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How to Answer 6 Pesky Job-Hunting Questions


When family and friends check in to see how you’re doing, they usually ask questions about college and work. Unfortunately, their genuine curiosity can seem more like nagging and unnecessary concern. It’s hard to remember that they’re just checking in because they care—but HC is here to help! Here, we break down some common annoying questions and give you the best ways to respond. Next time you find yourself drowning in a sea of tough questions, consider this your lifesaver!

 “You still don’t have a job?”

This question poses a threat to those who are struggling in the ever-competitive job search. As if you aren’t stressed enough! The lastthing you need is someone making it worse. As a recent grad from the University of Michigan, Marissa Smith says she gets asked this question all the time. “I am constantly going to job interviews, but so is everyone else. As young candidates, we are all faced with the same challenge. But it’s important to remember that the right position will eventually come along.”

How to Use Machines at the Gym Other Than the Elliptical


If you’re like many of us collegiettes™, working out is probably an important part of your week. But if you have a regular date with the elliptical and the other machines at the gym look more like Transformers than workout equipment, it’s time to revamp your workout!
Curious about everything else the gym offers but overwhelmed by the army of ironclad machines next to the all-too-familiar treadmill? Fear no more -- HC did the work for you and demystified the contraptions that you’re most likely to see.
Lat Pull-down

Works: Lats, biceps
This machine will help define your biceps and firm up your arms!

Start by gripping the bar with one hand on each side, palms facing forward. Keeping your arms straight, abs engaged and chest lifted, pull the bar down towards your chest. Try to use your arm muscles as little as possible, therefore working your lats — you should feel it in your back. Hold for 1 count, then slowly return to the starting position as you complete one rep. You should complete three sets of 8 to 10 reps.
Leg Press

Works: Quads, glutes
Think of the leg press as a “do-it-all” machine for amazing legs. Bonus: it’ll work your butt too!

The Dos & Don'ts of Choosing College Housing


It seems like there are a million things to do before you start college. Getting accepted is great, but it comes with a plethora of tough decisions! Take housing, for example. Which dorm is the best? What if I don't like my roommate? We've been there. So if you’re hiding under overwhelming packets of residence hall information, toss them aside. Follow these insider tips and prepare for pre-collegiette bliss.

DO take the roommate survey seriously.

"The residence hall staff members totally go through your answers to figure out the best matches!" says Fiona Williams, a junior at the University of Texas.

Surveys play an important role in determining who you'll end up rooming with. Some of the questions may seem tedious, but try your hardest to pick the answers that most closely align with your opinions to up your chances for a roommate you'll live well with.

DON'T room with a friend from high school.

"I thought I had the perfect set-up when my best friend and I decided to bunk together. But we ended up driving each other crazy! Now, we don't even talk anymore," says Kim, a junior at the University of Massachusetts.

Unfortunately, living together can sever even the closest friends. Simply put, sharing a tight space with someone is completely different from just hanging out. Although you always have a great time with your bestie, you may come to find that rooming with her is too close for comfort. It's not worth ending such a great friendship over little things, like getting annoyed when she sexiles you or never does her fair share of the cleaning!

7 (Productive) Things To Do While Waiting to Hear Back From Colleges


The inevitable wait for acceptance letters can be extremely stressful. Most of us end up resorting to retail therapy or chocolate indulgences to take our minds off of the suspense! But there’s actually a productive list of things to do instead. The last months of your senior year needn’t be spent aimlessly waiting by the mailbox. Here’s your plan to get back in the game and make those last few weeks count!

1. Apply For A Summer Job or Internship

Since you finally have some downtime, consider filling out a few applications. It’s your last summer before college and you want to enjoy it, but some of those hours should be productive. A job or internship will still allow enough time for you to hang with friends and hit the beach! But the benefits are twofold: Getting some work experience before your freshman year will look great on your resume and earn you some extra cash to spend. You’ll be so much happier when you can splurge on that hot new dress for all the parties you’re getting invited to! To keep up-to-date on internship opportunities, check our listings page.

2. Write Thank You Notes

Endometriosis: The Female Medical Condition You Need to Know About


Abdominal pain. Cramping. General discomfort… down there. Sound familiar? These symptoms are all commonly associated with the dreaded onset of your period. But what if there’s something else going on? For some collegiettes, a bad case of the cramps may signify something more serious - endometriosis, a frequently overlooked medical condition that affects millions of young women across the country. Her Campus breaks down the ins and outs of endometriosis. Read on to find out what it is, who it targets, and what you can do to protect yourself.
What Is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when tissue from the inside lining of the uterus grows in other areas of the body. The most common locations of endometrial implants in young women are behind the uterus and near the bladder. It’s important to note that endometriosis is not a sexually transmitted disease. 

According to eMedicineHealth, over 5.5 million American women will experience problems with endometriosis during their lifetime. Although women of all ages can be affected, it’s most common in women between the ages of 25 and 40. Calculating an exact number is difficult, since many women have the condition and do not have symptoms. Women may also have symptoms that could result from endometriosis, but never get officially tested to confirm a diagnosis.

The new Boston Center for Endometriosis is the first center in the world to provide endometriosis diagnosis, treatment, education, and research across the lifespan, from adolescence to adulthood. 

