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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    It starts like this: a barefaced girl on your Instagram Discover feed. She looks at the camera, smiles, maybe even waves, and then proceeds to apply what looks like upwards of ten products to her face. As she expertly uses various colors to create geometric shapes (triangles under her eyes, lines under her cheekbones), you watch her complicated contouring routine take less than a minute. But don’t be fooled by the high-speed video - that effortless beach glow actually took a lot of effort.

    There has to be a better way. I mean, who has the time to use that many products?

    What if we told you that by just using a single bronzer you could achieve the golden look of your dreams? Of course, you won’t be able to get the expertly contoured look like a Kardashian or Instagram model, but you can get pretty close.

    We’ve compiled a list of four of the best bronzers that you need, like, right now. These tried-and-true bronzers work like a charm. Skip the lengthy routine and try them out for yourself.

    1.  Essence Makeup “Adventure Awaits" Sunkissed Bronzing Stick ($4.99, Essence Makeup)

    Much bigger than your average travel size and at an affordable price, Chelsea Jackson, a junior at Iowa State University, swears by this bronzer. She a huge fan of the cooler shade, “Travels Makes Me Happy” for her skin tone.

    “If you have neutral to cool undertones, it's important to find a cooler bronzer. However, if you have neutral undertones you can make a neutral bronzer by layering both a warm bronzer and a cool bronzer on top of each other,” she says.

    Not only will this bronzer look amazing on its own, but you can make it work for virtually any skin tone too with just a little bit of mixing.

    2. Too Faced Cosmetics "Sweetie Pie" Bronzer ($30, Too Faced)

    Whether you wear it with a full face of makeup or just a swipe of mascara, you’ll achieve a sunkissed beach look every time (without any harmful rays). This bronzer is perfect for the summertime, and it’s not just a plain old bronzer. It also serves as an amazing highlighter, giving you a dewy and fresh glow. Plus, it’s infused with peach and sweet fig milk. Pretty cool right?

    Related: 13 Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands You Should Know About

    3. Benefit Cosmetics "Hoola" Matte Bronzer ($29, Benefit Cosmetics)

    Benefit’s Hoola bronzer is a cult beauty favorite, and it’s one of the best you can get. Hoola gives a natural-looking matte, so it’s a perfect alternative if you’re not into the luminous or dewy looks.

    Allie Foley, a rising sophomore at Marist College, says that Hoola is her everyday go-to bronzer. “I get pretty pale in the winters, so what I like about it is it gives your face a natural bronze look... not orange or anything! It also lasts a long time and is in a package that doesn’t allow it to crack or break easily” she says.

    Perfect for both the summer and the winter, you can achieve an amazing bronze glow all year long!

    4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer ($28, Anastasia Beverly Hills)

    Get the perfect bronzed looked with this powder from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Dajin Kim, a rising senior at UT Austin, is a huge fan of the shade Rich Amber. “I love it because it gives a warm glow with a reddish tint and it's super subtle!” she says. She also suggests a great way to use it: “After I set my foundation with powder, I use it on my jawline and sides of my forehead!”

    Although this bronzer is more on the more expensive side, the quality of the product is well worth the price.

    5.  Physicians Formula "Murumuru Butter" Bronzer ($14.95, Physicians Formula

    A drugstore brand with high-end quality, the Murumuru bronzer is a must-have for any bronzing enthusiast. Vanessa Medina, a sophomore at Emerson College, calls it her “absolute favorite, favorite bronzer.” She says, “because I don’t use bronzer a ton, I mostly use it to contour. It’s a matte bronzer, it’s really cheap, and it smells amazing (like a really good sunscreen).” Sounds perfect to us!

    Bonus tip: Mix your bronzers with your moisturizer to get a more natural look

    Combining bronzers with moisturizer makes it easy to apply and it looks more natural on your skin. If you can’t find one bronzer shade you absolutely love, you can try mixing more than one bronzer together to create the perfect shade.

    This is one of Chelsea’s favorite methods, although it does require what she calls “a bit of makeup murder.” Combining her powder bronzers with moisturizer helps her combat dry skin and avoid “that over-power dry skin look (that’s never in style, and for good reason).

    Her favorites bronzers to use are Ulta’s Matte Bronzer, Makeup Revolution's Ultra Professional Bronze Powder, and sometimes Makeup Revolution's Blushing Hearts Bronzer in Summer of Love.

    But no matter the bronzer you choose, your skin will look effortlessly gorgeous and sun-kissed all day long.

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    Calling all Hocus Pocus fans! A sequel is here, and it’s queer!

    Disney released a novelized version of our favorite Halloween movie, and included a sequel that is both racially diverse and queer. The first part of the book focuses on the original story, but the remainder contains a brand new story that is rumored to be the storyline for the new Disney Channel Hocus Pocus movie.

    According to AutoStraddle, the sequel takes place 25 years later and centers on Allison and Max’s daughter, Poppy. The family lives in Salem, Massachusetts, and Poppy, much like her father at the beginning of the original movie, doesn’t believe in witches. But when Isabella, a popular black girl at school who Poppy has a crush on, develops an interest in the Sanderson sisters, Poppy begins to question her own beliefs in superstition and myths.

    via Disney

    While the book has a sinister vibe like the original Hocus Pocus, the story definitely focuses on the love story between Poppy and Isabella (because Isabella’s feelings are definitely mutual).

    According to Nylon, the new story features another POC character named Travis, who is the third member of this new group of teens.

    The sequel also sheds light on other important topics, like misogyny and criminal justice regarding witches, AutoStraddle reports. Witches are, after all, a very real part of history, and the Salem witch trials were a mass prosecution of innocent women. Even the dialogue in Poppy’s class highlight this issue. “Doesn’t this relate to the evolution of criminal justice and the autocratic state?” one student asks when the Sanderson sisters legend comes up in the conversation. “What do the Sanderson sisters say about misogyny and unmarried women in colonial America?” another student demands.

    This new Hocus Pocus story definitely has it all: racial diversity, queerness and addressing societal issues. How awesome is that?

    My only question is: when are we getting the movie version of this amazing sequel?

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    President Donald Trump is looking to revoke security clearances from nearly a half-dozen former national security officers, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Monday.

    The formal list of former top national security officials being considered for revocation of their security clearance, which was read by Sanders on Monday, includes former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden. The White House said it is “exploring the mechanisms” by which it could take these security clearances away, NPR reports.

    A number of these top national security officials have criticized Trump, including Brennan, who said that Trump’s failure to stand up to Russia and support the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion about the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was “nothing short of treasonous.”

    Sanders called these former officials public commentary about the ongoing Russia investigation inappropriate.

    “They’ve politicized, and in some cases, monetized their public service and security clearances,” Sanders said during the press briefing. “Making baseless accusations of an improper relationship with Russia is inappropriate.”

    Sanders did not say when Trump would make the decision, but said the White House would provide updates when it had them, CNN reports.

    Sanders’ announcement comes after Sen. Rand Paul wrote on Twitter that he planned to speak with the president about removing Brennan’s security clearance during their meeting on Monday.

    Following their meeting, Paul wrote that during their meeting, “I restated to him what I have said in public: John Brennan and others partisans should have their security clearances revoked.”

    A decision to revoke former national security officials of their security clearances would be a striking use of presidential power.

    But Sanders did not shy away from the political nature of the president’s latest threat, indicating that the president was frustrated with these former officials’ criticism of him.

    “When you have the highest level of security clearance, when you're the person that holds the nation's deepest, most sacred secrets at your hands and you go out and you make false accusations against the President on the United States, he says that's something to be concerned with,” Sanders said.

    According to CNN, when national security officials leave their position, they typically keep their security clearances in order to consult with their successors about ongoing issues, and they often use their clearances to obtain consulting positions in the private sector.

    “I think this is just a very, very petty thing to do. And that's about all I'll say about it,” Clapper said on CNN immediately after Sanders' briefing.

    “There is a formal process for doing this,” Clapper said. “But, you know, legally the President has that prerogative and he can suspend and revoke clearances as he sees fit. If he chooses to do it for political reasons, I think that's a terrible precedent and it's a really sad commentary and its an abuse of the system.”

    Hayden also responded on Twitter to the revoking of security clearances, writing that the White House’s decision would have no “effect on what I say or write.”

    It’s not clear, though, who on the White House’s list still has security clearance.

    According to NPR, a spokeswoman for McCabe said on Twitter on Monday that he lost his security clearance after he was fired earlier this year as part of the inspector general's inquiry into the FBI’s 2016 investigations.

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    There’s nothing quite like a Starbucks pick-me-up—but between the Pumpkin Spice Lattes and fruity refreshers, java chip Fraps and caramel macchiatos galore, everyone’s favorite sugary beverages aren't always the healthiest. It’s perfectly fine to indulge in a sweet treat every now and then, but the calories and sugar can add up faster than you’d imagine. Don’t worry—this doesn’t mean you have to cut off your Starbucks consumption cold turkey. We’ve rounded up some of the easiest swaps to make your next order lighter (without losing the fun)!

    1. Ask the barista to hold the sweetener

    Most Starbucks drinks have sugar added to them—even drinks that you might add your own sugar packets to, such as cold brew and iced coffee.There’s an easy solution to this: ask the barista for an unsweetened version of your order. This means they won’t add additional sugar packets, and you can control how much sugar you add on your own once you pick up your drink. You may not think that an iced coffee has any sugar in it, but opting for the unsweetened version is an easy way to lighten up your order.

