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The AMC monster-hit (pun intended), The Walking Dead, has led me to realize that I am a surprisingly big fan of the zombie genre. I think what draws me to this topic is the survivalist aspect of the entire subject. Zombie epics tend to focus on how characters adapt to the dangerous new landscape, survive despite the horrifying twist in human nature, and work towards an ultimate solution.
I was intrigued when trailers for the movie, World War Z, began appearing and wondered how it would hold up. I was pleasantly surprised by the film – it was fast-paced and thrilling. These zombies were different than their The Walking Dead counterparts, but equally as interesting to watch. The movie also focused on the global nature of the pandemic, whereas The Walking Dead zeroed in on a group of survivors in Georgia. My interest was piqued…I decided to purchase the book by Max Brooks.
The format of the book was one thing I found most impressive and most interesting. It isn’t written as a regular narrative but, instead, as an oral history of “The Zombie War”. The main character travels all over the globe and takes down the testimonies, memories, and recaps of all those who experienced this undead nightmare first hand. By weaving together the stories of many people from many countries and many backgrounds, Brooks pulls together a fascinating story of human nature and national survival. Though the entire “story” is set ten years after World War Z has ended, the detailed accounts from each character make the reader feel as though they are living through it with them. Each person’s story revolves around the same major event and, yet, each story is vastly different than the one before it.
Brooks underlying social commentary is subtle, though very much present. The tale leaves readers with eerie thoughts of “what if?” – what if this really happened? What if I had to live through this? What if we didn’t respond quickly or effectively enough?
Another thing that I enjoyed was the difference between the book and the film. The film operates from the perspective of one man and how he travels the globe to help combat the pandemic, unlike the book which operates as an oral history from dozens of different perspectives. As a film, I felt this way of story telling was much more effective. It pulled general themes and specific events from the book, but lured the viewer in with action and a personal attachment to the protagonist. Because it was very different that the book, the differences were not bothersome but, rather, quite welcome. It felt like the same story told from one perspective, rather than many.
Have you read World War Z and/or watched the film? What did you think?
It should come as no surprise that one of our favorite times of the year is when football season starts up again. With a whole new batch of games on the horizon, an entire new array of school spirit & tailgate apparel becomes available. One of our favorite items for the new season is the handcrafted Gameday Boots. The school logo and intricate embroidery give a delicate, spirited appeal to the typically rugged footwear. We pulled together some stylish inspiration for whatever type of game you’re attending this year!
Homecoming is the perfect time to go all out with your school spirit. A loose tee and leggings are super comfortable without losing their stylish edge. Sunglasses will keep the sun off your face while the boots add the finishing touch.
Get the look: LSU Tigers Burnout Hi-Low Raglan Tee from LSU Bookstore, Aviator Sunglasses from Forever21, Gold Necklace from H&M, Gameday Boots from LSU Bookstore, Team Dynamics Game Faces Temporary Tattoos from LSU Bookstore
A Night Game
Stay comfy and cozy during a late-night game. We opted for jeans and a fleece crew to ensure maximum comfort while you cheer on the team. This pair of boots seemed like the perfect, spirited complement to the rest of the outfit.
Tailgating All Day
Some games just call for an all-day tailgate! Stay cool and comfortable in a breezy sundress with matching spirited shades. You’ll be ready for any photo-op with your logoed boots!
How would you wear your Gameday boots?
When it comes to makeup, I have to admit, I’m a bit of a beauty junkie. I find myself inside Sephora every time I’m at the mall and I’m always in the makeup aisle at my CVS. I’m like a kid in a candy store! Since I spend a lot of my time trying out new products and playing around with different looks, I wanted to put together a list of some of my favorite products. These are my tried-and-true go to makeup items.
I currently own three of these and I am obsessed! The pen-like applicator makes it’s so easy to use and I find that the stain really lasts all day. It doesn’t dry out my lips and all of the colors they have are amazing. These are perfect for almost any occasion – day or night!
What I really like about this foundation is that it comes in two formulas – one for dry/normal skin and one for oily/combination skin. There are 20 different shades so it’s easy to find a color that’s perfect for you! It’s a lightweight formula, but still has amazing coverage and looks natural.
This really lives up to it’s name! This is my favorite mascara to reach for when I want a natural look for my lashes. The wand really separates the lashes so there aren’t any clumps, but still gives a little bit of fullness. I really like the black-brown shade because it’s not too harsh for a daytime look, but it still makes your eyes look amazing.
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen ($7.80)
I am a big fan of dramatic winged eyeliner for a nighttime “going out” look and I find it very easy to achieve with this eyeliner pen form Revlon. The fine tip point glides across the lid very well and is easy to build with, so this can be used for both natural and dramatic eye makeup. I like how opaque the black is on the lid and the formula is very long lasting so it won’t fade! **Check your campus bookstore for all your CoverGirl necessities!
