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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    We’re all trying to amp up our Instagram photos. Whether you’re taking day trips solely for an Insta photoshoot or you’re ordering the most colorful cake on the menu to start your career as a foodie photog, it’s increasingly difficult to capture ~unique~ content on your social feed. However, an Instagram model took her Insta career to the extreme and it came back to bite her, literally.

    Katarina Zarutskie was vacaying in the Bahamas when she decided to snap an Insta photo of her swimming with a swamp of nurse sharks, MTV UK reports. Clearly, one of the nurse sharks got a little out of control with their photobombing ways because it took a bite out of the model’s arm.

    In the first photo on her Instagram, you can Zarutskie floating on her back as one of the nurse sharks locks onto her arm. While the shark held her underwater for several moments, Zarutskie kept her cool under this stressful situation, which might have helped her stay relatively safe.

    According to BBC, Zarutskie still had parts of the shark’s teeth in her arm, but her wounds only required stitches and antibiotics. (Which is extremely fortunate for any shark attack.) Although some of you are wondering why the hell anyone would willingly swim with sharks, the BBC notes that Zarutskie is a marine fanatic.

    Though many sharks get a bad rep for being aggressive carnivores (which they are), The Florida Museum at the University of Florida notes that nurse sharks aren’t particularly aggressive. In fact, there are very few documented incidents where nurse sharks have attacked humans. However, Zarutskie’s apparent proximity to the shore might have contributed to the attack.

    Being bottom feeders, nurse sharks regularly feed near shore. From the photos, it appears that this was taken near shore or at least near a sandbar, which might have led this confused nurse shark to mistake her arm for a fish.

    Since news of her shark encounter started circulating, Zarutskie has made her Instagram private due to cyber harassment (seriously, she survived a shark attack, stop harassing her). However, her quick-wit during the shark attack might help prevent future shark attacks from turning fatal.

    “I think if someone was screaming and flailing around it definitely could have changed the situation,” Zarutskie tells the BBC. Instead of becoming frantic, the Insta model stayed calm, which might have allowed her to escape the situation without drawing the attention of the other sharks.

    Additionally, you can see in her photos that she lifted her injured arm up above her head as she used her other hand to put pressure on the open wound. This not only helps prevent extensive blood loss (because her extremity is safely elevated above her heart), it also prevents her blood from dripping into the water so that it doesn't attract the other nurse sharks.

    Regardless, this definitely isn’t how anyone wants to pregame (over pre-gram) shark week, and we’re glad that Katarina Zarutskie and the sharks are safe.

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    A recent squabble between Rihanna and her Saudi billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel has the internet roaring and meme-ing. The two had reportedly been broken up after Rihanna claimed she “gets tired of men." However, their love story seems to be on again (and on edge) after the two were photographed in Mexico together during what appears to be an intense exchange.

    The internet of course couldn't contain itself and used the pics to frame several responses to the argument for our enjoyment. These have to be the most relatable tweets that speak for any typical fight in a relationship.

    Hassan wanting her to know not all men are trash.


    Y’all ok? 


    You know what you did.


    They must’ve been arguing about Fifa, what else?


    No one tells RiRi what to do. You do you, bro.


    Send it.


    We’re on your side, girl.


    Because even Leonardo DiCaprio loves juicy celeb gossip.


    Whatever Rihanna and Hassan were arguing about, it looked serious. At least the internet relieved some tension with humorous entertainment.

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    Congrats: you got into college! Right after you open that acceptance letter and make the announcement in your high school’s college decisions group, one more exciting thing happens: you get added to your new school’s Class of 2022 Facebook group, and suddenly you’re face-to-face (well, face-to-screen) with all your new classmates.

    We know it’s overwhelming to be thrown into that environment, but it can also be the way you meet your new best friend or find out about the club that will become your passion project for the next four years. However, don’t start inundating the group with posts just yet—we’ve spoken to a few collegiettes to find out how to navigate your class group, and some unspoken etiquette rules you may not have been aware of.

    1. Don’t post too often

    You know how you get annoyed when that one person in your group chat sends 50 texts in a row about something that isn’t even important? Imagine being that person, except instead of five or six people constantly getting the notifications, it’s your entire freshman class.

    Makena Gera, a sophomore at Marist College, experienced this firsthand in her class group. “I never really posted a lot in my freshman class Facebook group, but one tip I would have (as someone who was reading a lot of the posts) is to stay away from posting too much,” she says. “It's great to post to introduce yourself, comment on a few other people's posts and then be done with it. The people who used the group too much came off as friendly at first, but eventually it got a little annoying to see the same people over and over again.”

    So say hey to everyone, and don’t be afraid to make a post asking those pressing questions about tuition deadlines and how to set up your student email. But maybe think twice before updating everyone about how excited you are every five minutes.

    “It's a tough line to toe, but I would say overall interact in the group enough to get your name out there, but not too much that you become the person everyone comes to know as ‘that girl in the Facebook group,’” Makena advises. We couldn’t agree more.

    Related: The 9 People You'll Meet In Your Prefrosh Facebook Group

    2. Read before you write

    As much as you might wish we could give you a precisely accurate list of rules, every school’s Facebook group is going to be a little different: some of them might encourage people to post all the time, while others might save that for a class GroupMe and leave the Facebook group for asking questions about move-in day and orientation. Take a look at what other people are posting before you go to write something yourself, because you may be putting forth an image of yourself that you don’t want.

    Gabriela Alesia Vascimini, a sophomore at Columbia University, says, “The unspoken rule in ours was not to introduce yourself because it came across as desperate!” Instead, her school’s group “participate[d] in posts like social media threads.”

    If your incoming freshman class is smaller and the school is known for having tight-knit students, then there’s probably a good chance that introductory posts are standard—sometimes, people even post pictures of themselves along with their fun facts and social media handles. But if your Facebook group has several thousand members, and you know yourself that you’re not going to want to read through everyone’s intro post, why would you write your own?

    3. Know how to find a roommate, if you want one

    If you’re going to be living on campus with a roommate, you’re probably going to have the struggle of choosing between random selection and trying to find someone yourself. If you go for option two, the Facebook group is a great way to do it—you just have to do a little scouting.

    If finding roommates through the group is common at your school (and it probably is), you’ll likely see a lot of posts with people basically advertising themselves: their tidiness, their room décor skills, or even a funny story to show off their personality. If you see someone you think might be a good fit, feel free to privately message them about it! Don’t comment directly on the post, because if they’re getting multiple offers, it would be awkward to be rejected in a place where everyone can see.

