5 Ways To Avoid Midterm Breakdowns

1. Eat 3 meals a day!

This may seem a little obvious, but we know how easy it can be to forget a meal or skip it because you don’t have the time when things seem stressful. But the reality is, your body really needs that food to keep going—especially when you’re stressed! Even if it means setting an alarm on your phone, your body will thank you for taking the time to give it some love.

2. Try the 45-15 rule.

Although it is often feels like the best way to get everything that you need to done is to plow through it for hours on end, there is an inevitable burnout at the end (or in the middle) of that homework marathon. The best way to tackle lots of work, is to be sure to give your brain some rest by working 45 minutes-on, and then 15 minutes-off. That way, you’ll keep up the pace without burning out.

3. Keep your blood moving!

One way to spend those fifteen minutes of brain-rest time? Exercise! Standing up from your desk for a few minutes to stretch, do some jumping jacks, and take some deep breaths will shake up your body enough to revitalize you before you have to launch into more work.

4. Prioritize.

The truth is that there will be times when you simply can’t get it all done. If it seems like this is going to be the case (or even if it doesn’t), try tackling your work by making a list of the most important to the least important, and work on it from one end to the other. That way, the worst of it is over in the beginning and you know that if you don’t make it to the end, it won’t be the worst thing in the world!

5. Try working in a new environment.

We know how easy it is to fall in love with a study nook and have trouble working anywhere else, but changing up your study location could actually be a figurative “breath of fresh air” for your brain. Changing your routine is a healthy thing to do, and it might help you to reinvigorate your studying pep. Check out our blog on alternative study corners for some more ideas.

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Exploring Burlington Through Coffee

It truly cannot be denied that nothing goes better with a fine fall day than a hot cup of coffee.

Or a latte, or a cappuccino, or an americano or a shot of espresso for that matter. icp1

Thanks to Burlington’s latest foodie phenomenon, I’ve been exploring our beautiful city through its various and abundant cafes, bakeries, and coffee-shops, guided by the help of the Indie Coffee Passport.

The idea is simple: one city, 10 coffees, twelve dollars. Not bad eh? Particularly because the Indie Coffee Passport is not only selling coffee, it’s also selling an experience. Although twelve dollars for ten coffees is already a marvelous deal, the passport also gives you the opportunity to get off your couch and away from your desk, and into the nooks and crannies that comprise Burlington’s beautiful downtown.

I took off for my first stop on my Indie Coffee Passport adventure on a quiet Sunday morning. The sun was shining but there was a chill in the air, and campus was still lost in the quiet moments before the students who stayed out late on Saturday night shook off their fuzziness enough to get out of bed. Being the rare sort of person who actually loves getting up early, I was feeling particularly blissful to have the stillness of the morning all to myself as a I set off down Main Street.

Once I got to the bottom of Main, I took a left instead of following the crowds of tourists over to Church Street, and wandered down until I found Maple Street; the quiet residential street where the cafe called Maglianero’s resides. Maglianero’s is part of a gorgeously remodeled building in a very “industrial chic” style. The style is consistent inside, where the cafe uses the warehouse-studio feel of the space to its benefit, creating a very urban and artistic vibe. Huge windows overlook Lake Champlain and let in tons of natural light, which reflects really nicely on the light floors and whitewashed walls, covered in artwork from local artists. Coffee

The art not only covers the walls though, because each drink that is made by Maglianero’s baristas is a piece of artwork in itself. The drinks not only taste like a symphony, but are visually stunning–Instagram worthy to say the least. I usually stick with cappuccinos whenever I’m at a new place, and this drink did not disappoint in the least. Dare I say, that it was one of the most fantastic coffees that I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a LOT of coffees). Cappuccino in hand, perched on a stool by the window, watching the passerby meander down the sidewalks on a lazy sunday morning; this is my heaven.

For your own taste of coffee and adventure, look for Indie Coffee Passport here.

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Comment and let us know where your passport takes you, or take a picture and tag us on Instagram with @uvmbored or #uvmpotd. Good luck exploring! 
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But Who IS Gary Derr?

