There’s nothing worse than getting to class a full 10 minutes before it starts. On top of that it’s always that one class where you don’t know many people or have a strange professor. Obviously, the most common solution to your problem would be to take out your phone. But if you are like me, there are only so many times you can refresh your Twitter and Facebook accounts with that sliver of hope that something new has been added in the past 30 seconds.
I will be the first to admit that I don’t read for fun as much as I should. However, the new iPhone app, Zite, has recently changed this. You can download Zite for free to your iPhone or iPad and have this lifesaver for those awkward moments.
With the abundance of news sites on just about any topic, Zite lets you add all of your interests (literally anything) and then it pulls relevant articles from across the Internet to one place. Your top stories will then all appear in one slick column, or you can simply look at a page dedicated to one of your specific topics of interest.
Whether you want to focus on BC news, catch up on some celebrity gossip, or find out the latest and tastiest Italian food recipe, any story can be there at your finger tip.
While Zite can be fun for killing some free time, it also has a professional advantage. Zite is helpful if you want to quickly brush up on a business topic or do a little research on current events. I recently used Zite at my internship to find some contemporary marketing articles which really impressed my boss (not the mention the time it saved me from having to search all over the Internet).
So with all of these great uses, whether they be personal or professional, next time you’re trying to avoid eye contact on the Comm. Ave. bus with that girl you met at a party last weekend but whose name you don’t remember, just take out your phone like you always would. Except this time give Zite a try.
School, major and year: A&S, Communications, 2014
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? The people, duh!
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? We would definitely go to a both a football and hockey game (we would win both games!). We’d take a quick walk around the Res, eat lunch at Hillside, and finish the day with a classic Mod party. There’s no way you wouldn’t come to BC after that!
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self? I would tell my self to branch out and not get stuck in one particular friend group. The friends you meet in orientation and during the first few months are great, but they might not be the friends you’ll have throughout the four years here. Be friendly and open-minded and everything else will fall into place!
What is your favorite study spot on campus? My bedroom. I can’t study anywhere but my bed.
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? Who doesn’t love the mozzarella sticks?!
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? Anything country.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Cheesecake Factory. I love any kind of pasta and dessert is my weakness.
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? Blair Waldorf from "Gossip Girl" because she would make a fabulous shopping buddy.