Exploring New York City On A Student Budget

Exploring New York City On A Student Budget

Bored and broke? Fear no more.

Everyone knows the struggles of being a "broke college student." As a college student going to a university in New York City, I can tell you first hand how terrible it really is. Although, after living here for a few months, I started to find things to do in the boroughs of New York City. College is a time to live your life and enjoy your time with new friends without feeling like your going to break the bank. Here are my favorite things to do in this great city for a cheap price or even better, for free.

1. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

Located right in Midtown Manhattan, this is your perfect rainy day go to. You're guaranteed to be busy all day looking at the different exhibits and galleries the museum has to offer. If you get hungry, the museum offers two cafes and a fine dining American restaurant. The museum has a gift shop as well if you wanted to buy some art or bring a small souvenir home to your family. With a St. John's student ID you can get in for $14, or if you would like to wait for the weekend, MOMA offers free Friday's for all visitors every Friday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

2. Weekend Brunch

A New York City staple is weekend brunch, so get your favorite group of friends together and eat and drink as much as you can. Agave is a cute Mexican restaurant located in the West Village known for its all-you-can-drink brunch. For just $24.95 you can get any egg dish you please with a two hour bottomless choice of mimosas, wine, or frozen margaritas. If your not into the southwestern brunch, Lasagna Ristorante located in Chelsea offers eggs, pancakes, salads, and more starting at $16.95. The Italian brunch includes your choice of one mimosa, bloody mary, or screwdriver although you can make it unlimited with just an additional fee of $11.

3. Brooklyn Flea Market

Perfect for the warmer days in New York, the Brooklyn Flea market is the perfect place to go to let your inner shopaholic out. Founded in April 2008, the flea market has become one of New York City's biggest urban attractions. The flea market has many different vendors to choose from such as furniture, jewelry, antiques, clothing, and fresh local food for your inner foodie. The markets take place outdoors from April to November in Fort Greene and Dumbo. Even if you want to save your money, you can go flea market window shopping which is just as satisfying as actual shopping.

4. Central Park

One of the most well known parks in New York is Central Park. It is great to explore because many locations in the park don't charge you a penny. It is free to walk around and offers many sculptures, jogging trails, and playgrounds. Central Park is ideal for a date, catching up with friends, or even just trying to get a break from the busy city. Grab your favorite snacks and a big blanket to have a relaxed picnic in the park.

5. Campus Concierge

Lucky for us St. John's students the campus concierge has many different events they offer to keep us connected to our city. The campus concierge offers movie tickets for undergraduate and graduate students for $9-$10. They also offer special events such as Broadway shows, NFL games and NHL games for a cheap price for undergraduate students.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.


If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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