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Flyby's Guide to Outdoor Studying

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{shortcode-d3657177ec4cd556f915b10aa742f7fa8a02d356}Let’s face it: fall is here and your days of wishing for AC are over. Not to get too dark here– pun intended– but winter is coming. You should probably take advantage of the Vitamin D and fresh air before we all go into hibernation, and your only glimpse of sunlight is on your frantic dash from the Science Center to Berg. The point is, you should try ~studying outside~, but if you’re anything like me, you know it is nearly impossible to nail down the perfect outdoor study situation. There’s nothing worse than packing up your belongings, trekking down to the river and then realizing you’ve forgotten something, or that your laptop is about to die. Or maybe you’ve chosen to study in the Yard, but the only thing you can focus on is being the perfect muse for the tourists’ awaiting cameras #can’thelpit. But fear not because this is Flyby’s guide to studying outside this autumn!

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Charge it up

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This tip, arguably the most important of all, requires some forethought. But—I believe in you. Charge your devices. That means your laptop and iPad should be full of juice when you embark on your journey. And if for some mysterious reason your devices just happen to run out of battery, what a shame: you’ve stumbled upon the perfect excuse to take a sun nap or immerse yourself in the sites and sounds of Cambridge nature.

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Fuel and Hydration

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We all know that studying when you’re hungry is a slippery slope that always results in hanger and half-assed psets. So, make sure you have enough Trader Joe’s snacks in your bag to feed a monster before you sit down and realize you are that monster, and you’re starving. Don’t have time to hit TJ’s? Grab a piece of fruit and some yogurt at FlyBy, or maybe a cup of off-brand cereal to munch on from the dhall. Feeling boujee? Make a stop at Black Sheep or Tatte and get some top notch eats for the day. And don’t forget hydration! Your water bottle better be filled, and no, your pumpkin spice latte is not a replacement for water (though I endorse drinking both simultaneously).

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Prep for the Elements

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Looking out your window it may seem like a smoking hot day, but don’t be deceived. The minute you let your guard down, that crisp autumn breeze will hit you with a nice reality check. Winter is coming, babe. Bring a jacket! Even if you’re sweating when you leave your dorm, throw a hoodie in your bag because when you end up sitting down to study, the sun won’t be so high in the sky anymore and the goosebumps will start to set in. On the other hand, make sure you are also ready for the sun. Can’t have that UV giving us wrinkles before we’re 30! We’re manifesting the agelessness of J.Lo here. Pack some sunscreen or maybe a baseball hat. Also sunnies! Can’t be squinting into the sun trying to decipher your super important Gened paper that you definitely didn’t put off until the last minute—so shades up.

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Location

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So, the question of where this outdoor studying will take place… the options are nearly endless. If you’re feeling photogenic, I suggest studying anywhere near the John Harvard statue. Want to catch the traffic between Berg and the Science Center? You should probably sit on one of those red chairs in the plaza. Want to watch runners fighting for their lives along the Charles? Pull out a picnic blanket or stake out one of the benches along the river. Want to take part in a “great community?” Go to the Quad lawn. If you really feel like adventuring, make the hike across the river and sit at a picnic table behind the SEC—you can even spend some BoardPlus while you’re at it (don’t let that free money go to waste!).

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And with that, you are now fully equipped to brave the great outdoors and maybe even study a little while you’re at it. Don’t let the turkeys and tourists scare you off! Procrastinating—I mean working—outside is good for the soul (seasonal depression who?). You could be productively avoiding your midterm prep anywhere, so you may as well do it outside :)

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Here’s What You Should Know Before You View Your Admissions File

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{shortcode-5a66e89998f8c3b00cc18f50fb4f426ac108e1b0}While we have all once been (or currently are) young, bright-eyed freshmen entering this hallowed institution of higher education, our similarities often end there. Of course, we are all worthy of being here and were chosen to attend by the oh-so-mysterious admissions officers. However, some of us suffer from crippling ~imposter syndrome~ or just have the unsatiated curiosity (or enough unhinged boredom) to have that urge to open Pandora's box. Y’all know what I’m talking about — the Admissions File (*insert audience gasp here*).

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For those of you who don’t know, the Admissions File is the document specifically curated about you that contains all the secrets about Harvard’s admissions process. JK, you’ll lowkey be more confused about what all the numbers mean, but you can at least read the comments that the AO’s (admissions officers) write about you.

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As a freshman, I succumbed to my curiosities and requested to view my admissions file (see Flyby’s step-by-step breakdown for how to access the file in the first place). I wish I could say it was a life-changing experience that altered my whole outlook on why I was admitted or why I belong here. But, no. Anyway, to all you people who are debating whether to view the file or not, here is what you need to know.