10614399_10152707582016255_1172281856586786265_nWe’ve all gotten the “UVM News You Should Know” emails from the elusive Gary Derr, but the question that we’re all REALLY asking is…who is Gary Derr??? After his special guest appearance in the Davis Center Ball Pit and last year’s fabulous “Email Gary Derr Day”, I figured it was time to find out. That’s why this week, I interviewed the mysterious Gary Derr in an exclusive interview about what life is like through Gary Derr’s eyes. Read our interview with the ultimate behind-the-scenes-man to get the scoop…

When did you start working at UVM? What were you doing when you began here?

I started in July 2000 in the president/provost office.  Prior to that I was the Dean of Students at Green Mountain College for 10 years.

What does your job now entail?

I provide executive level support to a variety of operations in the President’s Office.  I have a great staff that do an amazing job.  Together we manage all presidential events including convocation and commencement.  I manage senior level searches.  I direct the administrative review process.  And anything else the President asks me to do! The office is complex and never slow.  There is always something going on.

How do you feel about “Email Gary Derr” Day? How does it feel to be a bit of a campus celebrity?

It was a great day!  A lot of fun.  I tried to respond to every email – took a while.  One student replied to my message back that he was impressed that I replied even at 11:00 p.m.  I got some amazing messages.  I am humbled by my celebrity standing!

How long have you lived in Burlington and what brought you here?

I actually do not live in Burlington.  I live in a small town – Danby, Vermont – about two hours south of UVM.  During the summer months I live on board a small sail boat on Lake Champlain.  In the winter months, I rent a small cabin in Panton, Vermont.  We are a two career family in a small state, so we make it work. My wife loves her work in Rutland County and I love my work at UVM.  I came to UVM to in 1998 to get my doctorate degree in higher education.  I graduated in 2002.

What are some of your favorite things to do around Burlington?

I love to do anything on Lake Champlain.  I also think that the restaurant options in the Burlington are are amazing.

When is your favorite Vermont season? Why?

I know this is going to sound silly, but all four are my favorite for different reasons.  Winter – we love to snowshoe, cross country ski, and down hill ski.  We also enjoy sitting by the wood stove reading a book.  Spring –  great to watch everything start to come alive.  We enjoy walking in the woods and see the flora and fauna start to emerge.  Seeing the first blue bird return to the boxes is always a treat.  Summer – we garden way to much.  We have extensive organic vegetable gardens and flower gardens.  We grow all our vegetables for the year so it is a lot of work.  We have a small pond and after a long day floating on inner tubes is about as relaxing as it can get!  Summer we also spend time sailing Lake Champlain.  What a great experience.  Fall is spectacular as the leaves change.  Hiking is always great this time of year.

Sorry, all Vermont seasons are my favorite!

What is your favorite place to eat on campus? What is your favorite food?

I eat mostly in the Waterman Cafe and Waterman Manor because my office is located in Waterman.  I love the fresh salads they offer often with local produce.

My favorite food is anything made with local organic ingredients.  Right now our favorite dinner is tomatoes and basil with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and fresh corn both from our gardens.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

The Davis Center is amazing.  It is hard to remember the campus with out the Davis Center.  It is such hub of activity for all members of the UVM community.

What are your favorite events to attend on campus?

Anything student related.  I do not get out often enough because of my schedule.  Commencement is my most favorite event each year. It is great to celebrate the accomplishments of our students.  To see the excitement in their eyes and the pride of their family members is really moving.  Commencement is a reminder of why we are all here!

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Chunky Sweaters and Musical Saws

Oh my, Neutral Milk Hotel, you can do no wrong.

Wednesday night was one of our first perfect fall nights; warm air, cool breeze, nearly full moon–the whole thing. And also, consequently, the perfect night for seeing one of indie rock’s universally favorite bands, Neutral Milk Hotel. The opportunity to see them live is an especially huge treat since the band hardly ever tours, so the fact that they stayed in Burlington for two nights was extraordinary.

The ballroom was packed to the brim. but with the sort of folks who aren’t pushy or obnoxious at concerts, but are instead able to fill up a whole room without creating claustrophobia or frustration with too many sweaty elbows in your face. Everyone was calm and happy as we waited for the band to appear, but the anticipation in the audience was tangible, and when Neutral Milk Hotel finally made their first appearance, they were greeted by an extremely enthusiastic roar from the crowd.

