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Rebekah Meiser

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How to Navigate Relationships with Expiration Dates

4/19/2013

Finding a boyfriend in college who treats you well and makes you happy is a rare but fortunate discovery. The caveat that is sadly attached to guys of this caliber reveals itself near the end of your senior year, your romantic summer, or spring semester, when you and your lad are graduating and finding homes in separate cities (a caveat that yours truly is currently avoiding), heading home to different states, or heading back to separate schools. Unfortunately, long distance is a demanding beast that love cannot always conquer, so some couples inevitably decide to choose the somber but realistic alternative: breaking up.
 

 
Choosing to end the relationship by a certain date, however, is full of its own charming pitfalls and problems.  Knowing that you’re essentially counting down days until the end ruins fantasies about you and your man’s future, which is part of the fun and excitement of relationships. Despite this unfortunate occurrence, it is possible to find solace after making this joint decision.
 
When to Break It Off   
 

Don’t Simply Wait out the Waitlist: A Pre-Collegiette's Guide to College Waitlists

4/8/2013

It’s officially spring, so no doubt you suffered through anxiously checking your mailboxes—both electronic and regular—for that acceptance letter. Pop culture has taught you that a big packet from the college of your dreams means you’re in while a crisp, small envelope cues that it’s time for pizza, tissues and sad movies. But what about the other kind of letter: the “we-like-you-but-we’re-full” letter ? Opening thatenvelope to see “You’ve been waitlisted” prompts mixed feelings. Choosing between enrolling in a different school and hoping that a spot becomes available is a stressful position. Well, it’s time, my conflicted pre-collegiettes, to decipher when it’s worth the wait and to discover how to improve your shot of finally receiving that big envelope.    

What “Waitlisted” Means  

So you’ve received this ambiguous decision, but what exactly does “waitlisted” indicate about your admission status? “Colleges have limited space available for new students,” says Todd Johnson, author ofBS/MD Programs-The Complete Guide: Getting into Medical School from High School. “Colleges will often find that they have more good candidates than they can accept,” he explains, “so, they take those students that they want but are just not as strong as the strongest candidates and put them on a wait list.”

If accepted candidates turn down the offer, colleges look to the waitlist to fill this void.

6 Internships with the Best Perks

2/18/2013

Ask any college advisor about interning and you’ll be informed that these career previews are a cornucopia of benefits. They pad your resume, lead to networking, and of course, give a taste of the real world outside of cable television. But some internships give collegiettes  a bit more than a comparative advantage and thicker skin. From weekends in the Hamptons to flying for free, check out a few of the coolest internship perks around.

1. South West Airlines

South West calls its internship course the “NoLimits Internship Program” and, considering all that it offers, this title is truthful. Working with this airline gets you more than a decent paycheck and career development classes: interns here participate in a variety of events like Intern Happy Hour, “The Not-So-Amazing Race” (which consists of several obstacle courses, one including a hefty amount of marshmallows), company parties, and, oh yeah, they fly for free! Any U.S. South West flight with available seating is open to interns. No pay travel? It makes you wonder how attached you are to your major.

2. Google

Why Being Single During the Holidays Rocks

12/24/2012

Many people believe that being single during the holidays is saved for the brave. Between being bombarded by corny he-went-to-Jared commercials and coupons for couple’s skating specials, it can be easy to feel miserable because you don’t have one specific person with whom to spend the next month. But we disagree. In fact, being single during the holidays is exciting and often less stressful than being attached. For all you skeptics who require a bit more support, here are five reasons to be delighted about being single:

1. Fewer Presents to Purchase:
Let’s be real here—shopping for your family and close friends can be more like a chore than an enjoyable experience. However, with no boyfriend, you don’t need to hunt through the men’s sweater section of Banana Republic or brave the murky sales floor of Golf Galaxy. In many ways, this is a double feature: you save time and money (not to mention, future wrinkles from the anxiety of the will-he-love-it-or-hate-it struggle). This way, you can go buy yourself that necklace you’ve been eyeing at Urban Outfitters and the only stress you have is how to assemble the perfect ensemble to go with it.

2. No Stress About Keeping Him Amused at Your Family Events:
I have an unusually large family that can multiply better than School House Rock. Any time a new boyfriend or girlfriend tags along to our celebrations, they are initially overwhelmed and consequently demand the sole attention of whichever cousin or sibling brought him or her along. A lot of us college students don’t have the pleasure of seeing our families often, so spending these special occasions worrying about keeping your boyfriend amused can ruin the event or take time away from catching up with your hilariously kooky aunt. Nor do you have to worry that your plus-one will crack a joke that your conservative grandfather will openly not appreciate.

The Single Girl's Guide to Staying Polite During Relationship Interrogations

11/22/2012

Every year I look forward to the month and a half period that is the holiday season. But I’ve found that the only thing more consistent at these gatherings than spilling gravy on my dress (Seriously, every year!) is having many loving, but nagging, relatives ask me about my relationship status. The honest but risky “still single” response prompts offensive poor-single-girl nods and you’ll-find-someone arm pats.

So, for all you single girls who want to stay polite during the harassment, here’s a few options on how to handle this question with class during three common interrogation scenarios:

Scenario 1: Family Event

You’re revisiting the pie table and your probing cousin is also in the mood for something sweet with a side of gossip. In between, “can I use that pie knife?” and “where are the extra napkins?” the question about your solo status pops up. All you want to do is eat pie, but rather than exclaim your sweet tooth craving, take a second and consider one of these responses:

1. The Polite Girl: “I’m not seeing anyone right now, but I’ll let you know when that changes.”

Why it works: It’s simple, straightforward and honest. And, best of all, it gives your curious questioner the impression that you trust them and will keep them updated on this facet of your life. Nothing gets family off your back like the idea of furthering closeness. Look your caring family member in the eye and say this with confidence, and the pity responses will be gone.

2. The Busy Girl: “I care more about school and work right now than a relationship. Once I’m where I’d like to be in that area, I’ll worry about dating.”

How to Ask Guys Questions Without Seeming Needy

3/23/2012

One of the scariest accusations in a relationship is being “needy.” Typically partnered with incessant calling, lovey-dovey pet names, and poor portrayals in movies, “needy” has become a quick insult and an even quicker way to push your beau away. To avoid this dreaded term, some girls sacrifice their relationship desires and refrain from asking certain status-related questions. But have no fear, ever-cool collegiettes™, there are ways to assert your relationship wants without sounding like Harry Potter’s love-crazed Lavender Brown. Here are four desirables and how to ask without seeming needy:
 
Are we exclusive?
           

How to Avoid Spending Too Much Time With Your Boyfriend

2/24/2012

With the allure of a new relationship, many girls find themselves interested in nothing else than their new man. Part of this appeal is because having a boyfriend in college is a totally new experience from high school relationships. Without inquisitive parents keeping a watchful eye on your activities, you’re able to have impromptu sleepovers, go out for lunch, skip class to hang out, and avoid studying for tests so you can have movie night. But with this newfound freedom, it’s easy to ignore other responsibilities and friendships in order to nurture a new relationship. Chances are, you’ve experienced this or seen a friend go through it.
 
As a single girl throughout most of my college years, I’ve watched friends lose themselves in a new relationship. I was always there for them after it ended (or after the honeymoon stage wore off) but I was also constantly telling myself I would never be like that. Confession: I have become that girl. At least I sort of have. A couple of weeks ago, I missed two class assignments in a row because I was out with my new man. Those angry dash marks where my grades should’ve been made me reevaluate my time. And after talking with a few collegiettes™, I come to you with advice on how to avoid becoming me, err, that girl who spends all her time with her boyfriend.
 

 
1. Make time for your friends

Summer!

6/11/2011

Summer vacation is here! From the HC staff, have a great break! We look forward to reporting on OU's news next year. 

Summer!

6/11/2011




Summer vacation is here! From the HC staff, have a great break! We look forward to reporting on OU's news next year. 

Graduation

6/5/2011


Graduation is finally here for seniors! Say goodbye to your fav upperclassmen before they through their caps and leave Athens.