    “I met my roommate and best friend on my class Facebook group!” says Hannah Harshe, a junior at the University of Michigan. “She posted some goofy post about wanting a roommate—I think she said something about how she was chill because she fell out of a tree once, and that was pretty much it. I followed her on Instagram and then she messaged me. The rest is history and we're on our third year of sharing a room!”

    It’s way easier than you think to have a happy ending story like Hannah’s, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t. People tend to present themselves differently (often better) online than they really are, so sometimes random selection really is a safer bet—the decision is totally up to you.

    4. Don’t be afraid to reach out

    If you see someone in the Facebook group that you admire, or that you think has a personality you’d mesh well with, go ahead and privately message them, or follow them on social media. It might feel scary to reach out to a total stranger at first, but you can bond over being excited to start at your new school, and work from there.

    You don’t have to feel like a burden for saying hi, either—the reason people make introductory posts is because they hope somebody will start a conversation with them about it. You can rely on that for things to talk about, too: if they mention that they once met Barack Obama, you can ask about it. If they’re really into sci fi books, you can bring up your personal fave and ask if they’ve read it.

    “I think I would be flattered if someone reached out to me from the group,” Makena says. “Since I went to the trouble of making an intro post and putting myself out there, it’s cool if someone notices that and wants to talk to me more.”

    You should go into the group knowing that everyone there wants to meet people; that’s one of the best things about being an incoming freshman. Soon enough, you’ll have a whole new group of friends, and the Facebook group can be the way to get there.

    Related: 7 Things to Do After Accepting a College

    5. Only ask a question if it’s not already answered

    Probably the most helpful part of class Facebook groups is that if you have a question, you can bet that somebody out of the hundreds or thousands of people reading your post has an answer. But just like with anything else, do your research first.

    Search the group to make sure your question hasn’t already been asked and answered by someone else before you post, or you’ll risk spamming the group and possibly annoying people who have to answer the same question or read the same post multiple times.

    If someone hasn’t already asked the question, don’t be afraid to ask it! You may feel weird asking if the dorm rooms have wastebaskets or if the dining hall offers gluten-free options, but your question probably applies to other students too, so putting it out there will be helpful to more than one person. After all, it’s what the group is for.

    Your class’s Facebook group is the gateway to the college experience: it’s the perfect way to make sure you have familiar faces on campus before you get there. You should use the group to its full advantage, and with these tips, you won’t have to worry about rubbing any of your future classmates the wrong way.

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    Selena Gomez has been noticeably quiet about the recent engagement between her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin, but in a new interview, she did weigh in on another couple that's preparing to tie the knot: Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande

    Well, "weigh in" might be generous. Selena clearly didn't want to discuss the subject — probably because she knew it would lead in to questions about Justin — but the interview from Clevver persisted. 

    "What do you think Mavis would say to Ariana Grande now that she's engaged?" the interviewer asked, referencing Selena's character, Mavis, in the upcoming film Hotel Transylvania 3

    Selena laughed and turned to her co-star, Adam Sandberg before replying, "I don't know what Mavis would say!" 

    The interviewer continued, "Selena would probably say 'the heart wants what it wants.''

    "I honestly don't know what Mavis would say, but I would say that it's amazing and beautiful," Selena said, smiling. 

    And that was that. 

    Although Selena has yet to comment on Justin and Hailey's engagement, she seems perfectly fine. According to Billboard, she was recently spotted on a yacht with friends. 

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    We’re all trying to amp up our Instagram photos. Whether you’re taking day trips solely for an Insta photoshoot or you’re ordering the most colorful cake on the menu to start your career as a foodie photog, it’s increasingly difficult to capture ~unique~ content on your social feed. However, an Instagram model took her Insta career to the extreme and it came back to bite her, literally.

    Katarina Zarutskie was vacaying in the Bahamas when she decided to snap an Insta photo of her swimming with a swamp of nurse sharks, MTV UK reports. Clearly, one of the nurse sharks got a little out of control with their photobombing ways because it took a bite out of the model’s arm.

    In the first photo on her Instagram, you can Zarutskie floating on her back as one of the nurse sharks locks onto her arm. While the shark held her underwater for several moments, Zarutskie kept her cool under this stressful situation, which might have helped her stay relatively safe.

    According to BBC, Zarutskie still had parts of the shark’s teeth in her arm, but her wounds only required stitches and antibiotics. (Which is extremely fortunate for any shark attack.) Although some of you are wondering why the hell anyone would willingly swim with sharks, the BBC notes that Zarutskie is a marine fanatic.

    Though many sharks get a bad rep for being aggressive carnivores (which they are), The Florida Museum at the University of Florida notes that nurse sharks aren’t particularly aggressive. In fact, there are very few documented incidents where nurse sharks have attacked humans. However, Zarutskie’s apparent proximity to the shore might have contributed to the attack.

    Being bottom feeders, nurse sharks regularly feed near shore. From the photos, it appears that this was taken near shore or at least near a sandbar, which might have led this confused nurse shark to mistake her arm for a fish.

    Since news of her shark encounter started circulating, Zarutskie has made her Instagram private due to cyber harassment (seriously, she survived a shark attack, stop harassing her). However, her quick-wit during the shark attack might help prevent future shark attacks from turning fatal.

    “I think if someone was screaming and flailing around it definitely could have changed the situation,” Zarutskie tells the BBC. Instead of becoming frantic, the Insta model stayed calm, which might have allowed her to escape the situation without drawing the attention of the other sharks.

    Additionally, you can see in her photos that she lifted her injured arm up above her head as she used her other hand to put pressure on the open wound. This not only helps prevent extensive blood loss (because her extremity is safely elevated above her heart), it also prevents her blood from dripping into the water so that it doesn't attract the other nurse sharks.

    Regardless, this definitely isn’t how anyone wants to pregame (over pre-gram) shark week, and we’re glad that Katarina Zarutskie and the sharks are safe.

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    Kylie Jenner may be the youngest Kardashian-Jenner sister, but now, she's also the richest. 

    According to Forbes, Kylie is now worth an estimated $900 million — and in a year, she'll become the youngest billionaire in history, at 21 years old. The success garnered from her makeup company, Kylie Cosmetics, allowed her to surpass Kim as the most profitable member of the family. In 2017 alone, Kylie Cosmetics sold an estimated $330 million worth of makeup, and the figure since the company's initial launch nears $630 million. And she owns 100% of it.

