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5 Crafts to Try Over Winter Break

Winter break is finally here! After all your hard work this semester, it’s time for some rest and relaxation. A great way to release the stress from the fall semester and get into the holiday spirit is to try out some fun new crafts. Crafts are a great way to get hands-on and let your creative side run free! Here are five different crafts you can make during winter break: 

1. Scrapbooking

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A scrapbook is a great way to put all your favorite mementos in one place! We all love a good photo dump or Instagram layout, but taking your photos from online to on paper can be a sentimental way of having all your memories accessible in one place. You can put anything from pictures and stickers to drawings and ticket stubs in your scrapbook. 

2. Knitting

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Winter is a great time of year to get into knitting. You can turn your new knitting hobby into all the winter essentials of socks, hats, blankets, scarves, and holiday gifts. Pick up some yarn from Walmart or your local craft store, check out a few youtube video tutorials, and craft to your heart’s desire!

3. Painting

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Regardless of your painting skill level, painting is a fun hobby that you don’t necessarily have to be good at to enjoy. You can paint something from a blank canvas or try a paint by numbers kit to form your own masterpiece. Paint alone or invite friends over to paint together. You can even spice things up and have a sip and paint with friends and turn it into a party! 

4. Make Jewelry

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There are so many ways to make different types of jewelry! You can use beads to make bracelets, clay to make earrings, or metal to make rings, to name a few examples. The possibilities are endless when it comes to new pieces of jewelry you can add to your collection or that of a loved one this holiday season. 

5. Clay Crafts

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The beauty of clay crafts is that you can make virtually anything! Some common clay crafts you can make include pottery, jewelry, figurines, decorative trays, and candleholders. You can even make clay yourself or buy premade clay at Walmart or your local craft store. Clay crafts can be a great way to decorate your space, add to your jewelry collection, or make great gifts!

If you’re looking to try something new over the break, the giant world of crafting is for you! In addition to the crafts mentioned in this list, visit your local craft store to check out the wide variety of options of crafts to try out. Social media sites like YouTube, Pinterest, and Tik Tok are also great sources of inspiration that include tutorials on how to get started. This winter break, enjoy yourself and let your creative side run wild!

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Festive Christmas playlist

Ready to switch out studying for cozy nights in Christmas pajamas? If so, check out this Christmas playlist to celebrate the jolly season. Listen to this mix of classic songs such as Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and lesser known songs such as The Killers’ “Don’t Shoot Me Santa.” Get ready to sing along to these holiday jams “Underneath the Tree.”

UT Colleges As Pie Flavors

We all know the holiday season is right around the corner, which practically means it’s the season for pie. Whether you’re staying in Austin or going home for the holiday season, find out which pie you are based on the college you’re in at UT!

Cockrell School of Engineering – Apple Pie

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What is more classic than apple pie? You love tradition and familiarity. You see the value in what works — like math.

Moody College of Communication – Pecan Pie

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You’re a classic. Like the pies that drip with sugar, you are sweet to everyone you come across. Your smile and persona can be quite infectious. You’re that one person that people love to see walk into a room.

School of Architecture – Sweet Potato Pie

This pie is characterized by strength. Its constant comparison in looks to pumpkin pie shows that you are different and have something to offer.

College of Liberal Arts – Cherry Pie

Cherries can be sweet or tart. You definitely have a little bit of an attitude but in a good way. You stand up for what you believe in and don’t let other people push you around.

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College of Natural Sciences – Lemon Meringue Pie

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Just like this pie, you’re ambitious. When you set your mind to something you never give up no matter how many times you fail.

College of Fine Arts – Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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This pie has bold qualities and its popularity is prided on its uniqueness. You definitely think outside the box and embrace change from modern conformity.

McCombs School of Business – Chocolate Silk

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Chocolate silk is rich and smooth at the same time. You have a knack for looking like a million bucks. You demand nothing but the best, and your friends always look to you as the leader in the group because of your bold nature.

Steve Hicks School of Social WorkBanana Cream Pie

This pie is almost as genuine as you! You always look for the positives in life. And you constantly find yourself putting others’ needs before yours.

College of Education – Key Lime Pie

This pie is full of personality. You’re a natural leader and trust your gut. You love staying busy and keeping yourself on your toes like the bold flavor of this pie.

School of Information – Blackberry Pie

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You don’t necessarily stand out in a crowd even though you have so much to offer. You’re a great friend but most people don’t appreciate you the way you should be appreciated.

College of Pharmacy – Sugar Cream Pie

You are constantly slept on. Just like this pie you are filled with sweetness, but are sometimes dismissed for what people see as a lack of creativity.

School of Nursing – Pot Pie

Are you even a pie? Yes, apparently. You’re used to being called a STEM imposter, but you deserve some credit. So own up to the fact you are still considered a pie.

Jackson School of Geosciences – Pumpkin Pie

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You’re a classic..but sometimes considered a homebody. Fall is probably your favorite season and you love sitting at home comfied up in your favorite blanket watching TV.

Regardless of what pie is associated with your major, make sure you treat yourself this holiday season with something sweet because you deserve it!

6 Tote Bag Essentials For UT Students

Something pretty strange but really exciting happened to me the other day: I was wearing a tote bag, and another person who was passing by me as I entered the PCL had the same tote bag that I was wearing. It was funny when we complemented each other and went on about our days. After leaving the building, I started noticing more tote bags on my site; many people made their tote bags their finishing touch to the outfit. So as a tote bag user myself, I compiled the tote bag essentials, you should be carrying around campus.

