All posts by Kaitlin Crowley

I'm currently attending my last semester as a Journalism major at Suffolk County Community College. My love for writing has grown throughout my life and has influenced me to turn this passion into a career. My writings are lifestyle focused, as I believe​ that people should do what they love and write about what they feel is important.

The fashion around Suffolk

At SCCC, the student body is made up of a diverse group of people, each with different backgrounds and fashion sense. Whether they’re sporting bold pieces or simple accessories, each individual has their own style to offer.

1. High Tops

IMG_0863High top Converse is a staple to include in any wardrobe. Classic white, cool patterns or a flashy solid color can help spice up any outfit.

2. Accessories

Image uploaded from iOS (2)Accessories and statement pieces such as watches, necklaces and eccentric belt buckles help pull any outfit together.

3. Ripped Jeans

Image uploaded from iOS.jpgRipped jeans have been “in” for years and have been evolving as the years go on. Whether it’s wide knee rips or a single rip with frayed ends, each style can be a key piece in anyone’s look.

4. Athleisure

Image uploaded from iOS (3)Athleisure is a new style that has been taking over rapidly. It’s a mix of leisure clothes and athletic wear. Companies such as Adidas have been producing and releasing more clothes that are dual functional and not just for working out.

5. Denim on denim

image-uploaded-from-ios-4.jpgDenim on denim has received negative feedback in the past, but it’s making a comeback. The most iconic denim on denim duo are jeans and a cute jean jacket.

6. Dress Shirts

Image uploaded from iOS (5)Button-up shirts are a good way to come across more professionally. You can choose a button-up with short sleeves to accommodate the approaching warmer weather and a playful or busy pattern to showcase your style personality.

7. Cardigans

Image uploaded from iOS (1)Cropped and full-length cardigans are a good way to keep an outfit stylish while also staying warm. Full-length cardigans can be worn during gloomy days while cropped cardigans can be used to add flair to any outfit even on a warmer day.

 

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5 things to do on campus during the warm weather

As we near the final month of the semester, the weather is beginning to get nicer and more welcoming to the outdoor activities that have been put on hold during the winter. If you happen to have free time between classes and are met with the warm spring weather, try out these five things to do!

1. Take your lunch outside.

Lunch is a very important meal of the day, and it’s important that students take time to fuel their bodies to make it through a day of classes. The cafeteria, located in the Babylon Student Center, is a very noisy and crowded place to eat. There’s limited room and people laughing and conversing loudly constantly. With the weather getting nicer, it’s a good idea to utilize the tables scattered outside the cafeteria. Not only will you be enjoying your meal without the buzz of the crowded cafeteria, you’ll also be getting in some fresh air and vitamin D from the sun.

2. Switch up your studying situation.

Many students find themselves studying or catching up on some homework in between their classes. Some students will do their work in their cars, others quick in the hallways, but majority of them spend their time in the Huntington Library. The library is a great place to study and get work done, as it’s always quiet, but it can be stuffy or stale in there. Switch things up and take your work to some of the tables or benches outside in the Veterans Plaza. The fresh air and change of scenery may help some students focus better, and being outside might not make the task of doing work so daunting.

3. Get some fresh air.

As college students, sometimes the stress from all the work due and upcoming tests is too much to handle. Everyone needs to take a mental break every now and then, otherwise they’ll start to feel anxious and overwhelmed. During your breaks, take a little “you” time. Sit on the benches provided in the center of the plaza, or anywhere around campus for some relaxation.

Sidney Forgione, 22,  a liberal arts major, has a few breaks in between her classes and is looking forward to the upcoming warmer weather.

“If I have an hour between classes, I’m planning on sitting outside and listening to some music to help relax a bit,” she said. There are benches and sitting areas scattered throughout campus, just waiting to be noticed and utilized. “It’s a nice way to wind down before the stress of the next class, sometimes I’ll even just watch what other students are doing, just observe and relax.”

