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College Girls and Their Planners

I don’t know if this is a normal thing or not, but my girlfriends and I literally OBSESS over our planners. During the school year we love writing all our assignments and dates in them with pretty colored pens. Over summer we spend hours discussing what kind of planner we should get for the upcoming year. These planners will be with us a whole entire year, so this is a huge commitment… right….?

Deciding what kind of planner we will be getting has pretty much been the basis of our summer. There are so many different options that have so much to offer!

Here are a few of the planners that we have been scouting:

1. Lilly Pulitzer Agenda – $26

Lilly Pulitzer agendas are great because they offer many differ style options at a reasonable price. They are all colorful and fun!

Some of the features of a Lilly agenda:

  • 17 month calendar (August 2012- December 2013)
  • Weekly and monthly calendar pages
  • A sheet of STICKERS! Perfect for marking important dates
  • A generous amount of notes pages
  • Dates to remember and contacts pages
I had this agenda last year. I loved it because it had plenty of space for writing anything and everything that I could possibly want to write.

Where to buy: http://www.lillypulitzer.com  I have also seem them in many boutiques.

2. Erin Condren Life Planner – $50

This planner is a little more pricey, but it is personalized! There are many designs to choose from and each one includes your name or initials or whatever you would like on the front cover. There are even options (for a little extra mula $$) that allow you to include pictures on the cover!

Some of the Erin Condren Life Planner features:

  • PERSONALIZED!
  • Weekly/monthly pages
  • “Keep it together” pouch in the back (aka storage for miscellaneous papers, important notes, etc.)
  • Morning, day, evening slots in the weekly spreads (I absolutely LOVE this option because it helps to organize your day a little better!)
  • Stickers
  • Goals and to do lists on each monthly spread
  • Important dates calendar

For an additional cost, you can also add photo stickers with whatever pictures you would like.

Where to buy : http://www.erincondren.com/store/

I’m not positive but since this is personalized, I would guess this is the only place these are available.

I have recently ordered the Erin Condren Life Planner in cheetah print and am patiently waiting its arrival (which means I stalk my tracking number multiple times a day)

These are just two of the planners I have heard girlfriends talking about. I know Vera Bradley, Coach, and Kate Spade are also known to make cute and functional planners, so those might also be options to consider if you are in the market for a new planner.

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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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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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