    Regular iced coffee, Grande (16 oz)                                                                                                                                                                               

    80 calories, 20g sugar

    Unsweetened iced coffee, Grande (16 oz)                                                                                                                                                                                      

    5 calories, 0g sugar

    2. Opt for an alternative milk

    If you’re ordering a drink made with milk, such as a latte, cappuccino, macchiato, Frappuccino or even iced coffee, try asking for non-fat milk—or almond, soy or coconut—instead of the classic 2 percent or whole milk options.

    Caramel Macchiato, Grande (16 oz)                                                                                                                                                                                       

    Made with whole milk: 280 calories, 33g sugar                                                                                                                                                                        

    Made with non-fat milk: 200 calories, 34g sugar                                                                                                                                                            

    Made with almond milk: 170 calories, 23g sugar

    3. Order sugar-free syrups

    The next time you ask for an extra pump of caramel or vanilla in your fave S-Bux drink, consider opting for a sugar-free version of the flavored syrups that take your drink from 0 to 100 calories real quick. That’s right—Starbucks offers sugar-free syrups in vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, mocha and cinnamon dolce. You can still add flavor to your favorite drinks, but you can do so without the extra sugar! Plus, there’s no extra cost to have sugar-free instead of regular syrups. You can also ask the barista for less pumps of syrup in your drinks, which is an easy way to keep most of the flavor while lightening the sugar load.

    Related: The Definitive Ranking of Starbucks Drinks 

    4. Say goodbye to the whip

    One of the simplest Starbucks swaps is opting for your drink sans whipped cream. Cutting out the whipped topping can—for some drinks—cut the calories in half, and you’ll still enjoy everything else about the beverage that you love.

    Green Tea Crème Frappuccino, Grande (16oz)                                                                                                                                                                        

    Made with non-fat milk, with whipped cream: 400 calories, 65g sugar                                                                                                                            

    Made with non-fat milk, without whipped cream: 280 calories, 63g sugar

    Hot Chocolate, Grande (16oz)                                                                                                                                                                                             

    Made with non-fat milk, with whipped cream: 350 calories, 43g sugar                                                                                                                            

    Made with non-fat milk, without whipped cream: 270 calories, 41g sugar

    Use this quick trick for Frappuccinos, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and other drinks that typically have a whipped cream option.

    5. Keep it simple with brewed coffee and tea

    Half the fun of going to Starbucks is leaving with a beautifully mixed, totally Instagrammable beverage bursting with color and aesthetics—but if you’re looking to order something on the lighter side, don’t underestimate the beauty of plain brewed coffee and tea. Ask for a light, medium or dark roast coffee, and add your choice of milk for a cup o’ joe that gets the job done and is free of the sugar and calories in other menu items.

    Dark Roast, Grande (16oz)                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Made without milk: 5 calories, 0g sugar

    Passion Tango Herbal Tea, Grande (16oz)                                                                                                                                                                           

    0 calories, 0g sugar

    Starbucks also has a wide range of zero-calorie tea flavors, which can often be overshadowed by lattes and other menu items that are more complicated. When in doubt, go back to the basics!

    6. Swap sugary snacks for filling foods

    Aside from a menu full of yummy beverages, Starbucks is also well-loved for its cakes, cookies, pastries and paninis. If you're in a hurry and want to snag some breakfast with your coffee, you may want to think before ordering the first bread loaf you see in the glass bakery case. 

    Instead of the Blueberry Scone(420 calories, 20g sugar) or the Blueberry Muffin with Yogurt and Honey(380 calories, 30g sugar), try the Fresh Blueberries and Honey Greek Yogurt Parfait(240 calories, 29g sugar). Though the sugar count in the yogurt is more than the scone (and about equal to the muffin), you'll save calories from the more filling and nutritious parfait option—and still keep the blueberry flavor!

    You could also swap out a slice of Pumpkin Bread(410 calories, 39g sugar) or Iced Lemon Pound Cake(470 calories, 42g sugar) with a cup of Seasonal Fruit (90 calories, 19g sugar) or a Spinach, Feta & Cage Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap(290 calories, 4g sugar). The egg white breakfast wrap will keep you full and satisfied, while the fruit cup will add a bit of sweetness to your morning snack without the calories of a traditional bakery item.

    The next time you’re waiting in line, people-watching and thinking about life (and what you’re going to order) at Starbucks, remember these easy swaps that can make the familiar coffee drinks (and foods) you know and love a little lighter. Cheers!

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    Name: Gail Becker
    Job Title and Description: Founder and CEO, CAULIPOWER
    College Name/Major: UCLA/BA Political Science, Northwestern/MA Journalism
    Twitter Handle:@CAULIPOWERED, @gailfbecker
    Instagram Handle:@CAULIPOWERED, @beckergailf

    What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?

    GB: A typical day (of which there are few) usually entails well over 100 emails, 5-6 conference calls, several cups of coffee and answering a number of customer inquiries, emails and calls. When I’m traveling, you can throw in a couple of retailer meetings and food shows. Recently, I flew to four cities in five days.

    What is the best part of your job?

    GB: My favorite part has been reading the moving responses I receive daily from our community. I had always hoped that CAULIPOWER could make a difference in people’s lives, but never did I dream people would be so generous in sharing their personal stories. It’s a responsibility I take very seriously and I usually print out the notes and hang them over my computer for inspiration.

    What was your first entry-level job in your field and how did you get it?

    GB: I started out in local news as a TV reporter in Beaumont, Texas. I sent out lots of audition tapes and the NBC affiliate there was the first one to respond. Local news is tough and I covered more than my fair share of local accidents and chili cook-offs. I once accidentally put a naked man on the air. Long story that wasn’t easily forgotten.

    What words of wisdom do you find most valuable?

    GB: Beginning at age 5, I rang the cash register in my dad’s store every weekend, earning $20 plus lunch. It was a wonderful seat from which to observe him interacting with people and building relationships with his customers. He could talk to anyone about anything. I remember, one day, a diabetic man walked in and began having a seizure. My dad remained calm as he ripped open a box of chocolates and slowly fed it to him, staying with him until he was stable. The customer tried to pay him for the chocolates, but my dad refused as he helped him up. Be human first. Business and loyalty will follow. I believe there is no greater measure of success in business than having the ability to help others.  

    What is one mistake you made along the way and what did you learn from it?

    GB: I definitely regret not following my passion earlier in life. Staying with a plan, a job or even a relationship is always the easiest thing to do. Getting out of your comfort zone is far more difficult, but also far more rewarding. I wish I had listened to that voice when I first heard it, but better late than never.   

    What has been the most surreal moment of your career thus far?

    GB: Watching the Today show hosts eat CAULIPOWER pizza on the air while calling it one of the best new products was definitely up there. My sons and I watched together while clinking our orange juice glasses and eating breakfast pizza, of course.  

    What do you look for when considering hiring someone?

    GB: I look for people who are genuinely excited about joining this crazy journey and aren’t afraid to express it. As former Google CEO Eric Schmidt once said to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg many years ago, “When you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, you don’t ask ‘what seat?’ You just get on!"

    What advice would you give to a 20-something with similar aspirations?

    GB: Never be afraid to bet on yourself. If you don’t, no one else will.  

    What's the one thing that's stood out to you the most in a resume?

    GB: An unexpected path. I have always been attracted to people who don’t do things the typical way. I once hired someone just because she was an anthropology major. Not only did she teach me a lot about dinosaurs, but she ended up being one incredible employee.  

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    It starts like this: a barefaced girl on your Instagram Discover feed. She looks at the camera, smiles, maybe even waves, and then proceeds to apply what looks like upwards of ten products to her face. As she expertly uses various colors to create geometric shapes (triangles under her eyes, lines under her cheekbones), you watch her complicated contouring routine take less than a minute. But don’t be fooled by the high-speed video - that effortless beach glow actually took a lot of effort.

    There has to be a better way. I mean, who has the time to use that many products?

    What if we told you that by just using a single bronzer you could achieve the golden look of your dreams? Of course, you won’t be able to get the expertly contoured look like a Kardashian or Instagram model, but you can get pretty close.

    We’ve compiled a list of four of the best bronzers that you need, like, right now. These tried-and-true bronzers work like a charm. Skip the lengthy routine and try them out for yourself.

    1.  Essence Makeup “Adventure Awaits" Sunkissed Bronzing Stick ($4.99, Essence Makeup)

    Much bigger than your average travel size and at an affordable price, Chelsea Jackson, a junior at Iowa State University, swears by this bronzer. She a huge fan of the cooler shade, “Travels Makes Me Happy” for her skin tone.

    “If you have neutral to cool undertones, it's important to find a cooler bronzer. However, if you have neutral undertones you can make a neutral bronzer by layering both a warm bronzer and a cool bronzer on top of each other,” she says.

    Not only will this bronzer look amazing on its own, but you can make it work for virtually any skin tone too with just a little bit of mixing.

    2. Too Faced Cosmetics "Sweetie Pie" Bronzer ($30, Too Faced)

    Whether you wear it with a full face of makeup or just a swipe of mascara, you’ll achieve a sunkissed beach look every time (without any harmful rays). This bronzer is perfect for the summertime, and it’s not just a plain old bronzer. It also serves as an amazing highlighter, giving you a dewy and fresh glow. Plus, it’s infused with peach and sweet fig milk. Pretty cool right?

    Related: 13 Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands You Should Know About

    3. Benefit Cosmetics "Hoola" Matte Bronzer ($29, Benefit Cosmetics)

    Benefit’s Hoola bronzer is a cult beauty favorite, and it’s one of the best you can get. Hoola gives a natural-looking matte, so it’s a perfect alternative if you’re not into the luminous or dewy looks.

