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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    This article has been syndicated from Cuddlepill, an InfluenceHer Collective Member. Read the full post here.

    I go through my closet quite often (and believe me, I’ve learned some great closet organization tips along the way!) – and sometimes, I’m just not quite ready to part with certain pieces. In the case of this dress I purchased about five years ago on quick Target run, despite not wearing it for a couple of summers, I couldn’t let it go. It fits well, looks more expensive than it is, and just made me feel good. That seemed like enough reasons to keep it in my book.

    Last weekend, doing what I do, I set aside a couple hours to get inspired with my own closet. What does this process entail? Pulling out pieces I haven’t worn in a while because I’m uninspired/don’t know what to pair them with, and mixing and matching them with various items in my closet until I hit the jackpot. Usually, going through this process, I come up with 4-5 outfits that I’m really excited to wear. The BEST part is, I don’t have to spend a dime throughout the process.

    This dress just so happened to be one of the items on my “forgotten” and/or “avoided” list. When I first bought it, I was totally cool with wearing it as is with a pair of leather gladiator sandals. My style evolved over time, and I stopped wearing it because the only way I knew how to wear it wasn’t me anymore. Luckily, after trial and error, I came up with a few new ways to wear this dress that jived with my current style. I brought it back to life! Below were the questions I asked myself as I went through this process, ones that you can take and apply to your own “forgotten” pieces!

    revamping old clothes

    How can I make this piece more interesting?

    Ah, yes. This sounds like a vague question, but hear me out! I start by thinking about all of the accessories I own that could elevate the piece in question. In the case of this dress, I thought “well, maybe it could use a belt”…I then remembered I had this vintage leather belt that could work, and the fact that it was structured and a tad dressy could create a nice juxtaposition with a casual summer dress. After putting the belt on, I still felt like there was something missing. Which brought me to my second question…

    revamp old clothes

    Can I wear this item in a non-traditional way?

    This is where I try to think outside of the box on the various ways an item can be worn. For example, a wrap skirt could technically be worn over pants, a sweater could be worn over a dress, and a blazer could be belted. You don’t HAVE to wear a piece as intended, and that’s what makes fashion fun! Don’t be afraid to take a risk, you have nothing to lose…especially as you’re trying things on in front of your mirror! With this dress, I thought, “well, this could work as a skirt!”. I then went for my go-to layering piece…my oversized silk blouse. After trying it a couple different ways, I decided I liked the blouse best when it was wrapped and tucked into the belt.

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    How can I play off of the colors I have here?

    Now, depending on the piece I’m working with, this question may come earlier on. Usually when it comes to neutrals, this question comes later as I add color in my accessories. If I’m trying to revamp a colorful item, this question pops up first as I think about the pieces in my closet that complement those colors (or if I want to go monochrome, I think about what I have that’s the same color). Even if I don’t initially think an item will pair well, I pull it out and give it a whirl. You’d be surprised at what can happen! Given this dress was a neutral cream color, this question came to mind after I added the green belt. “How can I play off of this green?” directed me to these new vintage slides I picked up a couple of weeks ago! It was then I knew my outfit was complete.

    Read the full post here.

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    Forbes recently announced their list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women. The list included esteemed billionaire and owner of ABC Supply, Diane Hendricks. Some of the women on the list have us questioning our personal definition of “self-made.” Seeing as Kylie Jenner made it onto the list, we’re basically a live-action version of a Tiffany Pollard GIF—because Kylie isn’t exactly a self-made business owner.

    Twitterverse has obviously been furiously commentating on this latest Kar-Jenner clan news–because, well, everyone knows who the Kardashians and the Jenners are, which is why we’re side-eyeing Forbes’ claim that Kylie is a “self-made” businesswoman. IMO, it appears that her fame (which was also her sisters’ fame before she coined the lip kit) contributed to her successful career and that contradicts that whole “self-made” title. Even the dictionary noted and subtweeted Forbes’ decision, by tweeting the definition of “self-made.”

    Sure, Kylie Cosmetics has pushed Kylie’s net worth mere pennies away from that elusive billionaire status—and we’re not discounting Kylie’s makeup mogul status because we admire a woman who knows how to invest in her own brand to pocket more cash. However, Kylie didn’t become one of the richest women in America exclusively by her own doing. Much of her notoriety and monetary success came from the respective Kardashian and Jenner namesake.

    In 1994—before Kylie could line her lips (and before she was even born)—Kardashian and Jenner (respectively) were already household names. Cosmopolitan reports that the Kardashian name earned its mark on the public radar after Robert Kardashian famously worked as O.J. Simpson’s defense attorney. The Kardashian name-to-fame continued to rise after Kylie’s sister, Kim Kardashian started working for another notorious name: Paris Hilton.

    InTouch notes that the Kardashian empire started to bolster after Kim’s notorious sex tape leaked in 2007, which then led to their ongoing, borderline-addictive reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Still, before Kylie was born, her father, Caitlyn Jenner, was a f*cking Olympian athlete and had her own cameo on cereal boxes, as Refinery29 reports. With the collective Kar-Jenner clan’s continuous accolades and achievements, it’s indisputable that everyone knew this family before Kylie conceptualized her cosmetic line in 2016.

    By the time Kylie was 15-years-old, Kim was worth approximately $35 million. However, even Kim didn’t really monetize her success without the help of her momager, Kris Jenner. According to Business Insider, Kris oversees all of her six daughter’s careers and business ventures. Without Kris’ transformation from a stay-at-home-mom to mom-turned-manager, the Kar-Jenn fam might not have signed onto such a lucratively extensive television deal with E! Network (and that initial KUWTK success might not have birthed the multitude of spin-offs and endorsements), The New York Times notes.

    Because Kylie was only 10 when KUWTK started airing, she was essentially raised with the riches. Kylie was born into wealth and used that preconceived wealth to supplement her business. With the backing of her hereditary fame, Kylie’s billionaire status was practically genetic. Given the momager’s managerial skillset, Kris practically ensured that all her daughters had financial and fame-ridden success, including Kylie.

    Constructing a business empire—or any collaborative event—with your family is a noteworthy feat on its own, as it shows that your family is supportive of your goals and they’re willing to go that extra mile to help you achieve your dreams. There’s nothing wrong with admitting that you’ve had help becoming a business owner or a soon-to-be-billionaire. To label Kylie’s cosmetic dynasty as a self-made venture devalues truly self-made business owners and also makes the term “self-made” seem disingenuous, thus discrediting the success that stems from truly self-made accomplishments. 

    Working to the point where you can have enough fluid income/disposable income to invest in a business venture takes time, especially when you’re doing it without the financial backing that you were born with. Thus, why being a self-made business owner is a notable achievement for entirely different reasons.

    Aside from the fact that Kylie shouldn't be mocked for working with her family and using her strong relationship with her fam to reinforce her business, erecting the perspective that Kylie Jenner is a self-made businesswoman erases the family component of her success from her personal and professional narrative, which is a beautiful and important part of her story.

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    I can’t explain why, but every summer, a boho vibe somehow takes over my closet and my shopping brain. I don’t go on tropical vacations, and even though I’ve lived in Florida all my life, I don’t often go to the beach. And yet, every summer, I find myself wanting to dress like I’m omw to my summer home in St. Tropez.

    Which would probably be fine, if I didn’t want to start dressing like a 1960s French movie starlet the second fall rolls around, but such is life.

    Come on, guys. How cute is this? 


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    For this week on Try the Trend, I leaned in to my resort wear inclinations and styled three outfits that bring tropical style to the city, or wherever you may be.

    Because I'm obsessed with these heat wave-ready looks.


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    Wondering how to get these warm weather styles irl? Well, that's what I'm here for. I styled three options based around some of my fave pieces, and they look pretty damn good if I do say so myself. Trust me: when it comes to surviving this weather, there's nothing quite like lighter fabrics, easy go-tos, and clothes you can actually move around in and feel like A Human.

    Look 1: Simply Classic

    For this look, the key was to unbutton most of the buttons except for a few in the middle, and tie the shirt up at the bottom. I also rolled the sleeves up and let the shirt slouch a little to make it look even more casual. Finally, I topped it off with some cute, simple jewelry from Veggani’s Laos Bombshell jewelry collection. I like how simple and cute these pieces are, and I LOVE how they help clean up leftover bomb shrapnel from the Vietnam war in Laos.

    Look 2: Understated Chic 

    For a slightly breezier option, I went with an understated, tropical floral-print bodysuit and a muted, green skirt. I think this outfit worked well because the flowers in the bodysuit were bird-of-paradise flowers, which communicated a tropical theme without the garish colors that most tropical prints use. I also specifically chose the skirt because it was the same shade of green as in the print, which made the outfit more cohesive.

    Look 3: Cozy & Breezy 

    For the last look, I went with some vertical-striped, wide-leg pants and an off-the-shoulder, smocked top. I like these pants a lot because they’re super comfy and breezy (which is ever crucial in this summer heat) but still look put-together. I went with sandals for this particular look, but I think it would do just as well with some white Converse. I really liked styling these outfits, especially because now I don’t have to think about what to wear for the next three days.

    I’d love to see your takes on this trend, so make sure you tag @hercampusstyle on Instagram. Thanks for reading about how I tried this trend, and make sure to check back in a week for the next one!

    Want more style inspo? Follow @HerCampusStyle on Instagram, and use #MyStyleEmpowers to join a community where college fashion is extra, & also nbd.