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You’ll never truly understand how they assigned your numbers

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Why are some intended concentrations ranked 1 and others are 3? Did that one Model UN conference I went to in junior year bump me from a minus to a plus? How do you even measure personal qualities? There are some things that can never be known (and maybe they should stay that way…)

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Don’t expect endless praise and positivity — sometimes the comments are mediocre or lowkey bad for self-esteem

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It can really be a jab to your ego when you see words like “I don’t see anything special” or a series of 3’s while your friend got 1’s and 2’s. You might not even see anything of real substance at all, just the occasional generic compliment about your essays (thanks I guess, anonymous AO). That does NOT mean that you are lesser than or are any less deserving to be here. We all ended up in the same place!

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Side effects include further questions on why they even chose you if they said stuff like this and/or ugly crying

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Coming from personal experience, people are either compelled to deeply analyze their application to decipher the reason they got in or cry because their AO’s were so nice. Be prepared before you open your file; perhaps have tissues on hand.

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At the end of the day, admissions files are just pieces of paper that don’t encompass at all who you are or what you are capable of. Don’t let its contents affect your perspective of yourself. But, if you find yourself bored one day and wondering how on earth this hallowed institution chooses its students, go ahead. Satiate your curiosity.

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2 Fall 2 Furey-ous: Flyby Tries Fall Trader Joe’s Snacks Part 2

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{shortcode-1fe82fdc96709fe1c1d9dd4fc3571ceed94e88f4}In the Venn diagram of Trader Joe’s lovers and Flyby readers, we are almost certain that everyone falls in the middle section. And so, in an effort to please our many fans, with ~fall~ finally in the air this past weekend, we schlepped over to the Trader Joe’s on River Street and filled our carts (and bellies) with an impressive number of dorm-friendly, new seasonal items.

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That’s right — Flyby is BACK with another fall haul (yuhh that rhymed), full of fun and fresh items to try this pumpkin-spice season. We know you’re wondering which items you should definitely try (most of them!!) and which items you should just never, ever, buy (sadly there are a few), so read below for our honest takes on this year’s newest fall snacks.

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We know. You don’t have to say it — you’re welcome.

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Maple Almonds

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These tasted exactly like Justin’s Maple Almond Butter (or does Justin’s taste like these?). Regardless, these were unexpectedly delicious — a sweet-salty, not-too-mapley snack that would go great on oatmeals or even salads if you’re really feeling yourself.

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

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Sort of like a coffee cake but with a vague pumpkin spice flavor that makes you question your taste buds — in a good way. Universally appealing, you could make friends fast if you brought these around with you. We didn’t even realize it was gluten-free until we were writing this up! We’re hard-hitting journalists who noted the allergen info immediately!

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Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

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Whoaaa for all you HUDS oatmeal artists out there, we’ve got a winner. Corinne fell HARD for these ones. Like these-must-be-consumed-at-every-hour-of-the-day hard. These are truly the perfect way to “spice up” both your breakfast and your life. But, unfortunately they aren’t vegan (rip Janani) :(

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Organic Pumpkin Spiced Granola Bark

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Wasted potential… *audible sigh*... just wasted potential. Prior to the taste test, the possible combination of pumpkin + granola + bark made for quite a dreamy idea. However, much to our dismay, this fall-themed snack ended up tasting pretty mid. Like, it was fine… but here at Flyby, we. do. not. settle.

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Greek Yogurt: Honey Crisp Apple Cinnamon

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Hear us out – Quaker apple cinnamon flavored oatmeal meets HUDS vanilla yogurt. This one was a real dub. Real chunks of apple plus cinnamon galore equals the perfect creamy fall snack.

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Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spiced Icing

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Win. Period. The consensus was clear – these rolls offer great pumpkin vibes with their orange festive color, sneaky pumpkin filling, and top notch taste. The provided icing cements the pumpkin spice flavor, while also allowing you to channel your inner Cupcake Wars as you skillfully (not) adorn their tops. And these somehow were quite successful in a microwave, even though the instructions very clearly required a working oven. #hooray

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Organic Creamy Cashew Yogurt Alternative: Pumpkin

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“First of all it’s not yogurt… it’s water.” – Janani

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“Simply, why?” – Corinne

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“Legally, it cannot be called yogurt, which is probably why it isn’t.” – Ellen

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In summary, avoid.

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Greek Nonfat Yogurt: Pumpkin

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Ellen was a fan and was especially excited about the pumpkin puree taste. Corinne was not but probably because her taste buds were still fuming about the dreadful yogurt alternative (see above). But overall, an adequate pumpkin snack, folks.

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Pumpkin Tortilla Chips

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A solid fall option in case you’re feeling some chips and salsa (which we always are). They taste like tortilla chips with a ~suggestion~ of pumpkin, but they had real pumpkin seeds in them. Probably for show, but this really excited Ellen.

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Pepita Salsa

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While this salsa was super tasty and paired perfectly with the pumpkin tortilla chips, nothing about this was #fall. Points for trying, Mr. Joe, but we see right through you. Side note, these are slightly spicy to the absolute weakling (*cough* Janani) but would not be spicy to literally anyone else.

