How to Not Waste a Rainy Day

Some people love rainy days, others not so much. But just because you’re stuck inside doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. Here are a few ways to make the most of a rainy day. Create A rainy day is the perfect time to rediscover a lost passion or try to find a new one. Maybe you bought a calligraphy set two years ago on a whim and never made the time to try it. Or maybe your paintbrushes and easel are somewhere in your basement buried under a mountain of old clothes you’ve been meaning to donate to Goodwill. Whatever the case, why not explore your creative side by doing something fun and productive? Reflect Sometimes when our lives get busy, we forget to take the time to recharge and ref

How I Edit

Editing is often thought of as the worst part of writing. Surely, not all share the same opinion, but I have that mindset most of the time too. I would rather be writing something new than returning to something I’ve already written. While I find editing fun every once in a while, most of the time I dread it. Here, then, I will share some tips to make editing less arduous! First of all, try to look at editing as something rewarding. Finishing a first draft is a wonderful feeling, but so is improving upon it. Getting better is a crucial part of writing, and without visiting old writing to see how to make it better now, the progress someone has made on their writing won’t be able to be seen ve

New Places

This weekend I went on a road trip to visit a friend of mine in Savannah, Georgia. I drove fourteen hours there and back—alone—in my little Honda Civic. I think I got less sleep this weekend than the time I spent driving, now that I think about it. However, not only did I get to see one of my closest friends at her college, but I also got to visit a place I’d never been to before. I’ve been all over the east coast—as north as New York and as south as Florida, but Florida had always been our destination when my family and I were heading there. I’d never actually stayed anywhere in Georgia before, and Savannah was beautiful. It was fascinating to me to see how my friend lived in a city so much

Alternatives to Popular Fall Activities

For many people, the arrival of fall means drinking pumpkin spice lattes, carving pumpkins, and watching scary movies. But what if you can’t stand the taste of pumpkin and scary movies leave you sleepless for days? Luckily, there are some easy alternatives to quintessential fall activities. Paint a pumpkin instead of carving it Maybe pumpkin carving grosses you out or maybe you’re better suited for a paintbrush than a knife. This fall, try painting that beautiful pumpkin from the pumpkin patch instead of carving it out and leaving it to rot on your front porch. You can opt for a simple design, like a traditional jack-o’-lantern face, or a more challenging design, like a detailed witch. Or ge

Why Homecoming Matters

And, no, I don’t mean the awkward, sweaty dance you sent your little brother or sister off to this weekend while you were home for fall break. The phrase “Homecoming” brings back those memories of high school. The football game your school probably lost (maybe that was just mine?), that awkward dance that you thought was the time of your life, the dress you wish you’d listened to your mom about. You watched as your classmates paraded onto your football field during halftime of the homecoming game, then later, at the dance, have one lucky pair be announced king and queen. It brings back every high school rom-com you’ve ever seen, with the popular girl obsessed with winning the crown, her aloo

Lessons Learned from English Career Connections

For the past two years, I’ve attended the career conference for English majors, English Career Connections (ECC). At ECC, students meet with members of the English Distinguished Alumni Board to discuss career aspirations. What I like about ECC is that it’s no pressure: You’re not trying to sell yourself to the Distinguished Alumni Board; they’re here to help you. You’re given all of the information you need about the event in advance, which helps ease anxiety because you know what to expect. While the event is business casual, you’re encouraged to dress comfortably, and no one will judge you too harshly based on your dress or etiquette. The goal of the event is to get you accustomed to dinin

Education Over Borders

The Virginia Tech study abroad program offers a lot of different places you can go. From large cities to unknown lands, VT offers it. The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences has an annual summer trip to London for about a month where you go with a group of students and a few professors to explore London. Each year there are different professors from different departments that go; for example, this summer there are three professors going, one in English, another in theatre, and the last in history. While in London, you get the opportunity to see many different plays, glorious museums, and the rare chance to experience a brand-new culture. For those interested in architecture and histor

The State Fair

The State Fair may not be the most glamorous place on Earth, but that is, in my opinion, what makes it so memorable. I am more than a little biased, as I’ve been going to the State Fair consecutively since I was three-years-old, but there is nothing like walking into a place where there is the opportunity to buy fried butter. (I myself have never tried fried butter, but at least I know I can). There are also other healthy options like fried Oreos, fried Reeses Cups, and fried Twinkies. I think traditions with family or friends—even with yourself—are some of the most powerful things out there. My connection to the fair wouldn’t be nearly as strong if my dad hadn’t made it such an event for ou

What’s New in Pop Music This Fall

Fall is always a season of experiences to look forward to: football, Thanksgiving, and pumpkin spice lattes, just to name a few. For pop culture junkies and music lovers, fall is also the time for new album releases before the holiday season. This fall, the music scene belongs to well-established female pop stars. Here are some releases to look forward to: P!nk, Beautiful Trauma — Oct. 13 The goddess by the name of Alecia Moore is releasing her seventh studio album on October 13 through RCA Records. It’s her first album since 2012’s The Truth About Love, which included hits like “Try,” “Just Give Me a Reason,” and “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).” If Beautiful Trauma’s lead single “What About Us” i

Smart Studying

With its lack of seating and cluttered atmosphere, the library isn’t the most ideal place to study. Whether you live on campus or off, it’s good to know where else you can go to cram for midterms. Torgerson Bridge is always very quiet and has a higher chance of finding a seat than the library. The lighting can be a little dark but it makes for a nice quiet place to do those readings that were due three days ago. As is Squires, if you go up to the third floor, they have couches and study corners that are perfect for studying. With limited distractions and nobody glaring at you for having a seat, you can accomplish a lot for however long you need! If you live in a dorm, the study lounge is als

This Month at Moss Arts

As we kick off the month of October, Moss Arts Center begins another month of noteworthy and interactive events. Here’s a look into some of this month’s performances and exhibits! Coming up this Friday, October 6th, Moss welcomes Third Coast Percussion: “Lyrical Geometry” to the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre. Third Coast Percussion, hailing from Chicago, is a quartet of percussionists. The ensemble most notably won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their third album. They’re known for both their unique performances as well as their teaching and education programs, geared towards youth. Tickets are $10 for Virginia Tech students and can be purchased through th

Team Spirit

Teams all have different ways of showing their spirit. Personally, I love seeing any sort of school (or after-school team or activity) t-shirt, jacket, sweat pant, shorts, class ring…. There are so many different options for so many different people, so many ways to show class pride. I have a million cross-country and track and field t-shirts from my high school, but I also have a creative writing and Silhouette t-shirt from here at Tech. Every school, whether elementary, middle, high, or college has their traditions. Virginia Tech has plenty, some better than others. I am personally biased to jumping to Enter Sandman. While I feel like this may be a standard answer, let me explain further:

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