Grow Where You’re Planted

DFW’s newest band is on the rise

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Everyone has a passion. Something that drives them and makes them who they are. There is something that binds us together and gives us meaning and a purpose. Here at NuView, it’s fashion. For the guys in OG Garden, it’s music. I met up with three of the band members to talk about what music means to them and their upcoming EP.

How did OG Garden come to be?

Curtis: Well, I was jamming with my friend Byron (Band member not present), he plays bass, and I got the idea of starting a band. We just got together and started playing and brought people on overtime, and we eventually grew into what we have now.

Troy: I met Curtis at orientation, and we just hung out and exchanged numbers. We were acquaintances for a while. I did a lot of solo music, where I was just recording and putting it on the internet like us kids do. As he was hanging and jamming with his jazz friends, he said I should come jam with them, one thing led to another, and now I’m here.

Micah: I knew the bass player and the guitar player really well, and after some interesting things happened, I got asked to jam, and now here I am.

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“I think we match really well. We have a niche of where each of our own musical tastes come from.” -Troy

So, what is the creative process like?

Troy: I think we match really well. We have a niche of where each of our own musical tastes come from. The writing process is super involved. Everyone is involved entirely. If someone doesn’t like the way something is going they voice it. We all try to make sure every song is to every person’s liking. We usually just start with plain jamming, and then sometimes I freestyle lyrics over things. If we like the way that feels, then we take those feelings and the color of the song. We really take that in and enhance the structure of the song.

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“We’re so inspired by the decisions that other groups and artists make, how they present themselves, and how they perform.” -Curtis

Who/what inspires you?

Troy: So many places. I feel like it is so different because of what we all naturally grew up listening to. We take pieces of what we like and that aspect, musically is taken because each of us has so many things that we like that it just comes together in one. I’m very into Frank Ocean and Miguel, but [that sound] comes throughout. There’s no one band we can point to and say this is who we sound like, there are just influencers in the years of us growing and then looking at other people we like based on personality and performance.

Micah: We all have different groups that we like and it all kind of gets thrown together. The artists we’re all into contribute to our style. Our guitar player is really into Daft Punk, so you’ll hear stuff that they play, and the bass player is really into jazz. I’m really into alternative rock along the lines of Tame Impala or Mute Math.

Curtis: I think we’re more so inspired by the decisions that other groups and artists make, how they present themselves, and how they perform. I’m less so inspired by a specific genre and more so inspired by a rock band or metal band that does something on stage that really moves me that I want to incorporate into the group. It really comes from anywhere. We really want to keep our eyes open.

How much does your stage presentation contribute to your quality of music?

Troy: Stage presentation wise, we really just let it all out. When we’re writing, it can get pretty intense because it can get pretty passionate since we’re all writing from the heart. Since the six of us all write together, it’s hard trying to get what you’re saying across to the other five members, but it’s so beautiful. And like magic that I don’t know if there was ever a time where I haven’t felt that in the crowd. I think our goal when we’re performing is that if six guys with completely different music tastes can come together and make this one brand of music. Honestly, I think that it’s less of performing, and more letting it all out on stage. Whether it is dancing, standing completely still or delivering that powerful lyric, it’s just a feeling we’re evoking rather than putting on a show for people. So, in that it turns into a show because of this.

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“We all collect thinks like music from both older and newer times. I think we do the same with clothes. We mis a lot of older fashions that inspired us when we were younger to what’s new.” -Troy

As far as fashion goes, how do you think fashion contributes to your own music, and your band’s image?

Troy: Just how we evoke our feelings with music, I feel like we do the same with our everyday presentation in what we wear. We all collect things like music from both older and newer times. I think we do the same with clothes. We mix a lot of older fashions that inspired us when we were younger to what’s new.

Micah: It also has to do with how we’re all from different places across the country. So, where we come from really contributes to style, music, everything.

Can you describe the feeling of what it’s like on stage to those of us who have never performed?

Curtis: First, it’s interesting because every show is different. So far, we’ve had very different crowds. It’s always interesting to see how the crowd reacts. As our songs progress and everything gets warmer and warmer, the vibe just opens up and inevitably we’re just enjoying ourselves a lot, and I feel like people are enjoying our music. Every show ends up being a blast, honestly.

