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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    As many of us move into college this fall, we’ll get immersed back into campus culture celebrating syllabus week and hanging out with old and new friends. However, after your parents drop you off, classes begin much sooner than you might be mentally prepared for. Here’s a list of the types of professors you’ll have in college, and what to do when you meet them.

    1. The snooze fest

    You'll encounter the boring professor a few times during the first few years of college, mainly due to prerequisite or graduation requirements. Underclassmen typically must take certain classes that don’t necessarily correspond with their major or interests. Nevertheless, some professors acknowledge that and try to make the subject as light as possible—while other professors fall short and teach straight from PowerPoint slides or the textbook with no extra insight. Kendra, a sophomore from Lehigh University, says, "My first semester of college I had to take the most boring class with such a monotone teacher. I had to a have a lot of patience to get through the class." Take it upon yourself to gauge whether the lectures are crucial to receiving an A. 

    Does this professor take attendance? Is the professor’s monotone voice actually giving out information that will be useful on the next test? Or is he just going on tangents that you can probably skip for now? Still, go to as many classes as possible because mere exposure to the material is better than skipping altogether. Your parents will also appreciate you utilizing the classes they spent hard-earned money on. And you’d be surprised—some teachers even give extra credit to those who show up to class.

    2. The hard-to-understand professor

    Understanding phosphorylation and protein kinase are hard enough, but factor in a professor with a thick accent, or a professor that whispers in a lecture of 200+ students and you’ll be sorry you came to college. Some professors may speed through their lessons, leaving you more confused than before you came to class. Before you say something offensive, or consider your institution hell on earth, remember that your professor is trying their best, or what they believe is an effective teaching method. If you can’t understand the lecture, it is their job to help you. Seek assistance during office hours, and try to find the lecture notes online. Usually, professors will post them so students can pay more attention to the lesson rather than trying to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing notes.

    Rebecca*, a junior at Temple University says, “I had a professor with a really thick accent in one of my hardest classes, and I thought I was going to fail. As soon as I voiced my concerns, he helped me out a lot. I also tried to stay ahead in my studies so I was always prepared for the lecture.” Rebecca has the right idea! She looked ahead in the textbook so she could try to follow along, and she reached out when she needed help.

    3. The unprepared professor

    Sometimes you’ll encounter a professor that is always late, never prepared and/or downright terrible at teaching. These people will usually push back due dates not only for students but also for themselves to catch up.

    Sarah*, a sophomore at Lehigh University, experienced a professor that was a current graduate student and wasn’t the most enthusiastic or prepared to engage in the class. “My professor would come in with an excuse every day why she was late but it just seemed like she didn’t want to be there. I, unfortunately, didn’t learn much, but I still got a good grade,” she says. In these types of classes, try your best to stay on top of the syllabus even when your professor can’t. That way, you’ll have no excuse to fall behind.

    4. The professor you came to college for

    Most professors love their job and are really passionate about what they teach. Hopefully, your school has screened professors for their effective lectures and their clear public speaking skills. These professors get you excited for class, even if you don’t necessarily like the subject they are teaching. They make you glad you decided to earn a college degree, and you can’t wait to get to know them better. Fortunately, with professors like these, they make it very clear from syllabus week what they expect from their students. Strive to be that kind of student whether that’s turning your homework in on time or staying after class for more in-depth discussions.

    5. The self-promoter

    It’s equally comical and sad when the only available textbook for your class is sold through the university bookstore at a ridiculous price because they are written by your professor. These professors are trying to showcase their accomplishments and publications to their students, which in this day and age equates to a YouTuber saying “don’t forget to subscribe” at the end of their videos. If you haven’t already done so, make sure to check Slug Books to compare multiple textbook prices.

    To do well with these professors, it is crucial that you attend their lectures and go to office hours. Because they are the authors of their own textbooks, they have insight where the pages may fall short. Michelle*, a sophomore at Syracuse University, says, “It’s annoying when you have to pay $300 for a textbook your professor wrote, but even more annoying when you don’t take the chance to ask them questions because they are the expert in the material.” If you don’t understand something, what better pro to help you than the author themselves?

    6. The one without the curve

    These have to be some of the least favorite professors on campus. They teach insanely difficult classes and expect students to perform well on their almost impossible tests.

    “I honestly studied every single night for three weeks for this final, and still didn’t do as well as I had hoped. It was heartbreaking and I didn’t get a curve,” says Julia*, a sophomore from Lehigh University. I’m sure a lot of students can relate to Julia’s struggles. Sometimes, no matter how intense your study habits can be, the tests and the teacher are just plain difficult.

    Students can rally up and proclaim, “You should curve it!” since no one did exceptionally well, but with these professors, they are usually trying to teach a life lesson. Sometimes life does not give you grade curves and you will most likely fail. These teachers aren’t messing around when it comes to failing students, and they want you to know that from the start. Instead of complaining about how unfair this class is, make sure you make that much more of an effort to get shit done.

    Some way you can get ahead in classes like these is to seek help in writing or math centers. A lot of colleges also offer peer tutoring by students who did well in those difficult classes. You aren't alone in your struggle! It's perfectly normal to need help every now and then. Make sure you also voice your concerns with your TA and/or professor.

    As difficult as college can be, you should remember that it’s not impossible. Whether you have the most amazing or the absolute most boring professor, try to make the best of your situation. It’s said that the best students perform well given even the hardest circumstances. You might just learn not only the subject matter but your learning style in general. Good luck!


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    Let’s face it: Girl Trip had us laughing so hard, our abs hurt, and it made us so grateful for our gal pals. If you’ve been dying to see a Girls Trip 2 like the rest of us, fear not, because it looks like the Flossy Posse is getting back together!

    According to Girls Trip star Regina Hall, “the girls are coming back” for a sequel to the breakout comedy.

    On Friday, Hall was a guess on Buzzfeed News’ AM to DM, and according to Entertainment Weekly, Hall said said a sequel was in the works.

    “We’re trying to make that happen,” Hall told BuzzFeed News’ AM to DM. “So we’re trying to get everything together with the schedule. I think they’re working on something. I don’t know where we’re going. I don’t know where the girls are going, but… we’re going somewhere.”

    Nothing is finalized yet, but it’s all in motion.

    Not only was Girls Trip so important about showing us the power of female friendships, it made history as the first all-black team to reach the $100 million milestone at the box office, Hello Giggles reports.

    Talk of a sequel had buzzing about audiences everywhere when the movie’s success showed again that a film with women, especially women of color, in leading roles could make a lot of money.

    The success of Girls Trip also launched Tiffany Haddish into the spotlight, and deservedly so. Haddish definitely was the star of the movie.

    Haddish had even previously said she’s been “constantly bothering the studios” about a sequel.

    “Every time I see one of the executives, I say, ‘When are we doing Girls Trip 2? How’s it going to work out? Here, I have a few ideas,’” Haddish said. “I’m like writing it myself. I’m so ready for Girls Trip 2 to happen. And so is Jada and Queen Latifah and Regina, we all talk about it. We talk to each other at least once or twice a month, like ‘What do you think? What about this idea?’ I’m like, we should just write it ourselves and then present it to the studio, like, ‘When are we going to shoot this?’”

    A Girls Trip sequel can’t happen soon enough.


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  • 08/19/18--12:25: Links We Love 8.19.18
  • The magic hour for Disney collectors. [The New York Times]

    The best burger in every state. [USA Today]

    Secrets of being a travel influencer. [Cosmopolitan]

    Krispy Kreme's new Reese's doughnut. [Spoon University]

    Meet the people who are trying to fix Facebook. [BuzzFeed]

    Don't ever put a pen in your hair again. [Teen Vogue]

    The best part of Crazy Rich Asians. [Glamour]

    Emojis are the new regional symbols. [Quartz]

    Secrets from The O.C. pilot. [Entertainment Weekly]

    A love letter to croutons. [Women's Health]

     


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    Kylie Jenner opened up to her older sister/interviewer, Kendall Jenner, about her journey to embracing her body and how motherhood has changed her outlook on life for Vogue Australia’s September 2018 issue.

    When asked how her life has changed since becoming a mother, Kylie told Vogue Australia: “I don’t think my life has changed since becoming a mum.”

