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Lauryn Paiva

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Delicious Meals You Can Make With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers


The day after Thanksgiving, when you’re still suffering the effects of a tryptophan-laden Thanksgiving meal and aren’t feeling inclined to do much more than lay on the couch in your pajamas and watch daytime TV, you’re probably not thinking of what to do with all of the excess food.
Eventually, you’ll emerge from your food coma and realize the amount of GladWare containers in your fridge packed with turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes could nourish your entire campus for a week. While you immediately may want to resort to the classic open-faced Turkey sandwich for lunch every day this week, that can get really boring pretty quickly. Not to worry, collegiettes, HC is at the ready with some delicious meals to help you make the most of your Turkey Day leftovers!
Cranberry Sauce Muffins
It’s the morning after Thanksgiving. Odds are, you’re not ready to tackle a massive turkey sandwich this early in the day. Well, it’s time to get your Betty Crocker on, ladies. These tasty breakfast creations will have you running out to buy more cranberry sauce than the allotted leftover amount required by the recipe.

6 Ways to Not Leave College Applications Until the Last Minute


Applying to college is overwhelming. It can make you want to rip out your hair, scream at your computer, and essentially do anything but fill out the mounds and mounds of seemingly endless paperwork that will get you to where you want to go. As a collegiette™ who has been through (and survived!) the process, I promise you, it's not as unmanageable as it might seem. Here are a few tips designed to help you avoid waiting until the last minute to fill out and submit your college apps.

1. Stay Organized!
I cannot stress this enough, ladies! It is so crucial to keep a clear head and to have an efficient system in place that will make filling out the Common App, financial aid forms, and other miscellaneous paperwork a breeze. I know by now you’re all familiar with the College Board. They put together a structured checklist of what you’ll need to keep track of throughout the college application process, no matter which schools you’re applying to. Print this right off of their website or create your own model based off of the one they provide.

Print hard copies of all the basic information that you’ll need to submit to each school. Having it easily accessible and in front of you will cut down on the time it will take to dig up the information over and over again. The information you’ll always need on hand includes:

Northeastern Loves Ann Taylor!


Every Northeastern girl needs a versatile wardrobe. Whether you’re heading to class, co-op, or Conor’s, Ann Taylor, our preferred retailer for casual chic clothing, has you covered.

Ann Taylor’s recently launched Online Student Lookbook features five NU student models (including our very own Her Campus staffer Siobhan O’Dwyer!) who rocked their favorite industry looks outfitted by Ann Taylor during an on-campus photo shoot.

The Online Lookbook serves as a comprehensive resource for every collegiette seeking fashion inspiration and advice tailored to various career paths. In addition to the lookbook, Ann Taylor will be promoting discounts throughout the spring and summer seasons (which we all will be taking advantage of, am I right?).

Use your Husky student ID card to receive 20 percent off full price purchases at Ann Taylor locations nationwide. Follow @AnnTaylor on Twitter and “like” the Facebook page to keep up-to-date on the newest deals and don’t forget to keep voting (every hour!) for the Top Five Student Models. The winner will receive a $1,000 Ann Taylor shopping spree and you, the voters, have a chance to win a $500 shopping spree of your own! We’re all winners in this contest!

Whether you’re preparing for a relaxing staycation at home, starting co-op, or are jetting off to study abroad, Ann Taylor will keep you looking fashionable all summer long. Happy shopping, ladies!

The 7 Commenters Hating on Her Campus NU


1. The “You Personally Attacked Me/My Friend/Organization” Commenter: This type of commenter takes every generalization to heart. They insist that any observed trait of a specific group pertains specifically to them. Their comments generally read something like “As a [insert character description here] I feel singled out/stereotyped/demeaned by this article.” We understand that some people are more sensitive than others- that’s why we include disclaimers!

2. The “I’m-Never-Reading-Her–Campus-Northeastern-Again” Commenter: We know, we know: you’re never coming back to this site again. You’re SO done with us…just as soon as you post a comment telling us we’ve lost you as a reader, direct all of your friends to it, and then read every ensuing comment in reply to your own. Thanks for the site traffic though.

3. The “I-Have-No-Idea-What-Publication-I’m-Reading” Commenter: This type of commenter is typically horrified by the lack of sources and attributions in the post in question. They think we are a disgrace to journalism. We understand that not everyone is a J-major, so we take no offense. Allow us to clear things up for you: Her Campus is not The Huntington News. It is not Time, Newsweek, or any other publication that strictly revolves around hard news. We write conversational, campus-specific content, which means that not everything we say has to be backed up by an expert.

10 (Actually Fun) Workouts to Try in 2012


I don’t know about you, collegiettes, but after a long and lazy (I mean, relaxing) winter, I need a little motivation to get me back into a workout routine. It’s going to take more than a halfhearted jog on the treadmill to get me to abandon my warm bed during the cold winter months to tread to the gym.
Thankfully, 2012 is ushering in a number of innovative workouts that make getting in shape seem more fun than obligatory (yay, no more elliptical!).
Here are 10 awesome work s to try in 2012:
1. Piloxing
This workout mixes Pilates and boxing techniques. It blends the power and speed of boxing with the flexibility and muscle sculpting of Pilates, making it fun and challenging.
2. Nia
Nia draws inspiration from martial arts, dance, and healing arts. It’s a movement practice that is sensory-based and aims to strengthen your physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Each class (taken barefoot!) combines 52 movements that focus on your base, core, and upper extremities. If you’re looking for a workout that will keep you fit in body and mind, check out a Nia class near you.
3. Pole Dancing

