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Kelsey Mulvey

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A Pre-Collegiette's Guide to the First Week of College

8/17/2014

It feels like just yesterday you were throwing your graduation cap in the air and vowing to have the best summer ever. But believe it or not, many of you are only a few weeks away from becoming an official collegiette. While you’re so excited for the best four years of your life to begin, you’re probably starting to freak out about that first week at school. Between making new friends and navigating your way through campus, it can be a little stressful. With our collegiette-approved tips, the first week of school will be a breeze!

Day One

The day you’ve been waiting for is finally here: move-in day. Whether you hopped on a plane or packed up the car with your parents, today marks the beginning of your collegiette experience. Alas, your day isn’t limited to unpacking a plethora of boxes and decorating your side of the room.

Meeting your roommate

Some of you may have had that awkward, “I’m living with you and I’ll bring the T.V.!” conversation with your roommate. Others may have met up with your roomie over the summer (brownie points for your outgoing initiative). Whether you know your roommate or not, the anticipation is over – you’re officially living with her. While you may be nervous to live with a stranger, take this first day to bond. Break the ice by complimenting some of her pictures or even a book that’s lying on her desk. Not only are you showing a genuine interest in her life, you may also learn that the two of you have something in common. After the two of you unpack, suggest hitting up the dining hall. The two of you can bond over the delicious pizza or questionable chicken.

The Intern Workout Plan: 5 Tasks That Double as Workouts

7/28/2014

We’re going to let you in on a little secret: being an intern is hard work.  Between the long hours and the endless menial tasks that you needed to complete, like, an hour ago, you’re sometimes too busy to even hit the gym! But wait a second; doesn’t it feel like your day is jam-packed with several tiny exercises? You’re always squatting to pack that box, running to get your boss coffee, and carrying heavy garment bags throughout a bustling metropolis, just to name a few. Kanye may have his own workout plan, but at Her Campus, we’re all about “The Internship Workout Plan.” We haven’t backed this up with science just yet, but we’re pretty sure you may turn into a star intern with a fit bod to boot if you follow these steps correctly.

1. Lifting Boxes

Who needs dumbbells when you have a stack of papers or several shopping bags? Whether you’re carrying garment bags back to the fashion closet or handing over those boxes to the UPS deliveryman, your internship may require some heavy lifting. But it’s okay; you’ve always wanted arms that could compete with Michelle Obama’s muscles.  “I had to pack up heavy files into boxes and stack the boxes up,” recalls Jillian Sandler, a recent graduate of Northwestern who interned at a hospital one summer. “I think I gained some arm muscle after that!”

The Truth About Dating Older or Younger Guys

7/20/2014

Everyone says it: “Girls mature faster than boys.” From the days of having cooties in kindergarten, we’ve been led to believe that boys our age are too childish for us. And while we love checking them out on the quad—whomever created “shirts versus skins” deserves a national holiday in his or her honor—we can’t help but think that college guys still have some growing up to do. With seniors, grad students, and working 20-somethings to swoon over, dating an older guy is an appealing option.

At the same time, some collegiettes love pursuing freshmen boys when they’re upperclass(wo)men: a younger guy’s carefree spirit is endearing, he probably doesn’t know your ex, and, let’s be honest, age is just a number when a gorgeous guy comes along. There’s nothing wrong with dating someone older or younger (as long as you’re both the age of consent), but this situation has its own set of consequences to consider. We talked to collegiettes across the nation and relationship experts to see how an age difference impacts different aspects of a relationship.

Dating A Younger Guy

The conversation

You may be smitten with that younger guy for a number of reasons—his chiseled abs and the fact he makes you feel like Mrs. Robinson, just to name a few. But according to some collegiettes, your conversations with a younger beau may feel a little off at times.

“While I like to have fun, I also like serious conversation every once in a while,” says Rachel*, a college graduate who dated a 19 year-old during her mid-twenties. “His maturity was next to none.”