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    Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who fell into the national spotlight after having an alleged affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, was arrested earlier this week and charged with three misdemeanor counts of illegally touching a patron, Vice reports, though the charges were dropped on Thursday afternoon

    Daniels, who’s legal name is Stephanie Clifford was scheduled to perform at The Siren’s Gentlemen Group in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Her lawyer Michael Avenatti posted a series of tweets shortly after her arrest heavily criticizing the local law enforcement for even dedicating time to this. He called it a “setup.” 

    In 2007, the state of Ohio passed a law that prohibits any employee who regularly appears nude or seminude, “from touching patrons on the premises of a sexually oriented business -- unless it's a family member,” CNN reports.

    According to undercover detectives, Daniels removed her top and then forced patrons faces into her chest. She was reportedly also seen fondling other female patrons breasts. When the undercover detectives approached the stage, CNN reports that Daniels, “made her way toward two detectives, leaned over and grabbed their faces. She shoved each of their faces between her breasts.”

    Daniels was arrested on Wednesday evening and released Thursday morning at 6:30 am. All the charges against her were dropped. Avenatti says she will not be preforming at Sirens on Thursday night. 

    The Columbus Police Department released a statement that said the arrest of Daniels, was a part of, “a long-term investigation into allegations of human trafficking, prostitution, & other vice related violations.” The department also stated that they have made multiple arrests based on this law when they began to hear of the illegal activity that was occurring. 

    Daniels is currently suing President Donald and his lawyer Michael Cohen, who allegedly paid her $130,000 in hush money shortly before the 2016 Presidential election. Her lawyer says the money came directly from campaign funds, President Donald Trump says he reimbursed Cohen. 

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    Honestly, we should be used to the DCEU breaking our hearts at this point—but somehow they keep finding new, innovative ways to crush our spirits (which is sort of an accomplishment, we guess). Whether it’s from laughably bad movies, f*cking killing Steve Trevor (and having the audacity to use him as emotional blackmail for us to see future productions), or the universe’s precarious casting of allegedly problematic men, the DCEU is the cinematic version of those f*ckboys who keep you interested just long enough for them to ghost you. Like John from Delta Kappa Who Gives a Sh*t, DCEU keeps you hooked with vague promises of decent movies and actors who aren’t terrible people, just to break those same vows. (It’s mind games at this point, and it's exhausting.)

    The latest cinematically super-powered f-boy to toy with our movie-loving hearts is the Man of Steel himself: Henry Cavill.

    To be fair, Henry Cavill has been toying with our emotions since he debuted as Clark Kent (i.e. Superman, i.e. Kal-El) in 2013—just for different reasons. (Because, well, he’s Superman and who doesn’t love Superman?) After a recent interview with GQ, Cavill said some problematic and misguided things about the #MeToo movement and dating in general, and we’re un-stanning STAT.

    The interviewer asked Cavill a conglomeration of questions. Eventually, the interviewer inquired about Cavill’s dating life, to which Cavill noted his opinion on the pre-dating process. “There’s something wonderful about a man chasing a woman. There’s a traditional approach to that, which is nice. I think a woman should be wooed and chased, but maybe I’m old-fashioned for thinking that,” Cavill said. While some women don’t really mind being wooed or chased, or having their attribution to a coupledom whittled down to a pursuit, this commentary divulged into the real cringey bit.

    “It’s very difficult to do that if there are certain rules in place. Because then it’s like: ‘Well, I don’t want to go up and talk to her, because I’m going to be called a rapist or something’. So you’re like, ‘Forget it, I’m going to call an ex-girlfriend instead, and then just go back to a relationship, which never really worked’. But it’s way safer than casting myself into the fires of hell, because I’m someone in the public eye, and if I go and flirt with someone, then who knows what’s going to happen,” Cavill continued.

    Don’t worry, Mr. Cavill. There’s a fine art to not being accused of being a rapist: it’s an extensive process of not actually raping or attempting to rape someone. If you follow this guide, you probably won’t be called a rapist by any woman you’re trying to “woo and chase.”

    Still, regardless of the platonic or romantic history (or lack thereof), anyone can be subjected to sexual assault. So, Cavill's blanketed argument that he pursues his exes in an attempt to avoid being accused of rape doesn't really make sense. And, it indirectly creates an uncomfortable stigma that people in relationships or who've slept with each other before can't be raped, which is absolutely incorrect

    “Now? Now you really can’t pursue someone further than, ‘No’. It’s like, ‘OK, cool’. But then there’s the, ‘Oh why’d you give up?’ And it’s like, ‘Well, because I didn’t want to go to jail,” Cavill added.

    Beyond Cavill’s implicit remarks that the #MeToo movement—which is meant to empower women to use their voices to speak out against sexual violence—somehow victimizes innocent, single men who just want to go on dates, Cavill’s comments show that he might be misconstruing #MeToo’s function. After all, the #MeToo movement isn’t meant to make anyone feel like a victim. It aims to empower survivors, influence others to actively listen to their stories and show survivors that we believe their allegations—not to blatantly and wrongfully call someone a “rapist.”

    Maybe Cavill is simply misinterpreting the #MeToo movement’s purpose or maybe he’s genuinely afraid that he might be wrongfully accused of sexual assault. If Cavill’s comments are embedded with concern that he could be falsely accused of sexual assault, false sexual assault reports are statistically uncommon. According to The National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women, approximately 2-8 percent of rapes are falsely reported, which is the same percentage for falsely incriminated felonies

    Regardless, Cavill’s comments seem to misconstrue the movement’s mission in a way that directly harms the movement itself—because it makes the survivors of sexual assault seem like the abusers (which puts a new, unnecessary spin on victim-blaming altogether).

    TBH, we’re going to take a break from the Man of Steel and hope that he continues to learn about the #MeToo movement, beyond this apparent narrow-minded and self-serving perspective.

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    The Television Academy announced its nominees for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Thursday morning, and Sandra Oh made history as the first-ever Asian woman to be nominated for a lead-actress Emmy.

    Oh was nominated for her role as Eve Polastri, an M15 officer who becomes obsessed with a merciless hit woman, on the BBC America series Killing Eve.

    Oh has been recognized by the Academy before, with five supporting-actress nominations for her role on Grey’s Anatomy, but never won, Vanity Fair reports.

    But this nomination marks a big moment for Asian-American actors. Asian actors typically receive little recognition at award shows, including the Emmys, and are heavily marginalized, as roles designed for Asian actors are typically whitewashed on screen.

    The Killing Eve actress sat down with The New York Times to talk about her historic nomination, saying that she wants to “celebrate” her nomination because “we’ve got to start somewhere” for more Asian representation in Hollywood.

    “I’m happy to get that ball rolling, because what I hope happens is that next year and the next year and the next year, we will have presence,” Oh said. “And the presence will grow not only to Asian-Americans, you know, from yellow to brown, but to all our other sisters and brothers. Our First Nations sisters and brothers. Our sisters and brothers of different sizes and different shapes.”

    Oh added that if she “can be a part of that change,” she’s all for celebrating her nomination.

    The Emmy-nominated actress also talked about now being nominated for the lead role versus the best friend (like on Grey’s Anatomy), saying that she takes it “extremely seriously,” adding that “there just aren’t yet a lot of varieties of images that [the] community can pull from.”

    “I am absolutely aware of the significance and take it very seriously because we need it. Not only just for my community — and hopefully what that means to be represented and seen — but also for culture. We’re a part of it. Let us not only see ourselves, but let others see us,” Oh told the Times.

    Oh discussed how change, especially in the industry, is slow, and while the tide has not completely changed, she feels that people are more open and willing to listen now.

    The actress said that we need to be patient, but also “be relentless about making the change happen.”

    Congratulations to Oh on her historic nomination, and like Oh said, hopefully this gets the ball rolling so that each year Asian actors will continuously have a larger presence in the industry and at award shows, like the Emmys.

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    Literally everyone and their cousin partook in the “In My Feelings” challenge, but the competition is officially over. Will Smith posted his own version of the challenge, and showed us how it’s done.

    Smith took the challenge to new heights when he climbed to the top of the Chained Bridge in Budapest, and well, trespassed. “There is no way this is legal,” he says in the video as he climbs to the top of the bridge.

    “I woke up this morning in my feelings and I was like, ‘I got to let them out,'” the actor explained in the Instagram video on Thursday.

    And he sure did.

    Smith begins the video by watching Ciara and Russell Wilson’s version, and looks out his video to the bridge across the way, which he eventually climbs.

    The video is full of breathtaking aerial shots, and is all around stellar.

    And despite having filmed numerous stunt scenes in movies over years, Smith confessed, “I'ma Keep It 100... I was terrified up there. That's why my dance moves is all stiff!”

    Smith’s video instantly went viral, obviously, and, according to E! News, even got the stamp of approval from Drake himself.

    “Wow the video is done,” Drake commented on the video.

    We totally agree with Drake, and declare Smith the winner of the “In My Feelings” challenge.

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    Accepting a job offer is a big deal. This is especially true after you’ve spent the majority of your life in school preparing to enter the workforce officially. There are a few things, however, that no one will tell you about your first job. Darlene Johnson, the Director of External Relations at the Hofstra Career Center, Meryl Cooper, co-author of Be Your Own Best Publicist: How to Use PR Techniques to Get Noticed, Hired, and Rewarded at Work, and Lesley Mitler, co-founder of Early Stage Careers which “focuses on successfully transitioning students and grads from college to career,” weigh in on what to actually expect from your first job.

