8 Things The Tour Guides Won't Tell All Drew University Incoming Freshmen

8 Things The Tour Guides Won't Tell All Drew University Incoming Freshmen

The second floor of the library is way better to study in.
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If you’ve just been accepted to Drew University…

Congratulations! And I don’t mean that in a sarcastic way! Drew is a pretty great school to spend four years of your life!

However, like all colleges, there are a bunch of things no one tells you because they want your money.

Here are a bunch of tips the tour guide will not tell you about Drew University.

1. If you are going to leave your food in one of the dorm’s community fridges, put a note on it that says, “Already been licked,” or “I have a cold.”

Leaving your name on your food with a sign that says, “Don’t take” isn’t enough. Just ask Ross Geller about his turkey sandwich. I had Lunchable nachos, Ben & Jerry’s and a Lipton iced tea stolen from me at the beginning of the school year and didn’t know what to do. My room was way too small to include a mini-fridge.

After my uncle Byron visited, he gave me the idea of taking a swig of any beverages to avoid people taking them. I noticed that my water bottle was never taken because everyone likely knew I had already used it. I then joked with my uncle about saying that I was sick in order to scare people away. From then on, I have put signs saying that I licked the food item or that I had a cold, even when I didn’t. I haven’t gotten anything stolen since.

2. If you live in Riker, don’t leave rotten food in the fridge! And clean the fridge!

Riker is one of the dorms here at Drew and its fridge smells terrible. Seriously, people leave rotten food and open packages in both the fridge and freezer. Since I’m living in Riker again next year, I would like to encourage you to please take out any rotting food. Don’t be afraid of what other people in the dorm will say. In fact, you’re helping them by not getting them sick from their gross food. This also applies to other dorms, as well.

3. Learn what food to eat, and stick with it.

Look the main dining area, the Commons, will never be gourmet, but it can be decent if you find what’s good. From my experience, stay away from the salad bars or any of the hot entrees. The sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and fries are good. I always joke that the reason the “Freshman 15” exists is that Drew only specializes in junk food.

The Ehinger Center has way better options, and there are coffee shops on campus, but they aren’t open on weekends. Once you find a good few things on campus that you like to eat, stick with it. It’s better than feeling nauseous all day.

4. The C-Store will change your life.

I had never heard of the C-Store until earlier this year. It’s a convenience store that offers hot sandwiches and pizzas, as well as other junk foods, and toiletries. It’s open from 6 pm to 2 am, and can be a real lifesaver when you don’t want to eat at the Commons, the Ehinger Center is closed, and you want a late night snack.

5. There are a ton of cheap resources in town.

Drew is located in Madison, NJ, and it’s very pretty here. The town has a lot of local restaurants that deliver to Drew, mostly pizza places, my personal favorite being Romanelli’s. In addition, I love Jungle Juice’s smoothies, the coffee at Drip, ice cream at McCool’s, and Nautilus Diner’s mac and cheese bites. There’s also a Walgreens and Stop & Shop for all your needs. The town isn’t that far a walk, so you get some exercise.

6. The second floor of the library is way better to study in.

They have desks there that are private, so you feel like you're actually getting stuff done.

7. If you want to watch TV in one of the lounges, get there early and reserve your space.

When I would watch Survivor, I would get to the lounge an hour early and turn the TV on.

8. Low on meal swipes? Spend all day in the Commons on weekends.

The Commons might not be great, but sometimes it's your only option. If you arrive early on weekends and don't leave until after dinner, you get three meals for one swipe.

Anyone attending Drew? Tell me in the comments, so we can meet up in the fall!

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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5 Struggles That Coming Home For The Summer Pose

Summer isn't always what you think it's going to be, especially when you're coming home.

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Summer break is amazing in so many ways: you're given countless hours to yourself, no daily stresses concerning school and assignments, and no overbearing pressures to go out every single night. However, coming home (usually) means you're back living with your parents and back to abiding by their rules, despite the fact that for around ten months, you were the only person making the rules in your own home. Despite the perks that come with summer, I have composited 10 reasons why summer can be hard to bear.

1. Having a set curfew.

I find it almost comical that I was able to "run free" for 10 months in Tallahassee with no regard for what time it was, but while at home I get the "it's time to come home" text from my parents as soon as 11 o'clock rolls around. For the entire school year, I was able to stay at friends' places until the sun came up, at walk out of clubs around closing time with no fear of getting punished for staying out too late, but now, I have to constantly plan around my curfew and ensure that I'm home before I get on my parents' bad side.

2. Having to get a summer job.

It was always a rule in my house that jobs were only meant for summer since my parents felt that getting good grades were our primary priority, so now that school's out, I'm working at my local Panera and dog-sitting for my neighbors, even though I absolutely hate dogs. Working isn't the worst thing I've had to do, but when I have to miss beach days and parties for a job that only pays $9 an hour, it sucks!

3. Countless days of boredom. 

College has made me accustomed to being surrounded by other people and activities 24/7. Sure, there were a couple of hours a day for alone time, but the majority of my day was spent hanging out with friends, going to my sorority, going out, and attending class. Now that I'm home and far away from my friends and the social aspect of FSU, I find myself bored and lonely.

4. Less freedom and independence. 

While away at school, I was able to do pretty much anything I wanted without my parents finding out. I was able to go get fast food in the middle of the night, go out to clubs, and sleep at my friends' place whenever I wanted. Sadly, now that I'm home, I can't just leave whenever I want or do whatever I want; I have to tell my parents when I'm going to places, where I'm going, who I'm meeting, and when exactly I'll be home.

5. Having to unpack and sort through your old clothes and the ones you brought to school.

Being the youngest has gifted me with an overabundance of hand-me-downs, everything from prom dresses to shoes to jewelry. However, over the years, the amount of clothes I have accumulated is insane; coming home has forced me to sort through the piles of old clothes and things I don't want anymore in order to make room for the multiple suitcases I brought back from school. My room looks like a tornado swept through it for three weeks now, despite the countless hours I have spent organizing, donating, and folding.

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