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How to Navigate Welcome Week Like a Pro

8/15/2014

Welcome Week can be the best part of your freshman year... or the worst. Most schools designate about five days to be a crash course in starting college. You probably won't have classes scheduled during Welcome Week, which means your days with be jam-packed with moving in, meeting your roommate, adjusting to campus life, and attending fun events! You’ll experience your first taste of college parties and have a few sleepless nights as you anticipate the start of classes. While your first week on campus can be a blast, making peace with your roommate, finding friends, and the dreaded FOMO can make it pretty stressful. With our tips on maximizing the fun and limiting the stress, you'll navigate your first week on campus like a pro.

DO plan ahead.

Your college will offer a range of Welcome Week activities. The Italian Studies department might throw a pizza party, student government might offer an outdoor movie screening, and the gym might hold free Zumba classes. You can look up the schedule for these activities ahead of time on your college's website. Plan to attend one or two activities a day. Not only are the activities fun, but they're a great way to meet new people!

“While it was weird to do activities with a bunch of people I didn't know, it ended up being a great icebreaker for making new friends!” says Rachel, a recent graduate of Butler University. “Everyone was doing goofy charades together, scavenger hunts, and obstacle courses. A few weeks later when classes started, it was a relief to see someone in class or around campus and recognize them from an event where you'd met them before.”

If you're nervous about attending events by yourself, invite your roommate to come along. But there's no reason to worry about walking in solo; college is a clean slate for everybody, so no one will judge you for not having a posse on day one.

5 Five-Minute Updos from Pinterest to Beat the Heat

7/21/2014

How many times have you wished your Pinterest boards were accurate reflections of your life? If only that drool-worthy closet, island vacation, and man candy were yours. We covet the fab hairspiration on Pinterest, but even some of the simpler tutorials can be intimidating. We tested out five styles found on Pinterest to see how doable they actually are IRL. Long hair in the summer heat can be miserable, so each of these looks involves putting your hair up so you can keep cool. Check out our series of five-minute tutorials below.

1. Gatsby Bob

A short haircut can be liberating, but it's a big commitment. Test the waters with a faux bob before you make the chop for real.

For this look, you'll need a headband with an elastic, like this jeweled version from Anthropologie ($32). Bobby pins are optional.

Tuck your hair behind your ears and put on the headband. It should sit at your hairline and the elastic should cover your hair.

What Interning at a Fashion Magazine Is Really Like

7/7/2014

From The Devil Wears Prada to Sex and the City to The Hills to Ugly Betty, the jobs and internships at fashion magazines have been glamourized onscreen over and over again. Key word: glamourized. You might imagine a fast-paced office full of Proenza Schouler-clad waifs who skip meals and go to fancy charity galas, leaving the grunt work to their interns, but that's actually far from your typical fashion magazine experience. Read on to see what fashion magazine internships are really like – plus advice on how to land one from interns who have done it.

What types of fashion magazine internships are available?

Not everyone who works at a fashion magazine necessarily works directly with fashion. Here are a few common types of internships and responsibilities:

Fashion closet interns: Track clothing samples, pack and unpack for photo shoots, and create storyboards Beauty closet interns: Call in products, organize the beauty closet, and update press contact lists Editorial interns: Do research, transcribe interviews, and pitch story ideas Web interns: Research, interview, and blog exclusively for the magazine's website Photo interns: Do research, scout locations, and purchase props

Editorial makes up one of the largest sections of most magazines. The department is responsible for the cover story, other long stories (called “features”), interviews, as well as shorter FOB (“front of book” – the first few pages of the magazine) pieces. Features interns are typically assigned to an editor who covers just one or two topics, like health or love.

Why You Should Think Twice Before Going Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, or Vegan

6/22/2014

I recently found myself eating dinner with friends at a macrobiotic, vegan, Japanese restaurant because it was the only place that could accommodate each of my friends' dietary restrictions. One cut out carbs years ago to lose weight, another is pursuing a vegan diet to stay thin. When my boyfriend asked for sugar with his tea, the waitress admonished him and offered all-natural maple syrup instead. Since when did diets become so complicated?

Using eating excuses to lose weight – like eating gluten-free regardless of whether you have Celiac Disease – is becoming a common practice on college campuses. We turned to Connie Diekman, Registered Dietitian, past president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis to learn more.

Do eating excuses lead to weight loss?

Eating excuses are popular on college campuses because they seem like a quick fix – just cut out a certain food group and bam, you'll be able to zip up your sorority formal dress again...right? Not quite. According to Diekman, “These diets will often lead to weight loss, but are the girls healthy once they've lost the weight? The answer, of course, often is no. They are missing some key nutrients. In addition, it is possible that they have lost muscle mass, not fat mass, so they might be a lower weight, but not a healthier weight.”

While the weight might come off for a short period of time, you're not likely to maintain your weight loss in the long run.

Why are girls choosing to diet this way?

What the Disney Princesses Would be Like in College

6/9/2014

Disney princesses might not fare so well in college. With dorms instead of elegant castles and rowdy frat boys instead of Prince Charming, it's hard to imagine them enjoying the experience very much. College is the land of textbooks, beer pong, and crazy roommates—not fairy godmothers, magic carpets, and happily ever afters. But if the Disney princesses could tough it out on campus, we think it would be pretty funny. Here's how we imagine Snow White, Cinderella, and the rest of the girls holding up as college students.

Snow White: The Fraternity Sweetheart

“I don't hang out with girls. I just can't handle the drama. I get along with guys soooo much better.” Sound familiar? That's Snow White. She spends most of her time hanging out at a frat house with her seven best guy friends. Unfortunately, all that socializing is taking a toll. She doesn't always have time to study—even though she's a nutrition major, she wound up with food poisoning recently when she bit into a bad apple.