    1. Everything you think you know is probably moot

    In a perfect world, your first job would be just that—perfect! But Johnson notes that this job might not be exactly what you are expecting. “You may find your first place of employment to be more relaxed than you would think, or more conservative than you would think, or more technologically advanced than you would think, or less so,” she says. “Whatever your preconceived notions are about a workplace, they may not match with reality, and that is OK.” Go in with an open mind and lower expectations so that you can make the most of your first job.

    2. Even though it's a job, you will still have some learning to do

    Just because your title has changed from intern to employee doesn’t mean that you stop learning. Not only will you find out more about your particular field but about office etiquette and basic tasks like submitting time sheets. Cooper compares our minds to sponges. “Be a sponge—listen intently and ask questions,” she says. “Raise your hand to help as often as possible.” Even if your boss needs help with something that isn’t your responsibility, offering to lend a hand can help you build your relationship and introduce you to something new.

    3. It might not be your last "first job"

    Johnson urges to learn as much as possible from your first job, even if it’s not directly in line with your career goals. “My first job was as a legal secretary in an entertainment law firm,” Johnson says. “I had no interest in law, but I am grateful for the job for giving me great typing skills!” Today, this skill might be Photoshop or Excel. Cooper agrees saying that a big misconception of a first job post-college is knowing exactly what you want to do. “So many people shift gears and directions throughout their careers,” she says. “Ultimately, it’s about collecting experiences, doing a good job—whatever your position—and building your network.” This is exactly what she did when she first started working after college. Cooper worked at an advertising agency which challenged her, and eventually left to work at an art gallery. She credits her experience at the gallery for helping her cultivate sales and public relations skills which she still uses today. 

    4. You can't anticipate everything about the company culture 

    Mitler urges graduates to do extensive research on the company’s culture. While many startup companies seem exciting to young grads, they should also consider that these companies often lack structure. While the atmosphere may or may not be fun and relaxed where you work, the tasks you are completing might not be as exciting at your first job. “Understand that there will be parts of any job that are routine and repetitive but you must demonstrate a positive and committed attitude to your role and the team,” says Mitler. This applies to your first job and all of the jobs to come.

    Related: 10 Ways Your First Job is Different From Your Dream Job

    5. You’ll likely make lifelong friends

    Let’s face it: most people spend at least 40 hours a week at work. You’re going to have to at least get along with your co-workers. Work will be more fun, though, if you go beyond your average friendliness. Cooper says to be friendly, but to not get involved in gossip or office politics. “Often lifelong friendships are forged in the fires of first jobs,” she says. “Find your people—but also make sure you’re keeping it professional in the workplace.”

    Your first job will be a lot of things. It will be a learning experience, a chance to make friends and an opportunity to hone in on skills related to your field. Unfortunately, it won’t be all fun and games. You’ll likely have to do work that you won’t want to do or work for a company whose culture does not match with yours. Don’t let these facts influence the attitude you bring to work. In the end, it’s what you make of your situation that will determine your success. The things you learn on this job, and the next, you will take with you as you build your impressive and fulfilling career.

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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.)

    Allies Doubt Trump Threatened to Leave NATO in Spending Feud

    During a meeting with NATO leaders on Thursday, President Donald Trump reportedly said that if the major allies did not meet the two percent GDP military spending agreement by January 2019, the United States “would go it alone.”

    Trump also reportedly said that if the accelerated target, which was agreed for 2024, is not honored, the U.S. would “do our own thing.”

    While sources did not deny that Trump made those comments, they also said they did not take it as a threat that Trump would withdraw from NATO, ABC News reports.

    Several leaders that participated in the meeting issued statements that Trump did not threaten to leave NATO if the demands were not met.

    “Trump said things plainly as is normal between friends and allies,” Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said. “We committed ourselves to spending a bit more.”

    “President Trump, never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO,” French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters.

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also said the president did not say he would withdraw from NATO.

    “He didn't say that. He said he is very committed to NATO and the fact that we have made many important decisions on stepping up the fight against terrorism, new command structure, combined with more defense spending makes NATO stronger and we are more united because we had open and frank discussions,” Stoltenberg said.

    When asked about Trump’s comments and if the U.S. would leave NATO if the two percent military spending agreement was not met by January, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders would not comments on the statements, according to ABC News, but also said that Trump did not offer another deadline for the other NATO members to meet the requirement.

    President Trump “didn’t set a timetable, but he was very clear that other countries needed to step up and fulfill their obligations,” Sanders told ABC News.

    Trump Criticizes British PM Theresa May Over Brexit Deal

    After President Donald Trump landed in the UK on Thursday, the president spoke with The Sun about how he disagreed with British Prime Minister Theresa May’s approach to Brexit.

    “I told her how to do it. That will be up to her to say. But I told her how to do it. She wanted to go a different route,” Trump said in an audio recording of the interview.

    Trump said May “didn’t listen” to his opinion on how she should handle the UK’s exit from the European Union.

    “She should negotiate the best way she knows how, but it's too bad what's going on,” Trump said.

    Trump told The Sun that May’s approach to keeping ties with the EU would “affect trade with the United States, unfortunately in a negative way,” and mentioned the Trump administration’s recent trade conflict with the EU.

    “If they do a deal like that, it will most likely, because we'll be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal,” Trump said.

    “If they do that, their trade deal with the US will probably not be made because we have enough difficulty with the European Union,” Trump added.

    Trump’s interview comes after May received criticism from her own government, including Boris Johnson, who recently resigned as the Foreign Secretary, after she announced the plan on how to move forward with separating from the EU.

    FBI Agent Peter Strzok Testifies At Joint House Committee Hearing

    FBI Agent Peter Strozk’s anti-Trump text messages fueled the flames of the argument that the intelligence agency was against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. At the tense joint House Committee hearing, Strzok called the hearing centered on his conduct “just another victory notch in Putin’s belt.”

    “I have the utmost respect for Congress’ oversight role, but I truly believe that today’s hearing is just another victory notch in [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart,” Strzok said at the hearing held by the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees.

    According to The Huffington Post, Strzok played a role in both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the then-covert investigation on possible ties between Russia and top Trump campaign officials. Strzok also served on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team until his text messages to former FBI attorney Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair, in which he states “we’ll stop” Trump from being elected came to light.

    “In the summer of 2016, we had an urgent need to protect the integrity of an American presidential election from a hostile foreign power determined to weaken and divide the United States of America,” Strzok said. “This investigation is not politically motivated, it is not a witch hunt, it is not a hoax.”

    Strzok said there was “simply no evidence of bias” in his professional conduct after months of investigations and that there was an “extraordinarily important piece of evidence” that supported his lack of bias: that the investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election was not divulged to the public.

    “In the summer of 2016, I was one of a handful of people who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with members of the Trump campaign,” Strzok said. “This information had the potential to derail, and quite possibly defeat, Mr. Trump. But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind.”

    In his testimony, Strzok said he regretted that his text messages “created confusion” and “provided ammunition for misguided attacks against the FBI, an institution I love deeply and have served proudly for more than 20 years.”

    What to look out for…

    It's Friday the 13th today. Wishing you positive vibes. 

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    We can all relate to the struggles of being single and trying to navigate the dating world full of hookups, ghosting and “talking”—phew! It’s tough to be a single girl. Whether you’re surrounded by friends who all have SOs, or you're constantly being asked by your grandparents when you’re going to “find a nice guy/girl,” or you just want someone to cuddle with, it’s normal to feel lonely and in need of some love.

    But it’s not just us college women who understand how difficult (and maybe a little scary) it can be trying to date someone in the 21st century—monsters have it just as rough as we do.

    The third installment of the Hotel Transylvania movie franchise, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, is out today, and proves that the monster dating world is just as treacherous as the human one. From unrequited love, online dating fails and disastrous dates, Drac (Adam Sandler) gets pretty relatable in his attempts at romance. Even vampires deserve a chance at true love, it’s just too bad he doesn’t get it.

    1. Finding a good date is basically impossible

    We have Bumble and Tinder, and the monster world has Zinger. Just how we spend hours swiping right, Drac spend hours on the app trying to find a date and ends up not finding anyone. Sounds just like us.

    2. Sometimes food is the cure for all heartbreak

    When our date stands us up—or we can’t find a date to begin with—the best way to cure our loneliness is definitely food. Drac, fed up with his Zinger search, asks the monster version of Siri to just “find someone” for him, and monster Siri responds with the best Dim Sum restaurants in the area. An unfortunate mistake, but also a great alternative solution to his problem.

    3. Losing the ability to speak in front of your crush is common

    We all have that feeling when we see that someone from across the room. Our knees get weak, it seems like they’re the only other person in the room, and we admire them from afar. But when it’s time to actually speak to them, we’re at a loss for words. And when the words do come out, they don’t actually make any sense. For Drac, it’s the same. The second he sees Ericka from across the room, he’s a goner—completely unable to form a coherent sentence.

    4. Embarrassing yourself on the first date is always awful

    We’ve all experienced an embarrassing moment on a first date, and on a second and third for that matter. When we trip up the stairs or drop food on our shirts, and it’s not that different for Drac when he experiences an unfortunate need to fart in the middle of his first date with Ericka...except for the fact that she tried to poison him with garlic oil (he’s a vampire, BTW).

    5. We get so blinded by love, we can’t see the other person’s flaws

    Usually we can be so head-over-heels in love that we don’t recognize the not-so-good personality traits of the people we fall for. We overlook a sexist comment, don’t notice how they constantly put us down, or fail to see that they wear the same shirt for three days straight. It’s just like how Drac doesn’t notice that his date attempts to kill him by poisoning his salad. Definitely a red flag.