    The rest of Kylie's net-worth comes from her Puma deal, product endorsements, her spot on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and the Kendall + Kylie clothing line. 

    The way Kylie sees it, platforms like Instagram have played a huge success. "Social media is an amazing platform," she told Forbes. "I have such easy access to my fans and my customers."

    In the beginning, though, Kylie wasn't sure what to do. Kim had her mobile game, Kendall had modeling, and even Rob had socks. 

    "I struggled for a minute with finding something to do on my own," Kylie said. 

    But after Kylie's lips — and fillers, which she eventually admitted having — became a topic of conversation, she was ready to capitalize on the moment. Kylie told Forbes she put up $250,000 of her own money to produce the first 15,000 lip kits. 

    The rest was history. 

    As for the future, Kylie said she sees herself working on Kylie Cosmetics "forever." 

    "Maybe one day [I'll] pass this on to Stormi, if she's into it," Kylie said. 

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    London Breed made history on Wednesday when she was sworn into office as the first black female mayor of San Francisco. 

    "I stand at this podium today because a community believed in me, because our city services looked out for me," Breed said, addressing the crowd after being sworn in. 

    Breed also tweeted about what it means to her to become San Francisco's mayor. 

    At the ceremony, California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein — the first woman elected to Breed's post — delivered a message via video.

    "After far too long as the only woman mayor of San Francisco, I so proudly welcome you into the club," Feinstein said. "I have every confidence that you’re going to be the right leader at the right time for our city."

    Prior to Feinstein, Mayor Willie Brown was the first African American to hold the title. 

    Wednesday's ceremony was "rooted in the historic nature" of Breed's win, including a reference to Maya Angelou, the National Anthem, and more, ABC News reported

    Breed, a San Francisco native, ran for mayor pledging to address a number of the city's problems — namely, the housing and homelessness crisis

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    Instagram can be great for social purposes, but it’s also the perfect place for companies and influencers to market clothes, gadgets and even health products. Your favorite celebrity may be advertising that a certain tea made them lose 10 pounds, but not all of these products live up to their miracle-making promises.

    1.  Flat Tummy Tea

    From the Kardashians to Snooki, it seems like the best diet trick in the celebrity world is Flat Tummy Tea. Whether they’re posing with it right before they go to bed or after their workout, this product has flooded people’s Instagram accounts.

    “They contain ingredients with diuretic and laxative properties. Diuretics and laxatives are not bad for you if you need them,” says Summer Meister, a registered nurse and nurse extern at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. “So the teas can basically dehydrate you throughout the day while they are working to get rid of your water weight. Furthermore, water weight is exactly what it sounds like: water. You will not be really losing any weight by using these teas.”

    It would be great if simply drinking a tea could help everyone lose weight, but old-fashioned healthy eating and exercise may be the best alternative for your body.

    2. Weight loss supplements

    Progress pictures are a big part of the Instagram fitness community and can be a great source of inspiration for those looking to lose weight or tone up. But when these progress pictures come with a blurb thanking a supplement or vitamin, you should do your research.

    Taylor Denning, an EMT and physical therapist aide, says, “Honestly, some of the products are dehydrating supplements, which most people do not understand. Doing them too much or too often could result in your body going into hypovolemic shock, essentially sending your body into a low blood volume shock by dehydration.” 

    If a weight loss supplement or a miracle vitamin seems like it might be legitimate, look up the ingredients and search for honest reviews.

    Related: 4 Reasons Why You Aren't Seeing Fitness Results Yet

    3. Waist trainers

    You may have seenthese waist-cinching devices sported by the Kardashians. The girdle-like wraps come in different forms—some lace-up or Velcro—and they promise to give you the ultimate hourglass figure.

    “Avoid trends that you see celebrities doing. More often than not, they are being paid a nice chunk of money to post five times about something they could care less about,” says Denning.

    Literally sucking in your stomach with a piece of fabric may seem like the perfect way to get fit; however, you should use your intuition. Some fitness and health trends may work and be the answer to your concerns, but you should act like a skeptic whenever it comes to something that’s supposed to change your body.

    4. Protein World Slender Blender

    Protein shakes can be a good thing; that’s why so many people are a fan of them before and after the gym. However, the fitness community on Instagram has taken a certain liking to Protein World’s Slender Blender, which isn’t the same one your gym crush is drinking before their intense workout.

    “While this one in particular does contain many vitamins and minerals, it is a meal replacement shake. When adding milk as instructed, it is higher in calories than advertised,” says Meister. “It’s always important to consider that meal replacement shakes are in a way a crash/fad diet. Most, including this one, contain high levels of caffeine which is not recommended for long periods of time.”

    Not all protein shakes are bad. Do your research to find a brand that is good for the type of lifestyle you lead and one that won’t have scary long-term side effects.

    5. Hair vitamins

    Long hair, don’t care, right? Gummies like Sugar Bear Hair vitamins and Hair Burst vitamins seem to be the trick to luscious locks, but they really aren’t anything special.

    “While the vitamins found in Sugar Bear Hair vitamins are known to help hair growth, you would probably get the same effect by taking biotin or a normal multivitamin for a cheaper price,” says Meister.

    With an influencer’s coupon code, you may think you are saving big bucks, but you can save by finding a drug store alternative.

    As for Hair Bursts, it seems like they are also just trendy vitamins. Meister says, “The problem is, it does not seem like it could be used as a multivitamin like Sugar Bear could. So if the ingredients don’t end up helping your hair, you’re basically wasting your money. It’s also important to note that if you eat a well-rounded and healthy diet, you can naturally get the vitamins you need for stronger, healthier hair.”

    Put your credit card away for now and check out your local drugstore’s vitamin aisle to find these hair-growth solutions.

    Instagram is a great place to get inspired, but not the place to take the advice of strangers. If you are interested in a health trend, do your best to find honest reviews and research the product. It will save you money, time and grief!

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    Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

    But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

    President Trump Unloads At NATO Summit

    This year's two-day NATO Summit — an annual meeting of Heads of State and Heads of Government of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization — is currently taking place in Brussels. President Trump began by accusing NATO ally Germany of being "a captive of Russia," because the country pays "billions and billions of dollars" to Russia for energy. He also called members of the alliance "delinquent" for how much they spend on defense, insisting that they increase funds "immediately. 

    White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders expanded on Trump's demands in a press briefing. "During the president's remarks today at the NATO summit he suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of 2 percent of their GDP on defense spending, but that they increase it to 4 percent," she said. "President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations."

