Author: Tori Leggett

Halloween Breakdown of Scary Movies

Yay! October! It’s getting colder and it is officially the Halloween month. This means costumes, candy and of course- scary movies! Who doesn’t love grabbing a big bowl of candy and watching scary movies until you have to sleep with the lights on? But the struggle is, which scary movie do you want to watch? This is my list of scary movies to watch this October. I broke them down into the following categories: Sort of Watching, Sort of Not, Watching Without Losing Sleep and Never Sleeping Again.

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Sort of Watching, Sort of Not

These are the movie suggestions for when you want to watch a scary movie, or have one on, while you’re doing something else. So these are scary movies that you don’t have to be 100% invested in to enjoy.

Scream

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The Scream movies are gold. And I am in no way trying to diss them, but they don’t require a lot of concentration. Basic slasher film. Except they’re making fun of slasher films without being boisterous like the “Scary Movie” movies. These movies are nice to watch when you know your attention can’t be entirely focused on the movie. The first movie was the best, but I also recommend the fourth if you want to laugh during the movie.

Paranormal Activity

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These movies, like the aforementioned, are ones you don’t have to completely watch to understand. This series of movies are ghost movies based more on jump scares, which is great, especially for dates when you want to talk a little but also watch a scary movie. I recommend the first and second Paranormal Activity.

Watching Without Losing Sleep

These are the movies that will scare you while you’re watching, but not enough to freak you out after its over. You will still be able to rest easy with the lights off at night.

Halloween

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It had to be on this list somewhere. One of the most famous horror films of all time. Michael Meyers is on a mission to kill his whole family (this mission changes as you get further into the series and the writers run out of ideas). The first movie is the one I recommend, although Halloween: H2O holds a special place in my heart.

The Shining

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One of my favorite Stephen King movies, even though he hates it. An alcoholic father takes his wife and son to a hotel to take care of in the winter. Cabin fever, anyone? A great movie that keeps you interested and freaked out but not enough to make you sleep with the lights on.

Never Sleeping Again

These are movies that terrified me and made me sleep with the lights on and the door open. *Disclosure* these are movies that scared me personally, but everyone’s fears are different.

The Woman In Black

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Only the first one. I watched it because Dan Radcliffe was in it, and ended up losing a lot of sleep. There’s not really jump scares, the movie scares you more from your anticipation of what happens next. Dan Rad goes to an old house to take care of a clients paper work after he’s passed away, only to encounter something really freaky.

Insidious

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I don’t know what happened to these people when they were younger, but their minds come up with the scariest stuff. The makers also did Sinister, which was an equally terrifying movie. A young son falls into a coma, and while under horrifying spirits try to take his soul. Seriously, horrifying. Watch it.

I hope this post gave you some ideas of what movies to watch as we enter Halloween season. Enjoy, and always remember the movies aren’t real! Or are they?…

6 Reasons Why I Love “Friends”

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“Friends” was the hit sitcom of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. If you haven’t seen at least an episode, you’re really missing out. The entire series recently got added to Netflix, and I just finished re-watching it, in its entirety. There are so many reasons why its a great show, but I’ve managed to narrow it down to six reasons.

1. Monica and Chandler

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Monica and Chandler start out as really great friends and that friendship slowly develops into something more. They bicker and compromise like no one else. Chandler loves Monica and all her weird cleaning habits and Monica loves chandler and all his jokes in awkward situations. They really are relationship goals.

2. Joey and Chandler

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Best. Bromance. Ever. Joey and Chandler can work through everything and are really close even at the end of the show. Chandler and Monica even have a room for Joe when they moved into the new place. Joey owed chandler over $110,000 (Buzzfeed.com estimate) by the time all was said and done. Wow!

3. Smelly Cat

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YOU’VE SUNG IT IN THE SHOWER. I KNOW YOU HAVE. It should honestly be considered a classic by now.

4. Gunther

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Gunther is the awkward manager at Central Perk who is eternally in love with Rachel. He isn’t a main character but still reoccurs in every season. He’s awkward and often comments on the sextet’s conversations and I think he’s amazing. It gives some humor to people in the show, other than the main characters. A bonus- his love for Rachel was adorable.

5. The Chick and Duck

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When the chick and the duck are first introduced I kind of rolled my eyes. But they grew on me, and eventually they were a really funny part of the show. And you can’t forget that they sort of lead to the scary apartment switch incident.

6. Rachel and Ross

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Anyone who falls in love with Friends spends the whole show rooting for Ross and Rachel to finally make up; whether you are on the “we were on a break side” or not. Emma was a beautiful addition to the show (even though she wasn’t really, ever, around?).

Comment below your favorite moment from the show, or favorite quote!

Inexpensive Date Ideas

Dating can be stressful in itself. You have to get to know the person, let them get to know you and try to enjoy yourself all the while. So the question is, how do you accomplish these things and not break the bank? Most college students work jobs in order to pay rent or help with tuition and sometimes there isn’t much left over to have a social life. Here are some inexpensive date ideas to consider when you’re running low on cash during college.