    6. We usually end up falling for the completely wrong people

    It’s not hard to find yourself in the completely wrong relationship. You may be in love with the idea of your SO more than you’re actually in love with your SO. Maybe you want a serious relationship and they don’t, or you both love different sports teams. But, luckily that’s usually as far as the conflict goes. For Drac, though, the woman he falls in love with actually wants to kill him—and his entire family. And destroy all of monsterkind. If that’s not a toxic relationship, we don’t know what is.

    Fortunately, like we have our best girlfriends to save us from our toxic relationships and prevent us from falling for the wrong person, Drac has his daughter Mavis to come to his rescue—literally.

    Make sure to catch Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation in theaters everywhere today, July 17!

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    Pics or it didn’t happen, right?

    This is true with almost all social events or life milestones, but it becomes even more true once music festival season is in full swing. Everyone wants to be the subject of social media envy during their festival weekend—after all, if you spent weeks planning your outfit and shelled out some serious cash just to get a ticket, you want people to see. But how do you go about getting the perfect festival Instagram post this summer? We spoke to a few women to get their inside tips for what makes the perfect Instagram.

    1. Check the time

    Of course, you’re already going to do a lot of preparation for your festival of choice, and that should apply to your photos as well. You’re going to be dealing with a huge crowd, so if you want to make sure you can get a great shot in front of that one stage or sign without having to stop to let people pass 600 times, Columbia University sophomore Gabriela Vascimini sums it up best: “Arrive really early!”

    This is a great tip especially for performers’ sets, since you want to get close enough to the stage that you might have a chance at getting a good picture of your favorite performers. High Snobiety suggests that you leave sets 10 minutes early (we know the last song might be the best one, but trust us) because you’ll likely be able to get near the front for whichever stage you go to for the next set.


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    2. Wait for the best lighting

    Lighting is just as important as location – you don’t want to look like you’re squinting through the sun in all your posts. Arizona State junior Marisa Pieper has some advice. “The perfect time of day to take pics is at the end before sunset! We call this golden hour,” she says. “It’s usually around 6:30/7/7:30 and the sun just washes you in a gold color!”

    Sounds pretty beautiful to us, especially with some festival scenery behind you. So once the clock hits 6:30, pull out your phone and start snapping.

    3. Strike a pose

    You definitely don't want to get stuck looking awkward and uncertain in all the photos of yourself. Rhea Chawla, a sophomore at the University of San Francisco, advises you to "know what poses you look best in and an idea for what you want." She also says, "Try multiple angles! Always."

    We promise it'll be totally worth it after you make your friend take a thousand times in a row, just to get that one perfect shot. But what if you’re stuck on what position to stand in, or how best to show off your cute outfit?

    “A really cute angle is to pop a hip to one side and kick out your opposite side leg with your foot in a pointed position,” Marisa says. We couldn’t agree more that this is the perfect pose to convey the sass you want to show off—just check out the post below from @HerCampusStyle for inspo.

    Another popular pose is to show off your side profile. You can just look off to the side, like you’re watching all the cool people passing by, and when your friend snaps the shot, you’ll have a nice, candid-looking cool photo to post.

    If you’re hoping to get some great pics with friends, candid is the way to go, too. Pictures of everyone smiling for the camera are nice, sure, but part of the appeal of music festivals is the energy, and you want to capture that in your shots. Try getting a pic of you laughing with your bestie, or of your whole friend group chowing down on something delicious from one of the food trucks. It’ll make your post more memorable, more exciting to look at, and more aesthetically interesting.

    4. The background matters

    Whichever festival you’re at, though, you want to make sure you get enough of the location in the frame; otherwise, how would people know you were there?

    High Snobiety recommends taking photos in front of the art installations that some music festivals bring to the venues. Not only will this give you a chance to explore different parts of the festival in between sets, but it’ll add a nice and unique touch to all the regular old Instagram posts that are of campgrounds and stages.

    Rhea takes matters into her own hands when dealing with how to frame a photo. "If someone else is taking a photo for you, I always take a picture of the framing I want (distance, angle, all posed correctly), show them, and then hop into the frame," she says. The extra preparation just might help you avoid becoming that "when I take photos for my friends vs. when they take photos for me" meme.

    5. Avoid the zoom

    Unless you’re an aspiring photographer with your own camera, chances are you’re doing most of your Instagram work on your smartphone camera. And even though phones keep making their cameras better and better, there are still some things you should avoid when using your phone to take concert photos.

    For one, try to avoid zooming at all costs! We know it sucks that you were stuck standing so far from the stage, but while zooming might make your favorite performer appear a bit closer to you, it’s going to make your pic look grainy and blurry—aka, not something you’d want to share with your followers. Instead, if you’re stuck toward the back, try using the opportunity to get a cool crowd shot instead. Anyone who scrolls past your post on their feed will still see all the cool lights from the stage, and the crowd alone should be enough to give them major FOMO.

    If you do get close enough to have a great shot of the performer, try to catch them in a candid moment just like you should with your friends—if you get them dancing, or jumping, or in the middle of a song, it’ll come across to your followers like they’re right there with you. And bringing people together is what music festivals are all about, right?

    Have fun with these Insta tips! We hope you have a fun, ridiculous, memorable music festival weekend.

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    Summers are for beach days, barbecues, and, of course, concerts. But when your typical shows don’t satisfy your music cravings, you might be ready to kick it up a notch. So how about trying a music festival weekend rather than a one-night concert?

    Whether you’re a country fan or addicted to the top pop hits, this summer is full of festivals across the country that satisfy any and all music tastes (even if you’re into really obscure indie bands). If you’re attending Panorama in New York City the vibe is going to be very different from Burning Man in Nevada, so make sure you choose the event that’s going to be the best for you. While you’re planning your festival weekend, there’s a few things you should remember to do, a few things you definitely shouldn’t, and a few mistakes you should definitely stop yourself from making.

    1.   Do: Wear the right clothes

    Don’t: Wear anything too nice (definitely not white)

    Music festivals are the perfect time to take cute pictures with your friends, so obviously you want to dress up. But you have to make sure that your outfits are practical, too. “While festivals are - of course - a time to flash your coolest outfits keep in mind that anything can happen on festival grounds, and things like white pants or designer shoes may not be the best bet,” says Megan Barbera, a sophomore at Arizona State University.

    Comfortable shoes are an absolute must. Sure your heeled gladiator sandals look amazing with your outfit, but when you’re on your feet all day in a grassy field (maybe even trudging through some mud), you’ll wish you were wearing something different. Tygre Patchell-Evans at Loyola Marymount University suggests wearing comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty (because dust, grass, and mud are the silent killers of clean, white shoes).

    2.   Do: Pack light

    Don’t: Forget the important things

    You’re going to be running around all day, so bringing a small backpack or bag with you is probably your best bet. Remember not to pack too much, but definitely don’t forget the essentials.


    Most festivals will have food vendors, but often the food is really expensive. You can usually bring in some granola bars or small snacks to keep you sustained throughout the day, and to keep your wallet happy.


    Let’s face it, festivals are exhausting. It’s hot and you’re on your feet all day, so it’s important to stay hydrated. Megan recommends bringing an empty water bottle. “festivals usually won’t let you Bring in filled water bottles but they typically have water filling stations on the festival grounds,” she says. She suggests getting a Camelbak hiking backpack (like this one) “because they have a water pack built into the bag. They’re expensive but worth it for festival goers!”

    Sunglasses and sunscreen

    The beauty of summer musical festivals is that they’re outside, but being outside all day also calls for some planning ahead. Make sure to bring sunglasses to keep the sun out of your eyes (you don’t want to be squinting in every picture and too blinded by the sun to see your favorite performers), and of course bring sunscreen. Nobody wants to be a lobster at the end of the day.

    Light jacket/sweater

    Again, you’ll be outside all day and you never know what the weather may bring. Megan suggests packing a light rain jacket or poncho in your bag in case it rains. Tygre suggests packing an extra flannel in case it gets cold, even if you’re somewhere super hot. Summer nights are known for dropping temperatures.

    3.   Do: Plan out the shows you want to see in advance

    Don’t: Try to figure it all out when you get there

    With tons of artist playing on different stages at all different times, it can be stressful trying to figure out which ones to go see. Megan suggests planning out which artists you want to see in advance, and “mapping out what times and stages they’re going to be at.”

    “Typically festivals have multiple stages so before you go in you should have a general idea of who is playing at what time and place so you don’t waste time and are able to get a good view of your artists” Megan explains. She also suggests not spending too much time waiting for one artist at a particular stage. “There’s so much to do and see at festivals, so make sure you get your money’s worth!”

    4.   Do: Prepare mentally and physically

    Don’t: Push yourself too far

    Because there’s so much to do at festivals, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. Before you go, know that it’s going to be one of the most fun experiences you’ll have all summer, but also that it’s going to be mentally and physically taxing. Make sure you remember to eat and drink lots of water, take breaks when you need to, and don’t party too hard.

    Although festivals are supposed to be carefree and fun, make sure you know your limits, too. Kayla Dungee at Georgia State University notes: “As hard as you may want to party because of the environment that you’re in, you could easily end up sick or fainting. And being escorted out of a crowd of thousands of people is not only embarrassing but difficult to navigate. Personal experience, believe me!”

    5.   Do: Make a plan with your friends

    Don’t: Get separated from your group

    There’s  a lot going on at festivals, so many stages, food vendors, places to go and things to do, you may end up getting separated from your friends. One of the most important things you can do before heading off to your festival weekend is to have a plan if one of you gets lost, hurt or sick. Whether it’s planning a spot to all meet back up at the end of the night or knowing what to do if one of you parties too hard, you’ll be thankful that you came up with a plan beforehand.

