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How to Make Money as a Full-Time Unpaid Intern

6/27/2014

Remember the good old days when summer meant no work and all play? When being done with school meant hours at the pool and sleeping ‘til kingdom come? Unfortunately, when you’re in college, summer isn’t all fun and games anymore. In today’s job market, finding work after college is hard enough. That’s why during the summer, many college students are looking to gain some work experience. Without classes bogging you down, summer is the best time to dive into a full-time internship. But for a college student with minimal experience, chances are that if you score that dream full-time internship, it won’t be paying.

Unpaid internships are sufficient if you have no expenses and don’t mind a relatively non-existent social life. But for those who actually need money to live, don’t fear. There are great summer jobs that can work with your internship schedule and put some cash in your pocket. As long as you know what to look for, making money doesn’t have to interfere with planning for your future. Follow these guidelines and it’ll be easy to make money this summer.

Pick a job you know will work with your schedule (waitress, retail, barista)

40 Stores With Student Discounts

6/9/2014

Being a college student isn’t cheap. Between nights out with friends, lunch with your roommate, the occasional movie, groceries, toiletries, and annual tuition, your expenses can rack up quickly. But don’t worry; there are a ton of stores out there that feel your pain and are willing to offer you a break with their student discounts. Check out some of these places next time you’re looking to do some smart shopping and save some cash.

Apparel

Ann Taylor: Need some classy clothes for school? Show your student ID in stores for 15 percent off all full-priced items.

ASOS: Stay stylish with 10 percent off ASOS duds.

Banana Republic: Finally be able to afford some clothes for work or your internship with 15% off full-priced items in the store.

Charlotte Russe: With a 10 percent off discount available when you show your school ID, clothes from Charlotte Russe will be a steal.

Club Monaco: Stock up on some fall favorites by getting 20 percent off regular and sale priced items in any Club Monaco store and online.

Eddie Bauer: Whether it’s outdoorsy clothing basics or camping equipment, you can get 15 percent off regular priced items in stores with your ID.

What Employers REALLY Want to See on Your Resume

4/19/2014

Applying for a job can be intimidating and scary, especially when it comes to putting together your resume. Whether you’re a senior searching for a post-college position or an underclassman trying to gain some experience, it’s tough to know what employers are looking for. But if you do it right, your resume can be the most surefire way to impress a prospective employer and present yourself in a professional manner. Use these tips to put together a great resume so that you can land your dream job (or, at least, a job).

1. Relevant job and internship experience

The most important thing you can show a potential employer is that you know what you’re doing. If you’ve had internships or part-time jobs relevant to the position you’re applying for, make that apparent. Sylvan Solloway, director of career services for the Journalism Institute at New York University, says highlighting your experience is the most important part. “I always recommend a resume [that] emphasizes what you’ve done and what you’ve accomplished,” she says.

Marianne Russo, a senior at Michigan State University, says that through interviewers and resume workshops, she’s learned to put work experience front and center. “Clearly state your job title [and] company and simply break down the projects/tasks you worked on during your time there,” she says. Solloway recommends listing your previous jobs and internships under an “experience” heading in reverse chronological order.

9 Chocolate Recipes That Are Actually Good for You

3/24/2014

Let’s face it: everyone loves chocolate. It’s just a fact of life. Unfortunately, it’s easy to let a little chocolate craving turn into scarfing down a few candy bars or an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s. But in moderation, chocolate can actually be good for you! Studies have found that chocolate improves blood flow to the brain and heart, and it’s also rich in antioxidants. Try out these healthy recipes with a chocolate twist to satisfy your craving without going overboard.

1. Coconut bars with chocolate drizzle

Recipe from Real Food Real Deals

Coconuts are not only high in fiber and excellent at boosting the immune system, but they’re also tropically delicious. Try these healthy coconut bars with a little bit of chocolate drizzle. One bite and your sweet tooth will be satisfied all day long.

Ingredients for bars

3 eggs 1/4 cup coconut oil 1 cup coconut milk 1/2 cup maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup flour 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

Ingredients for chocolate drizzle

1 tablespoon coconut oil 3 tablespoons maple syrup 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate

Directions

13 Ways to Save Money on Spring Break

2/20/2014

Every penny is precious for the average college student, but spring break has a way of making you throw your good spending habits out the window. But you don’t have to sacrifice all of your savings for a stellar spring break vacay, collegiettes! Try these tips to have a blast this year but still have money left when you return.

1. Stay with people you know

Know a friend who lives in New York? Maybe your Aunt Jan has a vacation home in Florida. Call those friends or family members and ask if you can spend a night or two with them. You could save yourself $100 or more per night by not staying in a hotel.

Sophie Dodd, a junior at Middlebury College, says that when she vacations with friends, she tries to crash with buddies along the way as often as possible. “Chances are you’ll have a friend at school in Florida, New York, etc.,” she says. So if you know someone who lives at your spring break destination, give him or her a call and see if you can crash there for a night or two.

2. Take the bus instead of flying

Let’s face it: plane tickets are expensive. If you can, take a bus instead of a plane to your spring break destination. The tickets will cost you a fraction of the price of a plane ticket!

