Spring in the Boston area always promises to be a time of growth and change. As the weather continues to warm up, the city’s streets and parks will soon be a place for Bostonians to enjoy the outdoors after the pandemic’s winter. From Fenway to Sommerville, here are four spots to explore this spring.
By Kaie Quigley & Emma Ingenohl – Features Editor & 1851 Staff
Boston and surrounding areas boast a long list of stores and boutiques that are sure to intrigue the fashion focused community on campus. There are several second hand locations local to Lasell, granting students the opportunity to buy clothes and materials of varying styles and prices that adhere to their stylistic wants and needs.
By Kaie Quigley & Emma Ingenohl– Features Editor & 1851 Staff
The first consignment store is local to Lasell. Global Thrift on Moody Street a brief 30 minute walk or seven minute drive away in Waltham. It has become a recent hotspot for fashion enthusiasts at Lasell over the past couple of years, however the priorities of the founders do not lay solely in impressing the trend-focused youth.
The day was September 7th, 2019, move-in day. All summer long, the thought of this massive day caused me to feel a mix of anxiousness and excitement. To me, move-in day signified the end of one era, and the beginning of another.
Coming from Los Angele, moving to the Boston area to attend Lasell University was a huge change, a decision that totally countered many of my friends’, who decided to stay local. Because of the fact that I was moving across the country, my initial feeling about Lasell was one filled with an unexplainable balance of curiosity and fear.
Millions of questions ran through my brain as I mentally prepared myself to college. How was I going to adjust to the time difference? Being so used to the warm California weather, am I going to shiver and freeze once the ice-cold winter hits? Is this East Coast food going to be much different? Will I fit in and belong here?
But to my pleasant surprise, I’ve adjusted well. The wet, rainy mornings combined with the steady increase of cold chilled my pores initially, but I’ve begun getting used to it already.
While the dining hall hasn’t been amazing, every time I walk in and smell the fresh, hot, steaming pizza out of the oven, I always grow instantly hungry. The pizza here has been nothing short of fantastic so far, especially when I compare it to the underwhelming West Coast pizza I’m used to.
The welcoming New England accents that fill the souls of the locals here has also been a key factor. Coming into college, I didn’t know if I’d fit in, growing up 3,000 miles away. But I can confidently say I absolutely love the people here. The passionate Boston sports fans everywhere, their New England welcoming vibe, cheerful energy, all of it has assured me that I belong here.
At the end of the day though, Lasell has been a pleasant surprise. I’m not going to lie, when I began the college process, I envisioned myself at a huge, D1 sports school, the exact opposite of Lasell. But between the fantastic scholarship, being in an incredible college town like Boston, and the idea of being “a big fish in a small pond”, Lasell was too appealing to resist.
However, coming into it with an open mind has helped me slowly but surely adjust to Lasell, and I can now say I fit in and love it here. The right choice was evidently made. This is now MY community, and I absolutely love it.
As college students, sometimes having fun can be hard on a low income. Luckily, Lasell University students can take advantage of the many local restaurants, stores and museums that offer student discounts. More often than not, your favorite retailers and restaurants offer student discounts, all you have to do is ask! If you’re pinching pennies this semester checkout some local places below!
Wicked Big Foodie?
Fire and Ice: All you can eat Mondays for $10.99 205 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers: 10% off with student ID 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
Donohaue’s Bar and Grill: $2-3 on Taco Tuesday 87 Bigelow Ave., Watertown, MA 02472
Museum of Fine Arts: Free admission with student ID 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115
The New England Aquarium: Discounted admission with student ID 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
West Newton Cinema: $10 dollars with student ID 1296 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465
Red Sox tickets: As low as $9 with for students, see my.lasell.edu.com, Student Life, then “Buy tix”
Boston Common Frog Pond Ice-Skating: half off every Tuesday from mid-November to mid-March 38 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108
The Studio Empower: $15 dollar pilates classes, 15% off class package 81 Union St, Newton Centre, MA 02459
Pilates A Fitness Studio: $12 drop in classes 681 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451
Wicked long hair?
Haircutters Heaven: $5 dollars off a haircut 574 South St., Waltham, MA 02453
Fernandez Beauty Salon: 10% off with student ID 77 Prospect St., Waltham, MA 02453
Escape Salon Aveda: 15% off with student ID Prudential Tower, 800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
By Megan Palumbo, Danielle Hogan, Holly Feola & Rosa Del Carmen Gomez – Co-Editor-in-Chief, Arts Editor & 1851 Staff
Fashion is a form of self-expression in which people create their unique style. Nowadays, fashion movements have been progressing towards more gender fluid styles. The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston opened “Gender Bending Fashion” on March 21 as a progressive gesture to make the museum inclusive for all and showcase different styles from various well known designers. Walking into the exhibit, guests are greeted by a well-known piece by Alessandro Tincone. This Japanese-inspired piece gained its popularity by appearing on the album cover “No My Name is Jeffrey” of famous rapper Young Thug in 2016.
The ensemble from the “Annodami” collection from Spring/Sum- mer 2017 used the materials cotton, synthetic, paper, and wood. Tin- cone was quoted for the exhibit saying, “the androgynous identity of my garments reinforces my belief of no gender binaries between men and women.”