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Pumpkin-Flavored JoJos with Other Natural Flavors

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Pretty good pumpkin alternative to Oreos (and also vegan!). Janani is a die-hard fan; Corinne is a regular fan; Ellen was not a fan but is now a convert. Thank God. “Yummy.”

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This Pumpkin Walks into a Bar Cereal Bars

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These are basically just Nutrigrain bars with super cute packaging. Heads up, due to their EXTREME sweetness, we predict these cereal bars combined with a 9 a.m. would make for a terrible mid-lecture sugar crash. And they would definitely make your dentist sad.

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Harvest Blend Herbal Tea

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It’s giving warm hug. When you miss your dog or your mom or your 5th grade teacher, go make this tea. The chai spices are great and the absence of caffeine means you can pop off at midnight Brain Break with this one. 10/10 would recommend.

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Pumpkin-filled Samosas (???)

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Janani disagrees that you can call these samosas, but they do taste good. Game changing realization… you can microwave these, too.

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee

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If you make this, you’ll put every fall-dark academia Pinterest person out of business. It’s warm spices and coffee that make you feel cozy — what more can you ask for before your 9 a.m.?

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In summary, yes. This article was just a glorified excuse to eat our way through most of Trader Joe’s newest seasonal offerings. But now we know that the microwave in Mather JCR is very good for making pumpkin rolls. And warming pumpkin samosas. And pumpkin muffins. And we also know that no matter what, there is no good reason to ever buy a pumpkin-flavored cashew yogurt alternative.

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We consider this haul a success — and we really hope this experiment helps you navigate the many offerings on the Trader Joe’s shelf this fall too.

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Happy pumpkin-spice season — ’til next time <3

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Is Your Club at Harvard an MLM?

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Flyby Tries: Waking up at 4 a.m. to Watch Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral

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{shortcode-2fcd5a0f321b4d4eece5d7ddcc195c21331e8250}In 2011, I woke up at 6 a.m. to watch Kate and William’s wedding. It serves as one of those weird core memories that sticks with you, for no apparent reason. I wouldn’t characterize myself as a royal family fanatic, but I do enjoy keeping up with Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s annual back-to-school photos, and I do croon over Muick and Sandy (the late Queen’s two Corgis). When the news broke on Sept. 8, I decided to make nine-year-old Elizabeth happy and wake up at the crack of dawn to watch Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral live.

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I wanted to make a morning of it and invited some friends to join me at 5 a.m. in the Eliot JCR. The funeral was on Monday, Sept. 19; naturally, the evening before, I ventured over to Cardullo’s Gourmet Shoppe in Harvard Square in search of British scones and tea to serve. They didn’t have exactly what I had envisioned, but I returned to Eliot victorious with Walkers Shortbread (Scottish, not English, but works with the ~Commonwealth~), “Boston Tea Party” Tea Bags (again, not 100% English, but relates to the Revolutionary War AND Boston so I found it doubly fitting), Pumpkin Cinnamon Donuts (not British related — they just looked yummy), and a mini British Flag (for good measure). It was the perfect spread.

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I decided my homework could wait and I hit the hay early to maximize sleep and emerge energized for the morning. I climbed into bed around 10:30 p.m., but out of excitement, fell asleep after 11 p.m. Despite setting my alarm for 4:45 a.m., the anticipation woke me up at 4:15 a.m. and I couldn't fall back asleep. So, I pulled my sweatshirt and sweatpants on, stuffed my mugs, my roommate’s kettle, and Cardullo’s treats into my bag, and beelined across the courtyard to the JCR. Outside, I was met with a cool mist and creeping fog, which felt very English.

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I didn’t reserve the JCR because I assumed no one would be there at 5 a.m. And I was right! The inviting, Gryffindor-esque common room was mine for the morning. A little after 5, two friends joined me, and by 6:30 a.m, three more friends had arrived. One even made the trek from Mather!

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Funeral customaries began at 8 a.m. BST (3 a.m. Eastern time) and the funeral ceremony promptly started at 11 a.m. (6 a.m.). The 5 a.m. kick-off was the perfect time — cozied up on the very-sinkable couches and armchairs, we observed the royal formalities and watched the British military and royal family process into Westminster Abbey. I spent my summer in London, so I enjoyed seeing sights that I was familiar with. After sipping on tea, passing around the shortbread, and demolishing the pumpkin donuts, the watch party broke up around 7:30 a.m. We went our separate ways to begin our days, bleary-eyed but invigorated by the early morning.

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Overall, it was a very special morning that I’ll remember for a long time. It made me so grateful for my friends (who willingly woke up at 5 a.m. to join me — yes, I knew I was asking a lot from them) and it was incredible to experience such a historical moment, even through my laptop screen 3,270 miles across the pond. I’ll happily sacrifice my eight hours of sleep for 4 a.m. wake-ups and moments like these (though hopefully a happier occasion in the future).