    Allie Foley, a rising sophomore at Marist College, says that Hoola is her everyday go-to bronzer. “I get pretty pale in the winters, so what I like about it is it gives your face a natural bronze look... not orange or anything! It also lasts a long time and is in a package that doesn’t allow it to crack or break easily” she says.

    Perfect for both the summer and the winter, you can achieve an amazing bronze glow all year long!

    4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer ($28, Anastasia Beverly Hills)

    Get the perfect bronzed looked with this powder from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Dajin Kim, a rising senior at UT Austin, is a huge fan of the shade Rich Amber. “I love it because it gives a warm glow with a reddish tint and it's super subtle!” she says. She also suggests a great way to use it: “After I set my foundation with powder, I use it on my jawline and sides of my forehead!”

    Although this bronzer is more on the more expensive side, the quality of the product is well worth the price.

    5.  Physicians Formula "Murumuru Butter" Bronzer ($14.95, Physicians Formula

    A drugstore brand with high-end quality, the Murumuru bronzer is a must-have for any bronzing enthusiast. Vanessa Medina, a sophomore at Emerson College, calls it her “absolute favorite, favorite bronzer.” She says, “because I don’t use bronzer a ton, I mostly use it to contour. It’s a matte bronzer, it’s really cheap, and it smells amazing (like a really good sunscreen).” Sounds perfect to us!

    Bonus tip: Mix your bronzers with your moisturizer to get a more natural look

    Combining bronzers with moisturizer makes it easy to apply and it looks more natural on your skin. If you can’t find one bronzer shade you absolutely love, you can try mixing more than one bronzer together to create the perfect shade.

    This is one of Chelsea’s favorite methods, although it does require what she calls “a bit of makeup murder.” Combining her powder bronzers with moisturizer helps her combat dry skin and avoid “that over-power dry skin look (that’s never in style, and for good reason).

    Her favorites bronzers to use are Ulta’s Matte Bronzer, Makeup Revolution's Ultra Professional Bronze Powder, and sometimes Makeup Revolution's Blushing Hearts Bronzer in Summer of Love.

    But no matter the bronzer you choose, your skin will look effortlessly gorgeous and sun-kissed all day long.

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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.)

    Federal Prosecutors Have 12 Audio Recordings From Former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen

    Federal prosecutors who are investigating President Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, are currently in possession of 12 audio recordings seized during the raids of Cohen’s home, office and hotel room, ABC News reports.

    It is not clear who was recorded on the tapes, and when. The New York Times reported on Friday that Cohen secretly recorded a conversation with Trump approximately two months prior to the 2016 presidential election.

    On that tape, Cohen and Trump discussed a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claimed she had a ten-month affair with Trump back in 2006, sources told ABC News. McDougal sold her story to the National Enquirer in August 2016 for $150,000, but the tabloid never published the story.

    via JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Playboy

    The recording includes a brief conversation between Cohen and then-presidential candidate Trump discuss a plan devised by Cohen to purchase the rights to McDougal’s story from American Media Inc., which own the National Enquirer, and the company had already bought the rights to her story.

    On the recording, Cohen proposes paying the media company $150,000, and Trump can be heard instructing Cohen to make sure that the payment is properly recorded. Sources said the payment was never made, however.

    Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani confirmed to Reuters that the recording regarding McDougal was among the 12 audio recordings, but said the other 11 recording were of Cohen discussing Trump with other, unknown individuals. Trump was not a part of those 11 tapes.

    Cohen is currently under investigation by New York federal prosecutors to determine if Cohen violated campaign-finance laws, engaged in illegal lobbying or committed wire or bank fraud.

    Trump Tweets Threats At Iranian President

    President Donald Trump sent out a storm of all-caps tweets late Sunday night directed at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and warned the Iranian leader to not threaten the United States with a stern warning of his own, The Huffington Post reports.


    According to the Associated Press, Gen. Gholan Hossein Gheibparvar, a commander for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, brushed aside the comments on Monday, calling them “psychological warfare” against Iran, and said Trump wouldn’t dare to act on his threats.

    Trump’s comments come the same day that Rouhani warned the U.S. against further retaliatory action toward Iran.

    “America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” Rouhani said during a meeting with diplomats on Sunday. “You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and interests.”

    On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders repeated Trump’s warning, telling Fox News that “if needed, and steps are required, this president is not afraid to take them.”

    “He’s certainly not going to tolerate the leader of Iran making threats against Americans, making threats against this country, making threats against Israel,” Sanders said. “This is a president who is going to stand up and make sure he is doing what is necessary.”

    Trump said in May that he would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, and the White House is set to reimpose sanctions on Iran on November 4, HuffPost reports. The Trump administrations also requested that all countries discontinue all imports of Iranian oil, but the State Department took back those requests earlier this month, and said it would work with countries on a “case-by-case basis.”

    Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte Suspended by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

    Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte has been suspended for 14 months by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for receiving an intravenous infusion, which violates anti-doping rules, The Washington Post reports.

    The Olympic swimmer was not using a banned substance, according to the agency, but it is against the rules for athletes to receive an IV unless they are hospitalized or an exemption has been granted by the agency.

    via Michael Sohn/Associated Press file

    The violation was revealed by Lochte himself on his social media account when he posted a photo of himself getting an IV on May 24.

    According to The Post, the suspension comes two days before the national championships in which he was entered in four events.

    “It’s devastating to my family about this because I definitely made myself a better person after Rio, and I was back in training,” Lochte said in a news conference Monday in Fort Lauderdale. The Olympic medalist was was banned for 10 months after making a false claim about a gas-station robbery during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. said in a news conference Monday in Fort Lauderdale. “I was feeling good. I was swimming fast. My son being born. Everything was happening. Everything was perfect, and then this happened. And it’s devastating.”

    “As soon as you get to a certain point or level, in any kind of sport career, you’re always going to have an eye on you. I think I’ve learned it the hard way. Definitely. Especially since Rio. And now this,” Lochte continued.

    “It’s a hard sanction because I didn’t take anything illegal, but a rule is a rule,” he said, referring to the B vitamin complex he took, which he said was available anywhere. “I wasn’t too clear on the rules, but now I am. And I know there’s other athletes that don’t know this rule. I want to help them and make sure that other athletes don’t make the same mistake I did.”

    Lochte said he will continue to train for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but will only post about his son and wife, and “leave everything else out.”

    The suspension is retroactive to May 24, which is when he received the intravenous infusion.

    USADA said Lochte has “fully cooperated” with the investigation.

    What to look out for…

    The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century will occur on Friday!

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    For most college students (and parents), even just hearing the words “student loan” probably induces a headache. If you’ve never understood too much about finance or economics, you may be intimidated by all the information needed to manage financial aid while you’re in school. And for incoming freshmen, paying for college might be the first big financial decision you make.

    Before you start furiously Googling for answers or let frustration get the best of you, take a deep breath. Student loans don’t have to be as difficult as they sound, and you’re more than capable of handling all the logistics! We’ve got all the info you need to navigate student loans right here, from dealing with federal loans to getting private loans with CommonBond, our top pick for a simple, pain-free student loan experience. Read on to learn the basics of getting a student loan.

    How do I apply for a student loan?

    We know that you were just working on college apps, but no matter what type of loan you want—and we’ll get into those types in just a second—you’re going to have to fill out an application. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (better known as the FAFSA) doesn’t take as long as you might think. In fact, CommonBond says you can do it in about an hour! So just commit for those measly 60 minutes, and then, yes, you can return to your Netflix marathon in peace.

    You’ll also want to fill out the CSS Profile if your school participates. The CSS Profile gives out institutional rather than federal aid, so your award would be a grant, scholarship or loan directly from your university rather than from the government.

    We should also say here that you’re going to want to be applying for scholarships and grants, since you won’t have to repay those, and they can be a huge assist in helping you afford college. Even if you weren’t the valedictorian of your class, there’s plenty of scholarships that you’re eligible for—talk to your high school’s college counselor, because they probably have a whole list of scholarships that would be perfect for you!

    After you’ve done all that, your financial aid might still leave something to be desired because of federal maximums on student loans. This is where private loans from outside institutions come in, and don’t worry—the application process is a bit less time-consuming for these. We recommend checking outCommonBond’s undergraduate student loans: They have four different loan terms and four repayment options, so you can choose the best method for you. They also make the process super easy; the application literally only takes minutes. You just need to find a cosigner (more on that later), type in the info like any other form, and then breathe easy. You’re done with the applications!

    What do I need to apply?

    First, it depends on what type of loan you’re applying for. There are two types of federal loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. Subsidized loans will save you a bit more money—because they’re based on demonstrated financial need, the U.S. Department of Education will pay the interest on your loan while you’re in school and during a six-month post-grad “grace period.” Unsubsidized loans, however, aren’t based on financial need, and you have to pay the interest yourself while you’re in school. So, in short, if you’re able to demonstrate financial need and get a subsidized loan, take that first before you accept an unsubsidized one.

    Whether or not you demonstrate financial need is dependent upon the cost of attendance (COA) at your school, and your expected family contribution (EFC), or how much money the government thinks you should be able to pay to attend your school. Calculating your EFC involves a number of various factors, like your income, family size and benefits, and this requires you to submit a few different documents. For the FAFSA, you’ll need your social security number, tax returns, W-2s, bank statements and a couple other things, depending on your situation.