    At the summit, Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met privately. He told reporters the meeting was "great," and Merkel later added that they discussed trade and migration. Trump also met with French President Emmanuel Macron. 

    Paul Manafort's Jail Conditions Revealed

    Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been detained at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Virginia since June 15 — but according to Manafort himself, he's being treated like a "VIP." According to Justice Department lawyers working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Manafort is trying to delay his trial, which is currently scheduled for July 25. To prevent him from doing so, they're citing recorded jail calls and prison logs that show Manafort is getting special attention.

    "Among the unique privileges Manafort enjoys at the jail are a private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units, his own bathroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone, and his own workspace to prepare for trial," the prosecutors wrote.

    Manafort was initially detained over witness-tampering charges while awaiting trial over charges from Mueller's Russia probe. In just three weeks in jail, he's made more than 100 phone calls to his attorneys. 

    A Record Number Of Americans Are Quitting Their Jobs

    Americans are leaving their jobs to seek better opportunities at the highest rate in 17 years. According to new data from the Labor Department, nearly 3.56 million workers left their jobs in May — the most since 2000. 

    This isn't necessarily a bad thing though. "Rising 'quit rates' are considered positive because they often indicate employees are leaving their current positions for jobs with higher wages and better benefits,"The Hill reported. 

    The Labor Department data also revealed that unemployment rates remain low at 4 percent nationwide. In April, the number of job openings was a record 6.84 million. 

    What to look for...

    There's a holiday for everything, and today's revolves around pie. Yep — July 12 is National Pecan Pie Day. 

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    Netflix has dropped the first trailer for its newest original filmSierra Burgess Is A Loser. The film stars Stranger Things fan favorite, Shannon Purser, as high school student Sierra, who is trying to fit in among her petty and shallow peers.

    Sierra finds herself in a bit of a catfishing situation, after a romance between her and hottie jock Jamey (Noah Centineo) begins over text and Sierra soon learns that Jamey thinks she is popular girl in school Veronica (Kristine Froeseth). Afraid that Jamey will not like the real her, Sierra keeps up the ruse, her connection with Jamey and increasing lies, completely changing her life. But when Jamey asks Sierra out on a date, she enlists the help of former enemy Veronica, promising to help her pass her classes. While helping each other a friendship blooms between the two girls, and Veronica introduces Sierra to a whole new side of the high school experience. 

    As the trailer progresses it also becomes clear that, like any teenager, Sierra is dealing with insecurities and uncertainties, and is struggling to define herself and the person she will become. . "Do you have any idea what it's like to be a teenage girls and to look like this?" she asks in one moment. "Growing up's terrifying. I don't know what I am." Everyone has felt like that at some point, making Sierra's character representation so important. 

    Sierra Burgess is a Loser makes it way to Netflix on September 7.

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    Warning: This article contains spoilers.

    This week, The Bold Type addressed sexual assault and the domino effect that occurs when someone who speaks out about sexual assault inspires others to do the same, in an episode aptly titled "The Domino Effect." The way Jane honored Jacqueline in this episode was just one of many examples of women supporting women on The Bold Type.

    We’ve compiled a list of some of the most inspiring moments from season two (so far) that show women supporting women.

    1. When Sutton says no to slut-shaming

    Remember when Sutton was working on that photoshoot featuring extraordinary men (including Jane’s now-SO, Dr. Ben) and started thinking she was only selected because she was known as the “office flirt"? Thanks to some slut-shaming from her colleagues, Sutton thought she was selected because she works well with men. As a result, Sutton acted awkward during the shoot and tried to keep her distance. When she talked to Jacqueline about it, Jacqueline assured her that her “magnetic personality” is something to embrace and be proud of. With Jacqueline’s reassurance and support, Sutton began acting like herself again, wound up doing an awesome job working with the men at the shoot, and even called out the woman who had been slut-shaming her, saying, “We don’t tear each other down, not as women and definitely not as women of Scarlet.”

    2. When Sutton and Adena work together despite their differences

    When Kat suggested that Sutton select Adena for a photoshoot, Sutton was hesitant but ultimately chose Adena for the shoot to help Kat out. At first, Sutton and Adena had very different visions for the shoot and it wasn’t going well. However, they had an inspiring moment where they recognized their similarities and worked together to create an awesome, and admittedly risky shoot, for the body positivity issue of Scarlet. Sutton, Kat and Jane got naked for the photoshoot, showing their “imperfections,” like acne. The moment was made to be even more empowering because Adena also shot the photos while naked, saying she wanted to make her models feel more comfortable.

    3. When Kat and Jane help Sutton with her walk of shame

    This was a moment of true friendship. Sutton woke up in bed with a man just before work and didn’t have time to get ready. She contacted Jane and Kat, and they reacted with such an awesome level of support. Jane was with Ben but told him it was an emergency (well, a fashion emergency, she clarified). Kat and Jane show up at the Scarlet office building, bringing along items like dry shampoo, a disposable toothbrush, shoes and a leather jacket. Jane and Kat didn’t act like Sutton’s “walk of shame” (or stride of pride) was shameful at all — they were extremely supportive, and that’s how it should be.

    4. When Sutton meets up with Dylan’s wife

    That guy that Sutton slept with? Yeah, he was actually married—but Sutton didn’t find out until she saw a text on his phone. After seeing the text, she was pretty upset, but her reaction that followed was admirable—she decided she needed to tell Dylan’s wife. Sutton found Dylan’s wife on social media and showed Kat. They talked about how his wife even went to the Women’s March (and had a good sign). Kat didn’t think telling Dylan’s wife was necessarily a good idea, but Sutton stood by her decision. “I spent my childhood watching my mother date guys like Dylan,” Sutton said. “They lie and cheat and she really suffered, so even if Allison isn’t on my side, I’m going to be on hers.” Cool and inspiring AF. When Sutton met up with Allison, Allison was obviously upset, but she didn’t take it out on Sutton or blame her. “I don’t hate you. I want to find a good guy who loves me and treats me with respect,” Allison said. “You seem like a nice girl, Sutton, and I hope you find one of those guys.” Thanks, The Bold Type, for showing us women having an honest conversation and not perpetuating the idea that women always react with woman-on-woman hate in this type of situation.

