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‘Tis the season to be shopping, falalalala-lala-la-la.

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday coming and going, you know that Christmas/holiday season has officially begun. Stores are whipping out their holiday decorations and sales and the mall is packed with Christmas shoppers. Working at Abercrombie and Fitch, I can tell you personally that working the extended holiday hours at the mall the few weeks before Christmas is the most stressful experience ever for both shoppers and employees. First of all, the store will never be clean no matter how many times you refold that same pile of sweaters. Last minute shoppers are freaking out over what to get their loved ones for the holiday and, you know what, that freaks out the employees. And don’t get me started on trying to find a parking spot. It’ll literally take an extra hour to get to the mall, an hour to find a parking spot, and an hour to leave the mall because of the giant clusterfuck of cars and panicked shoppers who are trying to find the best deals on gifts. Why deal with all this stress when you can find even better deals online? I found that I save more on major deals when I shop online because I can stack promotion codes that stores usually don’t allow. For example, I recently bought a pair of Vince Camuto riding boots and Boutique 9 sneaker wedges, both retailing at about $200 each, for $160 together. I remember going into Saks on Black Friday and seeing the sneaker wedges alone for $120 (on sale). If you find the right deals at the right time, you can save tons of money on your Christmas shopping and shopping in general. And the best part is you didn’t even have to leave the confines of your comfortable bed. Shopping online allows us the convenience of avoiding crazy-eyed shoppers, long lines, and the ability to compare prices and deals to find the most wallet-friendly sales for this season of gifting. Of course, there are limitations in that you can’t really try on the items, see the quality of the items, and the hassle of returning them if they weren’t what you expected, but for the amount that you save, it’s probably worth it to give it a shot anyway. So take out your credit cards shoppers, get your Paypal set up, and get ready to hunt the best deals and the best gifts for this season because ’tis the season to be shopping.

XOXO A

 

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Fishing in bigger waters.

So I’m sure you’ve all seen ads around campus for “DateMy School” that we’ve all probably ignored because it’s exactly what the name says: a dating website for college students. While catching up with a few friends over Thanksgiving break, my best friend was telling me about how she and her current boyfriend of 9-months actually met and it was through Date My School, abbreviated as DMS. She explained how this website worked. You set up a profile stating your interests, likes and dislikes, and what you hope to gain from this website. You can set the age range, major, school selectivity, and others as parameters for the people you want to browse. And the people who don’t fall into these parameters cannot view your profile. When you view someone’s profile they’re notified of your visit and, vice versa, when someone visits yours, you are notified of their visit. You can “like” someone’s profile if you choose to save them in your “interested” list. Unfortunately, unlike in the past, to see who visited or liked you profile or send and receive messages, you have to pay a monthly membership. According to my friend, there are many couples like her who are in happy, long-term relationships who met through DMS. My theory is that meeting online forces you to learn more about the other person and really find out if they’re a match for you before starting a relationship, which is why these relationships are so successful. I personally haven’t made a profile, but I think DMS is an interesting way to fish in bigger waters since you can meet college students from all over the country.

What do you think of online dating services? Would you ever personally try it out?

XOXO A

Dear Maggie:

So I was scrolling through the blog and I saw a bunch of responses to your podcast, and I thought what’s the big deal with this podcast. I’d say that your podcast is probably a tie for favorites with Neil’s. Your podcast was very personable and I loved how you put your two cents in for every song; I found it pretty funny. I also discovered some new songs that I actually wanted to download onto my own playlist, so thanks for identifying the name and singer of each song. Your research was pretty interesting to hear about even if music preference was equally spread between all campuses and majors. For me personally, I think listening to music on the bus makes my commute to classes and my day overall happier. If I’m travelling with a friend I’ll talk with them, but when I’m alone and without music it makes my day a little glum. Music is scientifically proven to have that effect, so I suppose everyone subconsciously experiences this whether or not they’ve thought about how listening to music on the bus has changed the experience. Great job in editing the podcast; the transition from song to song was not choppy at all and made it very pleasant to listen to. Listening to your podcast was a pleasure.

XOXO A

 

Dear Neil:

This was probably my favorite podcast to listen to. I loved the humor in it and the typical guy bucket list: cars and food, haha. Swiss chocolate really is the best tho, so it’s understandable. Your video essay and your podcast got me brainstorming ways to live a more fulfilling life and what better way to ring in the New Year than with a good bucket list. I feel like if I complete even just three major “before I die” items every year, I can probably look back on these times when I’m old and feel no regrets. I think the regret of not having done something is greater than the regret of having done something, so #yolo. Referring back to your video essay, I might want to start doing the “one second of video every day” challenge starting in the New Year. I feel that it will make each and every day of my life more meaningful. There are so many great things in life to explore and discover and I wanted to thank you for reminding me of that.

XOXO A

 

Dear Evie:

Yay for statistics! Lol. Even though I can’t really remember them off the top of my head, they were really interesting to hear! I think interracial dating is awesome, and the babies always turn out looking super exotic or really pretty. It’s probably easier to find interracial dating in the US because we are the epitome of a “melting pot” of cultures. There’s people of all different races that share the same culture, which makes these sort of relationships more common. I feel like in other countries where the native culture is so dominant, it’s hard for people to find someone who’s interracially compatible because of cultural and language barriers. My first boyfriend was from the Netherlands and if he didn’t speak English as well as he did, we probably wouldn’t have gotten as far as we did. We were both fascinated by each other’s culture too, so there wasn’t much of a cultural barrier between us as well. I suppose it’s all about finding the right person. I definitely agree that our parents’ generation doesn’t take to interracial dating well; I know my parents were unhappy that I had a white boyfriend, but like you said, it’s your life so you should be with someone who makes you happy, regardless of their race or what other people say. Thanks for sharing your podcast! (Not that you had an option, but that’s beside the point.) It was very exciting and fascinating to listen to.

XOXO A

Dear Tania:

I found your podcast about your study abroad experience in Paris very entertaining and extremely informative! I plan to study abroad for at least a year during my collegiate years in the Netherlands, and I was super excited to listen to your experience. I think my favorite part was listening to the cultural differences and how it affects the people as a country. I didn’t realize that so many people in France were more reserved and more conformist. It feels a little strange because everyone in the US grows up being encouraged to be individualistic. The French are little more intimidating now that I know their customs are so different from ours. Like you said, building friendships and relationships take more time in France than in the US, so I’m not really sure how to approach them now in the event that I encounter one! It’s okay, tho. At least there are some things that will take well to my enthusiasm: those baguettes and French pastries… fatty senses tingling.

I hope that my study abroad experience is as fun and life-changing as yours. I can’t wait to prove or disprove some of my stereotypes about the Dutch.

XOXO A