     

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    “I think the way I look at life has changed since becoming a mum. I think more of the future,” Kylie added. “I used to live each day as it came, and now I look at the future more. I actually feel like I love myself more after I had Stormi. And I’m trying to be…I mean, I’m already a positive person, but just having fun, being positive.”

    She also discussed how she has come to embrace her body and elaborated on self-love, saying, “I feel like having a daughter, and thinking about beauty in the future, has definitely changed me, and I feel like it has made me love myself more and accept everything about me.”

    Kylie mentioned how she had always been self-conscious about her ears and struggled to embrace them, but now has come to accept them since she has noticed that Stormi has the same ears, Hello Giggles reports.

    “Even my ears, I always felt like they stuck out too far, and she [Stormi] has the same ears as me and so now I love my ears. It’s just having a different outlook on life so I can pass that on to her. I want to be an example for her. What kind of example would I be if she said she didn’t like her ears, and then I didn’t like them either? I just want to teach her that. I’m trying to love myself more,” Kylie said.

     

    VOGUE was once just a wild dream! Thank you @vogueaustralia for this cover! ✨

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    It’s good to see Kylie embracing and loving herself just the way she is. Nothing is more beautiful than self-love. You can read Kylie’s full story in Vogue Australia’s September 2018 issue, on sale Monday, August 27.


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    Let’s be real here: texting with someone you like can sometimes feel like you’re deciphering a code. It’s easy to get hung up on their choice of words or use of emojis (or lack thereof) and even trivial things like their punctuation. As much as the buzz of your phone and the image of their name popping up on your screen makes your heart skip a beat, it also brings up a ton of anxiety—are they interested in me? What exactly do they mean here?

    To ease your worries, we spoke with Dr. Patrick Wanis,  human behavior and relationship expert and author of Get Over Your Ex Now! on five texting behaviors that indicate interest. With these five pieces of info in mind, their texts will seem a lot less like code and more like a diagram to whether or not they're interested!

    1. They want to learn more about you as a person

    The initial “talking stage” that takes place before most relationships begin can be a fun, exciting time for both people to learn more about each other. The truth is, however, guys generally don’t enjoy talking too much over text while girls can be the complete opposite, says Dr. Patrick Wanis—so, if they are making that extra effort, you’ll want to take notice of it.

    "Men get very frustrated when they have to text too much, so they don't enjoy texting as much as women do,” he explains. It is quite common, however, that this behavior changes when you first begin talking because they may be interested in pursuing something with you—therefore, if you notice that they're attempting to make conversation and learn more about you, that it could mean good news as far as whether they are interested in you or not.

    "If he's asking things to learn about you—if he's asking questions that tell him more about who you are, then he's interested in knowing you,” says Dr. Wanis.

    For example, are they asking you about your hobbies or the classes you’re taking this semester? Or maybe they dove in a little deeper and asked you about your family or your career aspirations. Either way, it’s important to note whether they’re putting in the effort to learn more about you as a person, not only in terms of compatibility but also for the sheer generalization that guys don’t particularly enjoy conversing over text—there must be a reason why he’s sucking it up for you!

    "Guys don't like texting back and forth endlessly, so if they're doing it in the beginning [then] they're doing it with an intention, and then they're going back to what they feel more comfortable with which is texts just for the exchange of basic information such as, "Okay I'll see you at 10 o'clock," Dr. Wanis explains. So, while this type of behavior may not last forever in established relationships, the fact that he’s texting you to learn more about you now can be a major indicator of interest.

    As far as the ladies go, Dr. Wanis really emphasizes the fact that girls generally enjoy texting more than guys do, so you’ll find it much easier to fall into these types of conversations with a girl!

    2. They take interest in what you’re doing

    Sure, it’s easy to casually send a “What’s up?” type of text, but according to Dr. Wanis, if they’re interested in you, they’re not only interested in learning about you, but they also want to know what you’re up to and when you can get together.

    "Guys tend to be more direct, so if they're interested in you, they will be actually thinking of when they're going to see you,” Dr. Wanis explains. “They won't just be saying, 'Hey, what's up?' which might be their initial way of contacting or connecting with you—they're going to go one step further and say, 'What are you doing? What are you doing now? What are you doing tomorrow? What are you doing Saturday?'"

    Since guys tend to be more direct and girls tend to be more subtle, don’t be afraid to show interest in their plans! At the end of the day, everyone appreciates direct answers, and it helps to match their interest with yours if it’s there.

    3. They respond in a timely manner

    If Dr. Wanis teaches you one thing, it’s that you should not play games. It can be common in the initial stages of talking that both people are guilty of waiting a couple hours or maybe even days (see: ghosting) to respond. This could be for reasons such as either one of you doesn’t want to come off as eager, or like you have nothing better to do. We’ll let you in on a little secret—these are huge no-nos!

    In reality, someone who is interested will respond as soon as they can and will actually want to. And if they’re busy with friends, studying or at work? They’ll let you know and provide a reasonable explanation. And in return, they’ll want to talk to someone who will respond back right away as well.

    "I teach [to] never play games. Because you're starting the relationship off with deceit. Even if it's dating, that’s just deceit,” says Dr. Wanis. “So, don't play games, don't be deceitful. If you're able to respond, respond! If you're not able to respond in that moment because you're studying or busy or working, then you write back later and say, "'Hey I got your text earlier today, this is the first chance I've had to respond.’”

    Yup, it’s as simple as that, really! If someone tries to respond to you in a timely matter, you can be confident that they’re interested; however, it is a two-way street!

    Related: 5 Things to Do If He’s Bad at Texting

    4. They’ll look for more opportunities to see you

    So, now you’ve got a groove going—you’ve been exchanging texts for a little while now, have learned more about each other and they’ve shown obvious interest in what you’re up to and what your plans are. So, what else can indicate interest?

    “If he's really interested, he then asks you out on a date,” says Dr. Wanis. “He asks to get together with you. Invites you to places. He becomes more inclusive in his texts. He tells you what he's doing, he asks what you're doing, and then he asks you out on a date."

    It’s important to note that not everyone moves at the same speed, so don’t be discouraged if the person you’re talking to hasn’t asked you out on a date within the first couple days—he easily could just not be ready yet!

    5. They’re direct (or at least expressing interest) in what they want

    Generally speaking, Dr. Wanis stresses that guys are more direct, especially with texting, while girls are more subtle. So, while it is a whole lot easier to receive a direct answer, ladies leave more delicate cues—pay attention to the small details!

    "Guys tend to be very direct and they tend to be thinking more in cause and effect, and they have an objective—the girl will be more subtle,” says Dr. Wanis. “She won't come out right and say, 'I want to go out with you.' She’ll express interest in a more subtle way.”

    While it can be scary to answer a direct question, it’ll only work for your benefit to be straight-up with your answer. "Answer the bloody question! Answer it directly," Dr. Wanis says with a laugh. "Just be honest.” Both girls and guys will certainly appreciate the honesty!

    But if their questions are anything but direct? Pay attention to how he or she is expressing interest, especially from a girl. If your text exchange turns flirty, then maybe toss out a feeler or two to see how she responds. Compliments are a major sign of interest, but make sure that she’s not just being friendly!

    Dr. Wanis also notes that some people are emoji people and others are not. “I think, generally speaking, women use them much more than men do,” he says. So while emoji use does definitely depend on the person, they could be key in figuring out whether or not she’s interested. Plus, there’s no defined rule out there that says only guys can be direct. If you’re a girl talking to another girl, for example, and feel like you’re in a subtle-texting stalemate, it may be in your best interest to ask her if she likes you, especially if you’re unsure whether or not she is interested in dating girls.

    Talking to someone you’re crushing on can be quite nerve-wracking at times, especially if you want to pursue a relationship. Texting should be a fun and light way to getting to know each other, but with these little tips in mind, you can feel more confident about whether someone is expressing genuine interest in you or not. And if that’s not enough to convince you, we’ll leave you with this:

    "Remember this—when a guy really wants something, he will tear down the wall,” says Dr. Wanis. “He will climb the mountain. He will cross the river. He'll walk through the fire to get it. And that includes you. If the guys not interested he'll make no effort, and he'll come up with lots of excuses. But when he's really interested, he will make every effort. And nothing will stop him."

    While Dr. Wanis let us in on what guys are thinking, we think this can be applied to all genders—so just be confident and have fun!


