The Benefits of Being a Foodie

I’ve always considered myself a “foodie,” but what exactly does that mean? A passion for cooking, trying new dishes and taking pictures of every meal you’ve ever had may come to mind. However, I have come to realize the immense benefits of appreciating the culinary arts. Even if you don’t consider yourself a cook or [...]

Six Things to Know Before Going Abroad

Going abroad last fall to London was one of the most enriching experiences I could have ever asked for. Although I had spoken to several people who previously traveled and studied abroad, there were several things that were simply not discussed that I wish people had mentioned to me before I left. Here are just [...]

Get Smart: Studying Abroad with Panic Disorder

My sophomore year of college didn’t start the way I expected it to. I arrived on campus, ready to jump back into the same routine I had freshman year: go to class, meet a friend for a meal, do homework, go to the gym, attend sorority meetings and other extracurriculars, go to bed, and repeat. [...]

Get Smart: What Traveling Taught Me

Saint Augustine once said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” One year and one month ago I departed for the journey of a lifetime. Never would I ever have imagined that I would be living in the heart of Florence, Italy for four months. It was [...]

Take the Giving Tuesday Challenge with Anieka

Thanksgiving is a massively celebrated American tradition. However, it is applicable not only to Americans, but to people all around the world. Thanksgiving gives importance to the act of giving thanks and being grateful. #GivingTuesday is a global day that falls on the 1st of December this year, dedicated to giving back to non-profit organisations [...]

Put Your Phone Down

A few weeks ago, the New York Times released an opinion entitled “Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.” The essay was adapted from author Sherry Turkle’s most recent book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in the Digital Age. The article went viral; I saw it all over my Facebook news feed and across my email lists, [...]

Five Ways to Cure Wanderlust

You’re sitting in your room on the weekend, scrolling through Instagram photos to see the most beautiful places. Your feed is full of walks through Central Park, croissants in European coffee shops, and bright days on the beach. It seems like everyone is out exploring the world…except you. Maybe you don’t have the time or [...]

Light vs. Dark: A Twisted Beauty Standard

When I was in the seventh grade, I took a trip to India. It was a place of rich cultural contradiction, which I chose to take no part in; I was only twelve. Holed up in my Aji’s apartment watching the Disney channel, one day I saw an ad for Fair and Lovely cream, which [...]

Get Smart about Rape Culture: Speak Out against Violence

“You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.” - Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Our culture has become notably lackadaisical on its tolerant attitude toward rape. This considerably lax approach is a facilitating factor in issues ranging from sexual harassment to rape. Due to this unfortunate fault in judgment [...]

One Person, Two Cultures, Two Lives By Get Smart Gal, Shradha

Sometimes I feel like I have two different lives, one back home in India and the other here in New York. Even though I come from a very modern and broad-minded family, when I am home I have a curfew of 8:30 p.m., I have to constantly inform my parents about my whereabouts and there [...]