10 Charities You Should Get Involved With This Holiday Season


‘Tis the season for creating wish lists, stretching the limits of your bank account and watching Elf three times a week. In the midst of all of this festive cheer, you may find yourself taking stock of what you’ve been able to give and receive in the last year.
If you’re feeling extra thankful for all of the awesomeness in your life this holiday season, consider sharing that feeling with those among us who might need some extra help during the holidays.
Getting involved with a charity doesn’t always mean having to make a monetary donation. Actually, there are tons of fun ways to give back to the community without having to open up your wallet. In the spirit of giving, round up your friends, teammates or sorority sisters and make a day of it! HC found 10 awesome holiday charities that will allow you to spend quality time with your loved ones and give back during the holidays.
1. Baking For Good
Baking For Good is an online bakery that not only creates delicious cookie treats, but also donates 15% of the net proceeds from every purchase to a charity of your choice. This is a great way to support your favorite charity while indulging your sweet tooth! Head over to their online bakery and do some holiday shopping that will benefit more than just your credit card company.
2. Toys For Tots 

The New College Essay


The college admissions essay is getting a makeover.
In lieu of the standard topics-your trip to France junior year, or winning the state championship in high school- some colleges and universities are getting a little more creative this year.
Brandeis University asked applicants if they had to wear a costume for a year, what would they pick and why. Brown University wants to know instances of when their applicants felt they “truly belonged” or what they would do if they knew there was no risk of failure. Yale asked applicants to recall a compliment they received and especially value- and to answer in 25 words or less.
Yes, it would seem that some of the country’s most prestigious schools are taking a page out of the Twitter handbook- culminating in peculiar questions.
While a shorter word count may seem like an appealing change to the college admissions process, it may increase the stress level for students. Additionally, other schools like Tufts University and George Mason University have integrated a video essay option instead of a written one.
So, are colleges and universities shifting away from the streamlined Common Application? Education experts agree that the Common App has become too generic, and does not give admissions offices a sincere view of applicants.
What do you think, collegiettes™? Would you prefer a 25-word essay or a generic one generated by the Common App?

Anonymous Essay Stirs Controversy on Orthodox Jewish Campus


An anonymous essay about premarital sex has some college students in Manhattan in an uproar. Typically, the topic of premarital sex is so prevalent on college campuses that this may seem a little unusual. But for students at Yeshiva University, an Orthodox Jewish institution, this essay about one student’s first sexual encounter is tantamount to a sin.
Yeshiva University teaches both Jewish and Secular subjects. While a large amount of enrolled students are Orthodox Jews- who believe that even talking openly about premarital sex is unacceptable- not all are as stringently tied to those beliefs.
The essay, How Do I Even Begin To Explain This, was written by an Orthodox woman and published in the YU Beacon.
The published piece resulted in a weeklong controversy on campus, as conservative students pushed to have the piece removed. The tension culminated in the resignation of two Beacon editors and a proclamation from the publication stating that they would sever official ties to the university.
Simi Lampert, the remaining editor-in-chief, stood by the decision to publish the essay. “To all those upset by the article, I apologize,” she wrote. “But I do not regret the decision to post it. This is the reason the Beacon was founded in the first place- to be a platform for every student, not just the majority.”
The student council at Yeshiva University reported that the Beacon is no longer recognized as an official club and will no longer receive funding. 

Health Secretary Rejects Plan That Would Make Plan B Widely Available to Consumers


As the FDA prepared to make Plan B more readily available by lifting the age limit and making it the nation’s first over-the-counter emergency contraceptive, the nation’s health secretary shocked many yesterday by restricting such changes.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius effectively stopped Plan B from moving on to drugstore shelves near other contraceptives.  Instead, the same regulations will continue to apply to the contraceptive- it will be available without a prescription for those who are 17 and older who provide proper ID documenting their age.
Sebelius said in a statement: “It is common knowledge that there are significant cognitive and behavioral differences between older adolescent girls and the youngest girls of reproductive age. I do not believe enough data were presented to support the application to make Plan B One-Step available over-the-counter for all girls of reproductive age.” 

Breakouts Beware: The Best Acne Clearing Products For Your Skin


Is there anything worse than a breakout? Nothing can ruin your day quite like a painful or unsightly blemish can. With finals time approaching, we collegiettes™ are even more susceptible to stress breakouts. 

These are a few of our msot trusted skincare products that will save your skin when it starts acting up:


This new product is a zit-zapper that will seriously put your old spot relievers to shame. It's the only product on the market that combines three powerful technologies (light, heat, and sonic vibration) to target and eliminate acne blemishes in 24 hours. So don't go cancelling any important plans over a pimple, collegiettes™! This product will take the edge off of a particularly unpleasant blemish in no time. You can pick Tandazap up at any Sephora, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's or any prestige retailer.

Clearasil Perfectawash

 Convenience meets effectiveness with Clearasil's newest product. The Perfectawash is a face wash dispenser with an automatic motion sensor. It allots the perfect amount of face wash for you to use, so there is no way you can under or over-apply the product. The Ultra Rapid Face Wash acne medication will leave you with visibly clearer skin in as little as 12 hours. Can't ask for results more instantaneous than that!

Outer Peace™ Collection from Aveda