    For a private loan, you don’t need to demonstrate financial need, but you’ll still need to provide information about your school’s cost of attendance, social security number and some other basic info. The most important thing you want to have to apply for a private loan, however, isn’t a thing—it’s a person, also known as the cosigner. Though a cosigner isn’t required for all private loan applications, it’s smart to have one, and that’s why CommonBond does require one for their student loans. Your cosigner (generally your parent or another creditworthy family member) is the person who agrees to pay the balance of your loan in the event that you can’t. In other words, they’re making sure you’re better safe than sorry.

    What about interest? How does that work?

    Good question. If you missed that lesson in your high school economics class, interest is a daily price you pay for the amount you borrowed, aka the principal sum. It’s basically the money you pay in order to be allowed to borrow money. We know, it’s annoying. The interest is a proportion of the principal amount at a certain rate that either stays fixed (i.e., your payments for each period are always the same) or is variable (it changes with the market, so you may be paying more some periods than others). There’s benefits to both—a fixed interest rate makes it easier to factor payments into your monthly budget, even if you’re paying a bit more overall, while variable rate loans are currently lower cost, but could increase in the future.

    The way that paying student loans works is that your payments will always go toward paying off the interest before they go to paying off the principal. You can use an online loan breakdown calculator to figure out exactly how much of your money is going toward reducing the principal each month, and how much is dedicated to paying off interest. You’ll want to know this because the more you repay of your principal, the smaller your interest is going to be, and the less money you’ll owe overall.

    Keep in mind, however, that this all depends on your specific payment plan, too. CommonBond’s four repayment plans are all suitable for different people, so you can choose the best one for yourself. You might choose to defer making any student loan payments until after you’ve graduated, or you might want to get a head start at paying off your loans. If the latter’s the case, you can opt for a fixed monthly payment of $25, interest-only payment (since interest accrues, or accumulates, over time), or, if you’re able, immediately start doing fully monthly payments. No matter your financial situation while in college, there’s an option for you.

    Any other ways I can be responsible about my student loans?

    If you receive a federal loan, you may be required to complete something called entrance counseling by your school. This is a short in-person or online session that will explain further about the loan borrowing process, your rights and responsibilities, how you can manage your expenses, etc. Our advice? Pay attention. We know it’s not exactly fun stuff, but it’s a good way to make sure you arm yourself with knowledge about your loans, and the information will be useful far beyond freshman year.

    You also want to keep track of all your payments. If you accept a loan through CommonBond, your loan servicer (aka the company that manages your payments and is trusted by CommonBond) will give you all the info you need about payments.

    And after your first year of dealing with student loans, you can reassess your options a bit and choose a better plan. Remember, the power is your hands now as an adult and college student, so take the time to consider if you were satisfied with your lender—you’re not bound to the lender that helped you through the last year.

    Ultimately, stay informed and take responsibility for your loans. Read up on the loan process, understand your interest rate and make sure you’re making the best choices for you in terms of loans, rates and repayment options. Studying isn’t just good for your grades—it’s good for your finances, too. Hopefully, this explanation has cleared up some of the haze surrounding student loans, and you can shake off some of that stress!

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    We’re back for another week of questionable wardrobe and life choices and this time Becca and the boys are headed to Thailand! Tbh we all deserve a trip to Thailand, or at least, like, Miami, for putting up with Becca talking about Arie every week. Yup, it’s the second to last episode and she STILL can’t get his name out of her mouth. But since she’s so in love with two guys and falling in love with another (actual quote) we’re just gonna gloss over that. Arie who? 


    Blake is first because he’s the best—obviously—and Becca couldn’t wait to go on a date with him. Apparently they haven’t seen each other in two weeks! It’s like those middle school couples that would flip out when they couldn’t hang over Spring Break since one of their families was going to Cancun and the other one was stuck in Paris. Tragic. 

    Anyway, Becca and Blake go hiking! It’s perfect for Becca because she has to prepare herself for her career of being a LA lifestyle blogger and promoting some indie sports bra brand on Insta. It’s less perfect for Blake because they’re hiking in a sacred forest where they’re not allowed to touch AT ALL. Seriously. What do the producers have against Blake? 

    Becca: OMG there’s so much culture here. We don’t have sacred forests in Minnesota!
    Blake: Yeah I love not being able to touch you and just making polite conversation, that’s why I signed up for this show.  

    They go to a temple, where a monk talks to them about traditional Thai relationship values, number one being don’t look for a husband on a reality show. JK, it’s honesty. 

    Becca: There is something so cultural about monks. There is so much culture here in Thailand. There are so many cultures in this yogurt.  

    Take a shot every time Becca says culture, or don’t if you want to make it to next week’s episode. Our boy Chris Harrison is promising MAJOR drama, so you def want to stick around!

    Blake basically BOLTS out of the forest after they leave the temple. Yeah, this is not what he signed up for. 

    At dinner, Blake is, like, just realizing that Becca is talking to other guys. And by talking I mean seriously considering getting engaged to them. He’s not taking this well to say the least. Blake may have major BDE (actual facts based on a very legit twitter poll, don’t @ me) but he’s also low-key insecure about Garrett. I don’t think he’s worried about Jason. No one is worried about Jason.  

    Becca is super into him, though, and she tells him that things are going almost too perfectly and nothing has gone wrong yet. Blake is like, that’s a good thing, though. 

    Becca: Knock on wood.
    Becca: *knocks on metal*
    Becca: That is not wood.  

    Well, you can say a lot of things about Becca, but you can’t say she’s not smart! Of course she gives Blake a fantasy suite key, and he’s super chill about it. 

    Blake: HELL YEAH. I mean, wow, this is so meaningful. 

    The next few minutes are just low key awkward because you’re just thinking about how far the producers will let this go before they kick the camera crew out and cut to the next morning. 

    Becca wakes up with a full face of makeup and LASHES. Idk what’s more unrealistic, the fact that we’re supposed to believe that Becca and Blake haven’t done this before the fantasy suite or that Becca sleeps in fake eyelashes. I know a girl who fell asleep with lashes on once and one of them ended up stuck on the ceiling, so IDK about the physics of Becca’s staying perfectly aligned overnight.  


    Yikes, Jason. Not gonna lie, I almost pulled a Becca and called him ‘Jack’ just now. Yup, the guy whose name she forgot in Week 3 is still around. You’d think he would, like, have a hunch he’s not exactly a frontrunner, right? Nope, and things get very uncomfortable on their date. 

    They head to an outdoor market and confuse tf out of everyone there who’s actually trying to mind their own business.  If you thought the buffalo chicken wing eating contest was bad, prepare to watch Becca and Jason eat a bunch of big, juicy crickets. Sorry Jason, nothing screams “we’re just friends” like shoveling dead bugs in your face in front of a guy. Also, Becca is wearing a GIANT green ring. Like I straight up thought there was a big frog on her hand or something. Can someone please check in with her stylist? 

    Later, Becca casually mentions something about her future with Jason and straight up has A VISION that he’s not the right guy for her. Like, she straight up excused herself from the date like he’d just told her he was a virgin or something. Really, girl? You needed divine intervention to tell you that the one whose name you can’t even remember maybe isn’t the man you should marry? Just check Twitter next time.  

    Becca’s conversation with Jason later that night is all kinds of awkward. She could literally set off fireworks that spell out BOY BYE and he still would not get the message.  

    Becca: Idk if you’re the one…
    Jason: I’m feeling good. I had a great day with Becca. Our relationship has been taken to the next level. I see a best friend. A wife. A mother. A grandmother.
    Becca: It’s time for you to leave.
    Jason: So what time should I pick the kids up from soccer practice? 

    Needless to say, Jason does NOT get a key to a fantasy suite and Becca has to drink all that champagne by herself, which I’m sure she was super torn up about.

    Fun Fact: Jason showed up again later in the episode to give Becca an actual SCRAPBOOK of their entire relationship. How tf did he find time to scrapbook during the show? Was he, like, running to Michael’s for craft supplies while the other guys were roasting Colton for being a virgin? Who knows. 


    Becca and Garrett get on a bamboo raft and start paddling down a river like its nbd and they totally know where they’re going. I half expected Blake to pop out from behind a swamp plant and push Garrett off the raft, like, “she’s mine!” and just take over the date from there. No such luck. They pretend to be completely surprised by the fact that it’s a national holiday and the river is super crowded as if the producers definitely didn’t plan that. The raft almost capsizes and those were the most exciting 30 seconds of Garrett, ever.  

    At dinner, Garrett makes sure Becca knows that he has already thoroughly planned out their future. He did roll up in a mini-van outfitted with snacks for their kids, remember? 

    Garrett: My job is really mobile so I could definitely relocate to LA so you can go to makeup launch parties and sell those gummy bear things for your hair. 
    Becca: I love you.  

    Ofc Mr. First Impression Rose gets a key to a fantasy suite. Their suite is basically a tree house and you can tell Garrett feels low-key cheated because they’re usually, well, super nice hotel suites. Tbh this totally goes against Garrett’s whole “I love the outdoors” profile on the ABC website, but I guess the truth had to come out at some point. 

    Garrett: I love the outdoors. I’m a true outdoorsman! 
    Also Garrett: Um, is this… glamping?

    The next morning, Becca seems way more chill with Garrett than she did with Blake. Like, Blake had barely opened his eyes and Becca was like “SO WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT NOW?” Garrett and Becca have coffee and talk for a little and idk, as much as she likes Blake it's becoming very clear that she thinks Garrett is husband material. Okay, yeah, Blake does have more guy-you-went-out-with-sophomore-year vibes, but that doesn't mean he can’t have potential! Right, Becca? 

