Seasonal drinks at Starbucks

Starbucks Corporation is an American coffee company and coffeehouse chain. Starbucks was founded in Seattle, Washington, in 1971. As of 2018, the company operates 28,218 locations worldwide. Starbucks is one of the many coffee places that sell seasonal drinks, a favorite being the holiday drinks. Here is a list of the Holiday Drinks that are coming out.

  • Peppermint mocha

“A holiday classic made with our signature espresso, steamed milk, sweet mocha sauce and peppermint-flavored syrup. It’s all topped off with whipped cream and dark chocolate curls.” 

 

 

  • Caramel Brulee Latte

“Espresso, steamed milk and rich Caramel Brulee Sauce, topped with whipped cream and Caramel Brulee Topping.”

 

 

  • Chestnut Praline Latte

“Espresso, steamed milk and flavors of caramelized chestnuts and spices. Topped with whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs.”

 

 

  • Eggnog Latte

“This perennial holiday favorite is made with rich, steamed eggnog and our signature espresso. Then we top it off with a dusting of ground nutmeg for the perfect finish.”

 

 

  • Toasted White Chocolate Mocha

“Our signature espresso, steamed milk and flavors of caramelized white chocolate are finished with whipped cream and a topping of holiday sugar sparkles and crispy white pearls.”

 

  • Gingerbread Latte

“Sweet and delicately spicy gingerbread flavors mingle with our classic espresso and steamed milk and are topped with whipped cream and ground nutmeg for the perfect holiday touch.”

 

 

All images taken from: https://www.starbucks.com

Review:

I’ve heard a lot of different reviews on Starbucks Holiday drinks, and some people have positive things to say, while some others don’t really like them at all.

One response that stood out to me, by someone who wanted to stay anonymous, was that the flavors that are represented in the ads, don’t really match the name of the drinks. For example, she had said that the Gingerbread Latte had “good flavor” but “did not taste like gingerbread.” She did say though, that she really enjoyed the decorations of the Starbucks cups, and that it somewhat made up for the drink flavors.

In my opinion, I understand what Starbucks is trying to do: promote the holiday season by selling seasonal drinks to get everyone in the holiday spirit. However, I do have to agree with the anonymous responder that the flavors don’t really match the drink titles very well. I have also tried the Gingerbread latte and I have to say that I really did enjoy the flavor of it, but again, felt they could’ve added a little bit more gingerbread.

St. Thomas racial slur on freshman door

School leaders at St. Thomas say the university is actively investigating a racist message allegedly left on a student’s door, in a dormitory, on Friday, October 19. The racist act happened when a first-year, African-American student, living in Brady Hall, found a message spray-painted on his door. The message included a racial slur and told him to “go home.”

“I was so mad I walked inside, grabbed an all-purpose cleaner, and just scrubbed it off,” he [said]. “I thought later I did not even take a picture of it. What a dummy. But I was so pissed off.”

This of course caused conflict around the entire school, and also in the neighborhood. The president of the university created a plan to counter racism on campus as hundreds of students and faculty members staged a sit in.

He said he has received an outpouring of support from students and faculty in recent days. After he considered transferring to another campus, he said, “I decided I am not going anywhere.”


The president’s “Action to suppress the racism” includes

  • Encouraging faculty to address race in the classroom

  • Launching an anti-hate campaign

  • Offering trauma resources focusing on students of color

  • Increasing the diversity of campus counselors

  • Providing anti bias training to all students, staff, and faculty this academic year

  • Bringing in an outside organization to assess the campus’ climate and diversity efforts

St. Thomas is still investigating the Brady Hall incident and is trying to address a problem that is happening all too often across the United States, in recent years.

Tips on procrastination

Procrastination Word Cloud Concept in red caps with great terms such as anxiety, delay, behavior and more.

Procrastination is an easy way that all of us get stuck. And yet, we may not even realize we’re doing it. When we unknowingly act “stuck,” we create reasons in our heads that supply us with enough logic that we can delay the task at hand, but we should not do that. Procrastination might seem like the best thing to do at that very moment, but all that work catches up to you so fast. Here are a few tips on how to avoid the act of procrastinating.

  •   Keep a planner. By having a planner it is so much easier to write down everything that you need to get done and when it needs to be done. Plus, you don’t have to actually remember anything when you write it down, all you have to do is come back to your planner

 

  •  Make your own dates. Usually your teacher gives you something to do and then assigns a date for when it’s due, but a smart way to not procrastinate is to set up your own dates. Say your assignment is due on Friday, make a note in your head so it’s due on Wednesday. By doing this, you get things done before everyone else, and you don’t even need to worry about anything procrastination related.

