Monthly Archives: June 2012

Social Media Suicide

We all have that one friend. The one that posts pictures of herself doing beer funnels off a two story building. The one who uploads 234879 pictures with a million different guys a night trying to make her ex jealous. The one who posts her drunken escapades on every single social networking site known to mankind. The one who tweets, “OMG SOO DRUNK RIGHT NOW”. Like omg, don’t you know everyone and their mother can see this information that you so generously put out there for them?!

Now a days social media sites can pretty much make or break you, especially if you planning on entering fields that use these regularly such as public relations, marketing, and advertising.

I don’t think students realize that your future boss or internship employer most likely use every social media site that you do. And they most likely will check out your pages before giving you a job. The job market has become so competitive. If a position comes down to you and another potential employee, the employer will most likely check out your social media and compare the two of you!

Consider this. You are applying to your dream job. You’ve made it all the way to the final interview process. It is now between you and just one other person. You and this other person have equivalent resumes. You both graduated at the top of your class and have outstanding campus involvement. The only thing the company has to make the decision between the two of you is your social media sites. They click on your competition first. His profile picture is of him and his dog on a hike in the mountains. Yours is of you taking shots with your friends. Based on this first impression, who do you think is going to get this job?

Now I know a lot of people say “Oh my profile is on private. No one can see what I post!” There are so many ways around this. There are many programs out there that companies can use to see your profile. If you have a mutual friend, they can also use the more simpler approach and just ask if they will let them log on and see your profile.

I could literally go on about this forever. But I will spare you that misery. Moral of the story is- be careful what you are posting on social media sites! They are not as private as you think and once you put something out there, it is out there forever. What you post now could easily hurt your future career.

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June 27, 2012 · 7:27 pm

Greek life in college: Do or don’t?

There are many controversial views of Greek life in college. Those who are involved with the Greek community on campus have nothing but positive things to say. However, the words sorority and fraternity generally tend to bring up a negative connotation to those who are not familiar with this particular college scene.

Before freshman orientation, I had never even considered Greek life. I had seen the show “Greek” and nothing about that scene appealed to me whatsoever. During my two days at orientation, I met a few girls who convinced me to give sorority recruitment a try. None of my high school friends were going to be attending UCF with me and I figured it would be a great way to meet some new people. I knew that if I didn’t end up liking the whole sorority thing I was under no pressure to finish the week, so I decided to give it a shot.

And I am so glad that I decided to try it out! After two years of involvement in the Greek community, I have absolutely no regrets about my decision to go Greek. Greek life isn’t all about the party life. In fact, these organizations are about much more than that. Being involved in a fraternity or sorority, there have many academic and professional advantages that most people do not consider when they think about typical college Greek life.

Greek organizations on campus set high GPA requirements that all members must meet. Statistics show that on average, college students who are involved in the Greek community have a higher GPA than those who are not. You are also able to easily connect with other students who are in your classes and majors. You almost always have a study buddy, which is always helpful when test time rolls around!

These organizations also offer many great leadership positions.  I am currently public relations chair for my chapter. I am getting some really great experience and it looks awesome on my resume!

Another aspect of Greek life that most people do not consider is the huge network you gain. Alumnus and sisters are always willing to help you out when you are job hunting. Having an alumni association can come in handy when you eventually relocate for a new job and are trying to connect with some new people. I actually got my very first internship through an older alumnus of my chapter!

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but if you are not familiar with the Greek community or as of now you have a negative opinion of it, I hope you will consider the benefits that go along with it too.

http://studentorgs.gwu.edu/greekspeak/extras/nationalstatistics/

^^ This website gives a few statistics pertaining to Greek members that I thought were kind of interesting.

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DIY Distressed High Waisted Shorts

For almost over a year now I have been wanting to make my own distressed denim shorts. I have bought multiple pairs of high waisted shorts from Forever 21, but they have never felt as authentic as the home made kind. Part of the reason I haven’t gotten around to making any is because I haven’t been able to find any “mom jeans” from Goodwill in my correct size. Guess none of our moms were size zero back in the day, huh?

I was rummaging around the local Goodwill the other day, and it was not a shock to me when I still couldn’t find a do-able pair in my small size. I was poking around in the larger section and a perfect pair caught my eye. I decided to give them a try. Can’t hurt right? To my surprise, they fit! Note: when making your own high waisted shorts from “mom jeans” don’t go by the size label on the tag. I ended up with a pair marked 7 sizes bigger than my normal size.

Today I am going to give you guys a little tutorial on how I made my own DIY shorts.

Step one: Get a pair of “mom jeans” from a local thrift shop. You can tell they are high waisted by the long crouch. They usually have a long zipper. Make sure the jeans aren’t made from stretchy material or they will be tight on your thighs once you cut them into shorts, not flattering!

Step two: Put your jeans on and mark with a pen where you want your shorts to end.


Step three: Take a ruler and measure one inch down from your previous mark.

Step four: Fold your jeans in half.

Step five: Gradually cut pieces off until you hit your second mark. This is to make sure you don’t make a mistake and accidentally cut too much off. You don’t want to accidentally make your shorts too short.

You now have shorts!

Next you can make them distressed however you chose. I chose to use a needle, sandpaper, and an X-Acto knife.

Once you are finished “distressing”, throw your shorts in the washer and dryer. This will help the fringes come out and give them their optimal look!

