Month: April 2014

The Community Just Got Served

To be honest, more people should do community service.

Community service is something that many people overlook, or don’t even care about doing, but it is so worth it. I have volunteered and participated in many community service projects throughout my life and no matter how big or small it was, I always felt 100% better about myself afterwards.

On Saturday, April 11, 2014, Stony Brook students, including myself, joined Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn, Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Valerie Cartright and The Greening Committee of 25A Communities to clean the area that surrounds the Long Island Rail Road in Stony Brook.

I’m not going to lie, I signed up to volunteer, at 8 a.m. on a Saturday, to be closer to reaching my required point total for the Sigma Beta Honor Society. But after completing the task, I realized that it feels really good to help make the community a better place and that I should participate these events more often. And I also encourage others to do the same.

Below is a photo gallery of pictures that were taken by Stony Brook’s Commuter Student Services at the clean-up.


Just Listen

To be honest, music is my escape.

No matter how I am feeling, happy, sad, energetic or frustrated, I love to put music on to channel my inner thoughts. Listening to music is a great way for me to let my emotions pour out. Whether it be upbeat music that I can jump around and dance to, or slow ballads that make me sit in deep thought, I enjoy them all. My favorite – jumping and dancing around in my room while lip syncing in front of the mirror to a high-energy song. It’s great cardio too!

Lyrics are really what makes music so special to me. It’s amazing how much artists’ lyrics affect my life. Many times, listening to lyrics help me reflect on the past and plan my future. It takes a lot of courage for artists to pour their hearts and souls out into a song and I admire them for that. I am so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to listen to and learn from the words that these artists have written.

I have compiled a list of my TOP 40 songs that I currently love. Enjoy!

  1. Wild Wild Love – Pitbull ft. G.R.L.
  2. Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz
  3. Really Don’t Care – Demi Lovato ft. Cher Lloyd
  4. Cue The Rain – Lea Michele
  5. Battlefield – Lea Michele
  6. Ain’t it Fun – Paramore
  7. Dark Horse – Katy Perry ft. Juicy J
  8. Take Me Home – Cash Cash ft. Bebe Rexha
  9. Sleeping With A Friend – Neon Trees
  10. Burn – Ellie Goulding
  11. Best Day of My Life – American Authors
  12. Royals – Lorde
  13. Timber – Pitbull ft. Ke$ha
  14. Mmm Yeah – Austin Mahone ft. Pitbull
  15. The Monster – Eminem ft. Rihanna
  16. Best Song Ever – One Direction
  17. All of Me – John Legend
  18. The Man – Aloe Blacc
  19. Not A Bad Thing – Justin Timberlake
  20. Let It Go [Frozen] – Demi Lovato
  21. Team – Lorde
  22. Glory & Gore – Lorde
  23. Brave – Sara Bareilles
  24. You Sound Good To Me – Lucy Hale
  25. Salute  – Little Mix
  26. Roar – Katy Perry
  27. Made In The USA – Demi Lovato
  28. My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark – Fall Out Boy
  29. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  30. Hey Brother – Avicii
  31. Miss Movin’ On – Fifth Harmony
  32. Hold On – Colbie Caillat
  33. Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me – Hunter Hayes
  34. More Than I Should – Hunter Hayes
  35. Happy – Pharrell Williams
  36. I Need Your Love – Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding
  37. Wake Me Up – Avicii
  38. Glad You Came – The Wanted
  39. Oath – Cher Lloyd ft. Becky G
  40. Stay The Night – Zedd ft. Hailey Williams


Making this list was not as easy as it may seem, but I think I compiled an accurate list of some of the great music that I love to listen to, dance to, sing to, study to, ponder to, etc.