    6.   Do: Go with the flow and have fun

    Don’t: Stress too much

    Whatever festival you end up going to, it’s going to be one of the best experiences of your life. “Remember that music festivals aren’t something that happen everyday,” says Megan, “Meet new people, dance and let loose!”

    Festivals are a time to be free and have a great time with your friends. Be safe, but don’t forget to have the time of your life (and definitely don’t wear white shoes).

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    Festival season is well underway. Whether you’ve booked a festival road trip for the rest of summer or you’re only going to a local concert, have fun amping up your beauty routine for the festivities! You can wear neutral eye looks any time of year, but festivals have basically become synonymous with glitter, gems and gloss. Even if you’ve stocked your beauty reserves with everything that’s shiny, vibrant and loud, you might still be wondering how to actually put together a cohesive festival-themed beauty look. Don’t worry, we have you covered in respects to all festival inspo.

    1. Load up on the glitter.

    Seriously, you can never have too much glitter, especially during the summer. Plus, everything that sparkles is the best way to make sure your festival group knows where you are at all times—because it essentially becomes a homing device (and we stan dual-purposed cosmetic products).


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    You can add glitter to your cheekbones to supplement or amplify your highlight, but don't forget that glitter is an incredibly versatile product in your cosmetic arsenal.

    If you’re an unofficial makeup artist, create a sharp, modified cat-eye look with your glitter mix of choice. (If you aren’t a pro, use some cosmetic tape to define the edges of your cat eye, and just remove the tape once you’re done packing on the glitter.)

    Since it’ll hot AF outside, it's smart to have your hair tied back in a ponytail, or maybe a braid or two. Because your hair will be up and out of the way, you can easily add glitter to your favorite hair gel or mouse to set your hair style. Want something more daring to become a walking, talking glitter bomb? Lay chunky glitter particles at your hairline or part – this way, you’ll have a seamless transition from your ~face glitter~ to your ~hair glitter~.

    2. Add extra shimmer to your frock.

    Speaking of hair, if you want to step up your mermaid locks or just try a new look for the season, you can add shine to your hair without lathering it with glitter.

    Adding tinsel to your hair is a relatively simple method to incorporate more loud glam into the festival celebration. Though you might be ready to bring leftover tinsel packets from the holiday to your hair stylist, incorporating tinsel in your mane is pretty simple and you can do it yourself at home (a relief for the college budget, since you just spent a paycheck on your festival tickets).

    3. Shine bright like a rhinestone.

    We get it: You’re still attempting to narrow down the 25 drafts of your gem masterpiece. However, you don’t need the perfect composition to don a ton of rhinestones and gems like the festival queen you were born to be.


    Gorgeous Crystal Glow. credit: @danessa_myricks . Model: @eden.girmatsion

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    Sometimes a girl needs a little disorganization in her beauty routine, which is why it's totally fine to haplessly apply gems, pearls or rhinestones all over your face in no particular order or design. It's still going to WERK. After all, your version of your festival beauty is unique, so feel free to mix and match your stick-on gems, glitter, tinsel or lack thereof however you'd like. 

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    Music festivals are some of the buzziest events of the year, but many people think that unless they can easily get to California or New York City, they’re limited to scrolling past aesthetic festival posts on their Instagram. If you’re having serious FOMO as you watch your friends living it up in the crowd, don’t despair: It’s easier than you think to still have a festival-filled summer.

    Music festivals occur way more often than you might think, and they may even be a lot closer to home. We’ve rounded up a bunch of our favorites from all across the country (and even a couple beyond!) and from a wide range of music genres, so no matter where you live or what you listen to, you can find the perfect music festival for you and your friends this summer.


    1. Panorama (July 27-29, New York City, NY)


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    If you happened to miss Governor’s Ball in June, Panorama is the ideal way to make up for it: both festivals take place at Randalls Island Park. That means there’s no camping, so it’s perfect for the city girl who would rather not spend her nights in a tent in the middle of nowhere. (There’s also air-conditioned restrooms, so you can kiss those port-a-potties goodbye!) The lineup boasts some musical heavyweights, with The Weeknd, Janet Jackson and the Killers headlining each of the three days. Other performers to look forward to include Dua Lipa, Migos and Daniel Caesar on Day 1, SZA, Gucci Mane and PVRIS on Day 2 and The XX, Fleet Foxes and Rex Orange County on Day 3. A 3-day general admission pass costs $295 and also gets you access to charging stations and a free voucher to the Queens Museum, among other things. Score!

    2. Billboard Hot 100 Festival (August 18-19, Long Island, NY)

    The Billboard Hot 100 Festival is the stuff of Top 40 dreams. Held for two days at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, the festival is headlined by Halsey and Rae Sremmurd on Saturday, and DJ Snake and Future on Sunday. Tickets go for as cheap as $80, so you can live it up on a budget. Plus, it takes place right as back-to-school season is starting up, and what better way to ring in the new school year?

    3. Electric Zoo (August 31-September 2, New York City, NY)

    Don’t make plans for Labor Day weekend just yet—we think you’re going to want to check out Ezoo, one of the biggest and best electronic dance festivals in the world. This year is Ezoo’s 10th anniversary (they even call it “Electric Zoo: The Big 10”), so they’re planning to make it better than ever, and with headliners Marshmello, Martin Garrix and Tiësto, we bet they can make that happen. NYC vendors will be onsite providing food and drinks, and since there’s truly nothing better than eating New York pizza while listening to your favorite music, we’re absolutely pumped. A three-day GA pass is currently $279.99 plus fees, but a payment plan is available to make the price a bit easier to handle.

    4. Cayuga Sound Festival (September 21-22, Ithaca, NY)

    This is the second year of Cayuga Sound, a two-day festival curated by rock band X Ambassadors in their hometown. According to their website, the festival supports local businesses in Ithaca and local nonprofits, so you can have a great time and feel great doing it. The lineup is still being announced, but known performers so far include Matt and Kim and Young the Giant, of course alongside X Ambassadors themselves. A two-day pass costs $99.50, but you can pay for VIP tickets up to $300 that include experiences like attending a dinner hosted by X Ambassadors themselves. Sounds pretty sweet to us.


    5. Pilgrimage Music Festival (September 22-23, Franklin, TN)

    Pilgrimage Music Festival isn’t centered around any one genre, but instead includes a wide range of musicians. From Lionel Richie to Hozier to Bleachers to Elle King, there’s bound to be something for you there. The festival also has unique attractions like Farm to Turn-Table, a food truck park so you can eat your heart out, and the Americana Music Triangle Experience, where they say “attendees can immerse themselves in world-famous music landmarks, tucked away hamlets and one-of-a-kind stops along the Gold Record Road.” A regular two-day pass is $185.

    6. Bourbon & Beyond (September 22-23, Louisville, KY)

    Come for the music and stay for the drinks – we think 21+ collegiettes will like this one. Not only does Louisville’s Bourbon & Beyond festival have some impressive musical guests, but it’s also centered around the Big Bourbon Bar, where you can try over 40 bourbon brands, according to their website. If music is more your thing than drinks, this is still a great festival to check out: John Mayer, Sheryl Crow and more will be performing. A weekend general admission ticket is $150.


    7. Mo Pop Festival (July 28-29, Detroit, MI)


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    With a lineup that has Bon Iver, Portugal. The Man, Brockhampton and more, we think it’s safe to say that Mo Pop is one of the best music festivals in the Midwest, no question. It takes place at West Riverfront Park in Detroit, which they describe as “a 20-acre green oasis that features an extra-wide RiverWalk, three pathways linking the waterfront to neighborhoods, benches, bike racks and plenty of wide-open space for activities.” That sounds a lot like paradise, and the perfect place to spend a summer weekend. A weekend ticket is $135, but get yours ASAP, because that price will go up.

    8. WE Fest (August 2-4, Detroit Lakes, MN)

    Country fans will love WE Fest in Minnesota. It’s been around since 1983, so you can bet they know how to make a great festival, meaning it’ll be fun for everyone involved. The main headliners are Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line, so a three-day GA ticket with camp access (with a student discount!) for $210 seems pretty worth it to us. Plus, this is the perfect festival to go to with all your friends: they just started a rewards program called WeWards, so if you get your friends to buy their tickets through your link, you can start earning prizes like 10 percent cash back on your tickets or a “tubing adventure” for two people. Saving money and going to concerts are two of our favorite things, so we’re loving what WE Fest has to offer!

    9. Lollapalooza (August 2-5, Chicago, IL)

    You know Lollapalooza. It’s one of the biggest music festivals in the U.S., and this year will be no exception: the four-day event is headlined by Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and Jack White. And when we say everyone is going to be there, we mean everyone: pop stars like Camila Cabello, rock bands like Vampire Weekend and hip-hop favorites like Tyler, the Creator. Nobody is out of place here. Plus, with great Chicago food, Lolla Market for artisan shopping and more, we swear you’ll never want to leave. A four-day general admission pass is $335 plus fees, and they’re going fast, so don’t wait too long to get a ticket!

    10. Breakaway Festival (August 24-26, Columbus, OH)

    Khalid, Odesza and Jaden Smith are among the performers at Breakaway, where a three-day GA pass is $149. The venue is MAPFRE Soccer Stadium in Columbus, and Breakaway has some pretty sweet deals; you can get up to 35 percent off a hotel stay while you’re there. This festival is all about the music, and with headliners like Halsey and Migos, we can see why.


