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

5/26/2014

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.

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

5/20/2014

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.

5 Hangover Remedies That Actually Work (& 3 That Don’t)

5/11/2014

Now that classes are officially over, you want nothing more than to celebrate the end of another year of college. So you and your friend go to party after party, or stay at one of the biggest shindigs of your college career, and drink more than you usually do. Then morning arrives and you have the worst stomachache known to womankind and feel like you will throw up if you move even an inch. If this scenario sounds familiar, you know how unpleasant a hangover can be. So how can you feel better fast after a night of too much drinking? We talked to collegiettes and an expert to get the scoop on hangover remedies that actually work!

Why do we get hungover?

Most of us know how a hangover feels, but not many of us are aware of why we feel the way we do. James M. Schaefer, PhD, an anthropology professor at Union College and alcohol metabolism researcher, explains what is going on when you consume too much alcohol: “Your body is toxic and unable to remove the main culprits, which are high levels of ethanol [alcohol] and it’s first metabolite, acetaldehyde,” he says. Basically, your body is taking in the toxins from your fruity cocktails and beers and can’t detoxify fast enough to keep you on your feet.

Running Into Your Guy’s Ex On Campus: How To Deal

4/25/2014

So you’ve started going out with this wonderful new guy. He’s handsome, he’s sweet, he’s totally Prince Charming (or as much of one as you can expect from a college guy). There’s just one teensy, weensy problem. His ex is all over campus and she’s made it clear that she wants him back. One of the first things you’re inclined to do is to size her up. You might start comparing yourself to her, but that’s the last thing you should do. He’s with you now, right? That means that things didn’t work out with her. If his ex is still hung up on him, she’s probably doing the same thing you are (“What does he see in her? What does she have that I don’t?”) So the first thing you should do is stop comparing yourself to her. 

If you find that you’re constantly running into one of his exes, keeping your cool when she’s obviously still into him can be a big challenge. Well, ladies, don’t worry; we’ve got the scoop on what to do in the most common situations.

She’s in one of your classes

When you’re in the same class as one of your boyfriend’s exes, you might end up being assigned to work with her on a class project. “When I dated this one guy awhile back, I always had to work on projects with his ex,” says Alexia*, a collegiette from Case Western University. “It was awkward, but she was really nice. I actually felt guilty for dating him!”

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

3/17/2014

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

1/20/2014

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

11/26/2013

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

11/10/2013

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!)

6/15/2013

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. 

4 Summer Manicure/Pedicure Ideas To Try

6/8/2013

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