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    Name: Olivia June
    Age: 32
    Job Title and Description: Founder and CEO of Hey! VINA, the world’s biggest friendship app for women
    College Name/Major: Wake Forest University, transferred to Chapman University, BA Communication Studies
    Website: www.heyvina.com
    Twitter Handle:@oliviajune
    Instagram Handle: @heyoliviajune

    Let's be real: Forming healthy friendships as an adult is more difficult than adulting itself. Thankfully, apps like Hey! VINA can help you find supportive friends. Beyond empowering you to make new friends, Hey! VINA also publishes a magazine that helps you navigate stress-relieving topics like meditation to necessary, but painful, issues like friendship breakups

    We spoke to the founder and CEO of Hey! VINA, Olivia June, about her app that helps bolster our confidence in finding friends — and she had some critical career advice and insight on life itself. 

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

    Olivia June: My job as CEO of a tech startup has me collaborating and leading every part of the company. It’s a 24/7 responsibility as Hey! VINA has members in 158 countries around the world, so that means we have to be available for issues that happen for our members around the clock. We’re also a really small team, there are only 7 of us, so I work directly with everyone, from talking through engineering challenges with our software team to brainstorming and leading marketing campaigns, actually designing features for the app, to doing press interviews, and to preparing pitch decks to fundraise more capital for the business. No day is the same; the only real daily routine we have is our daily standup meeting. This is a quick company-wide meeting that we do every morning to update everyone on what we achieved yesterday, what our goals are today, and if we need anything from anyone else on the team.

    HC: What is the best part of your job?

    OJ: My best thing about my work is hearing the amazing stories of all the fun and adventures that our members have thanks to the friends they met on Hey! VINA. I also love that I get to work with an incredible team that I hand-picked to build a product that brings so much good into the world.

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

    OJ: Entrepreneurship takes experience from every job you ever do, even if it’s not a “career” job. From learning about marketing through doing promotions during college to learning how to manage difficult people as a bartender, and to my first salaried position managing recruitment for market research studies, if you take a mindset of learning, all experience means something! I got a lot of my first gigs by going out, socializing, making friends, networking, representing myself professionally and confidently, and volunteering to work for free at first. Just showing up in a polished way and being confident, listening for opportunity, offering to help, and actually showing up is more valuable than you can ever imagine. The best way to make up for lack of experience is effort and enthusiasm!

    HC: What words of wisdom (well-known quotes, an anecdote from your boss) do you find most valuable?

    OJ:'Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.'  - Senaca

    I’ve been told I’ve been lucky to have the success that I have, but I think we have a lot more control than we typically give ourselves credit for… especially as women!

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

    OJ: Work is stressful, no matter what you’re doing, you’re going to get stressed. As a first time manager, I made the mistake of taking the stress my boss’s boss gave her, that she took out on me, and then I took it to my team and put a ton of pressure and stress on them. Everyone was freaked out and was underperforming. The mistake I made was taking my stress out on my colleagues. I learned that the stress had to stop with me, and I needed to be the person to put on a big smile, refocus my team, look for our opportunity to succeed, and help my teammates get there. Being emotional, negative, stressed, or upset doesn’t make you a desirable person to work with, and it certainly doesn’t help anyone do their job better. At the end of the day, it’s all business, and none of it is personal.

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

    OJ: I made the first version of Hey! VINA with my friend from my living room couch. We had no funding, and every VC I spoke would question me asking, “do women really need friends?” as if I was making up the problem we were solving. The day we launched, we got a few press headlines, within hours we had thousands of downloads, within 5 days we were trending on the app store and had more than 100,000 women signed up to get access. The only other app to ever have 100,000 users signup in the first week is Instagram.

    HC: What do you look for when considering hiring someone?

    OJ: I was learning how to hire a team in my first salaried role, and when trying to figure out who would be a good addition to my team, my boss taught me the most key thing to look for: the ability to anticipate needs.

    Completing the work that someone asks you to do and on deadline, is the bare minimum. An all-star employee is someone who finishes their assignments and looks around and see what else they could do, what else needs to happen, how could it be done better, what are opportunities that you see, and either asks if you can do it or just gets it done.

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

    OJ: Don’t worry too much about the end goal right now. Spend at least 5 years just trying things out, live scrappily, sign up for things you’re 'not qualified' to do, don’t worry too much about having 'a mentor' and focus more on building really great relationships with the smartest, most hard-working, and most ambitious peers you have, they might not have a career you admire right now, but you will be able to help each other succeed in your careers in the future more than any mentor can or could possibly care to.

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

    OJ: Great design goes a long way. Better than a resume is making a presentation showing how you are going to bring value to the team.


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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.)

    White House Lawyer Don McGahn Talked to Mueller

    President Donald Trump slammed a New York Times report that claimed he was not fully aware of White House counsel Don McGahn’s cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller.

    In a series of tweets, Trump complained about the Times piece that reported McGahn opened up about Trump in series of interviews that lasted 30 hours.

    “The Failing New York Times wrote a story that made it seems like the White House Councel had TURNED on the President, when in fact it is just the opposite,” Trump wrote Sunday morning.

    According to USA Today, McGahn reportedly told special counsel about Trump’s role in firing former FBI Director James Comey, Trump’s criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump’s role in the Russia investigation before he brought on a counsel to handle the investigation.

    McGahn’s testimony would be central to any obstruction of justice charges brought forward by special counsel.

    Trump could have invoked attorney-client privilege and executive to prevent McGahn from speaking to Mueller, according to USA Today, but Trump waived those privileges.

    “I allowed White House Counsel Don McGahn, and all other requested members of the White House Staff, to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel,” Trump tweeted Saturday, saying he gave permission for McGahn to speak with special counsel. “In addition we readily gave over one million pages of documents. Most transparent in history.”

    The Times report detailed how McGahn and his lawyer were shocked that Trump allowed him to speak with Mueller and thought it might be a setup so they came up with their own strategy to prove McGahn engaged in no wrongdoing.

    “It is not clear that Mr. Trump appreciates the extent to which Mr. McGahn has cooperated with the special counsel,” Times reporters wrote.

    Reacting angrily to the report, Trump wrote on Twitter that McGahn isn’t a “John Dean type ‘RAT’,” referencing to the White House attorney who turned on President Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal.

    “I have nothing to hide,” Trump added.

    In a statement to USA Today, McGahn's attorney, William Burck, said McGahn answered the special counsel’s questions “fulsomely and honestly,” adding that Trump waived his attorney-client privilege.   

    “President Trump, through counsel, declined to assert any privilege over Mr. McGahn’s testimony, so Mr. McGahn answered the Special Counsel team’s questions fulsomely and honestly, as any person interviewed by federal investigators must,” Burck said.

    Trump Adviser John Bolton Discusses Possible Privatization of U.S. War in Afghanistan

    In an exclusive interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Trump national security adviser John Bolton discussed the idea of using private contractors to help fight the war in Afghanistan, adding he is “always open to new ideas.”

    “Would you consider privatizing [in Afghanistan], with using contractors instead of U.S. military? There have been some reports about that this week,” “This Week” Co-Anchor and Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz about possibly privatizing some parts of America’s now longest war.

    “There's always a lot of discussions,” Bolton responded. “I'm always open to new ideas, but I'm not going to comment on what the thinking is. That will ultimately be the president's decision.”

    via Oliver Contreras/Pool via Bloomberg via Getty Images

    In a report from NBC News on Friday, President Donald Trump is showing some interest in a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to hire private military contractors to support the war.

    “It is not a private army," Prince told NBC News of his proposal for Afghanistan. "It is a very clear delineation of who’s in charge, OK? Afghan government working for a U.S. government official funded by the United States at a fraction of the cost we’re spending now.”

    Prince, who heads Hong Kong-based security firm Frontier Services Group, added that Trump advisers who oppose his plan are trying to paint “as rosy a picture as they can” about recent U.S. efforts for peace talks with the Taliban.

    Bolton told Raddatz that there are “signs” that talks between the Taliban and Afghan government are “moving in the right direction.”

    “I don't rule out that we'd have a change in some of the things we're doing there, but the president's view is that he'll support the government of Afghanistan in its efforts to see if the Taliban are finally ready to talk seriously,” Bolton added.

    “The bottom line is the security of the United States,” Bolton said.

