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Flyby Tries: Being Thankful

Let’s face it, it’s hard to find gratitude when you’re swamped with p-sets and papers while the ever-present cold? flu? unknown-disease-that-leaves-a-monster-cough makes its annual circulation across campus. However, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it would be an appropriate time to take a step back and try being thankful for the little things in life.

An Ode to the Endless BoardPlus Options at The Law School

At the end of spring semester last year, I had used none of my BoardPlus — mainly because I had no idea what BoardPlus was and where I could spend it. And so, this semester, I decided to use my BoardPlus more consistently, as a way to treat myself during the semester.

Dear Homesick Students Far From Home

Whether you’re from Australia, Argentina, Afghanistan, or Alaska (just me?), we love you! You’ve got this. And even if you don’t live halfway across the globe, it’s okay to miss home — I’m (slightly enviously) talking to you, Bostonians. With the holidays around the corner, it’s that time of the year when we start to crave the comfort of home and non-Harvard life just a tad more than usual. But don’t give up now!

Four Things I Would Rather Touch than John Harvard’s Shoe

We’ve all been there. It’s 9:02 a.m. You’re sprinting through the Yard to class, hoping to still beat the athlete who’s locking up their scooter. Then, you see it: a group of tourists posing for the cliche-yet-tasteful “Touching of John Harvard’s Shoe.” Forgetting about the hot section kid you’re trying to impress, you are forced to stop and shudder.

You’re Never Too Old to Trick-or-Treat

Here at Flyby, we believe you are never too old to do anything — this includes trick-or-treating. In fact, we believe it’s even more fun to go trick-or-treating as a full-fledged adult, because no one can stop you from eating too much candy and falling into a candy coma. #adulting. Thus, in the name of journalism, we donned our costumes, grabbed our tote bags (since we couldn’t find trick-or-treat baskets) and headed into the wonderful neighborhoods of Cambridge in pursuit of tricks and treats.

Flyby's 2022 Halloween Costume Round Up

This Halloweekend, Harvard students showed up (we’re all try-hards after all). In case you were too drunk busy to pay attention to the costumes around you, Flyby crowdsourced the best Halloween costumes spotted this weekend, because we have eyes everywhere and gotta give credit where credit is due. Keep reading to see if you made the top costumes of 2022.  And don’t cry if you didn’t.

Why October is the Emotional Trough of the Year

Here is my attempt to explain why October seems to universally be the emotional trough of the Harvard year. It’s like the February of the fall semester, but worse. At least February is consistent — dark, gloomy, cold as fuck. October is less predictable, and therefore more scary. BOO, it’s the ghost of your healthy mental state past.

Flyby Ranks: Absurd Things That Have Happened in Tasty Basty

Every Ivy parties in…how should I say this…its own particularly interesting way. Dartmouth throws underground parties — cool. Princeton opts for their eating clubs — bougie, I guess? Cornell and Penn attempt to live up to their state school rep with good ol’ greek life — basic. (And Brown has intentionally been omitted due to lack of information because,,, yeah).  To each their own, but if we’re being honest here, we have something that all of our so-called competitors are truly missing out on. And no way am I talking about Harvard’s final clubs — we’re talking Tasty Basty.

The Seven Types of Harvard Students at the Gym

If you’re thinking about going to the gym, but don’t know what or ~who~ to expect — look no further! We spent a week people-watching at the Harvard gyms so you don’t have to. Check out our full investigation on the types of people you’ll meet at the gym.

We Bet We Can Guess If You'll Do Your Group Project By Yourself (The Answer Probably Will Not Surprise You)

We all dread the words, “group project.” They just are not fun for anyone. Well, that’s a lie. They’re super fun for all of the people who are going to pass off your work as their own. Will that end up happening to you this time around? Use this flowchart to find out.

Flyby Investigates: The One Time Every Two Years Providence, R.I., Is Actually Relevant

Harvard-Brown typically falls into the shadow of the highly anticipated Harvard-Yale game, but — as part of the 0.00001 percent of the time when the student body decides to rally around something in the name of school spirit (even though we don’t have a real mascot #sad) — it can still be really fun. And judging from everyone’s Instagram stories from the weekend of the game, I’m not the only one with this opinion. So here’s how the day went:

Flyby's Fall 2022 Playlist

Fall has many moods. Some days, the sun hits the newly yellowed leaves in just the right way and all feels right in the world. Other days, you have to pull your jacket a little closer so the Cambridge winds and midterm burnout don’t sweep you away. Here’s a playlist for all those moods. Listen to it in order for a romantic storyline or shuffle play for more chaos.

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

Flyby is BACK with another fall haul, 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. We know. You don’t have to say it — you’re welcome.

Passio NO!

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.

Fall Drinks to (Pumpkin) Spice Up Your Semester

Feeling bummed about the end of summer? We’ve got just the thing for you! Fall drinks are back in the square, and Flyby is here with all the deets on which ones you should try out next.

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

If you haven’t been to Annenberg lately, you may not realize that the ceiling is currently covered due to construction. Here, Flyby imagines (using expert Photoshop skills) some possibilities of what could be added to the ceiling of Annenberg

What’s New In the Square?

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.

Flyby Tries: New Jefe's

Wondering whether the new Jefe’s location lives up to its predecessor? Look no further. Read up to learn about the decor, menu items, and vibes of the new Jefes. Spoiler alert: it’s much more difficult to cut the line now

Overheard at Harvard on FDOC

The first day of class is an exciting, traumatizing, and admittedly, transformative day for everyone on campus. Here is Flyby Blog’s collection of favorite overheards from various Harvard people on this very memorable start to the 2022-2023 school year.

Love it or Hate it: Final Papers vs. Final Exams

One of the best things about essays is that there’s (usually) so much more creative freedom. We Live in A Society and this is one of the few times where you can choose to follow your dreams (!!) and write about what you want since there’s rarely only one correct answer.

Flyby Ranks: Best Brunch Spots Around Campus

Enough talk of the norovirus and the dissolution of the UC! Let’s discuss something fun: where, oh, where can one go to brunch in the Square??? From familiar favorites to the new kids on the block, it’s about time for a fresh ranking on Harvard’s Greatest Brunch spots.

Love it/Hate it: Spring

Walking through the Yard these days makes me happy. Long gone are the days when it would already be dark when I walked into my 4:30 p.m. section in Emerson. Now, as I leave class at 5:30 p.m, I am greeted by music playing from speakers or guitars, a game of frisbee, and the most adorable dogs in Cambridge running in front of me. Spring makes me want to be more efficient in my work and appreciate these simpler pleasures.

Flyby’s Spring 2022 Playlist: Spring Frolics

It’s getting warmer and the sun is shining (for the first time in months). It’s time to stop checking PassioGo and opt to walk — even if it means you may be late to section. Here’s a playlist to keep you company in your galavanting and rompings around campus and beyond. Pop in your headphones or put this on blast.

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