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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    As high school winds down, you may be thinking about how much you’ll miss the friends you’ve made and the clubs you’ve gotten to call home. Don’t fret! College is just as amazing and you will most definitely find your friends and the clubs you fit into. Clubs that you may have been a part of in high school also show up in college. Here are six types of clubs you don’t have to say goodbye to!

    1. Yearbook

    You might think that your college is far too large to have a yearbook that includes every student. Often times, the yearbook will feature only seniors or no students at all and just have pictures of clubs, activities and events that happened throughout that school year. “I would definitely recommend getting involved with your college yearbook after doing your high school one,” says Siena College graduate Kristen Perrone. “It would be a great way to know college classmates!”

    2. Student government

    You may have participated in student government in high school, but in college it’s bigger than ever! “[I think] the student government at our school is pretty impressive,” says Julia*, a student at the University of California Berkeley. “We actually get to make real changes happen on the university level.” Student government in high school may have felt small and confined to just the small spaces of your high school hometown, but in universities, student government is enormously influential and can actually change lives.

    3. Sports teams

    Was lacrosse, basketball, track or another sport your thing in high school? Then there's no need to worry because sports are universal! Almost every college is bound to have the familiar sports you played in high school. If you’re not ready to commit to a college-level varsity sport, you can always do club sports or recreational sports.

    Related: 7 Unexpected Places to Meet Your College Friends

    4. Model UN

    Model UN is very well-known across the U.S. in both high schools and colleges. Model UN allows you to role play as a delegate to the United Nations. You typically get to represent a country and serve on its committees and act out unique scenarios based around that country's international politics. It’s a good extracurricular for people interested in global diplomacy and politics. It’s also a great way to express your love for international relations and revel in your high school glory days.

    5. Science Olympiad

    This fun science competition is present in high schools all over the nation. Although you may not be competing for the gold, you can still help high school students in making their Science Olympiad competitions some of the best memories they’ll have.

    “I was able to continue with Science Olympiad in high school and college,” says Rachna Shah, a freshman at Dartmouth College. “I wasn't aware that I would be able to do so, but it turned out that my college sponsors an invitational tournament with high school students in the local area and they requested student volunteers to help out, so while I won't be continuing with Science Olympiad as a competitor, I am able to stick with the activity in high school and college.”

    6. Volunteer clubs

    Maybe in high school, you threw yourself into helping others and volunteering as much as possible. That’s something you’ll definitely be able to continue in college. College is so much larger, and there’s so many more opportunities to volunteer. You also get to pick and choose what kinds of causes you want to volunteer for: homelessness, world hunger, healthcare, academic tutoring, etc. The possibilities to volunteer are endless! There are also fraternities and sororities that make philanthropy a huge part of their organizations. The stereotypes of sororities being all about partying is wrong; it's a great way to create a family and give back to the community.

    If none of these fit you, don’t worry! Colleges have hundreds of clubs and activities you can join. You could end up in a club nothing at all like what you did in high school or in a club that you’ve been doing since middle school. That’s the beauty of college! You get to try new things and experiment with your different interests. This list of six clubs is just a fraction of what’s out there waiting for you!

    *Name has been changed


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  • Is your smartphone sabotaging your skin? [Cosmopolitan]

    It's time for a new voter rights act. [New Republic]

    All about Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding. [GQ]

    How Barack Obama celebrated Michelle's new book. [Glamour]

    Take a tour of Lady Liberty's torch. [The New York Times]

    How to practice gratitude with your significant other. [Elite Daily]

    Why birth control should be available over the counter. [HelloGiggles]

    Ramen noodle hacks for when you're broke and hungry. [Spoon University]

    This company gave their employees guns for Christmas. [USA Today]

    Bicep moves to make your arms look amazing. [Women's Health]


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    Here's the thing: I genuinely enjoy weird wellness trends. So when I found out that apple cider vinegar (ACV) shots were a thing, I was intrigued, but I still wasn't convinced. After all, who wants to down vinegar, and how do you even drink vinegar to begin with? But then I learned about Ethan's Functional Shots, and the fact that they sell ACV pre-mixed with water (which, you guys, is a must) and alongside juice, which makes it way, way easier of a sell IMO. I like juice, and I like health, and I like cute little tiny bottles.

