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St. John’s Survival Guide: 5 Tips to Surviving Finals Week

December 2, 2008

Today, December 2nd, marks the last official day of classes of the Fall Semester!

Before we all start jumping for joy, we have to remember that we are not home-free yet. There is still that one little issue of FINALS. Yes folks, that dreaded little test at the end of the semester that gauges whether we’ve actually absorbed anything over the past 3 months, as opposed to just acting like a human seat warmer.

The pile-up of projects, papers and cumulative exams is enough to stress anyone out, even the most organized among us. (Ahem, not me.) But fear not! I have five sure-fire tips to get you through FINALS WEEK in one piece:

  1. Don’t Freak Out.

Before you have a panic attack and decide to bash your head in with your overpriced textbooks, just take a deep breath. Relax, taking a final never killed anyone. (Well, maybe in the REAL sense of the word). Stress can only make things worse–if you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed with all the studying, take a break. Go talk with a friend. Drop by the Finals Week Stress Reduction Workshop in the UC Lounge on the 10th. If it gets to be too much, visit the Counseling Center located in Marillac Room 130.

       2.   Find A Study Group. If you find that studying alone can prove to be a difficult task, shoot your fellow classmates an email on St. John’s Central and ask to form study groups. You guys can break up the course material and quiz each other. Who knows, you may even make a few new buddies.


St. John’s Survival Guide: Anti-Cold Movement

November 18, 2008


I really wanted to start this post off saying “It’s been a long time since I rapped at you,” but instead I come to you with frozen fingers and dreams of going home to California. If any of St. John’s kids are like me, you come from an area full of sunshine, beaches and variations of t-shirt/shorts/flip-flop combinations. Unfortunately, now is the time when winter is starting to come into its own and baby, it’s cold outside.

So this being my fourth and (I hope) final New York winter, I’ve compiled a way to beat the cold and stay warm this winter. I could have used this coming into St. John’s, with my pathetic hoody. Hopefully the list will keep you as warm as this person looks:




St. John’s Survival Guide: Fighting Homesickness

October 27, 2008

On autumn days like these, when the mercury is low and the air is cold, I think about how it’s only going to get colder, and I think about Miami, and how I used to be able to go to the beach at this time of year and it was never cool enough for me to wear more than a t-shirt outside.

Homesickness overwhelms me, and I begin to fondly remember what palm trees looked like and grow angry at the fact that every street here named 10th street is followed by 10th lane, 10th terrace, 10th place, etc. I start to find fault in everything native to Queens, and count the days until Thanksgiving so I can finally return to a place where they know how to make pastelitos and Cuban coffee.

So in order to combat homesickness, I list the things that I love about New York City in general and Queens in particular, which usually reminds me that I’m usually bored to death in the summertime and I’m actually much happier where I am now. So here are just five of the infinite things that make living in New York better than living anywhere else:

1)Fake Irish Pubs: They don’t even serve Guinness, and most people who work there don’t even know who James Joyce was, yet most bar-owners here in NYC insist on making their working-class dives appealing by hanging up Irish Flags and calling their bar “The Galloping Green” or “The Shamrock”. These places usually have no clients, so they almost never give you a hard time, and everything there is dirt-cheap, so you’re guaranteed to have a fun night.

2)Cherry Valley: I’m pretty sure that there are a million deli’s that serve food that is just as good as what’s served at this legendary Whitestone establishment, but I’ve yet to find a single one. You know the place must be good when it doesn’t deliver, and yet people still flock to this out-of-the-way corner of Queens at odd hours of the night just so they can gorge themselves on sandwiches soaked in gravy. It’s ridiculously good food, particularly when you’re in a, lets say, inebriated state.

3)The “Baby Don’t” Guys: Chances are you’ve seen this breed as you walk down the street. They’re the guys that have just gotten into a fight with their girlfriends, and are running around the street pleading with their girlfriends not to throw their things out the window of their apartment. “No baby, baby don’t, not the X-Box, please, I said I was sorry, baby don’t!” You don’t usually find altercations like these in Miami, as there are no buildings with more than two floors, so it’s highly entertaining.

4)Playing “Spot The Rat in The Subway”: This is a little game I invented while waiting for the E (as in “Extremely Slow”), The G (as in “Get a Car”), and the F (as in “Fuck you if you think you’re going anywhere”). It’s a pretty simple game: Five points are rewarded if you spot a mouse, ten points if you spot a rat, and fifteen if you spot a really big cockroach. Its very entertaining on late nights when you’re on the way back from Manhattan.

5)Jackson Heights: The only place to get great Colombian food in Miami is my grandmother’s kitchen, but Queens has an entire neighborhood full of great Colombian restaurants. I’ve had some of the best empanadas and sancochos on this side of the Panama Canal, and I’ve finally found the perfect bar to watch Colombian soccer games in. One night, at four in the morning, I started up a conversation with the “Arepa Lady”, a street vendor who used to be a judge in Medellin before emigrating to the United States after receiving death threats from Pablo Escobar. If that doesn’t sum up the American Dream, I don’t know what does.

