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5 Healthy Meals You Can Make Using Only a Microwave


Between long days at the office, summer classes that seem to drag on for hours and busy summer schedules, collegiettes are forced to master the art of saving time. During the busy week, 6 p.m. hits and the thought of making a healthy, home-cooked dinner seems absolutely ridiculous. The task is even more daunting when the only kitchen appliance in your apartment is a microwave. While delivery and takeout offer ease and convenience, there are ways to avoid this temptation, saving both your diet and your wallet.

We’ve scoured popular food blogs and cooking channels for DIY microwave meal inspiration and we have come up with easy, affordable, delicious, and most importantly, healthy meal options. Whether you need a quick breakfast, lunch, dinner, side, or dessert, HC has got you covered!

Pumpkin Oatmeal

Making stovetop oatmeal can be a hassle. If you’re pressed for time, but are craving a hot breakfast, this microwavable version is for you. The oats are a healthy dose of protein, which will satisfy your hunger for longer, and the pumpkin is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. What better way to start your day than with a homemade and delicious bowl of oatmeal?


½ cup quick cooking rolled oats ¼ cup and 2 Tbsp. skim milk, or as needed ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon sugar * ¼ teaspoon nutmeg and/or ginger if you have it on hand


Why Did I Miss My Period?: 6 Possible Reasons


Your time of the month has come and gone with no signs of a visit from good old Aunt Flo. If you’ve already ruled out pregnancy, you’re probably wondering what the deal is. Before you have a full-blown freak-out, know that plenty of girls experience missed periods—scientifically known as amenorrhea—for a variety of reasons. The most important thing is to figure out what the cause is behind your missed menstruation and to get your body back on track as soon as possible. We talked to Dr. Traci Brooks, Director of Adolescent Health Services at Cambridge Health Alliance, to get the scoop. Here are some of the most common reasons why collegiettes tend to miss their periods.

1. Increased Stress

If you have been going through a stressful few weeks (maybe you just started a new job or internship) and your period seems to have disappeared, it could be due to a temporary bout of increased stress. A collegiette at Hiram College knows all too well how stress can affect the regularity of menstruation. She explains, “I get on a roll with taking a lot of classes and planning the future that it wears me out sometimes. I’ve been doing full semesters year-round to finish my B.A. and I have trouble relaxing, so my period will be delayed occasionally. It makes me nervous when that happens, especially if I just spent some ‘quality time’ with a guy, so I’ve started keeping track of my periods. I think my body has gotten used to my crazy schedule, so my periods are fairly regular now.”

Dr. Brooks explains, “Stress hormones, like cortisol, are overproduced, and this keeps the brain from producing the necessary hormones, making it so ovulation and the subsequent production of estrogens and progesterones do not occur.” Basically, without the appropriate hormones, no menstruation will occur.

The Dos & Don'ts of Your Visit to Your Gynecologist


Your annual OBGYN appointment is coming up and by this point in your collegiette career you probably feel like a pro. You’ve driven to the office a handful of times, chatted with the receptionist, and waited patiently while flipping through the latest issue of Glamour. When your name is called, you confidently walk into the examination room like you have done each year before.

For such a routine appointment, it is surprising how many college-age women aren’t familiar with the dos and don’ts of visiting the gynecologist. Not only are there tips and tricks when it comes to preparing for the appointment, but there are certain things to know while you are meeting with your gynecologist. It is always better to be well informed to the point of over preparedness than left in the dark, so here are some dos and don’ts to consider the next time you see your gyno.

DO find a gynecologist who you are comfortable with.

This is probably the most important tip when it comes to your gynecology appointment. If you aren’t comfortable talking with your gynecologist, then it is time to do some research and find someone who meshes better with your personality. You want to find a doctor who you will be comfortable talking to because, let’s face it, OBGYN appointments can get pretty awkward. If you are more comfortable with a female, then find a female gyno. If you would feel more at ease talking to someone closer in age to you, then look for a younger doctor. It is all about making the appointment as comfortable as possible because the more comfortable you are, the more likely you will be to open up to your OBGYN!

