Posts Tagged ‘Ellie Sul’

Winter break is coming soon, and it’s time to get friendly with public transportation again. Here are a few pieces of advice and information about the transportation systems here in Syracuse, for those who aren’t familiar with them yet.

Greyhound: I’m personally a Greyhound fan, as I’ve been with these guys since I was a freshman. Make sure to purchase the Student Advantage card in your freshman year if you know you’re going to be traveling a lot back and forth between home and Syracuse. I was stupid to wait to get it this year and didn’t know how awesome it is.

With the card, besides the obvious that it is much cheaper, you also get the benefits of getting the open tickets. This basically lets you get on the bus at any time for that day. If you get lucky and get the beastly buses like Trailways or the new Greyhound, you get more leg room, Wi-Fi and outlets. Also, make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes before your departure time so you get the good seats.

Megabus: As I already mentioned, I’m a Greyhound fan so I don’t really have much to say about Megabus. It’s not that I don’t like it, but I only rode it once. The reason why I prefer Greyhound is because it has more options for stopping points, like going directly to Port Authority in NYC. Megabus doesn’t really have a legit bus station, so it just drops you off at a random area. The bus is, however, rather clean, spacious and big. There’s also sometimes second floor seating, which I want to try. The deal with Megabus is that if you are lucky and purchase tickets at a certain time, you could get it starting from just a buck.

Amtrak: I  have actually traveled by Amtrak only twice, but from those experiences I can tell you that it is very nice and comfortable. The downside to the trains, though, is that most of the tickets are pretty pricey and takes a bit longer than the buses. But if you take the Amtrak, the bathrooms are so much cleaner than the bus, more spacious and relaxing.

Plane: Use Jetblue Airlines. ‘Nuff said.

-Ellie Sul

Hell Week

Posted: December 8, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Yes, the week of red bull consumption, sleepless nights, and pajama fashion has come its way. Finals week. It’s weird because for me, I have all my finals and papers due this week, not during the actual finals week. Therefore, I got to purchase my plane ticket to Korea for the 12th, while everyone else will be studying. HAH! Anyway, what I noticed about Hell Week is that it’s not just about finals, but it includes other really important things to think about.

Besides finals and papers, it’s a week to make sure all your points add up correctly. If you’re down by just two points from an A, you get busy emailing your professors about any extra credit opportunities. What I realized in my four years of college here is that our professors are actually pretty lenient. If you honestly show that you’re really desperate by going to their office hours and emailing them constantly, they will actually think about any extra credit opportunities.

Another realization that came to mind is that our school really needs another library (I have actually been talking about this with my friends since sophomore year). Once finals week starts, literally everyone rushes to Bird as early as possible so they can find a spot to crash for that whole day. If you miss that time, then you’ll just never be able to find a good table (i.e. the one with outlets) or cubicle.

There’s also Carnegie, the math library, but it’s so small and shady. Plus, it closes at midnight. I know there’s study spaces in Whitman, Newhouse and LSB, but we all know that we can’t get in after a certain time if we’re not a student in that department. If our school seriously has never thought about coming up with a new library, then they should at least extend the closing times for the upper floors at Bird.

Regardless, I don’t want to think too much during Hell Week. Good luck to everyone!

– Ellie Sul

“I see it. I like it. I make it.”

This is the motto of Erica Domesek’s incredibly fabulous blog, P.S. – I Made This… She is a recognized DIY design and style expert, who makes many unique and fashion-related objects, such as necklaces, handbags and living decorations. Domesek’s creations not only include every day, usable items but also step-by-step instructions on how to make your own designs.

This blog is very inspirational in the sense that it makes you motivated to to be creative and crafty with your own hands. It is especially encouraging for those who are fond of fashion, lifestyle and anything visual. You can also purchase her book “P.S. – I Made This,” which was published in 2010 and features more than 25 of her distinguished projects.

See it, you will love it and you will definitely want to make it!

-Ellie Sul

As the semester draws to a close you might hear some seniors saying “We’re too old” or “Dang, I feel so old.” But obviously, we’re not. We’re only in our early 20s, which are supposed to be the best years of our life. Yet, why have I been feeling so old lately? It could be just an excuse–an excuse I can use to get out of the things I don’t want to do simply because I’m a senior. For example, when someone asks let’s go frat hopping or play beer pong, all I say is “Sorry, I’m too old/tired to do that,” and it’s like a free-pass. But, what I really mean is I would rather go to the bars and just chill with the other older 21+ seniors.

If you think about it, the word “senior,” automatically makes you feel old. When we were seniors in high school, we probably felt “too old” being in the same hallways as the freshmen. Now we’re in college, and we definitely can feel that same gap with the freshmen. It’s funny, you spend so long waiting to reach senior year, then when you actually do become seniors–better known as the elderly on campus–we absolutely feel “too old” to do anything.

But where did all the senior spirit go? I’m sure we’re not all six feet under just yet, but I feel like I haven’t seen or felt the presence of my fellow seniors around recently. Sure, we all have our ups and downs during the semester, which can force us to go into hiding. But, let’s not forget that being a senior in college is a once in a lifetime experience. We are NOT too old; let’s make it worthwhile!

