International eats: authentic cuisines from around the world

Whether you’re a townie or an international student on campus, it is undeniable that the usual order of burgers and fries can get boring after a while. When thinking of international cuisine, some may immediately think of Ginger Asian Kitchen as the only international cuisine option available. However, Athens offers more than that, with various restaurants offering authentic food from countries across the globe.

  1. Thai Paradise

Ever since the establishment opened on October 2014, Thai Paradise has been a favorite among locals and students as a popular dinner and date restaurant. The variety of cuisines from across East and South East Asia allows restaurantgoers a taste of authentic Asian cuisine.

2. Opa Greek Cuisine

Although the Greek restaurant has only been opened on Court Street for over a year, students and community members have all raved about its delicious lamb and beef gyros filled with mixed meat, vegetables and topped with a homemade tzatziki sauce made from scratch. The dessert options is nothing to scoff at either with baklavas made from nuts and filo dough that will leave your mouth watering for more.

3. Star of India

Star of India is one restaurant that is not widely known to students on campus. The Indian restaurant situated next to what used to be Mr. Taco Inc, is hidden from most students on campus. However, being the only Indian restaurant in Athens, it’s an opportunity for townies and local students to get a taste of India.

A Scoop at Whit’s

Located at S Court St, Whit’s Frozen Custard is a favourite among Ohio University students and Athens locals alike for its baked goodies, coffee, and —its namesake— creamy and smooth frozen custards. Despite the cold weather, many still drop by for a quick scoop after a long day of classes.

Take a peek at the sweet treats available at Whit’s.

SewThrifty ~ Monthly Newsletter

Welcome back to SewThrifty, your monthly guide and inspiration for future thrifting projects! This month, we’ll be covering the essential tips for novice thrifters.

1. Sewing Basics

Have you been thrifting only to be met by ill-fitting clothes? Either the waist is too loose, the sleeves are too long or the buttons are, literally, hanging by a thread? Why not try your hand at sewing? If you’re new to pins and needles AND you’re on a budget, TheCraftyGemini has compiled a useful list for sewing beginners that will help during your next trip to the craft store.


2. Thrifty Tips

Image by Dwight Burdette via Wikimedia Commons

Sure you can spend the whole day at Athens’ Goodwill but what’s the point if you don’t come out finding any clothing item that is definitely “The One”? The Odyssey has dug deeper into the minds of fashion students to bring you 11 tips to help you grow your wardrobe while keeping your budget.

FUN FACT – did you know the Goodwill on East State Street has a 30 percent student discount every Wednesday?


3. Simply simple

TheSorryGirls‘s — Kelsey and Becky — YouTube series “Thrift Flip” has cute yet simple home decor that are easy enough for beginners while still looking perfectly insta-worthy. There are also several tutorials in the playlist for the non-sewing thrifting crowd, like their brilliant ideas to turn a TV tray to a laptop stand or plastic dinosaur toys to succulent planters.


4. Expert Advice

April from coolirpa has produced yet ANOTHER amazing Thrifted Transformations on YouTube. This time, she’s transformed a thrifted skirt to a stylish overall dress. Although April’s tutorials have been steadily increasing in its sewing difficulty level, her videos are always inspirational.


5. Pin It

If all else fails and you don’t feel your inspiration kicking in, why not browse through Pinterest for inspiration? Try out the simpler Do-It-Yourself projects such as magazine/paper baskets or cereal box storage bins.



Have fun and stay thrifty!

SewThrifty is a monthly newsletter catering to your thrifting needs. Subscribe to get inspired for future upcycling projects.

6 cat pictures describing the process of writing an article

Being in college is hard and frustrating. Daily assignments, a part-time job at the dining hall and classmates who can’t seem to pull their own weight in group projects are just a few of many problems that most of us face. But combine all of these with having to write weekly articles can make us struggle to comprehend what we ate for lunch, much less how we feel.

However, rest assured because these cat pictures are here to help you express your true feelings during these trying times.

1. The planning stage

Photo by GalgenTX via flickr

Trying to figure out a good angle for your article is always the hardest part. But this time, you planned ahead by talking with your editors and doing some background research prior to starting, so you should be fine, right? Wrong. Suddenly, your sources aren’t replying, the Pew Research survey you wanted to use is irrelevant and you’re up at 3 a.m. screaming at your empty inbox because no one wants to reply.