So if you ever find yourself homesick, just do as I do and list the things you love about New York, and you’ll soon find yourself oblivious to the fact that when you go outside with wet hair it freezes after thirty seconds.

-Mario Vergara

St. John’s Survival Guide: Stress

October 12, 2008


With mid terms come right up after tomorrow’s day off (no cases of the Mondays here), the most obvious survival issue to write about would be stress. Stress comes about from a variety of reasons. Your school work could be piling up. Your boss is getting on you about something. You have family issues going on. Or your favorite baseball team just blew it. Whatever the reasons, stress sucks. So we’ve decided to try and help you out with a few different tid bits. (more…)

Saint John’s Survival Guide: Staying Healthy

October 7, 2008

Welcome to cold and flu season; I’ve been one of the first victims.  No one likes getting sick, but follow a few points of advice that I should have been listening too, and maybe you can avoid my fate.

Courtesy of Jeffrey Leow

Courtesy of Jeffrey Leow

The only surefire way to cure a cold is to not get one; stay warm, eat well, and get as much rest as you can.  These are, undoubtedly, tall orders, but perhaps these tips will help you.


St. John’s Survival Guide

September 17, 2008

What’s going on St. Johners,

Coming from someone who comes from a foreign land (or New Hampshire), I know how tough it is for some of you freshman to go out and meet new friends, when you have many friends from back home that you have bonded with over the past 12 years. Trust me guys, you are going to make plenty of friends out here, but don’t ever forget those friends you have grown to love and hate back home.

What I would recommend to you newbies here at this beautiful school is to keep in touch with your friends back home whenever you have time. Now, I don’t mean texting them on the weekend when you are having a little too much fun (guilty of that one), but if you can make a phone call at least once or twice a week to those few who you consider to be your closest friends, it will help you out a whole lot. Not only will it help cure those cases of home-sickness, but those friends will help you through those tough times and give you the confidence you need to meet more people out here in Jamaica.

Lets just hope your friends back home are like this…

For the record, this is a homework assignment. I was forced to blog this…

-Matt Goulet

St. John’s Survival Guide: Procrastination

September 16, 2008


If you were in my seat right now, you would reek of “ain’t that a ****” right now. I write to you today about avoiding procrastination as much as possible. It will surely save your life at St. John’s, and elsewhere for that matter. But for our purposes, let’s focus on St. John’s.

This idea came to me when at the end of yesterday, I had dedicated about 7 hours of the day to Rock Band 2. Yes, that’s close to a third of the day. But the thing is, procrastination only plays a small part in the story. It definitely does not reach the point of this guy’s story.

Before I procrastinate any further by talking about Rock Band more and not getting to my point, I’ll say it now. Get your work done… and get it done BEFORE you do something else. Really, it’s not that hard. Say you have a paper due on the 25th and you’ve known about it since the beginning of the month. You know there’s a couple of big time things you want to get done, so start planning ahead. Get at least a majority of that paper done before the first of the biggest couple of things.

This has many advantages. First off, you’ll be able to rest easy when you’re doing the exciting stuff. You won’t end up in some worrisome state over whether you can possibly get your real work done. Second, you’ll impress somebody (namely your professor) by looking like you really care about what the assignment is compared to fun stuff. Your professor doesn’t need to know you may want to be stupid instead! So not only are you stress free, but you might end up with a cookie. Epic win. If you’ve been doing this all along, here’s a thumbs up:

Thumbs up to you!

Thumbs up to you!

Of course, there is always the other side of things. You could dive head first into what you are procrastinating with and turn it into a career. Meet Blake Peebles, the world’s biggest jerk. Trust me, you’ll see what I mean.

And in case you thought I was going to let the beginning of this story go, I tried to start writing this at 5:00 pm and my computer was running horrible slow. Why? Because I procrastinated in writing this, and I was worried about getting it done by 6:50. But I did gain 500,000+ fans in Rock Band 2. And now I have to run. I may be able to squeeze in one more song between dinner and class.

-Alex Quevedo

St. John’s Survival Guide: Five tips for four years

September 13, 2008

1. Go Out: Campus life can get boring. Students go home on the weekends and events aren’t that exciting. If you want to have fun during your college experience, don’t rely on STJ events. Try looking at sites like Citysearch, NYmag, and Metromix to see what’s really going on.


2. Don’t eat fast food every single day: The dining hours suck. But if you can make it to dinner before 8:30 p.m., do it. Before you know it, you’ll be eating General Tso’s chicken and 5-5-5 everyday, and you’ll end up broke and out of shape. That sucks more.                                                                     

 3. Have no regrets: College is going to fly by, don’t graduate looking back on a bunch of things you should have done but never got around to. It’s simple, get around to them now.


4. Don’t get trashed every single day: Unless you can manage to pull off good grades while doing so, you should try to get trashed in moderation. College is about getting a degree; but don’t be completely sober while doing it. That’s boring.


5. Don’t fold under peer pressure and start smoking a pack a day: If you made it to college a non-smoker, consider yourself lucky and try to keep it that way. It’s unhealthy and unattractive. Plus, there are other hobbies that help relieve stress…try yoga.



-Jonnathan Coleman