You can also add studs, fabrics, or anything else you would like to make them personalized! I am planning to stud the back pockets of mine with studs I ordered from eBay.

Good luck!

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Tackling the freshman fifteen

As we head off to college, we are all warned by our older peers of the dreaded “freshman fifteen”. We all secretly thought to ourselves, “I will NEVER be one of those girls who blows up like a balloon their freshman year!”  Wrong! The majority of us know how easy it was to fall victim to this infamous freshman fifteen.

I grew up in an extremely healthy family. We all played sports and going to the gym was part of our daily routine. My mom cooked us a health filled family dinner every night. We never under any circumstances ate fast food. Unfortunately for me, I never took the time to learn my mothers cooking skills while being home. So when I was sent out on my own and hunger time came, I went running for an easy meal- fast food. Eating fast food for a couple meals a week, adjusting to the new college lifestyle, and neglecting the gym quickly started to add up during my first year of college. I learned about the freshman fifteen the hard way. Luckily for you I am able to share some advice on how to tackle the freshman fifteen!

First off, I would highly recommend learning to cook early on. Sure, McDonald’s Happy Meal’s are cheap and easy, but is it really worth it? Not only is it absolutely disgusting to eat a McDonald’s sandwich five times a week, but do you know how bad those things are for you?! All fast food sandwiches are loaded with sodium and the majority of them contain trans fat- the worst fat for you! I don’t know what I was thinking eating this multiple times a week for almost a year, but boy am I glad those days are over.

I still have not exactly learned to cook. I have however learned about how to do a little thing called grocery shopping.  Just buying simple things such as cold cuts, fresh fruits, salad items, cereal, milk, yogurt, and other basic food items goes a very long way and gives you healthier options when hungry.

Being in college, it is inevitable that alcohol is going to be consumed at one point or another. What many college students don’t realize is that the majority of their freshman fifteen calories can come from alcohol. A 12 oz beer has an average of 149 calories, 1 oz of liquor an average of 65 calories, and a glass of wine an average of 75 calories. This doesn’t even include mixers, chasers, etc.  This can all start to add up very quickly. Drinking in moderation is not only better for your health in general, but it will also not cause weight gain due to alcohol.

Most importantly- EXERCISE! I don’t know how many times I have heard my girl friends talk about how they ditched the gym to go to a social event. Neglecting the gym is honestly one of the worst things you can do if you are not eating like you should. I know first hand that college schedules can be very demanding and its not always easy to find the time to exercise.  Sometimes you need to get a little creative in order to get your daily exercise in..

-Walk to class instead of take the shuttle. Campus is huge! Chances are you will get in a couple of miles a day if you walk everywhere. This all can really add up.

-Take the stairs instead of the elevator. This not only burns calories but works your gluteal muscles, hamstrings, quadriceps and calves.

-If you have plans to hang out with a girlfriend and you want to kill two birds with one stone, do an exercise class! Campus gyms offer tons of girl friendly exercise classes and they are a great way to meet new people.

It took some time, but I have surely learned my lessons. I haven’t touched fast food in over a year. I have made going to the gym a priority within my busy college schedule.  Of course, there are going to be times when you indulge on some fast food fries or go out with the girls instead of going on that run. But making an effort to stay healthy will benefit you in the long run. My advice to you: lay off the fast food, grocery shop, watch what you drink, and don’t forget to exercise. Not only will you look great but you’ll feel great too!

How did you avoid the freshman fifteen? Any tips on eating healthy in college?

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How to dress for your first internship interview

It’s summertime, the time of the year when most ambitious college professionals seek out internships to boost their resumes. You’ve searched long and hard for the perfect fit, spent countless hours filling out applications and tweeking your resume and cover letters to perfection.  After much anticipation and waiting around, the phone finally rings and BAM- you have an interview with your dream internship! Once the details have been discussed and relief finally starts to set in, reality hits. WHAT DO I WEAR TO THIS  STINKIN INTERVIEW? 

As most of you, this too was my first thought. Before this I had little to no reason to dress professionally for any occasion. I did an extensive closet search, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had quite a few items to work with. I chose to stick with a pair of basic black slacks, conservative blouse, black blazer, and some black heels! All things most fashionistas would be able to dig up in their closet.

You never know what kind of environment you will be walking into. The office could be super casual or filled with people in suits. No matter the case, you ALWAYS want to be dressed to impress.

A few basic rules of thumb for interview attire:

–       Be conservative. No short skirts, spaghetti straps, cleavage, etc. This corporation is interested in your brains, not your rockin’ bod!

–       Wear a modest heel. Don’t wear anything with a platform or something that could be mistaken as potentially a striper heel.  A two to three inch heel should do the trick. Once you get the job you may be pleasantly surprised to find that you can wear flats to the office (SCORE!).  However until that day comes, stick to heels.

–       Stick with slacks.  Yes, dresses and skirts are much cuter,  but in order to avoid any awkward skirt “slip ups”, stick with slacks.

–       Absolutely no jeans!! Even if they are black. Or extremely expensive. Or you think they look great. It doesn’t matter, jeans are never acceptable for interviews.

–       Light on the makeup. Go for a natural but put together look. Save the dark eye shadow for a night out with the girls!

Now that you’re sure to be wearing appropriate attire, don’t forget to mentally prepare yourself. Stay calm, be yourself, and you’re sure to nail that dream internship!

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