Jeff Mangum, the lead vocalist and guitarist, opened the show with a few solo songs, some of the classics which the whole crowd was able to sing along to, imitating Jeff’s unique vocals. Everyone particularly loved Jeff’s alpaca sweater, which, although it looked broiling up on the lighted stage, would’ve easily fit in on the streets of Burlington. After a few songs, the rest of the band humbly took to the stage to help Jeff finish out the repeat chorus as a whole group. Though they were met with huge rounds of applause and eager cheers, the band stayed quiet and serene throughout the show.

Overall, it was an incredibly gorgeous night. The whole concert, although it was clearly a performance, had a definitively intimate feeling, as though we were all good friends listening to a little jam session on an early autumn night. If they EVER come around again, Neutral Milk Hotel is absolutely a must-see, but for now, here’s a little sampler of one of their most popular songs to help you finish out this chilly week. Happy listening!

Also, check out the rest of Higher Ground’s calendar here:


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Cats at the Movies Review: Boyhood

When I first heard about Richard Linklater’s latest cinematic adventure Boyhood, I was a little put-off by the idea of a movie which followed the growth of the lead actors, spanning over twelve years altogether. Was this the influences of reality TV encroaching even further onto the battleground of cinematic integrity? It just seemed like an unnecessarily novel concept, to use the same actors for twelve years, simply for the sake of watching them grow up, but not necessarily contributing significantly to the overall vitality of the film.

But, as you might have expected, I soon found that this was not the case.


It is, in fact, an incredibly emotional experience to be able to watch the growth and maturation of what is truly, in the rawest sense, a modern American family. The movie has its own script and storyline, it doesn’t cater to reality TV’s pretense of taking over someone’s life with a camera, and so is able to maintain its integrity in that way. Furthermore, the actual growth of the actors, especially the central two children, presents an extremely poignant and uncensored view of modern childhood. Although the acting itself is perhaps not always up to par with the intensity of the story or the beauty of the cinematography, the realness of the emotional experience is able to overcome any sense of amateur.

The film is also especially significant for those of us at who are college-aged, because the actor who plays the lead character is presently our age, and so all of the cultural references which are scattered throughout the film correspond to the eras in our lives when we were experiencing these things. I couldn’t help but love the scene at the midnight release party for the 6th Harry Potter book, or the 8-year old singing pop songs which were pervasive in the early 2000s from artists like Avril Lavigne, or the father’s passionate rants about the newest Democratic candidate–Obama–as the 2008 elections rolled around. For me at least, it was almost like watching the last twelve years of my life on fast-forward, squeezed into 164 minutes.

Although I can guarantee that you’re in for an emotional rollercoaster, I also can’t stress enough how worthwhile and important this film is to see. It has been called one of the definitive movies of our generation, and I truly couldn’t agree more.

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Top Swimming Spots in BTV

It looks like we’ve got another steamy weekend coming our way, and since the summer is very quickly coming to an end, I’ve been desperately trying to make the most of these last few warm days and hop in the water at every chance I get. Lake Champlain and the surrounding area is home to some of the loveliest beaches and swimming spots in Vermont, and we’ve only got a couple short weeks left when they’ll be warm enough to swim in! For anyone who is new to BTV or is looking to get outside and enjoy the sunshine this weekend, I’ve rounded up some of the most popular local swim-spots for an homage to the end of summer.

North Beach


Between the warm sand, clear water, and the super accessible creemee stand, its hard to go wrong with a trip to North Beach. This is one of Burly’s most classic swim locations, and a hubbub for UVM students. Its only a 5 minute drive from campus, or a half-hour walk, and its pretty easy to catch a bus from the Cherry Street location downtown. They also have quite a few grills set up along the beach, so why not bring some friends and some hamburgers and make it an occasion for a picnic?!

Red Rocks

red rocks

For the cliff-jumpers, the thrill-seekers, the hikers, and the nature-lovers; Red Rocks is the swimming location for you. Red Rocks is a forest park located in the South Burlington area, which has a ton of cliffs which look over Lake Champlain. For those who prefer terrifying heights and dizzying jumps, there are a few spots which students like to hike over to (its a very leisurely “hike”) to jump into the water, but there are also many spots where those of us who just prefer to cool off in more secluded and natural locations than a beach can ease in slowly.

Bolton Potholes


The Bolton Potholes are about a half-hour drive from campus, but are fairly easy to get to via I-89, Route 2, and the Bolton Access Road. The stream flowing off of Bolton Mountain has created a gorgeous spot full of waterfalls and swimming holes, which many students like to hang out at. There are huge rock outcroppings for sunbathing, many small deep-ish swimming holes, and a few especially deep spots which are another favorite for cliff-jumpers.