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Alignment Chart: What to You Listen To While Studying

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Considering that Harvard students signed a contract with the devil (academia) to spend every waking hour working, it is no surprise that they will do anything, especially listening to music, to make it more fun and/or efficient. Sometimes it feels like the audio is our only companion in the encroaching loneliness of Lamont. However, nothing we hold dear is safe from the Criticisms of Society, so we have decided to judge your listening choices and convict them of having certain ~vibes~.

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Passio NO!

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Passio GO! The literal bane of my existence. The shuttle tracking app just got a brand spanking new update in time for this school year. Apparently, the app “has been improved and is easier to use.” But any developer that has to explicitly state that its app is now “easier to use” is most definitely doing something wrong, and Passio GO!’s 1.4 App Store star rating proves as much.

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While it’s frankly apparent that Passio GO!’s updates have not made the app “easier to use,” I’ll happily outline my grievances anyway:

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Icon

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The icon. Why does a map pin need a shadow? Why is the app the exact same rancid green color as Duo Mobile? My life is already confusing as it is.

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Usability

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Once you open the app, it's immediately overwhelming and extremely unclear how to do anything.

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It took me a long time to figure out you have to click the colorful circle of pain to see how far away the shuttle is from your stop, an even longer time to figure out that to see the order of stops you have to go to Routes < Schedule (or, you can click on Stops to see basically the same information in a more confusing and less helpful way), and an even longer time to realize that the shuttles do not actually follow the stated schedule. I truly find it easiest to locate the physical shuttle on the map and gauge how long it will take before it reaches my stop.

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Kheath513 (from the App Store) stated it best in their scathing review: “The app [is] unusable. Half the time it says no connection and [half the time] it’s wrong. I just want to know when my bus will get there. That shouldn’t be that hard.”

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Another thing that I really don’t understand: In the Stops section it gives distance in feet, but the map gives distance in meters. Perhaps, they were trying to accommodate people who use different measurement systems. But, really? I can’t see why it’s necessary to go against convention in this way that would confuse people from literally any part of the world.

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In an informal poll of my friends, 100 percent said they did not understand how to use Passio GO! The App Store says ages four and up, but I don’t think any level of education could prepare someone to navigate this app meant to help people navigate. Especially not prekindergarten.

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Aesthetics

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The app interior is so ugly.

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Look, I get it. Making an app is difficult (it's not like 50% of the Harvard student body has done it). My true grievance is that Passio GO! is a prime example of Quad negligence. Many quadlings rely on the shuttle system to get to class, especially in less-than-ideal weather. But Passio GO! makes the task unnecessarily difficult. Please, please just improve Passio GO! My sanity and the sanity of the two friends I polled will thank you.

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Better Late Than Never! How to: Make Your Dorm Room Aesthetic

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Whether it’s eating cup ramen at 2 a.m. or dancing to your favorite rage break-up playlist at midnight with your roommates — your room is the spot. Your spot! So, of course it makes complete sense to drop everything from your consulting comp to cramming for exams (yes, I have three exams next week ALREADY), and revamp your space!

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Here are a few things you can add to make your room more ~aesthetically pleasing~ (obviously not speaking from personal experience or anything):

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Make a photo wall!

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Add your artwork (bonus points if it's from your aesthetics & culture gened)!

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Add prints & postcards to your wall:

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…Or make a HUGE collage:

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Repurpose your scarves as wall decor:

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Add some stuffies & cute pillows for all the nights we (don’t) cry (at all).

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The foolproof trifecta: vines, lights & polaroids:

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Thrift a cute garland!

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SNACK Cart + magnets on that microfridge.

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Plants, plants, plants.

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Still not satisfied? Buy or Facebook Marketplace a cute rug, get seasonal decor (it’s almost spooky season!!), or hang all those keychains you’ve collected over the years. Consider printing a photo of your favorite professor to manifest that “A,” or find a lifesize Harry Styles cardboard cutout to greet your guests in the common room. Quote a Dean Khurana speech and frame it. The options are endless — let this be a ~transformative~ experience.

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10 Places To Find Love At Harvard

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Goodbye hot girl summer, welcome to cuffing season. Here are ten places you can maybe find ~love~ at Harvard (even if it’s just for a semester because you realized all your classes are gems and are now looking for some unnecessary stress in other departments).

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The Quad Shuttle

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You’re going to the Quad. They’re going to the Quad. Except you’re late for the bus, and you run to catch the shuttle even though the last time you ran was four and a half months ago. Like anyone would, they hold the door for you, but then your eyes meet, and sparks fly. Suddenly everything is clear: your wedding will take place on the steps of Memorial Church, and you’ll be the Harvard couple everyone wishes they could be.

