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Meagan Templeton-Lynch

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Op-Ed: The Cons of Joining a Sorority


This article is an op-ed. The opinions presented in this piece are that of the author and not necessarily that of Her Campus.

Thinking about rushing a sorority?  Read the other side of the story here!

Every story has two sides.

For some, joining a sorority has been a lifelong dream. Maybe you’re a legacy. Maybe your BFF rushes, so you do, too.

Greek life isn’t for everyone, though. Even members of sororities recognize that it’s not all fun and games, and the downsides to being Greek sometimes prevail.  So before you rush, consider these disadvantages.

Going Greek will cost you

On top of tuition and fees, room and board, books and other costs associated with college (collegiettes know the list all too well), joining a sorority takes a monetary commitment. Some of the cost associated with sororities is fairly straightforward – if you live in a house you have to pay rent, some Greek organizations collect dues to pay for functions, etc. But that’s not all that is expected of your bank account.

One sorority sister, Jackie*, said these “hidden fees” were the biggest problem after joining. “During rush this year our rush chair was a NIGHTMARE,” Jackie said. “She submitted our invite lists back late numerous times which resulted in penalty fees for my house. Guess who had to pay for them? Us. We were all fined $20 or so because she couldn't get her act together.” Jackie also had to dip into her purse when she and her sisters were forced to donate to charity or pay for unsold tickets to philanthropy events. Also, she said, big-little week cost her hundreds of dollars on “stupid junk” for her little.

How to Get Along With Your Roommate All Year


In college, as in life, some things are unavoidable: tuition, essays, bad-for-you food…and roommates. Unless you live at home while going to school, from the time you enter the higher education world until you leave it (and probably beyond that), you will be coping with people in your personal space – sharing a bathroom, the kitchen and the TV. In the land of shared space, problems arise frequently – and if you never deal with them, they have the potential to ruin any relationship. Use these tips from experts and real college girls on getting along with your roommate – whether your roomie is a random assignment or your best friend.

What to Do From the Get-Go

A new school year (often) comes with a new living situation – if you’re a new freshman this might be your first time sharing your space with another person — not to mention sharing a bathroom with many more people — or you might be an upperclassman who has just moved off campus with friends into an apartment or house. Either way, it’s best to set up ground rules with your roommate(s) to ensure that everyone stays happy and you don’t end up like these HC girls!


If you’re living in the dorms, your RA may force you and your roommate to sign a contract concerning things from what to do during a disagreement to how to handle chores, boys in the room and study/sleep schedules. If you live off-campus and aren’t being encouraged to sign a roommate contract, a verbal discussion is a good idea.

The Senior Freak-Out: How To Deal


T-minus one semester.

The countdown to graduation has begun: you’ve started saying things like, “This is the last first day of school!” and “This is my last midterm!” or “This will be my last spring break vacation EVER!” It's definitely a bittersweet feeling because, well, who doesn’t want the continuous comfort of college life? Yet, after years of attending classes, you are more than ready to book it to the finish line. The only problem is, you have no idea how to function without your “student” title once you throw that hat in the air. At this point, graduation certainly seems far away but that still hasn’t stopped you from having an occasional panic attack here and there.  

Freaking out yet? We thought so. Attention Class of 2013: take a breather because Her Campus has your back.

Your homework days are numbered.

Rebekah Meiser, recent Ohio University graduate, said, “In many ways I felt ready to be done with school, stop attending classes and finally have a salary. At the same time, I was terrified I would't find a job, would struggle to pay my bills and school loans, or would lose touch with the amazing people I spent the past four years getting to know and love.”

Unfortunately, senior freak-outs about life after college will occur regardless, but there are ways to deal with the hyperventilating sessions and sleepless nights. Read on to pinpoint what’s behind your senior stress, and how to feel a bit more relaxed.

Why you’re stressed: You don’t have a job

Your Guide to College Orientation


If you’re an incoming freshman or transfer student, then you know you have to endure a few days of seemingly pointless icebreakers and activities, campus tours and class registration, as well as shove countless school facts and resource information into the back of your mind (where it will most likely stay). However, freshman and transfer student orientation does have its benefits: a chance to meet new friends, ask questions about your new school, see the sights and experience your first taste of college (or of a new college).

“Orientation is a crucial part of the college experience,” said HC contributing writer Gennifer Delman, a Welcome Week Coordinator for Hofstra University. “It truly helps bridge the gap between high school and college before your first day.”

How to Become a Faster Texter: Tips from a National Texting Champion


Ever wondered how some people can text faster than they can even speak a word of the same message? For some texting is second-nature, and this SMS guru has the skills to lead you into a fast-paced texting world.

Why Text Faster?
It may seem that rapid texting is not one of the essential life skills that should be practiced and revered. I, however, beg to differ. We are the youth of the information age - we get everything from news updates to television and movies, to a post of what our best friend from kindergarten is doing, instantly through the Internet. Specifically, right to our cell phones. We have the ability to access anyone, anywhere, from a pocket-sized device. We are so used to having everything we need at our fingertips, we have come to expect any tidbit of information we may want instantaneously. With this philosophy in mind, texting was born. We can chat with our friends or argue with our moms without ever having to say a word, and that is a beautiful thing—after all, who likes dropping everything to ask your roommate if she turned off the coffee pot? Texting allows communication in places where talking is impossible—class (a personal favorite), a quiet doctor’s office, or a loud concert.