    ICE Detains Man Taking Wife to Hospital For Planned C-Section

    A man who was driving his wife to the hospital on Wednesday for a planned c-section has been detained by immigration officials due to an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Mexico related to a homicide case, NPR reports.

    Joel Arrona-Lara and his wife, María del Carmen Venegas, were headed to the hospital when they stopped for gas in San Bernardino, California and two other vehicles pulled in and surrounded the couple’s van.

    via LM Otero/AP

    Venegas told CBS Los Angeles that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials got out of the vehicles and asked for the couple’s identification. Venegas had hers and gave it to them, but her husband had left his at home.

    ICE agents arrested Arrona-Lara when he could not furnish his identification.

    In a statement on Saturday, ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley said Arrona-Lara “was brought to ICE's attention due to an outstanding warrant issued for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges.”

    According to ICE, the agency’s Fugitive Operations Team detained Arrona-Lara and he is currently in custody with pending removal proceedings.

    “ICE continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security. ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. However, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States,” ICE said in its statement.

    In an interview with The Associated Press, Venegas said she and her husband arrived in the United States 12 years ago, and while they do not have legal authorization to live here in the United States, their five children were all born here.

    Emilio Amaya Garcia, an attorney representing Arrona-Lara, told CBS Los Angeles that he contacted the Mexican consulate and the homicide charges against Arrona-Lara were unable to be confirmed. Garcia said he will be filing a motion in court on Monday to request a bail hearing and that the removal proceedings be cancelled.

    What to look out for…

    The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards are tonight!


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    Claire Holt has never shied away from sharing her relationship with fiancé Andrew Joblon on social media in the past, often posting adorable pictures of the two of them together—usually with a picturesque tropical paradise in the background and sparking our jealousy in the process. So, it’s not surprise that she shared the most special day of their lives (their wedding, of course) on Instagram, too.

    The Aussie star of The CW’s The Originals first shared her relationship with Joblon after their romantic getaway to Italy in July 2017, and then shared their engagement in December. This past July, the couple came full circle with another getaway across Europe.

    But on Saturday, August 18, the two married under a beautiful arbor of pink roses, with Holt in a strapless lace gown and Joblin in a gray suit (and sneakers!). Holt captioned the photo of the two with “8.18.18” and a heart emoji. Joblon posted a photo of the two kissing with the same caption, but with one notable piece missing—their dog Teddy.

     

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    Dressed to the nines for the special day, Teddy joined the two at the altar wearing the doggy version of a tuxedo. With a collar, bowtie and cuffs, Teddy definitely gave Joblon a run for his money as the best-dressed, most handsome boy of the night.

     

    Ready for mom and dad to get married.

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    Congratulations to the happy couple, and hopefully we’ll be seeing pictures of their honeymoon soon (with Teddy, of course)!


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    Girl Scout cookie season is almost upon us, and I honestly cannot wait for the abundance of Thin Mints and Samoas coming my way.

    There also might be another reason to look forward to it. The Girl Scouts revealed on Tuesday a new gluten-free Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie

    According to the Girl Scout press release, “the new Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie features rich caramel semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a hint of sea salt in a chewy cookie.” TBH it sounds amazing, especially if you love a good salty-sweet combo. 

    The announcement on the Girl Scouts website also says the organization will release the new cookie flavor in 2019. So yes, unfortunately, we will have to wait another long five months to get our hands on the chewy treat. The cookie selling season doesn’t officially start until January, so if you get any cash from the holiday season, save some of it!  

    Caramel Chocolate Chip is one of two gluten-free cookie offerings for January 2019. They will be selling it alongside their Toffee-tastic cookie. I will warn you though the Girl scouts say that the availability of both cookies vary from council to council. Gluten-free options tend to cost more than our favorite classic cookies. So start wishing on some stars that this cookie will be sold in your area, because I know I will be. 


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    It’s a fact of life: there are a lot of TV shows out there, and when you’re trying to keep up with Riverdale and The Bachelorette and all of your other faves, some shows are bound to slip through the cracks. So, whether you were too young to catch a show the first time around or simply couldn’t fit it into your viewing schedule, here are 11 shows worth watching that you may have missed. 

    1. Friends 

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    Friends is practically the definition of iconic TV. Six friends (Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler, and Joey) live in Manhattan, barely go to work and drink lots coffee, all while navigating dating in mid-90s NYC. The show, which aired for 10 seasons, has many classic lines like “How you doin’” and “We were on a break!” Sit back, relax, and laugh. 

    Where to watch: Netflix

    2. Seinfeld

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    After you check out Friends, you must watch another classic NBC sitcom—Seinfeld. Developed by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, Seinfeld is about Jerry Seinfeld, a stand-up comedian in New York City who spends his days with his friends Elaine, George, and Kramer. While dating and relationships often take center stage in this sitcom, what makes Seinfeld unique is that is digs in to the minutia of everyday life.

    Where to watch:Hulu and Crackle 

    3. The O.C.

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    If soap operas are more your speed, you’ll want to check The O.C. Set in well-to-do Newport Beach, The O.C. is about Ryan, a teenager from the wrong side of the tracks who is taken in by a wealthy lawyer and his family. The typical teenage drama ensues, complete with an incredible playlist of early 2000s hits in the background. Dreamy Ben McKenzie and Adam Brody star alongside Mischa Barton and Rachel Bilson, making this the perfect sun-drenched drama to watch during the last days of summer.

    Where to watch: Hulu

    4. Pretty Little Liars

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    Based off of the series of best-selling books, Pretty Little Liars is basically the OG Riverdale. Four girls—Spencer, Hanna, Emily, and Aria—are drawn into a web of mystery when their friend (or, perhaps, frenemy) Allison disappears one night during a sleepover. What follows is seven years of drama, romance, and head-scratching plot twists that literally no one could predict. If you somehow missed this the first time around, get caught up quick to be ready when spinoff, The Perfectionists, premieres in 2019.

    Where to watch: Netflix 

    5. Saved By The Bell

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    Saved by the Bell was one of those beloved shows that perfectly combined comedy and important life lessons. Set at Bayside High School in California, Zack Morris, Screech, Kelly, Slater, Jessie and Lisa rocked some killer late '80s fashions, while laughing and learning about important issues like drug use and women’s rights. And if five seasons of this show isn’t enough for you, you can always tackle The College Years.

    Where to watch: Hulu

    6. Dawson’s Creek

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    Dawson, an aspiring filmmaker must navigate a potential romance with his childhood best friend, Joey, in this teen drama. Starring young Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson, Michelle Williams and James Van Der Beek, this show was initially deemed very “racy,” due to the open way it discussed topics related to sex. If you are in the mood for romance, or simply want to see where the infamous crying Dawson meme came from, make sure to check this one out.

    Where to watch:Hulu

    7. One Tree Hill

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    Another high school drama, One Tree Hill is about two half-brothers, Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan (James Lafferty), who clash over basketball and girls—among other things. As the two navigate love triangles, their lives, and the lives of their friends are also explored. What makes One Tree Hill unique is that while the show starts when the characters are in high school, a time jump in later seasons features the characters navigating adulthood. A show that grows with you—what more could you ask for! 

    Where to watch:Hulu

    8. Gossip Girl

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    If you liked the upper-class drama of The O.C.Gossip Girl should be next on your list. Set in an elite New York City high school, Gossip Girl is about the escapades of Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester). As these two frenemies keep secrets and fight for love, you’ll never want the stylish drama to end. Known for the fabulous fashion and stars, once you start this show, you’ll never look back. 

    Where to watch:Netflix 

    9. Gilmore Girls

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    There was a reason for all of the fuss that surrounded the Gilmore Girls revival when it hit Netflix in 2016. Full of fast-paced dialogue and pitch perfect pop culture references, Gilmore Girls quickly became a fan favorite when it debuted in 2000. Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) is a single mom raising her daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel), in quaint Stars Hollow. As the two women drink coffee and talk about boys, you will soon want to be their best friend. Watch this show with your mom or best friend, and then decide if you’re team Dean (Jared Padalecki), Jess (Milo Ventimiglia), or Logan (Matt Czuchry). 

    Where to watch: Netflix

    10. Sex and the City

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    Odds are you were probably too young to watch this saucy comedy when it first aired, but now is the perfect time to check it out. Sex and the City, which turned 20 this year, centered on Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), a writer who lived in New York City with her three best friends. The four women discuss a number of topics related to sex and dating during the show’s six seasons, giving you plenty to think about and discuss with your own friends. And when you finish watching all six seasons, there are two SATC movies for you to dive into.