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3 A.M. at Lamont

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If you’re both Lamonsters — isn’t that already a date? There’s just something about the ~secluded alcoves ~ in the Lamont basement. All those whiteboards on wheels — it’s almost like the librarians knew what they were doing. Your confirmed compatibility rating is nothing short of 11/10.

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Any of the Gyms. Any.

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Mac or QRAC, House gym or Hemenway — anyone at the gym has (or is at least faking) a balanced lifestyle. Find someone who puts themselves first, before grades and all the 74,383 club comps. Or don’t. We would have to go to the gym to confirm this, so this is just a hypothesis.

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Elliot & Adams Tunnels

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From one entryway to another, we hope you meet your match (and not the rats) as you escape from blockmates and everyone in between. A romantic rendezvous after dinner? We think yes. Just try not to get lost in this Romeo and Juliet love affair — the tunnels won’t be fun if you can’t find your way out.

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Pfoho Bell Tower

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Allegedly where Mark Zukerberg, our most famous alumni-ish, met his wife while waiting in line for the bathroom after a party. Maybe the Quad isn’t all that bad? Or maybe, love just blossoms in cursed places. Either way, we don’t mind — go find yourself a future billionaire!

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Cronkhite.

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With hot breakfast in the mornings and more privacy than the other accommodations, Cronkhite may be a blessing in disguise. Located away from the other eleven swing houses, Cronkhite offers the perfect duo: singles and seclusion. Walk the walk, minus all the shame. Need we say more?

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Sanders Theater

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We get it, you’re into security and financial stability. Go get your Computer Science and Economics cutie and let us know if the pset-to-lovers pipeline is real. Try out this location, and you may end up with the gift of having perpetual scooter access for the rest of your time at Harvard <3

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Cambridge Common

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Picnics? Frisbee? In a small-to-medium-sized park filled with members of the greater Cambridge community? Sounds like the perfect place to meet someone as long as you can avoid all the children… Also where one-fourth of freshmen have their first date (source: trust me).

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Smith Collaborative Commons

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Situated right in the Square, you can grab food after classes and then head to your study date in an area designated for chatting away. You could finish that Pset or plan for the next big startup. Alternatively, study here every day for one week, and you’ll meet half the student population. Attempt the art of study speed dating and hop from table to table until you find the one.

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Lowell Co-Ed Bathrooms

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With only a few sinks and stalls, the Lowell bathrooms are still limited in number and used by everyone. Although every now and then you’ll get a shocked civilian who enters and exits within 0.0003 seconds — eventually, you may find yourself brushing your teeth next to the same person every day or having the same nighttime routine. Get married.

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Hope you find the LOYLFTS (love of your life for this semester),

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Xoxo,

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Flyby Presents: Lecture Bingo!

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We already seem to be at that time of the semester where going to lecture seems like simply too much effort. So in case you needed a little extra motivation to show up at those 9 a.m.s – or even 10:30s – now you can play along to Flyby’s lecture bingo to keep you alert during those 75 minutes.

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Fall Drinks to (Pumpkin) Spice Up Your Semester

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{shortcode-45608a6a0c31b3d50d3646f46538faa6c68fb135}Well folks, it’s almost that time of the year. Freshman flu is coming in hot, with shorter days and colder weather knocking at our door in the weeks to come. Each day that passes is one closer to the official end of summer. A sad thought, right? Yeah, I was bummed too.

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But! Then it came to me. Or rather, it came to my Instagram ads. The Harvard Square fall drinks are back and as boujee as ever, and what better way to start off the season than with a piping hot, over-the-top, autumn-themed beverage? Maybe I just need an excuse to fuel my caffeine addiction, or maybe the drinks are simply that good. Here’s a breakdown of Flyby’s favorite fall drinks for you to try this semester.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte (Everywhere)

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The pinnacle of fall-themed drinks and found in every coffee shop ever, I can only describe it as if a warm, freshly baked pumpkin pie dove into a pool of steaming coffee. Divine. This classic latte will warm you right up and make those cool days actually look appealing (for the ten minutes it takes you to drain your cup). Not to mention, the autumnal aesthetic is strong with this drink, so if the fall vibe is what you’re striving for, then this one will do the trick.

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Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew (Starbucks)

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If you’re a die-hard iced coffee fan like me, then a nice, refreshing cold brew will always make your day — be it rain, shine, or snow (all plausible for the fall season in Cambridge). Pair that with the spirited taste of pumpkin, and you have the perfect chilly treat to enjoy from the warmth of your dorm as it cools down outside.

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Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato (Starbucks)

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For all you oatmilk baddies out there, this is a fun one to branch out with. Speaking honesty here, this drink tastes uncannily like Quaker Oats’ Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, which was wildly odd to discover, but it kind of grew on me? The apple flavor may not be everyone’s cup of coffee, but it’s new and interesting and certainly fall-like. If you’ve been craving the apple picking season with its fritters and pies and such, then this is my recommendation for you!

