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Tips for Spending Thanksgiving on Campus

As Thanksgiving approaches, most students are looking forward to enjoying a few days to celebrate the holiday with their family and friends, catch up on schoolwork and maybe even squeeze in some time for Black Friday shopping. For some international and out-of-state students, however, the trip home is too far to go back for only a couple days, so they opt instead to stay on campus. If you’re staying on campus for Thanksgiving this year and want to make the most of your holiday, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Have a “Friendsgiving”

Round up all of your buddies who are also staying here for the week and invite them over to your dorm or apartment for a ‘Friendsgiving’ dinner. Make this casual get-together a potluck, so everyone can contribute something to the meal. The best part about ‘Friendsgiving’ is that you can bring anything – from pumpkin pie to sushi – because the main objective is to gather the gang together and enjoy each other’s company. If you want to pick up some groceries, napkins, utensils or decorations the day of, the Whole Foods in Westwood will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Target will be open from 6 p.m. onward.

Note: The dining halls will all be closed on Thanksgiving.

Organize a Pickup Game with Friends

What’s Thanksgiving without a pickup game of flag football? Organize your friends on campus for a quick game of football, soccer or any other sport – whatever floats your boat.  You’ll burn some calories before eating, and have some fun at the same time. It won’t be hard to find a nice grassy spot to play, and Thursday is forecasted to be nice and sunny.

Catch up on … 

Take advantage of those two days off from class! If you’re staying here, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to catch up on TV shows that you’ve neglected during midterms. Take the opportunity to get a full 11 hours of sleep for once and prepare for the week ahead. Maybe even catch up on some reading you didn’t get a chance to do or start studying for that quiz that’s conveniently scheduled for Tuesday. If you’re like me and haven’t gone to the gym in who knows when, you can use this time to catch up on exercise and go on a run in the brisk autumn air.

 

Have any other ideas for spending Thanksgiving on campus? Comment below!

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The Secret Menu At Jamba Juice

It was a normal Monday afternoon. I walked into Jamba Juice and was minding my own business, next in line, ready to order my usual medium Razzmatazz with an Energy Boost. My whole life was content, then all of a sudden, I look up at the menu and I see that everything has changed. There were new flavors, Acai Bowls (whatever that is), and everything was rearranged. A rush of panic ran over me and I began to contemplate my entire life. Am I too basic for never trying anything new in my life? Is the cashier judging me for ordering the same thing my entire three years here?

Well, if you are having an existential crisis like me, here is a list of some of the popular drinks on the secret menu at Jamba Juice in case you’re looking to spice up your smoothie life.

Andres Surprise

– Nine ounces of orange juice

– One ounce of raspberry juice

– Two scoops of orange sherbet

– One scoop of pineapple sherbet

– Mangoes and peaches

Gummy Bear (Red)

– Six ounces of raspberry juice

– Four ounces soy milk

– A scoop each of lime, raspberry, orange and pineapple sherbet

– One scoop of strawberries

Berry Lime Sublime

– Twelve ounces of raspberry juice

– Nine ounces of orange juice

– One scoop each of strawberries and raspberries

– Two scoops of raspberry sherbet

Dream Machine (Lemon)

– Six ounces lemonade

– Six ounces soy milk

– A scoop of lime sherbet and frozen yogurt, blended with ice

Gummy Bear (Green)

– Eight ounces of lemonade

– Two ounces of soy milk

– A scoop of pineapple sherbet

– A scoop of peaches

– Three scoops of lime sherbet

– Ice

Orange Whip

– Twelve ounces of orange juice

– One scoop of orange sherbet

– One scoop frozen yogurt

– Ice

Orchard Oasis

– Twelve ounces peach juice

– A scoop of pineapple sherbet

– Blueberries and strawberries, blended with ice

Pina Colada

– Twelve ounces pineapple juice

– A little coconut

– A scoop each of pineapple sherbet, frozen yogurt and bananas

– Ice

Pink Starburst

– Six ounces lemonade

– Six ounces soy milk

– A scoop respectively of raspberry sherbet, plain sherbet and frozen yogurt

– Two scoops strawberries

– Ice

Skittles

– Twelve ounces lemonade

– A scoop respectively of lime sherbet, frozen yogurt and strawberries

Sour Patch Kids

– Twelve ounces of lemonade

– A scoop of lime, orange, pineapple, and raspberry sherbet

– A scoop of blueberries

Tropical Awakening

– Twelve ounces of passion-mango juice

– A scoop each of mangoes and bananas

– Ice

I’m so excited BUT SO OVERWHELMED – SO MANY GOOD FLAVORS!