    Tune in next week for the ultimate Bachelorette showdown: Medical Sales Rep vs. Beer Sales Rep!

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    Karma is clearly hard at work this week as it was revealed that wannabe socialite and scammer, Anna Sorkin, got four months of free housing in New York by deceiving the founder of Fyre Festival, Billy McFarland.

    According to Page Six, Sorkin got to know people on McFarland’s team. Once she got the permission to crash at their loft for a few days, she just wouldn’t leave. After four months of intense clinging and tagging along to parties, McFarland was only able to get Sorkin out by ending the lease on the place.

    This wasn’t McFarland’s personal home either. According to Insider, Sorkin was staying in the headquarters of McFarland’s credit card company in Soho.

    This isn’t Sorkin’s first deceitful interaction. She’s currently "crashing" at RIkers Island after being charged with grand larceny and theft of services after scamming banks, businesses and friends into gifting her thousands of dollars worth of goods, according to Page Six

    As for McFarland? You’ve probably heard of Fyre Festival — the failed event in 2017 that went viral for being a huge scam. According to NPR, he’s already plead guilty to fraud and is scheduled to be sentenced later this week. 

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    In a recent interview with CNBC, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) revealed she lived a “whole ‘nother life” before politics — and touched on how her own experience getting through college despite coming from a low-income, working class background helped her become the politician we know today. 

    In the interview, Warren talked about growing up in a paycheck-to-paycheck family with three military brothers. Her career goal growing up was to teach public school, but she knew her family wouldn’t be able to afford her education, she told CNBC.

    So, Warren said, she got married when she was 19 and found a commuter college that cost just $50 a semester where she "hung on for dear life." Warren added that believes that opportunities like this aren’t available for America’s kids anymore — which is backed up by studies like this one from the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) that found that 70 percent of colleges are unaffordable for lower-income and middle-income students (particularly for those who don't want to or cannot take out student loans to cover their costs). 

    “Here I am, the daughter of a janitor, who ended up as a public school teacher, a university professor, and a United States senator because America invested in kids. That opportunity's not out there today,” Warren said. “Because kids like me, that door's only going to open once for them, and it needs to open now. It doesn't need to open 10 years from now or 20 years from now; it needs to open now.”

    In the interview, Warren also touched on her polarizing reputation, her views on capitalism and the state of the Democratic party in 2018. 

    For Warren, Democrats “believe there's value in each of us, and that government can be a real force for good on health care, on helping our kids get an education, on building the infrastructure we need to build, on fighting back this horrible opioid crisis, on investing in medical research.” 

    And as for her reputation for being a "polarizing" figure? Warren says doesn’t see it like that — and instead sees it as a part of being transparent about what she's working toward. 

    "I see it as wherever I go people know what I fight for," she said. "And a lot of folks agree with me, and even a lot of folks who don't respect the fact that I’m pretty darn clear about it and pretty straightforward."

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    If you’re a frequent wedding attendee, you know there’s a handful of songs that will inevitably be played - they’re the ones that you hear at every single event where there’s a DJ and a dance floor. You know that you’ll groan when you hear the first notes of those overplayed songs, but within seconds you’ll be standing up and dancing along.

    Some people, however, are determined not to be basic and refuse to let these songs reach the precious ears of their wedding guests, and we can’t blame them. But, when opinion polls website FiveThirtyEight released their list of the most commonly banned wedding songs, Twitter was filled with responses from across the spectrum. Surprisingly, some of these songs actually appear on a lot of “best wedding songs” playlists and a lot of people are huge fans.

    While some people aren't fans of "Shout," others are super enthusiastic about it.

    Some brides might find the “Chicken Dance” to be a little cliche, but wedding guests seems to love it.

    But,“Dancing Queen” is an indisputable staple.

    FiveThirtyEight reported that a lot of people ban just a few songs, some couples ban entire artists from their playlists. Justin Bieber topped the list by being banned at 6 percent of weddings, followed closely by the Backstreet Boys, Bruno Mars and Rihanna (excuse me, what?).

    It’s not up for debate whether these songs are the most commonly played, so we don’t blame the brides and grooms if they want to be unique. But it’s true that some of the top banned wedding songs are some of the most fun to dance to (YMCA will never get old).

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    It’s no secret that relationships are a lot of work—and I do mean that in the very best way possible! Relationships require oodles of effort and TLC as well as a decent balance of give and take to really make one flourish. It’s all worth it when all of that extra work results in a happy and healthy relationship on both sides!

    There are relationships, however, that lack in some of these areas, which can result in some unfortunate outcomes such as cheating or an affair. One common misconception about cheating is that it’s all physical, which isn’t necessarily true. Enter the emotional affair.

    So, what exactly is an emotional affair, and could one be affecting your relationship? We spoke to a few collegiettes to find the meaning behind an emotional affair as well as four signs you can look for that may indicate your significant other is pursuing one, or is maybe just vulnerable to one. Either way, it's important to be aware of the signs!

    1. The two of you aren’t as close as you once were

    Remember those days when you and your SO happily spent almost every waking moment together? While it is common for relationships to find their groove and settle into a routine that involves less time together, there is a difference between having needed space and actually feeling distant, especially emotionally.

    Alex Christensen, a senior at the University of Iowa, believes that this idea serves as an explanation behind the reason for an emotional affair.

    “I think the idea of an emotional affair comes from the idea that you and your significant other aren't as close as you once were,” says Alex. “A big sign of this is spending time apart that you would normally be together.” While space is a factor for most healthy relationships, there can be situations where it feels as if the two of you are spending more than enough time apart.

    The distance doesn’t just have to be physical, however. While you may have noticed that date nights have become way less frequent and your time spent together has dwindled, you’ll also want to look out for whether you and your SO have lost any closeness emotionally.

    “It doesn't even necessarily have to be with someone they could be interested in, it could just be a friend,” Alex continues. “You start to feel distant even though you're still together.”

    If you’ve noticed your SO hasn’t sought out any emotional support or attention from you in quite some time, it could be because they’ve been receiving it from someone else, or have considered reaching out to others for that emotional fulfillment. 

    2. You’ve noticed some strange and secretive technological behavior

    You brush it off at first, but as time goes on, it becomes a bit more obvious. Their social media and smartphone usage has definitely increased—and not in a good way.

    Maybe your partner has been on their phone a lot more than they usually are—especially when you’re together—and has become way more secretive about who they’ve been texting. Maybe you’ve noticed some Snapchats pop up from a name you may not recognize, or an increase in Facebook and Twitter usage after they swore they would never use sites like those.

    “I know people who will use Twitter and Facebook DMs to stay in contact with people who they don’t want their boyfriend or girlfriend to know that they’re talking to,” says Alyssa*, a junior at Carthage College. “With passwords and all that, it’s easy enough to keep those messages hidden. A lot easier and sneakier than communicating through text.”

    Social media is a common mode of communication and sometimes the only one when it comes down to those pursuing emotional affairs. The ding of a DM, Snapchat or text from someone new can be exciting and replicate those butterflies that the two of you shared when you entered the “talking stage," and can be easy enough to conceal if they so wish.

    If your partner has been craving more attention and has offered no explanation for their increased smartphone usage, then there could be an unfortunate reason behind it. While increased social media usage and secretive cell phone behavior are not exclusive to an emotional affair, it does raise a few red flags. If your SO is unwilling to justify their recent behaviors to you, then they may have turned to social media to pursue the likes of an emotional affair.

    Related: Could You Be Emotionally Cheating On Your SO?

    3. Their attitude toward you has changed

    Sure, it’s normal to be in a bad mood occasionally, but now it’s starting to feel like your SO’s attitude has changed toward you completely. While pursuing an emotional relationship with someone else, your SO can begin fantasizing about all the things this new person is or does that you’re not or don’t do, and begin to criticize you for it.

    While this doesn’t sound fair in the slightest, your SO may be lashing out at you for the most random things such as your appearance or the shows you watch because they have grown to enjoy the things about the other person and have created this ideal image that you no longer fit. This emotional affair they’ve developed has made a new mold, so if you start to notice that you just aren’t measuring up to your SO’s expectations lately, there may be a deeper reason behind it.

    Of course, it isn't always so easy to tell why your SO is lashing out. Your SO could very well be lashing out at you for different reasons, such as stress with work or their family, even if those things don't necessarily have anything to do with you. You'll want to rule out any other sources of emotional stress before considering an emotional affair as the sole reason for their change in attitude toward you. 

    4. You can just feel it

    They say that you should always trust your gut feeling, and while it can be easy at times to convince yourself of something that’s not true, it’s important to approach any gut feelings when it comes to the health and wellness of your relationship with your SO.

    “I think it's hard to determine signs of this [an emotional affair], rather it's more of a feeling,” says Alex. “You can just feel when you aren't as close to someone you love.”

    This feeling is definitely a scary one, but if something just does not seem right within your relationship, you’ll probably want to communicate your feelings the best way you can to your SO. Feelings are unique to every person, but two huge indicators are if you feel detachment emotionally along with intimately. While these feelings can suggest an emotional affair, they could also just mean that the compatibility between the two of you as partners just isn't there. This is a good time to take a step back and reevaluate before making any decisions moving forward. 