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Pumpkin Cold Brew Oat Latte with Brown Sugar Jelly (Peet’s)

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Now that’s a mouthful both to order and to drink. I personally didn’t even try to say it all, just pointed at the picture on the wall and said “that one”— it seemed to do the trick. Found at Peet’s Coffee, this drink is a funky fresh twist on the classic pumpkin drink, though the brown sugar jellies did confuse my taste buds on a number of levels. If extra AF is what you’re searching for, then look no further.

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Hot Cider (Everywhere)

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Not a coffee person? Never fear, you still have options aplenty. Most local coffee shops will be happy to offer you a lovely non-caffeinated beverage such as hot cider, a personal fav as well as a perfectly respectable alternative to coffee that’ll still get you into the fall spirit.

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I hope I’ve managed to convince at least a small portion of you to give some of these funky drinks a whirl this fall — especially once we get into midterm season, when the only way I can feel anything besides stress is to buy my silly little drinks between study sessions (I’m fine, I promise). Flyby wishes you a happy fall!

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A Beginner's Guide to Actually Stay Active on Campus

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When we’re drowning in psets, essays, and the never ending cycle of club meetings, staying active (let alone finding time for yourself) is hard at Harvard. Check out these ideas to get those endorphins going!

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Start a free, one week trial at CorePower

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Sign up for a free trial online, then head over to the CorePower on JFK Street! One week, unlimited classes. This trial isn’t limited to the Harvard Square location, check out the nearby locations at Kendall Square and Allston, or venture into Seaport or Back Bay. I highly recommend trying Yoga Sculpt - you’ll emerge looking like you jumped into a pool but it’s a butt-kicking workout that includes cardio, weights, and stretching.

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Sign up for a free class at Pure Barre

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Yes, the workout place you pass on your way to Flour. If you want to feel not only mentally depleted from classes but physically depleted as well, this is for you! Grab a friend and sign up on the website - tl;dr your abs will feel like somebody ripped them out, ground them up, then placed them back inside your body. Don’t blame me when you wake up with intense soreness before your weekly 9 a.m.

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Take advantage of Memorial Drive on the weekends

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Memorial Drive is closed to cars on the weekend, so you have an entire street to walk, jog, bike, or roller skate on! Text a friend on a sunny Saturday, grab iced lattes and take a catch-up stroll or indulge in a solo hot girl walk.

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Go bouldering at the Central Rock Gym

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Newly opened this fall and above the new Jefe’s, the Central Rock Gym is an awesome solo workout, with a friend, or with a big group of friends. In addition to the giant bouldering wall, they offer yoga classes, treadmills, ergs, weights, and an assortment of other machines with a community feel and fun music to pump you up! (Pro tip: If your group is 10+ people, schedule ahead to receive a discounted group rate. They also have a discounted rate for people under the age of 22).

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Invest in 4 weeks of Down Under School of Yoga for $49

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You pass it when you splurge on a $13 salad at Life Alive, but you have yet to try it. Classical yoga, yoga sculpt, Pilates, Barre - they’ve got it all. Down Under also offers a discounted student membership that includes 20% off Life Alive! Helloooo Falafel Power salad and hummus.

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Get moving during workout Classes at the MAC and Hemenway

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Harvard Recreation offers many classes - free of charge! With tons of offerings from BollyX, Zumba, Cycle, to Row and Sculpt, I’m certain you’ll find one that fits into your already packed Gcal.

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Walk to Trader Joes or the Porter Square Target

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Two birds with one stone: check a workout and an errand off your to-do list. Listen to a podcast (or the lecture you skipped) on your way — at Harvard, multitasking is practically an instinct. While you’re at it, grab some Pumpkin JoJo’s to share with your roommates, or replenish the communal bag of popcorn you finished.

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My biggest tip is to make exercise as important as doing a homework assignment. If you don’t prioritize it — it won’t happen! Taking care of your body (and liver after each weekend) and mind (after those heinous psetting hours) will pay off, I promise :)

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Flyby Imagines: What is Going to Be On the Annenberg Ceiling?

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If you haven’t been to Annenberg lately, you may not realize that the ceiling is currently covered due to construction. But the covers lead us to wonder: what exactly is going on under there? Realistically, Harvard isn't going to change anything on the ceiling for the sake of tradition, but what if they did? Here, Flyby imagines (using crude expert Photoshop skills) some possibilities of what could be added to the ceiling of Annenberg.

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LED Lights

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The hottest trend in dorm decor is LED lights, so why not add them to Annenberg? If Harvard adds a disco ball as well, we would have a sweet new party space and the first years wouldn’t have to endure the 9th circle of hell that is Tasty Basty™.