The Dos & Don’ts of Facebook Stalking

12/20/2013

Conversations with strangers can be awkward. That’s why some people prefer to eliminate conversation altogether when meeting a new person: they turn to Facebook stalking. Most of us indulge in this pastime here and there (whether we want to admit it or not). Is it bad? Not necessarily. After all, where else are you going to find that much information on one person without ever actually talking to them? But if you’re not careful while you’re “creeping” on Facebook, you could find yourself in a sticky situation.

Get a room!

While you’re perusing Facebook pages in class, you may think that you’re in a little bubble of privacy, but you’re not. In a lecture hall of hundreds, you never know whose eyes are on your computer screen.

Nina, a junior at the University of Florida, says she made this mistake when she was going through the profile of a cute guy she had met over the weekend. “Needless to say, the person behind me looking over at my computer knew the guy,” she says. Things took an awkward turn when the friend went and told the guy that she had been looking at his Facebook profile. “Well,” she says. “There went that potential hook-up.”

Especially in college, you never know whose roommate or best friend could be looking over your shoulder. If a guy finds out you’ve been doing a Facebook background check on him, he may not be as excited to ask you out or hang out with you again. I mean, can you imagine if you looked over a classmate’s shoulder and saw that someone you didn’t know was creeping on you? Yikes! If you’re going to peruse Facebook profiles, at least wait until you get home.

Be careful where you click

How To Choose Your Major

12/15/2013

In high school, every subject was on the same playing field. You had to take math, English, science, and history, and all of the grades were equally important on your transcript. There wasn’t much wiggle room in what you could and couldn’t take. But in college, the rules have changed. Suddenly, you get to design your own schedule. Once you declare a major, you can focus your time on the things that interest you. But what if you’re not sure what you want to study? Choosing a major is an important decision to make. Some people go into college with a clear plan as to what they’re going to study and where they want to go with their life, but some have no idea. But don’t worry; choosing a major isn’t as scary or as difficult as it may seem sometimes.  Check out HC’s tips and you’ll have a major picked in no time!

Start with your interests.

When it comes to choosing your major, you may feel lost in a sea of degrees. There are hundreds of concentrations to choose from, so the task can feel daunting. But when it comes to making a decision, the most important factor is finding a subject that you enjoy. Maybe you were a huge fan of your English class in high school, or you’ve always been great with computers. Whatever your interests are, try to incorporate them in your studies. You should want to learn about subjects in your major rather than feel like it’s always a chore. “The biggest factor should be whether or not you are intellectually curious about the subject,” says Gary Allan Miller, assistant director of career services at UNC-Chapel Hill. HC Hofstra Campus Correspondent Rachel Crocetti, who is double majoring in photography and journalism, agrees that a major is all about what draws you in. “My choice is based solely in my interests and the things that I love most,” she says. If you study something that you don’t enjoy, it’s going to be a long four years.

10 Yummy Study Snacks Under 300 Calories

11/6/2013

When you’re hunkering down to study for midterms or powering through the night to finish a paper, it’s easy to reach for a bag of potato chips or a bowl of ice cream. Before you know it, you’ve eaten more sugary, fatty treats than you were anticipating. But with these healthy snack recipes, all under 300 calories each, you can snack guilt-free during a study session. Healthy snacks not only keep you not only full and focused, but they can also ward off that unwanted freshman (or sophomore, or junior, or senior) 15.

Apple with Peanut Butter
Calories: 280
This combination of salty and sweet keeps you full during studying. Slice up an apple and slather the slices in two tablespoons of lightly salted peanut butter. “The carb protein keeps me full and gives me energy,” says Devon Williams, sophomore at Eckerd College.

Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Cream Cheese
Calories: 240
This protein-packed snack roll will keep you full for hours. Use about two ounces of smoked salmon, spread one tablespoon of cream cheese over the slices, and garnish with a third of an avocado. Then, roll up the mixture into a makeshift, rice-less sushi roll.

Visiting Colleges: A Pre-Collegiette's Guide

9/19/2013

Choosing where you want to attend college can feel like a daunting task. It’s all about where you want to be, what you want to study, and which school is right for you. While a school may seem perfect on paper, to really experience it, you’ll have to go on a college tour. Here's how to plan your college visits from start to finish.

Make a List

Before you start thinking about tours, narrow down your list of colleges. Research the schools online and talk to your high school guidance counselor to see which ones may be a good fit for you. Carmen-Mariah Rey from Binghamton University says that she researched schools before deciding which ones to visit. “I pretty much did as much research as I possibly could, emailed the schools, read all brochures and grading sites for differing aspects of campus life and checked out the class difficulties,” she said.

While simply researching online can’t necessarily tell you what school is the right fit, it can help you narrow down what may be a long list of potential colleges. Make sure each school's academics, extracurriculars, and location seem like a match for your interests. If you visit every college that sounds kind of cool, you’ll end up wasting a lot of time and money.

Plan Ahead

9 Awesome Start-Ups by Current College Women

11/23/2012