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3 Movies on Netflix That Are So Bad, They’re Kind of Good

Most of us have a Netflix tab open on our computer at any given time in the day. Since the creation of this archive of TV shows, movies, documentaries, etc., procrastination has become a whole different ballgame. Supplying us with season after season of our favorite TV shows – “Orange is the New Black,” “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad” and “House of Cards” to name a few recent ones – the question has changed from “Will I find a reason to get out of bed?” to “Will I find a reason to get out of bed in the next 15 seconds?”

While most turn to Netflix to watch their favorite award-winning TV shows and movies, I’ve recently started to gravitate towards the other end of the spectrum and search for the cheesiest movies I could find. Why you might ask? Well sometimes there are those major flops that are just so ridiculous and poorly made that they are actually pretty entertaining! So I present you here with three of my most recent finds.

1. Coneheads”

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While the plot is creative, the description for the movie provided by Netflix about an “odd alien family with cone-shaped heads, robot-like walks and an appetite for toilet paper” really gives everything away. The crazy, pointy-headed alien family will intentionally (and many times unintentionally) make you laugh out loud as they try to understand commonplace earthling activities. Starring, amongst others, beloved comedian Dan Aykroyd, this movie will leave you wondering, “What did I just spend an hour and 28 minutes watching?!?”

2. “Gigli”

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Widely regarded as one of the worst movies of all time, this rom-com tells the story of two mobsters, Larry Gigli (Ben Affleck) and Ricki (Jennifer Lopez), trying to carry out a kidnapping as they simultaneously fall in love. While I probably wouldn’t give this movie more than 1.5 stars on a good day, I’d still recommend it just for the Affleck-Lopez duo. Save this one for a rainy day, when there is literally nothing else to do.

3. “Highlander: Endgame”

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Now for my action pick. In this movie, Connor Macleod must unite with family member Duncan Macleod in order to defeat Kell, an immortal ex-friend of Connor. Kell has been going on a 450-year-long rampage, killing everyone Connor loves as revenge after Connor killed him and his adoptive father for executing his mother. So you could say Kell has some issues with forgiveness. There’s a whole lot of violence, a whole lot of drama and whole lot of subpar special effects that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Kind of.

Honorable mention

OK this movie may not be available on Netflix, but if you haven’t seen “Troll 2,” drop everything you’re doing right now and watch it. This “horror” movie might actually give you an ab workout from laughing so hard at the low-budget troll costumes and unconvincing delivery of a very poorly written script and plot. Seriously, bring this when it’s your turn to pick for movie night. This movie trailer will give you a gist of what I mean.

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Stress Levels: Skydiving Malfunction vs. Midterms

Here are two truths and a lie:

  1. My parachute malfunctioned when I went skydiving.
  2. I’ve been on the fastest rollercoaster in the world.
  3. I lost my sunglasses in the Great Pyramid.

The second one’s the lie. Yeah, my parachute malfunctioned when I went skydiving! Needless to say, I survived. Here’s a description of my skydiving experience paralleled with the average person’s experience through a college class.

While the rest of UCLA drove home for Thanksgiving last year, I went skydiving with my cousins. I will not disclose the exact location because people might incorrectly judge and discredit it because of the parachute malfunction, a term very easy to fret about. I’m honestly considering going back to the same place to get a skydiving license once I collect enough money. That place is awesome!

I chose to do the accelerated free-fall jump instead of the tandem, which essentially meant that there wouldn’t be a guy attached to me through this experience. Instead two people would float around near me making sure a parachute is pulled. A choice equivalent of picking a class with an interesting description and a professor whose Bruin Walk review said almost nothing. So you know it’ll be amusing, but the risks were higher.

The day started off with a waiver form.  You know how you think, “They’ll keep me safe because otherwise they get sued”? Erm … it turns out they make you sign something that prevents your family from suing and also says that if they go ahead and do it anyway, they get fined.  It’s like when the professor hands you the syllabus and it has homework, a million papers, multiple midterms, a final and attendance requirements despite a podcast! Drop out?