Phone, keys, wallet, headphones

Laptop/iPad, notebooks, pens and pencils

Our other most important essential is necessary to complete these last few weeks of the semester. All of us tote bag enthusiasts must carry around at least one of these to finish strong in the winter. (From one UT student to another, you’ve got this!) Whether you’re hitting the books digitally or paperback, having a great color coding technique helps a lot when studying. Having some writing utensils is also essential for homework or even when we just need to write some thoughts down to alleviate the stresses of school.

Water bottle and snacks

Walking around can get tiring, and sometimes studying for a long time can be interrupted by all the grumbling you’re trying to suppress in the library. So, have your water bottle on you as well as a few substantial snacks. There have been way too many times where I’ve forgotten these and don’t have them when I need them the most, like after climbing up South Mall. So, take it from me when I say these are essential.

Pictures

Why pictures? You should always carry around pictures of people you care about and things you like seeing. Print them out, and you can look at them while you’re walking to remember the fun moments you had, which is the point of why you keep them on a plastic-coated paper, right? All joking aside, I carry around my disposable camera prints with me to look at them whenever I want to reminisce or show them off to people I’m hanging out with. It’s a good conversation among others when trying to explain what is going on in a picture even though you may not even remember what’s happening in it.

Chapstick, hand sanitizer, hair tyes

These small essentials in a zip-up bag can be a lifesaver — I cannot stress this enough. Never leave with chapped lips, keep hand sanitizer handy in case public places don’t have any and if it’s too windy in this cold weather, keep your hair out of your face with a headband or hair tie. All of these can be really convenient when life gets a little rough.

Mask, books, sunglasses

Remember to keep your masks on to end this pandemic —don’t leave without it. Books can also be essential when you have some downtime at the lawn in front of the tower or laying in the hammocks at the SAC. And when the sun is actually a little bright, or you just want to add a cool touch to your outfit along with your tote bag, bring a pair of sunglasses. Once you use them more often, you’ll realize how much more convenient they are. 

These essentials are what I, essentially, always need to carry in my tote bag when I am around campus, and I wanted to share some of them to make another student’s trips around campus a little more convenient. College students live busy and independent lives, and with a tote bag by your side, nothing can possibly come in your way. So show off your tote bag that has you prepared for being on campus and looking cute!

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A Love Letter to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

As the fall semester wraps up and final exam season approaches, times are stressful. Deadlines for assignments and projects have become top priorities consuming hours of the day to complete. Sometimes you just need an escape from everything, and a comfort movie could be the perfect little getaway. 

Comfort movies are ones you could watch multiple times for their lovable characters, straightforward plot, hilarious dialogue and more. These movies can range from romantic comedies to award-winning dramas, even animated classics. 

Even though I have various comfort movies, one of my favorites will always be Edgar Wright’s 2010 romantic action comedy, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The movie is based on the graphic novel series of the same name by Bryan Lee O’Malley.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World follows a lanky, idler bass guitarist named Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) who must vanquish an army of evil exes to date the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

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While the plot primarily focuses on Scott’s vicious conquest of Ramona’s seven evil exes, the movie also features notable actors and actresses before they landed their big break in Hollywood. Before winning an Academy Award and becoming Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Brie Larson was only 20 years old when she played Envy Adam, Scott’s crooner ex-girlfriend.

Larson’s performance as Envy remains an iconic role in her filmography who makes her entrance by standing in front of a poster promoting her band, the Clash at Demonhead. A few scenes later, Envy performs Metric’s “Black Sheep” as Scott and Ramona stare in utter shock. Larson’s cover of the song became available to stream on Spotify in June 2021 — a wonderful surprise for all the LGBTs.

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Another beloved actress who starred in this movie before gaining success in later projects was Aubrey Plaza, who played April Ludgate on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. In Scott Pilgrim, Plaza plays Julie Powers, a 22-year-old who has issues. When Scott starts to develop feelings for Ramona, she calls him a “total lady-killer wannabe, jerky-jerk.” She also points out his relationship with 17-year-old Knives Chau as “the mourning period” after Envy dumped him over a year ago.

Besides its lovable characters, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has a myriad of hilarious lines and dialogue between the characters. Throughout the movie, the drummer and ex-girlfriend of Scott, Kim Pine (Alison Pill) never fail to express her disdain for his relationship with Knives. In an early scene, Kim tells Scott that if his life had a life, she would punch it. 

Scott’s gay roommate, Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin) also disagrees with him dating Knives; with particular sympathy for the high schooler. At one point, he grabs her wrists and tells her, “You’re too good for him. Run.”

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However, Scott’s troubles worsen after he develops a strong interest in Ramona. In an attempt to learn more about her, he asks people at a party: “What do you know about Ramona Flowers?” If you have never watched Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the scene is reminiscent of Regina George in Mean Girls.

Another element I love about this movie is the transitions between scenes. Wright particularly uses frame wipes, in which one shot replaces another by traveling from one side of the frame into the next shot. These transitions are seamless and well-paced; sometimes emphasized with sound effects to match the comic book theme.

Even though I have seen this movie a million times, it always warms my cold dead heart. It’s a timeless classic that I could never get enough off. Long story short, if Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was a blanket, I would wrap it around my shoulders on my worst days.

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If you also feel like these last few weeks have been killing you slowly, put on this movie or any comfort movies of yours for a moment of peace. Along the way, cheer on your favorite characters and laugh at those jokes that never get old. Take a moment to yourself by getting lost in another world, even if it’s fictional.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is available to stream on Hulu, Showtime and Amazon Prime Video.

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