The Declassified Guide to College: 2nd Semester

By Caleb Smith

When you become accustomed to creating great memories with loved ones, eating home-cooked meals, and playing every video game, the worst thing that could possibly happen occurs, going back to school. Although some parents may seem to be overbearing, it has no comparison to finals week or pulling the infamous all-nighter.

I’m fully aware that you all may feel depressed once you set foot back on campus ground, however, it’s my personal duty to provide you with the necessary guidelines for making this semester unforgettable.

Yes, I agree that it is extremely difficult parting ways with your childhood friends, your high school sweetheart, and even your beloved grandparents, but you can make it through these next couple of months by channeling your energy towards your social life, exercise, and most importantly your studies.This is the time to incorporate your new year’s resolution into your daily regimen; whether it is to have better eating and sleeping habits or to get all A’s. Never forget that this semester is the chance to create a new persona for you. Daylight savings time as well as the cold weather could make you feel drowsy, however, this irritable feeling can be nullified by simply partaking in extracurricular activities, such as playing pickup basketball, attending events on campus, or even better, joining the Hiltonian!

Although extracurricular activities are extremely beneficial to one’s college experience, you must first be able to master the ability of handling your stressful schedule. This task becomes even more burdensome if you are in the workforce as well as the classroom. The UCLA Higher Education Research Institute, has recently discovered some astonishing data; they concluded that “nationwide first/year college students’ sense of emotional well-being is at its …lowest since 1985”. Moreover, a plethora of students attending FIU have recently begun reporting the overwhelming pressure to succeed. After coming across these intriguing statistics, one might begin to question how to find a happy medium between your studies and your social life, especially due to them playing such an integral role regarding one’s overall wellness.

As a result, it is extremely vital to manage your time by either using your reminder apps on your phone or just simply applying a good old-fashioned calendar. In closing, continue to be persistent and focused towards your goals, believe that anything can be accomplished with self-confidence and a slight sprinkle of optimism as well. Therefore, keep your heads held high Eagles, and know that the best is yet to come!

Video Game Review: NBA 2K16

By Caleb Smith

On Sept. 29th, arguably one of the best video games ever created hit the market. Thousands camped outside of local retail stores in order to receive the highly anticipated 2k16. As a result of the consistent success of the 2k series throughout the years, many have questioned if the game could truly live up to the hype. While reading this article, you will not only become aware of vital features such as the graphics, and My Player, but solid teams to play with that are under the radar as well.

One of the most beloved features of 2k16 is ‘My Player’. This feature has gained an immense amount of popularity throughout the years, due to it providing gamers the opportunity to create their own player, who could eventually become the best player in the NBA. Although ‘My Player’ is believed to be one of 2k’s best attributes, many believe that there needed to be some more adjustments; thanks to the help of Spike Lee, the gamers’ needs were met.

Once you begin playing My Player on 2k16, you will not be able to put the remote down!

During the production of 2k16, 2k Games decided to partner with the Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee, in order to enhance the quality of the feature. After playing My Player, I can tell you first-hand that it’s like nothing that you’ve ever experienced – it’s like a movie within the game!

Before you begin to play, you are first presented the option to take a picture of yourself, and then submit it to the game, so you could have your player look exactly like you. Unlike the previous 2k’s, the submission of your picture is completed within thirty seconds. I know right now you might be amazed, but that’s not even the best part. Spike Lee set the ‘My Player’ feature as a documentary covering the journey from your high school career to the NBA. While in high school, you will begin to feel pressured by your girlfriend, family members, recruiters, and NBA owners, who will all have an immense impact on your decision-making.

Throughout your ‘My Player’ career, you will experience a tremendous amount of success, but it will be up to you to obtain a good image, and to keep both your brand and family under control. Although My Player has improved greatly over the years, it’s not the only 2k feature that has gamers excited.