    Where to watch: Amazon Prime and HBO Now 

    11. The Office 

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    The Office is another one of those shows that seems like everyone has seen. But if you somehow missed it during its initial run, here’s the premise: Based off of a British sitcom, The Office is about the employees of Dunder-Mifflin, a paper company based in northeastern United States. The Scranton Branch, led by loveable buffoon Michael Scott (Steve Carell), is the subject of a documentary, and over the course of nine seasons, the lives of the Dunder-Mifflin staffers unfold before the cameras. Another show with hundreds of quotable lines, and one of the most epic romances in the history of TV, The Office is not to be missed. 

    Where to watch:Netflix 


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    It may be the 21st century but being a woman is still a struggle. From absurd dress-codes to unequal pay and ridiculous double standards on how to balance work and life, there’s a lot that women are still having to fight for.

    Sometimes it’s easy to forget that even the celebrities we look up to are facing the same issues. Serena Williams, the tennis queen (23. Grand slam titles. What. The. Heck.) reminded us of this when she opened up about motherhood in a recent interview with Time magazine.

    Serena Williams is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. She gave birth to daughter, Alexis Olympia, in September and has since shared her journey through motherhood on Social Media. From postpartum symptoms to missing her baby’s first steps because she was preparing for Wimbledon, the journey has not been an easy one for Williams.

    It was her experience breastfeeding that made Serena really consider the ever-present division between men and women. Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, said that she would have to stop breastfeeding in order to step up her game. Eventually, Serena did make the difficult decision to give up breastfeeding for her career, which really sheds light on the struggles of women pursuing a career and a family in the modern world.

     

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    “It's absolutely hard to take from a guy,” Serena told Time. “He's not a woman, he doesn't understand that connection, that the best time of the day for me was when I tried to feed her. I've spent my whole life making everyone happy, just servicing it seems like everyone. And this is something I wanted to do."

    Despite the difficulty of the decision, Serena did return to tennis after giving birth. As explained by Time, it was when she did that U.S. Open “pledged to incorporate maternity decisions into its seeding process.” And Serena’s response vocalizes the thoughts of women across the world. “It would be nice to recognize that women shouldn’t be treated differently because they take time to bring life into this world.”


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    In the last year, there has been more incidents of false emergency calls caught on video, where white people can be seen calling the cops on black people. In April, a woman now known as “Barbecue Becky” called the police in Oakland, CA on a group of black men having a picnic in a park. In May, campus police were called at Yale University because a black graduate student was napping in the common room. In June, a woman called the police to report a black 8 year old girl for selling water without a permit. 

    Now, New York state senator Hamilton announced on Wednesday his proposal to make calling 911 on law-abiding people of color a hate crime. 

    State Senator Jesse Hamilton represents the Brooklyn areas of Brownsville, Crown Heights and Flatbush. A woman called the cops on Hamilton for no known reason earlier this month, when he was campaigning on the streets in his district.

    “I support Trump, and I see the difference between Democrat and Republican - and I see the difference between you and Trump,” the woman said in the interaction caught on camera. She then can be heard criticizing Hamilton for giving out flyers on “fighting back” against Trump. The woman proceeded to call the cops. When police arrived on the scene, they “patiently explained to the woman that Hamilton had done nothing illegal,” the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports. 

    According to The Hill, Hamilton’s proposal would prosecute people for placing racially charge calls to the police without any evidence of wrongdoing. 

    That’s gonna be a hate crime,” Hamilton said to The Patch. “This pattern of calling the police on black people going about their business and participating in the life of our country has to stop.” 

    The legislation would essentially strengthen an existing New York law that prohibits making false reports, more so when the police respond to a call with the belief that the person is a serious threat. Hamilton also said that a type of legislation like this is needed to make sure people making false reports against people of color are penalized. 

    “Living while black is not a crime. But making a false report, especially motivated by hate, should be. Our laws should recognize that false reports with hateful intent can have deadly consequences,” he said to The Daily Eagle


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    Sweater weather and pumpkin spice galore is coming WAY sooner than you think. And I am beaming with excitement because Fall means Halloween and Halloween means epic festivities. Nobody does Halloween though quite like Disney, especially their desserts. Walt Disney has released some spooky Halloween treats for 2018, many of which are available for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

    Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starts in August with four nights of fun throughout the month; in September there will be 12 party nights; and in October 18 nights are dedicated to the ghoulish holiday. Warning though, the event has separate ticket from park admission, so you will have to get at least a one-day, one park pass to the Magic Kingdom. Then you will have to purchase a different ticket for the Halloween party, which is an additional $85 for adults. It’s expensive, but honestly worth it. Not only do you get to ride your favorite rides, but you trick or treat around the park, watch Mickey’s Halloween Parade, take in a special Halloween inspired firework show, visit some of your favorite villians, and go see a Hocus Pocus show. Kind of wishing I lived in Florida right now, but I’ll have to instead live vicariously through my sisters insta photos. 

    The ticket also means access to the sweet treats the Disney Parks have available. Many of the treats (not all), according to the Disney Parks Blog, are available on the celebration nights

    Here are all 14 Halloween desserts available at the Magic Kingdom this Halloween season:

    1. Not-So-Poison Apple Cupcake

    You can find this Snow White inspired poison apple at the Main Street Bakery on Main Street USA. It's a spiced apple cupcake topped with buttercream and peacan's for an added crunch.

    2. Minnie Witch Brownie

    Available at Casey's Corner on Main Street USA, enjoy an edible design of Minnie Mouse on white chocolate and a fudgy brownie.

    3. Halloween Cinnamon Roll 

    You can get three cinnamon rolls all in one at the Main Street Bakery, since the treat is shaped like Mickey's head. It's topped with an orange frosting drizzle, and a chocolate spider web. 

    4. Pumpkin Cheescake 

    Pumpkin spice and everything nice. This gluten-friendly Pumpkin Cheesecake features a vanilla pecan cake, caramel glaze, and a chocolate pumpkin Mickey. Just so you know, this is available at the Main Street Bakery on celebration nights, so plan accordingly! It surely is a ghoulish delight. 

    5. Candy Corn Ice Cream

     

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    For all my candy corn lovers, you can find the yummy soft-serve at Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies. It also can be served in a cone or as a sundae! 

    6. Candy Corn Milkshake 

    If you thought a cone & sundae wasn't enough, you can also get a candy corn milkshake at Auntie Gravity's! The bright orange shake is topped with cotton candy and a Mickey shaped marshmellow. 

    7. Worms And Dirt 

    Disney takes this classic Halloween concept to a delicious level. In a coffin-shaped holder, the treat features chocolate pudding, gluten-free cake crumbs, gummy worms, and a chocolate grave stone. Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Frontierland and only on party nights. 

    8. Oogie Boogie Meringue 

    A twist on the classic worms and dirt, that brings us a Nightmare Before Christmas vibe. It has pomegranate-cherry gelée with gummy worms and a glow in the dark meringue (how cool is that!?) Bonus it is also gluten-friendly! You can find this treat at Gaston's Tavern and only on party nights. 

    9. Hitchhiking Ghost Dessert 

    I'm honestly hyped about this one, mainly because the Haunted Mansion ride is one of my favorites. At Aloha Isle in Adventureland you can get a Doom buggy themed creme puff filled with cookies and creme mouse. Then to finish the dessert there's a chocolate topper with the three hitchhiking ghosts. Also, it's available only on celebration nights.

    10. Maleficent Dessert

    At Storybook Treats in Fantasyland, you can get an icecream cone that looks just like Maleficent! It comes in a black waffle cone thats filled with lime soft serve. It's then topped with purple sugar and chocolate horns. It's epic and a must try! 

    11. Jack Skellington Cake Push Pop

    This layered push pop creation comes with chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream, and white and dark chocolate pearls. On top there is a white chocolate Jack Skellington and dark chocolate curls. It looks bone-rattlingly yummy! Grab it at Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square on party nights only.

    12. Warm Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel and Cinnamon Doughnuts 

    Stuffed caramel pretzels....that's all I have to say. Available at "The Cider House" in Frontierland on party nights only. 