    5. When Kat tries to hire Angie

    Kat wanted to hire Angie, a woman she described as “amazing, smart, refreshing and hungry.” The problem? She didn’t finish college, so hiring her would go against company policy. But Kat kept fighting to challenge the policy because she believed in Angie. Jacqueline was also supportive, telling Kat, “If you think she’s worth fighting for, I’m all for it.” When Richard granted Kat the opportunity to pitch a policy change to the board, Kat wanted Angie to be there and to speak for herself. However, Angie was working and didn’t want to risk losing her job, in case she didn’t get the job at Scarlet. Jane, after recognizing her own white privilege and wanting to apologize to Kat, filled in for Angie at work, allowing Angie to go to the board meeting, where she killed it, obviously.

    6. When Jane writes a story about the domino effect

    On this week’s episode, Jane was presented with an opportunity to write a follow-up to her story about sexual assault. She started working on a story about the domino effect, interviewing many women and hearing their stories. When one source told her that she was inspired by Jacqueline—but also had some negative feelings about Jacqueline—Jane was upfront and honest with Jacqueline, keeping her informed about the story. The woman said she was assaulted by the same man who assaulted Jacqueline, and when Jane told Jacqueline this, Jacqueline said, “That’s devastating to think that another woman was victimized by the same man who assaulted me.” Even though the woman had some negative feelings about Jacqueline (though she also credited her with helping her understand the importance of speaking up), Jacqueline was understanding, supportive and empathetic. At the end of the episode, Jacqueline told Jane that she reached out to the woman. “We’re going to start working together to make sure there are safe spaces for women who want or need to tell their stories,” Jacqueline said.

    7. When Jane and Jacqueline support each other

    This week, Jane won an award for her story about sexual assault that she had written for Scarlet. When she gave her speech, she credited Jacqueline as her mentor, saying, “She pushed me to dig deeper even when it was too painful and she taught me that what matters most isn’t your byline or these awards. What matters most is the story and the truth.” After the follow-up story was published, Jane was concerned about how Jacqueline would feel about it, since she originally wanted the piece to honor Jacqueline. But Jacqueline was supportive of Jane, telling her that Jane’s article pushed her to think in new ways. She then offered Jane an opportunity to work at Scarlet again.

    With so many powerful women on the show, it’s no surprise that the the show features many inspiring and empowering moments like these. Still, it’s something we unfortunately don't see in movies and TV shows enough, so we’re glad The Bold Type is helping change the conversation.

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    Prince Harry is certain that he wants to have kids with wife Meghan Markle, and he's even given some thought as to how many children the couple wants.

    On Thursday, the royal family continued their run through Dublin, interacting with excited fans and resulting in some seriously swoon-worthy moments. 

    In one adorable moment during the royal duo's trip through Ireland (which is the couple's first diplomatic trip together since their wedding), a young child couldn't resist playing with Meghan's hair. Meghan smiled and began holding his little hand, but not before Harry noticed and began wagging his finger in a mock reprimand. Too cute! 

    As Harry prevented the child from messing up her locks, there was an even more swoon-worthy moment. Fan Elaine Adam-Stewart talked to Prince Harry and reported their interaction to People. After telling Harry that her husband also has red hair and that they have five children together, Elaine asked him, "When are you and Meghan going to get going?"

    According to Elaine, Harry giggled and said, "five children—too many." We feel you, Harry. 

    In the past, Harry and Meghan have noted their plans to start a family. During their first joint interview with BBC, Harry said that "hopefully [they'll] start a family in the near future." And, we're sure they've been getting many questions about their plans for children while in Dublin. (Especially since everyone is on a preemptive bump-watch.) 

    If and when Harry and Meghan decide to have children, we're sure they'll be great parents (mostly because we want them to adopt us). If this tour has been any indication, we can't wait to see Meghan's maternity style! 

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    Young & Hungry is a sitcom; you’re not supposed to take it too seriously. You’re supposed to laugh at the characters’ crazy antics and use its humor as an escape from the real world, and then you’re supposed to turn off the TV once it’s over and not think much about it again.

    I couldn’t do that this week, though.

    “Young & Mexico,” this week’s two-part episode in which Gabi takes Sofia on a last-minute birthday vacation to Mexico, was supposed to have the same brand of humor as all the other episodes: Gabi has a wacky plan, Sofia is the voice of reason, everything goes wrong but works out in the end and nobody learns anything so we can do it all again next week. The change this time around is that Gabi’s wacky plan involved smuggling Juan Carlo, Sofia’s weekend fling, across the border as a “surprise” because Sofia was sad that she would have to leave him.

    Uh, what?

    I’ve had my issues with Gabi’s cluelessness before, and I know that’s, like, the point of her character, but even with all that in mind, this particular plan was a step too far. It was a hundred steps too far.

    We’ve all been keeping up with the news about the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy and the unfathomable suffering it’s led to for separated families (many of whom are still not reunited). Of course, I know how TV shows work—this episode was written and filmed before the family separation policy became the center of national conversation. But the fact that they still chose to air it, or even wrote it the way they did in the first place (because immigration policies were still hurting tons of families before “zero tolerance”) shows immense ignorance or indifference to the plight of others.

    Let’s get a little more into the events of the episodes themselves: Gabi helps Juan Carlo sell some souvenirs on the beach so he can spend more time with Sofia before they have to leave. When she gives him the money she made, he’s ecstatic: he can FaceTime with Sofia for a whole month! Gabi asks, “Why only a month?” because she doesn’t seem to understand that things cost money. I had to roll my eyes here, because she’s often marketed as a #relatable broke post-grad—there’s even jokes earlier in the episode about her only having $22 in cash. Of course, she was still able to pay for a whole weekend at a fancy hotel in Mexico, but, like, whatever, suspension of disbelief!

    This is when Gabi says, “I wish we could just pack you up in our car and take you with us!” And, well, that’s how we end up with Juan Carlo hiding under a blanket in the trunk while grinning Gabi sits next to Sofia and tries to contain her excitement.

    Crossing the border is not as simple as hopping in a car with two American girls and playing hide-and-seek for an hour or two until you’re home free. It often involves trauma and terror, and the real stories are worth reading. But there’s no place for trauma and terror in Young & Hungry, so instead we get Juan Carlo’s head popping up from the backseat and an, “OMG, keep down, we gotta surprise Sofia!” The fact that Juan Carlo would even agree to do such a thing shows how little the shows’ writers know or care about the Mexican immigrant experience.

    Gabi is surprised by the Border Patrol, which makes me like her even less as a character because it’s clear she probably hasn’t picked up a newspaper in several years. There’s even a scene at the beginning of Part Two where a Border Patrol agent checks their car. Gabi tries to flirt her way out of it, because Gabi. Everyone in the car is scared, but it’s obvious that none of them are thinking about the real, actual consequences for what happens when an undocumented immigrant gets caught crossing the border—it’s more of an “oh, no, Sofia will lose her potential boyfriend!” type of scared. The Border Patrol agent finds a mango in the trunk and is all, “You can’t take that to the U.S.!” and everyone laughs. Because this is all just so funny.

