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Trending Fall Fashion

by Diondra Clements

Temperatures are cooling in Connecticut and students are preparing for Fall weather in New England.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkin spice, and fall fairs are beginning to trend along with these new Fall fashion trends.

For most guys, fall classics never go out of style. They usually keep with the same trends every year; button ups, dark denim, sweaters, and flannels.

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“For me I love the skinny cargo,” said Manny Santiago, Nordstrom Sales Associate at Westfarms Mall in Farmington. “I feel like that’s a really big thing we have them out right now. It’s easy to accessorize and it looks polished, while also giving you that edge.”

“Sweatshirts and Denim jackets! Men have been really playing hard on that,” said Genesis Wilson, American Eagle Sales Associate at Westfarms Mall. “A lot of the guys that come in ask do we have any denim jackets or any heavy jackets. Just ‘cause they like the sweater and the jacket right over. Men have also been playing heavy on the hats, we’ve sold through just about all of our hats we have,”

“Jeans, Vans, and a windbreaker sometimes, on other occasions I switch it up and I’ll throw on some leggings, boots, and a long cardigan,” Ashley Padilla, a CCSU Junior, said when asked about her typical Fall attire.

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Women’s fall fashion staples include: booties, black leggings, a cardigan and a bomber jacket. These items can be found on display in popular clothing retailers, Forever 21 and H&M.

Other fall fashion pieces that are coming into play include chokers, satchels, and booties.

“Chokers are a big hit. I feel like the fall trend for handbags are going to be satchels and bookbags, since everyone is going back to school. Rebecca Minkoff actually just came out with a really cool bag. For shoes, living in Connecticut, boots are always a big trend. Everyone loves a cute bootie to wear with their skinny ankle pants and hi-waisted jeans,” said E’Naiyah Frazier, Nordstrom Sales Associate at Westfarms Mall.

Not to worry though, most of your summer favorites are still going to be in trend for the fall. The boyfriend jeans and mom jeans trend that originally started in the spring really took off in the summer and is going to continue into the fall.

“You can always put leggings under it and it’ll still work,” Wilson said.

A lot of the tank top and off-shoulder looks that were also popular in summer are easy to layer with a tank top or t-shirt right under.

As always layering will continue to be key in fall outfitting. Build a wardrobe with the classics and supplement with trendy pieces.

Students should remember the most important fashion trend is to be comfortable.

Freshman Year: A Survival Guide

by Natalie Dest

Freshman year of college can be one of the most confusing and exciting parts of a young adult’s life. In a blink of an eye, students are bombarded with new faces, a new sense of responsibility and a new campus to call home for the next two semesters.
It’s safe to say that a smooth transition from high school to college is something wanted most by students. However, some hiccups and bumps along the way are unavoidable when entering one’s first year.
So, for the Central Connecticut State University Class of 2021, below is a compiled list of tips and tricks that will guide you in the right direction, making your first semester at CCSU comfortable, exciting and worthwhile.

 

Number One: Get to know your roommates and others within your hall.

These are the people you are going to be surrounded by for the next year. Therefore, it’s a good idea to establish a relationship and befriend these other students, with hopes of making your living situation a more comfortable and enjoyable environment.

Number Two: Leave your dorm room.

Although it’s tempting to relax and watch Netflix within the walls of your dorm, mingling with hallmates, attending on-campus programs or just taking a walk around campus can really be beneficial. This will broaden your horizons and connections on campus, ultimately giving you a better college experience.
Number Three: Explore the food options on and off campus.

Sometimes the dining hall doesn’t always do the trick. Stepping off of campus and finding surrounding restaurants and fast food can be very helpful when the dining halls are closed.
Number Four: Find your study spot.

Exploring hidden or quiet places around campus can help greatly when trying to study for class. The right spot can be very useful when you have midterms or finals, or even if you’re trying to finish up some homework.
Number Five: Go to class.

