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Sexiling & Being Sexiled: A Collegiette's Guide

9/11/2014

It’s late on a Saturday night and you just hit the winning shot of your final game of beer pong. You look up and, as Andy Samberg so aptly put it, “lock eyes from across the room” with none other than your latest crush. You two chat for a while, he ends up walking you home, and you thank your lucky stars that the room is empty when you get there. You pull him inside, and only come back out to stick a scrunchie on the doorknob, officially sexiling your roomie for the night.

Whether you’re the perpetrator or the victim of sexiling, it’s an aspect of many collegiettes’ lives. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t proper etiquette that goes along with it. Check out these rules and expectations of being both the sexiler and the sexilee to avoid any unnecessary tension between you and your roommate this year.

The etiquette of sexiling

Discuss it

The most important part of having the freedom to sexile your roommate is discussing it with her beforehand. Whether you have a boyfriend and know that it will be a somewhat frequent occurrence or you’re expecting to have a few one-night stands or a semi-frequent hook-up buddy, it’s necessary to talk about what both of your expectations are.

Make sure to discuss how often your roommate will allow this, how you’ll communicate to her that it’s happening (it can be a text, the classic aforementioned scrunchie, a winky face drawn on your white board, etc.), how late your guest can stay in the morning if it’s a sleepover, what happens if you both want the room and whatever else you two think is essential to know.

Pledging a Sorority: What It’s REALLY Like

9/1/2014

What really goes on during sorority pledging? While many collegiettes have gone through it, some who haven’t been in a sorority have no idea what the process is like. Luckily, Her Campus got the lowdown on what really happens in the life of a sorority pledge. Check it out!

Time Commitment

Pledging a sorority involves many different activities and meetings, many of which are mandatory. This means that for most collegiettes, pledging ends up being a huge time commitment.

New members spend a lot of time learning about the different aspects of their sorority. By the end of the pledging period, they’re expected to not only know about their sorority’s mission and values, but also about all of its current members.

“We had to learn literally everything,” explains Laura*, a collegiette at the University of North Carolina. “It was so dumb because none of that ever came up again, and I don’t think it served to bind us together in any way. We had to learn the history of the sorority, the dinner prayers, names of national leaders, etc.” 

Many sororities even have a sort of final entrance exam on what they’ve learned. Some sororities will expect pledges to learn miscellaneous facts about the sorority and its members and will be quizzed on them.

“We learned lots of history, for the most part,” says Hyanna from New York University. “We [had] weekly quizzes on PowerPoints about our sorority.”

6 Myths Debunked: The Truth About College

8/30/2014

Let’s face it, whether it’s because your high school years consisted of marathon-watching every season of Boy Meets World, Greek and 90210, browsing through Her Campus on the daily or listening to your Frat Star brother’s tales of blackout keggers, one-night stands and too many pastel polo shirts, you probably have some pre-conceived ideas of what college is going to be like.

Don’t believe everything you hear! Rumors about college run about as unchecked as Miley Cyrus’ social life. To separate fact from fiction, check out the truth about these six common college myths:

Myth #1: The Freshman 15 is inevitable

Reality: With all-you-can-eat dining hall food, weekend nights of drinking (usually accompanied by late-night snacking) and busy schedules that seem to leave no time for exercise, weight gain can be an easy trap to fall into.

But not everyone packs on the pounds. Many collegiettes even find that their scale number goes down freshman year!

“Maybe it's because I go to a city school and there's a lot of walking, but I actually ended up losing weight when I went to college,” says Kelsey Mulvey from Boston University.

“I didn’t gain anything because I didn’t live on campus! I actually lost a lot of weight because I would work out every day,” explains Hailey Craig from Columbia University.

50 Reasons Why You Don't Need a Boyfriend to Be Happy

8/3/2014

As a single gal, there are times when it’s difficult to see the perks of your boyfriend-less lifestyle (for example, that time when you made the poor choice to see the latest Nicholas Sparks book-turned-movie and began to forget all the perfectly legitimate reasons you broke up with your ex).

But no worries, Her Campus is here to help! Let this list remind you of all the perks of being a Beyoncé-certified single lady; you’ll be back to reveling in your independence in no time and loving life in the land of the singles.

1. You can spend the entire day watching Bravo television without anyone complaining about it.

2. You never have to choose between hanging out with him or your friends.

3. It’s one less person you have to buy holiday and birthday presents for.

4. No one is going to yell at you for hogging the bed.

5. There are endless opportunities for you to partake in a random dance floor make-out.

6. The only person who will experience your bad morning breath is you.

7. You can rest assured that you’re not the dreaded “boyfriend girl.” You know, that girl that can’t not be in a relationship. Oh, hey, Kristin Cavallari. We didn’t miss you.

8. You won’t feel guilty about feasting your eyes upon the hot shirtless men at the gym.

9. There’s no one holding you back from studying abroad.

10. If you want to watch ABC Family’s Saturday night double feature of The Notebook and A Walk to Remember while sobbing into your bowl of ice cream, you can. And you can love it.