    Emotional affairs are as complex as our emotions themselves, but they are definitely not something to take lightly. Emotional affairs don’t really involve any physical contact, but an emotional relationship is just as important as a physical one, so you’ll want to look out for signs that your SO is having their emotional needs met from someone else—especially if their treatment of you has took a turn for the worse because of it. While these signs are not exclusive to an emotional affair, they are very telling, so if you suspect your SO is engaging in one, then you'll want to ensure that you appropriately address the subject with your partner ASAP.

    *Name has been changed.

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    The online equivalent to being physically stood up on a date, “ghosting” is one of the most annoying parts of dating today. As defined by Urban Dictionary, ghosting is when one person in a relationship cuts off all communication with the other with no warning or explanation. It’s not a new concept, people have been ignoring each other in person for centuries - now they can just do it over social media, too.

    But what’s really surprising is that people have starting ghosting not only in relationships, but at work. This includes not going to interviews, stopping coming in to work, and even accepting job offers and never showing up on the first day. Yikes.

    Apparently, this is all because the job market is so strong that workers have too many options to choose from. LinkedIn editor-in-chief Dan Roth said to “CBS This Morning,” “This job market is so hot right now. Unemployment is at a 18-year low. You've got more job openings than candidates, which is the first time the Labor Department has seen this… It's a buyers' market right now." 

    There’s more job openings than there are than qualified, unemployed people to fill them, apparently — so job applicants are holding a lot of power.

    Some are saying that ghosting is a way for applicants to “get back” at employers for what happened during the recession in 2007-2009. When employment was at 10 percent during these years, employers often ignored applicants or never got back to them. Now the tables have turned and employees are the ones doing the ghosting. And some people find it that not showing up is a just easier than officially canceling an interview, turning down a job offer, or just saying “no.”

    But if you’re thinking of hopping on the trend and ghosting on a job interview, be careful. You may think it’s not a big deal, but employers will remember you if you stand them up. Roth told CBS, “Recruiters and hirers are saying they will never forget the people who have ghosted them. And they will take that from job to job."

    So while ghosting a potential romantic partner might not have any consequences other than a few hurt feelings, ghosting on a job interview (or even your first day of work) is probably not the best idea.

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    In this house (meaning the Her Campus HQ) we’re really all about self-care, self-love and self-awareness. In honor of International Self-Care Day, a few members of our team circled up to talk about how we practice self-care and why it’s so friggin' important for college-aged people (especially college women) to get in touch with that part of themselves and make time for self-care routines and rituals of their own.

    Read on to hear members of Her Campus’ team — Katherine Speller (@kathriller), Rachel Lewis (@rachelcharlenel), Gina Escandon (@ginaescandon), Liz Posner (@Lizhpos), Sammi Burke (@samanthakari), Maggie Scenna (@maggiescenna) and Giana Grimaldi (@_gianamaria) — get real as heck about everything from self-care under capitalism, how face masks, sex toys and witchcraft can be self-care tools and the real and awesome power of looking out and advocating yourself.

    Katie (@kathriller): When I think self-care, I think about doing all the physical and mental things I need to get back to baseline and the things to gas me up again in order to feel like a human — even if it's just unplugging for a few hours, pulling a few tarot cards for myself, sitting with my bulldog on top of my chest or going out to kayak where no one can talk to me. I think someone once used the “fill your bucket so you can pour it out for others” metaphor when explaining it to me and it was really my favorite thing ever. But LMK, what does self-care mean to you?

    Rachel (@rachelcharlenel): Self-care means, in equal parts, challenging myself to be better, more thoughtful, and more authentic, and challenging myself to love myself as I am, right now, in this moment.

    Maggie (@maggiescenna): It means taking time to reflect on yourself and how you're feeling, and doing whatever you can to help yourself to feel more healthy! Some days might require more effort than others, so it's important to check in with yourself and plan your self-care accordingly. Basically, it's about helping yourself to be your best self.

    Liz (@lizhpos): Taking time to do only the things I love that make me feel good.

    Gina (@ginaescandon): Self-care is something I do to take care of my mental and emotional health, and to help with my anxiety. It's about building a relationship with myself, and finding ways to refuel myself in a healthy way when I'm feeling overwhelmed or burnt out.

    Sammi (@samanthakari): Honestly, the term "self-care" always sounds kind of hokey to me but it's really right in line with “treating yo’ self” which I am a firm supporter of. It's whatever is what you need to feel more like yourself in the moment — whether it's a nap or an early night or a shot or a bubble bath like... what is going to make you feel better in this moment? 

    Katie: It’s such an important check-in process for anyone out there trying to be a person today, tbh. Especially if you’re expected to zip up your human suit consistently and combat all the noise going on inside and outside your brain space. And I love that it’s not just about being better to yourself (though that’s super important) but helping you be a better version of you. Like, yes. What’s something a lot of people just don’t get about practicing self-care?

    Rachel: Self-care isn't an excuse to like, be a shitty person. Self-care doesn't mean not evaluating yourself. Self-care does not mean going around harming people and being a shitty friend because it's too exhausting to check yourself.

    Maggie: Also it doesn't require a million dollars and material items — sure, it can if you are blessed to be in that situation, but it can be as simple as incorporating meditation and setting an intention every morning. It's about taking time for yourself, and whether that's alone in your room or at the spa getting your favorite facial, it's about whatever makes YOU feel happy and healthy.

    Gina: I think people think self-care is trending and sellable right now — and while that's true, for people (aka everyone) that need self care, it's something that runs deeper than capitalism or buying a $45 face mask. Yeah it sucks that people are making self-care a purchasable product BUT thing like meditation and spending time with loved ones and such are acts of self-care, completely free, and totally healing. 

    Katie: Def agree. Self-care as a #Branding sort of thing can be great for getting the word out about it (and some really cool tools you can use to take care for yourself) but it’s so important to keep your filters on and recognize that it’s so much more personal and more about the space you make for yourself than about all the crap you use. But, like, speaking of — what are a few of the things that are in your self-care tool-belts?

    Giana: Definitely face masks, a good tv show to binge-watch, comfy clothes, music, alone time and sleep.

    Rachel: I have a few versions of ideal self-care. Version one: a face mask, a super chill show (Steven Universe makes me feel so fucking calm), an expensive bubbling beverage. Version two: silky, overpriced pjs, my giant vibrator, chill jams.

    Maggie: Snake plant in your bedroom for air purity, ice roller, facial massager, gua sha tools, dry brush, That's So Retrograde podcast, tarot cards, candles galore, vibrator, and at night, Natural Calm and my eye mask and my cooling pillow to help me sleep better

    Gina: Face masks and vibrators. Bless them.  

    Katie: Honestly, I am so here for vibrators getting the love today. Giving your sex life and sexual health your attention is so underrated in terms of what we talk about when we talk about self-care. Like every single one of my friends are like “me, my vibe and Magic Mike XXL are hanging tonight because I deserve it. Don’t @ me” at least once or twice a month and those moments have got to be celebrated.
      Like I mentioned before: Tarot reading is also a huge part of my self-care routine too! I started to do daily readings a while back (documenting it on insta of all places, to keep me motivated) and it became such a special part of my me-time — and now I can’t imagine not lighting some incense and pulling a few cards when I’m having a moment (even though my whole life is low-key a moment).

    Katie: Now, even folks like us who are really loud about trying to do the self-care thing have had times not being so great about it. Be honest, tell us about a time you weren’t doing so well or struggling with self-care?

    Rachel: Lmao, always? I'm pretty good at the face mask part of self care, but I tend to forget to like, eat and drink water and think and create. I thrive the most when I'm creative and reading and loving the people I love and who love me, and I'm working a lot more on paying attention to that. Because when I don't I am DEPRESSED and dark and gloomy and bad to myself and the people I most want to uplift and support.

    Sammi:  Um, my face is DISGUSTING and if I skip removing my makeup or moisturizing I always, always, always regret it every single time. Also, if I don't completely SLATHER my body in coconut oil before I dye my hair my whole chest/shoulders/neck/back are teal for like three days. Like, those two things are so quick and simple? So take the time to take care of yourself — ‘cause nobody else is gonna do it for you.

    Liz: While I was starting my career in Teach for America, I was so obsessed with doing well in my job that I let my health really slide and took on some very unhealthy habits. I got pretty sick as a result (and, surprise! wasn't doing well at my job at all). The self-care movement was just getting started then, around 2013-2014, so seeing women's media begin a major push for self-care was eye-opening. I made more time for my mental and physical health, and life got much better after that.

    Maggie: After the holidays last year, I literally let myself go on a permanent vacation from self-care for about three months. It was like I looked up and realized it was spring! I had gone months without taking care of myself, being active or eating well and I felt absolutely terrible. I was then so anxious about getting back on the wellness bandwagon that I kept putting it off and putting it off and feeling worse and worse and I felt terrible. I never want to be in that place again! I travel a lot and I know now that traveling can throw me off, so whenever I know I have a trip coming up, I always make sure I set myself up for success by doing a ton of self-care right before I leave and a ton right when I get back. I haven't had an extended vacay since!

    Giana: Whenever I'm working too much and come home late, or just stay up late in general, I definitely neglect self-care. I don't sleep enough, and I'll be a zombie for most of the next day. It feels terrible! You never want to feel like you're not being the best version of yourself. I always feel best with a full night sleep, so that's what I try to achieve every night.