This seems like an obvious step. However, sometimes we all feel the urge to sleep in or skip class for a day or two. It’s important to remember that you are paying for college. Your money is going towards your education and the classes you take here at Central. Although we all may experience these types of days, remember the reason why you are here: to earn your degree.
Number Six: Befriend your professors.

This is a crucial and highly beneficial step. Whether it’s in a class you’re struggling to understand or one that comes easily, it’s always a smart idea to learn your professors’ office hours. Going to your professor for extra help with any questions you might have will make all the difference. Putting a face to the name is also important, especially when attending a lecture class with many students.
Number Seven: Don’t be scared to ask an upperclassman.

They’ve all been in your shoes before. Don’t be afraid to ask them for help when you need it. Those who have attended Central since they were freshmen are bound to know the campus inside and out. You never know if they might have an answer to one of your questions, so why not ask?
Number Eight: Get involved.

Joining a club or an organization on campus will help you in the long run. Not only does it look good on a job application, but it’s a good way to test your skills, meet new people and to get to know the campus a bit better.
Number Nine: Don’t party too hard; know your limits.

It’s often easy to go crazy your first year of college. New friends, new atmosphere and new opportunities are surrounding you. But once again, remember why you are here: for your education. It is okay to party and hang with your friends on the weekends, as long as you set boundaries, leave time for yourself and enough time for your academics.
Number Ten: Don’t be nervous.

Every other freshman is in the same boat as you are. Everything is brand new, and you are learning the ropes around your new “home.” It’s okay to feel a little lost, but give it time. Soon you will be an expert around campus, and will eventually get the hang of the college scene.

End The Semester On A High Note

by Venus Zahid

Thankfully, the end of the semester is nearing with only a few weeks left. Whether you’ve been here for two semesters or two years, it’s never easy finishing the semester with the same motivations in mind that you had while writing your New Year’s’ resolutions. I’m here to let you know that you got this. In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” Take advantage of the small accomplishments in order to achieve maximum success at your goal.

Although you may think everyone on campus is gearing their focuses for that 4.0, not everyone is made for that lifestyle. Make sure to take advantage of the resources on campus such as The Learning Center, that has designated hours for tutoring. In addition to academic coaches, if you feel you are falling off track, Copernicus Hall also has BMS tutoring if that’s a poor subject for you.

If you need a quiet place to go study, try looking around your residence hall and see if you can go in the basement or a lounge area. If you’re a commuting student or need a change of scenery, check out the quiet floor in the library, or if the weathers nice, you can take your work outside on the library’s balcony or Vance lawn.

Make sure to get an A on your next test by studying with friends. Personally, I tend to learn better with friends explaining the tougher content to me. Get together with a few friends and dedicate some time to prepare for your test, followed by treating yourself with some frozen yogurt or even ice cream from the dining hall.

The end of the semester doesn’t have to be cram time. Make sure to make some time to have fun with your friends before you go home for the summer. Benefit from waking up early in the morning and go for a run, or to the gym with friends followed by brunch afterwards. Plan out your day with the intent to not only study and get work done, but to also enjoy the day and our beautiful campus and  surrounding attractions. Plan a picnic and photoshoot at Stanley Park. Take a short drive to Mill Pond Falls in Newington for a chill day near the water. End your day with a movie in the comfiest couch seats at the Plainville movie theater.

Most importantly, don’t forget to take care of yourself. The majority of college students aren’t getting the proper amount of sleep they need. Plan out your day accordingly so you aren’t exhausted the next morning in class, finding yourself unable to focus. Also, keep in mind what worked and didn’t work this semester when planning out your class schedule for next semester. If you know you’re going to be having classes in the morning and working 8 hour shifts everyday next semester, make sure to plan accordingly to get in everything you need to get done while maintaining a proper sleep and eating schedule. Don’t forget to factor in your family and social life.

It’s important to constantly remind yourself of your goals and the degree you will receive at the end of your time here at CCSU. Hang in there, you’re always making progress.

The Secrets Of Stanley Park

 

by Kayla Murphy

Picnics, sports, or just a new nature setting for the next selfie, Stanley Park is the place for you. Located across the street from Maloney and Davidson Hall, Stanley is just a short walk away.