Find your own way…

The beauty of Vermont is that there are always more beautiful spots that you can find, so if you’ve got the time and the energy, just try following the edge of the lake or the edge of a river until you come across the perfect spot to dive in! There is no shortage of swimming holes or nature explorations, and this weekend might be one of your last opportunities to wear a bathing suit, so don’t let it pass by…

Also, check out this video on swimming holes in VT from our friends over at Seven Days for even MORE inspiration…Happy Swimming! XOXO!


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Make the Most of Your 3-Day Weekend

Welcome back to another exciting year at UVM, packed to the brim with events in all shapes and colors! Here at BORED, we Sun setting over mountainsknow better than anyone just how overwhelming these first few weeks of school can be, which is why we’ve picked out some of our favorite upcoming events to help you get the most out of this fabulously long 3-day weekend. Whether you’re into dancing all night or kicking back and relaxing, there is sure to be something that will float your boat going on!



Dance the night away on Friday at the Back 2 School Bash (and Pre-Party!)

You might’ve heard about the blowout concert happening on Friday night in the Davis Center, which is bringing The Knocks all the way from New York right here to UVM “for one night, and one night only”! But don’t forget to make it there early enough for the pre-party too, which is kicking things off (for FREE!) at 7:30 with all sorts of camp-themed activities–everything from Moonrise Kingdom to friendship bracelets, a photobooth, and more!



Get to know Vermont on Saturday with an Outing Club Hike!

This is a wonderful time of year to get out there and explore everything that Vermont’s natural landscape has to offer, and it is far too often that we miss out on these couple weeks of warmth and sunshine while we are transitioning back into the craziness of the school year. But this time, sign up with the OC and go on a hike to get your blood moving!


Chill out on the beach and eat free food on Sunday!

After a long weekend of dancing and hiking, nothing sounds better to me than a relaxing day on North Beach with old friends and new, enjoying the last of the summer sunshine and free BBQ thanks to UPB. Plus, they’ll shuttle you there and back for free too! Since it’s a long weekend, I know you can put that homework off for one more day…right?


Take in the lake on Sunday night with a cruise!

A Lake Champlain sunset is unforgettable this time of year, and although it’s lovely from the fire escape, it is absolutely gorgeous when seen from the deck of a boat cruising Lake Champlain on a languid summer night. Why not take the opportunity? You’ll be wishing you did when we’re bundling up and there’s snow on the horizon in a few weeks!


Let loose and laugh on Monday night at the Labor Day Comedy Show before we’re back to school!

Last but CERTAINLY not least is the much anticipated Labor Day Comedy Show–a must see for new UVM-ers and older students alike! If you’ve spent the day doing homework to get ready for the week ahead, you more than deserve the chance to chill out and laugh the night away. Get your tickets in the bookstore before they sell out!


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The Scoop on “Burlington Street Style”

Recently, I got a chance to chat with the woman behind the newly launched blog called “Burlington Street Style”, which has been chronicling and capturing Burlington’s unique sense of style all summer. Read our interview with Mariel Golden to learn more about the blog, and be sure to check it out for yourself for some wonderful Burlington-friendly fashion inspiration for the upcoming school year!

Tell us a little about yourself; what brings you to Burlington? What do you do here besides blogging?

I am Student at UVM. I am going to be a senior this year and I am studying Political Science. When I am not blogging I am I

Meet the fashionista who created the blog "Burlington Street Style"

Meet the fashionista who created the blog “Burlington Street Style”

debate for UVM’s Debate team called The Lawrence Debate Union. This past year I was finalist at the North American Debating Championships hosted in Toronto. This year I am organizing the North American Women’s Debating Championships which will be hosted right here at UVM.

What inspired you to start the blog?

I was inspired to start the blog because I love fashion. I think it is one of the most important forms of expression people have on a daily basis. Burlington is such an interesting place in terms of style because people are always wearing unique clothing, and I realized that there was nobody capturing Burlington’s “style”.

Tell us a little about the blog; when did you start? How often do you usually post? How do you grow your readership?

