Page 1


Hitting the best spots in paris Article By: Hallie Williams

Notre Dame, also known as Notre-Dame de Paris, is a Catholic cathedral that is considered to be the most famous Gothic cathedral from the Middle Ages because of its size and its architecture. Walking distance from Notre Dame is the Louvre Museum, also known as Musée du Louvre. It has one of the largest collections of art in the world, including art from Ancient Egypt and European art dated around the 1850s. Next visit the SacréCoeur Basilica. It is located on the top of the hill in the beautiful neighborhood of Montmartre.

How to study abroad on a budget

02 How to have a

healthy space in college

03 How to remain Eco-friendly

Photo by Mikayla Santos of Hallie Williams infront of the Eiffel Tower

Fall 2019


Students How 2: a Newsletter for you The college student who wants to learn how to do everything better easier or cheaper


How to pack efficiently for a month in Europe Article by: Ashley McDonnell

his past summer, I parever, packing for ticipated in a study abroad a month in one session through my universuitcase does sity that was the summer of not allow you a lifetime. I spent a month to bring every travelling across Europe, single option experiencing many different in your closet. Example of KonMAri folding technique cultures and learning about I’ve learned that Photo by Ashley McDonnell the world. The trip started in packing clothCyprus, which is an island ing items that off of Turkey in the Mediterranean, you can mix and match is the best. If and ended in London, with stops in you bring a lot of patterned tops and Paris and Venice in between. bottoms, it is harder to wear those items more than a few times. The outfit Each city that we were going to gets old, certain tops only match with required different types of clothing so, certain bottoms, etc. Instead, try packbefore the trip began, I was nervous ing basics, or things that can go with a about packing. I tend to be an “overbunch of different items. For example, packer” even for small trips, so I a pair of “mom-jeans” goes a long knew a month in Europe was going to way. I wore my plain blue jeans many be difficult. After spending countless times because I could pair it with a hours reading travel blogs and watch- variety of items. A plain tee-shirt for ing packing tutorials, I found that I a casual look, a statement tank top if had been going about packing comyou are doing a lot of walking around pletely wrong my whole life. I learned in the heat, an oversized knit sweater if a lot after packing for my European it’s chilly, or a fancy blouse and some adventure. booties for a nice evening out. The options are endless! In terms of clothing, I always liked packing options, because you never I found that my one pair of jeans was know what sort of outfit you are going great for every occasion. You can do to be in the mood for each day. How- the same thing with tops. Pack more

basic, single color tops that you can mix-and-match with different bottoms, and easily change the style! In terms of dresses and jumpsuits, try not to pack too many. Pack your favorites that you know that you will wear no matter what. Teal Darkenwald, an Associate Professor at East Carolina University, runs a study abroad session to London and Paris every summer. When asked about packing she said, “Bring lots of layers in a neutral color. My standard is always black because it goes with everything and looks appropriate in all city environments. If you are somewhere in a warmer climate, a white, tan or denim jacket or light shawl may work. Prepare for the air conditioning indoors because the climate may be super hot outside but the air is freezing.” A pair of shoes makes an outfit, so you always want to pack a bunch of options. The problem is shoes take up space in a suitcase and can add on too much weight. Continued on page 2


Shoes I learned to only pack shoes that I know I am going to wear, and shoes that are comfortable to be wearing for a long time. In general, going on a trip means that you will probably be doing sightseeing, which requires a lot of walking. The cute pair of heels that matches your outfit perfectly, trust me, are not worth it. Instead, pack a pair of sneakers that are going to last you through every day. A pair of plain white sneakers can keep an outfit looking nice while also being comfortable. Most people don’t realize that how you fold your clothes in your suitcase matters. A significant amount of space can be saved if you fold correctly. My first tip is to buy packing cubes. These are small, fabric cubes that you can designate to certain items of clothing. For example, you put all of your tops in one cube and all of your bottoms in another. That way, you do not have to rummage through your entire suitcase when looking for a specific item.

Allegra, Cat and Michaela before flying to Paris. Photo by Ashley McDonnell.

Courtney D’Angelo is a professional Irish step dancer from Dublin, Ohio and spends most of her days travelling the world on tour. When asked about packing she said “My greatest piece of advice is to organize everything in packing cubes. The cubes save so much time and space, helping you to stay organized in all of your travels.”

In terms of folding, the KonMari folding technique is the best way to optimize space in your suitcase. This folding method has more clothes standing upright, rather than laying flat, in order to decrease wrinkles and create more space. This upright method also allows you to see every clothing item that you have packed, making it easier to find exactly what item that you need. Following these simple packing tricks and strategies will help you optimize space in your suitcase, while staying organized during all of your travels abroad!

“My greatest piece of advice is to organize everything in packing cubes. The cubes save so much time and space, helping you to stay organized in all of your travels.”

View from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Photo by Ashley McDonnell.


How to study abroad on a budget Article by: Emmersyn Ruhmke


ch habe 400-euro für zwei woche im Berlin. Didn’t understand that? Unless you know some German probably not. Studying abroad can be stressful, especially if you don’t know the native language. It can be overwhelming if you didn’t save up as much money as you thought you would. There are plenty of things to do before and during your trip that can help put your mind at ease.

“I saved up so I would have $150 a week to spend on fun, and food… It was enough for me,” study abroad Berlin 2019 East Carolina University student Arianna Ford, said. you can order the currency of the country you’re going to early through your bank, if they have this service. You don’t have an exchange rate when doing this, and it can save you a lot of money. Having extra money is always a good idea in case you run out or have an emergency.

The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photo by Emmersyn Ruhmke.

Here are a few tips to help you navigate through a foreign country on a budget.

Months before you go on your trip make sure you’re saving money because traveling is expensive. I de-cluttered my closet and sold old clothes, worked extra hours at my job, and did other tiny side jobs like walking dogs or babysitting.

Planning out your trip early is a key way to save money. Look up activities you want to do, transit details, food expenses and how much they all cost. Book activities early to ensure you’re getting the cheapest flights, do the same with train tickets, and bus or tram tickets. If you want to eat at a famous restaurant in the city, I recommend making reservations early.

If you are planning weekend trips to different places, make sure it won’t ruin your budget. I looked on Airbnb to find cheap apartments or hotels to stay in. You can find some as low as $40 a night, and if you split with friends it’s even cheaper. Planning out your trip is very stressful if you’re rushing it, so give yourself plenty of time. “I came to Berlin and knew no German. Although I was taking classes it was still hard to figure out what

Emmersyn Ruhmke with the TV tower. Photo by John Kerr.

people were saying,” study abroad Berlin 2019, East Caroline University student John Kerr said. Using apps like Duolingo and dictionaries can help you learn basic everyday language to help you travel through the city. It’s a good idea learn how to ask for directions, order food (and coffee), etc. You can look this wording up as you go through your trip as well. Google Translate doesn’t always translate correctly and may make you sound crazy. It’s better to use other sources to translate correctly. I downloaded the “German Phrase Book by Language learning university” when I went to Germany, which covered 1,000 different phrases in eating, shopping, traveling, and more. There are books like this is in many different languages to help suit your needs as you travel. Once you get to your city, you’ll want to exchange your money in the airport to get the best exchange rate. Understand that the rate could be bad at the time and you’d be getting 80 euros for your $100 bill. This is why it is best to get your money through the bank early. Continued on page 4


Money and Navigation In Germany a lot of people didn’t use credit and debit cards, which was different from America. Cash was the main use of currency, and using a card was a hassle. Always have some amount of cash on you. To navigate the city, I used Google Maps to understand the transit. It

tells you when busses or trains are coming and which train you need to get on. If you don’t understand where you’re going, this is where your language book comes in. It is best to be prepared to get lost. I got lost my first day. Phone service doesn’t always work, and this is why you need to know some basics in the language so you can find your way.

Berlin skyline from Reichstag roof. Photo by Emmersyn Ruhmke.

