Friday, March 7, 2014

Best Study-Friendly Coffee Shops

Hey there, readers!

Here at SPU, finals are just about a week away. Shake up your routine and head into the city for a change of scenery as you hunker down and study this weekend and next. Here are my top picks for study-friendly spots around Seattle. 

Bustle Cafe (Queen Anne)
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A classic favorite of SPU student, Bustle Cafe now offers 20% with your SeaPac pass. If that's not an excuse to treat yourself to a lavender latte, I don't know what is. The baristas at Bustle are nothing but friendly, and the cutesy cafe is welcoming and warm against the winter blues. Stock up on some snacks from Ken's Market across the street and get ready to knock out those final exams. 

Storyville (Queen Anne)
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Queen Anne's latest addition is a coffee shop for the books. To give a sense of the shop's charm, their roasts are called "The Prologue" and "The Epilogue." You'll feel swept away as soon as you step into the warmly decorated corner cafe. The best part? It's within walking distance of SPU, as long as you can handle the 3rd Ave hill.

Chocolati (Wallingford)
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Chocolate lovers, unite! If coffee's not for you, this is the place to go. Grab a friend and head to the Wallingford location, which isn't too far from SPU. Treat yourself to a warm cup of drinking chocolate, with unique flavor options ranging from spicy to caramel-y. 

Forza Coffee Company (Greenlake)
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Inspired by the culture of Italy, Forza has it all: specialty coffees and espresso, as well as some great eats. With many locations throughout Washington, the spot in Greenlake is perfect for studying. Cozy up facing a window to people watch when you need a study break. Try a macchiato and sandwich or sparkling water and a pastry to fuel your studies. 

Miro Tea (Ballard)
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Tucked in historical Ballard, Miro Tea is the perfect setting to find your homework zen. The little shop is welcoming and brews their own tea, the perfect substitute for coffee when you're feeling a bit too wired. Plus, it's the perfect respite for you night owls, as the shop is open until 10 p.m. 

What are your favorite spots to study? Let me know in the comments section! Happy studying!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Weekend To Do List

Valentine's Day
What: A day dedicated to reminding you if you're in the friend zone
Why: Because sometimes we need a little cheese
When: Friday, February 14
Where: Everywhere

Seattle Pacific against Western Washington
What: A white-out during the WWU game 
Why: Because we want our Falcons to know our pride
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 15
Where: Royal Brougham Pavilion

Zara Opening
What: The latest addition to the Seattle fashion scene
Why: Let the Spanish superstar rub off on you
When: Opens 10 a.m., Thursday, February 13 
Where: Westlake Center downtown

Friday, February 7, 2014

Weekend To Do List

The 2014 Sochi Olympics
What: The opening ceremonies are Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Why: Because the Winter Olympics only happen once every four years
When: Now through February 23
Where: You can catch it all on NBC

SPU Theatre's production of The Miracle Worker
What: A play about the relationship between Hellen Keller and her teacher 
Why: Take a closer look at the story we all know, and learn how it all began
When: Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
Where: McKinley Hall

Latreia's Winter Service Day
What: A day of service throughout the Seattle area
Why: Engage the culture and change the world, duh
When: Saturday, February 8 
Where: Greater Seattle area

Monday, January 27, 2014

How to Avoid the Mid-Winter Quarter Slump

Well, fellow students, here we are: in the awkward limbo between a fresh new year and the middle of the academic year. Spring is barely a whisper, and summer is still but a memory. And now that the holidays are over, we are hanging in there, making do with Federal holidays and cheesy holidays to come (read: Valentine's and St. Paddy's).

What to do when all we want is some sun and rest, but midterms are looming and finals after that?

Here my top five ways to avoid finding yourself in a slump this winter.

1. Try something new. 
There's nothing easier than falling into a routine and feeling stifled by it. Try to liven things up by visiting a new church, running outside instead of at the gym, or trying a new restaurant instead of eating at Gwinn. If that restaurant happens to be a gelato shop, that's not a problem. You can also try a new hobby (knitting, anyone?) or join one of the many clubs on campus.

2. Get outside. 
With SPU's Outdoor Recreation Program, there are no excuses for skimping on your outdoor activities. They have everything from snowshoe rentals to discounted rock climbing passes for students at a surprisingly affordable price. Or, gather some buddies and carpool to one of the many hiking spots in the Seattle area (walking is always free!). 

3. Find a new study spot. 
It's no secret that Seattle has a bevvy of cafes and coffee nooks--you just have to know where to go! Instead of the usual SPU staples (Tully's and Starbucks), try getting out of the neighborhood at spots like Bustle Cafe (Queen Anne), Bauhaus Coffee (Ballard), and the Millstead Coffee Company (Fremont). Not a coffee person? Treat yourself to a decadent cup at Chocolati (Wallingford). Even if you spend a Saturday studying, taking a bus to a new location will make you feel a little more adventurous. 

4. Head to the kitchen. 
Sweeten or spice up your daily bread by doing some good, old-fashioned home cooking. Winter is the perfect time for comfort food. Some of my favorites include homemade mac 'n cheese, fresh blueberry muffins, and the classic grilled cheese with tomato soup. 

5. Save some time for yourself. 
I often find myself with too much on my proverbial plate, stressed out because of over-committing myself. To counter this, I make sure I set aside some "me" time. Whether I watch a movie or catch up on a favorite TV show, read for fun, or just take a nap, after being alone and restful I always feel refreshed and ready to take on my to-do list. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Weekend To Do List

Gymnastics meet with University of Washington
What: The second home meet of the season
Why: Because our gymnasts put it all out on the floor
When: 7 p.m., Friday, January 24
Where: Royal Brougham Pavilion

Women's basketball game vs Saint Martin's University
What: The women's team is gaining momentum and plans to keep the winning streak going at home
Why: Any excuse is good enough to cheer on our Falcons!
When: 7 p.m., Saturday, January 25
Where: Royal Brougham Pavilion

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards
What:The music industry's version of the Golden Globes
Why: Where else will you find a performance that includes a mash-up by Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons?
When: 8/7 c, Sunday, January 26
Where: CBS

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Some Mid-Week Inspo

Happy hump day, readers!

Or, for us in the Pacific Northwest today, happy the-sun-wants-to-shine-but-is-deciding-to-play-hide-and-seek day. I don't know about you, but all of the New Year's hype has faded into the winter fog and the middle of the week is finding me tired with a cold coming on. Here's some inspiration I've rounded up to lift all of our spirits. Only two more days until a three-day weekend!


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Senior Week Shoutout!

Hey readers!

Long time, no (virtual) see. I hope the New Year is treating everyone well, and that you are all inspired and motivated to follow through on any resolutions you have made. 

2014 is going to be a big year. For me and my fellow seniors, we're graduating in June! That's only six months until we have to be prepared to face life as a real big kid (or as a real young adult). If you're anything like me, you'll be scoping out potential jobs, potential cities to live in, and potential adventures to pursue once life is free from homework and sitting in class during the day well before graduation day. My ultimate goal? To simply be able to pay rent and afford groceries and gas! 

Luckily, the Center for Career and Calling at SPU is here to help. This week, January 13-17, is Senior Week. This means that there are a multitude of free workshops and lectures for all students, though the themes are focused on what seniors need to hear. Some of the topics include how to ace an interview, what to know about what your style is saying about you, and how to stay credible. You can find the complete schedule of events here. Pick up a ticket in the SUB and get it stamped at three or more events for a free professional, leather portfolio at the end of the week, which you can pick up at the Center for Career and Calling.

Good luck, everyone!