Something Borrowed: Novel vs. Film

If you caught the book review that precedes this, you already know my feelings on the Emily Giffin’s novel, Something Borrowed. If you happened to have missed my book review, “Book Review: Something Borrowed, this wonderful novel follows the life of protagonist, Rachel White as she tries to find what is missing in her life; at the novel’s start, she is a practicing lawyer, she has her close friends Darcy and Hillary, and she seemingly has her life sorted out, but it all changes once she turns 30. When Rachel turns 30, she realizes there is one thing she is missing and his name is Dex, also known as Darcy’s fiancé. Rachel’s life turns outside down–the good girl she was becomes just as memory as she begins an affair with Dex. This radical move blows everything up, but it also, in the end, changes her life in a positive way.

The novel and the movie share some typical similarities that one would see in a film adaptation. The characters essential to the story remain present as the core focus of the movie. Ginnifer Goodwin is Rachel, Kate Hudson is Darcy, and Colin Egglesfield is Dex. There is no question that these actors played their roles well. But, Hollywood cut one character, Hillary. Hillary is Rachel’s confidant as well as the moral compass in the novel as Rachel navigates the uncharted territory she finds herself in. Instead of coming removing the character, the movie people combined Hillary with the character, Ethan. In the novel, we only see Ethan in a few, brief instances before moving front in center in Giffin’s sequel, Something Blue. However,

Ethan’s role in the film is major, anyone who has seen the film can attest to that; fans of John Krasinski definitely know this role is huge as he makes us laugh and swoon as the lovable Ethan. Ethan is the voice of reason needed to push Rachel. He also brings the comic relief in what could be a very stirring movie–adultery does not tend to sit well with people. He is arguably my favorite part of the movie. I sit back and watch it for him 99% of the time.

I have to say, despite the adultery, I love this movie. I originally saw this before reading the book and I fell in love with both of them. Emily Giffin’s novel is witty and wonderful as is the movie the novel is based on. The emotional aspect to both is captured well and you feel what the characters feel. If you’re looking for a movie to watch or a book to read, check out Something Borrowed!

Written by Gabbi Battiloro

Advice for the New or Continuing College Student

Even though I am currently a Graduate student, I always hated school before college. Responsibility was (and still is) a great stressor for me, mostly because I struggle with self-confidence. Just the thought of college made me cringe with insecurity. I never felt particularly intelligent throughout my childhood, regardless of what other people told me. I think that this was a result of being held back in 4th grade, but this was simply because I did not attend class, not that I was not intelligent enough. This always stuck with me as a child that I was not as advanced as everyone else was in my grade. Though I did well in high school, I did not really plan on pursuing a higher education. However, my mother wanted me to have more opportunities with a career, and even though I am grateful for her pushing me to go to college, I can also see that I was not mentally ready for it.

In my senior years of high school, I was told many misconceptions that people seemed to believe about life as an English major. My advisor emphasized that being a writer is very difficult, so I should consider waitressing on the side. Also, my mother believed that just being an English major did not give job security; becoming a teacher was a better idea. My love for literature grew during my last years of high school, but I always had a passion for writing. I knew that, if I ever would go to college, majoring in English would be the only way that I could graduate. On top of my own insecurities, I was met with uncertainty regarding my choice of major from others. Needless to say, I internalized this uncertainty from such seemingly reliable sources.

Throughout college, I tried to pursue teaching to appease my advisor and my mother, but I felt no real connection with this career. I was putting a lot of time and effort into doing class observations on top of going to class, but I wondered why I was planning to spend the rest of my life in a school when I hated it so much in the past. Why should I waste time, money, and energy into becoming something that I do not feel that I should be? I imagined myself living my life according to what other people want from me, and I simply could not live like this. Not only would I be risking my own unhappiness, but I would not be utilizing my education to the fullest.

So, I mustered up the courage to say, “I’m going to do what I want to do.” This involved a great amount of advice from friends and family because I feared what my mother would say. I imagined her utter disappointment and disbelief in my choice, but I had to trust that this should not dictate my choices in life. Essentially, I gained self-respect by putting things in perspective that this is my life, my education, and my future. It is neither my mother nor my high school advisor who has to live my life: I do.