    Katie: I know my self-care goes to utter shit when I get bogged down by work or end up in depressive episodes. It happened a few times after I got laid off from my first-ever job and later when I realized I had to make a mental-health related move away from another job — I realized I wasn’t taking the time to shower or sleep or see the people who matter to me or do the things that make me happy (like I basically just lived off of sad breakfast food Seamlessed to my bed.) But during that time I was really grateful to have friends who let me know that 1) it was totally okay not to be okay or to be on and charming and able to deal and 2) that they were willing to say to me “I’m worried about you and I want to help you get to a place where you can take better care of yourself again.”
      Now, what about your friends? How do you encourage them to take care of themselves?

    Rachel: Love on each other, all the time. Be the weirdo friend who's like "bitch I love you" randomly on a Monday and who says "are you hydrated" via IG DMs and "have you read that poem you've been meaning to read?" It can be so simple, and it's so important and non-negotiable.

    Maggie: Schedule a wellness date with your friend! Book a massage or a fitness class together, or just plan to stay in, do a sheet mask + talk about life. If you make it a solid plan, it's so much easier to get it done + hold your bff (and yourself!) accountable. Any time I hear about a new, strange wellness-related place opening up, I drag my friends and they always have fun! The hardest part is getting them there, but once they see how enjoyable it is to take time to care for themselves, you'll have them hooked.

    Sami: It was my BFF that made me do a face mask for the first time (I tried to find the pic because it is hysterical. I didn't know what I was doing and the mask was on my eyelids on my lips and in my nose.)



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    Katie: I so agree that doing some goofy, fun and relaxing self-care stuff (paired with a metric f-ckton of aggressive gal-idation) with your friends is a great way to keep everyone accountable for being kinder to themselves. My friends and I all try to do some gentle nudges if one of us has gone dark for a week or so to make sure that we’re ready to crowd around and support when one of us is in trouble. That’s been such a powerful support system for me since the election.
      Speaking of — we’re all super busy and crying and reading news that makes us mad all the time. But how can we make sure that self-care makes it into our busy routines?

    Rachel: Let yourself cry. If I've learned anything since 2016 *cough cough* it's that crying is so, so good for you. I've started crying in public just like, freely. On planes. In grocery stores. Sometimes it's just gotta happen. Suffocating your feelings is not the answer. To hold yourself accountable for self care, get a freaking app, or ask a friend to help you. I really like Aloe Bud because the creators are good and thoughtful and brilliant and queer, and supporting marginalized communities is important to me. It also reminds me to drink water, which sounds silly to rude people but is actually the most helpful thing. I'm much more stressed when I'm dehydrated.

    Sammi: Honestly, self-care WHILE you're crying. Sometimes crying is the self-care — you can't live your life with everything all bottled up (try as I might). It's going to explode out of you eventually and a good cry is so damn cathartic. Anyway, Facemask and cry. Netflix and cry. Live and cry.

    Liz: Make it a routine (take time every Saturday morning or Sunday night just for yourself) and/or put it on your calendar so you can hold yourself accountable.

    Giana: If you're REALLY struggling to make time for self-care, literally set aside time in your schedule, just as you would a meeting for work/an internship or a class for school! Set aside a good hour, or half hour if you're pressed for time, and just do something that makes YOU happy and chill.

    Katie: I’m also on Team Live Free, Cry Hard. 100 percent. I think a huge learning curve for me was learning that prioritizing myself didn’t mean not prioritizing other people and the causes that made me scared or sad or existentially horrified. It’s that goddamn bucket metaphor again, but it helped so much to realize that developing a sense of duty toward making an hour for myself (to cry or read or breathe or make it back to baseline) was part of the equation of being better equipped to handle all those other post-2016 stressors.

    Katie: Now, I’m going to leave you all alone and let you get back to work. But, for your final word: Why is it so important for college women in 2018 to get in on self-care?

    Rachel: 2018 sucks. This has been one of the worst years of my life, and that + college would be so, so draining. College is so hard and messy, and it's such a time of introspection and learning and re-thinking yourself and the world and your place in it. You don't need an excuse to take care of yourself. You deserve it, period. If you're waiting for someone to give you permission, you have it.

    Maggie: There is so much craziness and negativity in the world right now and it's a really scary place. We all need to take care of ourselves so that we can be our own personal bests and therefore go into the world to help others! It's like on an airplane - always put your mask on first before helping others. If we're not taking care of ourselves, we can't be there for our friends, family and the world!

    Liz: Women need to be their own advocates, especially in these dire political times. Despite mental health awareness being at an all-time peak, we are all getting buried by more stressors than ever before. Support your own health, and support your fellow women's self-care routines by keeping the SC movement going strong!

    Katie: Agreed across the f-cking board. If you’re putting all your time and energy into educating yourself and bettering yourself and planning for a bad-ass future that’ll launch you toward your professional and personal goals, it’s a no-brainer that taking care of yourself emotionally/physically/all of it should be part of the equation. ✨

    Let us know how you take care of yourself and do you on Twitter and Instagram @HerCampus and look out for more regular wisdom from the HC staff in our weekly advice column I DID A THING.

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    Every fan of Riverdale can agree that there's never an episode that isn't a rollercoaster of emotions. Shifting rom heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat suspense to snarky comments from Cheryl and then to Bughead’s romance, there’s never a boring moment - and season three is going to be no different.

    At San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Riverdale’s first season three trailer was released and it looks absolutely wild, as Elle reported. The season picks up a few months after season two ended, right around Labor Day weekend, and some crazy things are happening.

    For just a quick recap of some of the most important details, here’s what you need to know:

    1. Cheryl and Toni are finally together
    2. The black hood is back and scarier than ever
    3. Archie is out of jail on bail 
    4. Apparently they all had “the worst summer ever”
    5. Polly is roasting her babies over a bonfire with her cult

    If you weren’t expecting that last one, don’t worry - neither were we. At Comic-Con, Lili Reinhart talked about the strange scene, saying that after Betty returns from a summer internship “Alice and Polly kind of attack her. Their new, weird spirituality with the farm makes them tell her that she needs to listen to her soul and confront her problems. So Betty wants to stay far, far away from them."

    Some season three secrets were revealed at Comic-Con as well. According to Camila Mendes, Veronica is working at Pop’s for the summer to make her own money and “show that she’s not a spoiled, rich girl. She’s trying to prove herself to everybody.” Jughead’s sister Jellybean and their mother will be coming to town, Archie’s murder trial will be shown, Kevin and Moose are now going to be a couple, and there’s going to be another musical episode.

    Season three is going to be one hell of a ride.

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    On Monday night's episode of Teen Mom 2, star Jenelle Evans allegedly pulled a gun on another driver during a road rage incident — with her eight year old son in the car, PEOPLE reports.

    While Evans was driving with her son, Jace, a man in a white pickup started tailgating them. Then he swerved around their car and slammed on his breaks, causing both Evans and her son to lurch forward. Evans claimed that she had to "slam on the brakes so hard that [her] phone went flying” and Jace “almost got whiplash and almost hit the dash.”

    After calling 911 and telling them what happened, Evans decided to get off the highway and follow the man to his house. Once she arrived there, she screamed at the man that the cameras in her car had recorded everything and the police were on their way. After some fighting, Evans accidentally backed into the man’s mailbox, Entertainment Tonight reports, he blocked her from leaving with his car and Evans eventually pulled out her firearm.  

    Although the two were in danger in the situation, but they were able to make it safely away from the man’s house. Afterwards, Evans was on the phone with her husband David Eason explaining the situation when he yelled at her, “What are you doing at his f**king house? Well, don’t f**king god d**n follow him! You don’t follow a grown man to his f**king house!” On her way home, Evans was then pulled over by the police and asked to give a statement about what happened.

    The incident in the episode has sparked a lot of backlash on social media, both in response to the danger that she put her child in by following the man to his house, and for the easy treatment she got by the police after pulling a gun on someone.

    Interestingly enough, in a sneak peek of next week’s episode Evans is seen telling her son that she never pulled a gun out on the man. "No, I didn't, Jace. Why are you telling them that I pulled a gun out on him? I did not do that,” she says.

    We’ll have to wait until next week to find out what happens.

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    Jealousy can turn even the best of us into a green-eyed monster. Whether we’re envious of someone’s brand new car or their exciting internship, jealousy is a negative emotion and you should be careful when you experience it. While many people attribute jealousy to only romantic relationships, jealousy can be applied to platonic friendships and be just as emotionally taxing. You should follow these tips and guidelines on what to do if you’re experiencing jealousy of your friend’s success.

    1. Reflect on why you feel this way

    It’s normal to feel a bit jealous from time to time, but if your feelings are starting to affect your relationship with your friend, then it may be time to do some self-reflection. What exactly do they have that you don’t? What are your shortcomings? Can you identify why their success is bothering you?

    These questions may be difficult to answer and you may realize that you’re insecure about some of your own abilities and successes thus far. Remind yourself that you are more than your insecurities. Some of our best qualities can’t be measured in a letter grade or resume.

    Jo, a recent grad from Rowan University, says, "I was pretty jealous when all of my friends were getting job offers before me, and it put a strain on our relationships because I felt weird talking about post grad life. Soon after accepting a job, I realized how badly I had been acting."

    Jo divulges in how she felt when her friends were seemingly more successful, but as she says, she reflected on her actions to put an end to the jealousy.

    2. Don't compare yourself to others

    After you’ve identified why you may feel jealous, you should remember to not compare yourself to others. Your self-esteem is probably a factor in why you feel this way, but you are more than your weaknesses. Recognize your strengths. You are your own person with your own personal success story. It wouldn’t be fair to judge every individual with the same “success criteria” because we’re all moving at generally different paces.