I began the blog this June. So it is really young–less than two months. I try to post every other day, but would like to post daily (I have been away the past few weeks so it has been a bit less). I am also thinking of getting some other students to help do some of the photography and social media. I am hoping to grow my readership by getting a better handle on social media. I don’t have Twitter or Instagram, but I am going to get on those platforms soon in order to promote the blog. I also think that content is key; if you have something worth looking at, people will become interested, so I am trying to think of ideas that will be interesting and provide readers with information and inspiration. The blog is about capturing what is unique and current in Burlington, as well as about promoting local stores and designers in Burlington and Vermont.

Are you interested in fashion? What is your experience with fashion? Who would you point to as your fashion and/or

From Burlington Street Style: Quirky Quality

From Burlington Street Style: Quirky Quality

blogging inspiration?

As I mentioned, I really do love fashion. Personally, my interest stems from within. I think getting ready in the morning and planning what you are wearing with intent is something people should embrace. Clothing is empowering and informative. Fashion is our most intimate and pervasive art because it’s a chance to promote individuality and it’s just everywhere! I really like the manrepeller and trendsandtolstoy, two stye blogs I follow. Also I am a big fan of Vogue. I also follow models on Facebook like Lindsey Wixson, and Coco Rocha. I am also a big fan of Kate Moss and the Olsen Twins.

How do you track people down in the street, and what is it like to talk to so many strangers about their clothes?

I find people on the street by literally walking around Burlington at different times of the day and going up to people who are wearing cool outfits. So I have a lot of personal power when it comes to dictating the image of Burlington Street Style. I love stopping people on the street because people are usually really flattered and excited to be photographed. Sometimes its daunting going up to people you don’t know, but I just have to push myself to get over any fear I have and go for it! The worst that can happen is that they say no.

What are some of your favorite outfits that you’ve found in Burlington so far?

From Burlington Street Style: Where Folk Meets Punk

From Burlington Street Style: Where Folk Meets Punk

My favorite outfits have been some of the bohemian looks and as well as the trio in the post “Burli on the Street, Where folk meets Punk”.

How would you describe Burlington’s general fashion sense?

Burlington has a lot of boho, punk, and grunge picked together. You get the flowing pants, maxi dresses, hippie vibes, but with an edge when you see people with black boots, tattoos. If I had to think of a way to describe Burlington Street Style it would be like a hippie couple from the 60s-70s dressing to go to a Nirvana concert in the 90s.

What do you see for the future of your blog? How long do you think you’ll keep writing and posting?

I hope to blog for the next school year for sure, but I hope the blog will continue after I leave school as well. Perhaps I will find someone to take it over when the time comes. As for me, who knows! Maybe I will enter the world of personal style blogging. I enjoy coming up with creative concepts and photography so I hope to continue blogging in the future!

Follow this link if you want to see Mariel’s blog for yourself!

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UVM Lifehacks

Welcome to UVM, Class of 2018!

We hope these come in handy as you learn the ropes at UVM:

1. Go early to the ActivitiesFest for the best swag.


And stick around because Student Life grills up free hot dogs starting at 11am.



2. Skip the line! Text FeelGood (802.448.2119) your grilled cheese order. It will be ready for pick-up after class.




3. You can get a half-price burger and $1 fries from Brennan’s on Wednesdays during UPB’s weekly Pub Quiz.




4. Try before you buy. Group fitness classes are free the first week (Monday-Sunday) of each semester.




5. Sign up to receive info about dining specials and get a free cookie on your birthday!



6. Run a CATS Report through myUVM to check on your credits – make sure you’re on track to graduate in four years.




7. Sign up to be a Peer Note Taker and get incentives and benefits from Academic Support Programs.




8. In case you missed it – there’s a tunnel under Main Street. 


It comes in handy when you’re trying to stay warm in the midst of winter.



9. Explore the city – by bike! Just follow the “Cycle the City” signs.




10. The Davis Center 4th floor is one of the best study spots on campus. Ditto the Apse in Billings.




11. The busiest hours in fitness center are 4-7pm, so plan accordingly.  




12. Things you can get from your Res Hall front desk: movies, board games, a vacuum, lawn games, and more…




13. Don’t wait until junior year to have lunch at UVM’s sit-down restaurant — Waterman Manor. Be bold – invite your professor to join you.  




14. LivingWell has a relaxation room with a massage chair and brings a massage therapist to campus once a week. They also offer free yoga and pilates classes for students.




