Must-See Movies to Watch on Winter Break: All featuring Matt Damon

Ladies and gentlemen, Matt Damon is an actor who continues to outdo himself.  As a college student, I feel that two of his movies (from the 1990’s) are particularly relevant for D’Youville College students. So while you’re relaxing on Winter Break, here are some movie suggestions just for Spartans.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

MV5BMTk0NjY0Mzg5MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzM1OTM2MQ@@._V1_SX640_SY720_This is a classic Matt Damon movie and available on Netflix! Matt Damon’s character is a genius with an eidetic memory, arguably one of the smartest characters in any movie I have seen.

Matt Damon’s character, Will Hunting, is a janitor at MIT in Boston. You can imagine seeing him cleaning at your school and you think “oh man I have to go to college.” Wrong! Matt Damon’s character is an absolute genius. However he has a troubled past and seeks the aid of Sean Maguire (played by Robin Williams), a psychologist who is from the same side of Boston. He tries to help Will find out what he wants to do with his life.  

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Yik Yak- The New Social Media: Who is Boot Girl?

yik-yak-diy-icon-102A few months ago I first heard about the hottest new social media app among college students- Yik Yak. Several people had mentioned it on Twitter so I decided to download it to see what it was all about. The app is basically an anonymous Twitter. It allows people to post anonymous thoughts or “yaks,” as the app calls it, and anyone can vote those yaks up or down. Some consider the app to be the worst form of social media because there is no accountability for what is said- a perfect lair for cyber bullies.

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The D’Youville Student ID: Your New Golden Ticket

Let’s face it: being in college isn’t cheap. Between tuition, textbooks, going out with friends, and that concert you want to go to, there’s quite a hefty bill to pay. Fortunately for us, some very popular brands in the United States realize this, and offer students various discounts.

Student_IDMost of these discounts have been found by asking around, as most retailers don’t post their student discount if they have one. Usually, you are eligible to get up to a 15% discount on certain items in certain stores.

The following is a list of discounts I’ve been able to find, and what they apply to. It’s great to know that that little card can do more than get you food and into the fitness center on campus!

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Channel Your Creativity to Cut Costs: 5 Student-Budget-Friendly Tips to Survive the Holiday Season

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I have always loved the creativity of DIY gifts. It adds a dimension of personalization that can’t be bought commercially. For instance, my friend is planning on getting a tattoo which can end up being really expensive. Guess what I plan on getting him for Christmas? A money tree! (Money folded into a tree).


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