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No Summer Plans Yet? Here's What To Do

5/17/2013

Back in high school, getting a summer job was often as simple as filling out a few applications and getting your cousin to put in a good word for you at the Juice Shop. Unfortunately, those days are over. With a weak job market and increasingly tough competition for coveted internships, landing summer employment can be a stressful process, to say the least. “The most agonizing part is waiting,” says Madeline, a junior at Emerson College. “Sometimes I don't think internship coordinators understand that people like me check our emails every 10 seconds to see if we're accepted or not.”

So if you haven’t found a summer job or internship yet and you’re starting to stress, you’re not alone. More importantly: don’t give up yet. “May is not too late,” says Suzanne Dagger, director of career services at Hofstra University. “There are still opportunities to be found.” Read on to find out how you can (still) snag the perfect summer gig.   

Use your campus career center

If you haven’t gotten familiar with your university’s friendly career service employees yet, now is the time. Companies know that college campuses are full of eager students with free time in the summer, so it’s often one of the first places they’ll go to help them fill a temporary position—and May isn’t too late to be looking. “Some employers do realize at a last minute that they still need summer help,” says Donna Goldfelder, director of career services at Lehigh University. “Keep checking your university or college's job posting system because these ‘just in time’ employers will still post there.” 

Binge Eating: The Invisible Eating Disorder

5/7/2013

It was her junior year in high school, and Sunny Sea Gold was selling candy bars to raise money for prom. Only instead of selling, Sunny started eating. First just one, then another, then eventually six or seven—all within a couple of hours.

This wasn’t the first time Sunny binged—eating more than she should have, more than she even wanted. It began when she was about 14 or 15, after experiencing the trauma of her parents’ divorce. “I started relying on food to manage my feelings,” she says. “If I was scared or I was lonely or I was angry, I found that food would make me feel better. It would make me feel numb.”

But that comforting, numb feeling came with many others: feelings of shame, disgust, and regret. “I just thought I was crazy,” she says. “I thought I was a pig and freak because I couldn’t control what I was eating.” Only after that candy bar binge did Sunny finally decide to do something about her harmful eating habits. “I was feeling so out of control that I finally realized, okay. It’s not just that I have a willpower problem. This is something else. This is something beyond my control.”

That something is what we now call binge eating disorder—and many would be surprised to find out that it’s the most common eating disorder, affecting more than twice as many people as anorexia and bulimia combined. Yet despite its prevalence, bingeing doesn’t get nearly as much attention as other eating disorders.

But Gold is working to change that. Now a successful magazine editor, she has not only overcome her disorder, but she’s committed to raising awareness of binge eating disorder with her book, Food: The Good Girl’s Drug and her website, HealthyGirl.org.  

What is binge eating?

Your Most Embarrassing Period Questions: Answered!

4/15/2013

Do you remember when you first got your period? We certainly do.  

No matter how well your mom or those illustrated health books prepared you, back then, periods were a weird and scary phenomenon. Of course, at this point in our lives, we’re a little more used to the whole idea. But even though by now some of us have had our periods for almost 10 years (hard to imagine it’s been that long), that time of the month can still leave us with lots of questions. It’s often hard to know what’s normal (and what’s not)…and frankly, these aren’t questions that you feel comfortable casually bringing up while out for drinks with friends.   

Well, don’t worry. Her Campus is here to help! We asked college women across the country for their weirdest, most embarrassing questions about their periods so that we could find the answers. Remember, if you have any serious concerns about your menstrual cycle, only your doctor can give you the answers you need. But in the meantime, we did some research and talked to Lisa Jackson-Moore, M.D., an OBGYN working in North Carolina.   
 

Can you really get Toxic Shock Syndrome from leaving a tampon in too long? 

We’ve all read the warning signs on the back of every box of tampons, but Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a potentially deadly bacterial infection, can seem more like a myth than a real concern.  

Low Sex Drive in Women in Their 20s: What's Going On

2/20/2013

College is known for several things: toga parties, all-nighters in the library, and most importantly, hooking up. In a sexed-up culture of lingerie parties, walks of shame and f*ck lists, sex is nearly inescapable. If you’re not doing it, thinking about it, or trying to get it (if not some combination of the three), then there must be something wrong with you, right? Not so fast. Lackluster libido isn’t reserved for the menopausal – roughly 30 percent of women experience problems with low sex drive, and college women aren’t immune.

Does Height Matter? Analyzing Height Differences in Dating and Relationships

11/25/2012

I am six feet tall.
 
These are five very simple words. They’re also words that I find myself saying pretty frequently. But even though I’ve been six feet tall for several years now, these words haven’t always come easily for me. 
 
Ever since I hit my growth spurt the summer before 8th grade (and was suddenly about eight inches taller than most of my peers), I’ve dealt with insecurities about my height. Admittedly, most of it had to do with boys. My gangly, awkward teenage self was convinced that she would never find her Prince Charming when all the available boys were repulsed by her giant-like stature.


 
I’ve gained a bit more perspective since then. At 22, I can say that I’ve mostly overcome my insecurities about my height – but it wasn’t an easy process. Even now, those five words feel slightly heavy as I try to nonchalantly toss them into a conversation. I wonder if whatever oblivious acquaintance they’re directed toward can see past my confident tone to the layers of resentment, awkwardness and insecurity that rest beneath.
 
Before I come off sounding like a melodramatic heap of self-pity, I’d like to make it clear that I am aware this is a minor problem, as problems go. But it’s nevertheless one that I’ve been dealing with for most of my life, and it got me thinking: why is it that I found it so difficult to accept my above-average height? Do other women care so much about height in relationships? And why can’t we all just get over it?

