Thankful for Thanksgiving TV Specials

Written by: Ly Phan

It’s Thanksgiving and finally you can take a break from school (for a few days). Now, what would you do with all that free time? herNetwork is here to help! Below is a list of our most favorite Thanksgiving TV specials in case you need some entertainment for your Turkey dinner.

1. Friends Season 5: Episode 8: The One with All the Thanksgiving


My top choice wouldn’t come as a surprise for many people. This episode is a perfect combination of comedy with a little bit of romance as well. It has ridiculously flashbacks of different characters’ worst Thanksgiving experiences plus the perfect moment when Chandler tells Monica he loves her.

2. How I Met Your Mother Season 3: Episode 9: Slapsgiving


If there is one thing that is better than Thanksgiving, it is definitely Slapsgiving! I bet you wouldn’t be able to hold of your laughter watching Barney dreading the moment when Marshall will slap him. (BONUS: this episode sequel – Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap is super funny as well.)

3. New Girl Season 2: Episode 8: Parents


Watching Jess trying to rekindle her divorce parents will never fail to bring you some laughter. It doesn’t get more “Jess” than this. Also, the guest appearance of Jamie Lee Curtis and Ross Reiner definitely adds some extra element of fun.

4. Modern Family Season 6: Episode 8: Three Turkeys


Claire’s secret preparation for a back-up turkey is the most mom move ever! This somewhat disastrous family Thanksgiving dinner is so relatable and hilarious at the same time. I think, this episode definitely deserves the title of a Thanksgiving classic. Great job, Modern Family!

5. The Mindy Project Season 1 Episode 6: Thanksgiving


The final must-watch Thanksgiving special is no other than episode 6 of The Mindy Project season 1. Mindy’s awkward encounter with her formal blind date and his entrance of slowly falling down the stairs is so entertaining to watch. I must say, this is my most favorite episode from season 1 of The Mindy Project!



Views from the #617

Written by: Sanjna Basa

It’s nice to get off campus for a bit and take a little study break, especially if you’re in such a dynamic city like Boston. If you’re a sucker for great views like me, you should check out my top five favorite spots for a sick view of Boston!

5. Prudential Tower Skywalk Observatory, Back Bay: Located right in Back Bay and a short 20 minute walk from East Campus, the Skywalk Observatory is a beautiful room at the top of the Pru surrounded by glass windows. You can oversee Commonwealth Avenue and all of BU, MIT, and a great view of the John Hancock building.


4. Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown: I see this view as “the view heard ’round the world.” It was an important battleground in the Revolutionary War, so there is definitely a historic and patriotic feel around the park. You can choose to climb the 294 stairs to the top of the monument and look at Boston from quite a distance or you can chill at the park and pack a nice picnic and appreciate the brownstones of Charlestown.


3. Graffiti Bridge, Boston University: Located right underneath the Boston University Bridge, you can see in the distance the skyline of Back Bay and the trail of the Esplanade. It’s a great place for photography adventures, so get your Instagrams ready!


2. Custom House Tower, Downtown: My favorite view of Boston lies downtown and in the form of a city geotag. It’s right past Faneuil Hall, and entry to the top is just $7 with a complementary drink, or $15 with a glass of wine. Filled with history, art, and incredible architecture, it’s definitely a sight both inside the tower and on top.


1. Boston Harborwalk, Seaport: Quite possibly one of the most popular views of Boston, this walkway shows a beautiful skyline of downtown Boston. It is iconic, and watching the sunrise (yes, I’ve done it) from Rowes Wharf should definitely be on your Boston bucket list! And of course, grab dinner at one of many seafood restaurants, closely located in Seaport.


Summer in Boston To-do List

Written by: Natasha Bunanta

Now that the sun is finally up and the temperature is getting warmer, here’s a follow up to Irene’s post – summer edition. Here’s a list of things on how to make the most out of your summer here in Boston:

  1. Bike


Combine exercise with sightseeing! Boston bike tours offer fun ways to get around the city, easily accommodating all skill level bikers. If you’re not up for a tour, you can always rent Boston’s hourly rental bike, Hubway, and casually ride along the city with your closest friends. You can pay by the hour or opt for a membership. It is also a great time for beginners to learn; the vast areas on BU Beach and the Esplanade are great places for beginners to learn how to bike.

  1. Kayaking or Canoeing


It’s very rare to see life around the Charles River during the winter, but as the summer warms up, you’ll start to see energy around the area. You can easily rent kayaks and canoes during this time of the year. If you’re a first-timer, don’t hesitate to learn how to paddle! Paddling is also a great way to explore the sights of Boston.