I use this eyeshadow palette everyday because it’s so simple, but so versatile. It has 6 eyeshadows that are all matte except for the first color (Venus) that has a little shimmer in it. It has everything I need to take me from day to night and the packaging is small enough to take on the go. The pigmentation in the shadows is amazing, they’re easy to blend, and they last all day!
What are your makeup must-haves? Tweet us your favorites using the hashtag #bncollege!
Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach
Get ready for a fabulous day of fun on campus! Cosmopolitan Magazine is making the rounds this fall on their campus tour. Join Cosmopolitan for hair consultations, mini manicures, and makeovers courtesy of L’Oréal Paris!
They’ll be stopping by several campuses so be sure to swing by the campus bookstore and take part. Admission on a first-come, first-served basis and all events will be held from 10-4! Find out which campuses they’ll be visiting here.
As always, get great campus fashion & beauty tips and love/dating advice at Cosmpolitan.com/CosmoCampus.
Going back to class doesn’t have to be such a drag! I’ve been on a mission to make note-taking more fun. School supplies keep getting better every year with more colors, patterns, and textures than I could have ever imagined. Now that school supplies are so aesthetically pleasing, you’ll look forward to having to use them every day! Check out some of the school supplies I’m loving right now…
Stash your stuff in style! No matter how much homework is weighing you down, you’ll look good carrying it with these backpacks.
The “Write” Pattern
Taking notes isn’t always fun…but staring at your chic notebooks and planners will be!
Color Me Organized
School supplies aren’t typically known for their exciting color schemes…but that’s about to change!
Scented Gel Pens from Urban Outfitters ($16) Polka Dot Scissors from Hobby Lobby ($2.24), Polka Dot Stapler from Hobby Lobby ($2.99)
What do your school supplies look like? Share them with us!
Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach
As a kid, “Back to School” was a cringe-worthy, shudder-inducing time of year. It meant less time to play outside, the end of trips to the swimming pool, and back to tests and homework. Once you reach college, however, “Back to School” becomes an exciting start to a new chapter! There are new professors to learn from, new floor mates to hang out with, and tons of new activities going on on campus. Be prepared for everything that comes your way with our handy Back to School Checklist! From ordering your books to planning out your dorm set-up, there is a lot to get done before classes start. However, it doesn’t have to be stressful! Plan ahead and you’ll have nothing left to do except be excited. Let’s get started with Step 1…
1. Order Your Books – This goes without saying. However, how your order your books can be important. Browse your bookstore website to find out which textbook options fit your needs. Looking to shop on a budget? Save big by renting used textbooks (yes, you can write & highlight in them!). Thinking of going digital? Check for eTextbook options.
Have everything all set before you even set foot on campus. Choose to order online and pick up on campus – the bookstore staff will have everything put together for you when you arrive! Now that is convenient.
2. Map Out Your Schedule – Few things feel more awkward than showing up to class on your first day…late. Save the grand entrance for another time and map out your schedule beforehand. After all, you want a good seat don’t you?
3. Get Your Finances in Order – No, we’re not saying you have to start investing heavily in the stock market or start researching mortgage rates. Simply find a way to manage your own budget in a way that works for you.
We are big fans of the app GoBank (And also, just so you know, GoBank is a business partner of Barnes & Noble College!). You check your balance without logging in, pay your cable bill or rent, send and receive money to and from friends and family all from your cell phone. It makes managing your money easier than ever. Members are free to choose what they want to pay for their monthly membership fee, anywhere from $0-$9. They’ll receive the same features, no matter what.
So maybe planning out every inch of your new dorm is a bit excessive, but it helps to plan out the general set-up of your room before you get to campus. Check your school’s website for dimensions or room layouts. If your room looks small or oddly shaped, it might be worth it to leave some of your extra stuff at home.
Check your bookstore website for their dorm collection! There you’ll find tons of supplies, electronics, and accessories all perfect for sprucing up a barren dormitory.
Reach out to your roommate and coordinate who will bring what. One of you might already have something, so there is no need for the other to go out and buy it. Work together to make your shared space as enjoyable as possible.
Two years ago we posted an article about how important it is to protect all of the technology you’re toting around. Laptops, cell phones, tablets…these items cost a lot of money and it’s important to treat them properly. Sites like Society 6 offer tons of awesome cases and skins, so pro-tech-t your tech in style!
We’re all guilty of the same packing method. You know – throw everything into a suitcase and hope you can squish it until it fits. Packing this way, however, often leads to extra items you don’t need and the inevitable face-palm upon realizing all of things you do need…but forgot. Beyond that, the disorganization leads to a seemingly endless unpacking session with half of your time spent searching through the bottomless pile.
When it comes to your clothes, pack like-items together (ex – jeans, tees, socks) and put heavier items (like shoes or coats) toward the bottom of your suitcase. Try rolling your shirts tightly together in order to fit as many as possible.
