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Jessica Salerno

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5 Ways To Upgrade Your Time Management Skills From High School To College

9/12/2014

The independence that comes with college life can be exhilarating and liberating—but it also comes with responsibility, collegiette. Having class for only four hours a day sounds awesome, but it doesn’t mean that you should surf YouTube and online shop your days away. Managing your time wisely is what can make or break your first year of college, so it’s important to have some idea of how you’ll handle all your glorious free time. Her Campus is here to help you with that by taking common high school activities and translating them to college life, so you won’t fall victim to procrastination or get lost in a mountain of unread notes during dreaded midterm week.

During high school you… had sports practice right after school.

In college you should… go to the gym right after class.

Why: Depending on where your classes, dorm, and fitness center are located, sometimes scheduling workouts can be more difficult than you realize. Factor in a shower afterwards with time to make it to your next class or social event and it’s enough to make a collegiette blow off the whole thing. So in order to avoid wasting a good workout day watching Khloe & Lamar reruns, figure out at the beginning of each week how many times you want to work out and when it would be most convenient to go. Write it down in your planner or put a reminder on your phone, so you remember to bring your workout gear with you that day. And once you decide to go, follow through! You wouldn’t blow off high school soccer practice, would you?

During high school you… had a study hall period every day.

In college you should… treat your breaks in between class like study periods.

Collegiettes Weigh In: To Rush or Not To Rush?

8/26/2014

Depending on where you go to school, joining a sorority may or may not be an all-access pass to a huge group of friends, awesome parties, and an active social life. If you’re on the fence about rushing a sorority (or even just a little curious), get some insight into going Greek with these stories from collegiettes who have been through it all.

Pro-Greek

Whether they grew up knowing they’d go Greek or rushed with a friend just for fun, these girls have fallen in love with sorority life.

“I joined Kappa Kappa Gamma my freshman year and I've never been happier. Going into college, though, I was completely against Greek life. I didn’t want to deal with the competition of rush. And growing up with two older brothers, I prefer to hang with guys much more. But my experience with my sorority at Emory has been more than amazing.” - Erica Petri, Emory University  

“I'm going into my 4th year in a sorority, and I think it is a very positive experience for girls to be involved with. Not only do you meet friends with similar interests to you (most girls in sororities tend to be social, academic, and very well-rounded overall), but you realize that you meet friends who are all so different and special. Every girl in my sorority (Kappa Kappa Gamma) is so different and unique—I have friends who play lacrosse, who sing, who work for the school council program board, who are studying for the LSAT, etc.” - Elizabeth Wagmeister, UCSB 

9 New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

12/27/2013

Now that you’ve received a ton of holiday cards and (hopefully) gotten everything on your wish list, it’s time to focus on the next big holiday: New Year’s Eve. And, unfortunately, NYE parties are pretty hit or miss—people are either dancing it up until 3 a.m. or quietly sneaking out the door once the ball has dropped. If you’ve decided to throw a party this year and are looking to say goodbye to 2013 in style, Her Campus has got you covered with nine fun ideas to amp up your get-together.

1. Dinner Plates with Clocks Underneath

What better place setting to have for a party counting down ‘til 2014 than a clock? You can pick up cheap clocks and glass plates at the dollar store and set the clocks underneath the plates before your guests arrive. Be sure to mix and match colors or clocks to add variety!

2. 2014 Resolutions Chalkboard

Have a 2014 Resolutions chalkboard hanging up when people walk in the door where they can write their resolution at the beginning of the night. Later on it will be fun to see what everyone is looking to accomplish in the coming year!

The Pros & Cons of Going to School In-State vs. Out-of-State

11/20/2013

Deciding whether or not to stay close to home can be tricky. Is staying close to your family a benefit or a distraction? Will you love living far away or get too homesick? If you’re trying to decide between an in-state and an out-of-state school, take a look at some of the advice these collegiettes had to offer about both.

Out-Of-State Schools
The drive (or plane ride) can oftentimes be a bummer, and when you’re missing Mom’s cooking you can’t just pop over for dinner when you feel like it. But getting introduced to new surroundings is a great thing, and you can learn a lot about yourself by living in a different environment.

Con: Rooting against your beloved home team. You grew up watching your favorite sport and bleeding their colors and have been to all of their games. Not being home to attend games or watching them play your new school can leave you with mixed emotions! “I've been a Florida Gator all my life, and it's really hard to root against them in sports, especially because Vanderbilt and UF are both in the SEC. I'm not gonna lie- I will sometimes wear my UF sports bra underneath my Vandy shirt at games!” -Stacey Oswald, Vanderbilt University ‘15

Pro: Living completely on your own. It can be easy to lean on family when you need something, so living farther away can help you build more independence. “I knew that eventually I might get a job somewhere across the country or even out of the US, so getting the experience [of living on my own] in college was important to me.” -Elizabeth Schmitt, Mount Holyoke College ’15.

10 Fun & Festive Halloween Recipes

10/14/2013

Whether you’re throwing a party or just feeling festive, making a few delicious recipes is the perfect way to get into the spooky Halloween spirit. Her Campus has compiled some of the best Halloween recipes on the Internet, from appetizer to dessert. Enjoy!

