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Her Story: I Was On A Reality TV Show

12/22/2013

It’s kind of funny how our lives can change in a split second, in a seemingly innocuous moment. For me, that moment came when I was flipping channels on a rainy day in 2004 and decided to stop on a show I’d never seen before: Endurance.

I soon discovered that it’s a bit Survivor-like. Twenty kids ages 12-15 are taken to a remote location, paired up, and compete in challenges. Within minutes, I was hooked and hunkering down to watch the all-day marathon.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the game. The competitors are sent to a remote location where they immediately compete in a Right to Stay challenge, where three boys and three girls are eliminated. From there, teams are formed (one boy and one girl on each team) and compete against each other. The object of the game is to collect all thirteen Pyramid Pieces; some challenges win you a piece and the ability to handicap another team in the next challenge, and some win you the right to send two teams to compete to avoid elimination. Eliminations happen at the Temple of Fate, and the teams that are sent there play water, fire, wood (basically rock, paper, scissors). The team that wins two out of three returns to the game, while the losing team is eliminated. This continues until one team is left standing.

Fast-forward a few months. What had begun as a product of my boredom had exploded into a full-blown obsession. I was watching old episodes, chatting with other fans on message boards, buying clothes that were the color of my favorite team. One day – one fateful, fateful day – I was watching the latest episode to air, and one of the contestants who’d made it to the final four teams was complaining that she wanted to go home.

7 Tips For An Awesome Skype Interview

11/27/2013

A handy tool for college students trying to keep in touch with friends and family in far-flung locations, Skype has become far more than a social aid. Businesses have rapidly begun conducting interviews for jobs and internships via video chatting; it’s more personal than a phone interview, and enables companies to interview non-local job candidates that are unable to travel. Just like any other interview, there are certain things to keep in mind if you want to ace it. In fact, adding the variable of Internet connection into the mix, Skype might even give you more to prepare for! Here are seven tips to help you rock your Skype interviews.

1. Pay attention to your background.

Speaking to an interviewer through Skype means inviting them into your environment. Not only do you want it to look good on camera, but you also want it to reflect well on yourself. If possible, you want to keep it simple but not boring. “I would stay away from a room that’s distracting, with funky colors or gaudy wallpaper,” says Megan Morini, assistant director and business consultant at the University of Miami’s career center. Framing a bookshelf or desk behind you is a great way to add depth to the image your interviewer will see.  Just be sure to clean up all clutter and take out the trash! There’s absolutely no need for a potential employer to see Solo cups lying around.

The goal for your interview is to look professional, even though you’re at home. Be conscious of any inappropriate posters you have on the wall behind you, explicit books on your bookshelf, etc. They may have been a gag gift from your sorority sisters, but employers don’t know that!

7 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes For College Students

9/20/2013

Being veg can be tough. It can be great for your body and an impressively moral decision, but nobody wants to live off of nothing but tofu and vegetables for the rest of their lives, am I right? Eating the same old stuff gets boring, and things can get even trickier when your choices are limited by a lack of meat. But never fear! Here are seven vegetarian recipes for you to try. And guess what: they’re all delicious!

Dakota Smashed Pea and Barley Soup
Recipe courtesy of food.com

Ingredients

1 lb dried split peas, sorted and rinsed 1/2 cup pearl barley 2 quarts water 2 bay leaves Salt, to your liking 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped (or 1/2 tablespoon dried) 2 teaspoons garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried sage 1/8 teaspoon cumin, ground (can be substituted with chili powder) 1 1/2 cups carrots, diced 2/3 cup onion, minced 1/3 cup celery, finely diced 1/4 cup scallion top, thinly sliced

Directions

In a large pot or saucepan, combine the first 10 ingredients. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Stir in the carrots, onion, and celery. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20-30 minutes more. Discard the bay leaves. Ladle into bowls and garnish with the scallion greens.

 

15 Healthy (& Yummy!) On-The-Go Snack Ideas

9/12/2013

As collegiettes, we lead crazy-busy lives. Between classes, jobs, internships, and that tiny little thing known as a social life, you may leave your room at 7am and not come back until 10pm when you’re ready to pass out. This kind of lifestyle can wreak all sorts of havoc on your eating schedule and habits. When you’re always on the go, it seems easier to eat one huge meal instead of having to continuously buy food, especially junk that keeps you full for all of ten minutes.

Well, put down that massive burrito and start packing yourself some snacks, collegiettes! No, not chips, but real, healthy food. “Snacks should be thought of as mini-meals, which means they should be just as nutritious and contribute towards your health goals,” says Melissa Jatsek, a registered dietician and author of Healthy U, a quick reference guide to eating healthy on campus and beating the freshman 15. “Snacks should contain [20-25 grams] of carbohydrates and a [couple of grams] of protein to keep you satisfied until your next meal,” and should be around 150 calories each.

With that in mind, here are 15 options for you to pack for your next busy day on the go.

1. A SoyJoy bar

Lisa Dorfman, the director of the Masters in Nutrition for Health and Human Performance Program at the University of Miami, highly recommends whole food bars, and SoyJoy is at the top of her list. “I recommend the more natural bars because there are so many unnatural foods college students consume,” she says. “These are wholesome and nutritious, and leave you satisfied so you’re not grazing.”