Micah: See, we played a show at a really awkward wine bar which was super weird, but we’re still able to let our passion show through to the audience where they start to feel the music and where we’re both vibing. Then, there’s shows where we walk in, we play one note, and we’re already together with the audience.

Troy: I think it’s kind of funny to watch because if it’s a show that starts off awkward, there will be just two or three people at the beginning that are really into it, and then over time, other people are seeing that they are having a blast, and next thing you know, you look up and it’s 25 people that are letting loose and dancing. It’s really fun, it’s indescribable.

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“We kind of just found each other. We’re kind of like brothers.” -Troy

What’s on the horizon for you guys?

Micah: EP’s next, an album later on from the EP, and then we’re hoping to book a tour for the Summer and do that from our album, but right now we’re just working on getting the EP done.

Troy: We’ve got the recording process done now. Music is being worked on, and we’re double checking, listening, having it sent to mixers and engineers because this EP is super important to us. Booking season is coming up, which is when all the festivals are looking for acts.. We want other people to hear what we have, and we’re putting every fine detail into our EP because that will carry us to each next step. That’s going to be the thing that gets us to slightly bigger shows, audiences, and a bigger fan base.  The name of the EP is called “Revive Me.” Revive me is that one all encompassing song off of the EP. The EP has a lot of different songs with many different genre influences, and that one really seems to meet the criteria that brings all of us into one. Look out for that one, and everyone we’ve talked to has a different favorite that is going to be on the EP, so listen to it and find your song.

What is the feeling behind “Revive Me?

Troy: A lot of bands hate to say pop, but it’s pop music. It’s a genre that breaks genre barriers, and so do we. It talks about love. When it talks about love, it’s not just that general form of it. You hear it in the music, there’s rock, R&B, there’s hip hop and swing at very different points of it. We want to present that as the whole EP, as a representation of so many different genre variations.

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“Man, when I’m performing, it doesn’t matter how I look or act. People buy into my art and my passion, and that grew into wanting it to be a career. I never want to work a day in my life. I just want to deliver art, and other people take it in.” -Troy

What’s it like being in the music scene here?

Curtis: Micah’s from the Portland area, I’m from the San Diego area, we’re both West Coast babies, so it’s definitely different, but I think it’s very cool to see. Denton is a place where a lot of people are making an effort to be who they are. I think that this is a great place for the band to prosper. There isn’t a clear identity on us, so it’s just a great place to do what we do because it’s so diverse.

Troy: I think it’s a great representation of who we are as a band. We each come from different parts of the US, and are currently at a place where we can be transparent and vulnerable. We kind of just found each other. We’re kind of like brothers. We play our own music, and it’s a place where musicians and performers are inspired and encouraged. It’s diverse, just like we are.

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“I love an idea of how one pop song can reach millions of people across the entire world no matter your gender, sexual orientation, where you are financially, language, it just breaks all that. So, that insires me to keep pioneering and making music that reaches people. ” -Micah

What brought each of you to music, and why is it important to you?

Troy: I was born in a really small town in Alabama, and there were a lot of people putting labels onto on everyone, saying you can’t do this. I grew up watching performers that did whatever they wanted on stage and people loved them for it. I started singing in my church, and when I started singing no one cared how I looked or what I wore. They just cared about what I was delivering artistically, and I guess I was thinking this subconsciously, “man, when I’m performing, it doesn’t matter how I look, or act.” People buy into my art and passion, and that grew into wanting it to be a career. I never want to work a day in my life. I just want to deliver art, and other people take it in.  I think art just breaks so many barriers politically, mentally, and even geographically. It can reach so many people. So, if that’s what I’m meant to do, then everything will work out in my favor, and hopefully the stars will align.

Micah: I was born into a musical family. Both of my parents played the piano. I also grew up playing in the church, and it was a really encouraging environment to play music in. I just got to a point where I couldn’t really see myself doing anything else. This is what I love doing, and I might as well pursue it. Here I am, just pursuing music, trying to get better, and I like that it’s a tool to reach people. That’s also why I’m a huge fan of pop. I love an idea of how one pop song can reach millions of people across the entire world no matter your gender, sexual orientation, where you are financially, language, it just breaks all that. So, that inspires me to keep pioneering and keep making music that reaches people.

Curtis: I was actually thinking about this recently, what made me go towards music, why people get into music, and why they do what they do, and I think I realized that when I first started playing saxophone. I was in 4th grade and I was a complete dork. There was an assembly, and they were showcasing all these classic band instruments: trumpet, flute, clarinet, saxophone. At that age I had no idea how much of a sanctuary music could be, or how powerful it really was. It was the coolest thing to me, and that’s how I got started. It really inspires me because I feel like I’m doing this for the right reasons. That’s what it is about. Music is just like a sanctuary. People go to it for different reasons, but it is just a safe space everybody loves to go to. Yeah, music is dope.

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“It really inspires me because I feel like I’m doing this for the right reasons. That’s what it is about. Music is just like a sanctuary. People go to it for different reasons, but it is just a safe space everybody loves to go to. Yeah, music is dope.” -Curtis

I don’t think anyone said it better than Curtis, music is pretty dope. Music is one of those out of body forces that allows us to feel a certain way or take us to another place. May it be jazz, rock, pop or synth, music can touch and reach anyone in complex and personal ways. I think that in this day and age, as so many times before, there are so many things in this world that can bring us down. The arts and music specifically are there for us to escape that for a short time. Going onto your Spotify, turning on the radio, or even hearing a tune while in line at Starbucks can make our days go from bad to good in a span of two and a half minutes. Music was able to bring six vastly different people together to form OG Garden, and I think that UNT has the same effect on so many of us. UNT has been able to bring thousands of different people together to makeup the place we call home. Music, like UNT doesn’t care where you come from what you believe, or what you do. It draws people in and helps them find themselves. Next time you listen to a song, may it be by the Chainsmokers, Beyoncé, or even OG Garden, allow for it to transport you, make you think about the world in a different way.

More from the OG Garden shoot:

Find OG Garden on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/wavegardenband and follow them on Instagram @oggarden

Words by Miles Cantrell

Photos by Huy Tran

Follow Huy on Instagram @huy.jpg and visit his site at huymtran.com

Edit by Taylar Gomez, Carolina Gonzalez, and Maia Wilson

6 Ways To Fight The Winter Blues

How To Stay Productive and Kill It This Winter Break

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After a long and tiring semester, it’s easy to go back to your hometown and want to relax with hot chocolate, reality TV, and forget about school, work, or the future for the time being. While relaxing is important, Winter break is also the prime time to accomplish everything you’ve been too busy to get done during the semester, and prepare yourself for the Spring. Here are a few tips to block your Winter blues, and keep your productivity flowing!

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  1.    Give Your Resume a Makeover

While you have a few weeks to breathe, make sure your resume, and any portfolios you have are completely up-to-date. All of those volunteer hours, student organizations, and new job experiences you’ve gained throughout the last few months are important, and it may be time to add some new references. Update your resume now, so it’ll be perfect when opportunities bloom in the Spring!

  1.    Find Your Focus

I know just as well as anyone how easy it is over Winter break to plop down on the couch in front of a Project Runway marathon and waste the entire day. To ensure your days are productive, find a personal workspace somewhere without distractions (maybe in a local coffee shop, or even in your childhood bedroom at home) and take a few hours each day to be alone and work. Make a list of all the things you’ve been meaning to get done, and make it your goal to accomplish at least one thing each day during your allotted work time.

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  1.    Love Your Laptop

When it comes to internships, job opportunities, and scholarships, the Internet is your best friend! There are literally thousands of websites out there dedicated exclusively to helping students find resources to build their knowledge and experience – there are even websites specifically made to help fashion majors! When you don’t know what else to do, get online and start browsing. You may find something amazing you didn’t even know existed.

  1.    Get a Scenery Change

Throughout the semester, we spend a lot of time on campus. We go to the same classes every week and see the same professors and students. During the break, you don’t have the same routine. Take advantage! Go check out a museum downtown you’ve been meaning to go to for inspiration, or re-connect and catch up with your high school mentors. Putting yourself out there and meeting new people while also keeping in touch with the people you already know could lead to some incredible opportunities!

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  1.    Say Goodbye to Clutter

Set yourself up for success this Spring by getting organized now. Winter break is the time to clean out your backpack, your car, your computer files, your closet; anything and everything cluttering up your life! Get your fresh school supplies, a new 2017 planner, a package of colored pens, and get to work. Make up a system to keep due dates, events, and to-do-lists organized in a way that makes sense to you. By the time the semester starts you’ll feel refreshed, focused, and prepared to take on whatever comes your way.

  1. Give Your Brain A Break

As I mentioned before, relaxation is crucial, and can have a positive effect on your productivity! Take breaks to allow yourself to de-stress and have fun during your holidays. Exercising, spending time with your family, or even doing a little binge watching are all great ways to relax – your brain does need a break sometimes! Take these few weeks to recharge and get ready – there’s a whole new semester coming up: make it your best one yet!

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Words by Reilly Farris

Photos by Kylie Hull

Follow Kylie on Instagram on @kyliehull and visit her site at kyliehull.squarespace.com

Edits by Maia Wilson, Carolina Gonzalez, Taylar Gomez

D I Y – HOLIDAY DECOR

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With the Winter holidays just around the corner you are probably starting to think of how you can make your “home-away-from-home” feel more festive and cheerful, while simultaneously not breaking your budget. Well we, here at NuView have gathered up some of our favorite ways to decorate for the season.

What You Need:

– Cardboard letters (Hobby Lobby for 99c)

– Yarn

– A branch

– Wooden hoops (can be found at Hobby Lobby for $6-$9)

– Cardstock paper

– Gold paint/brushes

– Christmas tree trimmings (check your local Christmas tree farm to see if they have extra they can spare)

– Twine

-Scissors/Glue

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Such a joyous time of year: This is a very minimalistic, very chic way to add a little something extra to your gallery wall

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Step 1: Paint your branch and cardboard letters with the gold paint and then let them dry completely

Step 2: Tightly tie strands of the yarn in knots around the branch

Step 3: Wrap the twine around the tops of your painted letters, cut twine to get an even length, then tie them to the branch  

Step 4: Glue a little piece of the tree trimming to each letter

Step 5: Take your scissors and trim the yarn along the bottom to give a clean and polished look, to take it one step further you can cut is diagonally or into a triangle-like shape

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Not your everyday christmas wreath: Again, this is a very minimalistic, modern, and stylish approach to holiday decor for someone that does not want to have too much clutter, but still wants their home to feel ready for the holiday season. If you are allergic to the real tree, you can always substitute it for fake garland or greenery.

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Step 1: Gather up your tree clippings and arrange them in a way that best suits the size of your wooden hoop

Step 2: Tightly weave/wrap the twine through and around the tree clippings and wooden hoop, then tie the twine in a knot to hold the tree clippings firmly into place.  

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So painted: A really simple way of achieving that “clean” and “unique to you” way of sprucing up your holiday gallery wall

Step 1: Use the cardstock paper and gold paint to create a simple design; whether it be using your calligraphy skills to write a short and sweet holiday message or just something easy like the christmas tree design I have created, make sure it suits you!

photo-6We here at NuView hope that you have a merry, bright, and stress-free holiday season. As always make sure to tag your DIY creations on social media with, #nuviewmagazine, so we can see what you have created!

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Happy Holidays!

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Words by Bailey Womack

Photos by Chloe Gonzalez

Edit by Maia Wilson

Learn-to-Layer

Short vids on how to stay warm and still look trendy this Holiday season

Winter is here and inevitably there is no way to ignore the cold weather. Layering is always a go-to for battling the cold during this time of year, but that doesn’t mean this technique of putting on clothes has to be boring! To stay in vogue with this season’s colors, styles, and popular looks while layering different pieces of clothing is actually, quite simple and requires little extra time to get dressed. So, whether it’s freezing or just a bit nippy, here’s a quick guide on how to layer clothing this holiday season in order to stay warm while looking cute and trendy!

