be staring! So strut yourself to that Midterm and get that A! 

Good luck on Midterms everyone! 

Written by: Tidani Berhe

Being Productive During Winter Break


After a long fall quarter of productivity and self-focus, it’s easy to forget the bigger picture during winter break. It’s important to remind yourself your “why” and why you’re doing what you’re doing everyday. Most college students spend their winter break sleeping, watching Netflix and hanging out with friends. Although these things are great and well deserved, don’t forget to stay productive too! Here are 10 ways to stay productive during winter break:

1. Read a book

Find a book you’re interested in and start reading! Trust me, it’s addicting, and you’ll stay in learning mode.

2. Plan a trip

Go on an adventure with your loved ones! Traveling will give your perspective and motivation, which will improve your mood when it’s time to start grinding again.

3. Spend time with your loved ones

In general, spending time with your loved ones will improve your happiness and remind you who you’re striving to make proud everyday.

4. Go to the gym

Studies have shown that exercising is tied with mood and confidence improvement. Just what you need to start the school year!

5. Spend time on your hobbies and passions

“I wish I could ______, but I don’t have time because of school.” Well, now you do!

6. Apply to internships and jobs

Winter break is a perfect time to figure out your plan after the school year is over, whether you’re graduating or not.

7. Figure out your classes and schedules for upcoming quarters

Why not start now and save yourself the stress later on?

8. Start reading the textbooks for your upcoming classes

I know, I know… Finals JUST ended. But, hear me out. Going into a new course topic will be much more interesting if you have an idea of the subject going into it.

9. Watch a documentary

Still in the mood for Netflix? Watch a documentary! You can still be cozy in bed but learning at the same time.

10. Get a job

Getting a job will keep you busy, productive and responsible. This will prevent you from getting comfortable with sitting around all day.

Written by: Deema Kharuf


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No matter what it is, we have all been through a situation where we have been deeply affected. After resurfacing from one of those, I wrote myself a little something that gets me through all my toughest times. I hope that by reading, you can relate at least a little bit.

Recovery isn't the flip of the blinds and letting the light inside. It isn't the flick of a switch, things don’t just get better instantaneously. What recovery really is, is sifting through the sofa cushions for crumbs of courage & dimes of hope; because once the ocean takes you under, the struggle to get back up is more painful than the fall into it.

But recovery is also various juxtapositions. It’s sleeping in on Mondays, and staying up late on Fridays. It is the taste of your favorite meal; the feeling of happiness in your tummy, the scent of new candles washing through the air around you. It’s all the chances you've never taken, but with no longer having regrets. It is laughing so hard you choke on your drink with a snort, making yourself laugh once again in embarrassment. Recovery is wearing whatever the heck you want, just because you can and it makes you feel powerful. It is finding someone whose kisses make your mind turn to honey, slow, unthinking, warm and sweet as you melt into the mess of love. It is remembering the feeling that once made you feel so terrible inside but no longer letting it affect you. It is feeling full after eating dinner, but getting dessert anyway, because gosh dang it, you deserve that piece of double-decked chocolate cake.

Recovery is also having your breakdowns, but finally being able to consistently tell yourself that you’re going to be okay. It’s getting in fights with just the right people; those who were a negativity in your life anyways. But most importantly, it is remembering late at night, when you're trapped in tears and thoughts of all those moments, that feelings pass, that tomorrow is going to be better, and that things are falling into place. Because amidst all the craziness, it is.

Written by: Juliana Beduschi

Welcome, December!

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Happy December! As today is the first of the month, it is a reminder that winter break and the holiday season are just around the corner. From holiday parties to festive decorations, this is one of the best times of the year. Here are some of my favorite things about the holidays.

1.  Spending time with family and friends: Seeing friends and family back home is a perfect opportunity to reconnect. It is a great way to catch up with people you haven’t seen in a while and share stories. It is interesting to think that I grew up with my family and old friends always around me; but now I have new experiences to share about my own college endeavors and my personal growth.

2.  Relaxation: After an intense week of finals, winter break is a great opportunity to relax. We all need time to get more rest, more sleep, and catch up on our favorite shows. Self-care is very important to being happy and healthy.

