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How to Plan a College Visit Road Trip Over Spring Break


Spring break is right around the corner and pre-collegiettes from all across the country are beginning to plan their long-awaited college visits. It is a prime time for visiting colleges and checking out which schools pique your interest. Between taking standardized tests and keeping up your grades, there are enough things to worry about junior year – so have no fear, because Her Campus is here to help.

Roxie Garber, a college counselor at Riverwood High School in Atlanta, Georgia highly advises that high school juniors visit colleges during their spring breaks. If you have a long list of schools you’re visiting over spring break and you don’t know how to cut it down, check out this article.

Schedule Your Visit

When you’re scheduling your college visits, check out each school’s admissions page on their website. You can usually sign up for tours and info sessions online. Call the admissions office to ask for more information on fun things to do on the campus during your visit, such as local restaurants, attractions, and more. If you're not able to sign up for tours online, call the admissions office to talk about scheduling options.

Decide When to Visit

14 Ways to Make Money This Semester


Late nights filled with pizza and occasional online shopping sprees make it hard for collegiettes to keep a full wallet. But with a full course load and a long list of activities, finding time to make a little extra money on campus can be difficult. Between keeping our grades up and hanging out with friends, searching for opportunities to make money can be a hassle. However, there are tons of opportunities to make money on and around campus. Here are 14 moneymaking ideas that will get you closer to a fuller wallet and a bigger budget on campus in no time.

1. Babysit

There are bound to be tons of families with kids in your college town. Whether you’re going to a city school, a small liberal arts college, or a big state university, there are always babysitting opportunities available. “Babysitting is a great way to make money and get experience with kids,” says Madeline, a senior at Indiana University. “Plus, it gives you a new environment for a little while.” You may have to give up going out some weekends, but it will be worth it when you have the extra cash in your pocket. Ask your in-state friends who live near campus if they know of any families who are in need of a qualified babysitter. Or, you could post fliers with your number on them in a professors’ lounge or ask professors, administrators, and other adults you’re close to if they need a babysitter or if they know anyone that could use a little extra help with their kids.

You could also use a babysitting website like Sittercity or to find local families who need babysitters in your area.

The 30 Best Chick Flicks Of All Time


It's the age-old dilemma: You're curled up on the couch with some friends for a fun girls night in. With popcorn in hand and blankets galore, there's only one issue- What movie do you watch? I guarentee you that you won't face this problem again once you check out this list of the 30 best chick flicks. Enjoy!

1. The Notebook (2004)

How can you not love this heartwarming, sappy tearjerker? The Notebook is a classic love story that's bound to make you laugh, cry, and wish you had a Noah of your own.

2. Clueless (1995)

Clueless is a classic 90's chick flick. As if we didn't love the 90's enough, Alicia Silverstone is hilarious in this movie. Clueless is a perfect go-to movie for your next girls night in.

3. Mean Girls (2004)

50 Fun Summer Date Ideas



Summer is coming up, and whether you’re crushing on the cute lifeguard or you’re ready for a summer of fun with your man, you’re bound to be looking for great date ideas! Have no fear, because HC is here with 50 awesome summer date ideas that you’re bound to love!

1. Have a picnic in the park.

2. Go backyard camping.

3. Go rollerblading.

4. Attend a screen on the green (some parks play movies in the summer! Look into whether or not your city does this!)

5. Go to a drive-in movie theater.

6. Take a trip to an amusement park.

7. Ride bikes.

8. Go to a baseball game.

9. Have a barbeque together.

10. Take dance lessons.

11. Go surfing if you live near the ocean, or hit up the wave pool at your local waterpark.

12. Stargaze on a clear night.

13. Take a canoeing trip.

14. Go fishing together.

15. Pick strawberries and blueberries and then make homemade pie.

7 Summer Movies To Look Out For



School is coming to a close, and summer is right around the corner! That means endless days of freedom, hanging at the pool, working at your internship, and, of course, seeing awesome movies! We’ve compiled a list of seven movies you must see this summer. Check them out!

1. If you loved Moulin Rouge,
Go see: The Great Gatsby
Release Date: May 10

If you loved crazy visuals, drama, and romance of Moulin Rouge, you should definitely go see The Great Gatsby in theaters this summer! Just as Moulin Rouge was packed with an awesome cast, so is The Great Gatsby. This book-gone-movie is bound to be a blockbuster, and we can’t wait to see it the day it comes out. The Great Gatsby follows writer Nick Caraway after he moves from the Midwest to New York City and socializes with some of American literature’s most loved characters. Plus, who doesn’t want to see Leonardo DeCaprio on the big screen? We know we do!

2. If you loved the first The Dark Knight,
Go see: Fast & Furious 6
Release Date: May 24

Some may argue that the Fast and Furious movies have gone on for too long, but we can’t wait for this new action-packed film to come out! If love movies with awesome characters, intense action, and suspenseful storylines, you’ll definitely love Fast & Furious 6. In order for the gang to clear their records, they finally have to put an end to all of their schemes that we’ve fallen in love with throughout the series.

The 10 Best Movies About Graduating From High School


As high school comes to a close, we’re dying to watch our favorite movies about high school graduation. Sit back and relax, pre-collegiettes, because we’re here with some of the most hilarious, tear-jerking high school graduation movies there are to offer.