Are College Women Getting Abortions?

10/24/2012

Imagine yourself in your dorm or apartment bathroom. You’re sitting on the seat of your toilet, and in your hands there’s a home pregnancy test showing a pink plus sign. What would you do?  

There are few topics more loaded than abortion. Close to 40 years after Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nationwide, the debate still rages. Politicians preach and push for changing abortion laws, pro-choice and pro-life rallies continue, and pamphlets and websites spout statistics and powerful rhetoric.

Yet despite this abundance of information, we don’t like to actually think about abortion. At least not as something that could happen to us. Most of us know (or at least have a pretty good idea) where we stand on the issue as a legal or political controversy. But no matter your views on abortion in a theoretical sense, what if you found yourself actually faced with such a serious decision? What if your best friend did? Can you really know what you would feel, think, or do in that situation?

This is the exact dilemma that many college women face every year. According to a 2008 study about 20 percent of women (that’s one in five) will have an abortion by the time she is 25. It’s hard to know exactly how many of those abortions occur in college-age women, but some statistics estimate as many as 45 percent. It makes sense: college is notorious for sex, but few college women are emotionally or financially prepared to raise a baby.

The Hardest College Classes in the Country

3/23/2012

What exactly makes a class difficult?

Is it a professor with indecipherable handwriting who mumbles through lectures and refuses to curve a test with a 47% average score? Is it hours upon hours of complex proofs or twelve-page research papers covering abstract concepts? 

There’s no exact science for makes a class tough. It’s all subjective, to a point – what’s a breeze for one student might be painful for another. But what we do know is that fighting through a semester with a truly difficult class is a rite of passage in college. The academics are supposedly why we’re all here, after all, and you can’t earn that diploma without putting in a little blood, sweat and tears. We can all relate to that one class that makes us feel like maybe dropping out and working at the local car wash wouldn’t be the worst idea ever. 

 

With that said, some classes are undoubtedly tougher than others. That’s why Her Campus wanted to know: What are the hardest college classes in the country? We talked to students, viewed grade distributions and scoured college rankings to find some of the absolute toughest classes out there. So the next time you’re up to your eyeballs in homework, cursing the professor who assigned you 60 pages of reading for one night, take a look at this list and thank the heavens your schedule doesn’t look like this: 

How Much Stress Is Too Much? Managing Anxiety in College

2/23/2012

“The best four years of my life.”  

Around the time when you left for college, there’s probably about a 97 percent chance that someone said these words to you. Sighing wistfully, eyes glazed over with nostalgia, this person reminisced about wild parties and the unrestrained freedom of youth, then cautioned you to cherish each moment before it all passes in the blink of an eye.

College gets a pretty glorified reputation, especially in the minds of those who haven’t written a paper or taken an economics exam in a couple of decades. But let’s be real. College isn’t all toga parties and sunbathing in the quad. You’re living away from home for the first time, managing a packed schedule, and trying to maintain a good GPA as well as a social life. You might even sometimes try to get some sleep. The bottom line: college is a stressful place.  

Naturally, everyone will get overwhelmed occasionally. But what happens when the stressing becomes the norm and not the exception?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders affect approximately 9.1 percent of college students and are among the most common mental health problems on college campuses.

What classifies an anxiety disorder?

Do Guys Get Crushes? A Crush from a Guy's Perspective.

11/23/2011

Those stereotypical butterflies in the pit of your stomach - we all know the feeling. Ever since that first middle-school “relationship” that lasted two weeks and consisted of several flirty AIM conversations and one lunch period spent holding hands, we’ve all become familiar with the language of a crush. My friends and I even expanded the parameters of the term in 7th grade, rating our feelings on a scale from “crinkle” (getting that slight tingly feeling when you pass by him in the hallway) to “smash” (a full-fledged, talk-about-him-in-code-names, giggle-every-time-you-see-him obsession). Now here we are, mature college women, and we still have those moments that make us feel like we’re back in middle school.
 
But what about him? You probably know whenever your female friends have it bad for some guy (and all about how that gorgeous blue sweater he wore to physics class made his eyes sparkle), but have you ever wondered what goes on inside a guy’s head when he’s crushing on you?

The Importance of the Facebook Relationship Status: It's, Well, Complicated.

11/11/2011

Every relationship has its defining moments. There’s the first date, the first kiss, the first time you meet his parents…and, of course, there’s the all-important day when you click “accept” and broadcast your budding romance to the world: congratulations, your relationship is Facebook official!  

Maybe that’s a little melodramatic. But even in the hookup culture of college, where relationships have a tendency to disregard traditional road markers, this particular step has become an important one for many college women. And in a world where social media plays such a huge role, it’s often a point of contention.  

Her Campus polled more than a hundred college women across the country to find out what you really think about the Facebook relationship status. It seems like a non-issue on the surface: there are eleven options (the standard Single, In a Relationship, Engaged, Married, In an Open Relationship and It’s Complicated, Widowed, Separated or Divorced and recently added In a Civil Union and In a Domestic Partnership), or you can choose to remove it from your profile entirely. But for such a simple change that only takes a couple clicks of the mouse, there’s more nuance to the issue of the Facebook relationship status than you’d think. 
 
A new milestone for the new millennium 

There’s no denying the influence of social media today. Everyone and her mother have a Facebook page, and our online personas have become a legitimate facet of our social lives. For many people, that means that becoming Facebook official does represent a significant milestone in the progress of a serious relationship. “I think it's kind of like saying you are committed to that person and you want everyone to know it,” says Ashley, a senior at the University of Missouri. “It's become another test or step to the relationship.”