1. Appetizers: Hot Dog Mummies from Spoonful.com

Ingredients:
1 11-ounce can of refrigerator breadsticks
1 12-pack of hot dogs
Yellow mustard

Directions:

For each mummy, separate one breadstick from the roll and use kitchen shears or a knife to slice it in half lengthwise to create two thinner strips. Wrap one strip at a time snugly around the hot dog. Depending on the size of the hot dog, you may not need all of both strips. Leave about 1/2 inch of hot dog exposed for the face area and continue wrapping the top of the hot dog. Bake the mummies on a cookie sheet at 350º F for 15 to 18 minutes or until the breadstick wrapping is golden brown. Remove the mummies from the oven and cool them for 5 minutes. Add yellow mustard eyes just before serving. Makes 12 mummies.

2. Salad: Mesclun Meanies from MyRecipes.com

Ingredients:
8 large thick-skinned oranges
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons grainy mustard
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup of olive oil
5 oz.-bag baby mixed greens
½ cup of toasted pumpkin seeds

10 Ways To Jumpstart Your College Search

8/29/2013

Even though it's the beginning of the school year, it’s already time to start thinking seriously about where you’ll attend college. Although daydreaming about cute college boys and looking at what to wear on campus all day might feel productive, it’s not going to help you decide what’s best for you. So if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by college brochures, teachers, guidance counselors, tuition costs, your parents, and more, let Her Campus help you sort out your thoughts. And, P.S.: looking for schools can actually be really fun!

1. Tweak your timing
If you’re a senior in high school, you need to start seriously thinking about colleges. You have essays to prepare, letters of recommendation to ask for, college tours to schedule, and more. If you’re only a freshman or sophomore, you shouldn’t worry about college yet, especially since your tastes and interests are bound to change in the upcoming years. Keep college in the back of your mind, but focus on having fun and doing well in high school for now. If you're entering your junior year, feel free to start looking – but know that you have plenty of time!

2. Think about your interests
Write down what’s most important to you in the future. It’s okay if you’re still unsure about certain things in the beginning, but focus on what you know you do want now. Think about location, school size, tuition, and programs offered. Do you want to be near your family? Do you want to live in a little town or big city? Will you be paying your tuition entirely yourself or will your parents help you out? This is what will guide you as you start out your search.

Collegiettes Weigh In: How I Found My Friends Freshman Year

7/8/2013

As an incoming college freshman, it’s normal to have a million questions. Where are my classes? How do I replace my lost ID? What do I say to that cute upperclassman? But the question weighing heaviest on your mind might be: How will I make friends?

Experienced collegiettes from the Her Campus team are here to tell you how they met their best friends freshman year, so pay attention. Class is in session early, ladies, so grab a pencil and get ready to take notes!

Orientation
There are few things more awkward than freshman orientation. Chances are, everyone is feeling as awkward as you, so don’t be afraid to make light of the situation and joke around with new people.

“That first week of school is full of awkward ‘socials’ meant to help freshmen meet other students in their dorm. Like any other curious freshman I was going for the free food, then trying to make a quick exit to avoid more awkward ‘what's your major... where are you from...’ questioning. As I [was] walking through the quad one of the RA's who helped me move in called me over to talk with him and a group of girls he was with. I [was] introduced to everyone in the circle, including one girl with curious style. Turns out we were the perfect match.” - Alaine Perconti, Contributing Writer, Miami University (Ohio) ’13

9 Tips For Pre-Collegiettes To Stay Productive Over The Summer

6/28/2013

Summer is all about eating ice cream, laying out, and goofing off with your friends as much as possible, right? Well pre-collegiette, here you might be a tad off. Because while summer is the season for late nights and road trips, it can also be an awesome opportunity to get a start on the college application process. You finally get to take a breather from school and think about what really matters to you when looking at colleges. Her Campus talked to John Rooney, author of Preparing for College: Practical Advice for Students and Their Families on how to stay productive this summer. Here are nine easy ways to stay productive and still enjoy your summer to the fullest. 

1. Think about potential references
Think about whom you want to write your recommendation letters in the fall. Teachers are always a good option. Be sure to work hard and set an example in their class, as well as get to know them a little better. Don't be afraid to show interest in their subject; it'll make it easier for them to write a more personalized letter later on. Colleges tend to prefer recommendations from junior and senior year teachers, so if you don't feel comfortable asking any of your junior year teachers, make sure to head into senior year with the right attitude.

How to Deal With Your Parents While Home for the Summer

6/27/2013

Saving money, seeing old friends, eating a home-cooked meal every night… living at home for the summer definitely has its benefits. But “too good to be true” is a saying for a reason, and typical family friction and old arguments are bound to come up again.  Not to mention the added frustration as you transition into an independent college student. Her Campus is here to help you through those annoying arguments with the advice of Dr. Roy Stefanik, a psychiatrist who specializes in working with college students.
 
Problem: “My mom is constantly trying to push boys on me and asks me why I don’t date more often.” –Kate, Ohio University
Solution: College is a chance for you to explore your sexuality and figure out how to build your own relationships, and for some people that may not mean always having a boyfriend. Dr. Stefanik suggests you talk to your mom about how having a boyfriend might make it harder to figure out who you are on your own, and you’d rather focus on yourself and not get bogged down in a relationship until you have your future and goals a bit more worked out. And a lot of times, parents just don’t get that people date a lot less than they used to, at least in the traditional way. Try explaining to her that you might have a short fling with a guy before it fizzles out, or that everyone at your school is more into casual hookups than long-term relationships. She may be surprisingly cool about it!

The 15 Things You Need to Bring to an Interview

4/9/2013

Now that you’ve crafted a great resume and used your connections, you’ve finally landed your dream interview. But how should you prepare? Sometimes it’s tough to know what to bring to your interview besides yourself. HC has got you cover with 15 things that you need to bring to an interview.