1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Wise guy Ferris Bueller, is determined to take a day off of school filled with pranks and goofing off. Bueller’s friends Cameron and Sloane take the day off with him, too, taking part in all of his crazy shenanigans. “Looking back, I wish I could have gotten away with what Ferris Bueller did in high school,” said Madeline Potter, a junior at Indiana University. The movie is a great way to relax, unwind, and take the high school graduation process a little less seriously.

2. Grease

This musical about teens living in the 50’s is an absolute classic. Not only does it put a fun spin on the final days of high school, but also it shows that friends can truly stay close even as school comes to an end. “When I was graduating high school, I was hoping that my friends and I would remain friends, and Grease really reassured me of that,” says Danielle, a freshman at Miami University of Ohio. You can sing along with friends and take your mind off of the seriousness of graduation. At least your friend didn’t pierce your ear in the bathroom, right?

How to Deal With Workout Hair


We all know that feeling: You just finished an awesome workout and you feel like you could conquer the world. You take a deep breath, chug a bottle of water and glance at yourself in the mirror. Shock and horror! What happened to your hair?

Have no fear, collegiettes! It is possible to make your hair look cute during and after your workout. Take a look at some tricks of the trade below!


Dye-ing to Tie it Up

Whether you choose to rock a tight, sleek pony, or a messy one, pair the classic look with a cute Dye Ties hairband. You can buy a set of five Dye Ties for yourself on Dye Tie hairbands don’t leave dents in your hair, so they’re great accessories to have when it comes to working out.

“I like Dye Ties because they’re much better for your hair than regular hairbands,” says Wendy Bryant Gow, a professional stylist in North Carolina. Courtney Kabbes, a junior at Indiana University says, “I always pull my hair back into a tight, sleek ponytail. It’s chic and functional.” Kabbes also says that she loves putting her hair up in Dye Ties because they’re cute and functional, and they come in so many different colors. They also come in headband form, so you can pair your ponytail with a Dye Tie hair tie and a Dye Tie hairband.


Sport a Cute Headband With An Updo

9 Ways to Survive Finals Week



Finals week is right around the corner, and for most that means late nights, cramming, and far too many energy drinks. It’s important to balance finals week with staying healthy, and Her Campus is here to help out with finals week tips!

1. Rest
Resting and sleeping are completely underrated during finals week. Sure, you may think that studying isn’t action-packed, but it requires a lot of thinking, effort, and concentration. Give yourself a break by taking an hour or so out of your day to nap and relax.

2. Treat yourself to a gift basket
Everyone is stressed during finals week, so it’s up to you to treat yourself. Buy yourself and your friends gift baskets to get through the long week of studying! Plus, who doesn’t want some awesome brain food?

3. Don’t forget to exercise
It’s easy to forget about everything and just focus on studying the whole week, but don’t forget to exercise during finals week, too! It sounds crazy, but you’ll feel like a different person if you carve an hour or so out of each day to move around and get some exercise. Even a 30-minute walk can help clear your brain and leave you feeling refreshed.

4. Eat Right
Reaching for the bag of chips or piece of chocolate only seems natural when you’re stressed out with finals, but try to grab a healthy snack instead. Munching on veggies or fruits will help keep your brain focused and ready to tackle that pile of notecards you’ve been staring at.

Reed Krakoff Expected to Leave Coach Next Summer



After 16 successful years at Coach, Creative Director, Reed Krakoff has announced that he will be leaving the company next year to go solo. His contract with Coach will expire in June 2014, and he does not plan to renew it. At age 49, he has had an incredible career at coach, helping the brand expand and develop overtime. He had a close relationship with the company’s chief executive and together they transformed Coach into a chic brand and a label that women all across the world are drooling over.

In 2010, Krakoff started his own brand that is targeted towards luxury shoppers. He has a flagship on Madison Avenue and he has also opened Reed Krakoff stores in Las Vegas and New Jersey. You can also find his label at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bon Marche and Colette in Paris, and on Net-a-Porter. His label manager is Valerie Hermann, a Paris executive who has managed notable labels such as Dior and Saint Laurent.

Krakoff stated that his incentive behind leaving Coach was purely that he wanted to focus on expanding his own brand. He added that it takes a considerable amount of time to build a brand, so he wants to dedicate his time to that right now. With that being said, Coach owns the Reed Krakoff label, but Krakoff did not share information on whether or not he would try to buy the Coach brand.

7 TV Shows We Miss



1. 7th Heaven
7th Heaven made crazy families across the nation feel like they had it easy. We fell in love with the Camden family and all of the crazy relationships, fights and celebrations that they shared together. Plus, we got to see Jessica Biel before her J-Timberlake days!

2. The O.C.
Let’s face it: A little part of us died when Marissa Cooper died. We couldn’t resist Summer and Marissa’s sassy attitude and Ryan’s bad boy charm. Also, who doesn’t want to marry Seth Cohen? The O.C was wonderful, and we’re so thankful that all of the seasons are available on DVD.

3. Gilmore Girls
Rory and Lorelai were a dynamic duo in this witty TV series. Through relationships, arguments, and celebrations, these two stuck together, and it was admirable. We rarely see single mother daughter duos on TV anymore, and we miss the Gilmore fam!