2. Interviews and more interviews

Photo by Christopher Sessums via flickr

You begin interviewing random people on the street out of desperation. These interviews are more miss than hit, but by chance, you meet someone who seems genuinely interested in the subject! You eagerly begin to record your conversation, listening to every word they say and asking the right questions. Maybe everything will be alright, you think to yourself as you thank the stranger and run home to your laptop.


3. Typing it out

Photo by Wilson Afonso via Wikimedia Commons

Armed with your caffeine of choice, you seat yourself in front of your laptop and begin reading your notes and transcripts of your interviews. The clock ticks as you stare at a blank screen. You type something down only to furiously smash the backspace key because it didn’t seem right. This step will repeat itself for the next few hours until you suddenly realize you have less than three hours till your meeting with your editors. By then, inspiration finally strikes and you find yourself able to type clearly with a goal in sight.


4. Killing your darlings

Photo by wenliang chen via flickr

At this point you start crying. You’re 20 inches over the maximum inch count and you know deep down that your editor is going to tell you to cut out a lot of graphs. It’s difficult to decide which graph is less important than the others, especially when you have spent a long time researching this topic. The deed has to be done though and you do it, shedding silent tears over the loss of your babies.

5. Stressed and kind of a mess

Photo via Max Pixel

It’s done. Your glasses sit on your face messily and you blink anxiously at your editors while they proofread your article. While peering over your editor’s shoulder, several AP style errors seem to appear out of nowhere. You consider crying because you’re sure you reread this article at least three times before submitting it for editing and those errors must have came crawling out of AP style hell just to spite you.


6. A finished product

Photo by Steve Jurvetson via flickr

But at the end of the day, all the anxiety of finding sources and crying over the article seemed to be worth it. You produce a pretty cool clip that gets compliments from your peers and you’re proud to add to your collection. Lying in your bed, you tuck yourself under the blankets, comforted by the thought that you’ve already started the research for your next story… But did you?

My corner of the universe

It’s often said a person’s bedroom is an extension of themselves, and for me, that quote rings undeniably true.

Located next to Athens Cemetery on Shafer Street, University Commons is where my home away from home resides. As an international student, bringing all my possessions was never a logical option. Smaller items that could fit into my suitcases were all I allowed myself to bring as reminders of home.

Art prints of various Japanese cartoons and games I’ve collected over the years decorate the wall beside my bed. Some prints were drawn and gifted by talented friends, while others were bought in support of local artists. Hanging above my bed are photos with friends back home taken over summer break, and knickknacks varying from glitter jars to hand-made dolls. Although it is not used often, a prayer book stands above my bed as a charm to ward against nightmares and difficult times.

Movie ticket stubs, plane tickets and event tickets among many others are displayed on the closet

On the other side of the room, a board on my closet displays every activity and events I’ve attended with friends since attending Ohio University, with movie ticket stubs, plane tickets and event tickets taking up significant portions of the board. Photos of Watson, my cat, are displayed with a motivational quote, encouraging me through harder times.

On any regular day, the bed is crowded with numerous pillows, blankets and animal plush dolls scattered untidily. On rare occasions, being able to spend time cuddled up in bed with only the company of a dim glow from a candle represents the perfect weekend retreat for an introvert like me.

A bedroom can mean many things to an individual. It could be a place a person goes to with the sole purpose of seeking sleep or a sanctuary for a person to relax after long and exhausting daily activities.

But my bedroom means more than just that. To me, my bedroom is the ultimate judgment-free zone. It’s a place where it’s OK for me to chatter back and forth between a mix of languages and accents without having to worry if people will be able to understand what I’m saying. It’s also a place where I can be surrounded by images of things I love and items that make me feel happy without being judged for it. It may seem cliché, but my bedroom is the one place where I am able to feel truly “normal” on the days I feel like an alien in a foreign land.

Long Skype sessions with my sister and the occasional gaming sessions with friends back home help combat the loneliness I feel, even if they don’t occur as frequently as I wish it could.

It has been five months since I began living in the commons and approximately 18 months since I began my journey studying abroad. Life is sometimes difficult and missing the comfort of home is never a good feeling. But at least for now, as I’m covered by soft blankets after a long day of writing articles and finishing assignments, this little corner of the universe feels a lot more like home.