-Ellie Sul

When I was an underclassman in college, I remember hearing and receiving many different kinds of advice from the upperclassmen. However, I never took it to heart. I just kind of nodded and let it flow in one ear and out the other. Now that I’m a senior, I look back and regret not listening to that advice after all.

Back then, I thought “Well, everyone is different. It’s not like I’m going to be going through the same experiences, and even if I do, I’ll do it differently in my way.” To my surprise, I did end up facing those situations and now that I’ve tried to solve it my way and not give a crap, I end up sitting here reminiscing and regretting. So if you ever come across this and think the same thing, try to remember that these pieces of advice might help you.


Class registration for Spring 2012 officially began this past week and still, I have not figured out my schedule yet. Either the classes I want to get in are reserved for freshmen only, or they are already full. Yes, I’m a senior and STILL can’t get into the classes I want. FML.

But what’s good about class registration during senior year is that by this time, most of us are done with our major requirements, so we just need to take electives. Honestly, I never knew our school had such an interesting variety of classes to take. It was depressing for a moment to think that this would be the last time I enroll for classes in college.

Another good thing is I get to take these classes with my friends. It’s always more exciting to take a fun class with a close friend. We become more motivated to learn about the topics, engage in discussions and, sometimes, even study together. For those who aren’t seniors yet, make sure to be wise when picking classes. By the time you’re a senior, it could become a much more stressful process if you held off on taking certain requirements.

Some suggestions for fun classes: CFS 388, HPM 422, PHI 191, WGS 230, and any PED course.

-Ellie Sul

One of the things I’ve noticed in my years at Syracuse University thus far is that more and more students of Asian descent have been coming to our school. It’s interesting because I’ve heard that just six or seven years ago, Asians were a bit of a rarity at SU. Since our campus now promotes and literally displays diversity all around, I thought that many people would be more aware and open-minded of the multiculturalism on our campus. But I guess I was wrong.

Just this past weekend, I was walking with a couple of my Asian friends on Euclid when a, possibly intoxicated, group of Americans called out to us, automatically labeled us as “Chinese” and mimicked what Chinese people supposedly sound like. Note that this has happened MANY times, not just this past weekend. Most of the time, we just let it go because they’re an ignorant mess. But I thought it’s about time I stand up for myself and my other Asian friends on this campus and address these sorts of situations.


A Year of Lasts

Posted: November 7, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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It was finally the holiday we were all waiting for. A time when any girl can be excused dressing up like a slut and not being called one, a time to dress up as anything and not be called crazy, and a time to just let loose and eat as many sweets as possible. In our case, as seniors, it was our last Halloween in college.

The term “last” just pretty much sucks. It hit me that most of the things I would be doing this year would be my last of anything in college. Last Halloween, last time having a long ass Thanksgiving break, last time going to a frat, last time going to classes, last spring break, last lunch/dinner at Funk ‘N’ Waffles and Bleu Monkey, and you get the idea. I know I get pretty sentimental when it comes to these things, but if you think about it, it really is sad.

I remember when I first stepped onto campus and adjusted to the college life–it was very exciting. Then, I hit junior year and I was just ready to get out of ‘Cuse. Now, I feel like I’m going to miss this place. Four years of my college life will just become another memory, another chapter in my life. I think I can say this from the bottom of my heart (and maybe it might be too early to say it) but I definitely had the best four years of my life during my time in college.

Cheers to the last of everything in college!

-Ellie Sul

It seems the season of love is fast approaching, as fall is coming to an abrupt close and winter is nearing. Many people say they get more lonely and wanting of a relationship when the weather gets chilly. Weird that the weather has an effect on love? Not really. Both girls and guys get that feeling of wanting to cuddle and hug someone when the wind picks up and it begins to snow. I know us girls just want to wrap ourselves in a blanket and in our man’s arms while watching the snow fall and sipping on some hot chocolate. (If only if my man was here with me on campus to do that with me…)

I guess what I’m trying to get at is that many of my friends have been getting confused by their feelings and emotions lately. Don’t let the cold weather fool you! It really might just be that the chilliness is making you lonely and want someone beside you. If you know you’re confused and you’re not 100 percent sure about your feelings, then wait and be patient about it.

Don’t do something stupid and make decisions on impulse and then go vent to your friends saying how much you regret it. We’re seniors now, and we should know how to control our minds (and bodies). Don’t do or say anything that won’t benefit you, but at the same time won’t deeply hurt that other person either.

If you’re cold and lonely, I suggest you get a kitten or a pillow pet, and stay away from messing around with a human’s heart.

-Ellie Sul

Picture ‘Cuse: Autumn

Posted: October 29, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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I was mesmerized freshman year by how amazing our campus looked in the fall. We have such great looking buildings and a beautiful campus that match perfectly well together with the season of autumn.

Also, you know a girl goes to ‘Cuse if you see her in a pair of Hunter boots. I snapped a photo with the typical ‘Cuse girl “uniform” and my personal favorite season: Autumn in Cuse.
-Ellie Sul