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Being an EMT in College: 3 Collegiettes Tell All

1/1/2014

When the radio goes off, they respond at a run. It can go off anytime: in class, at dinner, while they're sleeping. And they run wherever the dispatch tells them. They run to the ambulance, or directly to the scene, if it's closer, carrying a jump bag full of supplies on their backs. They run toward destruction: chem lab explosions, car accidents, broken bones, and blood. And when they arrive, there's no time to hesitate. They simply do their job, treating injuries as they find them. And when it's all over, they return to their daily lives as college students.

Many collegiettes dread getting sick on the same day as a major exam, but for students who serve as volunteer emergency medical technicians (EMTs), they're also hoping someone else doesn't get sick. The life of a collegiate EMT is a stressful one, and walking around in an unflattering uniform is only the least of their worries. Throughout the course of a regular school day, collegiette EMTs have to be ready to respond at a moment's notice to an injured or sick patient on campus and balance their schoolwork and social lives at the same time.

So what does it take to be a member of an emergency medical service (EMS) team in college? Her Campus spoke to three student EMTs to get the full scoop on everything from an average day to the most serious medical scenarios they've faced.

(Photo Credit: Julie Elliott-Abshire)

‘Round-the-Clock Responsibility

Black Friday Shopping 101: Your Complete Guide to Black Friday

11/25/2013

For those of us with tight budgets, the holidays can be a nerve-wracking time. But here at HC, we're always looking out for you! We know you know about Black Friday, the infamous day after Thanksgiving when you can get the most amazing discounts and deals for everything on your shopping list. But for many people, Black Friday conjures up images of absolute chaos: overnight campouts in front of department stores, people trampling one another as the doors open, or your feet falling off from exhaustion before noon even rolls around.

There are a lot of rumors and hype about Black Friday, but we're here to help you understand the trends and offer some survival tips. We can't promise there won't be long lines, but we can help you be as prepared as possible to get the most out of your day. Who knows; you might be able to get all your holiday presents in one trip, and even do a little shopping for yourself!

Do Your Research on Discounts and Don’t Get Scammed

The Best Scary Halloween Costumes

10/28/2013

Do you prefer haunted houses to bobbing for apples? How about fake blood over candy corn? If you know what Halloween is really about (answer: scaring people!!), then we've got some super spooky costume ideas for you! We've compiled a list of the most terrifying costumes imaginable, but with you in mind. We know even the biggest horror-junkies among us like to look amazing when we go out, so we've put together a bunch of costumes that are scary AND sexy, cute, and even a little bit fun!

Zombies, zombies, zombies

This Halloween, undead is the new pink. Zombie outfits are one of the easiest to create, if you don't mind applying a little makeup! The best part about zombie costumes is that you can make them out of practically any outfit. Want to show some school pride? Dress as a zombie cheerleader, and rock some undead school spirit! Maybe dancing is more your style? Try dressing as an undead ballerina! No matter what outfit you choose, the makeup is what is going to sell the costume. Make yourself pale and sickly looking (think gray and pale green face paint), then add fresh bite marks, bruises and rotten wounds all over your body. You can find makeup to create the perfect zombie costume at any Halloween store. Don't forget to get creative with this one - I can't wait to see a zombie professor, or an undead barista!

Vampire - sexy and scary!

11 Punny Halloween Costumes

10/15/2013

Are you the biggest goofball in your group of friends, and want to find an outfit that will show that off? For all those funny girls out there, consider dressing as a pun this Halloween. Yes, that's right - a pun. These costumes might need a little bit of an explanation, but they're guaranteed to produce some chuckles.

There are endless puns in the world, but we've put together a few clever ideas that also make cute costumes! Punny costumes are also great for those of us who tend to be little last-minute in our planning. Most of them can be made from materials you'll find around the house, even if they do require a little bit of crafting to get the costume just right. We'll list all the easy ones first, and then we'll list some more intricate punny costumes for those of us who aren't afraid of a challenge!

Queen of Hearts

Difficulty Level: Easy

Materials: Tiara, craft supplies

How-to: Wear whatever outfit you want, but make it fairly neutral. Then, cut out tons of hearts in a variety of colors and put them all over your outfit. Finish off the look with a tiara or plastic crown and you're done!

Anchorwoman

Difficulty Level: Easy

Materials: Business casual dress, craft supplies, microphone

How-to: Dress in your favorite business casual outfit (bonus points for adorable pencil skirts!), and tape a large cutout anchor to your back. That's it - you're an anchorwoman! Feel free to carry around a microphone to complete the outfit.

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Difficulty Level: Easy

Materials: Facepaint

Meningitis: How To Protect Yourself From This Deadly Illness in College

12/22/2012

 

When Ashley Lee got sick a month into her freshman year of college, she thought she had the flu. A cold was going around campus, and she had the same symptoms as many of her friends in the dorms at Indiana State University. But by the second day of her illness, she had developed a headache and was feeling weak. Her father got worried, and brought her to the hospital, where she continued to get worse, breaking out in a rash across her limbs and torso. Still, the doctors had no idea what was wrong. It wasn't until Ashley was transferred to a second hospital that she got her diagnosis: she had meningococcal meningitis.

That was just the start of Ashley's battle. The doctors prescribed antibiotics to fight the infection, but the disease had progressed significantly already. "I had kidney failure, my heart stopped twice, I had both feet amputated, over 20 surgeries, 3 fingers amputated, and 40 percent of my body is scarred and has skin grafting on it," Ashley tells us. "I was in the hospital for 3 months. It nearly took my life, and it should have. They told my parents to prepare for the worst but to hope for the best."