How to Get Through a Fight With Your BFF

6/24/2014

Even the classiest collegiettes find themselves in an argument or two. Whether it’s with your mom over your spending habits (she’s usually right about this one) or with your boyfriend over plans that he definitely forgot about (you specifically said Friday night, not Saturday), some situations just make your blood boil! However, the idea of fighting takes a dramatic turn when it’s between you and your best friend. It may sound childish, but you really don’t know how to spend a few days without telling your best friend everything. Without your partner in crime, who would you talk to about your mom’s financial lectures or your boyfriend’s forgetfulness?

Though you and your BFF are bound to have small disagreements—she might not love Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” as much as you do—a more serious argument equals panic mode. How do you effectively solve the issue without reenacting a scene from The Hills? And how do you truly move on without fostering a pinch of resentment towards your BFF? While every fight and dynamic duo differs, we’re here to offer advice for getting through a debacle with your bestie.

The First Signs of Anger 

9 People to Contact During the Job Hunt

5/31/2014

As you get older, you start to realize that your dreams of living Carrie Bradshaw’s life straight out of college are a little… unrealistic. From post-collegiette horror stories to the all-too-real scenarios in Girls, you know that scoring a job is rough. However, there is one thing that can help you—connections. You may roll your eyes when someone lectures about the importance of networking, but that’s just because you know it’s true. But what’s a girl to do when she feels as if she has no connections in her desired industry? Cry? Absolutely not! Instead of having a quarter-life crisis, it’s time to get creative when reaching out to people.

While reaching out to people may seem intimidating, it’s crucial to utilize your networking skills. Though they can’t promise you your dream job, you’ll be surprised to see where your connections can take you!

1. Your Parents’ Friends

Though you may have despised those ever-so boring adult functions when you were in elementary school, that’s about to change. Not only is it your duty as a mature collegiette to partake in cultural and sophisticated chats with your elders, these events are also the perfect job hunting grounds. “My father got his start after graduation through the help of one of my grandfather’s friends who was the head minister of the governmental association that my dad stills work for,” says Kristen Pye from McGill University. “Not through string-pulling on behalf of my grandfather, but by his own success at impressing his eventual boss during a casual chat.”

14 Bad Collegiette Habits to Ditch Before Entering the Real World

5/23/2014

Once you snag that diploma and propel your graduation cap into the air (cheesy and cinematic, but you’ve been dying to do that for years), your life will officially change. While securing a job, attending graduate school, or moving home with your parents are some of the more obvious changes, many grads forget that they’ll also have to ditch some of their bad collegiette habits before entering the real world. You had to do the same thing before you started college, so before you graduate, take a look at our top habits you should ditch before you’re a post-collegiette.

1. Procrastinating

When your favorite frat is having their annual rager or a movie you wanted to see just came out, your deadlines mysteriously become less of a priority. It’s nothing to be ashamed of; even the most diligent collegiettes procrastinate every now and then.

However, we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but an excessive amount of procrastination is unacceptable in the real world. “The workplace has no room for procrastinating,” says Eden Lipke, a 2013 Boston University graduate who is also the co-founder and contributor for Beauty in the Bag, a beauty website. “Projects and deadlines will just pile up.”

Creative Resumes: Should You Have One?

4/16/2014

Gone are the days when applicants could only "wow" employers with powerful cover letters and loads of experience. Now you have the opportunity to stand out against the competition by giving your resume a dash of pizzazz. Whether you go as far as reconstructing your resume's layout or simply use an interesting font, creative resumes are a growing trend amongst job applicants. Before you start Googling zesty templates, let us give you a crash course on creative resumes.

Though opting for a more innovative format seems like a no-brainer, the phenomenon has its fair share of drawbacks as well. To find out whether an alternative resume is right for you, check out our pros and cons list.