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LOOK #1

Dusty Cedar Lace Choker

+ Black Knitted Knee-High Socks

+ Black Heeled Booties

+ Sharkskin Grey Bralette

+ Spicy Mustard Mini Dress

+ Potter’s Clay Oversized Knitted Cardigan

+ White and Black Plaid Overcoat

+ Potter’s Clay Fringe Scarf

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LOOK #2

Black Thin Leather Choker

+White Faux Snakeskin Booties

+ Maroon Deep-V Halter Top Onesie

+ Boyfriend Jeans Rolled Up

+ White Long-Sleeved Criss-Cross Blouse

+ Charcoal Flowy Velvet Cardigan

+ Maroon Leather Moto Jacket

+ Maroon Knitted Beanie

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LOOK #3

Black Booties

+Dusty Cedar Bralette

+Plum Bohemian-Style Flowy Dress

+ Potter’s Clay Long-Sleeved Blouse

+ Silver Long Wrap-Around Beaded Necklace

+ Sharkskin Grey Faux Fur Jacket

+ Cream Scarf With Plum Colored Design

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LOOK #4

Brown Leather Booties

+ Black High-Waisted Ripped Jeans

+ Spicy Mustard Cropped Tank

+ Forest Green Knitted Chunky Sweater

+ Cream Cocoon Cardigan

+ Warm Taupe Coat

+ Cream Beanie

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LOOK #5

Forest Green Beaded Choker

+Black Booties

+ Cream Bralette

+ Charcoal V-Neck Shirt

+ Dark Grey Knitted Beanie

+ Forest Green Knitted Oversized Cardigan

+ Denim Long Loose-Fitted Jacket

+ Army Green Trench Coach

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LOOK #6

Mustard Knee-High Heeled Boots

+ Pomegranate Ditsy Floral Patterned Velvet Skirt

+Dusty Cedar Bralette

+ White V-Neck Shirt

+Maroon Long Wrap-Around Beaded Necklace

+ Warm Taupe Ribbed Sweater

+ Pomegranate Knitted Beanie

+ Black Leather Moto Jacket

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Happy Layering!

Words and Photography by Jacqui Simses

Styling by Jacqui Simses

Edit by Maia Wilson

Models: Haley Mosley, Alyson Sinz, and Monica Shockley

The Unique Holiday Experience

A Small Glimpse Into the Diverse Campus of UNT

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UNT is arguably one of the most diverse campuses in the nation. We are home away from home for more than 30,000 students who come from all different walks of life. Our international students program is a top ranked program and well-known across the world. Five International students from all around the world share their UNT experiences with us and how they plan to spend the holidays with family and friends.

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Abir Arabi

A junior economics major from the United Arab Emirates.

What do you like most about UNT?

There are numerous things that I like and I really don’t know which to mention. I do like the fact that everyone is encouraged to connect more.

What’s the biggest difference between the UAE and Texas?

I think the biggest difference in Texas is the lack of public transportation even if you compare Texas to other states. Like I’ve never felt that driving is a requirement and in my country you don’t need to drive you can walk or take the public transportation. Taxi’s are pretty cheap as well. Another thing is that everything is just bigger in the United States in general. I don’t know how to describe it, but definitely food wise everything is bigger. I’m not complaining though!

What’s your favorite holiday and how do you normally celebrate?

Well for this particular question i’m going to mention a holiday that is unique to the UAE, which is called National Day. What’s interesting is that it’s going on right now and it’s actually the anniversary of the country. It isn’t really a fun holiday, it actually sounds very mundane when I explain it, but technically there is just a huge parade made of traffic. So people who are stuck in traffic take part in the parade and dance from their cars. They dress up in jewelry and colors of the UAE flag. There is also lots of food given out to everyone, mosques and etc. I think that it’s a very interesting holiday that I kind of miss. Also, one of the bad sides of this holiday is snow sprays, which is a spray that shoots out string. It’s very common during National holiday to spray at friends and family, some people will even spray strangers. I think it’s a really unique holiday.

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Naziba Hossain

A senior rehabilitations major from Bangladesh.

What do you like most about UNT?

When I first came here I had no idea about schooling and colleges in America. I came here as a student, so UNT was all I knew. Now, I have been to other colleges because of friends and cousins and I can compare. What I like about UNT is it’s diversity. I never feel like I am the only brown person around. In my classes there are different types of students and we have so much international events going on the whole year, so it’s never lonely or boring for me. People are really interesting.

What’s the biggest difference between Bangladesh and Texas?

Oh my gosh. Let me tell you if there is any similarities. Maybe the heat is the only similarity! There is a difference in the way everybody dresses. One difference that was really interesting to me in the beginning was the way people talk to each other. Like in English “you” only have the word you. And you use “you” to talk to elders, little ones, and everybody else. But in my language and I think in most other languages you have three different types of ways of addressing people. Like when you’re speaking with elders you use a different version of “you”. The way everyone dresses over here is different, everyone dresses casually. Back at home you dress according to the place you are going to, formally, informally, and etc. Food! We don’t have diverse food, like Texas. Texas has food from all other countries, but in Bangladesh it’s mostly South Asian food. American food is really expensive. If you wanna go have pizza it’s going to be expensive, which is weird because pizza is the cheapest food here.

