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Katie Naymon

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How to Deal When You Hate Your Haircut


It’s every girl’s worst nightmare: You’re sitting in your hairdresser’s chair, and suddenly, you no longer recognize yourself in the mirror. You glance at the picture of Jennifer Lawrence you brought, and you don’t look like her, either. As the stylist continues to trim and primp your hair, you’re dumbfounded, unsure what to say. You did not ask for this. Or you did ask for this, but now you realize your mistake. Too short, too boyish, too mom-ish, too ugly. You walk out of the salon feeling awful. Talk about a hairy situation.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! There ARE things you can do to salvage the situation—both while you’re still in the salon and after you get home. We talked to Benjamin Manista, assistant manager and art designer at Dino Palmieri Salon in Cleveland, Ohio, about what to do when you hate your haircut.

1. Stop the stylist

We know it can be scary, especially if you explained what you wanted and brought photos. But the number one way to prevent a bad haircut is to stop the stylist as soon as you’re not comfortable with what he or she is doing.

“Forget about the fact [that] you might hurt the stylist’s opinion,” Manista says. “Say, ‘I don't like what you did. Can you do something different?’”

Being as direct and as simple as possible will ensure your stylist gets the point. But remember to be sensitive! Hairdressers and stylists are artists, and they take pride in their work. They want to be creative, but more so, they want to please you.

Changing Your Career Path in College: What to Do


It’s not an uncommon scenario: you have the skill set, resume, and collection of internships that make you perfect for one industry. Then, midway through college, one of your internships or other experiences makes you step back and say, “Wait—maybe I don’t actually want to do this.”

While your heart may have been set on a particular industry since you were five, chances are, you’ll waver from your initial idea of what you want to do after graduation. But that’s okay! Whether you came to the realization after an internship or after talking to a professor, deciding to make a career change in the middle of your college career (or even near the end!) doesn’t have to elicit panic.

The truth is, most college students change their career paths many times throughout their education, and even if you’re a second semester senior, there ARE ways to change your path smoothly! We talked to Amanda Baker, assistant director of the Johns Hopkins University Career Center, for tips on how to make the transition.

1. Don’t panic

Even if you’re drastically changing what you want to do post-college late in the game, you’re not alone! There are several ways to make it work. The key is to start adjusting for the change as early as possible once you decide you want to switch—don’t worry that it’s too late.

“Someone should go into a field that’s a good fit for them, not one that they've been on the path [for] since they were six,” says Baker. “It’s better to find out [you want to change your career path] senior year of college than dropping out during med or law school.”

How to Survive Without a Meal Plan


The college dining hall is an unfortunately familiar scene on college campuses: unidentifiable meat, pizza every night and sky-high prices. Every day, you trek to the caf, grab the same boring food, and pray that the food poisoning your friend got a week ago was a fluke occurrence. You dream of the day when you’re no longer required to be on the meal plan, and you look forward to making delicious, fresh meals in your room.

But the first night of your plan-less living, you may stare inside your fridge (stocked with a mismatch of items) and come to a conclusion: there is nothing to eat.

For students who are used to home-cooked or cafeteria-prepared meals, living without a meal plan can seem difficult at first. However, there are many benefits to going sans plan — it’s often cheaper, and you’ll get more control over what you eat every day! But of course, preparing and shopping for food takes time. Here’s what you should keep in mind when living without a meal plan.

Get the Right Cooking Supplies

One of the best parts of living on a meal plan is the fact that the food is ready to be eaten the moment you scoop it onto your plate. Without a plan, you’re on your own. But that can actually let you be more flexible in what you eat!

Buy the Basics

There are a few customary supplies you should have before you can make your own meals. Here are the standard kitchen supplies that collegiettes recommend bringing, beyond plates and silverware:

4 Scientific Reasons Why Summer Makes You Happy


There’s a lot to love about summertime. No class! Shorts and tank tops! Casual patio parties! But beyond all of the obvious seasonal perks this season brings, there are actual biological and physical reasons why summer puts you in a good mood. We talked to Dr. David Neubauer, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, about the connection between summer and your good mood.