You also might consider grouping everything you need into categories – bedding, desk & school supplies, decorations, etc. That way you can unpack swiftly and correctly…and spend more time catching up with friends.
Really! It’s not a bad idea to think about the big picture. Is there anything specific you want to accomplish this semester? It could be academic – getting an A in Organic Chemistry. Or maybe you were thinking on a more personal level – expanding your group of friends. Whatever your goals may be, make sure they reflect what you want to get out of the new semester. Figure out how you can work towards your goals each day.
Looking for even more tips? Check out our Back to School Survival Guide!
When you only have 15 minutes until your next class but realize you have to fold your freshly dried laundry before it wrinkles, what do you do? You probably just bunch it together, throw it in the drawer, and let everything get wrinkled (again). I found this great video on YouTube that teaches you how to fold your shirts in 2 SECONDS! This video will help you save so much time and avoided the dreaded need to iron your clothes!
Find the video here!
Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus
At first glance, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter seems to be like any other cliché love story. But if you keep reading, the complexities begin appearing and, suddenly, you’re weaving in and out of time periods, discovering new sides to a never-complete story, and maneuvering unexpected twist after twist.
Unlike most novels of our time, this one digs in every raw emotion possible: exuberance, seething anger, frustration, anticipation, love, hate, and those that can’t be captured by a simple adjective.
Beautiful Ruins chronologically begins in 1962 with the filming of the 20th Century Fox film Cleopatra and revolves around the story of an unlikely pair: Pasquale, an Italian teenager, and Dee Moray, a stunning, aspiring American actress who stops by his village during the filming for Cleopatra. The novel hops back and forth to “recently” (which I just assume to be 2012), where we follow the adventures of a much-aged Pasquale, Michael Deane, a member of Cleopatra’s production staff turned famous movie director, Claire, Deane’s assistant, Shane, an aspiring Hollywood writer, and Dee. This relatively short novel is a whirlwind of plot and emotion, making it a summer read that’s not to be missed.
Written by Guest Blogger, Katherine Chang
GoBank, the bank used by designers on this season’s Project Runway , is a bank account designed to be opened and used on your mobile phone. You can download the free app to your Android or iPhone, sign up, then do all of the normal banking activities you’re used to (and a few you’re not). You’ll never have to step foot into a bank branch again.
Check your balance without logging in, pay your cable bill or rent, send and receive money to and from friends and fam—you can do it all on the app. Want to pull out cash? No need to log in, just tap on the ATM Finder, and it will list all the free ATMs around you. There are over 42,000 scattered over the U.S. (Ahem, that’s about twice as many as Chase and Bank of America according to info from their websites.) Another bonus? No overdraft fees.
You can use your GoBank debit card to make purchases. Choose their standard card for free, or design your own for $9 with a photo from your phone, computer or Facebook. Right now, if you head into your campus’ Barnes and Noble bookstore before July 31, you can pick up a GoBank info packet, along with a promo code for a free photo debit card. Or, just use the code below. Check out all of their Simple Fees at GoBank.com/NoWorries.
GoBank offers a little extra flavor when it comes to money management. Members are free to choose what they want to pay for their monthly membership fee, anywhere from $0-$9. They’ll receive the same features, no matter what.
GoBankers can also build a budget to better understand their money situation, then ask the Fortune Teller if they can afford it. The Fortune Teller is an animated dog named Professor Dog, who exists in real life as the CEO’s favorite pet. You can view Professor Dog, affectionately nicknamed “PD”, on GoBank’s Instagram account.
All my friends have been asking me if I have ever had Stuffed French Toast. Every time I tell them I haven’t, they go on (and on…and on) for 30 minutes about how I have to try it someday. This past weekend, I took the plunge – I got stuffed French toast with chocolate and strawberries and it was the best breakfast I have ever had.
Walking out of the restaurant, I couldn’t help but wonder, “how many calories did I just eat?” Well, I found a healthy solution on the Food Network, which is just as delicious! This recipe is only 270 calories and only takes 23 minutes to make! The combination of rich chocolate and sweet strawberries is nothing short of delectable!
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups nonfat milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 8 slices of whole-wheat sandwich bread, crusts removed
- 1 (8-ounce) container strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 4 teaspoons bittersweet chocolate chips
- Cooking spray
- 2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla. Set aside.
2. Place 1 tablespoon of ricotta in the center of 4 of the pieces of bread and spread around slightly. Top with about 6 slices of strawberries and a teaspoon of chocolate chips. Cover each with another piece of bread to make a “sandwich”.
3. Spray a large nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray and preheat. Carefully dip each of the “sandwiches” into the egg mixture until completely moistened. Then place on the skillet and cook over a medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, until the outside is golden brown and the center is warm and chocolate is melted.
4. Transfer to serving places. Top with remaining strawberries and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
Need more help? Check out the video!
Please let us know how your Delicious Chocolate and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast came out!
Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus