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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    At this point, we’re nostalgic for nostalgia (don’t worry, we’re already @ing ourselves for you). Between the Kim Possible live-action movie, our fave former Disney star Zendaya potentially playing Ariel and the Rugrats revival, we can’t tell what we’re most excited about, and tbh, we wouldn’t have it any other way. However, your cartoon-loving adult selves are about to get a nostalgia overload because Nickelodeon is launching a streaming channel with your favorite old school series.

    That’s right: You can watch Doug, Kenan and Kel and more on Nickelodeon’s new streaming channel—because, well, every iconic company is rolling out its exclusive streaming platform, channel or teaser. According to The Wrap, Nickelodeon is launching its streaming channel NickSplat, and it’s packing it with more than 30 binge-worthy classic shows.

    You might not be ready to break up with your Netflix subscription to afford to rewatch the best episodes of CatDog (and we don’t blame you, because Sierra Burgess is a Loser is about to drop on Netflix and you don’t want to miss Noah part deuce). However, you might not have to have to rework your monthly budget to get NickSplat on VRV.

    Deadline notes that NickSplat will cost $5.99 per month, and Nickelodeon is promoting the new addition to the cartoon conglomerate in the most childish way possible (literally). To amp up our already high expectations, Deadline adds that the company is going on a “childhooding” tour around the country to give you some cartoons and cereal.

    Nickelodeon has a series of events, which will start in Santa Monica on September 7, to amplify everything 90’s and NickSplat. Honestly, we’re ready to follow the NickSplat tour around the country.

    Viacom Executive VP Distribution and Business Development Partnerships Sam Cooper tells The Hollywood Reporter, "VRV, with a sophisticated user base that loves the best in animation, is the perfect platform to launch our NickSplat channel. Viacom's content—including our deep library of genre-defining television—is highly in demand, and our audiences are always looking for new and innovative ways to enjoy our programming. We're committed to finding the best partners to bring our individual brands direct to the consumer, and this relationship with VRV is an exciting step forward in our strategy."

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    PSA to all of my fellow fall-obsessives: Pumpkin Spice Lattes have returned and my entire life has been made. Yes, it's hot as fuck out. Yes, I was sweating on my way to Starbucks. But did I get my beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte? Did I take the drive-through so no one had to see me in my freshly-rolled-out-of-bed-state? Did I spend $7 to make sure I got it with Starbucks almond milk so I didn't shit my pants? Damn right I did, and I have no regrets.

    While most things about 2018 have been literally the stuff of my nightmares (you know what I'm talking about, you guys), the highlight of my 2018 so far has been not just that PSLs are back, but that they came earlier than ever. As of August 28th, PSLs have returned to the menu of the coffee shop we like, pretend we aren't obsessed with, but totally are. I'm not going to tell you about how many calories it has (because who gives a fuck) or what it tastes like (because if you don't know, please get off of this page and go get one RIGHT THE FUCK NOW), but I am going to share my excitement, and the excitement of the internet, with you on this glorious day.

    The internet was a PSL party.

    And it was nice to have something good trending on Twitter for once?

    1. Some, like us, were PUMPED.


    2. Like, seriously pumped.




    4. Us proud basics had a grand ol' time gramming our PSLs.

    And, per usual, Starbucks keeps us drooling with their news-worthy new drinks.

    So, what else is Starbucks bringing our way this fall?

    1. The dreamy Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino


    LBR: Frappuccino's are a lifestyle, even if it makes the person who works at Starbucks kind of hate us.

    2. The ~chic~ Salted Caramel Mocha


    Literally can't go wrong with endless caramel.

    3. And, of course, the Pumpkin Spice Latte, Iced

    Because it's just as amazing (and even more season-appropriate) when you keep it cool. 

    This year has been rough in literally so many ways and if I want an overpriced, super sweet and spicy delight of a drink, I'm going to freaking do it. 

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    When it comes to modern day dating, there’s no question that things aren’t the way that they used to be. Instead of meeting people the old fashioned way, Platforms like Tinder and Bumble have taken over the dating world. Although convenient, the use of apps and texting communication has caused a rise of of ghosting. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, “ghosting” refers to when a person that you’ve been romantically chatting with simply ignores you without any explanation. No matter how great you think the date may have gone or how much chemistry is there, you could totally still get ghosted. Not sure why? Take it from the people who have done the ghosting:

    They’re scared of hurting your feelings. 

    One of the main reasons that people get ghosted is because the person doing it simply doesn’t want to deal with having to hurt your feelings. Although we may think that sending a rejection over text is much easier than doing so in person, not responding altogether is even easier. Especially if it’s someone that you wouldn’t necessarily run into on a daily basis, ignoring someone’s text doesn’t seem so bad. Whether it’s gradually texting less and less or completely ignoring them altogether, this is definitely a big one. 

    Joshua Keys, a senior at the University of North Texas, explains that “sometimes it’s just easier than trying to think up a formal rejection, even if it is through text message. I feel like it would’ve been better than giving a straight rejection.” Not everyone can be as brave as we want them to be, right?

    They found someone else. 

    Although this may sound like one of the worst reasons to ghost someone, some say that the reason for their ghosting is because they simply found someone better for them. This may not make you feel the greatest, but it’s important to remember that this doesn’t mean that they found someone more superior than you, they just found someone with better compatibility for their needs. Most ghosters say that they started to ignore the person they were talking to because they found a bae that they truly wanted to invest in.

    M​egan Dibbern, a grad student at the University of Texas at Austin, says that this is a big reason why people go ghost. “I just don’t find it necessary to continue to talk to someone when you know that it’s not going to last,” she explains. “For me, it’s not necessarily that I chose someone over someone else, but I just think of it as going with the better choice for myself.” That makes sense, right?

    They don’t feel like it's worth discussing.

    One big reason for ghosting that most people don’t consider is that the relationship didn’t seem serious enough to require an explanation. We know, it’s hard to tell how invested in you someone is, but without communication there’s no way to truly know where your “almost” relationship stands. 

    Holly Brookshire, a graduate from the University of North Texas, explains her reasoning. “For me, I didn’t think that we were talking long enough for it to require a formal ending,” she says. “I feel like if we’ve only been chatting a little bit for a short period of time, simply not replying anymore sends the message across.” 

    It’s important to remember that sometimes it’s not always about someone being a jerk, but just differing mindsets. Something that seems okay to one person may not be the same as yours. 

    Related: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Date Someone New 

    They’re not motivated enough to keep it going. 

    Now here’s the big one: Although it may seem like one specific text or message may have ruined the budding relationship, the answer may be a lot simpler than you think. Most people, whether they’re experienced or not, can often lose interest for no reason at all. We all know that the feeling of butterflies in our stomachs and fast heart beats don’t really happen all that easily.

    Joe Lee, a sophomore at the University of Texas at Arlington says that this is a main reason he ghosts people. “With my busy schedule, when I’m not super interested in the girl I’m talking to, I just don’t feel motivated to keep it going,” he says. “Honestly, most of the times I just forget to reply.”

    It’s hard to find someone who truly makes us feel like we are in love. More often than not, two people feeling that way about each other is very rare, but that’s what makes it special, right? 

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    Ariana Grande’s latest album, Sweetener, just came out, and it is everything. To promote the new album, Ariana has been performing a series of special, intimate performances called the “Sweetener Sessions.” In a recent performance in Los Angeles this past weekend, the pop star was starting to sing a song when an unlucky fan didn’t hit record in time, and shouted out for her to restart the song. Much to the fan’s surprise, Ariana obliged.



    A post shared by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on

    According to Popsugar, Ariana began belting out the beginning notes of “Raindrops (An Angel Cried)” when a fan suddenly shouted, “Wait, start again, I wasn't recording!”

    You can hear the fan shouting their request in this video from another fan below. 

    Ariana kept singing a few notes, then stopped when she realized what had been shouted from the crowd.

    “Did you say ‘start again, I wasn’t recording’?” the pop star asked.

    Laughing, she repeated the request to the audience, before confirming “I listen!”

    Asking the fan if they were “ready now,” Ariana did exactly what she was asked and started the song from the beginning, without missing a beat, Buzzfeed reports.

    She took the whole thing in stride, proving that she is literally the best and truly loves her Arianators.

    Ariana is literally a ponytailed angel, and we stan a gracious, fan-friendly queen. 

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    Twitter users have spoken, and it’s clear that they want Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu to host the season premiere Saturday Night Live. And we can’t say we blame them. As Wu’s film continues to dominate the box office, it only makes sense that the actress should have this honor.

    On Monday, SNL’s official Twitter account asked fans asked who they would like to see host the show this season. Of course Twitter users suggested the usual SNL alums and other popular stars, but the campaign to get Wu to host the show seems to be gaining the most traction.

    According to Hello Giggles, several fans in support of having Wu host the iconic show noted SNL’s lack of Asian representation over the years. Fans pointed out that the show has never had a cast member that identifies as Asian in its 43-year history, and there have only been a handful of Asian hosts throughout the years.

    Wu’s fellow Crazy Rich Asian star, Harry Shum Jr., also chimed in, and suggested not one, but three, of his costars to host SNL.

    “@ConstanceWu @awkwafina @kenjeong DUH.” the Crazy Rich Asians actor wrote on Twitter.

    According to Fast Company, there is a pretty good shot that Wu could be one of this season’s SNL hosts. Her movie has been a big hit, and she has been doing an amazing job over the years on her show Fresh Off the Boat on ABC.

    Either way, Wu should get to host SNL because she is crazy talented. So, consider this my vote for Wu to host the show!

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    Let’s be honest: we’ve all wondered how to get that little blue check mark next to our names on Instagram. Being a verified user on Instagram definitely has its perks, like getting more followers to check out all your awesome pics. And now, the new Instagram update allows you to apply for verification.

    According to Hello Giggles, Instagram’s co-founder and CTO Mike Krieger announced in a blog post on Tuesday that “accounts that reach large audiences” can now request to be verified through the app. Prior to the announcement, it was relatively unknown how to secure a coveted verified badge, but this new, and much more transparent, process allows individuals and businesses to have more of a say in getting their accounts verified on Instagram.

    So if want to apply for verification, here’s what you need to do, according to Tech Crunch:

    1. Go to your profile and select “Settings.” From there, you will find an option to “Request Verification.”

    2. Users should be prepared to prove who they are. According to Instagram’s announcement, those who request verification must provide their full name and their legal (or business) ID.

    3. Wait to see if Instagram approves your request for verification. Instagram’s announcement says that it will notify you if you are approved, or rejected. If you are rejected, you can reapply after 30 days.

    via Instagram 

    Now, not everyone who applies will receive the verified badge. In order to be verified, Instagram will check your account for “authenticity, uniqueness, completeness and notability,” according to the Instagram Help Center. This just means that the accounts must be the only account representing a real person or business, must be complete and feature a bio, must be public, and must be considered a “well-known, highly searched for person, brand or entity.”

    According to Wired, the new verification process is a part of Instagram’s latest effort to make the app more secure. The app is also rolling out a new “About This Account” feature, where users will be able to tap the three dots by the user’s name to see information like where the account is based, when it was created, and if the account’s name has ever changed in the past, Hello Giggles reports.

    Instagram has also begun to support third-party authenticator apps to make your account harder to hack.

    “Keeping people with bad intentions off our platform is incredibly important to me,” Krieger wrote in his post. “That means trying to make sure the people you follow and the accounts you interact with are who they say they are, and stopping bad actors before they cause harm.”

    We’re definitely thankful that Instagram has taken steps to be more secure, and for making the verification process more transparent.

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    Name: Amanda Scarborough
    Job Title and Description: lead softball analyst for ESPN and co-founder of The Packaged Deal
    College Name/Major: Texas A&M University
    Website: The Packaged Deal 
    Twitter Handle: @ascarborough
    Instagram Handle: @amandascarborough

    Whether you're constantly plugged into the latest sports news or you occasionally watch your favorite team when you're (somehow) tired of rewatching To All the Boys I've Loved Before on Netflix, we love sports because they combine action, tension and, often, empowering role models. It's undeniable that sports are a packaged deal for our pop culture fascination, which is why we like to get our sports news and rundowns from an expert analyst who amplifies our athletic-related fandoms. 

    Amanda Scarborough is a lead softball analyst for ESPN, calling roughly 75 games a season across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and SEC Network. When Amanda isn’t breaking down the game, its players and key storylines for viewers, she is shaping the lives of young women through softball and the company she co-founded with three other former Division 1 softball players, The Packaged Deal. The Packaged Deal reinvented the clinic scene. They hold 50 clinics a year around the country, teaching young women how to better their games and, more importantly, themselves, on and off the field. A former Division I collegiate softball player, Amanda has made a career from the sport she loves—going pro in an atypical way.

    Amanda was a two time All-American pitcher at Texas A&M University and was the first student-athlete in Big 12 history to receive the Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year award in the same season (2005). During her tenure, the Aggies made two Women’s College World Series appearances and in 2007 Amanda was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and a finalist for National Player of the Year. She was also a finalist for National Player of the Year in 2005. In 2014, she was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame.

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

    Amanda Scarborough: My role as an analyst for ESPN gives me the opportunity to travel all over the country and call collegiate and Little League softball games that air across ESPN’s family of networks. As part of game prep, I interview coaches and players either in person or over the phone before arriving on site to call the game live. It’s my job to not only document the game itself but to tell the inside stories of the teams and individual players. 

    In my work with The Packaged Deal, I travel the country coaching softball clinics for girls ages 8-18. During these clinics, we not only teach the girls the skills of the game but life skills as well, mixing in life lessons and working to grow their self-confidence. The goal is to leave them with tools they can use on and off the field, in sports and in life. As coaches, we work hard, individually and collectively, to have a presence on social and other digital platforms allowing us to connect with players and their families all over the world, sharing resources, skills, insights and all of the fun in between.

    As far as what a typical day looks like, with The Packaged Deal there really is no such thing as a typical day when it comes to the clinics and the prep leading into them. As coaches, we work hard, individually and collectively, to have a presence on social and other digital platforms allowing us to share our knowledge with players and their families even when we are not at clinic locations. I personally maintain a blog and post videos to various platforms including Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

    With ESPN, a typical game day starts with a production meeting about six hours before first pitch. After the production meeting, my booth partner and I will arrive at the field about two hours before game time to get settled in the press box and spend some time with the teams on the field gathering any last-minute information that could be relevant to the telecast.

    HC: What is the best part of your job?

    AS: The best part of my job at ESPN is that it allows me to stay entrenched in a sport that I love dearly. The wild ride of college softball season never gets old. Every year is just as exciting as when I played the game myself. The best part of The Packaged Deal is to see the impact we have on the girls who attend our clinics or follow us on social media. We love seeing the increase in their confidence when they leave the clinics, as they learn new skills and grow a deeper love and appreciation for the game. 

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

    AS: I look at my time as a player at Texas A&M as essentially being my first entry-level job in the field. ESPN would televise our games, and I was one of the players they would interview while on site. I didn’t realize at the time that those interviews were doubling as a job interview. My boss Meg Aronowitz, who is ESPN’s coordinating producer for softball, was present for those interviews and noticed how I articulated my knowledge of the game and the ins and outs of our team.  I called my first game in 2009 on ESPNU. Meg called me about a month prior to see if I would be interested in serving as an analyst. I took her up on it and have loved calling games ever since. I want to call as many games as I can, whether it’s the Women’s College World Series or a Little League Softball game. I just love it. 

    My first job related to clinics was giving softball lessons on my own. After college, I formed my own business centered on giving private lessons. I was focused on capitalizing right away on the success I had playing at Texas A&M. I wanted to be my own 'boss' and I knew I had a passion for coaching. I went from giving about 40 private lessons a week to putting on my own pitching clinics. That led to joining a group of amazing softball players who combined make up The Packed Deal. The goal was to make softball clinics bigger and better, and I believe we are doing that each and every time we get out on the road.

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

    AS: For calling games, it is simply that less is more. Let the game speak for itself. I want my words and insights to add to the game, not take away from it. With that being said, the advice has been to pick the moments in the game where I can make the most impact. If I am talking throughout the entire game, those words become less impactful.

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

    AS: When I first started calling games, I lacked a proper system for organizing the notes I gathered during my pre-game prep. Because of that lack of organization, I found it difficult to refer back to those interesting nuggets of information during the game. After some trial and error, I learned how to take all of the information I was gathering and compile it in a way that was manageable and fit in with my in-game thought process.

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

    AS: The most surreal moment of my career is calling the Women’s College World Series. I called my first WCWS back in 2015. It was such a full-circle moment to go from being there as a player while at Texas A&M to being up in the booth calling the games. I still get goosebumps every single time. The most surreal moment in my work with The Packaged Deal was being sponsored by Nike—an iconic brand that I have loved for as long as I can remember.

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

    AS: When hiring someone for The Packaged Deal, we look for someone who is selfless, forward thinking and an all-around great teammate. We like people who are always one step ahead, proactive instead of reactive. Even in times of uncertainty or stress, they always bring a positive energy to the group. With that positive energy, they not only attract other great people, but great things tend to come their way. We love that the players coming in contact with them at our clinics will instantly have a role model to look up to.

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

    AS: My advice to someone looking to pursue a career in broadcasting is to have a 'say yes' mentality. Say yes to everything, no matter how small it may seem at the time. By saying yes, you are not only taking an opportunity to do the job but to also network with others in the field as well. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you will be amazed at the connections you can create. With that being said, make sure you show up and make a positive impression that people will remember. That includes being a great teammate—show up, be prepared, work hard and be a positive addition to the group. 

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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 Claims Google “Rigged” Searches Against Him, But Google Denies It

    President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to accuse Google of prioritizing “fake news” in its search results, but the company has denied it.

    Trump said the results are “rigged” against him and other conservatives, and also alleged that 96 percent “of results on ‘Trump News’ are from National Left-Wing Media.” The president did not cite any sources for his claim, but it appears that Trump is referring to an article published over the weekend by conservative media company PJ Media that claimed “96 Percent of Google Search Results for ‘Trump’ News Are from Liberal Media Outlets,” ABC News reports.

    “Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of results on ‘Trump News’ are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous.”

    “Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed,” Trump added.

    When asked about his tweets in an Oval Office meeting, Trump said Google is “treading on very, very troubled territory” and that the company needs to be careful.

    “I think Google is really taking advantage of a lot of people. And I think that is a very serious thing and it is a very serious charge,” Trump said. “I think what Google and what others are doing, if you look at what is going on with Twitter and if you look at what’s going on in Facebook, they better be careful because you can’t do that to people. You can’t do it.”

    A spokesperson for Google denied Trump’s allegations, and said that the search engine algorithm doesn’t include any consideration of politics.

    “When users type queries into the Google Search bar, our goal is to make sure they receive the most relevant answers in a matter of seconds,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology.”

    “We continually work to improve Google Search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment,” the spokesperson added.

    Company Selling 3-D Printed Gun Blueprints Online Despite Court Injunction

    The founder of a company that planned on distributing blueprints for a 3-D printed gun began selling those blueprints on Tuesday, despite a court injunction blocking him from distributing the blueprints due to public safety concerns.

    According to ABC News, a federal judge in Seattle extended the injunction on Monday, blocking the nonprofit Defense Distributed from posting their blueprints online after a number of states and the District of Columbia said that making these plastic weapons available would cause a public safety issue.

    In District Judge Robert Lasnik’s decision on Monday, he wrote that the Arms Export Control Act would have prohibited the blueprints from being posted online, “but they can be emailed, mailed, securely transmitted, or otherwise published within the United States.”

    via Eric Gay/AP

    Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, said the judge's decision was a “kneecapping and subversion” of his First Amendment rights, which, according to the ruling, were outweighed by the states’ concern about public safety.

    Wilson told reporters on Tuesday that while the injunction does not allow him to place the plans online, he is still able to sell the plans and distribute them through email or on a USB drive via mail.

    The company began selling the blueprints online on Tuesday morning, saying that thousands of users have already ordered the files, ABC News reports. Wilson added that the company is only selling plans to people in the United States at this time.

    “Anyone who wants these files is going to get them,” Wilson told reporters. “I'm going to sell them to them, I'm going to ship them. That began this morning. That will never be interrupted.”

    “The free exchange of these ideas will never be interrupted and now people can participate on my website. It's not just me selling these files. I'm inviting the public to share their files,” Wilson added.

    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson called on the federal government to intervene on Monday. Washington was one of the states that sued to block the blueprints from being posted online.

    “Because of our lawsuit, it is once again illegal to post downloadable gun files to the internet,” Ferguson said in a statement. “I trust the federal government will hold Cody Wilson, a self-described ‘crypto-anarchist,’ accountable to that law. If they don't, President Trump will be responsible for anyone who is hurt or killed as a result of these weapons.”

    At Defense’s Request, Second Manafort Trial Has Been Postponed

    A federal judge in Washington D.C. has postponed former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s second trial by a week at the request of the Manafort’s defense team to allow for more time to prepare for a second case brought forward by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia investigation.

    via Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

    At a hearing on Tuesday morning, Judge Amy Berman Jackson announced that opening arguments will now begin on September 24, ABC News reports. Jury selection, however, is still expected to take place on September 17.

    Jackson, who will be presiding over the trial in Washington D.C., cited the short turnaround time from the last trial and the publicity from that trial as the reasons for granting the extra time.

    The defense team also suggested a possible change of venue as a result of pre-trial publicity in the nation’s capital, but Jackson expressed skepticism at the proposal.

    Tuesday’s hearing was the first time that Manafort’s attorney and the special counsel prosecutors have met since the conclusion of Manafort’s first trial, where he was found guilty on eight counts of tax and bank fraud. Sentencing for that conviction is expected to take place on December 12.

    In his second trial, Manafort faces charges of obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and foreign lobbying violations.

    What to look out for…

    New information is out on Disney’s upcoming streaming service. I know I’ll definitely be signing up for it!

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    When you got major influence, you can expect some major dollars rolling in as soon as you sponsor a brand. But when you're a superstar like Selena Gomez, it's a whole new ballgame. As if Selena wasn't already perfect enough, she is actually the most followed person on Instagram, with a whopping 141 million followers. With that kind of exposure, many brands are vying for sponsorship from the former Disney star. Puma, however, has added Selena to their list of the hottest influencers, and thanks to Selena's insane influence, the top-tier sportswear brand has earned literally millions. Selena's most recent sponsored post for Puma, while already captivating for showing off her gorgeous figure and Puma pieces, is actually worth around $3.5 million!  

    That's literally almost 18x the value of a post done by Puma's own Instagram account, which is usually worth around $195,000. The post features Selena in Puma's Defy Midline of sportswear, including a Puma sports bra and Puma leggings with the thick logo across the leg, followed by some matching sneakers. Her hair in a messy ponytail and red lip bring a sexier image to the sleek Puma sportswear, and Selena's followers are all over it. While the Puma post was put up in July of the past year, it has racked up more than $7.2 million likes.



    Striking a pose in the new @puma Defy Mid. #DoYou

    A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on

    Now that's just how powerful our Selena is as an influencer. What's more astounding though is where Selena puts that extraordinary sum from Puma to use. Selena donated a sum of $100,000 to the Alliance for Lupus Research, an organization which looks to support those with autoimmune diseases like lupus, a disease which Selena herself has. While an awesome influencer, it's refreshing to see someone with so much reach put her earnings into deserving causes. We hope to see more interesting and productive ways Selena can use her platform to help and connect with others. 

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    Research finds that seventy percent of young girls and women have low self esteem. A number of girls and women suffer from anxiety and depression, but aren’t able to get the benefits of therapy. So licensed psychologist and founder of The Practice Dr. Lauren Hazzouri has stepped in to become a part of the solution and has revolutionized the way young girls and women care about their mental health. 

    When Dr. Lauren started her private practice, Hazzouri Psychology in Scranton, Pennsylvania, years ago, she saw that the girls seeking therapy were experiencing the same issues manifested in different ways. 

    “What I recognized was no matter what girls were coming in with, maybe they were diagnosed with depression or anxiety or they may have symptoms of an eating disorder, there was one common denominator,” Dr. Lauren said to Her Campus. “The negative thoughts that each one of them were telling themselves were secondary to what society tells us from the time we’re born.”

    She also found that these girls were having the same negative thoughts that she did way back when. Regardless of what the symptoms looked like, the source was still the same. She then began to research on how social norms affected the way young girls and women thought, felt, and behaved. Social norms essentially are the manors of behaviors that are considered acceptable in society. So basically when you break it down, it’s what we need to do in order to fit into this place. 

    She could relate to so many of the girls coming as she also struggled with her own mental health issues in the past. Psychology wasn’t her first career choice; it ultimately became her plan B as she initially went to Penn State University for dance. 

    “I spent everyday from the time I was a little girl in the dance studio, from the time I got out of school to the time I went to bed. I was a dancer. And my goal was always to be a professional dancer until my own mental health struggles got in the way of that,” Dr. Lauren said. 

    According to Dr. Lauren, it took her time to become comfortable with who she was, to fight the impact of society and to stand in her power in order to realize that she didn’t have to practice psychology like everyone else. “Now that I know and that I am comfortable with this traditional way [of psychology] let me kind of tweak this a little bit and bring my personality into it.”

    So Dr. Lauren created a curriculum for girls that's focused on the four aspects of self: physically, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually. It combines aspects of western psychology and eastern psychology to give young girls and women everyday strategies to utilize. The physical aspect encompasses the basics of eat, sleep and exercise. As we are on our hustle, the first thing to go is often the physical aspects of our lives that makes us feel good, according to Dr. Lauren. TBH, it’s usually always sleep. Once our physical health is in check, we can get our mood in check. According to Dr. Lauren, it is the first step in decreasing the external variables that could cause low mood or increased anxiety. The next step is focusing emotionally, managing the negative thought voice. 

    “If we manage that negative thought voice and recognize that thoughts aren’t facts, and we can change the negative thoughts to being truths, then we can feel better,” Dr. Lauren said. “Because thoughts lead to feelings, feelings lead to action. So if we want to change the way we feel, we’ve got to change the way we think.” 

    You work on the spiritual aspect by connecting with other people in a meaningful way, even if that’s just doing something in your community. You would be using your skills to have an impact on someone else not just yourself. 

    “We need to feel like we’re purposeful like we are doing something that matters,” Dr. Lauren said. 

    The intellectual aspect of this four part syllabus is just learning something new everyday. As women in college that is super easy to do as we are always learning something new each day.

    “I thought if everybody does something in each of these areas every day then it’s likely that we could shed the impact of society and stand in our power, which will increase self of steam and then decrease mental health concerns,” Dr. Lauren said.  Many young girls experience low self-esteem because they’ve sacrificed their sense of self in order to conform to society. 

    The curriculum is meant to help women to “emerge”, so that what feels good today also feels good tomorrow so that you could grow closer to the truest expression of yourself. 

    “Girls and women often toss aside integral pieces of self and things that we need to do for us in order to feel good in order to please others,” Dr Lauren said. “If you treat [the curriculum] like a class, you can’t necessarily say yes to everything because you have to get your run in.”

    There has been a rapid decline in young girls mental health, which can be attributed to so many external reasons. This generation of young girls and women have been taught to fit into the opinions of others. Dr. Lauren found that so many girls could benefit from her message and from therapy, but aren’t able to get it. About 80 percent of people who would gain from therapy aren’t able to receive it because of lack of awareness, lack of available resource, fear or shame, or financial hardship. She thought these methods don’t only need to happen within the confines of an office. 

    Dr. Lauren developed The Practice, in order to reach the 80 percent of girls who could benefit from the curriculum and a community. In the most basic form, it’s a method using the four aspects of the curriculum, and provides different strategies within them that are dependent on symptoms. It’s essentially a “work out for your spirit” and a “pep rally for your soul”. The Practice stems from Dr. Lauren’s desire to normalize caring for one’s mental health, by focusing on self and society, mood, anxiety and depression, and your relationship with self and others. 

    “I thought you know this is a message that needs to go to a larger demographic,” Dr. Lauren said. “I don’t want to be in an office in PA and just teach this to the girls who have the opportunity to come in here. Because therapy is amazing, and it’s a great experience. I think everybody could benefit from it but not everybody gets it.” 

    There is a twist though. The Practice Ceremony incorporates interactive and community building almost “workouts” for our whole being. The aspect of community is incredibly important for Dr. Lauren. The 90-minute community-based event aims to start shedding the impact of toxic social norms in an open and active dialogue with other girls experiencing the same problems. It’s like the buddy system; it is so much easier to shed the impact of society, when it’s done together. Each girl, working together becomes a part of their solutions.  

    “I would see so many girls who’ve struggled with different things and because of HIPPA regulations and confidentiality with my practice I would see someone at 11:00 am and I would see someone at 2:00 pm. They’d be struggling with the same kind of stuff, and I’d think ‘God I wish they knew each other’. If I could just introduce her to her, they could do this thing together,” Dr. Lauren said. “If they could just do this together, they wouldn’t feel so alone. If we can do that together, then we can change social norms. We can become the new norm, but we need every single one of us to do it. Then we can change what the social norms are for future generations.”

    Now The Ceremony aspect is like a celebration, according to Dr. Lauren. It is what brings The Practice to life through different artistic expressions. She incorporates music, movement, and poetry to talk about ever-present issues affecting young girls today. It is a way to stay present in the moment, and experience the presence and joy of everyone being together in one room. 

    “There’s no way that we can reduce the stigma of mental health concerns by talking about them. We need to reduce the stigma of mental health concerns by recognizing that ‘Yeah’ we all have this stuff, but we’re all okay like we don’t have to feel okay to be okay. We’re all here, and we’re all singing and dancing and chanting and having a blast. And we all have this mental health stuff too.”

    Resident lady boss Dr. Lauren finds her career to be everything. She has created an event filled with an abundance of girl power, and a new way of talking about mental health. 

    “That’s what I mean, when I say we don’t come with a purpose, we are our purpose. The Practice is the truest expression of me. It took me literally four decades to get here.” 

    And if there was one piece of advice she could give to her college self and to other college women it would be, “You are already everything that you need to be.” 

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    Dating in college can be really difficult. While I love a good party as much as anyone else, it is hard to get to know someone as music blares from the speakers while you’re jammed in a tiny living room. It is just not the right environment to invoke any sort of romance. Dating apps have made the opportunities for college romance or hookups (if that is what you are looking for) seem endless. Yes, there is the occasional bad Tinder date, but you have to admit dating apps have really upped the college dating game. 

    Now, thanks to Tinder U, college students today can have whatever college dating experience they are looking for. 

    The new feature is available to anyone who has an .edu email address and logs in on their college campus. It essentially removes Tinder users in the nearby towns or cities who don’t go to college in the area. Basically, you don’t have to worry about the 18-year-old high school seniors clogging your swipe feed. It’s a new way to connect with students at your school or at another 4 year university close by. Best of all, you can easily turn off the feature to go back to regular Tinder. 

    “Need a study buddy? Not a problem. Coffee date on the quad? We’ve got you covered. Freshman year and you don’t know a soul? This is your ticket to the coolest crowd on campus,” according to the Tinder website. But, Tinder isn’t the place you usually go to find a “study buddy."

    When you have the Tinder U feature on, a filter of each users college is placed on their profiles. Therefore, you can see if your match is on campus or at a nearby school. It seems pretty simple to me. 

    Not everyone on social media is down for the new college dating app though: 

    For when you are fresh out of meal swipes

    You may not need a dating app, but some of us just want one!

    Unless you are studying anatomy...


    TBH, no regrets.

    Better than an actual college acceptance letter.

    So you don't really need a dating app to find romance or a hookup, but if you want one, I say go for it.

    Maybe even give this new app feature a try because your next tryst might be just around the corner (or on the quad).

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    At some point, I feel every bride comes to the realization that weddings are (or can be) expensive. No amount of strategic planning or DIY-ing can circumvent all expenses. They are just bound to pop up out of nowhere sometimes. Well apparently for one bride, she just could not let it go. 

    A woman, now identified as “Susan”, called off her wedding and broke up with her fiance after her friends and family refused to pay $1,500 to attend her “once and a lifetime party”. She then posted a long and over the top Facebook rant, in which she calls her friends “the C***S who have ruined my marriage and life." Thanks to the powers to be of social media, the post has since gone viral. 

    The ex-bride starts the expletive-filled post expressing her sadness for the wedding cancellation. She continues to talk about her plans to delete Facebook and travel  in South America to rid herself of the “toxic energy brought on by my friends and family.”

    She and her now ex-fiance saved up $15,000 for their “extravagant blow-out” wedding, she said. A psychic (yes, a psychic) helped the couple to decide on a destination wedding in Aruba. The total cost of their wedding would have been $60,000. Its apparently “a little push”, not a big deal. The only thing is there is about $45,000 unaccounted for. 

     “How could we have OUR wedding that WE dreamed of without proper funding? We’d sacrificed so much and only asked each guest for around $1,500. We talked to a few people who even promised us more to make our dream come true,” she reportedly wrote on the Facebook post. Yeah, we all can just shell out $1,500 from our back pockets. Our monthly bills be damned. 

    “My maid of honor pledged $5,000 along with her planning services. We tearfully thanked and accepted. My ex’s family offered to contribute $3,000. So our request for $1,500 for all other guests was not fucking out of the ordinary. Like, we made it clear. If you couldn’t contribute, you weren’t invited to our exclusive wedding.” 

    Obviously, it did not go over well. “Only” eight people answered yes to the couples RSVP with the demanded $1,500. Of course, Susan was livid. 

    “How was this supposed to happen without a little help from our friends. To make matters worse, my ex’s family took back their offer. Suddenly, more people backed out, including the C*** MAID OF HONOR. MY BEST FRIEND SINCE CHILDHOOD. MY SECOND FAMILY. I was so shocked and tearful.” 

    The couple then set up a Go Fund Me page, which only raised $250. Her family then told her she was being unreasonable and asking for too much.  When her ex-fiance realized they wouldn’t be able to afford their fairytale wedding, he suggested the unthinkable. Susan’s fiance asked to tie the knot in Las Vegas, and guys she was not for the idea at all. “Am I supposed to get married in the heart of shady gamblers, alcoholics and the get rich fast fallacy? Yeah, they broke up. She accused him of talking behind her back, and possibly cheating as well." 

    “I just wanted to be a Kardashian for a day and then live my life like normal,” she wrote, adding that her maid of honor suggested her to stick to the budget.  According to Huffington Post, someone who claims to be Susan’s cousin said that she has been “entitled,” but never “obnoxious.” In recent years, the cousin said Susan has been really into the Kardashians, social media, and designer labels. Explains the outrageous wedding plans. 

    Btw, even Chrissy Teigen retweeted and commented on the viral post & it is everything. 

    Weddings can make people do some really nutty things. So my advice to avoid a wedding catastrophe or Bridezilla moment—don’t ask your guests $1,500 in cash. Just don’’t do it. 

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    Let's be honest, we could always use a little more Disney whimsicality in our wardrobe. If your trusty Mickey Mouse watch just isn't cutting it, wait no longer as fashion brand Boohoo has collabed with Disney to make the perfect stylish everyday collection for any devoted Disney fan. Boohoo, a popular fast-fashion brand known for its gorgeous streetwear and hot formal wear, teamed up with Disney to create the magical 23-piece collection. The Disney x Boohoo collab features Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse redesigned across hot apparel pieces like denim jackets, hoodies, crop tops, cycling shorts and even unitards! The collection's new pieces can definitely satisfy the need to rep your Disney love will just a little more finesse; there are a lot more options other than the usual Mickey Mouse T-shirt (but don't worry this collection has those too!). 

    The Boohoo x Disney collection features dope street designs as well as cutesy motifs on all its pieces. A few of our favorites include this darling and daring Mickey Mouse Repeat Bandeau top paired with their more understated but fresh Minnie script joggers. The two pieces keep your Disney love on the down low while delivering the streetwear punch you're looking for. The olive green Mickey cycling shorts and matching crop top are also uniquely fresh pieces with lots of hip-hop inspired flare. 

    If you want to scream your love for Disney loud and proud, the Disney logo repeat bodysuit was made just for you. The cycling shorts in the same print make another Disney set perfect for any queen to strut with fierce elegance. 

    The Disney x Boohoo collection, released on their site,, comes with a reasonable size inclusivity, with sizes ranging from 2 to 20. The collection also comes at a super affordable price range, with women's items retailing between $8 and $20 and men's pieces ranging from $12 and $40. Grab these magical pieces while you because, as the Boohoo website so splendidly put it, the collection's here for the taking because "not all Princesses wear ballgowns." 

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    This article has been syndicated from Hey It's Camille Grey, an InfluenceHer Collective Member. Read the full post here

    Hello, fellow college students! Whether you are about to enter your first year of college or returning for another year, you will be most likely be taking notes in your classes. Getting into your own personal routine of taking notes can be difficult at first. College note taking is quite different to high school notes. You may be taking online classes, be in huge lecture halls, or in labs — no matter the class structure, taking notes in college is absolutely key. Here are my favorite ways to note-take that have helped me achieve the grades I want. 

    Write it out

    For all of my classes, regardless if they are online or a lecture, I like to write out my notes. While a majority of your classes will be fine with taking notes with a laptop, I find it very distracting. I am a health science major, which means a lot of my notes are drawings. That’s almost impossible to do with most laptops, so I love paper for notes that are drawings. When it comes to taking physical notes, every single person has their own personal way of doing it. Using bright colors and having my notes being super organized really helped me study.

    Make a table of contents

    This may seem a bit odd, but trust me: it’s a lifesaver. I leave the first couple pages blank in any notebook I’m using to create a table of contents. This also means that I number my pages on each notebook. Depending on the type of class, I’ll usually divide up the contents into chapters or sections. Some chapters may only be a few pages long, while others are hundreds with smaller sections in it. I'll then write out which pages are on that chapter. This makes it really easy to find what I’m looking for once I start writing tons of notes. Sometimes I am just looking for “section on heart disease,” so instead of flipping through notes, I can just scan the table of contents.

    Note Taking for College Students | Hey It's Camille Grey

    Use colored pens and markers

    I absolutely love colored pens — I own them in almost every single color. Writing notes in a variety of colors is such a fun way to enjoy a long class. I like to title each page in one color, subheadings in another color, definitions in a get the point. It helps break up the page and I’m able to find exactly what I’m looking for when I’m studying. For the colored markers, I use them more for when I am drawing diagrams or figures. I like to color each part of my drawing in different colors, so it’s easier to see each section. For instance, during my biology class, I would color the veins and arteries in different colors from the heart. It made it so much easier to understand than if everything was done with a black pen.

    Rewrite your notes

    If your class is extra vigorous, I would recommend rewriting your notes. I try to aim for later that day or the following day. Whether it’s on a computer or another notebook, it is so beneficial! Rewriting something for a second (or third) time can help you go over the material and learn it more in depth. For my second rewrite, I like to reorganize any information. Maybe I drew a drawing too small and the writing was crammed. I would draw it again and add any extra information that I missed. This is also when I add in information from the textbook into the lecture notes. For example, if the professor mentioned a word I wasn’t 100% sure on, I would include the definition of it and examples.

    Make flashcards

    After I am finished rewriting my second round of notes, I write EVERYTHING on flashcards, making it at least my third time writing the information down. I really enjoy making flashcards — whenever I have a spare moment, I can go over the information and quiz myself. Don’t forget to keep your flashcards for the final exam too. I make the flashcards immediately after rewriting my notes.

    *Star* any confusing information

    Whenever I am taking notes and the professor says something that doesn’t make sense to me, I star it. I physically draw a big star in a bright colored pen, so when I am rewriting my notes, I know to get more information on that topic. You may want to circle the information or highlight it in a certain color. Whatever your tactic is, find a way to remind yourself to go over information. You can see in my notes below that I made a big pink star in the bottom left. I wrote what I was confused about right above it, so I knew that when I went over my notes, to really go over that part. 

    Note Taking for College Students | Hey It's Camille Grey

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    Instagram never ceases to amaze when it comes to innovations. Whether it’s the success of the Snapchat-esque insta-stories in 2016 or the YouTube-twin IGTV in 2018, it’s no wonder that the Social Media Giant boasts 800 million (and counting) users, giving platforms like Facebook and Twitter a run for their money. And it seems like Instagram will continue on its innovative roll as it tests its newest feature, College Communities.

    As explained in a report by CNBC, the College Communities feature aims at encouraging students to connect to others at their university by inviting them to an Instagram college community, reminiscent of Facebook groups. If you want to join the community, you have to choose your university and graduating year after which you will have access to “class-based lists of other students who have opted into the community”.

    By testing this new feature, Instagram seems to be on its way to take yet another leaf from another Social Media Giant’s book, this time Facebook, the mother of Social Media. Although Facebook continues to be the leading Social Media platform with 79% of online adults using it versus merely 32% on Instagram, according to a Pew Research Center study, another study shows that Instagram is the most popular online platform for teens after YouTube. So by introducing this new feature, Instagram may be making the perfect move to further engage its population of young Instagrammers.

    However, like most new features, College Communities still has a long way to go. Instagram does say that they are making sure that people can report inappropriate behavior and confirm that the students wishing to join the community are actual students by checking “information people have publicly shared about their university, the accounts they follow and other connections they have” but there are still glitches. As told shared by CNBC, one reporter found himself invited to join the correct college community but was then asked to register as an active student even though he is not.

    We’ll continue to stay tuned to how things go as this new feature is tested and, who knows, we may be saying hello to a new virtual college community in the near future.

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    Who among us hasn’t met a cute human, fallen completely obsessively in love with them and immediately began the search for every last detail of their astrological birth chart in order to gauge their sweet & sexy synastry (which is the fancy word for love & relationship astrology)?

    Or is that just us Scorpio dominant types? Whatever.

    Well, sometimes that happens with the cute girl from Trig and sometimes it happens with the cute boy from the movie you haven’t been able to stop watching and crying over. Which is why, for you, my beloved Her Campus readers, I did the difficult, grueling work of watching To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (and re-reading it, of course) a couple of times to determine what TF our beloved Internet Boyfriend Peter Kavinsky’s sign really is. You’re welcome.

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    Based on the movie, I cannot find hints at Peter’s birthday at all. And , unfortunately, being a fictional character, his birth time is even more out of reach. Sad! But based on his behaviors (obviously heavily influenced by the nature of beautiful-faced actor Noah Centineo) I’ve got a few solid ideas.

    (Real talk: We all know Josh is probs a Capricorn or an Aquarius because he’s snobby and artsy and stresses me out. So he just doesn’t warrant a full-blown investigation. #SorryNotSorry)

    Peter Kavinsky — the beautiful, wholesome AF, angel baby, firsty-lasty LAX Bro of your dreams — has gotta have some earthy, air-y energy.

    Why? Well, given that a lot of his greatest moments in the film — the pop-corn moving, bashful splashing, butt pocket twirling — were improv moments from Centineo, I feel like his chart is a healthy balance of behaviors of the character and the actor. 

    Centineo is a Taurus Sun with an Aquarius moon (BTW — his Mercury and Mars are both in Taurus and Venus in Gemini, if you’re nasty.) I could definitely see that Earth/Air mash-up create everything we love about strong and soft and ashamed of none-of-it Peter Kavinsky. 

    What that means is you've got someone who is self-aware and confident, romantic and generally accepting of the people they love. Taurus suns and Aquarius moons are also likely to work within the system — and can totally be the "cool" person who gets how social systems work (like knowing exactly the right way to game a lock screen selfie, maybe?) But they'll also have a bit of a rough go moving on from a partner that they'd been committed to (Tauruses aren't ones to give up on their person without a fight.) 

    A Mars in Taurus and a Venus in Gemini will also be romantic and sensual. They're tactile and comfortable with casual displays of affection (a hand in the pocket or hot tub leg maneuver, easily) and also not at all detached from who they are romantically. They love a partner who is stable and thoughtful and intellectually stimulating — so, yeah, they STAN their "smarty-pants fake girlfriend." And they want to be stable and thoughtful for that partner in return ("whoa, whoa, whoa").

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    My guess for an ascendant, if I had to make the call? Leo.  

    Watching that stupidly charismatic, confident energy work — and especially watching him defend Lara Jean after the Hot Tub Video leak — makes me definitely sense some fire.

    Leo ascendants are beacons for social energy. They've got a presence that commands respect and adoration from the masses. They have people who flock to them because everyone sort of wants to feel the warmth of that Leo energy and hope some of it rubs TF off on them. 

    But especially forthose with earthy, air-y centers (CC:Aquarius moon like Noah or could clock Peter as a Gemini moon) they have a softer, more emotional side underneath the fiery mask. They'll be cocky and swear they're hotter than Jake Ryan, but they'll also want to talk about what's hurting them and what's hurting you and want to have that inner, gentler part be understood too.

    TL;DR: If we're looking for clues for Peter (played by Noah)'s star chart — it's easy to see where IRL energy leaves its mark on screen.  

    So, if you're someone looking for some earthy, air-y love — it's no freakin' duh that this character has stolen your f-cking heart. 

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    As summer comes to a close and we head back to classes, it can be harder to find time to fit in recreational reading. That being said, books can be a great supplement to what you’re learning academically, and also a nice reprieve from those endless Netflix binges. There are some books that can have such a profound impact on your life, it’s worth finding the time in a busy semester schedule to read them. Memoirs are an especially great opportunity to look at someone else’s view of the world, so here are a few we recommend starting with, based on suggestions from college women who've enjoyed them.

    1. No One Tells You This 

    Sierra Clair of Loyola Marymount University suggests No One Tells YouThis as a must-read memoir by Glinnis MacNicol. The author, a working, single woman describes her life after turning forty and how it differs from how she thought it would look. This memoir takes a look into an often unseen facets of adult life, giving the reader an opportunity to consider their goals for the future through the reflections of MacNicol.

    2. The Year of Magical Thinking 

    In The Year of Magical Thinking, author Joan Didion describes her life in the year after her husband’s death. Makena Gera from Marist College described this memoir as “heart wrenching, but really really good.” Didion conveys her struggle in dealing with death while her daughter struggles through an illness of her own. All the while, the reader experiences the internal emotional journey of the author, ranging from inspiring to dark humor, from sadness to acceptance.

    3. Between the World and Me 

    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a woeful memoir in which a father describes to his son what it’s like to be black in America. Coates’ warnings to his son seem to speak directly to the reader, giving a small glimpse of his experience living in a systematically racist world. As America keeps fighting towards equality, opening our minds through the experiences of others is incredibly important. Coates gives a first hand account of racism and the hardship of being black in the current age.

    4. Educated 

    Tara Westover describes her unique path of going from her secluded childhood to college in her memoir Educated. Tamara Lechner, happiness expert of Positive Minds International suggests all college students read Educated. “It’s a memoir about her education so what better for a college student,” Lechner says. “She has no formal education before college, so if she could do it, anybody can.” In addition to being an intriguing story, Educated serves as a great reminder that there are plenty of different paths to higher education, and you can succeed no matter where you come from.

    5. Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo 

    Stand up comedian Amy Schumer proves she’s just as hilarious in writing while showing the world a new side of herself in Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. This book is unsurprisingly funny as well as impressively candid about Schumer’s life, career and political views. She takes us from laughing on one page as she explains the tattoo she proudly displays on the cover, to inspiring political passion as she calls out politicians taking money from the NRA.

    6. The Terrible 

    Makena describes The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward as “so beautifully written it’s almost like poetry.” The coming-of-age story blended with the incredible writing will keep you glued to the pages of this read from beginning to end. Especially for fans of poetry, this book should not be missed. The stanzas and prose magically together, not unlike the smooth transitions between a variety of themes, as Daley-Ward describes her childhood while including discussions of family, religion, race, sex, drugs and so much more.

    7. When Breath Becomes Air

    When Breath Becomes Air tells the painful story of a man narrating the end of his life. Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon who ultimately died of lung cancer, describes what it was to recognize that he would experience the terrible disease he witnessed every day in his line of work. A heartbreaking and stunning book, reading Kalanithi’s final words expresses coping with a part of life that is seldom discussed on college campuses.

    8. The Glass Castle 

    Author Jeannette Walls tells the story of her unconventional childhood that grew into a strained relationship with her parents. Walls recounts her unbelievable childhood and how it shaped her into the woman she is. By contrasting her current life, a life which many would aspire to, to her childhood life, a life which many looked down upon, Walls presents a great reminder never to judge people based on where they come from or what they're born with.

    9. Scrappy Little Nobody 

    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to make it in Hollywood? Anna Kendrick details her journey to her current state of success, from her favorite moments to the less glamorous, but equally entertaining. Whether it be struggling to support herself while attending auditions or buying ridiculously expensive shoes for the sake of her career, Kendrick’s hilarious memoir gives a great glimpse into her world and the world of Hollywood.

    10. The Reason I Jump 

    Naoki Higashida, a 13-year-old with autism spectrum disorder, provides a look inside the mind of a person with ASD in The Reason I Jump. Reading Higashida’s descriptions of what it feels like to live with autism will open your mind to how different the world can look if your brain functions a bit differently. The young writer’s astute ability to look outside of himself and consider how others view him gives him the uncanny ability to explain his day to day life as a child with ASD.

    College is the time to find yourself and the person you want to be, and learning about others will help you to do that. Choose a few memoirs to read not only for pleasure, but also for a new life point of view. Whatever you choose to read, keep an open mind and remember that everyone has a different path that's meaningful to them.

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    It's no secret that Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson both have tattoos dedicated to each other, but Pete recently revealed that his very first piece of ink wasn't inspired by Ariana, but instead, one of her ex boyfriends. 

    That ex turned out to be Big Sean. In an interview with Variety, Pete said that when he was 17-years-old, he and a friend decided to get "Swerve Life," a saying from the rapper's song "Mercy," tattooed on their legs. 

    Not surprisingly, the ink doesn't have any deep meaning. Pete just simply liked the way Big Sean said "swerve" in the song. According to him, "That's going to last forever... so that's on our legs." 

    At least Pete's chill about it, though — probably because he has more than 40 tattoos. That number will likely grow, too. He currently has four tattoos dedicated to fiancé Ariana, including her initials, bunny ears from her Dangerous Woman era, a cloud in honor of Sweetener, and "H2GKMO," which stands for "honest to god knock me out." Ariana has the same tattoo as the couple regularly uses the phrase. 

    Lucky for her, Ariana doesn't have a tattoo in honor of Big Sean. 


    s∀WΛ 🛸

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    Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee in Florida's governor race, is being accused of racism after he said on Wednesday that voters would "monkey this up" if they elected his black opponent, Andrew Gillum, in November.

    The Florida Rep. made the comment in an interview on Fox News, following his victory in Tuesday's primary. DeSantis also called Gillum "articulate," which is often seen as a backhanded compliment for people of color. 

    "This is a guy who, although he’s much too liberal for Florida — I think he’s got huge problems with how he’s governed Tallahassee — you know, he is an articulate spokesman for those far-left views, and he’s a charismatic candidate," DeSantis told Fox News host Sandra Smith.

    He continued, "The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state. That is not gonna work. That’s not gonna be good for Florida."

    Smith initially ignored DeSantis' remarks; however, she soon issued an on-air statement that said, "We do not condone this language and wanted to make our viewers aware that he has since clarified his statement."

    According to Stephen Lawson, the communications director for the DeSantis campaign, DeSantis wasn't being racist — he was referring to Gillum's policies, CNN reported.

    "Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses. To characterize it as anything else is absurd," Lawson said. "Florida's economy has been on the move for the last eight years and the last thing we need is a far-left democrat trying to stop our success."

    People were still outraged at DeSantis, though. Gillum responded while also appearing on Fox News in conversation with Smith. "It's very clear that Mr. DeSantis is taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump," Gillum said.

    Smith responded by asking Gillum if DeSantis' comment was "racist or a figment of speech." The Democratic nominee didn't specifically answer the question, but instead said, "I'm not going to get down in the gutter with DeSantis and Trump. There's enough of that going on."

    Certain Democratic groups were more vocal about their disdain for what DeSantis said. 

    "It's disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles," Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said.

    "On the first day of the general election, Ron DeSantis showed Floridians who he really is,"said Democratic Governors Association Deputy Communications Director David Turner. "Resorting to dog whistle politics within hours of winning the GOP nomination shows a desperate candidate who will stoop to new lows in order to court and give voice to fringe elements of society. Floridians want a leader who will bring them together; Ron DeSantis has shown that he would only divide Florida."

    President Trump has been a staunch supporter of DeSantis, and even praised him on Wednesday after the controversial interview. 

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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.)

    US Government Is Denying Hispanic American Citizens Passports

    The Washington Post published a bombshell report late Wednesday night, which revealed that the Trump administration is accusing hundreds, if not thousands, of Hispanic people who live in Texas of using fake birth certificates since they were babies. Most of the accused only discovered their citizenship was being challenged when they went to apply for passports, only to receive a letter from the State Department saying it doesn't believe they're an American citizen. Some of these passport applicants — who have official U.S. birth certificates — are even being jailed in immigration detention centers and threatened with deportation. 

    The crackdown is the latest in a series of attempts from the Trump administration to reduce immigration into the US. However, this particular move by the State Department dates back to George W. Bush's time in office. During both his and Barack Obama's administrations, the department actively denied passports to people who were delivered by midwives in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, because a select few allegedly provided US birth certificates to babies who were actually born in Mexico. This supposedly began in 1950s and lasted through the 1990s. But as The Post points out, many of the midwives who admitted to providing fraudulent documents also delivered thousands of babies legally in the US. "It has proved nearly impossible to distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate documents, all of them officially issued by the state of Texas decades ago,"The Post reported. 

    The passport denials declined during the Obama administration, due in part to a 2009 settlement in a case brought forward by the American Civil Liberties Union. Now, the cases are skyrocketing. But the State Department maintains that it hasn't "changed policy or practice regarding the adjudication of passport applications." 

    Trump Has A Secret Government Agency Dedicated To Fighting Marijuana

    Under the the guise of the newly created "Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee," the White House recently instructed 14 different federal agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration to counteract any positive messages about marijuana, according to a BuzzFeed News report. The committee also sought data that demonstrated "the most significant negative trends" about marijuana and the "threats" it poses to the country. Documents revealed that the multi-agency committee actually complained about the how positively marijuana is generally seen, and began making efforts to change that.

    "Staff believe that if the administration is to turn the tide on increasing marijuana use there is an urgent need to message the facts about the negative impacts of marijuana use, production, and trafficking on national health, safety, and security," read a summary of one meeting between the White House and nine departments. 

    After BuzzFeed published its report, the Trump administration responded— but Lindsay Walters, the deputy White House press secretary, didn't exactly deny the committee's existence. Instead, she refused to discuss how the administration crafts policies.

    Trump has previously claimed he would support efforts to protect state legalization of marijuana, but the new committee clearly shows differently. Currently, 30 states have legalized medical marijuana, and 8 states along with the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. 

    Friends & Family Of John McCain Gather For Private Ceremony

    John McCain's casket arrived at Arizona's state capitol on Wednesday, where the late senator's family members made their first appearance since he died on Saturday of brain cancer. They were joined by other family and friends for a private service, though more than 100 people gathered outside to wait for the public viewing, which took place afterward. McCain's casket was carried into the Arizona State Capitol Museum rotunda, where he'll lie in state before being brought to Washington, DC. 

    The day would've marked McCain's 82nd birthday. Numerous people honored him in tributes, with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey giving a particularly moving speech. "John McCain was Arizona's favorite adopted son," Ducey said, adding that Arizona can't be imagined without the Grand Canyon, just like it can't be imagined with McCain either. "It's just not natural."

    The ceremony was the first of many memorials to come, including a a service where former Vice President Joe Biden and others will give tributes to McCain. On Saturday, McCain's family will escort him along Pennsylvania Avenue to the Vietnam War Memorial. Afterward, there will be a service at the Washington National Cathedral, where McCain's children, George W. Bush and Barack Obama will all deliver remarks. 

    What to look for...

    Summer's not over yet — it's national beach day!

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