My college career involved many tears, a lot of stress, and a large amount of doubt, but all of this gave me the opportunity to prove to myself that I am more than what other people say that I can be. Most of all, I am more than what I tell myself that I can be. I thoroughly enjoy reading, writing, sharing ideas, and tutoring as an English major, but I limited myself to other people’s expectations for years. This is so unfair for anyone to go through. A student who is entering college should feel free to do what he or she wants to do. It is important to ignore any discouraging voices because those voices could be stifling great potential: I received my bachelor’s in English with nearly a 4.0 GPA at St. Joseph’s College. Most importantly, it was not until I felt confident in my own capabilities that I was able to be content with my choices in life. I can honestly say that as my graduate career slowly comes to a close, I am happy with my academic choices. I look forward to where my education will take me, and that is what school is for.


Written by: Gabby Muniz





Do You Need to Learn About MLA8?

If you have started classes recently, you’re probably aware that changes have been made to the MLA citation format. As it can be difficult to remember these new rules and changes, take a look at NoodleTools FREE MLA template. They provide a fantastic guide, which can help you better understand the updated guidelines. OWLPurdue is another free guide, which will provide you with examples of what MLA 8 looks like when you begin to use sources. With both of these guides to help, you’ll be sure to pick up on the changes in no time!

If you have any questions regarding these updates, sign up for an appointment at the Writing Center! One of the assistants will gladly work with you to clear up any confusion or questions you may have.


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Visit Hillwood Today!

Come join us in Hillwood during Common Hour today (Wednesday September 21st), where we will be available to answer questions you have in regards to the Writing Center. Stop by or send a friend over to our table, and get to know some of our writing assistants. We’ll see you later!

Free Books!

Looking for something to read? Visit our table in Hillwood on Wednesday September 21st, where there will be a wide variety of books to choose from. If you don’t see something that you like, drop by the Writing Center (HM-202) to browse through our shelves. Return the book when you’re done, or if you love it, keep it!

“The Writer” by Richard Wilbur

Writing can be a challenge. Richard Wilbur’s poem shows someone who understands the struggles that may occur throughout the writing process. Give it a read, and then set up an appointment at the Writing Center. Once you do, we can help you with a variety of difficulties you may be facing. Such includes, but is not limited to brainstorming, making citations, outlining, and research. We hope to see you soon!

“The Writer”

In her room at the prow of the house
Where light breaks, and the windows are tossed with linden,
My daughter is writing a story.

I pause in the stairwell, hearing
From her shut door a commotion of typewriter-keys
Like a chain hauled over a gunwale.

Young as she is, the stuff
Of her life is a great cargo, and some of it heavy:
I wish her a lucky passage.

But now it is she who pauses,
As if to reject my thought and its easy figure.
A stillness greatens, in which

The whole house seems to be thinking,
And then she is at it again with a bunched clamor
Of strokes, and again is silent.

I remember the dazed starling
Which was trapped in that very room, two years ago;
How we stole in, lifted a sash

And retreated, not to affright it;
And how for a helpless hour, through the crack of the door,
We watched the sleek, wild, dark

And iridescent creature
Batter against the brilliance, drop like a glove
To the hard floor, or the desk-top,

And wait then, humped and bloody,
For the wits to try it again; and how our spirits
Rose when, suddenly sure,

It lifted off from a chair-back,
Beating a smooth course for the right window
And clearing the sill of the world.

It is always a matter, my darling,
Of life or death, as I had forgotten. I wish
What I wished you before, but harder.

Come Join Us!

Interested in learning more about the Writing Center? Join us in Hillwood during Common Hour on Wednesday September 21st, so that you can discover how we can help you with your paper.

When you stop by, you will be able to meet some of our wonderful writing assistants and learn more about what happens in the Writing Center.We will also have an assortment of FREE books for you to take home with you!

We look forward to seeing you!

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Come visit us at the Writing Center to get a head start on your assignments! Drop by (HM-202), sign up in advance by phone (516-299-2732), or e-mail  us ( for your appointment. We look forward to seeing you!