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Functioning Shuttle Tracker

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As if things could not get worse, Passio Go recently had an update that has rendered the app more dysfunctional than it was before. Now would be the best time to add a working shuttle tracker to the ceiling that would help CS students catch their shuttle to the SEC. It is not my job to design one so here’s a screenshot of the old Passio Go. R.I.P. :(

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Live Remy Tracker

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First Year Premed Drop Counter

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Sistine Chapel Style Painting of Bacow Passing on the Presidency

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Flyby Horoscopes: Beginning of Fall Semester

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{shortcode-5c9f9010d21b1f9a40d3ceb86b9ad1c2bc22b738}What do the first few weeks of school have in store for you? Look no further. Since we enjoy psychoanalyzing people and pretending the result has something to do with their birth month, here’s what the back-to-school season has in store for each of the zodiac signs (based on nothing but astrology TikTok and the aforementioned psychoanalyzed people).

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Virgo

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Welcome to Virgo season! We say in fear. A sun in Virgo, Mars in Gemini, and Jupiter in Aries will bring a boost of determination and confidence to our favorite overachievers. Maybe this will empower you to take six classes, instead of your normal five. We urge you to reconsider, though, and instead let the Pisces moon help you focus on developing your relationships. Misunderstandings may arise, but remember: a flexible attitude is the best approach. We know — it’s hard.

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Libra

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While this may sound blunt, it must be said: it is time for you to decide on your schedule. It’s normal to struggle when deciding on classes. It’s normal to sometimes regret the classes you chose. It’s not normal to add 20 classes to your Crimson Cart and repeatedly email your advisor to lift the add/drop hold. Mercury is currently in Libra, so this will be a busy time for you socially (as always, of course). However, with Mercury in retrograde later this month, plans might have to be reconsidered.

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Scorpio

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Now’s the time to focus on relationships — that is, of the romantic kind. With the moon in Pisces, your love life will be brought to the forefront. So, sit next to your section crush. Be open to that beginning-of-semester fling. Leo season might have made you some more enemies, but everyone on BookTok (I got sidetracked) would agree that enemies-to-lovers is the best romantic trope.

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Sagittarius

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What an exciting time of the year! Too bad you’re sick. Excessive socialization is not an excusable absence, so perhaps take some time to recuperate, if for only a couple days. When the momentum returns, capitalize on it: Mercury and Jupiter’s alignment may create space for self expression, passion, and connection. While we’ll love the energy, maybe try to cool it on the theatrics and exaggerations. (I’m a Sagittarius, so this is more a moment of self-reflection than anything.)

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Capricorn

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Look at you getting back into your “school routine.” This may be a time of reinvigoration as you reorganize your space, rethink your beliefs, and revitalize your habits. Head to Paper Source to get that planner you’ve always wanted. Heck, start doing yoga in the morning. Now is the time to set healthy goals for yourself and your year (no pressure). With Venus in Virgo, you may be feeling an intellectual spark with others. Chances are you won’t find marriage material in Ec 1010, but a little crush is always fun.

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Aquarius

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You’ve started off the semester strong by completing your readings. You may not be able to keep that up, but everyone knows “not reading” is basically “skimming” is basically “reading.” Your schedule might be overbooked but just remember, you can’t be in two places at once. Sometimes, you can’t even be in one place at once (up for interpretation). Mars in Gemini may brew romance and creativity, and a moon in Pisces may help you realize what brings you comfort and security (sure, your dorm room gallery wall counts).

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Pisces

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Oh Pisces. Sweet Pisces. You may still be unsure of your place this semester, especially socially. However, the moon in Pisces will bring a period of release and transformation. Following the full moon this month, make space for new possibilities and look forward to some exciting news or opportunities. Look at the beginning of this year as a fresh start. Go by a new nickname! Pick a new Instagram aesthetic! As long as these changes are authentic and bring you energy.

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Aries

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You’re busy. You’re slaying. You’re turning heads confidently strutting to class. You’re making Sweetgreen-level bowls in the dhall. You’re blacking out on a Thursday? Just remember, we haven’t even had a full week of school yet. Some insecurities and fears may arise, but spending time with close ones will probably surely sort that out. If conflicts come up, stay true to yourself and be active and direct — Mercury retrograde can cause miscommunications.

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Taurus

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While you may be often reflecting on the past, you’re also focusing on the future. You may be growing into a new leadership position, managing new resources, and achieving your productivity goals. You’ve been staying grounded and carrying your friend group’s sanity for a while, and you deserve a break. Take a relaxing day: go for a walk, practice that instrument we all know you play, or start prepping your fall wardrobe. The vibes are good, and it looks like they will stay that way (knock on wood).

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Gemini

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You’re having a lovely time flirting with crushes, making section friends, and saying hi to everyone in the dhall again. As the invitations pile up, you may feel pulled between two groups or two paths. We have no advice — this just might happen. Later in the month, you may start to feel a sense of idleness or exhaustion, but don’t worry, you’re not entering your flop era. Rather, take some time to ground yourself before your most whimsical fantasies come true.

