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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Pitt chapter.

In the spirit of love and Valentine’s Day, here’s a roundup of some of the things we were loving in January, all wrapped up in our January round-up! The way this works is that I’ll be sharing some of my favorites and then highlighting some of our chapter members’ faves too!

Movies/TV Shows

I am notoriously a terrible TV viewer, but recently I fell completely in love with the HBO mini-series Station Eleven (based on the book by Emily St. John Mandel). There are few things I’ve ever watched that made me so emotional (I started crying ten minutes into the last episode and didn’t stop until ten minutes after it was over), this show is an incredible description of the human spirit, and the importance of art to life. 

I also watched an obscene number of movies throughout January, and found two new all-time favorites, Before Sunrise and The Favourite

More Favorites:

The Bear -Alison & Emma

Abbott Elementary -Lila

Poor Things -Grace

Age of Adeline -Julia


Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” has had an absolute chokehold on me ever since I watched The Iron Claw. It’s an incredible song and truly scratches an itch deep in my brain. I’ve also had “Happy” by Mitski on repeat, the play on words and pure lyricism of the song makes my little English major heart jump with joy.

More Favorites:

“Nothing Matters” by The Last Dinner Party -Isabella

Lord Huron -Kendall

The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess by Chappell Roan -Kaitlyn

“Rebel Rebel” by David Bowie -Sarabi


I have been deep in my comic era lately! In the process, Tom Taylor, who is currently writing Nightwing and the Superman Son of Ka’El run has become one of my favorite authors. Additionally, at the beginning of January, I finished Scythe by Neal Schusterman–if you’re looking for something to fill The Hunger Games shaped hole in your heart, this is a good one to pick up. 

More Favorites:

House of Mirth by Edith Warton -Kaitlyn

American Gods by Neil Gaiman -Sarabi

Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree -Alison

Swordcatcher by Cassandra Clare -Isabella

Pittsburgh Things

I recently went to the Center for Creative Reuse and absolutely adored it! It’s basically a thrift store for craft supplies and they have so many materials for tons of different crafty projects.

More Favorites:

-Market Square -Julia

-Sledding on Flagstaff Hill -Kendall

-Mola Sushi (East Liberty) -Emma

-Toadflax Inc. Flower Shop -Lila


If you see on my campus I probably have a bag of Trader Joe’s apple chips in my hand, they are my absolute favorite snack at the moment and I truly cannot recommend them enough (or stop eating them). 

More Favorites:

-Fuze Lemon Ice Tea -Grace

-Dot’s Original Seasoned Pretzel Twists -Emma

-Homemade Pineapple Buns -Kaitlyn

-Anything with cinnamon -Sarabi

Clothing Item/Accessory

Soft flowy pants have been my go-to recently, they’re more comfortable than jeans while also helping to elevate my outfits just a little bit more. 

More Favorites:

-Big sweatshirt -Kendall

-New star watch! -Lila

-Reeboks -Grace

-Rings -Julia


I recently switched to Old Spice deodorant and I absolutely love it. I truly cannot recommend it enough.

More Favorites: 

-Glossier Skin Tint -Isabella

-Peach Slices Snail Rescue Toner -Alison

-Paula’s Choice -Julia

-CeraVe Moisturizer -Kendall

And that’s all for our January round-up, see you next month!

Lauren Deaton is a second-year student at the University of Pittsburgh, she is currently serving both as Chapter Chair and Writer. She most frequently writes about entertainment topics– including music recommendations, topics of representation, and anticipated movie lists. Lauren is double majoring in English Literature and Media and Professional Communications with a focus on Public and Professional Writing. She is also pursuing a Film and Media Studies minor and is a member of the Honors College. She recently completed a communications internship with the Fletcher Free Library and will be beginning a research position with the Language and Literacy Division at Pitt during the Fall 2023 semester. In the future, she hopes to work in publishing helping to increase access to representation. She is also a writer for Studio 412 a creative outlet on Pitt’s campus and is a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority. Lauren loves her dog, her friends, her family, and everything reading, coming of age and cold brew related.