SoyJoy has seven different fruit flavors to choose from, all of which are made with real fruit and ground whole soybeans. They’re healthy, fill you up, and couldn’t be more convenient to just throw in your bag on your way out the door.

15 Things You Should Never Write On Your LinkedIn Profile

9/6/2013

Social media faux pas can be just as embarrassing as real-life gaffs. We’ve all made ‘em and had to cringe and get over it, which is luckily not too difficult. Unless it was a major scandal like accidentally sending a nude photo of yourself to your Facebook instead of your boyfriend, an infraction of the “rules” probably won’t affect your life too much if your profile is private. LinkedIn, however, is a bit of a different story. If a potential employer sees something cringe-worthy on your profile, well, you may have just lost a job opportunity. Here are some examples of what not to include on your profile so you can avoid this situation. 

1. “LOL OMG!”
Things like this may be okay for Facebook, but they’re definitely not LinkedIn-appropriate. “No ‘lol,’ and make sure that you’re spelling out all your words,” says Veronica Soto, the assistant director of career events at the University of Miami’s career center. “You don’t want to do the ‘w’ with the slash. You want to make sure that you’re writing an actual document. You want to stay away from the netspeak.”

Typing as if you’re g-chatting with your best friend is unprofessional, so stick to fully formed words and thoughts. LinkedIn really isn’t the place for LOL-worthy stories, anyway.

7 Ways to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

8/30/2013


Raise your hand if you have a Facebook. Now if you have Twitter. Tumblr. Pinterest. A YouTube account. A blog. Chances are you have at least one, and potentially all of the above. We’re all so plugged in to social media that the etiquette of navigating it has almost become intrinsic.

But what about LinkedIn? It’s a perplexing mix of social and professional that’s confusing enough to have even the savviest of collegiettes scratching their heads. So if you’ve ever thought, “Wait, you want me to friend request my boss?!,” here are seven handy tips to help navigate the (sometimes murky waters) of LinkedIn.

1. Personalize your connections.

LinkedIn is basically the Facebook of professional networking. It’s free to use; your profile is essentially a resume; and in place of “friends” you have professional connections. You can check out "Everything You Need To Know About LinkedIn" and "The Do’s And Don’ts of LinkedIn Etiquette" for more info.

We’ve all been cautioned against getting too chummy with employers or professors on Facebook, and rightfully so. So when it comes time to click that little “connect” button on LinkedIn, you might feel a slight twinge of apprehension, especially if it’s someone you worked with three years ago and haven’t seen since.

How to Improve Your Resume Even If You Didn’t Have a Summer Internship

7/25/2013

You’re not a worthless person. Really, you’re not. So why does looking at your resume—currently lacking that prime internship that you wanted so desperately—make you feel like your life is going nowhere, and that you should just give up and break out the ice cream?

We’ve all had these moments of despair. The importance of internships is drilled into our heads from the moment we enter college, and spending a summer working a minimum-wage job does little to inspire confidence. While you feel like you’re gaining valuable skills and life experience, being a lifeguard has nothing to do with your accounting major. Employers couldn’t be interested in seeing that on a resume, could they?

It’s a vicious cycle; you can’t get a job without experience, and you can’t get experience without a job. So what’s the big secret? You have to either a) get relevant experience without getting a job, or b) know how to market the skills you already have. Or, ideally, both.

“If you’ve applied for a few internships and haven’t gotten them, it’s not the end of the world,” says Alicia Rodriguez, director of career development at the University of Miami’s career center. “You just have to think about, if you don’t secure the internship, what else could you be doing?”

Read on for ways to improve your resume—even if you didn’t get the internship.

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10 Virtual Fall Internships You Can Apply For Right Now

8/27/2012

We live in the age of the Internet, in which Skype interviews have replaced phone interviews and “work” means being attached to your laptop and cell phone at all times or else. But another phenomenon that’s been rapidly on the rise is that of the virtual—or remote—internship. With these positions, you can work from anywhere in the country—from a Starbucks in New York City to in your PJs at home in Los Angeles and anywhere in between—as long as you have Internet access. Pretty sweet, right?

A virtual internship is a seriously awesome way to gain professional experience while saving hours in commute time and tons of money in gas or train fares. They’re also fantastic if you live in a smaller city with fewer opportunities in your field. So what are you waiting for? Remote internships can be found on almost any internship search website, but here at Her Campus we did the hard part for you. Here are 10 virtual fall internships that you can apply for today—so dust off those resumes!
1. Education Internship With Educatrium

About: Educatrium is looking for remote interns to learn the company’s operations on a training basis, with the potential to later work in the company’s office in China. Interns will be trained to teach English-related tests and will also work on various other projects including data analysis, webmastering, and book publishing.
Requirements: Applicants must have scored at least in the 90th percentile on the SAT (a score of 2100+) or ACT (a score of 28+). You must also be at least a freshman in college and attend a top 50 university.
To Apply: This internship is available year-round. You can find more information and the application form at Educatrium.com.