Alyssa Jacobson

Opinion

Prepare for finals early on

The sun is shining and hammocks adorn the palm trees nearby Club Richter. The club, like many others, is overflowing with sweaty, pink-faced students crammed inside, shoulder-to-shoulder. However, this is no night out at the Grove. These students are studying laboriously in the library for final exams. And this is crunch time. Students have returned…

Opinion

Choice of professors affects the future

Just because a professor is a “nice guy,” that doesn’t mean he’s a good teacher. Finding a good professor is much more complex than that. The subjective evaluation of these individuals becomes of key importance at this time in the semester when we choose classes. Your selection of professor can impact your class experience, subject…

Blockbuster closing signifies end of era
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Blockbuster closing signifies end of era

Last week marked the end of an era. Blockbuster announced  that on Nov. 9, its doors would be locked, windows shuttered and all domestic operations, including approximately 300 stores and distribution centers, closed once and for all. For those of you with fuzzy memories, in the days before digital video purchasing sites, like iTunes and…

Treat each day like a holiday
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Treat each day like a holiday

H appy National [Insert Bizarre Miscellaneous Noun Here] Day! If you’ve ever read a children’s book, you can recount one mentioning a “snow day.” Snow blankets the world, inspiring children to forgo thoughts of school and instead drink steaming cups of cocoa or lie in the white fluff to create angels. What about birthdays? Children…

Give yourself a break from perfectionism
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Give yourself a break from perfectionism

Anyone who knows me would say I have a healthy diet. Given I prefer Brussels sprouts over brownies, some would even call it perfect. It is difficult to gain admittance into a top-50 university without at least an ounce of perfectionism. Miami students are brilliant, involved in innumerable clubs and organizations and aspire to change…

Fame carries subjective meaning
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Fame carries subjective meaning

In the words of our favorite famous monster, and not the one that eats cookies, Lady Gaga is “doin’ it for the fame.” After listening to this song an appropriate number of times, I think I finally understand its purpose – she does it for the fame. However, what really makes someone famous, recognized or…

Prioritize making time to have time
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Prioritize making time to have time

As motivational speaker Michael Altshuler says, “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” We could delve into the concept of time philosophically, Biblically or scientifically, but frankly I am not willing to “make” time for this. Rather, this simple idea should give us perspective about prioritizing and making time…

Workouts are gender neutral
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Workouts are gender neutral

Girls go to the gym for one of three reasons: to meet guys, to stare at them from an optimal viewpoint on the cardio machines, or to actually workout. Many of those in the third category attend the Wellness Center’s exercise classes. For attendees of these group exercise classes, a collection of the same sweaty…

Roommate rules key to avoid door-slamming
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Roommate rules key to avoid door-slamming

For many students, college is their first time living with a roommate rather than their parents. When I was a freshman, I was eager to find a roommate who’d become my best friend for life. I looked forward to a year filled with pizza parties, sharing clothes and a shoulder to cry on. However, roommate…

Poor service should mean confronting oligopolies
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Poor service should mean confronting oligopolies

At the beginning of each semester, I find myself in the same slow-moving line. I stand among other grimacing students who, one after the other, hand over their credit cards to pay for their overpriced class bibles (or as is the unfortunate case for certain courses, expensive new paperweights that will decorate their desks for…

Wake up, seize the daylight hours
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Wake up, seize the daylight hours

Few UM students can describe an early morning in Miami. At 7 a.m., the sun glows invitingly, dancing with the warmth it will share throughout the day. My roommate and I are two of the few early-waking students on campus. In fact, we are both regularly alive and kicking – actually cooking and working –…

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