    They do find Juan Carlo after Gabi accidentally opens the trunk, because Gabi. But it’s an “oops!” moment, nothing more. Worst of all, we later see Gabi and Sofia lamenting the fact that they won’t see Juan Carlo anymore, and Sofia’s relationship with him is over. Neither of them seems all that concerned that in reality, he would be detained, possibly charged and undoubtedly terrified. An American woman’s love story is surely more important than an immigrant’s safety, right?

    Gabi recruits Josh to help Juan Carlo get a work visa, and somehow… that actually plays out. Like, Juan Carlo comes to America the next day. In isolation, I don’t even have that much of a problem with the unrealisticness of whatever “rich white dude” magic Josh uses to get Juan Carlo a work visa and for him to show up in Sofia’s apartment in 24 hours. Because, like, whatever, suspension of disbelief! But this episode doesn’t exist in a vacuum; it aired during a national conversation about the inhumanity with which immigrants, particularly those at the Mexican-American border, are treated, and to handwave it off and be all, “Oh, it’s totally easy to get a work visa when you have a good lawyer!” made me pause the show for a good minute to take the longest deep breath of my life.

    And after all that trouble, do Sofia and Juan Carlo even get their happy ending? Nope! Because here’s Nick Walker, fancypants immigration lawyer and total asshole, who’s just so much hotter. Gabi and Sofia initially request his help with Juan Carlo, and he shoots them down without even an ounce of sympathy, despite the fact that cases like this are what he’s dedicated his life to. The reason? He wants Sofia for himself. And he gets her. He literally predicts that after three days, she’ll be over Juan Carlo and running to him, and it takes her only one. Juan Carlo at this point is... where? Is he safe? Is he left stranded in this foreign country with no home or friends or anything? I don’t know! But, like, whatever, suspension of disbelief! We don’t care about him anymore because he’s apparently not as cute as Nick.

    In short, this week’s episodes were a total mess. Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this way—if the retweets made by the Young & Hungry Twitter account are anything to go by, plenty of people found this absolutely hilarious. But if a sitcom is truly supposed to be an escape, they shouldn’t have chosen to handle an issue like this. And if they do actually want to discuss topical issues—which they could, as lighthearted shows like Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat have—they shouldn’t have fumbled it so badly.

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    Love is in the air for progressives seeking social justice BAEs, apparently. People with the ACLU badges on their OkCupid profile are more likely to get a date than those who don’t, said Chief Marketing Officer Melissa Hobley to The Hill

    “100 percent you are more likely to go on a date with the ACLU badge,”  Hobley told The Hill. She also mentions how discussing politics is so much more popular, especially in our current political “climate" because “what helps inform ... decisions on our partnerships, like the ACLU badge, is what we see...users talking about.” 

    Back in June, the popular dating app offered users the option to add a pro-ACLU badge to their profile. Hobley told The Hill that the badges and causes acted as a sort of filter for those seeking politically like minded partners. About 90 percent of OkCupid users responded “yes” to the question “Do you support the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)?”

    The company also says that ACLU supporters have 10 percent more conversations in the app than users who don’t. Pro-ACLU supporters also receive 15 percent more “likes”.

    The questions aren’t meant to single anyone out though: “We welcome all political leanings and all types of people. You can use our ‘filters’ about Trump and other things to find people who might not be on the progressive side,” Hobley said.

    OkCupid uses questionnaires on a variety of topics as filters for uses on the app and website. The filters are rated on a scale based on importance and significance to the users life. An algorithm is then used to show a user people who have a similar or close interest on the same issues. One of them being simply “Trump?”. “The options are ‘hell yes,’ ‘hell no,’ ‘yes,’ and ‘no,’ and you can skip it. And then you’re asked how important that question is to you. By answering that question you are essentially creating a filter.”

    The dating app donates $1 to the ACLU for every user who answers “yes” to the ACLU support question, according the The Hill. OkCupid planned to raise $50,000 dollars but has already surpassed that goal. 

    The pro-ACLU badge is suppose to be available all throughout the summer, but due to the immense amount of support the company may continue with the badges well beyond the deadline. 

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    Congratulations on potentially joining a sorority! Since you’re considering rushing, you’ve probably heard your fair share of anecdotes about sorority life, the constant parties and the superficiality of the rush process. Thankfully, you can throw those stereotypes out the window. We asked college women to share the real truth about sorority recruitment, and everything they wished they had known before rushing. Although your Greek life experience will be different at every college, here are the key things all future sorority women should know.

    1. You’re going to feel overwhelmed

    To be completely honest, it is really easy to become emotionally unstable during rush week, but it all depends onhow you handle it. A whole week of feeling hungry and tired, wearing heels, staying out for hours and constantly feeling like you’re being judged is enough to make any girl have a breakdown. After all that, it can feel even worse when you’ve been cut from multiple houses and aren’t sure whether you’ll get a bid from your first choice.

    Nicole Hayashida, a recruitment counselor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and member of Kappa Alpha Theta, has some real talk for you about maintaining your chill. “If you feel completely overwhelmed, you can be honest about it. If you get cut from a house, don’t cry. If your feet are killing you, then make sure to pack flats in your bag,” she says. “The quality of your experience during rush has a lot to do with how you handle it. Being prepared: acting thick-skinned and having fun is going to make you more attractive to active members than another rushee who’s having a bummer time.”

    We know the rush process isn’t easy. But managing a few laughs and handling uncomfortable circumstances with grace is totally worth it for the reward of finding your sisterhood.

    2. Personality is more important than appearance

    While some sororities are certainly invested in the pageantry of formal recruitment, the golden rule is to be yourself and show your true personality, because authenticity will carry you further than frills.

    Nicole goes on to explain what active members are looking for. “We are sometimes seeing hundreds of girls in one night,” she says. “You are more likely to be remembered for having a great personality and a lot of passion instead of having the most expensive dress or being able to walk in the highest heels.”

    Additionally, recruitment boards are looking to bid on women that are enthusiastic about their chapter. If you were the Regina George of your high school and you come into rush acting too cool to be there, you’ll definitely get cut. Above all, the sorority recruiters will be looking for girls who are eager about making new friends, have a love of philanthropy and are willing to dedicate time to the house. In this contest, looks and a cool card won’t get you past pref night.