What’s your favorite holiday and how do you normally celebrate?

Bangladesh is a Muslim country, 90% of the people are Muslim. So the biggest holiday is going to be Edi. When people ask me what’s Edi, I just tell them it’s Christmas for Muslim people. We have two Edis, two Christmases in our year. Yay! We call it the small Edi and the big Edi. I have realized that Thanksgiving is also close to our Edi. At Thanksgiving time you get together with friends and family and have a good dinner. That’s the same thing for us. This Thanksgiving I got to celebrate a nice “Friendsgiving,”so we did all of that. My cousin got married, so we got to be together. So I think for me, thanksgiving is a very good vacation, the idea that you get together with friends or family and have food is wonderful, it reminds me of home.

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Lillian Shih

A first year speech language pathology major from Taiwan.

What do you like most about UNT?

First of all I just came here, so I really don’t know the school that well yet. But I feel like we are an art school. Before I came here, I knew we had a big art program. I actually go to the exhibitions all the time. Then we also have music concerts almost everyday and that’s really interesting to me. At my previous college, we didn’t have an art program, so I feel like this is a really artistic school.

What’s the biggest difference between Taiwan and Texas?

Okay so first, everything here is HUGE. One portion of food is humongous. The roads are huge and the parking is huge. Everything is huge! In the beginning I wouldn’t dare to drive because the roads were too big. I felt so unsafe. Where I come from, in Taiwan we have very scarce land, so it’s crowded. The buildings are close to each other. For food it’s always a small portion, so you are able to finish it. For us, we like to eat, so food is really cheap and you can buy food anywhere. There are 24/7 stores and restaurants everywhere. You can get anything at anytime. This is very common in Asia. We have convenient stores that are sometimes right under people’s houses. The houses here are all mansions. Most of the houses there are all apartments.

What’s your favorite holiday and how do you normally celebrate?

My favorite holiday would be Chinese New Year because that’s when our Winter Break is. Chinese New Year follows the lunar calendar, so the date varies every year. Sometimes we have a longer Winter break and sometimes we it’s shorter, it just depends on when Chinese New Year is. Usually we celebrate it for four days. Families get together and eat. We celebrate with our father’s family first, so I would go to my dad’s mother’s house and then all of my father’s brothers would be there. We call that “Dad’s of Family” so that means a lot of people would be there, which means a lot of presents, noise, and food! Then on the second day we celebrate with the mother’s side. So everyone goes to the mother’s house. We get all of mom’s parents’ house and do it all again. We meet all my mother’s cousins, aunts, and uncles. Then we eat a big meal! Little kids look forward to little red envelopes.

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Sharath Thatipetty

A graduate student studying electrical engineering from India.

What do you like most about UNT?

It’s culture, diversity, and it’s support to students. The one quality I really like here, is their unity. Every student at UNT shows their school pride.

What’s the biggest difference between India and Texas?

Here the employment opportunities, the course work, and the overall development of a student is much better than India. We only have 8 hours a day of class work everyday in India and that’s it, but not here in Texas or UNT, a student has to study and do their work and research at home as well.

What are you looking forward to during the holidays?

I want to go to Las Vegas [for the holidays]. I really like to gamble. In our country we didn’t have casinos, so I learned about gambling in the USA. I really like this culture. As soon as I get my car I’ll go with my friends on holiday!

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Rose Kuo

A senior fashion merchandising and digital retail major from Taiwan.

What do you like most about UNT?

Before I came to Denton, I was in this very small town, New Braunfels. It was just a small town and I feel like everyone was so close-minded. After coming to UNT I’ve met a lot of new people that are so open minded. They are not afraid to talk to you because you are different. They are not scared to talk to you because you look different. When I was in New Braunfels, a few of my friends would tell me the first time they met me they didn’t know what to say because they didn’t know if I would be able to understand them or have a conversation. It’s understandable, but here everyone doesn’t care. They are just so free and open to try everything. Just free and open to diversity. They are willing to accept and adopt other cultures. They want to know the differences and more about you.