4 Ways To Reduce Post-Graduation Stress

5/6/2014

With graduation only a couples weeks away, many of you seniors are starting to hit the panic button about your post-college plans. If you don’t know what you’re doing yet, graduation can definitely be daunting to think about.

During this stressful time, it’s important to make sure you have some tricks to calm your nerves. Check out our guide for relieving post-graduation stress now!

1. Confront the future

If no one has hired you yet, you’re probably starting to feel like you’re never going to get a job. But it’s essential that you keep trying! Feeling a little bit discouraged is normal, but refusing to send out any more applications altogether is not the way to go. You might not have a job, but you’ll feel much more productive if you know that you’re doing everything possible to get one.

“As a soon-to-be-graduate, I'm a little terrified that I don't know what's coming next,” says Rachel from Butler University. “To combat that, I remind myself that I am doing everything I can to find work after graduation. I'm networking, I'm consistently applying to jobs, and I'm sending out requests for informational interviews.”

One good idea is to make a plan of action that maps out what you’re going to be doing for the next few months. Having an idea of what you want to accomplish can help organize your thoughts and lower your anxiety.

Moving In With Your Boyfriend After Graduation: What To Consider

4/21/2014

As we round the corner on the last stretch of the school year, it’s time for seniors to finally accept that the end of their college career is quickly approaching. On top of all of the other decisions to be made for post-grad life, collegiettes with significant others also have to decide what to do about their relationships. For all of you who are thinking about moving in with your boyfriend after getting your diploma, here are some things to consider before you make your final decision.

Money

The cost of living in many popular post-grad destinations can be incredibly high, especially if you’re planning on living in a major city. If you and your boyfriend move in together, you’ll be able to split the cost of not only rent, but also utilities, food, etc. Halving the cost of living in a one room apartment is significantly cheaper than any other option.

“I moved in with my boyfriend after graduation after doing long-distance throughout college,” says Alice, an Emory University ‘12 graduate. “We've been living in NYC for nearly a year and so far it has been great. For us, it was a natural transition because we've known each other since high school and have been dating for so long. It's also worked in our favor financially, because splitting rent for a one bedroom apartment in the city is much cheaper than other options like paying for your own studio or sharing a two to three bedroom apartment with a roommate.”

Senior Week!

4/17/2014

Here are the quick details!

MONDAY
- Senior Week Kick-Off (10 a.m. -2 p.m., Union Plaza) 
- Senior Night at The Planetarium (6 p.m.)

TUESDAY
- Bell Tower Climb (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
- Senior Night at the Ackland Art Museum (6 - 8 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY
- Senior Etiquette Dinner (6 - 8 p.m., The Friday Center) - registration required

THURSDAY
- Senior Send-off & Last Lecture (8 p.m., McCorkle Place at Planetarium)

Friday: LDOC!!!

Check out the Facebook event for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/646595015394515/

What end of the year event are you most excited for?

4/17/2014

Happy Hour at the Chobani Creations Yogurt Bar at UNC on 4/15!

4/8/2014

Get excited Tar Heels! Now that a Chobani Creations Yogurt Bar is open in The Beach Café, you can enjoy a tasty, nutritious and personalized yogurt treat whenever you want!

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new experience, Chobani is hosting a “Happy Hour at the Chobani Creations Yogurt Bar” on campus! Greek Yogurt and Happy Hour lovers alike can enjoy yogurt creations for only $1.00 from 12-2 p.m. on April 15th. Share your creation on Twitter and Instagram with #UNClovesChobani.

That means that you can make ANY Chobani Greek Yogurt creation you want for ONLY $1! Toppings include everything from fruit to chocolate to nuts and more, so there are flavor combinations to please everyone.

The Chobani Creations Yogurt Bar features authentic strained Greek Yogurt and curated toppings inspired by Chobani Soho, the brand’s Mediterranean yogurt bar in New York City. Students can explore exciting flavor combinations at the self-serve bar for a delicious meal or snack any time of day.

With more protein per serving than traditional yogurt, Chobani Greek Yogurt is a healthful, versatile ingredient that can be paired with toppings to make a nutritious meal, satisfying snack or indulgent dessert.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to try a great new UNC food option! Come out to The Beach Café on Tuesday, April 15th from 12-2 p.m. and celebrate the opening of the Chobani Creations Yogurt Bar with your favorite HC UNC ladies and your own DIY yogurt treat!

The Tarpeggios Spring Concert 2014: The Bachelor

4/6/2014

Spring is in the air and The Tarpeggios are feelin' the love. On Friday, April 11, 2014, come out to see gorgeous music, incredible performances, and hilarious skits by UNC's very own Tarpeggios! Bring someone special--or who knows, you may even find someone there ;)

Tickets are $5 in the Pit starting Monday April 7th! Don't miss out on the a cappella hilarity. We can't wait to see your beautiful faces there!

Check out the Facebook event for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/680033455388696/