4. Play games.

One great part of the Ammerman campus is the amount of space available in the plaza for activities. Grab a group of friends and head out the the grass for some fun. Get creative! Many games can be played among a group, such as Ultimate Frisbee, football, dodgeball, even a simple game of catch. The only downside is that balls, Frisbee and other types of equipment aren’t provided by the school; you’d have to come prepared with the equipment yourself.

Trevor Archambault, 20, is a liberal arts major who is also looking forward to the nicer weather. “Me and my friends will usually sit around in the plaza when the weather is nice, play some music and throw a Frisbee around to pass time. It’s a great way to get everyone together and have a great time.”

5. Go for a walk around the track.

Exercise is a pretty important part of staying healthy. However, not many people have the means to work out every day. Another great part about this campus is the outdoor track over by the Brookhaven Gymnasium. The track is open to whoever wants to walk it, unless it’s reserved for team practices. A great way to get in some simple exercise would be to briskly walk a few laps around the track during your free time. Doing so gets your heart rate up and helps burn those calories instead of sitting around waiting for your next class.

Take advantage of this beautiful campus by doing any of these five things during your break. There’s still some time before the end of the semester, and taking in fresh air will having your body and mind thanking you.

The new Starbucks: It isn’t worth the hype

The new Starbucks in the Babylon Student Center almost always has long lines between classes. Photo by Kaitlin Crowley.

Class has ended, and the average student might find themselves tired and lacking the energy needed to make it through their next one. There are about 15 minutes to spare, so why not run to the new Starbucks on campus in the Babylon Student Center to grab some coffee to wake up? Great idea!

Upon entering the building, there’s only one problem: the horrendous line that travels from the registers, all the way out the door of the Starbucks and into the hallway. There’s always that slim possibility it’ll move quickly, but it rarely ever does. Say it’s a good day, and the line finally gets to the front about 10 minutes later.

The worker at the register takes the time to punch in the order, asks for a name and then collects the money. This takes about a minute, sometimes even more depending on how familiar the worker is with the computer system.

Another couple of minutes goes by before the barista is finally finished with the order, leaving only minutes to spare to get to class. After speed walking across campus, barely making it in time, the first sip of the drink leads to disappointment.

Starbucks is overrated. Its snacks and food choices aren’t bad, but nothing to rave about. The drinks have interesting names, which I personally find hard to remember, making ordering difficult. When it’s the rare occasion I do find myself grabbing something quick from Starbucks, I pretty much always regret it.

The drinks are also a little pricey. According to menu prices, a regular, large (Venti) plain coffee at Starbucks runs for about $2.45 without any additional add-ins. Its competitor, Dunkin’ Donuts, sells an extra-large regular, plain coffee, for about $2.29. Not only would you be spending a little more money by going to Starbucks, but you would also be getting less coffee than people who choose Dunkin’ Donuts.

If someone has the time to stand on line and the money to spend, then they’re free to do as they please. But if you ask me, I’d rather stay far away from Starbucks.

Students find ways to support blood drive

Shannan Schmidt, a 21-year-old liberal arts major in her last semester at SCCC, had given blood at various events in years’ past, but never at Suffolk. So when she found out about last week’s blood drive in the Babylon Student Center, she was all for it.

“I think blood drives are a great idea,” said Schmidt. “It brings students together, it brings the school closer to the community, and it’s an amazing thing you’re doing. I wish I knew about this event last year so I could’ve participated in that one as well.”

The blood drive was organized by Health Services and held Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. in Montauk Point Room 212.

Anyone who isn’t comfortable with donating blood or is unable to can participate in other ways.

Jon Panetta, a 19-year-old student here at SCCC, said he’s “not the greatest with needles” and always manages to pass out in the doctor’s office immediately after getting blood taken.

“However,” he said, “I do support and agree with what blood drives are trying to do.” He found the event so important that he told almost all of his friends on campus about the drive and urged them to stop by to donate between classes or during breaks. He also spoke to students the day of the drive “just to get the word out so people know what [was] going on.”