3.  Showing appreciation: Gift giving is an easy way to show gratitude to your loved ones. Giving back to those that we care about reminds us how lucky we are to have them around us. It also shows them how much we love and appreciate them.

4.  Food: Who could forget food? I always look forward to the huge feasts put together at family gatherings. Plus, there is endless amounts of desserts to indulge in, from cookies and cake to ice cream and chocolate.

5.  Fresh start: It is crazy to think that 2017 is almost at its end! So, with a new year comes new beginnings. We can take time to reflect on this past year and create plans or resolutions for the one ahead.

Quick and Easy Recipes on a Budget

With Finals week quickly approaching, studying might be on everyone's mind, but we can't forget to eat right to keep our brains and body moving. I understand that cooking might take up valuable time and Mcdonalds is a short drive away however, our body needs to be nourished with the right nutrients. Here are some quick and easy meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are not just delicious, but also budget friendly.  


1. Berry Parfaits 



  • ½ cup yogurt
  • ½ cup
  • 1 cup mixed berry
  • honey, optional


  1.  In a jar, layer yogurt, granola, and berries.
  2. Top with honey (optional).
  3. Refrigerate up to 2 days. If you don’t want soggy granola, wait till you’re ready to eat the parfait to add it. Enjoy!

2. Banna Muffins 

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for 12 servings

  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F/160°C.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the coconut oil and maple syrup until combined.
  3. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract, and whisk until combined.
  4. Fold in the bananas, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and flour.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cover and store up to 2 days.
  6. Enjoy!

3.  Berry Oatmeal Cups 

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for 12 servings

  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ quick-cook oats
  • 1 cup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup mixed berry


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C
  2. In a bowl, whisk all wet ingredients until fully combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. Divide mixture amongst the lined cups of a muffin tin. Top each muffin with berries.
  5. Bake 25 minutes. Store covered up to 2 days.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Inspired by: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/make-ahead-granola-oat-cups/6cdb4bbf-d69b-4da2-9374-e7ce739edd92

4. Cheesy egg cups 

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for 12 servings

  • 15 oz frozen hash brown, thawed
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine hash browns, cheese, salt, pepper, and oil. Pack into the bottom half of the cups of a greased muffin tin.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with the bacon, salt, and pepper. Pour into the top half of each muffin cup.
  5. Bake 15 minutes. Freeze up to 1 month.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Inspired by: http://www.thecookingjar.com/hash-brown-egg-nests-with-avocado/

5. Breakfast Quesadilla

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for 12 servings

  • 2 sausage links
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 flour tortilla, burrito-sized
  • shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a skillet thoroughly cook the sausage and eggs.
  2. Place mixture in the center of a flour tortilla. Top with cheese, and fold the edges inward to form a sealed pocket.
  3. Heat on a skillet, seam-side down. Flip and cook until golden brown.
  4. Enjoy! Or, freeze up to 1 month.


1. Microwave fried rice 


for 1 serving

  • ½ cup rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 strips bacon, chopped
  • ½ cup frozen pea and carrot
  • 2 eggs
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh scallion, to garnish


  1. In a bowl, combine the rice, water, soy sauce, sesame oil, and bacon. Stir, then microwave, covered, for about 6-8 minutes until the rice is fully cooked.
  2. Mix the frozen peas and carrots into the rice.
  3. In a microwaveable mug, beat the eggs with the salt.
  4. Microwave the eggs and the rice again for about 1-2 minutes, until the eggs are fully cooked.
  5. Break up the egg into small bits, then mix it in with the rice.
  6. Garnish with scallions, then serve!
  7. Enjoy!

2. Microwave Loaded Potatoe 

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for 1 serving

  • 1 russet potato, washed and scrubbed
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 slices bacon
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream, to serve
  • fresh chive, to serve


  1. Poke holes in the potato with a fork, then rub with oil and salt.
  2. Place the bacon slices on the same plate as the potato, microwave for 7-9 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the potato is tender. Make sure the bacon does not burn.
  3. Crumble the bacon after it’s cooled down.
  4. Slice the potato in half, then use a fork to fluff up the insides.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese on top, then microwave for another 30 seconds.
  6. Top with sour cream, the crushed bacon bits, and the chives.
  7. Enjoy!

