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The time has finally come. It’s 12 am and you just barely made the deadline to apply to the final college on your list. You wipe the sweat from your brow, releasing a drawn-out breath before slowly rising from your desk and leisurely walking over to your bed. You flop down on your stomach before stuffing your face in a pillow and screaming your lungs out—the first real way to de-stress after an experience like this. That is, until you get your acceptance letter.
But now that that’s done, it’s about time you head to Target. It’s time to pretend you’re shopping for college while actually just hiding in a store that’s big enough to lose your problems in. So, since you’re here, let me tell you some ways to relieve stress in this store.

Step 1: Walk up and down the “home” aisles taking pictures of that perfect home assistant you’ll totally need to help manage your two day school schedule. Or that LED rainbow light that you’d love in your dorm room but know you can’t afford come BTS season. 
*Sidenote: By BTS, I mean both “back to school”—cause we know financial aid offices are waiting to play us and make clear that disposable income doesn’t exist in the real world—and the Korean pop group BTS, because you never know when they might make a comeback and we all know albums and merch gets expensive. *Cries because I paid $90 just to have four different versions of the same CD*

Step 2: Sit at a table in one of those porch displays and act out your own version of the reality TV show “Big Brother” with your friends. Ignore the stares from employees and act like you’re “just dorm room shopping” if they confront you. Pick a Head of House, do evictions, challenges and everything else. Cause nothing says “Let’s stay friends forever even after we graduate!” more than brutally throwing your besties under the bus to get them “kicked out of the house” so you can show off how truly superior you are to them.

Step 3: Sit down in the produce aisle and cry because you’re going to college this year and you don’t want to grow up.

Step 4: Buy some good books and read them all while you have this spare time left. Honestly, I don’t have anything entertaining to say about that. I just think it’s important that you read… Plus you can enjoy your final days of buying a book and not being #triggered by $300 textbook price tags.

Step 5: Shopping spree! Let loose and buy that completely necessary giant green watering can that you’ll need for the cute succulents you also plan to buy. Savor one of the last times you can freely spend $500 without the value somehow multiplying by 6 percent within the next four years. *Cries because I’m gonna owe the government money until 2092* Or, just raid the dollar spot. That’s going to be the only thing in your budget when school starts anyway, so you should probably get used to it. 

Step 6: Head to customer service and apply for a summer job. Maybe they’ll have an employee discount...


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Luca Fogale
From sad songs about love... to more sad songs about love… Move along Sam Smith, Luca Fogale is the newest heartbroke songwriter in town. Debuting in 2013 with his album “Paths,” Fogale has a humble beginning in the city of Burnaby, British Columbia, where he would perform in small venues. Now touring with multiple acts, it is a wonder that the silky-toned singer has not hit mainstream media yet. Fogale does not have a very active social media presence, but can be found posting music on his Instagram “@lucafogale.”

H.E.R.
The relatively unknown singer H.E.R. has toured with Bryson Tiller and other R&B names. Known for her self titled album H.E.R., H.E.R. has been known to show the female perspective of most relationship issues. Her R&B vocals provide a sultry sound to her music. 

Alex Newell
Now starring on Broadway, Newell has always been a vocal powerhouse. A male soprano, Newell is able to belt and hit notes as high as a C#6, earning him a spot on the show “Glee.” His style is a mix of ‘80s vibes and high belts that shake you to your core. Check it out on his recent E.P., “POWER.” 

Superfruit
This pop duo is two-fifths of the a cappella group Pentatonix. Having fostered a fanbase from their previous work, Superfruit brings a new sound to pop, with LGBTQ themes for everyone to bop to. Superfruit has gained recognition from Beyoncé, Rihanna and other pop and R&B icons for their covers, and they’re certainly worth checking out.


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Spring clean your winter playlist with these eight fresh tracks. 

33 “GOD”: Bon Iver
Unless you're into alternative or folk music, you've probably only heard of Bon Iver for stripped down, indie songs like“Skinny Love.”However, behind the scenes, Bon Iver is a music genius who mixes sounds of the future with themes of the past. The combination of rock themes with electronic features opens up a new genre of music most haven't heard of.