    11. Float Fest (July 21-22, San Marcos, TX)

    Everything’s bigger in Texas, right? And with a stacked lineup featuring Tame Impala, Snoop Dogg, Glass Animals and more, Float Fest is pretty damn big. A GA weekend pass is $149 right now, but that’s not all—the real unique attraction is buying a weekend tubing pass for $40 and literally floating down the San Marcos River, essentially combining a music festival with a water park. It’s the perfect way to cool down in the summer, and then after you watch all the concerts at night, you can camp at the venue and do it all again the next day. It’s pretty much the closest you can get to paradise.

    12. River City Rockfest (September 22, San Antonio, TX)

    Of course, not everyone is into pop music, so here’s an option for fans of rock ‘n’ roll: River City Rockfest is featuring huge names in rock music, like Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. It’s held at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, and because it’s only a one-day event, you can spend the rest of your weekend exploring the city. Right now, a general admission ticket is only $69.50—but as with all festivals, the price will change phases and increase as the date gets closer, so get yours ASAP!


    13. Outside Lands (August 10-12, San Francisco, CA)

    Outside Lands is perhaps NorCal’s best music festival, and the lineup for this one should have everyone excited: The Weeknd, Florence + the Machine and Janet Jackson are headlining this three-day event, and Future, CHVRCHES, Janelle Monae and more will also perform. Just about every musical genre is satisfied here, so if your friend likes Mac Demarco but you’re more into Carly Rae Jepsen, both of you can be happy here. Plus, the festival has partnered with restaurants and food trucks in the Bay Area to bring all the best food to festivalgoers, and what’s a music festival without good food? A three-day general admission pass is $375.

    14. KAABOO (September 14-16, San Diego, CA)

    KAABOO’s website specifically says that they’re “not a ‘festival.’” So what does that mean? Well, they still have great acts (everyone from Katy Perry to the Foo Fighters will be there), but they designed their event around those of you who’d like to hear the music without dealing with all the campground complications and port-a-potties. They have seating areas and indoor climate-controlled spaces, so you can have cooler, cleaner fun. The best part? They offer a student discount! You can get up to $20 off a GA three-day pass just by verifying your college.

    15. Grandoozy (September 14-16, Denver, CO)

    Grandoozy is the product of the co-creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, two huge music festivals, so you can expect a great time at this three-day event in Denver. Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine and Stevie Wonder are the headliners, but The Chainsmokers, Sturgill Simpson, Ty Dolla $ign and other big names are also on the lineup. Grandoozy also promises to have Denver’s best food, a craft beer experience and an “’80s Ski Lodge” area that sounds pretty exciting. A three-day general admission ticket costs $259.50.

    16. Life Is Beautiful Festival (September 21-23, Las Vegas, NV)

    When we say, “Vegas,” you probably think, “fabulous.” The Life is Beautiful Festival does not disappoint; even the name alone is over-the-top. With performers like Arcade Fire, Odesza, Death Cab for Cutie and more, Life is Beautiful is bound to be unforgettable. A three-day GA pass is $295 plus fees, but Life Is Beautiful offers a payment plan, so emptying your wallet for that ticket doesn’t hurt quite as much. And if you ever want a break from the music (we’re not sure why you would, but just in case) the festival is planning to announce their comedy lineup and gallery artists so you can stop to have a laugh and check out some amazing art.


    17. Osheaga (August 3-5, Montreal, Canada)

    For those of you living across the border, Osheaga is a huge three-day festival taking place in Montreal. Established artists like Arctic Monkeys and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will be there, but some up-and-coming artists like Khalid and Billie Eilish will also be gracing the stage. Beyond the music, Osheaga will also present installations from renowned artists, and there will be food trucks galore to satiate your hunger after spending all day in the crowd. A three-day general admission pass is CAN$320.


    18. Vans Warped Tour (now through August 5, traveling)

    This year is the last-ever Vans Warped Tour, so you definitely don’t want to miss out! Warped is a touring music festival that’s been around since the '90s, and while they mostly focus on pop punk or punk rock bands, recent years have seen the lineup diversifying a bit more. If you’re a fan of All Time Low, Echosmith, The Maine, We The Kings, Simple Plan and more, this is the festival for you. Plus, depending on where you live, different artists will be added to the local lineup, so there’s always a surprise. GA tickets vary by city, but they average about $50 each, making this a total steal.

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    One of the first people to use YouTube as a platform for sharing music, singer Savannah Outen began posting covers on the platform when she was just 15 years old. Her career quickly took off as she became the first independent artist to have a song reach #5 on Disney’s Top 30 Countdown. Since then, Savannah’s popularity has only grown. She has a huge following of dedicated fans and a brand new song, “Sad in the Summer.”

    Savannah is as authentic as they come, focusing on sharing her true self with her fans rather than a curated or filtered version. What Savannah’s fans see is exactly who she is—from her vintage style to her unique, soulful sound. Her Campus sat down to talk with her about her days with Disney, the break she took in order to find herself, where she finds inspiration for her music and the advice she has for aspiring songwriters.

    HC: When did you first get into music and how did you know it was something that you wanted to pursue?

    Savannah Outen: I started posting videos on YouTube when I was 15 years old. Music has always been a big part of my life, but it wasn’t until I was about 13-14 that I started taking it seriously and pursuing it. I posted that first cover video and ever since then I have been taking it seriously and making it into a career. I have been releasing original music and just taking the steps forward, and it’s been really fun to get [positive] feedback, especially from the team of fans and followers that have been with me from the start. Just having them grow with me has been really great.

    HC: What was it like starting a YouTube channel at such a young age?

    SO: It was weird. I actually really didn’t want to do it at first because I didn’t want my friends knowing that I liked to sing. So that’s why we put [my YouTube channel] under “savannah7448” because I was like “maybe my friends won’t know that it’s me.”

    I was a little nervous at first, but I also was excited because not a lot of people were doing music on YouTube. Justin Bieber, me, and this girl Esmée Denters were really the only people posting music-related content, and so that was exciting and different for the platform at the time. I’m really glad that I did it because it was such a great platform for me to reach people all over the world and share my music.

    HC: Obviously it worked. You found a lot of success early on, even becoming the first unsigned artist to reach #5 on Radio Disney’s Top 30—which was definitely something huge for someone so young. What was that like?

    SO: It was so cool. I was such a Disney-lover and I still am. It was great to have their support with my original music. The song that charted, and the one that I released, was the first song I ever wrote. So I was super nervous to even put that out into the world because I didn’t know what it was like to write a song. I was really scared, but I was super happy that it got that response. It kind of gave me a boost to continue writing and put more original music out there.

    HC: From there, what came next for you?

    SO: From there I released a few more originals with Radio Disney and then I kind of took a break. I needed time to figure out who I was as an artist. I had a lot of people at that time telling me who to be, and what to do, and how to sing, and how to dress, and what my hair color should be and I just needed to take a minute for self-discovery and to figure out who I was, not only as a 17-year-old kid, but also as an artist.

    So I took a few years to figure that out, but I was still doing covers in the meantime to just keep that support system that I had and make sure that they were still on Team Savannah. Also, I really loved covering people’s songs and realizing “I like this about that one, and this thing about that one.” I took a few years off I guess you could say, and then these last couple of years I’ve really lived life and experienced things that I can write about now. I know what I want to say, and I know what I want the music to sound like. That time was super necessary for me to grow up and figure out who I was.

    HC: After having all the time to figure yourself out, you say now that you really value authenticity and portraying your true self to your fans. How do you go about doing that?

    SO: For me I think the biggest thing is just being true to myself and hope that it rubs off on my followers to be true to themselves. It’s kind of a crazy world and time right now, especially in this industry. You kind of find yourself comparing yourself to other people, and that’s what I was doing when I was younger. But then something clicked one day and I was like, “you know what, the only person that I can be is myself. I don’t have to have this crazy hairdo, I don’t have to have a gimmick, I can just be me because there’s no other Savannah out there.” I found a sense of freedom. It’s been great and so freeing to just be myself and now I can send that message to everyone else.

    HC: You have a huge following on social media, so is it more difficult being surrounded by people who use filters and Photoshop to really stand out as yourself?

    SO: Honestly, I’ve always been really open and I love sharing my personal life with my followers. I don’t feel like I necessarily need to filter anything, and I don’t do Photoshop or anything like that. I try to stay as organic and me as possible, and relatable because I just want people to see my socials and listen to my songs and think “oh she’s going through that too” or “she does funny things like this.” Or “she’s just a chill girl I want to be best friends with her.” I just try to be as chill as possible and not be too outrageous or use any crazy filters.

    HC: That organic version of you definitely comes across. Specifically, your personal style is really unique, it’s very vintage and super interesting, and you share that a lot on your social media. Is fashion something you’re really interested in?

    SO: Oh my god, I love fashion. I’m super inspired by people like Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy. I love really cool, unique pieces. I love the '70s era and I try to incorporate that with my modern style. If it’s a really cute Twiggy-type a-line dress I would pair it with some high over-the-knee boots to funk it up a little bit. I’m super into fashion and it’s definitely a problem.


    I don't want diamonds. I want cheesy fries & a cute plant.

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    HC: Going back to your music. Since you took a break when you were younger, you’ve since been able to cultivate your own unique sound. Can you talk a little bit about what your unique style of music is?

