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Intern by Day, Employee by Night: Is It Possible to Balance an Internship With a Part-Time Job?

4/14/2014

After a long application season, you've finally landed the perfect internship. You'll gain valuable experience in your field, meet tons of potential mentors, and walk away with the ideal listing on your resume. Great, right? Not so fast... It's unpaid. Your summer may look like it's all nailed down, but it can be difficult or even impossible to support yourself without a steady income. Even if you can find a way to support yourself over the summer, what happens when you get back to school in the fall and realize your bank account is running low? You might want to consider picking up a part-time summer job. A paid summer job ensures you'll still have money to support, save, and spend, but it can be tough to balance work with an unpaid internship.
 
Find an Internship You Love

How To Choose High School Classes For Next Year

3/13/2014

Your class schedule affects so many aspects of your life: how much you enjoy school, how late into the night you're up doing homework, how often you see your friends, and how college admission boards think of you. That said, choosing classes is no easy feat. There's no formula for a perfect schedule, but you can do your best with these eight tips.

1. Check out requirements

Before you get caught up in fantasies of dropping gym class forever and loading up on four different art classes, check your school's requirements. Most schools require a certain number of core classes – math, science, English, and history – per year. You might also have to work with other requirements, such as world language, gym and health, or if you go to a parochial school, theological classes. Drop by your guidance counselor's office to see which classes you're expected to enroll in and how many credits you're required to take. These requirements might also be outlined on your school's website or in your student handbook.

Once you've determined what you absolutely must take next year, you can figure out how much free space you have to take the classes you're interested in. At this point, it's also a good idea to map out a general picture of your time left in high school to ensure you can fit in all your required classes. You don't want to wait until senior spring to realize you haven't finished your art requirement.

2. Ask your teacher for class recommendations

If your school has multiple levels of classes – for example, standard, honors, and Advanced Placement  – your best bet is to talk to your teacher for each subject about which level you'll thrive in. Take advantage of their knowledge of your academic performance and next year's courses, and let them guide you towards the right level.

9 Weird Beauty Tips: Myth or Fact?

2/18/2014

Beauty advice can be tricky. Your best friend swears by a dab of toothpaste to fix her zits, while your mom says that's bad for your skin. With so many magazines and beauty blogs, it's easy to get lost in competing opinions there, too. Her Campus turned to three beauty experts to get to the bottom of nine weird beauty tips. Read on for expert tips from:

Katherine Goldman, a licensed aesthetician and the founder of Stript Wax Bar. Dr. Jessica J. Krant, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist, founder of Art of Dermatology in New York City, and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.  Annie Mayo, a makeup artist for film and TV and the founder of vegan makeup line Advanced Mineral Makeup.

TIP: Toothpaste helps reduce pimples.
VERDICT: Sometimes FACT.

This beauty tip is a classic for a good reason. On smaller zits, it works like a charm. “Toothpaste contains alcohol, which has the ability to dry up pimples and reduce redness and swelling,” Goldman explains. 

Wash your hands and face to give yourself a clean surface to work with. Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto your ring finger – the finger you have the most control over, and therefore, the lightest touch – and dab a very thin layer over the blemish. Let the toothpaste dry for several hours. Peel off the dried layer carefully, without irritating the pimple, and continue with your regular skincare routine.

The Weird Eating Habits You Develop in College (& How to Fix Them)

1/27/2014

College makes the most bizarre behaviors – keg stands, theme parties, and trekking home from the library at 3AM – seem totally normal. That is, until you're back at home over break and someone invariably points out how strangely you're acting. Nobody can fault you for indulging in your favorite junk foods every once in awhile, but when your midnight snack of Hot Pockets and sugary cereal becomes routine, it's time to take a look at how out of whack your eating patterns have become. Whether you're skipping breakfast in order to shave a few minutes off your morning routine or subsisting solely on coffee to get you through hours of back-to-back classes, it's important to learn how to nix these bad habits for good.

Her Campus consulted Connie Diekman, Registered Dietitian, past president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis for the 411 on healthy eating in college.

Why do eating patterns change once you start college?

No more Mom and Dad

When Her Campus polled collegiettes last year about what they missed the most about high school, the top answer was a no-brainer: home-cooked meals! Even if your parents weren't exactly gourmet chefs, you were probably accustomed to a regular assortment of meals you knew and loved, typically served around the same time each night.

How To Narrow Down Your List Of Colleges During Senior Year

1/24/2014

If you're lucky enough to hold a pile of acceptance letters in your hand, congrats! Each college can bring thrilling opportunities and prepare you for your future, but there's just one problem... you can only pick one. Maybe you have a clear front-runner and the decision to enroll couldn't be easier. But maybe you, like so many other pre-collegiettes, are stuck between two, three, or even more schools. Here's how to narrow down your list to find your future home.

1. Visit!

You might have grown up dreaming about attending your mom's alma mater, but what happens when you visit campus for the first time and hate it? Alternatively, a school that seemed totally blah on paper might end up feeling like home. That's why college tours are so important – they can completely change the way you view a school, knock it off your list, or solidify it as your top choice.

Try to schedule visits on regular class days (as opposed to weekends or during exam periods) and make sure to ask tons of questions while on campus. When you're stuck between just two or three choices, a visit might make all the difference in your decision. Check out our list of seven factors to pay attention to on college tours.

If you can't visit, try the next best thing: HC's Complete College Guide. With input from real students at more than 80 schools across the country, you can learn about academics, the social scene, housing, and more without leaving your living room.