    So I challenged myself to drink one Ethan's ACV shot a day for a week.

    Why is apple cider vinegar supposed to be so game-changing?

    When talking to people about ACV, you'll probably get a mix of reactions. Some people are truly baffled by the thought of ever drinking it. It is vinegar, after all, and vinegar is not exactly a subtle smell or taste. Other people, though, are head over heels in love with the stuff. They swear by it for weight loss and for energy. 

    The truth? It's kind of a mix of both. According to The University of Chicago Medicine, "All in all, the probiotics, acetic acid, and the nutrients in ACV are responsible for its health benefits." And while they say it may have a "modest" impact on weight loss, they recommend that you not "get rid of your gym membership."

    If you're going to drink ACV, your best bet is drinking it prior to eating to help you digest more easily. You're not going to drop 10 pounds instantly, but it might help you maintain your weight or lose a few pounds.

    Pro tip: DO NOT DRINK STRAIGHT APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.

    Yes, I know, we live in a world of skimming articles, which is why I'm telling you that, in caps. Do not, at all, just drink straight apple cider vinegar. While some celebs might post all over social media about how much they love rolling out of bed and downing an entire bottle of ACV, please don't do this. Celebrities have zillions of dollars, and also doctors and dentists available at the push of a button, and also thousands to drop on new teeth and a new gut. You, I'm assuming, probably don't. 

    I got around this by using my handy-dandy reusable straw. I'm obsessed with these things because they let me drink iced coffee on the daily without stressing too hard about my teeth. I've used them for kombucha, and now I'm using them for these adorable little ACV shots. 

    The flavors def vary. Here's my ranking:

    • Blueberry. I could drink the Blueberry ACV shot for the rest of my life.
    • Ginger Pineapple. And yes, I am team pineapple pizza. Don't judge me. 
    • Turmeric Apple. Just, hell yes. This felt SO HEALTHY AND GOOD.
    • Tart Cherry. I'm actually not a big cherry person, but this was pretty neutral for me. 
    • Beet. I can live without it. 

    Would I do this again?

    Um, yes? I'm honestly surprised, but I think I could integrate Ethan's ACV shots just as easily as I integrated kombucha into my daily life. I really loved so many of the flavors, and I found that I looked forward to giving my bod a boost each morning.

    The super tiny amount makes it totally drinkable, and there's something nice about pairing a Blueberry ACV shot with a blueberry bagel. Trust me. 


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    U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite the Saudi government’s denial that the ruler had anything to do with the journalist’s death, according to officials familiar with the matter.

    A senior U.S. official told CNN that the CIA based it’s conclusions on available intelligence, adding that an operation such as the one that resulted in Khashoggi’s death would not have taken place without the bin Salman's knowledge considering his control over the Saudi government.

    A Saudi embassy spokeswoman denied the CIA’s claims, which was first reported by The Washington Post. “We have and continue to hear various theories without seeing the primary basis for these speculations,” the spokeswoman added.

    But, according to the Post, U.S. intelligence officials have high confidence in the CIA’s assessment.

    Khashoggi, a former Saudi royal insider who became a critic of the Saudi government, lived in the United States and was a columnist for the Post. He went missing in October after visiting a Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve papers for his upcoming wedding. According to The Associated Press, Turkish and Saudi authorities have said that the journalist was killed by a team from the kingdom while in the consulate.

    This week, the Senate and House Intelligence Committees along with the Treasury Department announced economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials suspected of being responsible for Khashoggi’s death.

    Among the intelligence analyzed by the CIA was a phone call placed by the prince’s brother Khalid bin Salman to Khashoggi, encouraging him to visit the consulate in Istanbul to obtain the papers for his wedding since it would be safe, according to the Post. He reportedly made the call at his brother’s command.

    Fatimah Baeshen, a spokesperson for the Saudi embassy in Washington, said the claims were false. In a statement to the AP, Baeshen said the prince’s brother, who is the current Saudi ambassador to the United States, met Khashoggi once in September 2017, but that after that, they only communicated via text message. The last text message the ambassador sent to Khashoggi was on October 26, 2017, according to Baeshen.

    “Ambassador Prince Khalid bin Salman has never had any phone conversations with him,” she said, adding that the ambassador did not discuss “anything related to going to Turkey” with Khashoggi.

    The ambassador also denied the report, writing on Twitter, “The last contact I had with Mr. Khashoggi was via text on Oct. 26, 2017. I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the U.S. government to release any information regarding this claim.”

    The CIA also analyzed an audio recording provided by Turkish authorities from inside the consulate. The audio recording was of a phone call placed from inside the consulate after Khashoggi was killed, according to the Post.

    Maher Mutreb, an alleged member of the Saudi hit team and a security official for the crown prince, reportedly placed the call to a top aide for the prince, informing him that Khashoggi had been killed.

    President Donald Trump called the report “premature,” saying it was “too early” to say whether the Saudi prince was behind Khashoggi’s death, ABC News reports.

    “They haven’t accessed anything yet — it’s too early,” Trump said. “That was a very premature report."

    "But that’s possible,” Trump added. “We’re gonna see.”

    Vice President Mike Pence did condemn the the journalist’s murder, saying, “We are going to follow the facts.”

    “The murder of Jamal Khashoggi was an atrocity. It was also an affront to a free and independent press and the United States is determined to hold all of those accountable who are responsible for that murder,” the vice president said, adding that he did want to find a way to preserve a “strong and historic partnership” with Saudi Arabia.

    The president said the U.S. government will complete a “full report” by Tuesday.


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    In a speech to her supporters on Friday night, Democrat Stacey Abrams acknowledged her loss in the race to be Georgia’s next governor, officially ending her campaign as she called Republican Brian Kemp the “victor.”

    Abrams isn’t conceding, however, since the election was plagued by voter suppression in Georgia, ABC News reports.

    “But to watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in the state baldly pin his hopes for election on suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling,” Abrams said at a news conference in Atlanta.

    “This is not a speech of concession. Because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that,” she added.

    “I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial elections,” Abrams said.

    According to The Huffington Post, Kemp had declared himself the winner of the gubernatorial race the day after the midterm elections, but Abrams, who would’ve been the nation’s first African-American female governor, fought for a recount, since she argued that Kemp, who oversaw the election as Georgia’s Secretary of State until he resigned on November 8, purged eligible voters from the rolls.

    There were numerous stories of voting difficulties on Election Day in Georgia, including voters who were denied a ballot and turned away from the polls since they had not voted within the last three years or in the last two federal elections, and Kemp’s office had purged hundreds of thousands of voters from the rolls due to “inactivity,’ HuffPost reports.

    Voters on Election Day were also forced to wait hours in line to vote since the voting machines lacked power cords and ran out of paper and batteries.

    According to The Associated Press, Kemp’s office put 53,000 voter registration applications on hold because of the state’s “exact match” law, which only considers a voter registration application complete if the information exactly matches records kept by Georgia’s Department of Driver Services or the Social Security Administration.  Seventy percent of the voter registration applications that were put on hold were from people of color.

    Kemp has denied any attempts of voter suppression.

    “I know that eight years of systemic disenfranchisement, disinvestment and incompetence had its desired effect on the electoral process in Georgia,” Abrams said.

    According to ABC News, Abrams said in her speech on Friday that she will launch a group called “Fair Fight Georgia” to bring a federal lawsuit against the state for its handling of the ballots.

    Meanwhile, Democrat Andrew Gillum, whose bid to become the first black governor of Florida also extended beyond Election Day, conceded the race to his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis, acknowledging his loss by a margin of just 0.41 percentage points, The Huffington Post reports.

    Tight margins between the two candidates had forced an automatic machine recount. Gillum had conceded the race after the midterm elections, but had rescinded his concession as it became clear that a recount was necessary.

    “We said that we would fight until the last vote is counted. We wanted to make sure that every single vote ― including those that were overvotes, undervotes ― as long as those were legally cast, we wanted those votes to be counted,” Gillum said.

    “And now that we are rounding that process out, R. Jai (Gillum’s wife) and I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Mr. DeSantis for becoming the next governor of the great state of Florida,” he said.


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    Name: Kailey Bradt

    Age: 25

    Job Title and Description: Founder and CEO of OWA Haircare 

    College and Major: BS in Chemical Engineering and MS in Product Development from Rochester Institute of Technology

    Website: owahaircare.com

    Twitter Handle: @owahaircare

    Instagram Handle: @owahaircare

    Hair care is one of the most frustrating aspects of any college girl's life — it’s right up there with skincare. Hair can be greasy, dry, dead at the ends, bleached beyond repair, or all of the above. It can be hard to find the right solution for your hair when you can’t afford weekly Drybar visits or your regular shampoo/conditioner combo suddenly stops working for your hair. Kailey Bradt, founder and CEO of OWA Haircare, is seeking to change the future of hair care with her future product launches.

    Bradt’s future Moondust line is redefining hair care as we know it. With the invention of powder shampoo, Bradt is throwing out the idea that shampoo has to be 80% water. Her hair care products are 0% water, free of harmful chemicals, and 100% will have you living your best life once they come out on the market. Bradt takes us through the dedication it takes to leave stability and pursue your actual dreams, all while being only a few years out of college.  

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Sulfate free. Naturally derived from coconut oil. Moondust Hair Wash is coming to a shower near you.

    A post shared by OWA Haircare (@owahaircare) on

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

    Kailey Bradt: My current job is doing whatever is needed that day and there is nothing close to a typical day that I can describe. In the very beginning, I had to do absolutely everything on my own. Sleeping 3 hours a night is not healthy and I cannot stress how important it is to start building a team.

    Fast forward two years and still each day is different. I am responsible for managing the team I’ve put together and keeping them on track. I still produce our website content, our social media content and right now, my main focus is on getting the product to market. Although I developed the product a while ago, there is a lot that needs to be done around packaging and product testing that is currently being executed. I am constantly running around to a lot of meetings and taking calls getting everything finalized for our first manufacturing run.

    Fundraising is also a huge time-consuming piece of my job lately. I’ve met with a lot of investors and investment groups, and have spent time applying to competitions for startups. I also attend a lot of conferences and networking events around NYC. I try to participate if I can! I actually just did an RIT Alumni event where I was on a panel “How I Got My Start,” which was a great experience. I make time every week to meet at least one new person. I think a lot of people get so tied up in work in front of their computer that they forget how important it is to keep networking. For me, that’s a priority. I also work out of The Wing, which is a great community of women doing amazing work, so I utilize that resource for events and networking as well.

    HC: What is the best part of your job?

    KB: I love to be creative, but not in the traditional sense. I cannot paint, draw, or design a garment. I find my creativity comes in the ability to re-engineer something in a new way that others have not thought of. I have so many product ideas for OWA that do not yet exist on the market! I cannot wait to introduce all of them over the next few years! I love every aspect of developing a new product from the brainstorming stage to the technical detail to working on marketing for launch.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    OWA Hair Wash is the first powder shampoo that functions like a liquid. 🚿 #nocompromisebeauty

    A post shared by OWA Haircare (@owahaircare) on

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

    KB: Rochester Institute of Technology has a co-op program in which the students are required to complete some number of weeks set by the college of full-time, paid, internships before graduation. For the engineering college, we were required to complete 50 weeks total.  My first full-time position post-college was actually at the company where I had completed my final 20-week co-op, so I will talk about how I got that internship, which is a not-so-typical story.

    I really wanted to work in cosmetics and at the age of 20, winters in Los Angeles sounded better than winters in New York City, so I picked Los Angeles to seek out a position in the industry. I had a couple of weeks between my previous co-op ending and starting back at school in the fall, so I flew to California to find my next internship for my upcoming block in January. I printed out resumes and drove my friend’s car all over the city knocking on doors of cosmetic companies and laboratories who had their addresses online to hand deliver my resume. Yes, I literally flew across the country to hand deliver resumes. I did not receive a single phone call or email from any of these companies.

    While in Los Angeles, my friend’s roommate had just started working for a startup chemical company. I was intrigued, because I did not think a start-up chemical company existed, and I had always wanted the opportunity to work at a start-up as I hoped to have my own someday! I went in and met with the team. At the time, the company was less than five years old, so it was pretty small. The company was actually in a unique position bridging the gap between research and the lengthy traditional commercialization cycle, so I was actually a perfect fit for what they needed. With my previous experience, it was a natural career progression, so I gave it a go. Five years later, I still do contract work for them. I consider them a part of my LA family.

    HC: What words of wisdom do you find most valuable?

    KB: There isn’t any one piece of advice I keep going back to. For me, I know that I myself am constantly changing and growing, and in the cosmetic industry, in particular, there is a lot of change, so I follow women entrepreneurs who I respect and think are leading game-changing businesses in order to keep myself motivated. I think Emily Weiss has done an incredible job growing Glossier in such an organic manner. Lauren Singer started Trash is for Tossers, The Simply Co., and Package Free Shop, setting a phenomenal example of living a zero-waste lifestyle and showing you can still live sustainably without compromise. Leandra Medine Cohen of Man Repeller is just so herself, that it’s really inspiring to me that you can remain so grounded, yet build this awesome brand that people can relate to and stand out in fashion in a non-traditional way.

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

    KB:  When I started OWA, I did not have a realistic timeline to launch. Everything moves slower than planned, and it was a harsh reality for me as I got started. A year ago, I thought we would be able to launch in January 2018. It’s October 2018 and we still do not have our first product to market. The delays have mostly come from not having the right contacts in the industry.

    Partnering with others, whether it be investors, consultants, etc. that already have relationships established with raw material suppliers, packaging suppliers, and manufacturers has made it significantly easier to get moving in the right direction.  If I had the contacts in the industry a year ago that I have today, we could have moved much more quickly. This is why I consistently make time to grow my network. I’ve also made it a point to help other entrepreneurs, so I take the networking opportunity to act as a mentor as well.

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

    KB: Oh goodness. I honestly can’t say because it’s technically confidential. What I will say is that being pre-revenue and having minimal press, but being recognized by industry leaders you respect can seem like a dream.

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

    KB: In the beginning stages of a start-up, especially pre-revenue, a team has to have the passion to be resilient through the challenges they will face to get the product/service to market. There are so many different aspects working against a company in its beginning stages, that if the team’s vision is not the company’s vision, the company is likely to fail.  Each individual that becomes part of the team must want to make the company a success.

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

    KB: I had an idea. I was 23, about a year out of college, and living 3,000 miles away from family. I was just starting to get stable on my own. I knew that I had to either completely forget about this idea, or I had to give up everything I had worked for up to this point to run with this idea. And I couldn’t forget about it. I packed whatever I could into my car, sold or gave away everything else, and drove across the country back to the East Coast to start working on what is now OWA.

    Everyone thought that I was crazy, and it definitely was a little crazy, but I had an opportunity to build a company that could change the way people thought about haircare. That wasn’t crazy. I really wanted to take that risk. It wasn’t easy to walk away from this life I had begun to build in Los Angeles, and it still isn’t easy today to be in a new city building a company from the ground up. I would not have done it if I did not think it was going to be worth it, but be prepared to give up everything you have and work harder than you ever have.

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

    KB: I would have to say there are two things that are equally important in a resume. First, I notice if it is organized. It has to be easy-to-read with not too much text. I’ve seen a lot of creative resumes that incorporate color and graphs, which I love.

    Secondly, once I start reading, I look for an “interests” section. It makes you unique and helps you stand out.  For example, at OWA, our Accountant is also a certified yoga instructor and that’s awesome. Our Communications Manager has traveled to over 20 countries. These facts tell me a lot more about you as a person, and that’s what gets me interested in meeting you!


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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.)

    New Rules for Colleges On Sexual Assault

    The Trump administration announced new rules Friday for how to handle sexual assault and harassment cases that would narrow the definition of sexual harassment and provide more protection to students that are accused.

    The effort to revamp the guidelines that were set in place during the Obama administration is aimed at college campuses and universities.

    “Every survivor of sexual violence must be taken seriously, and every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined,” DeVos said in a statement.

    via Gage Skidmore - Flickr

    “We can, and must, condemn sexual violence and punish those who perpetrate it while ensuring a fair grievance process,” she added. “Those are not mutually exclusive ideas. They are the very essence of how Americans understand justice to function.”

    One of the biggest changes to the rules is how sexual harassment is defined. Under the Obama administration, the definition of sexual harassment was “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.” Under the new definition, it would be defined as unwanted sexual contact that is “so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the recipient's education program or activity,” ABC News reports.

    The new definition would narrow the number of harassment cases that campuses would consider because the victim would have to show that the misconduct prevents them from receiving an education or participating in an activity.

    According to ABC News, the Education Department says that it based this new definition off of a 1999 Supreme Court case that held that student-on-student harassment could constitute discrimination.

    The new guidelines also require that any alleged harassment “must involve conduct that occurred within the school's own program or activity,” which could include an off-campus activity as long as it was tied to the school.

    Furthermore, someone who is accused of sexual misconduct would be permitted to cross-examine their accuser, as long as it was through an attorney or adviser.

    The new rules have received some clapback, however. Fatima Goss Graves, head of the National Women's Law Center, said the new rules would weaken the federal oversight of colleges responding to sexual misconduct allegations and would make campuses “more dangerous.”

    “Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education, hear us loud and clear: attacks on Title IX are attacks on students' dignity and safety — and we will not tolerate it,” she said, adding that her group will fight the new rules from being implemented.

    Once the new rules are posted online, they will be subject to public comment for 60 days. Depending on the response, the Education Department will decide whether to make the rules final.

    5 Newly-Elected Congresswomen on Diversity & Pelosi

    After seeing a record number of women being elected to Congress in the 2018 midterm elections, ABC News “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz spoke with five newly-elected Congresswomen about diversity in 116th Congress and whether Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should be the next Speaker of the House.

    Reps.-elect Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Deb Haaland (D-NM), Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Donna Shalala (D-FL) all discussed how it was significant to have more women joining Congress.

    via ABC News

    “We’ve got a bevy of experience here, and I think part of who I am, part of how I view the world is informed by the fact that I’m a woman, that I’m a mother, that I’m a sister and a daughter and a wife…” Spanberger, who defeated incumbent Rep. David Brat, said.

    Haaland, one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress, told Raddatz, “For a group of folks in our country who have been here for thousands of years and being so underrepresented in Congress, … I think it means a tremendous amount to folks in those communities feeling like they can finally have representation.”

    “I always say, I’ll leave the ladder down. It’s great being the first. We never want to be the last,” Haaland.

    Besides all of the new diversity in Congress, including Underwood, who is the youngest African-American member of Congress ever elected, all of the women come with an abundance of experience.

    “I’m a freshman, but not a rookie,” Shalala, who at 77-years-old is the second-oldest House freshman in U.S. history. She had served as Health and Human Services Secretary during former President Bill Clinton’s two terms in office.

    Houlahan served in the Air Force, and Spanberger was a CIA officer, and both said that they are “used to serving a mission” and this is their new mission.

    Raddatz asked the women about the issue of leadership in the House, but only two of the Congresswomen said they would vote for Pelosi to become Speaker of the House. Two were undecided, and once said she would vote against Pelosi.

    “I think that if we are going to turn the page and bring civility back to the political discussion, which as a values statement is incredibly important in my home district, that I think we need to change the people who are directing that conversation,” Spanberger said.

    Haaland and Shalala countered, saying that Pelosi’s leadership was exactly what was needed at this point in the Trump administration.

    “She’s the only person I believe that we need in this tumultuous time with the president we have, to stay on track to make sure that we are fulfilling promises to the American people,” Haaland said.

    Biden Adopted a Super Cute Shelter Dog

    Former Vice President Joe Biden has a new four-legged friend.

    On Saturday, Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, adopted an adorable German shepherd named Major from the Delaware Humane Association, according to the animal shelter.

    According to The Huffington Post, the Bidens had already been fostering Major for the shelter and decided to permanently adopt him.

    The Delaware Humane Association wrote that Major came from a litter of puppies that were “not doing well at all” after some surrendered them. When the shelter posted about the cute German shepherd pups on social media, the Bidens “caught wind of them and reached out immediately.”

    In a statement to HuffPost, the shelter said that all of Major’s siblings have also found permanent homes.

    “We are so happy to welcome Major to the Biden family, and we are grateful to the Delaware Humane Association for their work in finding forever homes for Major and countless other animals,” the Bidens, along with the family’s other German shepherd, Champ, said in the association’s statement.

    Biden received some criticism when the family got Champ from a high-volume breeder in 2008, rather than going to a shelter to adopt a dog. But on Saturday, many were praising Biden for opting to adopt.

    Congrats to Major on finding his fur-ever home!

    What to look out for…

    Today is "Have a Bad Day" Day. But we hope you have a good day!


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    Thanksgiving week has college students not only gearing up to stuff ourselves with delicious homemade food (stretchy waistbands, I’ve missed you), but also preparing for the biggest sales of the year: Black Friday. Whether you’re hoping to buy Christmas presents or you’re just trying to treat yourself this holiday, many stores have already started their extremely good deals. If you’re trying to stay frugal this Black Friday but still need to make it out with a new sweater or two, browse these stores for your new favorite (and cheap!) piece.

    1. Victoria’s Secret

    The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has all simultaneously wishing we were angels and/or best friends with Bella Hadid and Barbara Palvin. If you want to feel like them this season, Victoria’s Secret is currently offering a pajama deal where if you use the code “pjbonus,” you will receive free slippers and 40% off a silky pajama set. Additionally, they are offering free shipping on orders over $50. BRB, filling up my cart with all new bras (which are also 40% off!).

    2. Urban Outfitters

    Urban Outfitters is our typically expensive, mainstream hipster guilty pleasure. Well, on Black Friday, do not feel guilty about it. In-store deals will have you shopping ‘til you literally drop, but their online deals are amazing too. As of right now, UO members can take 20% off of their entire purchase, and dresses are going for under $20 while tops are going for $10. Slow down if you’re adding everything into your cart already.

    3. ASOS

    ASOS consistently provides good deals and a variety of fashionable clothing that’s sure to please any sense of style. And now they’re pleasing the masses financially too — ASOS is offering 60% off big brand names for Black Friday. That’s right, you’ll receive more than half of the money off of your purchase. I know, I can’t calm down either.

    4. Tobi

    Everyone’s favorite destination for finding a cute formal dress and your new favorite oversized sweater, Tobi has some out-of-this-world deals for Black Friday. They are offering up to 80% off on select items, and 50% off of bestsellers for this winter. They’re even offering special deals for customers to pay for their purchases in 2019!

    Related: Trending Now: Comfy, Thanksgiving-Approved Looks You Need RN

    5. Topshop

    The British brand that fulfills all of our minimalist shopping cravings is often a little too pricey for the average college student. No fear, though, because Topshop’s Black Friday deals have got your Topshop addiction covered for the next year — 50% off shoes, jeans, dresses, and coats.  

    6. H&M

    H&M is the classic brand to go to if you’re feeling like you want to look a bit more polished in your wardrobe — it’s affordable for college students, but offers killer blazers and stylish clothes that are totally perf for an internship. If you’re looking to shop in advance for your summer internship and want to look a bit more classic, H&M is offering free shipping AND 20% off of bestsellers.

    7. Forever 21

    Though they have recently upped their prices a little, Forever 21 still remains the favorite to get affordable, on-trend clothing that’s guaranteed to get you compliments. This Black Friday, they’re offering $20 and under for dresses, another 50% off for more expensive cocktail dresses and party looks, and 30% off of all shoes. Don’t fill up your cart too fast!

    If you’re looking to scheme this Black Friday and get the best deals, these places above are sure to please your closet and your wallet. And if you don’t succeed, well, there’s always Cyber Monday.


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    Yes, period talk can make some people squeamish. But periods are natural curses functions that most women experience, so we really shouldn’t treat periods like a forbidden topic anymore. And let’s face it, masturbation is completely normal too (despite the stigma surrounded around it). So why shouldn’t we combine the two? After all, Planned Parenthood says that most women are exceptionally horny during their periods. It just wouldn’t make sense that we would deprive ourselves — because masturbation is essentially self-care — just because we’re bleeding a bit (or a lot).

    While you might still be a bit shy about masturbating during your period, we’re here to set the story straight and debunk any weird myths. Plus, masturbation is more than just a fun past time — doing so can actually make your period bearable.

    1. It helps relieve pain

    Seriously, who wouldn’t want to temporarily relieve period cramps without chasing your Advil with more Advil? According to Dr. Jackie Stone, one of Maven Clinic’s on-staff OB-GYNs, masturbating during your period can actually help alleviate cramps.

    “Orgasms in general decrease pain levels through the release of oxytocin and endorphins. Women who have more regular orgasms have more regular menstrual periods, so this would also be a benefit,” Dr. Stone explains.

    Because an orgasm distributes oxytocin, which acts as a neurotransmitter and overall natural painkiller, the more orgasms you have before and during your period (whether from the help of your hand or your partner) the less pain you’ll generally have.