Have a Good Summer!


The HC BC girls hope you all have a fabulous summer. See you in the fall!

Meet the New Faces of HC BC!


Get to know the four girls who will be running Her Campus BC come fall! They are beyond excited to continue the HC BC legacy and here is what they are most looking forward to:

Niloufar Abae: "I'm so excited to be running the chapter next year alongside these lovely ladies. Her Campus BC is all about teamwork, and each one of our members is unique in her own way. Love this group so much and can't wait for next year!"

Alana Dolan: "Ever since I joined Her Campus my freshman year, I knew this was a group of girls I would click with! Next year as pub director I can't wait to be able to keep up the great friendship all the girls have on the team. Everyone is so talented and dedicated to the team, which makes it such a fun group to be around!"

Elizabeth LeRoux: "I'm so excited to be running the HC BC chapter with an amazing team. I am really looking forward to seeing how the writers and editors grow throughout the year, making the chapter even better!"

Katherine Valentino: "I can't wait to be running the chapter next year with these awesome girls because we all love HC BC and want to do whatever we can to keep it as amazing as it is. We have a lot of things planned and just can't wait to get started!"



Fashion Feature: C Wonder Fun


Name: Meghan Gibbons

Class Year: 2014

"I love my recent purchase from C Wonder because it adds a little fun to a neutral pair of shoes. At first people don't know what it is, but when they put the pieces together, literally, they love how fun they are."


While You Were Out: This Week's Top News


It is incredibly hard to keep up with current events during final exams. Who has time to watch the news or read CNN when papers, projects, and tests are looming over our heads? Well, HCBC has got your back. We are bringing you some of the top stories from around the globe to get you up-to-date on the latest happenings.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Mishap

Last Sunday in Providence, nine performers were injured during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The nine performers were part of a stunt known as the “human chandelier” where women hang from the ceiling by their hair to form what looks like a chandelier. When the music kicked on, the entire “human chandelier” fell to the ground. Supposedly, a clip securing the frame to the rafters snapped, causing the performers to drop 20 feet. As of Friday, seven performers still remain in the hospital.

U.S. National Climate Assessment 2014

The latest U.S. National Climate Assessment was released on May 6, representing the most comprehensive attempt yet to assess the current effects of human-triggered climate change on America. Ordered by Congress, the report states that global warming is changing the daily lives of Americans with heat waves, wild storms, and longer allergy seasons. Unfortunately, it is estimated that those effects are likely to get worse and more expensive. There’s no better time than the present to increase those green efforts!

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Explore CambridgeSide for a Day of Fashion & Fun!


Sometimes a girl just needs the princess treatment. Whether it’s manicures with the girls, a day of shopping in the city, or a full-blown makeover, we all deserve a little pampering every now and then. In fact, we all deserve a Princess Mia makeover at least once during our time at BC!

Her Campus BC was given the opportunity to be fashion princesses for the day thanks to CambridgeSide Galleria. The Galleria, located at 100 CambridgeSide Place, is only a 20-minute drive from BC or an hour T-ride on the green line. The mall has some of our favorite stores including Macy’s, Francesca’s, H&M, American Eagle and more. There is also a California Pizza Kitchen, PF Chang’s, and a Cheesecake Factory – it’s a delicious food trifecta!

We started off our day at Starbucks, getting our caffeine fix before a long morning spent shopping. The next two hours were spent picking out our top fashion finds for spring. Here are just some of the things that the HC BC girls picked:

We found so many spring essentials. We couldn't pick just five!

Fashion Feature: CambridgeSide Galleria


Names: Kate Steele, Kelsey Damassa & Remy Hassett

"Thanks CambridgeSide for a fabulous day of fashion, beauty, and shopping! We love our makeovers from Macy's and our blowouts from Dellaria Salons!"

Check out CambridgeSide on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


Fashion Feature: Let's Go Sox!


Names: Kelsey Damassa, Remy Hassett, Hannah Duffy, Kate Steele, Nicole Snapper

"We celebrated the end of finals by going to a Red Sox game and the best part was that the Sox won!"