    SO: It took awhile for me to find that style and sound. I went through a lot of different producers and just figuring it out and getting down to the nitty-gritty of what sounds I wanted to use. So now it’s very rhythmic, R&B and pop. I'm really inspired by big drums, cool harmonies, and really big choruses where I can belt. I just try to blend all of those things together.

    I really love Jon Bellion, he’s this amazing artist that is doing super well now. But he’s been writing for the past 10 years, but I love his story and I love him as an artist, his production and writing. He really inspired a lot of my music. I also really love Adele and Christina Aguilera and big voices like that. So this new music was inspired by them. My music is still growing and I’m still growing as an artist, but right now I’m super happy with the music that I’m releasing.

    HC: Your new single is called “Sad in the Summer,” can you tell us what it’s about and, other than from the few singers that you just mentioned, where inspiration for the song came from?

    SO: “Sad in the Summer” is a song about a relationship that I was in that was definitely not right for me. I knew it was something that wasn’t going to move forward, but he just kept coming back and forth into the picture and I kept allowing it to happen. I feel like a lot of people can relate to that kind of situation and it’s only a matter of time before you find the exit sign and run. So “Sad in the Summer” is kind of me, in that moment, realizing “this isn’t right for me” and thinking back on those good times that we had, but also realizing that I’m better off without him and I need to move on and find somebody else.

    I think also in writing the song I found a sense of freedom. I went out on a new date that night and was like, “yeah I’m getting him out of my life. This is good.” It was very therapeutic to write this song.


    Sad In The Summer available on @spotify, @itunes and all the goods ✨

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    HC: So you write most of your songs from personal experiences?

    SO: I’d say every single one is about my life. There might be a few songs that I’ve written that are about friend’s relationships that were just too juicy not to write about, but I love writing about relationships. I am just super fascinated with love and the dating world. And it’s free therapy for me, so I really enjoy it.

    HC: What advice do you have for aspiring songwriters regarding the writing process, where to find inspo, how to be successful?

    SO: Well, I would like some advice (Laughs). But really, for songwriters, I would say write, write, write. Never stop writing, even if it’s not that great. Just constantly write because that’s how you’re going to grow. For artists, I would say to be super persistent because it’s a pretty crazy [industry] and you can hear "no" a lot of the time. But if you stay persistent and don’t give up, you’re always going to find success and your dreams are absolutely going to come true. If you’re putting in all of the effort and putting it out into the universe you’re only going to succeed at that point. I’d say just be persistent, and I’d say that goes for any career that you choose.

    HC: What can we expect next from you? More videos, YouTube covers, maybe a concert tour?

    SO: I’m releasing the music video for “Sad in the Summer” very soon. I just saw the final cut so I’m super stoked about that. It’s very '70s-inspired, very classic summer, and I couldn’t be more excited. And we’re releasing another single as well in the next couple of months. It’s all happening and I’m really, really excited.

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    Temperatures are rising and a delicious cold pick me up is an absolute must on these brutal summer days. The best cool down treats for the summer are obviously rosé and ice cream. When you pair the two together, it is basically a gift sent from the gods’ to us mere mortals. Davey’s Ice Cream has teamed up with the rosé makers at Angry Orchard to created not one but two life-changing Angry Orchard Rosé Cider ice cream flavors. Did we mention they are just in time for National Ice Cream Day? 

    If you love rosé as much as I do, you are going to be drooling over these flavors! The New York-based Davey’s Ice Cream is known for their unusual flavors like Roasted Pistachio and Speculoos Chocolate Chip. The first rosé-guzzling flavor added to their menu is the “Rosé CreamCider”, and it is basically your adult creamsicle dreams come true. It is a refreshing swirl of Davey’s homemade Sweet Cream ice cream infused with Angry Orchard rosé cider sorbet. The results of the combination is a sweet, apple sorbet. The second is the “Pine-Apple Hibiscus Rosé Sorbet”, and it promises to take your taste buds on a tropical getaway. It uses the classic rosé cider base and spices it up with pineapple juice and hibiscus. 

    It is available only for a limited time though, so you can’t really rosé all day. The two flavors will be available only at certain Davey’s locations in East village, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint between July 13 through July 15. It will also be available at the main Angry Orchard Brewery in Walden, New York on July 15 for National Ice Cream Day. 

    “We are always looking for refreshing and unexpected ways for drinkers to enjoy cider,” says Ryan Burk, the head cider maker at Angry Orchard in a press release. “For National Ice Cream Day, we wanted to see if we could deliver the essence of our Rosé cider in the form of a cool treat and found a great partner in Davey’s whose passion for innovation and unique ingredients resonates in each of the recipes we’ve crafted together.”

    What better way to celebrate the national holiday than with a little boozy treat? It is the perfect way to enjoy your “rosé all day” even if it is for a limited time. Flavors and quantities for the rosé-infused treats are limited, so it is best you get it line ASAP. Also, don’t forget your ID because you will have to be 21 to enjoy.

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    This article has been syndicated from Style Wire, in partnership with Read the full post here.

    Imagine waking up one Monday morning, getting dressed, making your coffee and arriving at work ready to tackle the day – only to be told your company is closing its doors and you’ll be out of a job the following week. 

    That’s exactly the situation I found myself in last March when the Canadian retailer I worked for told me they wouldn’t be renewing their lease, and would be shutting down U.S. operations. I was devastated. I absolutely loved my job, the company, and my coworkers. The timing wasn’t great; I had just ended a relationship, was dealing with some health issues, and on top of it all was out of a job. Needless to say, I felt overwhelmed.

    First, I had to decide what I wanted to do. I could continue my career in retail where I was moving up the ladder fairly quickly, or I could turn on my heel and take the years I had spent pouring over my own social media (and the accounts of the companies that I worked for) and use the opportunity as a time to change gears within my career and apply for jobs outside my current field. 

    Then I had to decide exactly how I was going to do it. I had no idea where to begin my job search, and I turned to what probably isn’t the most reliable resource out there: Google. I spent what felt like endless hours scrolling through job boards and sites, trying to figure out what the heck I was qualified to do, and how the heck I was going to stand out in a sea of applicants.

    Fast forward to last week’s Cocktail and Careers event at Bleacher Bar with; endless resources at my fingertips, FREE resume analysis, Traitify Career Assessments, and a panel of expert HR and hiring managers. I felt foolish for not looking beyond the quantity of job listings on the site and missing out on all of the incredible resources from Their Graduated & Unemployed guide is packed with information for someone in a similar situation to mine. I’ll never know but I’m pretty sure I would have been called back for 50 percent more interviews had I passed my resume through’s free online resume analysis tool.

    After running my resume through the online assessment I realized so many mistakes I wish I could do over. Improving key wordscommon mistakes to avoidgetting resume feedback, to name a few. Coulda, shoulda, woulda, huh? After interviewing for a few jobs I didn’t feel super passionate about (and being effectively rejected) I took some time off and headed home to Texas. During that trip I decided there was no time like the present and I actively began building my own business.

    It’s something that is certainly not for everyone, and I feel so extremely lucky to have had a steady flow of clients that keep my services in daily operation. I wake up excited to shoot, excited to create content, and excited to help grow my clients’ accounts.

    While I didn’t land the traditional role I set out after, I am so happy and grateful and fulfilled that my career allows me the flexibility to make my own schedule and can still blog and be creative in my downtime, but I can’t help but wonder what type of job I could have landed with the help at resources from….

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    I Did A Thing is our weekly advice column where the Her Campus editorial team helps you out when you ruin your own life (hey, we've been there). Email for any and everything you need help with. We’ll answer you (anonymously!) on so we can all learn, together. We’ve got your back.

    @concerned&confused: So me and my best friend and others planned a trip to Vegas for her birthday earlier this year. But life started getting in the way and I realized that I might not be able to go, but I was to afraid to tell them because I didn't want to let my friends down. I talked to my other friend and she told me not to force myself to go if I can't afford it, and I was at the point where I was paying my dad rent and would get kicked out if I didn't. I told my best friend this, and she said that I have to go because if not, the price will go up for everyone. I told her I'm really sorry, I can't go, if I go I will get kicked out – and that was the last time I talked to her. I don't know what to do or how to reach out to her. I texted her happy birthday and let her know that whenever she's ready I'm here to talk, and she also unfriended me on Facebook. The thing is: I do a lot for my friends. I buy them food, movie tickets – if we want to go to a spa I groupon it for the both us. I've done so much more, and I never ask for anything in return, but because I can't do that one thing I'm bad person. What should I do? Was I wrong in not going? I feel like I lost my best friend, and we've been friends for 9 years. I didn't think this would happen to us.

    @helpmehc: First of all, take a minute (or several) and breathe. It totally sucks that you couldn’t make it to your bestie’s birthday party, but you need to take a second and realize that you had no control over this situation. Regardless of how much we micromanage our lives, we can’t predict the future--just like we can’t prevent life from f*cking up our trip to Vegas (or our freshly done makeup for that matter). If your bestie can’t realize that life is chaotic, then you might need be better off enjoying your own personal time or finding a new bestie, to be honest.

    We get it: Thinking of any indefinite split with a close friend seems harsh, especially when you’ve been close for nine years. IMO, it sounds like your bestie kind of isn’t your bestie. From a bystander’s perspective, it seems like she might be exploiting your generosity, and now she’s upset because she had to spend some extra change on the hotel room. And when you couldn’t give her something that she wanted at the time she wanted it (in this case, y’all’s collective trip to Vegas), she got passive-aggressive and ghosted you. What’s worse, is she made you feel bad for it, when you really shouldn’t feel bad at all.