1. You can eat more fresh foods

While you can certainly get fresh foods year round, summer in particular seems to be teeming with fruit and veggie options. “There are lots of reasons to focus on a whole foods, plants-based diet,” says Neubauer. “There are positive effects on our bodies and brains, and on our thinking and feeling.” These effects include physical effects like good digestion and clear skin as well as harder-to-measure effects like mental clarity, alertness and energy. “There’s been a lot of speculation that a vegetarian diet can have effects on cognitive functioning and mood,” Neubauer says. “We need more research to prove that. In the meantime, eat as healthy as possible.”

When you’re shopping, skip the processed foods and support a local farm at your weekend farmer’s market. The fruit and veggies there will often be organic—and delicious! Some foods that are in season during the summer are carrots, cantaloupe, blackberries, and, of course, watermelon. When you eat well, you feel good; hence, a better mood. Need ideas? Check out our article about the best foods to eat this summer to keep you healthy.

Career Body Language: 8 Nonverbal Ways to Shine in the Workplace


The way we carry ourselves impacts every part of our lives. From facial expressions to how we sit and walk, we’re constantly judging and evaluating people based on visual cues. In the workplace, your body language can make or break how your coworkers and superiors view you. By now we’ve all heard about the firm handshake, but there are other ways that people judge us based on body language during internships, in summer jobs, and in school. We talked to Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman, a body language expert, and Joe Navarro, an adjunct faculty member of nonverbal communication at Saint Leo University, for body language tips to use in the workplace.

1. Perfect the handshake

Yes, you’ve heard this advice before, but it’s worth reiterating as it’s probably the first thing you’ll do when you meet someone in a professional setting. According to Dr. Goman, limp, weak handshakes come across as delicate and incompetent.

So what makes the perfect shake? “Make it firm, palm-to-palm, and web-to-web (the skin between your thumb and index finger),” Dr. Goman says. “Stand, square your body to the other person's, smile, and look him/her in the eyes.” You’ll be seen as confident, outgoing, and warm.

2. Don’t fidget

Marijuana: What You Need To Know Before You Smoke


Weed, pot, cannabis… no matter what you call it, marijuana is a hot topic these days, with more and more states legalizing the drug. Many people say marijuana is safer and less addicting than alcohol or tobacco—but is it really safe? We talked to collegiettes and Michael Pierce, M.D., a Connecticut-based psychiatrist, for the lowdown on getting high.

You, on marijuana

You probably knew the kids in high school who smoked behind the school or baked weed into brownies. But in college, many students still turn to weed for a buzz. What about marijuana makes the drug so appealing to college students? According to Dr. Pierce, THC, a chemical found in marijuana, mimics specific neurotransmitters in your brain after it’s inhaled or ingested, which then activate certain neurons that will create side effects in your body.  Smoking pot causes several different side effects. “You get giddy and spacey and fascinated by sounds and visuals, then you get the munchies and feel like taking a nap,” Dr. Pierce says.

Marijuana affects people differently, but the most common short-term side effects include distorted perception, loss of coordination, and increased heart rate. Sometimes, anxiety and paranoia can occur, depending on the person.

The Pros & Cons of Rooming With a High School Friend in College


Going to college with your high school friends can be awesome. They’ll get all of your inside jokes, they make college feel a bit more comfortable, and you’re guaranteed to have a good friend the moment you step on campus for the first time. A lot of collegiettes go to college with a friend or two from high school, and some take it a step further: they room with them. Her Campus talked to collegiettes across the country about the pros and cons of rooming with their high school friends in college.


You can discuss the rooming situation in person

Since you and your classmate likely live close-by, you can actually sit down together and plan out your room! Because you’re avoiding the random housing lottery altogether, you won’t need to worry about the preferences of someone you haven’t even met yet. So go ahead, talk about decorating your room and coordinate who’s bringing what. It will be way easier to figure this out with someone you already know.