As a fellow gamer, I know the importance of both graphics and player ratings. These two qualities are vital to one’s experience of the game. Thankfully, while playing 2k16, you will not have to worry about having any issues concerning poor graphics or inaccurate player ratings.

2k has gained a vast amount of popularity throughout the years, due to them displaying the details of a player’s tattoos and even their signature sneaker. As expected, 2k has topped last year’s performance in this department; the graphics are so detailed that you will think you’re watching the game live on your flat screen. The game displays the signature Steph Curry free-throw ritual that consists of him chewing the side of his mouthpiece while he shoots. Furthermore, I know that all of the LeBron fans, including myself were extremely disappointed at the poor detail of his hairline; well guess what gamers. He officially has a real hairline on 2k16!

After being impressed by the detailed graphics, I was even more amazed by the accurate ratings of both the teams and players. As expected, LeBron James holds the highest ranking, while only one overall point over MVP Stephen Curry. Names such as Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James have become synonymous with winning while competing with fellow gamers. Although these players are very dominant, your winning percentage could actually increase by playing with teams that are under the radar. Teams such as the Miami Heat and the New Orleans Pelicans are believed to be great match-ups for powerhouse clubs such as Cleveland and Golden State, due to their deep rosters.

In conclusion, with all of the new features and roster updates, prepare to be amazed!

Movie Review: American Ultra

By Kelly Kipfer

American Ultra is a comedy/action movie, directed by Nima Nourizadeh, that you may not have heard of, however, it is quite interesting to watch. Warning this film is rated R for the following: drug use, language, a little sexual content, blood, and violence. American Ultra will keep you entertained and might even surprise you while watching.

Mike (Eisenberg) and Phoebe (Stewart) make the dream team in what could be this year’s most romantic comedy, American Ultra. Sticking together and fighting off danger is what Mike and Phoebe must do. Both characters demonstrate teamwork and accomplishing what needs to be done. This movie could motivate viewers to use what they have to get what needs to be done completed.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, American Ultra focuses on Mike (played by Eisenberg), who is a stoner and an agent trained by the government. Mike tends to forget that he was trained by the government and he at times does not realize what he is capable of doing, which adds a bit of humor to the film. Mike also does weird things, such as killing a guy with a metal spoon in self-defense. Mike ends up surviving throughout the dangers the government puts him through and saves his girlfriend (Stewart) from getting killed and himself.

Mike is really a genius because he outsmarts the government from catching him, and what is funny is that he doesn’t necessary know how he does it, he just does it. He doesn’t give up either, he fights through everything. This movie can influence viewers to not let things bring you down, no matter how hard it may seem, you can fight through it and survive. Life requires strength.

This movie can be enjoyed by mature audiences, viewers who don’t mind surprises and blood, American Ultra has a good amount of action throughout, keeping its audience involved. From the strong chemistry between Mike and Phoebe to the action scenes, American Ultra is a film that is worth watching at least once.

Ultimate Abs and Yoga

By Deborah Dahn

Every Monday at 5:15 pm in the upper level of the gym Mrs. Stacy instructs the Ultimate Abs class. The class is focused on strength training exercises and burning the fat in your abs. The class is an hour or an hour and fifteen minutes long, and the exercises target your back as well as your core. You need a lot of endurance to complete the workouts, but you will feel excellent every time you do the specialized exercises. If you are not targeting a specific area of your body, then the Yoga class is for you. The yoga class is every Wednesday at 5:15 pm.

Just like the Ultimate Abs class, the Yoga class is an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes long. Yoga is all about flexibility and releasing tension in your body. It is extremely peaceful and focuses on breathing and relaxation. The people who have attended the class with me were extremely satisfied at how relaxed and at peace they were.

“Yoga stretches muscles and parts of your body that do not get used often such as your lower back, I like that the exercises are designed to relieve stress as well as mental and physical tension. The exercise is not as intense”- Emily Haney.

I can personally attest that these exercise classes will help improve your mental and physical health and relieve the pressures of school.

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