Cooking Dinner

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Going out for dinner can be expensive in itself, but what if you want the quiet time together to just talk? Try finding a dish either one of you knows how to cook well. Cooking dinner together gives you time to get to know each other through talking and through each other’s actions. If its a dish only one of you knows, teach the other one and walk them through it. And after you’ve cooked your meal sit down and eat it together. This will definitely save you money and also prevents you from having to leave a tip which adds to the bill.

Movie and Game Night

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Playing board games and watching old movies can be a great way to hang out without a lot of pressure to spend any money. You dont have to get dressed up either! Each one of you should pick out your favorite movie that the other one hasn’t seen and watch them together. You can even play games, like cards or Scrabble, and talk during the movie. This way you can get to know each other if you don’t, or just spend time together without a lot of stress.

College/University Run Event

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Almost every college or university offers free events for students to attend throughout the year.  Whether it be an ice cream social or a free concert, there are generally several to choose from during the school year. Connect with your student activities board on social media or through their website and see if there are any upcoming events worth attending. Invite your current love interest and enjoy the free event! After all, college is expensive.  You should utilize these perks!

Dating doesn’t have to stress you out, or stress out your bank account. These are simple inexpensive date ideas. Try them out this semester and enjoy the extra cash in your pocket.

Comment your thoughts below and any other fun, inexpensive date ideas. Have fun!

Basic Studying Tips Reinvented

Everyone knows the basic studying tips: note cards, reading and notes. These are cookie-cutter study tips everyone knows, but they don’t always work for everyone. These tips below are variations on the basic tips and allow you to make studying fit your personality! If you make your studying habits your own, this allows you to learn and understand the material, instead of just memorizing it.

Note Cards

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The basic version is to write a word on one side and the textbook definition on the other. Instead, try reading as much as you can stand about the topic: read the chapter, an article, etc. Once you feel like you’ve got a grasp on the topic, that’s when you write your note cards out. Write the note cards in your own words and in whatever style fits you better: lists, prose, shorthand, anything.

Why it Works: If you understand a topic before you write about it, or take notes on it, the notes then become a review-not a lesson.

Reading

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Reading the textbook is a necessity to taking most classes. Studies have shown that just reading the textbook and rereading it until you know it is one of the least effective ways to learn material. So, this tip is for anyone who doesn’t like notes or note cards, and just reads the material. Read something other than the standard textbook. Read the material in the book for the class and then find another source-be that another book, an article, a documentary, or YouTube video about the topic- and study that one too. Sometimes reading the same book written in the same voice causes people to zone out while studying. Don’t zone!

Why it Works: Supplementing your reading with other sources will give you a better idea of the material and be more familiar with it.

Notes

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Notes can be basic: you write down things you think are important as you read. This works for some people, but for others its just going through a motion. Instead try a similar tactic to the note card strategy: read in its entirety and then take notes. Write the notes in your own words, and write them as if you’re explaining it to someone else.

Why it Works: When you’re going back through and reviewing the notes, you’ll be able to easily understand them and follow the material without having to crack the book open again.

These are variations on studying tips I’ve found to work for me.Understanding the material is the best way to remember it. Good luck hitting the books!

Comment below if they helped or if you’ve found variations of your own. 

Four 2015 Book Movie Adaptations

The past couple of years we’ve watched as tons of books were adapted for the big screen. With the Harry Potter movies finished (sad face) we get excited for other books we’ve read to become movies. These are some book movie adaptations that are coming out this year!

The Scorch Trials

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This is the second movie in the Maze Runner Trilogy. The trilogy is a post-apocalyptic novel with the characters trapped in different situations without their memories. The first installment ended when they escaped the Maze. The Scorch Trials follows what happens after, and explains more about why they were in the maze, all while trying to find a cure for the Flare virus. Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

Official Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails Trailer:

Mockingjay Part 2

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The final installment of the Hunger Games is upon us. The first part ended with Peeta brainwashed and Katniss declaring war on the Capitol. Another post-apocalyptic trilogy with a corrupt government and the awesome main character, Jennifer Lawrence. In the last installment we should see the war on the Capitol continue and see how Katniss ends up. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Donald Sutherland.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Official Trailer:

Frankenstein

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Yes. Another adaption of Mary Shelley’s famous work. But this one has Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy in it! The 1994 adaption is my personal favorite. The story follows Dr. Frankenstein’s assistant, Igor, rather than the monster. It’s supposed to be a more contemporary adaption and it will be interesting to see how it turns out!

Official Trailer:

The Jungle Book

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Disney has been on a kick lately of remaking animated movies as live action. This one includes a cast of Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Bill Murray and Christopher Walken. An orphan boy is raised by animals and has great animal friends. The past few live action remakes have gotten great reviews, hopefully this one will too! 

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These are a couple of movies adapted from books to be excited about this year. eCampus.com has all of these books in stock, so if you don’t have them, make sure you read them!

As always, have a good day and comment below which of these book adaptations you’re excited for and how you think they’ll turn out!