    13. Madame Leota Dessert

    The Haunted Mansion medium is in the regions beyond at the Liberty Square Market. It's a vanilla tart filled with a toasted marshmallow pastry creme. On top there is crispy pearls, chocolate, and hard candy. And it's only available on party nights.

    14. Zero Waffle Sundae

    It's our favorite ghostly side kick Zero. Not only does this treat come with pumpkin waffles, but it's topped with vanilla ice cream, sprinkles, and caramel. Get this treat at Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square on party nights. 

    So excited to see all the Disney fans go wild with all of these snacks on Instagram this fall. 


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    Unpaid internships have long been a controversial topic, and recent Twitter discourse has called into question whether they’re even ethical. It’s true that the ability to take on an unpaid internship is not available to everyone, which can create inequality in the workforce when individuals with more experience are more likely to be hired—leaving those that couldn’t afford to get that same experience in the dust.

    But if you want to stay ahead of the curve without getting screwed over by the unpaid internship conundrum, there are still lots of ways you can break into your dream field. To find out how, we talked to several collegiettes and Emily Mienther, founder and CEO of FindSpark, a community dedicated to connecting young professionals and setting them up for career success.

    1. If at all possible, go for the paid option

    This seems like a no-brainer: if you want to get paid, apply for paid positions. Duh! But as we all know, not every field is going to have paid opportunities galore. Despite this, Mienther encourages you to really do your research and find a paid program.

    “My number one tip would be to focus on connecting with people in companies that have paid internship programs,” she says. “Most major companies are not doing unpaid internships anymore, and focusing on programs that are paid is a way to protest companies that are still doing unpaid. Companies that aren’t doing unpaid internships also see the value in diverse talent, and they’re most likely going to have an actual structured program.”

    Sometimes, your university may have a scholarship or grant program that will allow you to take on an unpaid internship and still get paid. If you’re in an industry where opportunities are scarce, this may sound perfect to you—and it can be! But be careful when accepting these positions.

    “It’s murky stuff because … unpaid internships really are only legal for not-for-profits,” Mienther warns. “If it’s unpaid, the intern is not supposed to provide any value to the company. It should be like school. It should be structured, you should be learning and you should not be replacing an actual employee. So, if you get a scholarship and you find an internship like that and you’re getting college credit, it’s a unique scenario. If all those stars are aligning and it’s going to help you, then okay, maybe there’s an exception.”

    If your role doesn’t fit that description, you’re going to want to avoid accepting that offer. Know your rights and if you feel like the unpaid internship won’t live up to those standards, accepting the offer, even with a scholarship, is not the best idea.

    2. Try freelancing work

    You’ve probably heard the term “side hustle” a billion times, especially if you’re hoping to score work in media or the arts. Fitting yet another commitment into your busy schedule on top of schoolwork, extracurriculars, a part-time job and anything else you might have going on (like, oh, a social life or actual sleep) might feel daunting, but it’s worked out for many a college student in the past, like Endicott College junior Eva Graef.

    “I was looking for internships for [the 2018] summer and there was a constant pressure of having to give up awesome internships because they were unpaid,” Eva recalls. “I … was offered a really good experience at a nonprofit for the marketing and special events intern, but it was nonpaid. … So, I found a loophole and was able to make my own schedule running my own business while doing my unpaid internship. I’m a marketing major with a graphic design minor and I had done logo and graphic design work in the past so I figured, why not make a business out of it?”

    Even with the extra work, Eva loves the experience she’s getting. “I go to my 9 to 5 internship and run my freelance graphic design business, egdesigns on the side from my computer, and it’s a great balance!” she says. “I have met great people and love what I'm doing and know that I'll be [continuing my side hustle] for a while, no matter where I end up!”

    Mienther agrees that such an experience can be great. “Be a freelancer! Start a side hustle for yourself, create a small business, write for publications,” she says. “Within media, there are still a lot of companies that will pay for articles or contributions. So look … for those opportunities so you can build your portfolio and gain real experience while you’re still getting paid.”

    Mienther has a few tips for staying on top of everything. "Be very self-aware, really going through your workload and figuring out, one: Is there anything you can cut that is not adding value to your life and career?” she advises. “One of my biggest suggestions for folks who are still in college [is that] everything you are doing, you’re doing for you—not because your parents want you to, not because you think you should, not because your friends are pressuring you. Maybe cut down on clubs where the focus or the experience aren’t the best for you anymore, if you have certain responsibilities. Prioritize what matters the most to you.”

    She recommends this especially for upperclassmen, as they are starting to search for full-time opportunities.

    “I was one of those college students involved in a million different things and when it got to my senior year, I started to shed the things that weren’t as important to me,” Mienther continues. “I was a resident assistant and there was a handful of RA meetings and events that weren’t mandatory, but were really pushed. And I skipped a lot of them to [go to] work, and I got a lot of folks who were like, ‘How are you skipping that?’ I just had to ignore those people and know that I was making the right priorities.”

    As always, your best bet is to do your research and know yourself. “Know how long it takes you to do certain things,” Mienther says. “If you’re trying to be a freelance writer, before you commit, have an understanding of the expectations with timelines and deliverables. Make sure you understand what they want and [ask yourself], how long is that actually going to take you? Only take on projects you can deliver high quality results for.”

    3. Work for your university

    If freelancing doesn’t have enough structure for you or doesn’t exactly align with your field of interest, there’s another way to get your foot in the door without even leaving campus. Utilizing the opportunities of your school’s academic departments can help you gain experience related to your major or field of choice, so you’re doing more meaningful work than any old part-time job. Whether you take on a university job part-time during the year or stay for the summer, you’re still getting new connections and skills specific to your field without sacrificing the sweet, sweet feeling of getting paid.

    “At my school … a lot of different departments within different schools offer on-campus positions that allow students to gain real industry experience,” says Colleen Byrne, a senior at Temple University. “For example, a bunch of different departments within the communications college offer social media management jobs and blogging positions that give students real experience, and they’re paid!”

    When you hear “on-campus job,” you might think that you’ll be shelving books in the library or sitting behind the information desk and answering questions about where the bathroom is, but we promise there’s more potential for intellectual stimulation than you think.

    “Colleges and universities have to employ far more people than just professors,” says Sophia Borghese, a graduate of Ohio University. “By going on your school’s careers page, you’ll find that they have plenty of student-level jobs. No, these aren’t just jobs where you swipe student IDs and hand out books or to-go meal boxes. You’d be surprised to find that your school is looking for everyone from student-level social media coordinators to lab assistants—jobs related to all majors. By applying for and obtaining one of these jobs, you’ll be able to talk to your academic adviser about accepting your hours spent working on campus as college credit. That way, you get paid while filling graduation requirements.”

    Sophia found that working at her school opened the door for bigger career opportunities down the line. “Since I did not have the luxury of $2,000 a month from mom and dad,” she says, “I spent 25 hours a week working on my campus dining services. At first, they hired me as a dishwasher, but then I got promoted to a job where I supervised all student employees at the dining venue. Once someone on the marketing team for dining services learned I also knew how to write, he hired me as his student social media strategist. This helped me get a job in marketing and advance my career to where it is today.”

    Being stuck on campus may not be what you had in mind when you said you wanted to be a working woman, but trust us, it’ll take you far.

    “It’s much better to make some money and work a student job that actually helps you gain skills in your field than it is being at an unpaid internship where you do nothing but coffee runs,” Sophia says. “Future employers want to hear that you learned skills to do the job much more than they want to see a respected company name on a resume.”

    4. Network, network, network

    At the end of the day, networking is one of the most important things you can be doing both now and throughout your career, no matter what industry you’re hoping to break into.

    “I’m a huge believer in networking online and offline, and balancing both of those things,” Mienther says. “Reach out via social media or email to a few people each week who are in your industry who you admire.

    “One of the best things college students and recent grads can do is start networking within companies before they are actually applying for internships. Set up informational interviews and attend networking events. … Then, when roles do open up, you’re already in the network of that company.”

    Collegiettes are well-aware of the importance of networking, too—so many of them shared their success stories with us!

    “Before I got my internship, and still now while I have my internship … I reached out to people in my field and asked if they were willing to get coffee or Google Hangout or even have a phone call with me,” says Katrina Kincade, a senior at American University. “I take these as informational interviews and opportunities to find mentors in the field. Through doing this, I have been able to get feedback and share my work with other people who are already working in the job that I am. Additionally, it has allowed me to stay on people’s radars for when I do apply for jobs or paid internships within the field that I want.”