Evergreen: Yebba
Yebba has been hiding in the cut and releasing bops lefts and right. Most known for her recent work with Sam Smith, Yebba is a vocal phenomenon with swift runs and beautiful harmonies. “Evergreen” is such a piece. Combining simple percussion and tasteful harmonies, Yebba creates a simplistic but wholistic sounding piece to wow your ears. 

Haze: Amber Run
While I am not familiar with all of Run’s work, “Haze” is a beautiful, homophonic piece, similar to the works of Bon Iver and Imogen Heap. Run places very delicate, simple harmonies between intense chord builds, which adds to the emotional and dynamic piece of the music. 

The Outfield: The Night Game
“The Outfield” is a very simplistic but beautiful rock piece. With lyrics like “I know you try so hard to be so hard to get, but I can hear the way you talk under your breath,” it takes you inside unrequited love and the emotions that follow. The combination of reverb and harmonies and the soloist’s placements of his belts create a contrast from verse to chorus. 

I Don’t Want To Lose You: Luca Fogale
Fogale, a folk singer, has a soulful voice that reaches across genres. Fogale combines intense chords with a very light and silky voice to create a full sounding piece every time. Having released two albums, Fogale has crafted a folk-meets-soul sound that has gained attention across the musical spectrum. 

Vacation: Superfruit
“Vacation,” off Superfruit’s debut album, is for older teens only. Remember when “We Can't Stop” came out, and there was that whole dispute with the “Dancing with Miley” lyric? (Side note: If you don't know what I’m talking about do not Google it. Teens In Print is not liable for any information that you gain from your own personal intent to gain knowledge.)  Anyway, “Vacation” is a poppy song that older teens will understand and a song younger kids can still bop to… just make sure they don’t listen to the lyrics too closely. 

Pendulum: FKA Twigs
The queen of alternative R&B, FKA Twigs has become a music staple. She’s also one of the few people of color gaining fame in the alternative musical genre. Her sound is a mix of head voice harmonies and breathy belts, which create a sensual-sounding masterpiece.  

Runaway: Aurora
This Norwegian songstress has been known to produce bop after bop after bop, with “Runaway” being no exception. “Runaway” starts off as a slow, harmony filled homophonic piece but as chords build and sounds are added the piece elevates to another level of music genius. 



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Once the decision has been made and sent to the college you are officially attending, there is a new set of choices to be made. Awful, right? The college process is indeed an extensive and draining process. But at the end, everything you’ve done will be worth it because you will be college ready! To put you on the fast track, here is a comprehensive list of everything you need to know before you make your way to college.

The Packing List: 6 Necessities You Didn’t Know You Needed
 “I feel great about going to college because I can have so much freedom from my family,” said Darlene Franco, a senior at John D. O’Bryant. However, when it comes to knowing what to buy for college, Franco admits she doesn’t feel prepared. 
Purchasing necessities for college can be burdensome because it is not always clear what is needed. Sure, there are obvious necessities, like clothes, shoes, toiletries, textbooks, school supplies, and a bed set, but what else do we need to be comfortable in college? 
 No worries! Here is a list of a few less-obvious things you must consider getting.
A power strip. This is crucial for the long hours you’ll be typing essays, sending emails, doing research, and putting together projects. The built-in outlets in your dorm might be blocked, occupied, or located in a weird space, so a power strip is key for those difficult times.
A Full-length mirror. Meetings with your professor, boss, and friends all require different outfits, so a good mirror will come in handy when you’re quickly changing to go to your next event or appointment.
A Bike, for easy commuting around campus and quick trips to the grocery store. Plus, it’s much quicker to bike across campus when you’re running late to class, forgot about a meeting, want to grab a quick bite to eat in between classes, or coming home from work late at night. And, it’s environmental friendly!
A safe. With all your valuables coming with you to your dorm, you need a secure place to put all those items. Besides, you’ll be sharing a room with someone and facing constant intrusion from your friendly neighbors into your room.
Rain gear. The weather can be unpredictable and awful, but despite the rain or snow, you still have to go to class and work. To make sure you don’t show up drenched, an umbrella or raincoat will come in handy

Cleaning supplies and first aid kit. When you first arrive to your dorm, you should spray and wipe everything down. Then, keep your cleaning supplies and first aid kit around in case of spills, accidents, scrapes or cuts.

