Archive for October, 2019

Drawing at the NYC Museums: From Stick-Figures to Sketches

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

I used to draw stick figures. I’m not what anyone would call a professional artist, or even a good amateur artist. During English and Literature lectures in my undergrad years, I would see my peers doodling away. Whenever I couldn’t process the professor’s droning word, I would entertain myself by watching my desk mates scribble stars, flowers, and people, envious that I could not do what they did.

I am finding new hobbies at age 25. I am a writer by nature. But I decided to expand my horizon. Instead of staying cooped up in my apartment, I made it my goal to step outside more often. Last week, I attended the Museum of Moving Images. I flashed my student ID and received the student discount. (They have free enties on Friday, 4-8pm).

I wandered the Jim Henson Exhibition, out of a love for the recent 2019 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series. I saw Henson’s doodly character sketches for Sesame Street and the Muppet Show.

I had a sketchbook in my bag. So I whipped it out. And I sought to imitate Henson’s sketches and some of artist Brian Froud.

These are the results. Not stick-people, but shapes.

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By Caroline Cao

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Carol is a queer Vietnamese-Houstonian Earthling surviving under the fickle weather of New York. When she’s not seeing a Broadway production, she’s buried in her nonfiction MFA homework like Hermione Granger and her Hogwarts studies. When not angsting over her first poetry manuscript or a pilot screenplay about space samurais, Carol is cooking her own Chinese food instead of buying take-outs and dreaming of winning Hamilton lotto tickets. She chronicles the quirks of New York living and writing, runs writing and scripting services, and lends her voice to Birth Movies DeathThe Mary SueFilm School Rejectsand The Script Lab. She’s also lurking in the shadows waiting for you to follow her on Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram.

For over 20 years, the Campus Clipper has been offering awesome student discounts in NYC,  from the East Side to Greenwich Village. Along with inspiration, the company offers students a special coupon booklet and the Official Student Guide, which encourage them to discover new places in the city and save money on food, clothing and services.  

At the Campus Clipper, not only do we help our interns learn new skills, make money, and create wonderful e-books, we give them a platform to teach others. Check our website for more student savings and watch our YouTube video showing off some of New York City’s finest students during the Welcome Week of 2015.

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What To Do For Low Cost Entertainment Around NYC

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

You know what’s the best break from your studies? Watching something cool! Or maybe something that makes you tear up. It’s not hard to entertain yourself in the Big Apple. Look around you, there is entertainment all around you.

If your pockets are low, check out these free or low-cost forms of entertainment or respite from your studying.

See Galleries

The mere act of drinking in sites and art is a relaxing form of entertainment. There are some free exhibitions you can find in NYC.

Walk the Park

As the studies say, access to trees reduces depression. So you might want to find your nearest NYC park and drink the fresh air. The famous Central Park is an ideal walkthrough.

Walking the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has an $8 discount for students.

Your Nearest Library

Yeah, books, magazine, comics are entertainment! Do not take for granted the power of a library card, which can bring you a bunch of NYC benefits. Find the Brooklyn Public Library or your New York Public Library.

Street Performers

People dance and play on the streets or subways of New York City. If you stop to watch on the streets or bother to look up from your subway seat, do spare a dollar for them.

The most fruitful site of entertainment can be found around Time Square. Follow the big crowd of people surrounding street dancers.

Streaming (And not just Netflix)

Yeah, I guess sometimes you just gotta stay at home and watch your Russian Doll, The Good Place, or Raising Dion. 

It’s just recommended you don’t spiral into binge-watching entire series in one sitting. Try to proportion your streaming consumption by studying in between episodes.

Also, you got a student email? Use it! A student email can allow you to access classic films on Kanopy streaming.

By Caroline Cao


Carol is a queer Vietnamese-Houstonian Earthling surviving under the fickle weather of New York. When she’s not seeing a Broadway production, she’s buried in her nonfiction MFA homework like Hermione Granger and her Hogwarts studies. When not angsting over her first poetry manuscript or a pilot screenplay about space samurais, Carol is cooking her own Chinese food instead of buying take-outs and dreaming of winning Hamilton lotto tickets. She chronicles the quirks of New York living and writing, runs writing and scripting services, and lends her voice to Birth Movies DeathThe Mary SueFilm School Rejectsand The Script Lab. She’s also lurking in the shadows waiting for you to follow her on Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram.

For over 20 years, the Campus Clipper has been offering awesome student discounts in NYC,  from the East Side to Greenwich Village. Along with inspiration, the company offers students a special coupon booklet and the Official Student Guide, which encourage them to discover new places in the city and save money on food, clothing and services.  

At the Campus Clipper, not only do we help our interns learn new skills, make money, and create wonderful e-books, we give them a platform to teach others. Check our website for more student savings and watch our YouTube video showing off some of New York City’s finest students during the Welcome Week of 2015.

 

 

 

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