    Samantha*, a sophomore at Lehigh University, says, “Summers are usually resume-boosting times where everyone gains a lot of job experience. I personally want to be a teacher when I’m older so getting an internship was not a priority of mine this summer, but I still felt like I was doing something wrong when all of my friends seemed more successful than me.”

    Samantha brings up a great point that, while our peers may make us feel like we’re inadequate, our friends’ paths are different than ours for a reason!

    3. Work on yourself

    Perhaps this twinge of jealousy is what you need to motivate yourself to do better in academics or prepare for your future career. Maybe you’re jealous of your friend’s musical talent or athletic ability. While you shouldn’t focus too much on how you measure up to them, you should use this as healthy encouragement to work on yourself. You can even ask your friend for help in the specific area to heal any animosity you once had for their success.

    Practicing and working on yourself, in general, can also be very beneficial if you’re feeling down about yourself. It’s obviously easier said than done to achieve all your goals just because you want to. Set some realistic standards for the week, and make some progress. Maybe you want to achieve better grades; plan out time every day to do your homework and study in the library. Maybe you’re insecure about finding a job after graduation; make an appointment at the career center at your school to get help about a job search. You have the tools you need to be successful—you just have to use them!

    Jealousy isn’t easy and it can bring out the worst in us. If you remember to be kind to yourself and consistently work on your progress, you’ll be so preoccupied you won’t have time to compare yourself to others. Success is an uphill battle, but you’re more than capable of achieving your dreams.

    *Names changed

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    Hailing from Longmeadow, MA, Meghann Fahy got her start in acting by taking to the stage, and made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical, Next to Normal. A few on-screen gigs would follow before Meghann would ultimately land the role that would change it all, as Sutton Foster on Freeform's The Bold Type.

    This game-changing series has tackled everything from female empowerment to self-love to the nation's debate over gun control, which brought uncomfortable tension between Sutton and Jane—and I'm proud to say I've been obsessed from the start. Her Campus caught up with Meghann to discuss last week's episode "Betsy," her thoughts on Sutton and Richard's split, how she handles days when she's feeling less confident, the advice she'd give Sutton and more.

    Her Campus: The Bold Type does such a great job of bringing uncomfortable but necessary conversations to the forefront, and this week was no different with the discussion around gun control. What was it like for you going into this episode seeing as your character Sutton was on the side of keeping her gun and rights for gun owners?

    Meghann Fahy: It was actually a really interesting journey to take, and I think what was really important for us was to show that the conversation surrounding guns isn't black and white. I think everything that we discuss on the show is usually through the lens of the friendship of the girls and so this was a really interesting point for the two of them to come to. What we really wanted to focus on is, how can we have productive conversations about things that we disagree on with people that we love? That’s a really, really hard thing to do. So I think that that was what we were most excited about exploring with this issue.

    HC: We often find ourselves in situations just like Jane and Sutton, where we're clearly on the opposite side of an issue and each are so passionate about it. What are some things you think we can learn from a dispute between best friends like this one?

    MF: I think a big takeaway from the episode is the importance of listening. Especially when we’re passionate about things, it’s really easy to be vocal about that, and I think that’s a really important thing. But while speaking is important, it is [important] to open your ears as well, and [it can be difficult] to process that.

    HC: Have you yourself ever faced this in your personal life—how did you deal?

    MF: Not specifically related to the gun issue, but I’ve absolutely come up against issues like this with friends and family where you feel like you’re not being understood, or heard. I think that the most important thing to do is to just allow someone else the space to express themselves. I think if you can do that in an effort to understand someone better, even if you disagree with what they’re saying, you’re always going to be better off.

    HC: Definitely! That’s probably one of the hardest parts of it, right? Because our egos get in the way, and our ideas.

    MF: Totally!

    HC: You guys recently came together for a body-positive shoot and this has definitely been a big theme on the show. How did you personally come to really love and embrace the skin you're in?

    MF: What’s really great about that episode is that it was such an honor to expose those things about ourselves in the presence of each other—and we’re really good friends in real life, so we feel very safe and supported by each other. We’re normally enforcing positive feedback with each other and stuff like that. So it really wasn’t scary, it was more exciting than anything else.

    I used to watch TV when I was younger and wonder how it was possible that everybody looks so great all the time, and [would] feel bad that I didn’t. Now that I’m in the industry, I realize how much of it is smoke and mirrors, and at the end of the day you go home and take your makeup off and you have pimples. But when people watch the show, they don’t see them. So I think we were really excited to shed light on these things that we grow up as women being told—like, “stretch marks are ugly,” “acne is ugly,” “moles are not beautiful.” We wanted to reclaim that and just say: The power is in embracing your body and we’re not really so different from each other. We just have people following us around with makeup brushes.

    HC: On days when maybe you're feeling less confident, what do you say to yourself?

    MF: That it’s okay to have days like that. I think to allow yourself permission to have those feelings is totally fine, but also not let yourself sit inside of them, because I think it’s important to know that even on a day where you feel like crap, you’ll wake up the next day and probably feel different. That’s just human nature. So I think [it’s okay to give yourself] permission to feel less than great, less than amazing, and then just remind yourself that it’s a moment that will  pass.

    HC: This season, Sutton found herself having to defend her work and talents thanks to some haters who were trying to spread around this idea that she only got selected for shoots because she was essentially sleeping with who she needed to in order to make it. This is not an uncommon thing for women to deal with at work. How do you think someone who finds themselves in this situation should handle it? Because a lot of times, we are afraid to speak up.

    MF: It’s really hard to know, because the path is different for everybody. I think what we see Sutton exploring in this season is, she does make the decision to put herself first and focus on her career, and I think she’s really brave for doing that and I totally support her for doing that. But at the same time, I believe that women deserve to have both and can have both, so I hope that we see Sutton’s journey find her in a place where she realizes that she can have her career and love, because she deserves love.

    HC: Speaking of love, we also saw the end of Richard and Sutton this season, are you happy that relationship ended or would you want Sutton to ultimately end up with him?

    MF: I’m not happy that it ended because I do feel like they are two people who really, really care about each other. That was the thing that I always loved about that relationship from the beginning—it really played against all of the stereotypes that are more often than not portrayed in shows where a young woman is dating an older man in a powerful position. And the only real obstacle for them is that they have to deal with this whole thing of them working in the same company.

    So no, I was sad to see the relationship end. The fan version of me is like, “I really want them to get back together!"

    HC: What has really been the best part about playing this character? Have you learned anything about yourself along the way?

    MF: Oh, so much. Every single episode, I think we all feel like we’re learning things about ourselves through the stories that we tell with our characters. And I think that’s one of the gifts that keeps on giving. We want to create a show that inspires the viewers to believe in themselves and love themselves and love their friends and their life, and [to] be brave and make bold decisions and have conversations. Making the show inspires us to do all of those things as well, so it’s pretty full circle, which is awesome.

    HC: If you could give Sutton any piece of advice, what would it be?

    MF: Believe in yourself. Trust your gut, trust your instincts. Know your worth. And I think we’ll see her explore those themes, and start to trust her instincts and her brain and her talent, and that’s going to be a really beautiful thing to watch.

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    Demi Lovato was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday afternoon after suffering an apparent drug overdose, according to reports from PEOPLECNNABC News, and other sources. The singer's rep has since issued a statement announcing that Demi's now awake.

    "Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support," the spokesperson told Variety. "Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now."

    Los Angeles police confirmed that they responded to a call at a home on the same block Demi lives on in the Hollywood Hills for a female victim of a possible overdose, but L.A. police department spokesman Raymond Brown declined to name the individual who was eventually transported to a local hospital.

    TMZ, who broke the story, initially reported that according to law enforcement sources, Demi's overdose was related to heroin. Sources close to the singer deny the drug's involvement, though. "Law enforcement sources say Lovato was not cooperative when EMTs arrived at her home Tuesday morning," TMZ reported. "Those sources believed it was a heroin OD based on what they observed at her home, but a source close to Lovato tells us it was not heroin, though the source refused to divulge what caused the OD."

    According to TMZ, Demi also refused to name the drug that caused her to OD when speaking with paramedics. Numerous outlets reported that at one point Demi was unconscious, and Narcan — a drug used to treat narcotic overdoses in emergencies — brought her back. However, it's not exactly known who administered the Narcan. According to US Weekly, it wasn't the paramedics, but one of Demi's friends. "One of her friends had Narcan on hand in case something like this happened. Her friends knew this was coming because she’s been using so much again. They were up all night partying the night before at her house," a source told the magazine. "Luckily, the Narcan worked and she will recover."

    Law enforcement officials reportedly did not seize any drugs from the house, and as of right now, they're not planning on pursuing criminal charges. 

    The incident comes just one month after Demi revealed that she had relapsed in a song titled "Sober." She previously announced in March that she was celebrating six years of sobriety. 

    Throughout the past few years, Demi has been open about her struggle with addiction. She's battled alcohol and substance abuse, in addition to an eating disorder and bipolar disorder. 

    Demi's ex-boyfriend of six years, Wilmer Valderrama, is reportedly beside himself over what happened. "Wilmer is completely devastated and he still loves Demi and it was just a matter of scheduling and time that they needed to make a romantic relationship work. He was not aware that her issues were this severe and intense at this time," a source told Us Weekly. "She’s been honest with him about her relapse, as she has with her family, friends, fans and the entire public, especially with her new song, but he didn’t think it was this severe and that she would be struggling so much and have a situation that had these repercussions."

    Other celebrities, along with Demi's fans, have expressed their love for her as she recovers in the hospital.

    Hopefully, Demi is receiving the help and support she needs.

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