  1. Explore hidden Gardens


Going on a Garden Tour is a great way to de-stress and explore hidden sights around Boston. There are locations in different parts of the city such as Beacon Hill, Fenway, Cambridge and the South End. It’s a hidden gem worth looking for before the summer ends!


These are just our top three highlights. There’s so much more to do in Bean Town during the summer. We hope that you will be looking forward to an awesome summer this year!

Leveraging Your LinkedIn

By: Lisa Passanisi


As business students and working professionals, we are frequently told that LinkedIn is a necessity when making connections and applying to jobs or internships. However, for too many people, LinkedIn’s usefulness ends where it begins. Successfully utilizing LinkedIn extends beyond merely creating a profile and adding connections.


So what should you do once you’ve set up your basic profile?


  1. Follow relevant companies and industries.

Keeping up-to-date with industry trends and company news is essential to interviewing anScreen Shot 2016-04-30 at 11.55.36 AMd remaining informed at work. Staying informed can help you to shine during your next interview, whether it is professional or informational. Moreover, keeping up-to-date is an easy way to highlight your passion for a certain company or industry.


Pulse and SlideShare offer additional ways you can keep up with relevant companies and industries. If you have smartphone or tablet, these features can even be downloaded as separate applications with more advanced features.


  1. Send personalized connection requests.


If you select to “connect” LinkedIn will send a standard message expressing your interest in adding someone to your network. This type of request is appropriate when adding peers, classmates, or friends. However, when adding someone with whom you do not have a close relationship, personalization becomes necessary.


Think of your connection requests in the same way you would think of an email. The person whom you have contacted should know why you want to connect with them and should see a clear indication that you have a passion for their field and an eagerness to learn.


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  1. Join groups.

Common groups could include professional organizations, collegiate alumni networks, or even school clubs. LinkedIn groups provide you with another means of expanding your network. Joining groups allows you to message individuals whom you may not know directly without needing to pay for a Premium account.


  1. Connect with alumni.

Is there a particular industry you want to work in, or a company you dream of working for? Through the alumni search tool, you can see how you are connected to individuals in your target companies. Alumni are great resources because they have gone through similar school experiences and can provide advice for navigating the job/internship search process and can provide insight into industries that you may not have gotten exposed to in a classroom setting.


Please keep in mind that it is never appropriate to ask an informational interviewee to give you a job or to pass your resume along to anyone in their company. If they offer to do so, however, it is appropriate to accept their offer if you have a genuine interest in the field.


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  1. Like, Comment on, and Create Content.

Liking and commenting on content shared by others is a great way to increase your visibility on LinkedIn. Not only will your comments and “likes” show up in your network’s feeds, but it will also show in in the feed of anyone who follows that particular company or publisher.


Creating or sharing your own content, whether that be media or blog posts, is another great way to highlight your interest in a particular field. When you share posts they are visible to anyone on LinkedIn, and when members of your community comment on, share, or like your content, your posts will show up in the feeds of their network.

What to Watch this Spring Break

Written by: Nicole Renteria

Image: NBC's "71st Annual Golden Globe Awards" - Red Carpet Arrivals


Feeling sad that all your friends are spending their spring break on some exotic island under the blissful sun? Well, don’t worry: you are not alone!

As you head home to spend the break surrounded by family, or maybe even stay stuck at school, there is a list of things that can be accomplished! Maybe some of you might decide to reorganize your room, color coordinate your closet, or even to finally throw away that pair of jeans you’ve had since the seventh grade. But, for those of you who are a little less motivated to be productive with your week, here is a list of Netflix series that embody women empowerment and are worthy of binge watching:

  1. 30 Rock

For all you Tina Fey lovers out there, this is a must-see. In this sitcom, Fey plays the lead writer for a hit comedy show for NBC called 30 Rock. In her executive role, Fey’s character exemplifies a woman of power and leadership in the workplace. The show sets a great example of the impact and capability that women exert by having control of her surroundings. This, along with some SNL-themed humor, makes for an interesting series. Between her strange relationship with co-star Alec Baldwin and her clumsiness of a human being, Fey has co-produced a must-see. 30 Rock should definitely be at the top of your list.

       2. Parks and Recreation

No one can resist the love we all share for Amy Poehler. Put her side by side with Tina Fey and they are the definition of best friend goals. In her comedy series Parks and Recreation, Poehler plays a bureaucrat in the community’s parks department. Poehler’s character, Leslie, is exemplified as an intelligent, driven politician who expresses great devotion to making her town great. During the series, Leslie is constantly challenged with the same restrictions women face today in the political and corporate industries, but manages to overcome all the obstacles she is faced with. Her character is a great example for all aspiring young women who have ever shown interest in becoming strong female figures in our nation to fight for their dreams.