You’ll already have common ground

Rooming with an old classmate means they know your background and what your hometown is like. You won’t have to defend your giant Chicago Bulls poster or get confused looks when you talk about your crazy high school teachers. These girls have experienced a similar high school experience as you and can commiserate over homesickness with you.  

Does the Pill Make You Gain Weight or Make Your Boobs Bigger?


All medications have potential side effects, and the Pill is no exception. Weight gain and breast enlargement are often reported from girls on the Pill—but does that happen to everyone and is it really caused by the Pill? We talked to a gynecologist and collegiettes across the country to separate fact from fiction so you can choose the right birth control for you.

Does the Pill make you gain weight?

Some girls report slight to moderate weight gain while they’re on the Pill—but actually, weight gain is rare. According to Dr. Anne Burke, an associate professor of gynecology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, very few women experience significant weight gain on the Pill. “Most scientific studies indicate that the Pill does not cause weight gain.  In the few studies that have shown an effect, it's been in the range of 3-4% [percent of women who gain weight on the Pill]. I never say never: some women may gain weight on the pill, but most really do not,” she says.

“I’ve been on the Pill since high school,” says Justine, a student at Johns Hopkins. “I never gained any weight from the Pill.” Emily, a student at the University of Virginia, also did not experience any unpleasant side effects: “I had heard a lot of rumors that starting birth control might make me gain weight, but I didn't feel any changes in my body! I actually lost weight while I was on it,” she says. According to Dr. Burke, most girls will respond to the Pill like Justine and Emily—with no significant weight gain.

The 5 Best Ways to Fight PMS


It’s a week before your period, and by now, you know the drill: bloating, fatigue, irritability and aches and pains. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is common and normal, but that doesn’t make it any more fun. PMS is the umbrella term for a variety of symptoms that happen before your period, and their severity depends on the person. Luckily, these symptoms usually stop at the onset of your period. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, at least 85% of women experience one or more PMS symptom as a part of their monthly cycle. So when you know your period is about to hit, try these collegiette and expert recommended tips to fight these unpleasant symptoms!

1. Get moving

When you feel tired and irritable, exercising might be the last thing you feel like doing. But according to Mary Clarkin, RN a Cleveland-based women’s health nurse practitioner, the endorphins produced by exercise can be hugely beneficial for PMS symptoms like cramps, aches and pains and even irritability. Clarkin says, “[Exercising] is also a good distraction.” Emma, a collegiette at Kenyon College, agrees: “I get cramps as part of my PMS. I start exercising more and doing more yoga because it helps.” Yoga, simple stretching or even a quick jog are all easy ways to get your heart pumping and your endorphins flowing.

2. Pop a painkiller  

The Dangers of Painkillers: Are You Taking Them Safely?


There’s a pill for everything these days: menstrual cramps, allergies, cold and flu symptoms—and we’re popping them like candy. But when it comes to something as broad as pain, there are so many options out there that it’s hard to know which to choose. Painkillers can help relieve everything from a muscle sprain to cramps to post-wisdom teeth pain. But there are advantages and disadvantages to each type of painkiller; they’re not all created equal! It’s important to make sure that you know what you’re taking because when taken improperly, painkillers can be harmful to your body and cause uncomfortable or damaging side effects.

We talked to collegiettes and Kathy Hahn, an Oregon-based community pharmacist who specializes in pain about the ins and outs of painkillers.

Which painkiller should I take?

You’re probably popping the same pill for an injury, a headache and a stomachache—but there might be a better drug for you. According to Hahn, there’s no perfect pattern of which drugs work best for what kind of pain—it’s usually very subjective. Use the following list as a starting point but if something works better for you, by all means stick to it. Also, for many types of pain, a traditional over-the-counter pain med (a drug you can buy without a prescription) might not be enough. If the drugs below haven’t helped you manage your pain, talk to your doctor instead of experimenting. She can prescribe something stronger if you need it.

Once you determine which painkiller from this list suits your specific need, see the next section to find out how much you should take!