If students have grown too accustomed to the repetitive scenery on campus, they should stretch their legs and head over to the park. Stanley Park offers fishing at the pond, a playground, jogging track, state-of-the-art trails, skateboard park, sports fields, basketball courts and tennis courts.

Stanley Park is home to excellent trails. The more well-known one is the jogging trail around the pond. While on the trail, there are man-made workout stations that help tone and strengthen muscles.

For more of a true nature hike, follow the trail that goes behind the skate area in the very back of the park. Check out bridges, wide spaces, babbling streams and the teaming wildlife, including squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, turtles, ducks, geese and on rare occasions, deer. Don’t worry, one can’t get lost, although I would not recommend going on any trails after sunset.

Looking for something just a bit more athletic? Bring a frisbee, soccer or football. There are several large fields for recreational use. Bring a bat and ball and have some fun at one of the baseball fields, or bring a racket and some tennis balls and take a few swings at one of the tennis courts. Want to play a game of basketball? There are several courts for basketball as well.

Looking for more extreme sports? Strap on some roller blades or bring a board and cruise around the skate park. With ramps and rails, one can perfect all their tricks on their bikes or motorized scooters.

Stanley Park can be a budget-friendly and a cute date idea. Head to Stop & Shop and pack some favorite fruits, or grab a $5 sandwich from Subway and sit at one of the many benches throughout the park. Even for some chocolate or chips, head over to the Central Gas station across the street from Stanley Park.

As nice and friendly as Stanley Park is, there is one minor setback: the amount of trash. When visiting Stanley Park, make sure to pick up after. If bottles or big pieces of trash are seen lying around, it can’t hurt to pick it up. A little goes a long way in helping maintain a clean environment for the wildlife that thrives at Stanley Park.

A Match Made in the Computer

by Analisa Novak

I always have this fantasy that I will find my future husband at a Barnes and Noble. It will be a natural meeting where we bump into each other and talk about our favorite books over coffee and we will get married months later. But honestly, I’m starting to realize that this may just always remain a fantasy because there is a new reality to meeting partners. Tinder, OkCupid, Plenty of Fish, Match and eHarmony have replaced that fantasy and have become one of the most popular ways in which people find love.

There was a time not long ago that online dating was a scary thought. It was also embarrassing to admit that you had an online dating profile, but with the advancements in technology, it’s one of the safer and most normal ways to meet people.

I have tried almost all the online dating websites and have found that one of the better things you receive out of it is conversation. I’ve met and became close friends with guys who I met online, people who I would never have met in a normal environment were people who I bonded with the most. I’m not embarrassed that I online-date and have even put my friends onto the online dating sphere.

Match.com has conducted a survey in which it found that 40 million Americans online-date. As far as safety goes, I was always very cautious and met in a public place for the date. I never once went to anyone’s house or went to an area I didn’t know. Some of the dates were amazing, while some had me wanting to go home and delete my account.

But that’s the truth of being single and dating. Not all of our dates are going to be perfect ones and it can happen outside of online dating. I actually even found someone online who gave me some of the best memories I could possibly imagine, but just like many relationships, this one didn’t last. It didn’t stop me from searching but it did make me realize that maybe the same technology that helped me meet many people is also actually stopping me from meeting more.

Technology is the double-edged sword when it comes to dating. On one hand, it’s allowing us to bond with people who we would have never crossed paths with and thus allowing us to make connections with people past our friend circle. But on the other hand, it’s eliminating the chance of a natural encounter. Because we always find ourselves on our phones or on social media, we hinder that chance to spark a conversation with a potential partner. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to a bar and found so many guys glued to their phones, or the countless times I’ve seen people on Tinder while in line at Starbucks, swiping left and right without any single emotion to it.

If you find yourself ready to date or ready for a relationship, be ready to embrace and denounce technology. Use it to your advantage by signing up for free online dating sites and use it to meet new people, but don’t be too attached to it.