      3. Jane the Virgin

Lastly, my favorite ongoing TV drama has so many plot twists you’ll never get bored. Jane the Virgin stars Gina Rodriguez, a young virgin mother with a crazy social and family life. Rodriguez’s character is a great role model for our generation of lower income women who want to receive a higher education. In her early 20s, Jane has completed college and is heading to graduate school while working two full-time jobs and paying her own way through college. Meanwhile, she is raising her newborn son and writing her first novel. Jane sets the example that you can accomplish all your goals and dreams with a lot of hard work and support from your loved ones. And the love triangles with cute boys makes it great, too.


I hope that you find time in your relaxing week away from school to start at least one of these series. I am a big advocate of binge-watching Netflix, but what makes these shows standout is their commitment to uplifting women and to inspiring them to be successful. They each carry their own ability to empower the young generations of women as well as to entertain.

5 Easy Ways to Get Active this Winter

Written by: Nicole Renteria

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Although the weather may show no signs of letting up, spring really is right around the corner! Before you know it, you’ll be leaving behind your parka and snow boots and swapping them out for sundresses and flip flops. If you’re anything like me, then you spent the winter hiding from the outside world, curled up with a Netflix series and a jar of Nutella. Well, no more excuses ladies! Time to get up and get active! Here are a few tips to jumpstart your new workout routine:

  1. Skip the bus and walk to class instead. We’ve got a really spread out campus, so use it to your advantage! Carve out a few extra minutes in your morning routine and hit the streets before class. Worried about those cute heels giving you blisters? Maybe find some room in your bag for them, and lace up your sneakers for the walk. You’d be surprised just how many calories you can burn in a mile walk, plus that incline we all dread towards the BU bridge will do wonders for those calf muscles!                                     
  2. Don’t be afraid of FitRec! We have a beautiful, well-equipped gym with a killer view. Take advantage of it! Everyone at the gym is there for the same reason: to get in shape. There are three floors in the gym, each with different types of machines, so find one that best suites your workout routine and stick with it. The best way to feel confident at the gym is to have a game plan, and if someone is using the weight or machine you need, don’t be afraid to ask for how much longer they’ll be using it. Your workout matters just as much as the sweaty guy’s next to you.                                             
  3. Create a workout plan for the days of the week. Nothing is worse than doing a million squats on Tuesday and then trying to run a marathon on Wednesday. Designate each day of the week to a certain muscle group that you want to work on and keep a log of what you accomplished at the gym that day. Keeping track of your workouts is a great way to see the progress you’re making not just in your appearance, but in your physicality and endurance.                                                                                                                   
  4. STRETCH, STRETCH, STRETCH!! Most of us just want to get in and get out when we’re working out and we often skip one of the most important parts of our workout: to stretch! Your muscles need time to break down all the lactic acid that’s been building up at night while you sleep and all day as you sit at a desk. Rolling out your muscles is a great way to break it down and get you limber enough to start throwing around some weights!                                                                                                                                                      
  5. Sleep is your best friend. You can’t perform at your best unless you are well rested, so make sure you’re catching enough zzz’s at night! If you skip out on this last important step, there could be some serious consequences. Working out while running on no sleep could lead to accidents that could cause serious injuries. So get some sleep! No one likes a grumpy gym partner!

Lastly, I’ll leave you with one final tip: abs are made in the kitchen! If you want to look and feel good come spring, keep an eye on what you’re eating on a day to day basis. Trust me, I enjoy a nice greasy slice of pizza as much as the next guy, but maybe find a healthy alternative to chow down on! Get proactive with your workout routine, before you know it the flowers will be blooming and you’ll be feeling confident while rocking those shorts!

3 Ways To Start Second Semester the Right Way


Written by: Sophia Smith

  1. Learn something new


After a long break and time away from school, it is hard to get back into the swing of learning. Learn about something that you enjoy before you head back to school so that you can enjoy learning and get your brain working.

     2.  Get to the gym


As I tell you this piece of advice, I am also giving it to myself. It is important to stay active and exercising will help to reduce your stress of a new semester. Start off slow and go a few times a week. Make it a part of your routine.

     3.  See your friends


This seems obvious enough, right? However, it’s harder than you’d think. As you start a new semester, people get busy and you don’t want to bother them. But maybe they are thinking the same thoughts and don’t want to bother you. Reach out to the people that you care about and you will be happier.