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Leo

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Have you dropped your first week of school Instagram post yet? If not, get on that! Everyone wants to see how glamorous college life has been for you so far. Venus in Virgo brings confidence, financial success, and sentimentality. Channel this by giving someone a nice handmade gift (bonus points if it’s me <3). While we love the confidence, it’s okay to admit when things do not go as expected. The first weeks of school are a hard adjustment for everyone. And, we’re sure you’re a pretty crier too.

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Cancer

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It seems as though you have not yet established your school routine (did it ever exist?). Remember: laundry should be done once a week, your bed should be made everyday, and you should not consume more than one scorpion bowl ever. No, not even after your professor cold-called you. With Venus connecting ;) with Uranus, your social life might be extra busy. There might even be time to have some novel experiences. We’ll admit it, we have no idea what Mercury retrograde actually means. However, it does seem like this time will bring some deep introspection. Maybe reconnect with your therapist in anticipation.

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If you read this and related — cool! If you read this and didn’t relate — just you wait.

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In/Out: 2022 Back-to-School Edition

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What’s New In the Square?

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Harvard Square is a living, breathing, and ever-evolving organism. Shops, restaurants, and cafes come and go pretty often, and there have been (and will be) some major additions (and losses) to the heart of campus life. If you’re not sure what’s up with all the changes or what to expect in the next few months, here is your guide to what’s new in the Square.

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Gong Cha

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Long gone are the days when the somewhat perplexing Boston Tea Stop was the only boba place to rule the Square. A popular bubble tea chain but new to the Harvard scene, Gong Cha opened on Church Street this past summer and is already a hit with students. PSA: Flyby will be exploring their boba offerings quite thoroughly for purely scientific research purposes.

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Taiyaki… to come!

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Ah, yes: Taiyaki AKA Japanese fish-shaped waffle cake with sweet fillings AKA our personal kryptonite. We hope you’re just as excited as we were to hear that the incredibly popular ice cream shop by the same name is finally coming to Cambridge! While opening date details are still murky, definitely keep an eye out for when those delicious, Insta-friendly treats hit the tourist-heavy streets of Harvard.

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Harvard Shop #3

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R.I.P. beloved Starbucks. Yes, there is Peets, Capital One, Tatte, Darwin’s, and more Dunkin’s than I can count (and another Starbucks by the Quad) to fuel our coffee addictions. Even so, our central, ever-so-convenient Starbucks will be missed. The silver lining is that the new Harvard Shop’s merch is way cuter than any merch at the Coop AND you get a consistent student discount on most items. Do we really need three Harvard Shops in the Square? No. Do I love my new Harvard Shop hoodie? Very much so.

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Corporate Jefe’s

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While the cozy, homey and somewhat sweaty vibe of the original Jefe’s may be gone, the Square is now home to a giant, two-story, upgraded Jefe’s, complete with lots of indoor seating and standing room (check out Flyby’s full Jefe’s investigation here). The vibes are different and may take some getting used to, but our new late-night meal spot will still fulfill drunken cravings, impress with its fun decor, and definitely feel less cramped as you not-so-patiently wait for your burrito.

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Rock-climbing wall

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If someone asked me to name 10 things (or maybe 50) that the Square is missing, I can’t say that a rock-climbing wall would be one of them. But, the new rock-climbing wall in F45 Training’s new Brattle Square location, is impressive. You can use their (not-so-generous) one-day free trial option to check it out and flex your climbing knowledge in front of everyone at CVS and Russel House.

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Brattle Square Florist 2.0(ish)

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Remember all those cute plants everyone got during the first week of classes? You can thank the ever-reliable Brattle Square Florist for those. After a few years of touch-and-go changes, this beloved family establishment has finally settled into their new location on 52 Brattle Street. If you’re scrambling for finishing touches on your dorm ahead of those wintertime sneaky links, you know where to visit first.

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So long, &pizza

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Controversial list of pros (personal pies and Snackpass immortality) and cons (insanely overpriced and subpar crusts) aside, it seems this Harvard Square staple has finally closed its doors. We can only wonder what will eventually take its place; after all, it's pretty prime real estate right by the Red Line T stop. A laser tag arena? A Mini Bass Pro Shop? A 21+ Rainforest Cafe? Yet another Harvard Sh…?

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The Macaron Store?!

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Not quite what a college campus needs, but Le Macaron French Pastries’ macarons are delicious and beautiful. There are macarons in flavors including but definitely not limited to chocolate praline, birthday cake, lavender white chocolate, and passion fruit dark chocolate. If you ever want an extra fancy snack or to manifest your next Parisian vacation, this is the spot for you.

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Though we’re always talking about popping the Harvard Bubble, don’t forget to also take some time to explore what’s in our own backyard! We promise Lamont and Cabot will always be right there when you return (for better or for worse). See y’all on the 2nd floor of Jefe’s!

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