 

  • Eliminate distractions. This is probably the hardest one yet but it really helps. Whenever you sit down to do any type of work, check these things first.
    • Are you hungry? Make sure you eat before you sit down to do work because you don’t want to be getting up to eat.
    • Is your phone vibrating? Turn your phone off and leave it in another room so you’re not tempted to check it.

 

  • Bargain with yourself/treat yourself. If you tell yourself to do your work now, you can hang out with your friends, or go to the movies later. And also, don’t be afraid to treat yourself after hours of work. Be proud that you were able to finish a few hours of work in only a couple hours without checking your phone once.

 

   

How to deal with drama at school

By: Durartu and Fiona M.

Drama can be everywhere, and it can really take a big toll on your everyday life. At school for example, If you are stuck in the middle of drama, it is really hard to bounce back on track. Here are a few ways you can stay away from drama at school.

1. Choose Good Friends

Picking the right group of friends would definitely help you a lot when it comes to “hanging out with the right crowd.” It’s important to have a bunch of people you can trust and come back to when things go rough, for study sessions, and more. But it also helps the fact that drama will  be out of your life. When picking the right friends that you love and trust, it’s so much easier to have a good school year with no drama.

2. Treat Others How You Want to be Treated

  • Speak to and of others how you would like to be spoken to, and about
  • Make an effort to respect people even if they don’t show you that same respect

3. Walk Away From the Situation

Sometimes it’s best to walk away from the situation rather than staying in it and letting it get bad. A lot of times, people don’t realize that these situations can be very toxic and really affect you in a bad way at the end. Most times, it can get to the point where rumors start to appear and that can never be a good thing. If you know that arguing back and forth isn’t going to make things better then just save yourself the stress and just let it go.

4. If it Gets Serious, Talk to a Teacher

Drama can be handled at a certain standard but at times it can get bad. I personally have seen situations where an individual was verbally attacked and it was pretty bad. If that is the case, then talking to an adult may help. Telling on people, I know, doesn’t seem cool, but at the end it will be all worth it because it will resolve the situation.

5. Don’t let it Affect You.

In situations like these, it can really take a toll on a person and can make you feel different about yourself. Try and remember that you don’t need to let it get that far. Always remember who you are and what you’re about. Don’t let others take that away from you because you are stronger than that.

Tips and tricks to survive high school

By: Fiona M.

High school is a huge barrier that both blocks and represents our future. To be able to grasp that future in your hands, you need to be able get that diploma. But who said High School was ever easy? Here are a few tips and tricks that will definitely help you get over this big boulder.

  • School Supplies

Making sure you have everything you need for the new school year is very important. Make sure you are stacked on the pencils; they will go missing once and awhile. Get at least five notebooks and folders because not all of your classes say that you need a notebook. Make sure you are getting materials that your classes might not have in stock for you, for example, rulers, calculator, pens, etc.

  • Get Lots of Sleep

Sleep, sleep, sleep! Making sure you have your nightly routine prepared for you everyday will surely help you when it comes to sleeping in on time, and will definitely help you at school. According to the website Sleep Deprivation and Memory Loss, your brain is able to process information you learned that school day, when you sleep early. Also, when students wake up early, they have more time to get things done, like eating breakfast. You will feel so much more energized and happy if you sleep early, and you’re grades will thank you.

  • Be on time to class

Coming to class on time is very beneficial. If you come to school in the middle of the class period, you have basically missed out on really important information your teacher has given you, and you will start getting behind in your work. I’m pretty sure you hate repeating yourself when you’re explaining something important to someone right? Well, the teachers feel the same way. But if you come to class on time, you wouldn’t have to ask questions that were already covered.

  • Pay attention

Don’t snooze off in the middle of class, don’t text your friend, and definitely don’t annoy the students around you. By doing these things, you distract not only you, but your teacher and your peers. You came to school to get your education so sit up, grab your notebook, and listen. Or else you will stay behind and struggle to bring yourself back up again.

  • Use a planner

Planners are very helpful when it comes to getting your homework done. Keep a small planner in your backpack where you can jot some notes down, or write down your homework. This is a great solution if you have trouble remembering if you have homework or not.

  • Don’t procrastinate

Procrastination is a student’s worst nightmare. To help with this, make your own deadlines. If a teacher gives you a paper to write and it’s due in two weeks, make it due in one week, so you have the whole week to relax and get other things done for other classes.