15. You can spruce up your room with plants from the UVM Greenhouse (or just stop by the Greenhouse to warm up on a cold winter’s day).




16. The UVM Bookstore sells stamps. Or, you can send a free postcard courtesy of the UVM Loves Project.




17. TGIF UVM! Athletics gives swag to anyone showing their Catamount pride for #VCatFriday. And UVM Bored celebrates the weekend with concert tickets and prize giveaways on their facebook page.




18. Use your CATcard to get free things:




19. There’s a cafe hidden away at the Fleming Museum on campus. 




20. Check out the Seven Daysies for Burlington’s Best as voted by the readers of our local mag, The Seven Days.

Seven Days




21. Have a hack to add? Send us a note at bored@uvm.edu!


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Beyond Burlington: Wandering through Chelsea in NYC

          I’ve always found that “close by” is an incredibly subjective term in the Northeast because everything tends to be a little farther away from each other in the Northeast than so much of the rest of the country, and so us Northeasterners are used to having to go quite a bit farther to get from point A to point B. “Near by” in the Northeast is more like “a bit of hike” or “quite the new york skylinetrip” to most other people, which is why, when I tell you that New York City is “actually not too far” from our lovely little Burlington, some of you will nod in agreement while others might be incredibly skeptical. Nonetheless, I will stubbornly conclude that the six driving hours (give or take a few) between the Big Apple and us should be no bother at all for you hardy Northeasterners or anyone else who’s transplanted in Burlington. If you set your mind to it in the morning, you can make it to the big city by the late afternoon—and I guarantee that it’ll be totally worth it if you’re in the mood for a little adventure!

After my little Montreal excursion a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but love the idea of continuing this “Beyond Burlington” exploration, and so off to New York City I took. Although there is no shortage of things to do in New York, I figured I’d focus in on a more specific spot, since there’s no hope of doing justice to all of the possible escapades in this enormous city. It was a cloudy, humid day when I wandered around the neighborhood of Chelsea and the Flatiron District last Tuesday. The rain hung over the city all day, but lucky for me, didn’t break until late afternoon, giving me some serious wandering time.

Since it was only ten in the morning, my first goal was a delicious cup of (iced, of course—it was SO humid) coffee, and the knowledgeable reviewers of Yelp led me straight to Gregory’s Coffee, a hip, bustling little closet of a coffee joint near the Flatiron building. Although there are quite a few locations across the city, this particularly one was small and noisy, which sounds uncomfortable but was actually surprisingly cozy. The coffee was their house blend; nutty, not too dark and not too light, a little acidic and a little sweet. Pretty scrumptious. Huge windows looked out onto hustle and bustle of the cross streets, and despite all the action, I cozied up to a corner and pulled out a book.

Next, it was time to get a little lost. I wandered up towards Madison Square Park, and the Flatiron building. There was food and people galore, despite a very faint drizzle. I meandered through boutiques and grocery stores, took a stroll through the little park that was filled with kids and parents thanks to a small children’s concert that was going on. Rows of strollers lined the sidewalk, waiting for the now-dancing kids to fill them for the walk home.

I was drawn into a huge foodie place on the corner opposite of the Flatiron building called Eataly, which turned out to a be a gourmet Italian marketplace, filled with tons of tiny shops selling prepared foods, fresh pastas, smoked meats, magnificent cheeses, fancy chocolates, and all manner of other yummy-smelling things. There were a few little restaurants, food demonstrations, and best of all, sampling! Despite not being a tiny bit hungry, it was still wonderful to wander through the rows upon rows of squid ink pastas, spiced salamis, and oil-drenched olives. An absolutely tantalizing escape from the drizzle.

The day eked on and I kept walking, back down towards the river and the piers. When I finally got hungry I turned once again to my failsafe Yelp, which led me towards the funky-looking Meatball Shop on 9th Avenue. A vintage-inspired red and the meatball shopyellow striped awning and sign echoing back to old-school butcher shops lured me in. When I saw the vintage photographs of anonymous families in 1800s dress on the walls and heard the sweet sound of Frank Sinatra coming through the loudspeakers, I instantly knew that I picked the right spot. I sat at the bar, and the bartender walked me through their menu, which was simple and straightforward, and most certainly held true to their name; there was not a single menu item that didn’t have meatballs on it. I went for the Kitchen Sink Salad—couscous, dressed lettuce, carrot slaw, meatballs, and spicy meat sauce all on one delicious messy plate. Yum!