Pros

It’s more memorable than a traditional resume

We can only imagine how daunting it is for employers to look at hundreds of sheets filled with 12-point Times New Roman font.  Not only will your creative resume be a sight for sore eyes (literally), but also your potential supervisor is sure to remember it. 

“[Resumes] are the first impression an organization has of a prospective candidate and they have to make a great impression to get an interview,” says Ron Puskarits, Director of Compensation for the University of Illinois who reviews a plethora of resumes. 

If you want to use your creative resume to catch your potential employer’s eye, Heather Huhman, president and founder of Come Recommended, suggests submitting a more traditional version as well. 

9 Things NOT To Do During Pre-Frosh Weekend

3/26/2014

You can browse through as many brochures as you want, but you won't know how you feel about a university until you set foot on its campus. As the decision deadline gets closer, many pre-collegiettes begin to realize the value of pre-frosh weekends. Wait, a pre-what weekend?

Before pre-collegiettes have to decide on a college by the May 1st deadline, several schools plan weekends for prospective students to see what the campus is like. Whether you stay for the daytime activities or spend the night in a collegiette's dorm, this weekend is a great way to decide if a school is really for you. But before you imagine your experience as a sneak peek into your crazy collegiette future, there are some rules you need to follow. As always, we're here to give you the lowdown on what not to do during pre-frosh weekend.

1. Don’t be closed-minded

You haven’t even walked across the quad yet and it started raining, you accidentally stepped in a huge puddle and some sorority girl almost hit you with her bike. Time to turn around and go home? Absolutely not. “No college experience is perfect, and neither are pre-frosh weekends,” says Julie Qiu from Yale University. Though you may think a series of unfortunate pre-collegiette events is a sign from above, it’s important to give the university in question a chance. Instead of criticizing every little mishap, try to think of the bigger picture. Your not-so-glamorous entrance will make a great story if you actually decide to go to that school.

2. Don’t act like a “know-it-all”

How She Got There: Jennifer Barrett, Editor ¬in Chief and Vice President of Edit & Product Strategy at DailyWorth

2/24/2014

Name: Jennifer Barrett
Job Title and Description: Vice President of Edit & Product Strategy & Editor in­ Chief of DailyWorth
College/Major: Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications/ Journalism
Website: www.dailyworth.com
Twitter Handle: @JBarrettNYC

What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?

Jennifer Barrett: There’s no such thing as a typical day. That’s one reason why I took a job at a startup after more than a dozen years spent working at media companies like The Washington Post, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, NBC Universal, and Hearst Corporation. I wanted a job that would allow me to indulge my passion for journalism (and for teaching women how to be more successful with their money and careers) and also help me further develop my skills as a digital strategist and a senior manager.

In this role, I’m responsible for everything from creating and implementing social media and SEO strategies to establishing syndication partnerships to developing new revenue streams for the site -- and I’m responsible for all the content that goes up on the site and out in our emails to more than 600,000 women each weekday.

With this job, I wanted to challenge myself to build a popular, profitable, multi-platform editorial site without the infrastructure or resources I’d have at a big media company.

What is the best part of your job?

A Collegiette's Guide to the Summer Internship Search

1/22/2014

Don’t let the chilly weather fool you: Summer is just around the corner. While some of you may be looking forward to a couple academic-free months and a stellar tan, others are getting ready for an amazing summer internship (hopefully!). And it’s time to get going on your applications! There’s so much to do, but where to get started?  As always, collegiettes, we’re here to help. Follow this step-by-step guide and you’ll be on your way to internship application success in no time!

STEP 1: Create a List of Possible Internships 

Searching for an internship is essentially impossible without knowing what you’re looking for. Start off this process by creating a list of companies you’d love to work for. Make sure to apply to a lot of different internship programs since most are extremely competitive. Casting a wide net—within desired industries, of course—will better your chances for snagging the one that’s perfect for you. Are some of you intern rookies totally lost when it comes to even finding an internship you’d like to apply for? We would never leave you hanging. Tracking down some dream internships is only a click away: