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7 Fun Things to Do That Don’t Involve Drinking


From football tailgates and frat parties to barhopping and unwinding with your friends and a big bottle of wine, it’s no secret that drinking can be a popular weekend activity in college. But what about those weekends when you want a break from booze, or can’t afford to be hungover because of an exam or are just looking to have some sober fun? No matter where you go to school, there are plenty of alcohol-free options for you on campus to make the most of your weekend. Here are our top suggestions! 

1. Host a potluck 

You may not be in the mood to drink, but is there ever a weekend where you’re not in the mood to eat good food? Get your friends together for a classy potluck dinner so you can catch up and feast at the same time. Have every person be in charge of bringing a different dish (definitely don’t forget dessert!). You’ll be sure to get a few good foodstagrams out of it. 

How to Avoid Online Job & Internship Scams


When it comes to applying for jobs and internships, it’s hard to not feel desperate. As you’re sifting through the thousands of postings online, the stress and pressure piling up, you find an offer promising “immediate work!” and “Great money!”

You may think you’ve finally found the Holy Grail, but the unfortunate truth is that there are a handful of job and internship scams on the web that can rob you of your money, time and hard work. Since it can be tough to determine what is legitimate on the web, we’re here to help. We talked to experts to get you the best information on how to keep your job search and application process scam-free. 

What is an online job or internship posting scam? 

Since just about anyone can post a job offering online, it’s no surprise that there are illegitimate ones out there. According to Tom Dezell, author of Networking for the Novice, Nervous, or Naïve Job Seeker, now is a prime time to encounter these scams. “Unfortunately, the poor labor market and increase in the average length of job searches has greatly stressed many job seekers, making them easy targets for online predators,” he says. “Plus, scammers will also prey on the inexperience in job searches of college students. The market is at an all-time ripeness for taking advantage of job seekers with high levels of desperation and naivety.” 

8 Insider Tips for Sorority Rush


Rushing a sorority can be more nerve-wracking and confusing than taking a calculus test. Instead of dealing with derivatives, you’ve got to put yourself out there and impress girls who you just met 30 seconds ago. You have a million questions and don’t know whom to ask about them: Do I eat the snack they give me? Do I tell them I don’t like my roommate, or should I pretend that I do?  How do I sit on the ground in this dress without flashing someone?

Luckily, there’s no need to have a panic attack and give up on rush altogether — we may not be able to help you with calculus, but we’ve got you covered when it comes to sorority rush. We talked to collegiettes who are in sororities, so you can be assured that you’re getting the best advice out there. With these insider tips from girls who have gone through the process and came out alive, you’ll get a behind the scenes look at rush and know what to do (and what not to!) to get the bid you want.

1. DON’T talk about how blackout you got during Welcome Week.

“I would say girls should definitely avoid talking about drinking, drugs, and partying,” says Rachel, a recent grad of the University of Michigan and the former Social Chair of Chi Omega. “We are all in college, we've all seen the same type of parties and it makes you look like you are trying to bond for the wrong reasons.”

How to Stay Healthy at Football Tailgates: HC's Pick It Or Skip It Guide


Ah, football season. We meet again. We can’t say we’ve missed actually watching the games and pretending we know what’s going on (it’s easy, just cheer when everyone else does and shout out general buzz words like “c’mon!”), but we certainly have missed the wondrous festivities that occur before the games. We're talking about pre-games and tailgates, of course, both of which are comprised of five Bs’: burgers, beer, booze, belligerency and more beer. But alas, as fun as all this tailgating action is in the moment, these five B’s sadly result in one dreaded son of B: belly bulge.

Luckily, this does not necessarily have to be the case this football season. With this Pick It & Skip It Guide, you can battle the bulge while still enjoying all the tailgates. Sounds like a touchdown to me — that is a football term, right?

Pre-Tailgate Plan

The best way to stay healthy at tailgates is to eat a balanced meal beforehand (think fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins) so that you don’t have to fill up on the junk that’s there.

“Absolutely eat a good breakfast with lots of protein and healthy fats - like a veggie omelet,” Behavior Modification Clinician and Certified Nutrition Specialist Susan Holmberg says. She emphasizes protein and healthy fats specifically because they release a hormone that signals satiety, regulating your appetite and thus preventing sugar and carbohydrate cravings that come with being underfed.

BBQ or Bust: Your Guide to Staying Healthy at 4th of July Barbecues


With summer in full swing and the Fourth of July right around the corner, you are bound to be hitting up your fair share of barbecues and picnics. Juicy, mammoth cheeseburgers and mounds of creamy macaroni salad will beckon you. But before you succumb to the salty allure of those potato chips and expand your bikini-ready waistline, consider opting instead for the following healthy alternatives to classic BBQ fare. Try these nutritious (yet still satisfying) swaps, and you can grub without sabotaging your health.

The Main Course

Skip This: Hamburger or cheeseburger

No barbecue would be complete without a good ol’ all-American hamburger or cheeseburger. Unfortunately, a beefy burger is not the healthiest option out there. Consisting of a saturated fat-laden patty enveloped in a white bun that packs negligible nutritional benefits, hamburgers will usually set you back at least 250-500 calories. Make it a cheeseburger and you’ll add on another 50-100 calories and more saturated fat. But, fear not, there are more nutritious ways to satisfy your burger craving.