Dive in: How to get involved in college and meet new people
College is a completely different environment from high school. You will be surrounded by countless unfamiliar faces and overwhelmed with emotions from anticipation to concern. Starting over and making new friends can be frightening, so here are some strategies to assist in making new friends easier.
Find the hot spots on campus. Find the spots where all the different groups hang out, whether it be the library, dining hall, the cultural center or the gym, so that you can introduce yourself to everyone and find people with the same interests as you.
Sit in at a student government meeting. It’s important to know what’s happening in your school. Sitting in on student government will help you learn about ways you can get involved and make the school better, and you could even pitch in your own ideas or concerns. 
Check out the flyers and postings around campus. When you’re in high school, it can be easy to ignore the posters on the wall. But, when you’re walking around your campus, there might be postings about ways for you to get involved with clubs, on-campus jobs, service projects, or events. 
Attend the student organization fair. This is your chance to see all the clubs that exist, all in one place. Make sure you introduce yourself to the people in charge of the clubs. Also, take note of what clubs don’t exist yet—you might be the person who starts it!
Join a cause, charity, or foundation that you’re passionate about. This is a great opportunity to make a huge impact at your college, or in the community you live in. In addition, you can meet new people or get your friends involved as well.
Look through the events calendar. The calendar posted online is your guide to everything that occurs at your college. Whenever you’re confused on when something begins, the calendar is your source! A variety of events, activities and important dates are announced, giving you an idea of which ones to go to and how to update your own schedule.

Your Last Summer Reading List
The summer before college is finally the summer when you don’t have to do any summer work. However, that doesn’t mean you should just waste the time away. Below are a few suggestions from the WriteBoston staff for what you can read to prepare for the next four years.
The BrokeAss Gourmet Cookbook, for cooking on a budget. -Kieran Collier
Homer's Odyssey. If you study anything within the liberal arts, you're going to encounter tons of allusions to it, so it's definitely a good text to know. It's also just a really fun read! -Alyssa Vaughn
Get the Flipboard app. You can select topics that interest you and Flipboard will send you a daily digest of ten articles that suit your interests. -Kelly Knopf-Goldner

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers by Sean Covey. Yes, this book is probably shelved in the self-help section. But it's a readable, action-oriented, and humorous take on personal leadership. It's full of real stories from teens, great quotes, and even some comic strips.  I read it as a teenager and it changed my perspective on managing stress and my goals. -Anne Shackleford
The Merry Recluse: A Life in Essays by Caroline Knapp. The short stories touch on social situations you will encounter throughout your college years. The body image essay is especially relevant. -Carla Gualdron

Getting Studious 
I spoke with Jennifer Thai, a sophomore at Bunker Hill Community College majoring in biology, about how she stays on top of her studies in college.
What are some studying techniques that you follow/use?
I'm taking a biology course which is a lot of reading, so it's good to reread the chapter in order to understand because in biology, everything is pretty much thrown at you, so the best way to remember is to reread and underline all vocab words. Practicing problems is such a great technique when you’re doing math problems, especially when you’re trying to understand a formula.
How do you manage work, studies and school at the same time?
You have to really think about a good schedule for work because school is always first. You have to think about how many days you’re going to school, and how many classes you have because you don't want to over stress yourself. My first semester I struggled with this because I was so overwhelmed with getting work done when I had work the next day. I just felt like I wasn't getting enough done, and submitting things in late because work got in the way.
What do you recommend for students to do over the summer before college? Should they work, relax, or study?
Work to make money for yourself because you don't do that enough during school. Study as well because when you get back to school you won't remember most of the things you learned, and of course relax because this is your break and everyone needs breaks.
What are some of your favorite places to study?
My favorite places to study is at my college library and sometimes Boston Public Library. It's so quiet and everyone around you is focused and getting their work done.


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My mind is like an ocean 
It can be deep
Or it can be shallow 
Depends when we meet

I have my calms
And I have my storms
Storms from the unexpected
As you may already know

Anger as lightning
Sadness as rain
There's so many feelings
Difficult to explain

I have my pretty seashells 
And my pretty pearls
I also have my midnight zone
Which no one knows

Midnight zone
A black and dark place
Scary too
And it can very hard
To find a view

I have my own wave
I have my own rhythm
But you have to
Know me well enough
To see them



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