    She recommends using social media to your advantage as well. “I suggest following everyone that you want to talk to or are interested in your field on Twitter because that makes people realize that you’re engaged in more than just one way,” she says.

    Still not sold on informational interviews? Listen to Simmons College senior Alyssa Williamson! “It’s a great way to start up a relationship, and to learn more about a particular job without dedicating a ton of unpaid time,” she says. “I mostly set these up by stalking people on Linkedin and cold emailing (the worst that can happen is that they say no!), or reaching out to my school’s alumni relations department and asking for connections. That has definitely helped me build connections in the workforce, and it will also set you apart from the crowd!”

    Geneve Lau, a sophomore at Boston University, had a similar experience. “I think people are so afraid of reaching out to people via social media, but honestly, I've gotten great opportunities just messaging people or sending LinkedIn messages to people who might know mutual people,” she says.

    Her advice? Be authentic about your interest—the beauty of an informational interview is that nobody has to expect anything serious from the other person beyond some good conversation and a new connection.

    “Try to not make it so obvious that you are networking,” Geneve says. “Try to have a genuine conversation with someone and make a connection on something they're working on, or something that interests them.”

    Not all your networking has to be online, either: remember, Mienther stresses the importance of networking both in-person and through a screen. So how can you find people in your area that would make great connections?

    “Consider joining professional organizations that are related to [your] area of study,” says Audrey Lent, a fifth-year at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. “Through these connections, you could potentially find a job or apprenticeship in your field. Even if it's just working as an office assistant for someone who has a career in your field, that is a great foot in the door!”

    Unpaid internships are an almost unavoidable evil of being a millennial or Gen Z-er trying to make it in the workforce, but there are ways around it. Hopefully this guide has given you some ideas of how you can still be making waves without the “intern” title—now get to it!


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    If I could get a dollar for every sock that I’ve lost in the wash, I would be living it up in a multi-billion dollar mansion on a tropical island with 5 butlers and my very own beach. While this is merely a pipe dream, we still have some news for you that is almost as good. There is a company that is trying to make up for your washing machine’s bad habit of swallowing up newly bought socks (finally).

    Bombas, a name you may recognize from the company's appearance on Shark Tank, is offering a Laundry Back Guarantee on any socks that disappear in the laundry. That’s right, you’re never going to experience the devastation of losing a sock in the washer again! Need a pair of new socks now? Buy any pair of Bombas socks before November 15th 2018. If one of the socks gets lost within one year of purchase, all you have to do is reach out to the Happiness Team, aka Customer Service (how cute!), and they will help you get a new pair FOR FREE!

    The Laundry Back Guarantee from Bombas on Vimeo.

     

    Sounds too good to be true? It’s actually just one of Bombas’s many bomb-ASS deeds. The company, which was founded in 2013 by David Heath and Randy Goldberg, not only prides itself in amazing sock quality but also in giving back to those in need. With socks being the “#1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelters,” Bombas has decided to fight this issue by donating one pair of socks to someone in need for every pair purchased. “Bombas exists to help solve this problem, to support the homeless community, and to bring awareness to an under-publicized problem in the United States,” states their website. So far the company has donated approximately 9.3 million pairs (and it becomes more every second as their website shows).

    As for quality, Bombas socks have been designed to combat every issue that you have found yourself having with a sock. Annoying rips? Check. Blisters from ankle socks? Check. Uncomfortable seams? Check. Name any issue you have with a sock, Bombas most likely has you covered!

    The company offers everything from work to gym socks for men, women and children. Prices range from $10 for a single pair for $122 dollars for a 12-pack of women’s socks. Children’s socks are less pricey. While these prices may seem high, if you calculate how much money you’ve wasted for all of your lost socks, it might just be worth it.


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    Reigning Olympic champion Simone Biles made a record breaking win at the US Gymnastics Championships this weekend, while standing up for sexual abuse survivors. Something that USA Gymnastics did not do. 

    Biles delivered an impressive performance for just her second competition after her 23-month break. The total two day score was 119.850, 6 points higher than runner up Morgan Hurd. Hurd had won the all-around title last year. Biles not only won the all-around title for the competition, but she also won gold in all four events.  

    According to Team USA, Biles is the first woman to win five national all-around titles, since Dominique Dawes in 1994. 

    Biles said she wore a teal-colored leotard on Sunday night to acknowledge all the gymnasts who were sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Teal is the color for sexual abuse survivors. Back in January, Biles revealed that she was abused by the longtime gymnastics physician, along with her other Final Five teammates.

    “[The color] is for the survivors,” Biles said to The Associated Press. “I stand with all of them and I think it’s kind of special to unite [people].” 

    USA Gymnastics did not address or recognize sexual abuse survivors of Nassar at the competition as expected, according to USA Today. President Kerry Perry has remained quiet on the issue, according to Huffington Post, but on Sunday said, “I would hope that [the athletes] know that I and all of the leaderships have their best interests in mind.”

    Simone Biles of course represented in the most powerful way possible. 


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    Josie Totah is speaking her truth and “ready to be free” to live as her authentic self.

    In a personal essay for Time, Totah reveals that she identifies as a transgender female. The teen star said she feels “grateful” for the roles that she has been able to play and “feel[s] lucky” to be able to do what she loves, but admitted that she felt like she had let herself “be shoved into a box: ‘J.J. Totah, gay boy.’”

    Growing up in Northern California, Totah said “people would just assume I was gay,” adding that reporters would ask her “how it feels to be a young gay man” and “was even introduced that way before receiving an award from an LGBTQ+ rights organization.”

    Totah said she eventually felt like she “owed it to everybody to be that gay boy,” but never personally identified that way.

    The teenage actress, who found fame on Disney channel show Jessie and went on to star in in ABC’s Back in the Game, Fox’s Glee and NBC’s Champions, worried that people wouldn’t accept her if she came out and was concerned that fans who knew her from her days on Jessie would be confused.

    “But I realized over the past few years that hiding my true self is not healthy,” Totah wrote. “I know now, more than ever, that I’m finally ready to take this step toward becoming myself. I’m ready to be free.”

    “My pronouns are she, her and hers. I identify as female, specifically as a transgender female. And my name is Josie Totah,” the actress revealed.

    Totah wrote that she “always knew on some level” she identified as female.

    It was when she was watching the docuseries I Am Jazz, which documented Jazz Jennings transition, that she realized she was transgender.

    “I looked over at [my mother] in the middle of the show and said, ‘This is me. I'm transgender. And I need to go through this,’” Totah wrote. “My mother, who is immensely supportive and gracious, said, ‘OK, let's do it.’ Three days later I was meeting with my pediatrician, who referred me to a specialist, who put me on a hormone blocker. From that point on, I hit the ground running.”

    Totah admits she had developed anxiety from trying to hide her true identity, but once she began to take the hormone blocker, she knew she was knew “giving [herself] what [she] needed” and “didn’t have to be afraid of that anymore.”

    Although, she adds that she is still afraid of some things, writing, “I'm scared that I'll be judged, rejected, made uncomfortable, that people will look at me differently.” But one thing is for sure: whenever her friends or family call her Josie, she “feels like [she’s] being seen.”

    According to E! News, Totah erased her former Instagram account, and has since made a new one using the handle @josietotah. She shared the link to her personal essay on her new account, writing, “For so long I've been trying to hide who I was by pretending I'm someone I'm not. And I did it in fear. In fear that I wouldn't be accepted or loved. I tried so hard to become a person that I knew I never was. But I'm realizing I can't fake it forever. I know now more than ever I'm ready to take the step to becoming myself. I am transgender and this is my story.”

    Totah wrote that she will be starting college this week, but will continue to pursue her acting career, adding that she is excited to do both as herself.

    “...It’s a clean slate — and a new world,” she concluded.


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    Italian actress Asia Argento, a #MeToo leader and one of the first women to publicly accuse movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, has found herself on the other side of the #MeToo conversation.

    In a New York Times report released on Sunday, the actress allegedly made a deal with a young actor who accused her of sexual assault months after she had accused Weinstein.

    The Times says it obtained documents showing Argento paid 22-year-old actor Jimmy Bennett $380,000 to settle the accusations. The alleged assault took place at a hotel in California in 2013. Bennett was 17-years-old at the time, and Argento was 37. The age of consent in California is 18.