    Related: 4 Things You Didn’t Know About Sorority Rush 

    3. Be extremely open-minded

    If you enter rush with your heart set on only one sorority and nothing else, you might be setting yourself up for disappointment. In reality, your opinions about what you want will change so much through the rush process that you should open yourself to all the possibilities.

    Kate Klammer, a sophomore at the University of Oregon and member of Chi Omega, shares the importance of keeping your options flexible. “I rushed freshman year and only got a bid from Chi O, which was fine, but it wasn’t the sorority I wanted to be in,” she explains. “I dropped, rushed again this year, and got a bid from Chi O again. Instead of taking the opportunity initially and accepting a really great sorority even though it wasn’t my first option, I wasted a year I could have spent with my sisters. Just consider various options, and don’t go in with an all-or-nothing game plan.”

    Go where you feel comfortable and have people you click with, not the sorority that has the best Instagram pics or is considered the “hottest” on campus. Staying open-minded is going to land you in the right spot come bid night.

    4. Current members are also tired and nervous

    The sororities you’re rushing have been working since last semester and through the summer to put on recruitment, and believe us when we say that they are just as nervous about it going well as you. Talking to a bunch of strangers is never easy, and while you’ll be trying hard to sell yourself, they’ll be working to sell their sorority as the absolute best choice for you.

    “The women you’re mingling with have probably been up all night, are feeling tons of pressure from their recruitment chair and want nothing more than for you to want to join their sorority,” says Kayla Steinforth, a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate and Kappa Kappa Gamma alumna. “They’re concerned about making a good impression too.”

    All the people you’re meeting have already gone through the same recruitment process, so you can rest easy knowing that they feel tons of sympathy and want to just have a good time with you. You can feel comfortable being yourself with them.

    Related: 10 Common Mistakes To Avoid During Sorority Rush

    5. It’s okay to be on the fence

    Based on portrayals of Greek life in movies, television and even crazy stories you hear on the news, you likely have some preconceived notions about what goes on in sororities. Maybe these portrayals have left you on the fence and unsure whether you’ll fit into the “partying” culture of sororities, or worried that you’re not quite extroverted enough to maintain this lifestyle. It’s okay to question whether committing to a sorority is right for you, but we promise that sororities are a lot more multidimensional than you think.  

    “I was on the fence about rushing, and I had never thought of myself as the stereotypical sorority girl,” explains Jenny McClintock, a senior and member of Delta Gamma at the University of Florida. “I ended up dropping, and then rushing again a year later. What I didn’t realize is how rich sorority life actually is. It’s easy to find your niche, especially when you’re in a group of 200 girls, and it’s easy to find your favorite events.”

    Sororities offer a little something for everyone. There’s opportunity for friendship, philanthropy, leadership, post-grad connections and access to countless events throughout the year. While yes, parties will be regularly occurring, you won’t necessarily be forced out of your comfort zone. There’s always something to gain from joining a sorority, and very little to be lost.

    6. The time commitment is heavy

    Depending on your college, some rushes last three days and others can last almost two weeks. While there’s usually a skit night, philanthropy night and pref night, actual rush week can end up as a huge time commitment. On top of all the time spent getting ready, expect to be visiting different houses and mingling for three to five hours per day.

    The time commitment doesn’t stop after rush. Allison Martin, a senior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, shares what she wishes she knew before rushing. “I wish I had known before joining the amount of commitment in terms of going to events and meetings,” she says. “I don’t regret it at all, but it was a huge life adjustment when I incorporated my sorority into my academics sophomore year.”

    Once you begin sorority life, you’ll have chapter meetings, parties, volunteering and so many other events to attend that a really significant amount of your time each week will be spent in your sisterhood. We recommend asking someone who goes to your college about the sorority commitments before you rush. They’ll be able to give you the most honest and accurate representation of how Greek life operates on your campus.

    We hope you have a great rush week, collegiettes! Recruitment and sorority life will have their ups and downs, but the friendships and experiences you make along the way will be invaluable. If rush ever has you stressed, just have fun and remember that you are good enough. You’ll find your sisters in no time.

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    By now you’ve probably heard the exciting news about Cardi B’s new bundle of joy Kulture Kiari Cephus (so cute). In more recent news however, The Blast reports that in celebration of the new mama, Nicki Minaj sent Cardi a $5,000 gift basket filled with enviable, top-of-the-line baby goodies, clothing and toys.

    Now, from where we are sitting, Nicki’s present sounds insanely generous. However, there is buzz going around calling the rap queen’s gift out as a form of shade. The reason for this claim? In the celeb world where money basically grows on trees, $5,000 is on the low side.

    TBH, there doesn’t really seem to be any ground for shooting daggers at Nicki for her care package to Cardi. The fact of the matter is that both the amount in Nicki’s bank account and the size of her gift are irrelevant and frankly, nobody’s business. A gift is a gift and the ludicrous speculation that the "Chun-Li" rapper's actions were anything but kind and genuine is just plain uncalled for and a low attempt at stirring the pot.

    So, what are we to make of all this? Let’s not get it twisted: All that went down was one woman supporting another, and that deserves nothing more than praise and respect. Drama? I think not.

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    This article has been syndicated from Daily Cup of JoJo, an InfluenceHer Collective Member. Read the full post here.

    Traveling to new and distant lands is one of those things that can truly transform a person’s life. It can give you a new insight into the world at large, a more profound sense of who you are, and an appreciation of different aspects of life you’d never previously considered. I experience a bit of culture shock on a lot of instances.

    About a year ago, my friend and I traveled to Germany to attend Oktoberfest. We were going to start our journey in Munich and then make our way to Berlin. There are many ways we could have traveled to Berlin, like flying, driving or taking a train. We ultimately decided to fly, and another part of our group wanted to take the train, but not one was more comfortable than the other – and honestly, I think we both messed up. If we ‘d traveled by car our trip would have been more culturally stimulating. Here's an idea everyone should try this summer: What about a European road trip? Not a lot of people think to rent a car and travel the (mostly) cobblestone roads and see the ins and outs of the countryside and city life.

    1. Driving between European countries is cheap and easy.

    Moving between European countries is extremely easy. 26 of the European countries are currently part of the Schengen Area, meaning that you can cross over from one country unimpeded, and generally without the need for passport checks. However, even for the countries which aren’t part of the Schengen Area, inter-European travel is still far more accessible than you might suspect, and way cheaper too.

    Tip: Renting a car in Europe is equivalent to renting a car in the U.S. You can expect the same rates, and you only have to be 21 to rent.