“I would want to become a faster texter because it would just be much more efficient,” said HC team member Hannah Orenstein. “Texting is a great way to keep up with friends, but it gets annoying to have to type everything out and then wait for the other person to type out their message. If I could type faster, I would definitely enjoy it more!”

College Girls Who Have Donated Their Hair Share Their Stories


What’s the best gift you’ve ever given?

You may think it was those awesome concert tickets you gave your best friend or some chore coupons you gave your mom back when having to clean anything was practically torture. But I know that the best gift I’ve ever given anyone was a piece of myself – my hair. It’s easy to give this life-changing and personal gift, all you have to do is get your hair long, and then take a trip to your favorite salon.

For fortunate girls (or guys) with long, luscious locks, the gift of hair can be the difference between a young girl staying home, embarrassed to wear a wig that either doesn’t fit or doesn’t look real, versus going to a sleepover with friends and being able to have a normal childhood.

Thankfully for these young girls and women, there are non-profit organizations dedicated to providing real-hair hairpieces for patients who have lost hair because of cancer treatment or alopecia areata, an incurable disease that causes hair follicles to completely shut down.

Making the Decision to Donate

My stylist laughed. “Are you sure?” I covered my eyes and nodded.
In two seconds it was over and the weight of ten inches of hair abruptly vanished. 
After years of having long hair (when straight it reached to my lower back), I decided it was time for a change during my sophomore year at Colorado State University. I made the decision to cut my hair short at the end of the summer, and by Thanksgiving I was ready (I took a few months to mentally prepare…it was hard). What really pushed me to go through with it though was the decision to donate to Locks of Love. Without the incentive of doing a good deed, I probably would have kept my hair long.

What NOT To Do During Your Summer Internship (plus stories of the worst interns!)


You have landed the perfect summer internship. You rocked the interview, got selected above a ton of applicants, and you’re on top of the world and on the road to success.

Well, hopefully. Getting the position may seem like the hardest part (you spent hours perfecting your cover letter and résumé, and practiced interview answers in your mirror every night…needless to say, the job is well deserved), but you can’t stop there. You have to continually make a good impression on your superiors, especially the ones with the power to give you a good review or recommendation letter – because that means they have the power to dish you a bad one, too.

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: What Employers Say You Should NEVER Do

Be Negative
Having a negative attitude is a major problem when you’re an intern. Your employers want to know that you care about the work you’re doing, are ready to learn, and are excited about interning for them. Dr. Randall Hansen, founder and president of Quintessential Career says to avoid:

What It's Like to Join the Peace Corps After College & How to Do It


What do John F. Kennedy, the University of Michigan, and international service have in common? Fifty years ago, JFK challenged Michigan students “to give two years of their lives to help people in countries of the developing world.”

This mission evolved to form the Peace Corps, an independent government organization that has seen more than 200,000 American volunteers to date. You’ve heard stories about Peace Corps participants traveling to exotic places or maybe your next-door neighbor volunteered after college, but what is being in the Peace Corps really like? More importantly, how do you know if the Peace Corps is right for you? Her Campus found out!

What is the Peace Corps?

The Peace Corps sends volunteers to (currently) 77 countries around the world. Volunteers do a wide range of volunteer work in their host communities, depending on their expertise and what is needed, including: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture and environment.

College Minors: What Are They Good For?


“So, what's your minor?” 
This line doesn't crop up too often and in fact sounds—if possible—cheesier than being asked what your major is. You know that your major is important: it gives you the skills for your future career, and it's what employers look at. But what is the real value in having a minor? Can it hurt you if you don't have one? We found out.

What can declaring a minor do for you?
Depending on your college and chosen major, you may be required to choose a minor. If your school doesn’t explicitly call for you to have a minor (some programs may want you to just have a certain number of credits outside your major, or choose some other alternative), it may still be right for you. Luckily, if you choose wisely you can make your minor work for you!

Explore something new!
“My minor in school was photography, and I chose to do it simply because I always loved taking pictures and wanted to learn more,” said HC Style Editor Elyssa Goodman, Carnegie Mellon ‘10. “I discovered while I was taking classes that I really loved it!”

If you have a subject you'd LOVE to explore, college is the perfect time to take a few music or literature classes, learn about pop culture or fashion, or anything else! A minor can be a great way to do this. Rather than just having a few classes under your belt, you can officially “declare” and have your minor added onto your degree when you graduate. Gary Miller, from university career services at UNC - Chapel Hill, said he believes that enjoyment of the subject is the #1 reason to choose a specific minor.

5 Ways to Improve Your GPA This Semester


Now that the holidays are over, along with finals and last semester's classes, it's time to go back to the whirlwind of new classes, classmates, professors, assignments and exams. Along with the New Year resolutions you might make regarding your health or social life, what about your academics? Especially if you didn't hit your target GPA last semester, there is no better time to turn your year around and have the best semester ever. Her Campus tackles five common academic problems and how to turn them around spring semester so your GPA can skyrocket.

The Problem: You're Disorganized

Do you start out the semester outlining all of your assignments in the free planner your school gave you? What about a few weeks into the semester? If you're like me, you might get all of your books, notebooks, pens, pencils, paper and so on organized and ready for new classes, but after a few weeks of a grueling schedule, your bookcase and book bag look like they (barely) survived a natural disaster. By the time I start getting ready for the first wave of exams, I can barely find a pencil, let alone notes from the first week of classes.