    Bennett first met Argento at the age of seven on while starring in the 2004 movie The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things together, ABC News reports. They allegedly stayed in contact throughout the years and agreed to meet years later for a reunion.

    Bennett claims that he met Argento in May 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, California. The actor went to her hotel room with a family member, but the family member left when Argento asked to be alone with Bennett.

    According to the Times, Bennett alleges that Argento gave him alcohol prior to the assault, which allegedly included oral sex and intercourse.

    The documents showed that Argento asked to take pictures with Bennett, and the Times received “a selfie dated May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed,” along with the documents.

    “As part of the agreement, Mr. Bennett, who is now 22, gave the photograph and its copyright to Ms. Argento, now 42,” the Times said. “Three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic.”

    Bennett allegedly asked Argento for $3.5 million in damages, a month after she spoke out about Weinstein last October, and Argento arranged to pay Bennett $380,000.

    The first installment was made in April 2018, the Times reported.

    via Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

    In a statement on Monday, Bennett’s attorney, Gordon K. Sattro, told CNN, “At this time, our client, Jimmy Bennett, does not wish to comment on the documents or the events discussed in the New York Times article yesterday evening.”

    “While we realize that the news cycle demands an immediate response, many times, people need more than a few minutes or hours to respond. We are asking that you give our client some time and space,” the statement read.

    “Jimmy is going to take the next 24 hours, or longer, to prepare his response,” the statement added. “We ask that you respect our client's privacy during this time. My office will reach out once he is prepared to deliver his official response.”

    On Monday, Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Brafman released a statement to CNN, saying, “This development reveals a stunning level of hypocrisy by Asia Argento, one of the most vocal catalysts who sought to destroy Harvey Weinstein.”

    “What is perhaps most egregious, is the timing, which suggests that at the very same time Argento was working on her own secret settlement for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor, she was positioning herself at the forefront of those condemning Mr. Weinstein, despite the fact that her sexual relationship with Mr. Weinstein was between two consenting adults which lasted for more than four years,” the statement continued. “The sheer duplicity of her conduct is quite extraordinary and should demonstrate to everyone how poorly the allegations against Mr. Weinstein were actually vetted and accordingly, cause all of us to pause and allow due process to prevail, not condemnation by fundamental dishonesty.”

    Argento, one of the 13 women included in the first October 2017 New Yorker report about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and assaults, has not commented on the allegations.

    Rose McGowan, another of Weinstein's early accusers, commented on the Times piece on Twitter Monday.

    “I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere,” McGowan wrote. “None of us know the truth of the situation and I’m sure more will be revealed. Be gentle.”


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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.)

    Trump Calls Mueller “Disgraced and Discredited” and His Investigators “Thugs”

    President Donald Trump tweeted his latest criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the Russia investigation, calling him “disgraced and discredited.”

    “Disgraced and discredited Bob Mueller and his whole group of Angry Democrat Thugs spent over 30 hours with the White House Councel, only with my approval, for purposes of transparency,” Trump tweeted.

    “Anybody needing that much time when they know there is no Russian Collusion is just someone looking for trouble,” Trump wrote. “They are enjoying ruining people’s lives and REFUSE to look at the real corruption on the Democrat side - the lies, the firings, the deleted Emails and soooo much more! Mueller’s Angry Dems are looking to impact the election. They are a National Disgrace!”

    “Where’s the Collusion? They made up a phony crime called Collusion, and when there was no Collusion they say there was Obstruction (of a phony crime that never existed). If you FIGHT BACK or say anything bad about the Rigged Witch Hunt, they scream Obstruction!” the president wrote in another tweet, adding to the rising count of times that he has called the Russia investigation a “witch hunt.”

    Over the weekend, Trump posted a series of tweets regarding the report that White House counsel, Don McGahn, had been cooperating with special counsel.

    The New York Times reported that McGahn “detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice.”

    According to ABC News, sources with knowledge of McGahn’s meetings with special counsel said that McGahn had met with the special counsel’s team at least three times.

    Trump, who has repeatedly denied any collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia, wrote on Twitter that he “allowed White House Counsel Don McGahn, and all other requested members of the White House Staff, to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel.”

    First Lady Melania Trump Speaks At Anti-Cyberbullying Summit

    First Lady Melania Trump addressed a panel of youth activists, social media executives, law enforcement officials and educators on Monday on preventing cyberbullying.

    “In today’s global society, social media is an inevitable part of our children’s daily lives. It can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly,” Mrs. Trump said in her opening remarks.

    “That is why Be Best chooses to focus on the importance of teaching our next generation how to conduct themselves safely and in a positive manner in an online setting,” she added, referring to her initiative on children’s wellness and promoting positive behavior on social media among youth.

    The First Lady also encouraged that children who use social media be a part of the dialogue on solutions to end cyberbullying, The Huffington Post reports.

    “By listening to children’s ideas and concerns, I believe adults will be better able to help them navigate this often-difficult topic,” Mrs. Trump said. “Let’s face it: Most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults.”

    “But we still need to do all we can to provide them with information and tools for successful and safe online habits,” Mrs. Trump added.

    As the First Lady spent participated in the summit, her husband, President Donald Trump, blasted special counsel Robert Mueller on Twitter, calling the special counsel “disgraced and discredited.”

    According to HuffPost, Mrs. Trump’s Be Best initiative has been the source of criticism due to her husband's Twitter attacks.

    “She is well aware of the criticism, but that will not deter her from doing what she feels is right,” the First Lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement. “I would hope most people in this country are proud that they have a strong and independent First Lady who only has the best interests of children at heart - I know I am.”

    New EPA Plan to Include Fewer Restrictions on Coal

    The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce on Tuesday its replacement for the Clean Power Plan, a policy supported by former President Barack Obama designed to fight climate change.

    According to The Wall Street Journal, who obtained a copy of the plan in advance, the new plan will include fewer restrictions on electricity produced from coal, making it easier for it to compete with renewable sources and natural gas.

    via Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler told the Journal the Clean Power Plan under Obama “was centered around doing away with coal.”

    The replacement plan, called the Affordable Clean Energy rule, isn’t expected to have ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse emissions, and is likely to give states more flexibility on determining how to reduce its release of carbon dioxide and other materials that contribute to climate change.

    President Donald Trump and his administration have said that during the Obama administration the EPA acted outside of its legal authority and that regulations under the plan would have made it too restrictive for companies that produce energy from coal.

    However, the regulations under the Clean Power Plan were never enforced because the Supreme Court held off on the rules after legal challenges. The Trump administration’s new plan will likely face legal challenges as well.

    Environmental advocates have criticized the Trump administration for rolling back policies aimed at combating climate change.

    Lynsday Moseley Alexander, director of the healthy air campaign for the American Lung Association, told ABC News, “We've already lost time in the fight against climate change from when the Clean Power Plan was adopted, so we need any replacement for the Clean Power Plan to do more, not less, and achieve the maximum health benefits possible by reducing carbon emissions.”

    Members of the public will be allowed to comment on the plan over the next two months.

    What to look out for…

    Cards Against Humanity is currently hiring new card writers for $40 an hour, so get your passive-aggressiveness ready.  


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    Do you remember when there were unicorn-inspired products everywhere? It was a truly magical time.

    There were cotton candy-colored drinks, rainbow desserts, colorful cereals, and so much more. Now, Walmart has jumped on the Unicorn craze with DIY, instant unicorn frappe mix. 

    The Unicorn Frappe Mix, which is made by Frozen Bean Frappe Blends, bring the mystical aesthetic you desire right from the comfort of your kitchen. Each frappe packet is caffeine free. All you have to do is add ice and water to a blender, which will make two 8 ounce servings of the frozen drink.  

    That’s right, it makes two, so invite your friend over! You can also use milk instead of water for an even better taste. 

    Many on Insta have said the blue beverage tastes like bananas or bubblegum. One mentioned have bits of candy pieces. Sounds to me like you are not only getting a magical creation, but a surprise as well. 

     

    A unicorn frappe from the frozen bean yum #yummy #unicornfrappe #frozenbean

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    Walmart is selling the mix for $9.82 on their website. Hey, at least it will be cute AF for the gram. You can even add whip cream and sprinkles as a personal touch for your finished product.


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