    2. European cities are densely packed with history.

    While every city in the world has its history and story, European cities are easily some of the most densely packed with history and culture and span different epochs effortlessly. Think about it like this, some of the buildings and architecture still standing is OLDER than the United States as a country. That’s freakin’ wild.

    What does this have to do with driving in Europe? Driving between European cities can give you a lot more “bang for your buck” than you could imagine. One day spent in Florence can expose you to an extraordinary number of the artistic wonders of the Renaissance. One day spent in Prague can get you steeped in the history of medieval alchemy, and the local party culture.

    3. You don’t have to answer to anybody and can make a schedule all your own.

    Itineraries are great, but I often find myself taking longer than usual to explore some places. Not having to stick to a schedule because you have to catch a train or a flight is very freeing. Take a little time looking at the cathedral or go for a stroll in the park. Hop in the car when you’re ready to leave and whiz off to your next destination.

    4. You'll get to experience many different cultures in a short period.

    Contrary to what some people seem to believe, Europe isn’t just “one big country.” When you cross from one country to another, you are rarely going to feel like nothing’s changed. In just small spans of physical space, language, culture, and architecture can all be radically different. Listen to the locals, some of them even have different dialects based on location.

    A few days of driving in Europe can take you from France to Italy, to Germany, to Poland. There may well be no better way of exposing yourself to as many cultures as possible in the shortest amount of time possible than by making a European road trip.

    Read the full post here.

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    After signing a $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers just over a week ago (and not to mention altering the course of NBA history), it looks like LeBron James is already working on the next big thing, setting his sights off the court and crafting a film that could generate some major bank.

    Though we don’t know all the details about this mystery movie yet, the film is rumored to be a comedy, with James aiming to take the lead and the potential filming studio being Paramount Players. James has partnered with Steve Mallory (the film’s intended scriptwriter) and co-producer Maverick Carter from SpringHill Entertainment (James’s entertainment company). There are also a few other key players in the works like Ali Bell and Gabby Canton, who would be working with the film from the Paramount Players side, and Jamal Henderson and Spencer Beighley, who would run matters for SpringHill.

    The funny flick would not be James’ first time dabbling in Hollywood. You may recall the NBA star’s role (as himself) in Judd Aptow’s 2015 picture, Trainwreck. Aside from acting, James has made his mark within the production realm of the film world. Following SpringHill’s decision to sell Hustle to Legendary Entertainment (co-produced by James and Roth/Kirschenbaum), James earned a spot in the Producers Guild and is producing a remake to '90s coming of age film, House Party.

    Though James’s upcoming motion picture is not set in stone just yet, we can still cross our fingers and hope for the b-ball icon's speedy return to theaters! 

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    Do you remember this tweet? It went viral this month, because OBVIOUSLY. It had literally everyone begging for the complete story.

    Nineteen-year-old Fredy Alanis from Chicago was hospitalised after an unfortunate Grindr hookup, he told Them. So many people thought this was hilarious on social media, but Alanis really hurt himself after sucking a 10-inch penis to the point that he ruptured his airway. 

    According to Them, Alanis ruptured his airways after he “sucked a hulk-sized dick” back in January and ended up in the hospital. He then snapped a photo of himself in his hospital bed. Alanis didn’t post the viral photo until July 5th, seven months after the Grindr incident. 

    Alanis knew something was wrong after him and this hulk-sized guy, who btw was his former neighbor, finished. He said he felt a "soreness in [his] chest.“

    It got even worse the next day: “I woke up the next morning, and the pain was still in my chest and it was sharp. I was hunched over and crying,” Fredy said. 

    When he went to the hospital, he didn’t tell his doctor how he got his injury. “Because afterwards I was kind of confused more than anything. When I went to the doctor, when they said there was a rupture in my airway, they said the only thing it could possibly be was last night.”  

    He eventually did tell his doctor what happened, but still hasn’t told his mom what actually happened that day. “I didn’t tell them exactly what happened because my mom drove me to the hospital. I told my mom that the night before I was violently coughing. I had to pull something out of my ass really quick to cover it up,” he told Them. “I was in the hospital for three days. I felt like, eventually, I had to tell the doctors exactly what happened to be treated the right way.”

    As of right now, Fredy is a-okay after the massive penis incident. He is even being called a hero on social media. 

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    I felt like I knew absolutely nothing before I got my first period. I wasn’t one of the lucky ones to have a Sex Ed class that really explained what the hell was going to happen to my body each month. I only received a total of two Sex Ed courses in my life, and they each lasted for a half a semester. In those course, no one explained to me what my period actually was. I really wasn’t prepared for what was to come. I never learned how to put pad on the right way. And I will admit this, I didn’t know how to put a tampon in. So you could say the first time Aunt Flo showed up, I was an absolute wreck. 

    Unfortunately, I am not the only one who has felt this way. According to a study conducted by OnePoll and Dive International Inc., the makers of the DivaCup, 30 percent of women were “confused” the first time they got their periods. The two companies examined the first time menstrual experiences of 2,000 women and looked at the differences between generations. 

    For the most part, the study found that more than half of women were completely unprepared for their period. I completely understand that feeling. The first time you get your period can be a shock, because you really never know when it will happen. But being confused is a major problem. The study also found that over 40 percent of women were actually “scared” by the situation, and more than half felt embarrassed. 

    Getting your period can be scary, especially if you don’t understand what is going on. This feeling of anxiety or feeling scared over your first period is totally preventable. Unfortunately, one of the most natural functions of a woman’s body isn’t talked about enough. In school and in general.  According to the study, 48 percent of women never had a conversation about their period and what to expect, leaving so many feeling unprepared. 

    Although the study found many women unprepared or unwilling to talk about their periods, the data also shows that this is changing for young women today. Over 70 percent of women felt more comfortable talking about their period now than the 44 percent of women who felt comfortable talking about it when it happened for the first time.  

    “As parents, we can encourage positive change in menstrual discourse and lead in the education of what to expect, how to prepare and why the experience of menstruation is one to value and be proud of,” said Erik Kikuchi, president of Diva International Inc. to the New York Post

    Eighty-two percent of older millennials have absolutely no issue talking about their menstruation with others. 

    Sex education needs to be better, so that young girls can actually know what is going on with their bodies.  It is not “taboo” to have open and honest dialogue about on important issues like periods and safe sex. And we need to embrace these types of topics into our daily conversations so young girls can feel more comfortable in the future about their bodies.

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