7 Unexpected Reasons Your Skin Is Breaking Out

12/31/2014

Let's face it, dealing with skin care issues sucks. We should be old enough to be past the acne we all dealt with in middle school, right? But sometimes, skin care problems persist. Some of us practice our skin care routines religiously, always wear sunscreen, never smoke, and yet still break out or have skin issues. What gives? Here are seven unexpected factors you might not have considered that lead to less-than-flawless skin – and how to fix them.
 
1. You're eating too much dairy.

Dermatologist Cynthia Bailey, M.D. says, “We are what we eat! It determines how beautiful we look, the vitality of our appearance, and, yes, how great our skin looks.” According to Scientific American, there's a link between dairy intake and breakouts. Sebaceous cells, which dispense oil to keep your skin soft, can sometimes over-produce; this leads to acne. Fats, including the fats found in dairy, are rich with bacteria and yeast that thrive in this oil. When you digest dairy, your immune system can sometimes respond with acne.
 
How to fix it: Try minimizing your dairy intake for a full semester to see if your skin improves. Low-fat dairy products tend to be kinder to your skin than their full-fat counterparts, so opt for low-fat or non-fat milk over regular and frozen yogurt or gelato over ice cream. Bailey notes, “Your pimples can take weeks, or even months, to worsen or improve after you make changes in your diet,” so don't be discouraged if you don't see results immediately.
 
2. You go straight to class after the gym without showering.

7 Healthy New Year's Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

12/28/2013

We're all too familiar with the common New Year's phenomenon: As you watch the ball drop, you vow to maintain a twenty foot distance from all carbs and dedicate the rest of your life to the treadmill. But by the first week of January, your pasta cravings are becoming hard to ignore and you skip more than a few days at the gym. By the middle of the month, you indulge in bagels on a daily basis and your sneakers have collected dust. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? According to Psychology Today, the top two most common New Year's resolutions are to lose weight and exercise more often. It's no surprise that these lofty, vague goals are often unmet by the end of the year, which can easily make you feel like a failure. Rather than setting yourself up for potential disappointment, start 2014 off on the right foot by making a healthy New Year's resolution that you can actually keep.

Here are seven suggestions for realistic, attainable resolutions that you might actually enjoy keeping:

Resolution #1: Try a new class.
Who should try it: Have you always wanted to learn to kickbox? Are you interested in trying out that hot yoga class your friends are all raving about? Sign up for a new class if you're ready to shake up your exercise routine or would benefit from the social aspect of a group class.
How to keep it: Enroll in the class and mark it on your calendar to remind yourself to go back week after week. Once it becomes part of your routine, it's easy to work up the motivation to hit the gym. As an added bonus, a class is a great way to meet new people. Feeling shy on the first day? Enlist a friend to work out with you.

Just Winter Wallowing – Or More? The Scoop on Seasonal Affective Disorder

12/22/2013

Think back to some of your happiest memories: Maybe they include a trip to the beach with your best friends, spring break in Miami, or playing outside under the sun as a little kid. What's noticeably absent from this list? Wading knee-deep through snow or getting caught in the pouring rain without an umbrella. Obviously, dealing with dreary weather isn't fun – but for collegiettes who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.), the issue is more severe than you might think.
 
Her Campus talked to Dr. David M. Reiss, a clinical psychiatrist practicing for more than twenty-five years and the Interim Medical Director at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, MA to learn about the disorder and discover how you can stay as positive as possible even as the temperatures drop.

Is seasonal affective disorder real?

9 Good Reasons To Dump Your Boyfriend

12/21/2013

When you and your boyfriend are facing an issue, it can be tough to figure out what's fixable and what's an ongoing problem that won't improve. After all, you're so wrapped up in the situation, how can you see it clearly? For times when you're not sure what to do, read these 9 reasons it's time to dump him.

1. He doesn't support your goals

What did Aretha Franklin teach you? R-E-S-P-E-C-T! If your boyfriend doesn't respect or support your goals or values, it's time to kick him to the curb. “When I was with my ex-boyfriend, I was so excited to cover my first fashion show for my blog,” says Kelsey Mulvey, a collegiette from Boston University. “Instead of supporting me and cheering me on, he barely cared. How are you supposed to be happy with someone if they aren't a part of your fan club?”

A truly supportive boyfriend should act as your own professional cheer squad – that means everything from coming to watch your volleyball championship game to sending you a good luck text before your orgo final, even if he hates sports and is equally as swamped with studying.

Stephanie Welling, a student at Chatham University, hits the nail on the head: “If the person I'm dating has no apparent respect for me, then I have no time for them.”

2. He doesn't make an effort to get along with your friends

Kiss & Tell: Why Online Dating Worked for Me

11/9/2013

In today’s fast-paced world it may seem especially difficult for college students to find time to discover romance. With classes, studying, jobs, and more, there isn’t much time to dedicate to the search. Luckily, the stereotype of online dating is changing.

About 40 million people around the world have tried it and you should too. Online dating sites have become more acceptable, especially for college students. Stigmas saying it’s only for the desperate or socially inept no longer hold true. Today, almost one in three people meet their significant other online.

With so many people finding success, I decided this past summer I would give it a try. I’ve had the same problem as many other college students- a rigid routine preventing me from meeting new people. When you move from class to class, power walking to and from destinations, it is hard to spontaneously run into ‘Prince Charming’. So, unless you are an exceptionally outgoing person, how do you find new specimens to date?