Thankfully, Ashley survived, and went on to graduate in August of 2011. Now she's on a mission: she wants to make sure that no one else has to suffer the way she does. She shared her story with Her Campus to help raise awareness of this deadly disease, and to help inform collegiettes everywhere about how to prevent meningitis.

Editor's Picks: HC's Favorite Holiday Looks

12/14/2012

Calling all collegiette tastemakers! We've got some awesome must-haves for you this holiday season, all from ISAAY.com, the premiere destination for the closet curator. ISAAY is known for their collections of unique luxury pieces, featuring everything a savvy dresser loves: from patterns perfect for bringing out your inner artistic flair to clean lines that add a polished look to your whole wardrobe. And at ISAAY, it's all about you!

We're here to help you find the perfect pieces to round out your curated collection. Our picks include everything you need to survive the holidays in style, and to make sure you're the best dressed collegiette around wherever you go this winter. We've got flats and furs, beads and blazers, parkas and pajamas: flip through to see them all!

 

Chill Out With Hot Deals From JustFab!

12/14/2012

Studying got you stressed? Chill out with hot deals from JustFab this December! Sure, you should be writing that twenty page essay, but just a little break won't hurt, and you need to get some shoes for all your holiday parties anyway, right?!


JustFab is just the place to get everything you need this season: from trendy flat boots and cute booties to the hottest heels around, they've got everything you need to stay stylish in cold weather. And when new members sign up, you'll get a special Buy 1, Get 1 Free Deal - with over 500 styles to choose from! And with always free fhipping, you can't go wrong!

Looking for just the right boots to go with everything this winter? We love these tan Corrie boots! Feeling something a little more eye-catching? Check out these bright red Lakshmi pumps: the sequined heel adds just enough sparkle for the holiday season.

How to Prevent Razor Burn Down There & How to Treat Razor Burn

12/14/2012

Shaving "down there" always seems like a good idea at first - that is, until all those little unwanted red bumps show up! Whether you're planning on just cleaning some stray hairs around the edges or going for a more complete effect, it often doesn't turn out as smooth as you hoped. But that stinging, itchy rash isn't completely inevitable. We're here with all the best tips to help you prevent razor burn down there!

First of all, let's talk about what razor burn is. Dragging a razor across your skin gets rid of hair, but also removes the top layer of skin, and it causes irritation. It can get red and inflamed, and be fairly unpleasant, though it usually clears up if left alone for a day or two. If you have constant razor burn, though, you might also notice some razor bumps. Razor bumps are when the hair follicles get infected, and they can be really painful! The pores get clogged with dead skin and fill with bacteria, and they sometimes resemble pimples in your bikini region. Both of these conditions, though, are totally preventable and treatable!

Use a good razor

As far as razors go, sharper is always better. When the blades get dull, they are more likely to do damage to your skin.  Dull blades mean rough edges on the hair, which can lead to irritation and ingrown hairs, and you'll be tempted to use too much pressure, creating painful cuts in your skin. For those of us who use the same razor on our legs as our bikini region, where the hair is tougher, you might need to change razors more frequently.

Join Her Campus for a Twitter Chat About "Pretty Tough": Tonight at 6pm EST!

12/13/2012

 

Attention television lovers: we're here to introduce you to an awesome new show called "Pretty Tough" that’s about two sisters who are at opposite ends of the popularity spectrum. If that's not enough, they're also teammates! They have to learn to play together on the soccer field and navigate the day-to-day drama of high school at the same time.

As all collegiettes remember, high school drama is the worst. We're glad that we don't have to deal with any of that drama anymore, but we still love watching it on TV! But if you haven't heard of "Pretty Tough" before, it's not too late to catch up. Check out all of the episodes on Hulu, and once you're addicted, join us for a Twitter chat about the show and dealing with drama TONIGHT at 6 pm EST!

Join us on Twitter by following @HerCampus and @Vuguru as we talk about @PrettyTough, and make sure you get in on the conversation. Just tweet back at us, continue the conversation about #PrettyToughTV, and get a chance to win awesome stuff! 5 chat participants will win the first Pretty Tough book, a Pretty Tough mini soccer ball, and the Pretty Tough DVD!

Don't forget to come chat with us tonight - we want to hear all your opinions on competition, teammates, and how much you love #PrettyToughTV. Can't wait to chat with you all at 6 pm EST tonight!

Meet Your LL Bean Boyfriend!

12/13/2012

Tumblr is amazing for so many reasons, giving us our daily dose of GIFs and introducing us to the thousands of variations on the "Hey Girl" Ryan Gosling meme. But there's a new reason to love tumblr this morning, and it's giving Ryan Gosling a run for his money. We're here to introduce you to Your LL Bean Boyfriend!

"He will build you a table and then have sex with you on it," the short introduction reads. "Doesn't get much hotter than that." If you've been looking to get your daily fill of New England men covered in scruff and decked out in thick sweaters and plaid, look no further.

The site has gone viral, and it's no wonder why. Sebastian just wants to lay in the hammock with you, Marty can't wait for a weekend away in Vermont, and Thomas' idea of a perfect day is strolling through the woods drinking hot chocolate with you. Author Liz Pride has given each of the male models their own persona, and this is your excuse to get to know each personality as you browse endlessly through the site.

Have a great finals week, collegiettes! ;)