Cinderella: The Girl Next Door

Dating After College: How to Transition to Dating in the Real World

5/29/2014

Dating in college isn't exactly easy––that's why our Real Live College Guys detangle your love issues every week. But dating after college is an entirely different animal. Suddenly, you can't meet guys at frat parties, in class or on the staff of your newspaper anymore––now you're in the “real world.” While it might have been fine to hook up with the cute guy who also worked your shift at the rec center, it's definitely not okay to treat your new job as a dating pool. (Sorry, no date is worth the risk of getting fired!)

Her Campus talked to dating expert Lindsay Kriger and Elyssa Goodman, a 2010 Carnegie Mellon grad whose little black book is hardly wanting for dates. They explain how dating changes between college and post-graduation, and how you can adapt to those changes with ease. Now do yourself a favor, and leave next Friday open on your calendar...

How is dating in college different than dating after college?

The major difference is that fewer opportunities fall directly into your lap. You won't be thrown together with a million other people your own age in college classes, student clubs or frat parties. Instead, it's up to you to seek out people to meet and things to do, especially if you're moving to a new city.

How to Deal with the Pressure to Date from Family & Friends

5/17/2014

Dating is a lot of fun... when it's on your own terms. But if your parents repeatedly ask why you're still single every time they see you, or your friends nag you about dating a guy you don't have feelings for, you probably want to roll your eyes at every couple on campus. And besides, when did everyone you know turn into the infamous Princeton Mom?

It's hard to be upset with family and friends who nag you about dating because they love you and only want to see you happy. Most of the time, they might not even realize their words are irritating or hurtful. So, why do they pile on the pressure? We looked at four common situations and broke down how to handle each one. Single ladies, study up!

Situation #1: Your family seems more interested in your love life than your other accomplishments

The situation:

You put in long hours studying for Orgo, you're a rockstar at your internship, and have awesome summer plans. When you have so many exciting things going on in your life, it feels almost like an insult when those around you seem to fixate on your love life.

7 Problems At the Beginning of Your Summer Internship (& How to Fix Them!)

5/16/2014

It's one thing to score your dream internship. It's quite another thing to have the dream match the reality. During the first few days of summer, you might find that you're becoming an expert on ordering venti skim lattes instead of gaining the learning experience you had hoped for. Or maybe you were expecting a jam-packed schedule, but your boss doesn't give you enough work to keep you busy.

Before you start your internship with stars in your eyes, remember that interning is often about paying your dues. Her Campus got the 4-1-1 from two career experts about common internship issues. Here's how to nip these problems in the bud so you can shine all summer long!

1. Your hours are longer than originally advertised.

If you didn't discuss work hours with your boss during the initial interview, make sure to bring up the topic as soon as possible. This can be asked with a brief, “What are the hours for this position?” either in person or via email. That said, understand that your hours aren't necessarily set in stone. One of the best ways to stand out at your internship is to arrive early and stay late, especially when you're working on a big project.

“You are there to gain experience, and the extra work is an opportunity to learn more about the company, contribute to the bottom line and, perhaps, position yourself for a full-time offer after graduation,” said Jackie Jones, a career transformation coach at Jones Coaching in Washington, D.C.

How to Deal with Bikini Area Ingrown Hairs (& Not Get Them in the First Place!)

5/15/2014

Bikini season is upon us, which means it's time to bare (just about) everything. While it's entirely possible to go too long without regular bikini area upkeep during the winter (hey, it's okay!) it's a different story during the summer. The more often you shave, like when you're heading out to the pool, the more likely you are to get ingrown hairs. As unsightly as they are, it's easy to keep them under control. Her Campus talked to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jeff Donovan to get the scoop.

What causes ingrown hairs?

Hair becomes ingrown when it grows sideways and curls back into the skin. “Even though they are harmless, they can result in tan or pink bumps and become infected,” explains Dr. Donovan. Translation? They aren't pretty—Google at your own risk! The site of the ingrown hairs can also become painful.

“Shaving causes the tips of hairs to become sharp and may prevent hairs from properly exiting the skin,” says Dr. Donovan, but any type of hair removal can lead to ingrowns. Accordingly, ingrown hairs often appear on the underarms, legs, and bikini area in women and the face and neck in men. The coarser, thicker, or curlier your hair is, the more likely you are to develop ingrown hairs.

How can they be treated?

11 Steps to Avoid Pulling an All-Nighter

4/24/2014

Few things are more depressing than staring at an empty Word document at midnight. When your essay is due in just a few short hours and exhaustion is settling in, the last thing you want to do is muster up the energy to write five flawless pages on the role of globalization in China's economy, or whatever the topic du jour happens to be. Besides, all-nighters wreak havoc on your body.

Don't give up! Her Campus compiled tips on how to avoid all-nighters. Syncing your study schedule and sleep cycle in harmony takes a little planning – so follow our guide from how to prep weeks in advance to what to do during crunch time. You'll be fast asleep, work completed, in no time.

Far In Advance

1. Plan out your semester from the start

At the start of each semester, put every due date from each of your syllabi into your calendar – yes, that means every single five-point quiz and ten-minute assignment. When you plan ahead of time, you avoid that horrifying moment at the end of the semester when you realize you have a ten-page paper due the same day as your final exam and your in-class presentation. And by getting all the nitty-gritty scheduling out of the way now, you won't have to worry about constantly updating your to-do list throughout the semester. Go for a planner's notebook if you like a physical calendar, or use your phone or the Stickies app on your computer if you prefer to go digital.