What’s the biggest difference between Taiwan and Texas?

There are a lot of differences. I have been in this state for almost six years. The first thing that was very different to me was food. Like the Chinese food here or Asian cuisine is completely different than what I have back home. It’s very americanized. Culture wise, the dialogue is completely different. In Taiwan, I was from a big city and we don’t ask people “oh, how are you?” or “how are you doing?” It was very weird for me, when I first came here, that everyone was asking me “what’s up?” or “how are you?” I was just like “what’s up?”… what does than mean? How am I supposed to answer that? So I think that was a very big difference for me to adjust to.

Also, Texas is so big and Taiwan is tiny. You have to drive everywhere here in Texas. In Taiwan, I have a convenience store that’s right down the stairs from my home. Everything is just so easily accessible. A lot of stores here close really early here. Once it passes 10 o’clock , your only food options is fast food, but back at home we have so many options and everything is open a lot later. I’m sure it’s because the market is much more competitive there, that’s why everyone feels like they have to stay open later. Those were the main things when I was having a hard time adjusting.

What’s your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate?

My favorite holiday would have to be Chinese New Year because it’s very similar to Christmas. But instead of giving gifts we get money in a red envelope. To me I think that’s a lot more useful sometimes compared to a gift because it can be hard to give someone the gift they want. Despite the giving gift part, we eat a lot of food like Christmas! We just eat a lot of authentic Chinese food and you get to see your family that you haven’t seen for a while. In my family, the part I love the most is later that night we all sit down and gamble with the money we get. You can use the money and get more money or lose it all! It’s fun, it’s kind of like on Christmas day when you play family games, but in my family we gamble!

Every student that steps foot on UNT’s campus is unique. They have interesting and relatable backgrounds, stories and lives that are filled with purpose and dreams. The Mean Green Eagles are dreamers and world changers and this includes the thousands of students that travel from over the world to experience the numinous wonders of being a UNT student. There is no doubt that our international student population will continue to grow at rapid speeds.

To learn more about the opportunities the international center at UNT has to offer visit: https://international.unt.edu/

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Words and Photos by Rikki Willingham

Edits by Maia Wilson

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Creative Director and Photographer: Michaela Bull

Art Director: Rose Kuo

Fashion Editor: Jacqui Simses

Videographer: Lauren McMcMichael

Fashion Stylists: Calli Martin and Angela McWilliams

Makeup and Hair Stylist: Taylar Gomez

Music Editor:  Ryan Little

Song: Power Trip

December

Welcome to the Snow Globe

By Maia Wilson

Clean, white snow falling from the sky for the first time this season often brings joy to everyone it lands on. Yes, I know snow may not be coming anytime soon in this bipolar Texas weather, but imagine with me. Have you ever thought about how many individuals are touched by snow? Thousands, millions of people all over the world from different cultures being delighted by the unique flakes that melt on their skin each year.
This time of year, for many of us, as for the team at NuView. brings a heartfelt nostalgia of the memories we have created throughout the holidays. From seasonal decorations to holiday music to sweater weather, and to the warmest times with loved ones, that is what this time of year is all about. But have you ever wondered about other countries? What this time means to them? Or, even people who live in America and keep their ancestors’ traditions alive? That’s what we want to furthermore explore because knowing more is what we strive for. The articles written for this month depict these provoking thoughts such as an article covered by Rikki Willingham about the diverse perspectives of students at UNT on their holiday festivities from their personal heritage.
Since the holidays are about traditions we also want to begin to make our own traditions in the magazine by creating a community within our evermore increasing team of influencers. This pool of talented influencers includes independent photographers, videographers, stylists and inspiring subjects we have and within this month, will cover. We plan to share these incredible moments with you.
As for those who experience hardships throughout the Winter holidays, we have high wishes that the words read and photos seen will be nothing but utmost encouragement and optimistically a fabulous distraction. For December’s next week and a half (finals are coming and requires an ample amount of studying time from our team), there will be an abundance of content contributed to compensate for our end-of-month holiday absence. And to leave, whatever it is that you celebrate and whoever you celebrate with, we hope there are fond memories that arise for you this holiday season.

Photography by Kylie Hull in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Follow Kylie Hull on Instagram @kyliedelane and visit her site at kyliehull.squarespace.com

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