3. One Pan Chicken and Broccoli 


for 2 servings

  • 1 lb chicken, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup bell pepper, diced


  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed


  1. Mix together all sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Heat oil over a nonstick pan and add chicken stirring until cooked.
  3. Pour sauce in pan and stir to coat meat.
  4. Once the sauce is bubbling, add the veggies to the pan and stir again to coat.
  5. Cook until meat is cooked through and veggies are soft.
  6. Serve over rice or alone.
  7. Enjoy!

4.  One Pan Parchment Teriyaki Tofu 

for 1 serving

  • 14 oz , 1 block
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 red pepper
  • broccoli


  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seed
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 slices ginger, minced or sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sprig scallion, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 450°F (230˚C).
  • Place two sheets of paper towels on a cutting board and put tofu on top, then put two sheets of paper towels on top of the tofu.
  • Place heavy books, cast iron pans, etc. on top of tofu for at least 20 minutes to drain water.
  • In a small bowl, mix marinade ingredients and pour marinade over tofu, then refrigerate for an hour.
  • Fold the parchment paper in half, then open up.
  • Place carrots, red pepper, and broccoli on parchment paper, and drizzle on oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper.
  • Lay the tofu on the veggies, and cinch the paper together by folding it over itself along the edges.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until tofu is golden brown.
  • Serve over rice or pasta, with a sprinkle of scallions.
  • Enjoy!


1. One Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 14 ounces chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese


  1. In a large pot or skillet with tall sides, add onions, garlic, and ground beef; cook for 6-8 minutes, or until beef is cooked through; use a wooden spatula to break apart while cooking. Drain off fat.

  2. Add tomato paste, broth, water, oregano, basil, black pepper; whisk well to combine ingredients; bring to a boil.

  3. Add spaghetti, lightly pressing down so sauce comes over it. Lightly stir it every few seconds, so that spaghetti combines with sauce/meat. Simmer for 17-20 minutes or until spaghetti is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.

  4. Serve immediately topped with fresh parmesan cheese.

Recipe by domestic superhero

2.  One Pan Chicken and Veggies 


for 2 servings

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced
  • 1 head broccoli, or large bag of broccoli florets
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay out the sweet potato, chicken breasts, and broccoli.
  2. Evenly distribute the garlic, rosemary, paprika, salt, and pepper over the entire pan. Drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Bake at 400°F (200°C) for 35-40 minutes (or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (75°C) and the juices run clear).
  4. Serve up and dinner’s ready! For an easy cleanup, just carefully toss the aluminum foil and you’re good to go.
  5. Enjoy!

3. Broccoli and Garlic Pasta 


for 4 servings

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 1⁄2 cups hot cooked penne
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • parmesan cheese
  • black pepper (to taste)


  1. In a large skillet, combine broth, basil, pepper, garlic and broccoli.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Cover and cook over low heat for 3 minutes or until broccoli is tender crisp.
  4. Add hot cooked pasta and lemon juice. Toss to coat. Serve with cheese. 

4. Beef and Broccoli 

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for 2 servings

  • 1 lb flank steak, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups broccoli, diced


  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed


  1. Mix together all sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Heat oil over a nonstick pan and add beef stirring until brown.
  3. Pour sauce in pan and stir to coat meat.
  4. Once the sauce is bubbling, add the veggies to the pan and stir again to coat.
  5. Cook until meat is cooked through and veggies are soft.
  6. Serve over rice or alone.
  7. Enjoy!

Recipes and Photo Credit to Tasty and domestic superhero 

Written By: Loi Han 




Self-Care ≠ Selfish

DWIB is filled with some of the most driven and hardworking individuals I know. These traits are positive and all, but they can also lead us to unconsciously neglect our mental health. I want to remind you that it is okay to take a break. Not only is it okay, it is necessary. You can’t stress self-care enough.


I know all about feeling like you constantly have to be on top of all your sh*t. I thrive on being busy. Since freshman year of high school, I have managed to add more and more things to my plate. By senior year of high school, I had pushed myself to my breaking point countless times. Instead of acknowledging what I had accomplished, I chose to focus on my flaws which made me want to keep on working. Constant breakdowns? I’m over it.