10 Cool Ways to Do Your Community Service Hours


Three words: community service hours. Whether you’re required to log them before high school graduation, want to give back to your community, or are just looking to add polish to your college apps, they’re essential. Here, we break down the ins and outs of community service and give you the 10 best ways to give back.

Summer Camp

Social? Love the outdoors? Then this is your best option. Volunteering at a summer camp is a great way to stay active while cranking out those service hours. The great thing about this is that camps are everywhere – in both rural and urban settings. You won’t have a hard time finding people eager to have your help. Make sure that your school recognizes this form of volunteering. In some cases, summer camp counselor positions are paid, but you can elect to receive school credit instead.

Local Library

Volunteering at a community library is perfect for book lovers. This experience will allow you to showcase your organizational skills as you sort novels and catalogue items. Library volunteer jobs often include other duties too. You might find yourself reading to little kids or even planning an event! New York University student Sarah was able to develop her advertising skills while performing her service hours. “I led a team that was responsible for marketing my library’s new reading programs. It was fun to create flyers and promote events within the community.”

10 Ways To Get Energy Without Caffeine


As collegiettes, we’re always looking for ways to get more energy. Between work, classes, and socializing, life can get pretty hectic. In response, we often rely on caffeinated drinks to keep us going. Welcome to a world of steamy double espressos and ice cold Redbull cans. Sure, everyone knows that caffeine can give you a much-needed jolt, but at what cost? It can also cause headaches, breakouts, and mood swings, just to name a few negative side effects..

There has to be a better, healthier way to get energy without all that unnecessary caffeine clogging your system. Problem solved. HC has gathered the best ways to boost your alertness without the consequences of a caffeine overload. Read on for guilt-free ways to get more energy. Now, you can go out next weekend and stay awake during your Monday morning chem lab!
Have a Protein-Filled Snack

Feeling drowsy? Nosh on a protein-packed snack! This is a simple but effective way to keep yourself going throughout the day. Think crunchy apple slices with creamy peanut butter, turkey roll-ups with string cheese, or almonds and dried fruit. If you’re crunched for time, pick up a smoothie with a protein boost – most places offer free “boosts.” Jamba Juice has a great energy one that has B vitamins in it to help physical and mental stamina. Bonus: it helps your metabolism too! Northeastern Junior Marian Smith opts for these delicious drinks on a regular basis. “When I get hungry in between meals, I always go for a smoothie because it’s healthy and satisfying. The healthy fruit sugar keeps me alert during lectures and it’s perfect to sip during class!”

Pop a B Vitamin

10 Ways To Make Your Dorm Room Feel More Homey


Each year of college is equally scary and exciting. With a new set of tough classes and fresh faces, it’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking about the unknown. At the end of the day, you deserve a comfy room to relax and de-stress in! We’ve rounded up the best tips for making your dorm feel more like home. Happy decorating, collegiettes!

1. Cover Your Wall With Magazine Pages

Flip through your favorite mags and tear out anything that catches your eye. Whether it’s a chic outfit, a cute puppy, or a gorgeous island paradise, it should make you smile! Check out these tips for turning old magazine pages into wall art. It’s like your Pinterest board came to life!

“I always cut photos out of ELLE magazine and put them on my wall. I just love the pics and they make me feel awesome and make me think of outfit ideas.”
-Anna T., HC Nottingham Campus Correspondent

2. Add Cozy Touches

You don’t need to spend a fortune on fancy dorm décor. The best pieces are ones that make you feel comfortable. Check out websites like OCM [] or design magazines like Pottery Barn Teen for inspiration, or look for similar items at local retailers or chain stores like Target. Little details like bright sheets and furry rugs can go a long way!

Collegiettes Tell All: Our Freshman Fall Love Mistakes


College offers so many new things to look forward to. Whether it’s the new classes you’re going to take, the activities you want to try, or the cool friends you’ll make, it’s an exciting time for so many reasons. Sudden freedom leaves tons of room to test out the new waters. But what happens when this newfound freedom gets you carried away? With college comes a brand new world of guys and countless opportunities for all sorts of relationships, risks and all. In fact, most collegiettes agree that making a mistake in the love department is extremely common during your freshman year. A brave group of HC writers and readers agreed to reveal their deepest, darkest love mistakes from the first semester of their freshman year. Some look back with regret, while others encourage you to move forward and take chances. Read on as these young women boldly share their stories and advice.
Don’t Hook Up With Every Guy You Meet

10 Internships You Can Apply For Right NOW!


If you ever daydream about the future, chances are you’ve thought about potential careers. Not sure what kind of job you want? Well now’s your chance to try your hand at something new. True, the looming job market can be overwhelming, but fear not. Once you have an internship under your belt, hundreds of doors start opening! Luckily, tons of companies are seeking sharp and savvy college students to help them out. Some companies even compensate their interns with generous stipends (hello, #4!) And although many internships are unpaid, they offer fabulous perks (like #2—the chance to be published in DOWNTOWN magazine!) Browse through our updated list, find your dream internship, and submit your resume today (Read this awesome article for helpful resume writing tips). After, check out this article to help you prepare for the interview you’re about to get. Good luck, collegiettes!