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When Arsalan Pourmand, an aspiring architect, turned his San Francisco-based cold-brew company into a specialty coffee shop based in Farmingdale, New York, last February, he had barely $70 in his bank account. Eleven months later, the urban-industrial shop’s transformative atmosphere attracts a loyal and diverse customer base.

Life is picture-perfect for millennials and Generation Z, at least the ones with visually appealing Instagram feeds. It’s 2018, and having aesthetically pleasing content (or a substantial following) can make up for a myriad of shortcomings, including a lack of personality or social anxiety. In short, you are your Instagram feed. Maintaining a consistent theme or flow throughout your feed can be difficult, especially in the midst of school, work or whatever else keeping you from spending every waking moment posing against a white backdrop with an array of cacti.   Below is a guide on how you can improve your feed from students who have mastered the art of Instagram aesthetic.  Consistency is key. Choosing the right filter can seem overwhelming. With so many options, using a different filter for each picture seems like a good compromise for variety, but this can create a visual mess.   “If you…

September 25 is now an official holiday at Stony Brook University. It marks the day when one of our students embarked on their journey to national meme fame, from a humble dorm room in Tabler Quad.   The journey, involving Wonderwall, a red dildo, and an iPhone video has blessed us all and we are most thankful for its existence.  On September 25, 2016, Romeo Barrientos posted a video of a student, who will go by the name of D-Boy, covering Oasis’ most notable single, “Wonderwall.”  D-Boy has a nice voice, but the most pertinent aspect of the video was not his vocal ability.  In this video, a bright red dildo became an integral element in D-Boy’s rise to fame. D-Boy and his fellow suite-mates bought the object on Amazon after a room inspection prompted the idea.  The original plan was to lay it around their room in order to…