How to have a healthy space in college Article by: Caroline Farrington


ganized with your school work, so he perfect bedroom is vital in your room should cater toward keepcollege for a productive year. Having things organized at home. Having a space that brings you joy with ing a desk that you can work from your own creativity will create a safe separates school from sleep. A lot of environment for you to be yourself. people do their homework in bed and At times school can be challenging so tend to not get a lot accomplished beyour room should aide as your space cause your bed makes you relaxed. to get away from stressful elements The American College of Healthcare such as homework or class. KeepSciences gave three reasons why you ing your room organized and clean should never do your homework in can have a big effect on the tasks you bed: It limits focus, decreases producaccomplish in school. Keeping your tivity and hurts your sleep. At a desk room neat in a sense keeps your mind you are focused on your work and neat, relieving stress. Here are my tips more likely to get your work done. to keep your room a healthy space for Another way to keep your room ora productive and stress-free school ganized is by having labeled bins for year. storage. When starting the school year you tend to grab all of the essentials that keep you organized. A backpack, agenda, and notebook keep you or-

a year, so storage is key, so everything needs to be planned around maximizing room.” An example she had was cool baskets under your bed to add a punch to the room but operate functionally aswell. I keep a bin under my nightstand to hold my books for when I want to read at night. A good idea for items to place in bins under your bed is things like older books or seasonal clothes. Compact storage is a great way to keep your room neat and minimal.

The aesthetic is what makes your room your favorite place in your house. EvInterior Designer Kelly Rodgers from erything you bring into your room has a Sound Furniture told me that storage sense of meaning that makes it special to you. Eason White, an interior designer is everything in your college room. “This is going to be your home for

Continued on page 5



then add your accenting throw pillows. This will also help to decide what at Robuck Homes in Raleigh, gave décor you should add me great advice on how to view around the space. Buildyour rooms aesthetic. ing off of singular items help to make your room “Create a space that constantly inspires you and make sure all of your symmetrical. pieces communicate well with one another to create a perfect harmony Comfort When looking for things in your unique design.” to put in your room, comfort should always Your aesthetic is how you are feelbe a key factor in your ing and can be whatever you want. decision-making process. The point of having an aesthetic You want to make an enis to cater towards your likes and Bandit the dog. Photo by Caroline Farrington. create a happy space. When picking vironment that is relaxing after a long day of class and activiout your colors make sure they are creating a less enjoyable night’s sleep. compatible with other colors. Hav- ties. You always want to make sure HGTV had a great article that described ing contrasting colors can create a your bed has the essentials to give the basics of buying sheets relating that you the best sleep for a productive sense of distance from your room, day. If your bedding is not comfort- the higher the threat counts the softer the as if something is missing. A tip sheets and the better you will feel. for keeping a consistent theme is to able it can hinder your sleep and make you restless at night. When pick out the biggest piece of furniAnother tip is to make sure your pillows ture in your room first and build off choosing your bedding make sure and mattress are firm enough for you the thread count is to your liking. of that. If your bed is the biggest to help get a good night’s sleep. If your If you get a threat count that is too piece in your room, you want to pillows and mattress aren’t firm enough, low your sheet could feel like plastic pick the color of the comforter and they can cause aches and pains. You should always try out your mattress and pillows in the store before deciding if they are the best fit for you. Your room is essentially your best friend in college, keeping you sane at times when school is too much. Having your favorite things that will help you tackle the hardships of college is what makes your room so personable. A space that is free of stress induced by school can have enormous benefits on your way of living. Create the space that is perfect for you and will make you the most comfortable. Your room is the place that makes you feel at home when you’re away from home, so make it count.

A stress free space can have benefits. Photo by Caroline Farrington.



:: 1 p Ti

Try to take overnight planes.


: 2 p Ti

Try to sleep on the plane.

3 p i T

Hydrate on the plane.

VISIT: Students How 2


Everything Better, Easier & Cheaper Both the content for this newsletter and the design are created by students enrolled in COMM3310 Copy Editing and Design in the School of Communication at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina during the Spring and Fall semesters under the direction of course instructor Barbara Bullington. We welcome suggestions for article ideas for future issues. For inquiries, please email 6

Profile for ruhmkee16

Students How 2// second post  

Fall 2019

Students How 2// second post  

Fall 2019

Profile for ruhmkee16