Currently, I am challenging myself to take some time during the day to relax and to reflect. So far, it has been beyond rewarding. Self-care is not selfish. It is vital to our growth and development. About two years ago, I purchased Dr. Patrizia Collard’s The Little Book of Mindfulness. I only started investing my time with the book this past summer and the only regret I have is not taking the book seriously when I first got my hands on it. Personally, this book has helped me improve my mental health and I encourage you to get your own copy.


There is an infinite amount of ways to practice self-care. For me, self-care looks like getting enough sleep, taking breaks from social media, and putting some time aside to focus on a hobby. To someone else, self-care can look like going for a run outside, reading a book, or cuddling with their pets.


Over the years, I have realized the importance of taking time for myself. It is so important for your mental health to take real breaks. Remember: being busy is good, but not too busy to take care of yourself.   

Written by: Emita Amatya

You got this.

I’m all for doing a good job, and I never totally blow off responsibilities, but here’s the thing: if I spy an unscheduled sliver of time in my day, I am probably going to use it to rest, read 45 BuzzFeed articles on Friends, or watch 5 consecutive hours of Netflix in lieu of working on some required task that’s due the day after tomorrow. What can I say? Doing absolutely nothing is extremely appealing to me—especially so, it seems, when I should be working.

Does this mean I'm a procrastinator? Maybe (definitely, yes). But even the most driven and hardworking people can find themselves in some sort of slump. And that's okay.

I don’t think that procrastination occurs because of lax morals or a weak work ethic—it’s just that our fears, anxieties, and (somewhat ironically) ambitions can be so overwhelming that they paralyze us and stop us from doing what we know needs to be done.

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Trying to be a more conscientious worker is an ongoing struggle. Over the past few years, I’ve figured out ways that allow my tendency to delay to work with me instead of stopping me from working entirely.

1. No time to waste.
You have an entire quarter’s worth of notes to cram into your head. Or maybe because you’ve been shoving crap into whatever empty spots you can find in your closet instead of cleaning everything out, the likelihood of a devastating avalanche is all too real. Don’t beat yourself up. Everyone procrastinates sometimes. If you’ve waited until the last minute to get to work, you don’t really have time to waste feeling ashamed of yourself. Try as hard as you can to push those negative thoughts to the back of your mind, take a deep breath, and get started.

2. Do some mental preparation.
Use the days leading up to your deadline to mentally formulate a plan of attack. Even if you aren’t producing something tangible until the night before your project is due, that doesn’t mean that you haven’t been working. This takes a minimal amount of effort, but it can really help you cross that threshold into doing the actual work.

  • Jot down notes in your mind on your way to class (or DWIB meetings),

  • During commercial breaks when you’re watching television, or even while you’re sitting on the toilet.

    • While we’re on the subject of bathrooms, you can also bring your study materials in there if you have an upcoming exam. That way you can take care of business while you’re taking care of business, then go back to the trifling activities you do whenever you’re procrastinating.

3. Create smaller, less intimidating goals.
Setting that smaller goal can jumpstart you and push you past the emotional or mental hurdles that might lead to procrastination.

If a huge-seeming task is scaring you off, make it less frightening by breaking it down into smaller, manageable tasks. Telling yourself you’ll work on a big project in nonnegotiable 15-minute chunks is a lot less intimidating when it comes to thinking about a looming deadline. It’s better than not doing anything at all, and whenever I do this I sometimes get in the zone and work for much longer than I’d planned to.

4. Set personal deadlines.

Procrastination is all about delaying everything until we absolutely have to get it done, we will just never do the things we don’t absolutely have to do. There's no deadline for cleaning your room unless someone gives you one. But that someone can be you! No more “I’m going to clean my room by Friday,” & more “I invited a bunch of friends to hang out, I should probably get my sh*t off the floor.” It’s important to attach some real-life weight to your own imposed deadlines.

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Harnessing the power of procrastination requires us to strike a subtle balance between not hating ourselves for putting things off until the last moment—because the last thing we need when you’re toiling away at three o’clock in the morning is to feel like a complete failure. We have to focus on our intentions so that they can propel us forward.

Written by: Juliana Beduschi