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Roxanna Coldiron

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10 Ways to Meet Guys That Don’t Involve Bars or Parties


Listen ladies, we know that going to the bar or rushing to every frat party on campus means you’ll meet a lot of guys (and we’ve talked about how guys pick up girls at the bar). But it also comes with its downsides: it’s hard to really make a connection with a guy in a dark room with loud music and an abundance of alcohol (though not impossible). If you’re a quiet girl or just want a change of scene, we’ve got a few ideas to help you find Mr. Right Now (or even Mr. Happily Ever After) in some unexpected places.

1. Dazzle at the sporting goods store

If you’re hoping to meet the next athletic star, why not chance running into him at the local sporting goods store? It’s probably one of the few stores where men don’t feel uncomfortable shopping for longer than ten minutes. Walk up next to one of the guys contemplating which fitness equipment to buy, study one of the items yourself, and ask him if he knows anything about it. Once it’s obvious he’s flirting back, give him your number or ask for his!

2. Leave your number on the receipt at a restaurant

What 7 Common Texts From Guys Really Mean


Text messaging is great. Not only is it convenient and quick, but it’s also less pressured than traditional calling and is an awesome tool to use for flirting when a class lecture is oh-so-dull. The only downside to texting, of course, is the lack of the nonverbal and verbal cues we take for granted in face-to-face communication. When you and your guy are texting, you can’t read his facial expressions, his body language, or his tone of voice when he tells you something.

If you’ve been getting texts from guys that have you running to your roommate and going “Huh?” (and who doesn't?) you’re in luck! We asked a few college guys to give us the scoop on what their texts really mean. And if you’ve got a guy who isn’t texting you back, there could be 100 reasons why. (Advice: Stop texting that guy.)

According to Sean, one of our Real Live College Guys, you’ll get a response from a guy every time when he likes you (as a friend or more). So let’s tackle the texts we’re getting from the guys!

The “Good Morning” Text

All of the guys we surveyed indicated that a text first thing in the morning from your guy is a good sign. Rob*, a Hiram College senior, says, “I’ll text something like ‘Good morning, sunshine’ to wake her up and keep her smiling all day.” When a guy sends you this kind of text, (especially the morning after a date or hook-up), it means that he’s thinking about you and wants you to think about him the rest of the day.

Running Into Your High School Ex Over Thanksgiving Break: How To Deal


It’s bad enough when you run into exes on campus. So what happens when you go home for Thanksgiving break and see your high school ex-boyfriend? Memories come rushing back. Sure, you’ve moved on (maybe), have a new life at your college and hardly think about him anymore. Then you see him! Now you’re wondering how you’re going to keep your cool.

Before you run into him...

You don’t have to leave the house dressed like a runway model, but you can take extra time on your appearance before you walk out the door. “Okay, let’s face it. If you roll out of bed, barely brush your hair and head for the mall, Murphy’s Law states that you will definitely run smack into your ex,” says Jodi R. R. Smith, the president and owner of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting. “It’s best to employ preemptive etiquette and be prepared. While pajama pants are great for lounging in front of the TV, you should take it up a notch when you’re going out and about.”

This can be as simple as throwing on a cute sweater and jeans, swiping on a little mascara and lip gloss and twisting your hair into a sexy bun. If you do run into one of your high school exes, you won’t be worrying about how you look and can focus on making the best of the encounter.

Now what should you say and do if you run into him? We’ve developed a reference guide to help you through a few potentially awkward encounters.

Encounter #1: You run into your ex at the mall or local pizza place.

What To Do When You’re Failing a Class


Midterm exams have come and gone, and you’re breathing a sigh of relief. That is, you were relieved until you got your exam back and saw your score. Finding out that you’re failing a class is disheartening, but it doesn’t mean that it’s Game Over. Take HC’s advice on how to improve your grade and pull your GPA up by its bootstraps.

Determine Why You’re Failing

Identifying why you’re failing a course is a crucial first step in turning that D into a better grade.

The course material or the instructor could be difficult or hard to understand. If you’re feeling stressed or dealing with other issues in your life (as many of us are), the demands of a class can also increase your anxiety and fall second to the other events going on in your life. “Bad grades are usually indicators of larger problems such as displeasure with your major, insecurity, poor time management and even anxiety and depression,” says AnnaLee, HC Campus Correspondent for the University of Notre Dame.

Take time to write down what you think could be your reasons for failing a course. This list will help you determine what to do next.

Develop a Plan of Action

Your plan of action will vary according to your reasons for struggling in a class; however, you can still consider other options that are available to you. Be flexible as you approach this problem.

How To: Add Color To Your Makeup (Like A Pro!)


Summer time is here, and we're all about bright colors and tropical flair! Of course, adding bright colors to your makeup can be kind of intimidating. How do you apply bright colors without looking over-the-top? We talked to professional makeup artist and esthetician Beverly Ketchens to get the scoop!

Color Me Brightly Makeup Tips

1. Introduce brighter colors to your makeup routine slowly. Wearing blue eyeshadow can be risky, so you can minimize that risk by practicing before you leave the house. "I wanted to try blue eyeliner, so I lined my lash line with the blue liner and then I made a smaller line closer to the upper lash line to gently show the color," Beverly says. "It was a small step to wearing a very bright color, and now I love blue eyeliner." She suggests introducing colors to your makeup looks by starting with eyeshadow pallettes from companies like E.L.F., NYX and BH Cosmetics. Invest in a variety of brushes, and play away on an evening when you don't have to go anywhere. You should also invest in good lighting to make sure that you're not applying too much color. 

Always Tired? What Causes Fatigue & What To Do About It


As busy college students, we’re constantly on the go, and our schedules often don’t slow down even when summer hits. We have summer jobs and internships, as well as a bustling social life, and can get so caught up in our lives that we forget to slow down and get enough rest. From one bleary-eyed collegiette to another, I know where you’re coming from.

Unfortunately, all of this constant activity can really take a toll on your health. If you find yourself feeling constantly tired and unable to get motivated, you might be experiencing fatigue, which is a constant feeling of over-tiredness and exhaustion. After so long, fatigue can really put a strain on your health, and it can even be an indication of an underlying health issue.

What causes fatigue?

Dr. Tara Scott, obstetrician and gynecologist for Summa Health System and founder of Revitalize medical group, explains that most fatigue can be traced to three causes. “The top things that can cause fatigue are number one, lack of good quality sleep; number two, stress-related hormone imbalances; and number three, poor nutrition,” she says. College students are notorious for not getting enough sleep and for not eating right. Increased stress, she adds, can also play a role in your quality of sleep.

4 Summer Manicure/Pedicure Ideas To Try


If you're tired of the same old mani/pedi, then you should definitely try these new summer looks for your nails! Some of them are whacky, some of them are classy, but all of them are fun for the summertime!

1. Multicolored Polka Dot Nails

This look is very festive! Apply white nail polish to your fingernails and toe nails. After it dries, carefully dot with different color nail polishes. You can use whatever color combos you want. Let dry and add a top coat to preserve the look. TRY: Essie Blanc, $8; Sally Girl Mini Nail Polish, various colors, $0.59

2. Teal with Gold Sparkles

Your nails can mimic the ocean with this look! Choose a teal nail color, apply and let dry. Then add sparkly gold polish to your tips. TRY: Milani Neon Nail Lacquer, Fresh Teal 504, $4.49; Sephora by OPI Jewelry Top Coats, I Found A Pot of Gold!, $9.50

3. Summer Watermelons 

Should You Move To A Big City Without A Job Offer?


Maybe you’re a small town girl who wants to experience the big city, or you’re interested in an industry that’s concentrated in some of the best cities to move after you graduate, but your senior year job hunt didn’t get you any job offers. Should you move anyway? Sometimes, you just have to pack up your bags and go — but not without knowing why you should move (or not) first!

Reasons to Make the Move

You’re ready for new challenges: When Rebekah Meiser, a recent Ohio University alum, moved to Chicago in February, she didn’t have a job lined up. “I decided to take the risk because I felt like I was becoming a drone at my old job, and I wanted to put myself in a different environment and find new challenges,” she says. Getting out of your comfort zone can open new doors to eventually getting that dream job! Staying put will just leave you drained and unhappy.

You want a better chance of getting your dream job: According to Sharon Wiatt Jones, author and former college career services counselor, one of the best reasons to move to the big city (whether it’s LA or NYC or elsewhere) is to increase your chances of actually getting hired there. “Employers do not need to recruit outside their metro area if they find enough local qualified applicants,” she says. “Relocation expenses for new hires can be avoided.” This makes you more attractive to potential employers and shows them that you’re very serious about working in your field.

Elizabeth Taylor's First Wedding Dress Up For Auction!


Elizabeth Taylor, a beauty icon and Hollywood starlet of yesteryear, lived in the glitzy glow of real Hollywood fame, and now her wedding dress from her first wedding is up for auction. According to E!, the dress could go for the low-low price of $75,000 at Christie's Auction on June 26 in London. 

The wedding dress, designed by Helen Rose, is modest and stunning in its simplicity. Elizabeth, who'd been 18 at the time, looked beautiful and innocent in the off-the-shoulder gown that trailed behind her.Elizabeth had been pressured by her studio to marry Conrad Hilton in 1950 when she had just turned 18, as told by her biographer William Mann.  

What do you think? Would you bid for the dress if you had the money?

3 Makeup Flaws You're Making (& How To Prevent Them)



We know you're daring when it comes to your makeup, and we applaud your efforts to dazzle the masses. But sometimes even the most makeup savvy of us get it wrong and look drab when we're trying to look fab. If you're making these three makeup mistakes, you still have time to change! The good thing about makeup is that it washes off, and you can always start over.

Makeup Mistake #1: Black eyeliner during the daytime

We love black eyeliner simply because it gives us a smoky, sultry look when we hit the bars and clubs at night. doesn't work as well during the daytime. If you're going to the office or running errands, dark eyeliner, especially heavily applied, can make you look tired and haggard instead of sexy and hot. Nix the black eyeliner during the daytime and stick to light eyeshadow in a nude shade with only a single swipe of mascara on your top eyelashes during the day. You'll look wide awake and put together, which is what you want when you're out in the sun! Think natural and flirty for your daytime looks, and save the black liner for evenings out on the town.

Makeup Mistake #2: Overloading on foundation