    Maybe we’re missing out on something here, and she’s currently going through her own life-induced-stresses. If you feel comfortable enough and you want to give your relationship another shot, try to reach out to a mutual friend and see if they can set up a sit down between you two. This way, you can both have an organized environment to talk it out from your respective perspectives. If your friend isn’t willing to at least give you the courtesy to explain yourself (and vice versa), then you might want to find a new #1 friend and a productive self-care regime (because you need to amp up your mental health and de-stress, STAT, and there’s no shame in that). After all, if she can’t recognize that you went through a stressful situation (i.e. almost getting kicked out) and she wants to retcon nine years of friendship because of it, then that’s her MO. For now, you can only focus on you and not how other people react to you.

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    If you’re lucky enough to have people that really care about you in your life, you will never feel like you are going through anything alone. People close to you feel your pain, your happiness, and want to be there through everything in between. If you’re really lucky, though, these people will really want to be there through everything, including things you really would just rather do alone. Most of the time we don’t realize we were born with at least one of these people—our parent. One of the many things they’re there for upon invitation or not: the college process.

    While you were working on homework, projects, and building resumes these past years, they were working on you. They want to see their work pay off just as much as you do. Parents’ involvement in the college process can become daunting, though, adding even more pressure to not only please schools but parents as well. Here’s what to do to let your parents know that they’re a little too involved in the college search and decision process.

    1. Properly assess the situation

    In high school, it can sometimes feel like your parents are too involved in your life. “Parents should be simply overseeing the process," says Brian Sieber, a counselor at The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. "Although I believe it is beneficial for parents to voice their support and opinion, their role should be a resource. Students should be doing all the hands-on work themselves—especially when it comes to direct communication. There is nothing worse than a parent who keeps calling me when the student is down the hall and could be asking me the question themselves.”

    There are countless students applying to your colleges of choice. The goal is to stand out one way or another, and with everyone submitting a stellar application, it becomes much easier to stand out negatively. Phone calls from a parent and evident parent involvement are some of the easiest, unintentional ways to do so. If your parent insists on contacting the counselor or other related official, suggest they ask what they believe the parents’ role should be; the person is bound to respond in your favor.

    College is all about moving on with independence and an eagerness to learn; the opposite is reflected through your parent assisting you with each step to get there… but are you letting them?

    2. Initiate actually taking control yourself

    When your parents provide a list of schools to apply to, do you already have your own? Before your parent called the school, did you offer to do so yourself? If the answer is “no” to these questions, your parents probably don’t realize they’re overstepping. Parents often worry they aren’t doing enough, so try telling them they’re doing more than enough before complaining about it.

    “I truly appreciate all of their support, but they wanted to choose the schools that I applied to, how I phrased my personal statement, and even the order of bullet points in my resumes,” says Rachna Shah, a freshman at Dartmouth College. “I was able to convince them that my application needs to be my own voice, [but] I also compromised with [them], applying to certain schools based off of their recommendations.”

    Parents inevitably take some sort of position in the process, but since it is centered around you, the applicant, it’s your responsibility to assure your parent they’re doing their part and that they’ve raised you to have the judgment they want to be applied to each decision-making stage.

    Related: How to Narrow Down Your College Application List So You Won't Have Regrets

    3. Clearly communicate

    Complaints can outweigh communication in the exchange between the stress-induced applicant and parent, the often astronomical price of tuition not making it easier on either. It's difficult to break the news that you’re feeling suffocated by your parents if they will be the ones providing the financing.

    A subtle yet explicit way to express feeling overwhelmed is to ask your parents to agree to one day of the week where you discuss college. “And ONLY one day a week. This brings the stress level way down,” says Scott White, a college counselor at Montclair High School.

    This will allow you both to really indulge in less combative conversation and express all of your well-formulated thoughts, given that you’ve refrained from doing so the rest of the week.

    If your parents are still making you feel like a passenger in the process after declaring this designated discussion period, you’ll have to tell them you want to be the driver. Share with them how your teachers and counselors reinforce the importance of taking responsibility and determining the fate of your own future at this time. You can even share your own findings and articles with them.

    Chris Teare, a Columbia University graduate and admissions director, says it’s imperative that “the essay or personal statement [sounds] like a 17- or 18-year-old wrote it. Where guidance and help from concerned parents, teachers, and counselors are concerned, the essay must be your own, no one else’s. I know what sounds natural. So does everyone in college admissions. We have well-tuned ears.”

    Teare's advice shows the importance of keeping a consistent, authentic voice throughout the application that can’t be achieved with too much parent intervention; finding input from reputable individuals like this will surely support your argument. They usually provide contacts, too—don't be afraid to reach out to a professional who's already made themselves an online source.

    4. Outline both of your responsibilities

    After respectfully requesting control over the driver’s seat, you should outline which responsibilities you want to take on yourself compared to those you want your parent to help with. You may want to ask them to look over all completed parts of the application, do research, handle FAFSA or other tasks that make them more of an assistant but are also necessary.

    Convey how much you value and require their emotional and financial support, as well as their personal preferences and requests regarding how you navigate the college process. Have you told your parents what it is exactly that you want for the future? They should know your goals, ambitions, and how you wish to attain them through college, even if you feel the restrictions they place upon your choices limit your aspirations. If they do, express that you feel suppressed, and ask for more explanation regarding their preferences.

    Emphasize how you wouldn’t be able to go through the process without them, but draw the boundary where their participation remains beneficial. It’s important to express gratitude.

    5. Imagine the opposite

    Your parent’s involvement may be adding to your stress, but imagine if it were the other way around.

    “I wish my parents were more involved in my college process. It was so stressful; it took away from my performance in anything else that required my attention during that time,” says Drew Lofaro, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. “I felt extremely alone, but I ended up getting into Penn. It was rewarding; going through the process alone meant doing endless research and other indirectly related things that my parents could have been doing. Although it paid off, it’s a really difficult time to even think back on.”

    Parents just want to see their work pay off, too. Reassure your seemingly or actually meddling parent that they can trust the ability of their greatest work—you.

    After accurately assesing your situation, initiating taking control, and clearly communicating the outined responsibilites of each of you, you should feel less of a burden. You'll probably feel more of a burden as far as the work goes, but that's how it should be and what you wanted! Don’t forget: this means regularly going into the counselor’s office yourself and waiting in the line of students who also don’t want their parent to call.

    In the meantime, trust that your college application and admission process will all work out the way it's meant to be. Good luck, pre-collegiettes!

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    First dates are stressful for literallyeveryone. For lazy girls, they're extra stressful. We actually have to get out of our comfy spot on the couch and socialize in the outside world. The first anything is always ambiguous, so there's no way that a lazy chick can formulate a hack to make an easy connection with someone on the first date (unless of course, the rest of you lazy girls know something that I don't—in which case, help a gal out).

    Unless your first date includes ordering a pizza and watching a movie with your boo, there are plenty of things that lazy girls hate about first dates (and getting ready for them). Here are 17 of them.

    1. You have to set 20 alarms just to make sure you wake up from your midday nap

    Seriously, this whole date thing is interrupting your precious snooze time. Ugh, so inconvenient.

    2. Then you actually have to leave your bed

    Why couldn’t you just go on a Netflix-and-nap date? The struggle is real.

    3. And shower

    It isn’t even your scheduled day to wash your hair!

    4. And actually think about what you’re going to wear

    Rather than just throwing on any old T-shirt and sweats.

    5. You just realized that you don’t have any clean clothes

    How can it be time to do laundry already? You just did it, like, three weeks ago. Time to get creative with the outfit.

    6. You keep checking your phone to see if they cancel last minute

    Sure, you’d have a bruised ego for a hot minute, but you’d ultimately be relieved because canceled plans = relaxation.

    7. You just hate going through so much work getting ready for only a few hours of fun

    Three words: Cost-benefit analysis.

    8. And you know the chances of it working out are slim, so why bother?

    I could just not.

    9. It'll probably start out super awkward since you're always running a few minutes late

    In your defense, you were just procrastinating leaving the house. After all, what lazy girl likes going through the hassle of opening her bedroom door, much less driving?

    10. You have to refrain from talking with food in your mouth

    Because that’s rude or gross or whatever, which is completely unfair because you love to multitask. Plus, what kind of person asks you about your job while you’re shoving pasta in your mouth?

    11. You actually have to think about interesting things to say about yourself…

    This usually comes after the dreaded question, “What do you like to do for fun?” And you have to figure out a way to make sleeping, eating and watching TV sound enthralling.

    12. …so you contemplate just staying single

    After all, if you stay single, you don’t have to go places and do things—well, other than those pesky things called work and class.

    13. You get freaked out by serious conversations…

    Yeah, asking about your childhood and what you wanna do in the future might seem like normal questions to ask on the first date, but now you have to spend time actually talking. You definitely dig small talk more.

    14. …except, you sort of hate small talk, too

    Because now you have to find a way to make your day seem interesting. Online shopping definitely counts as business development, right?

    15. You realize just how uncomfortable wearing a bra is

    Seriously, why did you choose to wear a bra for this date? Oh right, because you don’t want them to stare at your chest all night.

    16. You know they'll want to continue hanging out after dinner

    But this date has been like a whole hour and you just want to put on your comfy yoga pants already. 

    17. That weird goodbye limbo takes so much energy

    Granted, who actually likes this part of a first date? You’re both getting ready to say goodbye, but you both linger to see what the other person is going to do. Are they going to kiss you? Should you hug them? Should you shake their hand? No, that’s weird. Definitely weird. This whole process takes up way too much of your valuable Instagram time.

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