My next stop was the famed Chelsea Market, which is a lovely industrial-style indoor marketplace, with tons of food stands, a bookshop, a flea market, a grocery store, and so much more. It’s filled with people, and a great spot for wandering through, especially on a drizzly day because it’s entirely inside. Although the food all looked amazing, I was most fascinated by the flea market, where tons of different vendors from all over the city set up tiny shops to sell vintage clothes, handmade jewelry, and funky crafts. There was something for everyone! Definitely worth the walk.

Last but certainly not least, I stepped outside of the hallways of the Chelsea Market and took the outdoor stairs up to the highline parkfamed Highline Park, which is conveniently directly above the market. The park was created on a now-defunct train line, and winds a few miles or so through along the river, filled with benches, greenery, and little sidewalk vendors. There are some gorgeous views along the walk of the city on one side and the river on the other. The park itself is also gorgeously designed, since it utilizes the remnants of the train track that was once in use and builds around it, creating a gorgeous industrial-chic setting. It’s a wonderful way to sight-see the area from above, or else just relax on one of the many benches or tables for a picnic lunch or some light reading.

Let us know what you’re suggestions for wandering the lovely NYC are! Or check out the carpool situation, the bus schedules, or the trains and get yourself a little summer in the city time. Happy adventuring!

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Beyond Burlington: Top Ten Things To Do in Montreal This Summer

By Ruby LaBrusciano-Carris

       Although Burlington is not exactly an urban mecca, our quaint little lakeside town has the enormous advantage of being next to some of the most diverse and interesting cities in the world; Montreal, Boston, and New York—all of which I have the pleasure of visiting this summer. I don’t have a car, but between Megabus, Greyhound, Amtrak, and carpooling, it is still incredibly easy to escape Burlington for a bit and go explore some of the surrounding cities. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is hop on a bus and take it to the end of the line for an adventure, so if you’re feeling as stir-crazy or wanderlust-y as I am this summer, maybe it’s time to make that Montreal trip that you’ve been meaning to do…to get you started, here are my Montreal Top Ten, which straddle the gap between being both on, and off, the beaten path.

  1. Breakfast: Anecdote Café
    • This café and diner is an adorable yet modest retro throwback nestled away on the corner of two side streets. Red vinyl booths and papanecdote_a-la-mode-montreal.3er napkins accompany any cozy breakfast delight that you eat here—from omelets to crepes and back again. Especially delicious after a long weekend out on the town.
    • 801 Rue Rachel E
    1. (514) 526-7967
  2. Hostel: M Montreal
    • Although it is on the larger side, the M hostel still has an extremely friendly and cozy feeling. It is perfect for the college budget—between $20-$30 a night, and is clean, comfy, and very well put together. Extra pluses: breakfast is included, as well as free admission to the nightly music and events in the downstairs bar.
    • 1245 Rue Saint-André
    •  www.m-montreal.com
  3. Nightlife: St. Laurent
    • As one of the most populous and diverse streets in Montreal, you really can’t go wrong with a walk down St. Laurent. During the day, there are all sorts of restaurants, boutiques, galleries, bookstores, etc. to peruse through, and during the night the upper half of the street comes alive as the city’s bars and late-night venues begin to open up and live music acts begin.
  4. Thrifting: Eva Bimage-6
    • For the eternally scavenging and adventurous of you out there, be sure to make it to the funkiest thrift shop in town: Eva B. It’s been going strong since the 80s, and is filled with amazing second-hand and vintage clothes. They’ll offer you free popcorn as you walk in the door and a
      complimentary cup of tea on the way out. Perfect.
    • 2015, St. Laurent Blvd.
    • www.eva-b.ca/en/index.php
  5. Exploring: Jean-Talon Market
    • This European style outdoor market has the best grazing in town, with its abundance of free samples thanks to vendors from all around the province. Take a stroll through the market to get some fresh air while munching on locally made honey, fresh cheese, homemade wine, and delicious bread.
    • 7070 Avenue Henri Julien
    • www.marchespublics-mtl.com/marches/jean-talon/
  6. Poutine: La Banquise
    • If you’re visiting Montreal, it is pretty much expected that poutine will be a part of the picture at some point. For the absolute best poutine, get to La Banquise, a funky, greasy, backdoor poutine joint in a remote part of the city, which has a line of poutine-lovers snaking out its doors every single night. They have more than 30 kinds of poutine, including a vegetarian version.
    • 994 Rue Rachel Est
    • labanquise.com/en/
  7. Picnik Electronik
    • During the summer, Montreal is home to one of the world’s coolest and most laid-back electronic music festivals. Piknic Electronik is only $10 a day for hours of music, and located conveniently in Parc Jean Drapeau. It’s a perfect way to soak up some sun, enjoy the city, and discover some new music all at the same time.
    • Every Sunday, May 18th-Sept 21st
    • http://piknicelectronik.com/en/
  8. Festival: Montreal Jazz
    • Between June and July, Montreal becomes home to some of the latest and greatest touring musical acts around. Venues small and large, all across the city, open up and come alive in the spirit of the festival. Although it is specifically a jazz festival, it is not unlikely to see funk, blues, world, pop, and indie acts who still fall under the header. Check out their website to see who’s playing when you’ll be around.
    • June 26th-July 6th
    • www.montrealjazzfest.com
  9. Art: Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
    • This contemporary art museum hosts an incredible array of exhibitions in addition to their permanent exhibits, which make a visit entirely worthwhile. It is a truly unique experience for anyone and everyone—nobody will get bored at this museum.
    • 185 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
    • 514-847-6226
  10. Picnicking: Parc du Mont RoyalLac-aux-castors
    • The beautiful park sitting at the top of the hill that makes up Montreal is essentially Montreal’s equivalent to Boston Common or Central Park. Although it is by no means as big or well known, the Parc du Mont Royal is still a lovely spot for reading, picnicking, people watching and sun bathing. It is rarely very crowded, and embodies the laid-back spirit of Montreal perfectly.
    • 1260 Remembrance Road