Pick This: Turkey burger on whole grain bun

A turkey burger has fewer calories, less fat, and a bit more protein than a hamburger—even an extra lean cut. Certified health coach Laurie Brownstein explains that since turkey has less saturated fat than meat, it is considered a better quality protein.

7 Festive Fourth of July Recipes


When it comes to Fourth of July festivities, there’s a lot to look forward to. With barbecues, fireworks, family, and friends, what’s not to love about this holiday? This Fourth of July, we’re giving you even more reason to anticipate the holiday: delicious recipes to get you in the USA spirit! These red, white, and blue treats are as pretty as they are tasty, so whether you bring them to a picnic, serve them at your family dinner, or enjoy them solo, these patriotic dishes will be sure to please.

1. Red, White and Blue Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Recipe courtesy of Baking Bites

It’s no secret that fruit and chocolate is a match made in heaven. By dipping strawberries in white chocolate and dusting them with blue sugar, you’ll get a dessert that’s easy to make and super satisfying to eat


1 pint strawberries 4 oz white chocolate Blue sanding sugar or sprinkles


8 Things You Do That Make You Not Seem Like Girlfriend Material


So you’ve been hooking up with this guy for a few weeks, maybe even months, but it still hasn’t really progressed to the next level. He hasn’t asked you out to dinner, let alone asked you to be his girlfriend. You may have not even had the DTR talk yet. And this is about the seventh guy who has done this to you. WHAT THE EFF GIVES?

Before you get ahead of yourself and buy a house full of cats in preparation for your future days as a spinster, check out this list. While in some cases it may just be that the guy isn’t looking for a serious relationship, it’s also possible that you’re unintentionally acting in ways that put you in the hook-up or FWB category, rather than the girlfriend category.

1. You’re being THAT drunk girl (and talking about partying nonstop)

If your classic night out ends with you stumbling all over the place, hanging onto anyone who comes within a one-foot radius of you, or kneeling over a toilet (or not even making it to the toilet), then you may be labeled as THAT girl—and having THAT girl as a girlfriend can be an embarrassing burden. Who really wants to be the one who always has to clean up your mess and carry you home?

“Guys like girls that can drink and have fun—definitely a turn-on. But girls that are constantly really sloppy or talk about how sloppy they are are just a nuisance, more than anything,” says Mike from the University of Michigan. “A girl like that gets labeled as ‘that girl that threw up all over someone.’ When the only memory people have of you is vomiting—nasty—you're not girlfriend material.”

10 Healthy Smoothie Recipes For Summer


Now that it’s finally starting to heat up, food cravings shift from hot comfort dishes like mac and cheese to cold treats like ice cream. The good news is you can satisfy your cool cravings without sacrificing your health. Whether for a snack or a meal, smoothies are a great, easy way to get your fruit and veggie fix while keeping cool in the sun. Each recipe is a delicious blend of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein to keep you feeling fresh, fit, and full throughout the summer days. So break out the blender, straws, and mini cocktail umbrellas and start sippin’!

Breakfast Detox Smoothie
From Doctor Oz

1 cup water 1 Tbsp flax seed 1 cup raspberries 1 banana ¼ cup spinach 1 Tbsp almond or peanut butter 2 tsp lemon

Choco-Peanut Butter Banana Bliss

1 banana 1 Tbsp peanut butter 1 Tbsp cocoa powder ½ cup skim milk ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt

Blueberry-Kale Smoothie
Adapted from Carrots ‘N Cake

½ cup blueberries ¼ cup frozen chopped kale 1 6 oz container Chobani Apple Cinnamon Greek yogurt 1.5 cups almond milk 1 cup ice

Paradise Piña Colada
Adapted from Yummly

Collegiette Eats: The Last Supper


Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you.

Fellow foodies,

It has been a pleasure contributing to Collegiette Eats over the past few months. From my oatmeal obsession to the life-changing discovery of spaghetti squash, it has been so fun posting my favorite eats, recipes and tips. Living in an off-campus house with kitchen access for the first time this year has been quite the culinary journey, and I'm glad that I both 1) made it through relatively unscathed (with only a minor burn from a George Foreman grill) and 2) was able to share the highlights along the way.

Though I will (hopefully) be continuing to experiment in the kitchen and eat well, I'll sadly be saying goodbye to Collegiette Eats. I'm writing from the restaurant in the Westin Hotel of the Detroit airport on my way to Costa Rica for the next few weeks for a school program. I figured that several weeks worth of rice and beans would not make for very noteworthy material, so I figured I would spare you all that and make this my last contribution. But it wouldn't be a sufficient last post without sharing a meal. The last supper is spicy grilled chicken with andouille sausage and chickpeas, pictured below. 

Collegiette Eats: Rosemary Lemon Chicken


Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you.


Breakfast yesterday morning was a piece of toasted sesame Ezekiel bread topped with a fried egg and a little salt and pepper with a side of berries. 


I was running errands with my mom yesterday afternoon at Legacy Place in Dedham, Massachusetts, so we stopped for lunch at b.good, a burger chain in New England that emphasizes serving fresh food - "real food fast," rather than "fast food." Their menu is filled with gems ranging from burgers and sandwiches to salads and quinoa bowls. And don't forget the sweet potato fries or milkshakes! I opted for the Harvest Kale salad, which comes with marinated kale, brussels sprouts, Manchego cheese (a Spanish cheese, one of my favorites), sunflower seeds, beets and garbanzo beans. It tasted even better than it looks. Fast-casual done right.