So I signed my life rights away and made important decisions about what was to be done with my organs if I died. What followed was … well, lecture. Now usually my morning classes (the few I make it to) go like this:

But in light of what I had just signed, I was more like this:

We eventually got to the part where the instructor taught us about malfunctions. But just like the warnings professors give about failing their classes, my brain casually skimmed this information because what are the odds, right?

Well, my instructor later mentioned that the odds of a malfunction were one in five. Fret not, malfunctions aren’t fatal and have EASY fixes. These are NOT defects in the parachute but rather a problem in the way it opens.

Next we suited up, ready to take on the world! Standing on the edge of the plane looking down, I repeated the procedure in my head. Jump. Altitude check. Instructor nod. Practice pull. Pull! This is that moment when you’re waiting for the exam and you put away your notes because time won’t have it any other way. So convincing yourself that you are prepared, you just go for it. Finally, I jumped off. It was like the midterm for an impacted class – no way out! I had to play it out, and I really had to pass.

Right after that jump, though, I lost my mind. Adrenaline took over. I forgot I could die. Adrenaline rush + insanity + imaginary immortality. This is the part of the exam with those short answers that you seem to know all the answers to.

I had the instructor along my side like an open book in the exam. But I disregarded his signs. All I had to do was fall. Gravity was the only thing that was working right now. So I euphorically enjoyed the free fall without a care in the world. This is like when you revel in the effortless parts of the exam and forget about the time constraints and the essay question that await you.

At 5,000 feet above the ground, I was still just chilling, so the instructor pulled my parachute. As I rose, I realised my direction had changed. I was on my own now! Suddenly everything started going wrong. Oh yeah, you just reached the essay and there are 20 minutes on the clock!

I looked up and saw the parachute. I was whirring in the air a little unstably. Cutting the parachute to open the emergency one  was an option but I’d rather have turbulence than crash to the ground so I stared at the twisted lines of my parachute trying to figure out the easiest fix. This is when you stare at your blank page, no thesis in mind. Clock ticking …

I recognized it was a line-twist error and I just had to air kick! The parachute strings were twisting up like a swing’s, and I uneasily kicked the air trying to free myself from the twisted strings. I seemed to make no progress. This is the part where you ramble on in the in-class essay, no direction, no argument, no GPA in sight.

I really should have panicked now. But all I could think was, I know this is wrong so I know how to fix it and I went into crazy-fix mode. This is those last 5 minutes of the exam.

Then, all at once, I was free of the twisted parachute strings. They straightened up and I stopped whirring. The view was great. The controls were easy. I flew gracefully with the wind. This is when you turn in the paper and run out, the grades aren’t out yet but the turmoil is over.

Now sounds from the radio device in my ear started playing. Everyone on the radio call seemed very worried about someone with a green parachute. Someone named “Arusha”. I had a green parachute, and my name is Arushi! Maybe it was because of the whirring or maybe it was just an insane coincidence, I thought. So I ignored them and enjoyed the beautiful views as I flew around in perfect control of my now-fixed parachute. At last, I made my not-so-perfect but still quite safe landing. You passed the exam, just above the curve!

As I lay there on the ground in relief and yet the regret of the experience being over, the radio guy was still giving “Arusha” directions. I later found out that he messed up our names and meant to instruct my cousin who was in a state of shock through his dive and still quite unresponsive while parachuting. But anyways I made it and he did too.

Stress is for times that involve life-and-death situations. GPA and life don’t qualify for the same stress league, so go pet some puppies, get a drink and chill out!

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Five Pick-Up Lines You Could Use in College

In college it can be scary asking someone out. Worry no more! When you’re in a tight spot and need a pick-up line, here are some options for you:

1. Is your name Wi-Fi? Because I’m feeling a connection.

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2. You must be the square root of -1, because you can’t be real.

3. I wish I was your coronary artery, so I could be wrapped around your heart.

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5. You’re at the top of my Amazon wish list.

5. Are you a library book? Because I can’t stop checking you out.

I hope that the next time you build up the courage to ask someone out, you refer to Mojo for some ideas! We are here to support you. If you have any more corny pick-up lines, let us know in the comments!

 

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