If you make it up to Montreal this summer, be sure to take some pictures and let us know on Instagram with #boredonbreak ! We’d also love to hear how any of our suggestions worked out for you—be sure to comment on this blog post, drop us a line at bored@uvm.edu, or find us on Facebook! Happy traveling!


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Making the Most of End-of-Year Sodexo Points

Making the Most of End-of-Year Sodexo Points

by Ruby LaBrusciano-Carris


Now that we’re running up on the last couple days of the school year, most of us have found ourselves at one extreme or the other with Sodexo points. On one hand are the faction of students which have scrupulously saved and scrounged all semester and are now having to deal with an abundance of points that won’t carry over to next year. On the other hand, a (most likely) much larger faction is struggling with the extreme shortage of points that is the product of midnight runs to the Marché and a few too many “splurge” meals here and there…. If you’re in either boat, I’ve compiled a list of some of UVM students’ favorite ways to either splurge or save in order to make it out smoothly at the end of the semester.



  • The Waterman Manor is one of the most fun ways to splurge your points at UVM. Although it is only open between the difficult weekday hours of 11-2pm, if you can make it there, the sit-down full service restaurant will be well worth your time.
  • Although we don’t usually think to go very far for breakfast, having breakfast at Brennan’s is one of the most satisfying and delicious ways to make the most of your well-saved points. Plus, it is served all day, so if breakfast-for-dinner is more your kind of thing, then go for it! Throw in one of their campus-famous milkshakes too…just for fun!
  • Clearly the best way to splurge those points though, is with an out-and-out ice cream fest at our very own on-campus Ben and Jerry’s. With their new flavors on the menu as of last month too, you definitely can’t go wrong with this option!



  • One of the best ways to save points is to make the hike over to one of the unlimited dining halls, where for a flat fee you’ll be able to eat as much food as you want. Bring homework, find a sunny side table, and make an afternoon of it—maybe you can get two meals for one!
  • Another great way to save is to buy whole food instead of pre-made or pre-packaged. At the Marché, for example, you can get a whole tub of yogurt for 5.99, or a block of cheese for only 2.99. You can even get ramen!
  • In almost all of the dining locations on campus, you can find various kinds of soup, which is also usually one of the most nutritious and cheapest options available. Although the winter is (thankfully) behind us, don’t give up on soup yet—it may be just what you need to get you through finals without starving!


Also—never forget to check the BORED calendar, there are always tons of events that offer free food! Happy munching!

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