    Likewise, studies show that masturbation — or sexual activity in general — can help treat migraines and headaches. While headaches and migraines obviously aren’t exclusive to your time of the month, certain period-related conditions (like Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, also known as PMDD) can make headaches more prevalent before, during and after your monthly gift visits.

    Seeing as you’re more vulnerable to pain during your period, why wouldn’t you masturbate it away?

    Related: PMS: What Causes It, How to Avoid It & How to Deal

    2. It helps you fall asleep

    While you might not normally experience insomnia, the 85 percent of women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome or PMS have a difficult time falling asleep during their period.

    Dr. Stone explains that oxytocin and endorphin, which are released after the initial dopamine from an orgasm, can be attributed to why many women fall asleep easily after masturbating (because oxytocin and endorphins are soothing hormones).

    Because these hormones also help to ease pain, they can help PMDD or PMS-induced insomnia and fatigue. Now you can just tell your roommates that all that “buzzing” in your room is from your new sleep “remedy.”

    3. It’s perfectly safe (and obviously fun)

    This should go without saying, but you can’t get a STD or STI from masturbating, regardless of what time of the month it is. Your period blood isn’t gross or unsanitary (as long as you clean up afterward, of course.)

    If you’re still hesitant about paddling the pink canoe and risking getting a bit of blood on your new manicure, you can always opt to use some toys instead. While you shouldn’t be ashamed of your own blood, we get it if it isn’t your thing. After all, you shouldn’t do anything that makes you uncomfortable.

    4. You don’t have to worry about making a mess

    We get it, when you have your period, obviously there’s blood, but that doesn’t mean you have to worry about a mess when you masturbate. You just have to masturbate strategically to avoid any mess.

    Obviously, if getting some blood on your hands (literally) isn’t a big deal, you don’t have to worry about masturbating any differently when you’re on your period. However, if some blood makes you a bit queasy, you can focus your “you time” on stimulating your clitoris (rather than focusing on penetration from your fingers or dildo. But we get it, different flicks for different chicks.

    Don’t worry, you don’t need to make an ordeal about your period masturbation sesh (unless you want to), instead you can use a vibrator on your clit while you leave in your tampon.

    If you don’t wear tampons, you can always hop in the shower while you pleasure yourself and let the water rinse away any of the blood that comes out. Shower multitasking is the best kind of multitasking, right?

    However, if you’re still iffy about pleasuring yourself during your period, you can always throw on a pair of period panties and use a bullet vibrator over your underwear. There’s no mess and you don’t have to worry about wasting water in the shower.

    After all, an orgasm is an orgasm (regardless of whether your fingertips or your vibrator got your there). Customize your own period masturbation routine, so you can finally stop dreading your period.

    5. There are seriously no repercussions

    “There is no evidence that sex or masturbation during menstruation can prolong your period or have any negative effects,” Dr. Stone explains.

    Seriously, your periods aren’t going to become heavier, more painful or longer just because you had a few orgasms during your period. So rewards of period masturbation clearly outweigh the nonexistent risks.

    The only benefit you’re missing from masturbating during your period is effortlessly glowing skin (though the flushed-just-had-sex skin might be close enough).

    6. It gives you some much-needed self-care

    Seriously, you might not feel the sexiest during your period, which is why you need to practice some self-care.

    Beyond the fact that being able to satisfy yourself (regardless of the time of the month) is extremely empowering, masturbating is an exceptional way to de-stress, and masturbating during your period is no different.

    Nevertheless, we understand that masturbation and periods (and masturbating during your period) are sensitive subjects that you might feel embarrassed to openly discuss with anyone. Thankfully, there are several female health organizations and overall female-centric organizations, which welcome personal questions about your health and sex life (no matter how awkward you think your inquiries might be).

    • Planned Parenthood: Seriously, there are plenty of Planned Parenthood clinic across the U.S., and they’re eager to ensure that you’re healthy and informed about your body.

    • Maven Clinic: Maven is a women’s health company that focuses on making women's lives easier by providing private access to its network of over 1,000 healthcare professionals. You can have a video chat with an OB-GYN without having to worry about actually leaving your apartment (plus you can even get prescriptions for birth control and other necessary medication through the website and app).

    • Lemonaid: Lemonaid is another women’s health website and app that allows customers to get prescriptions and obtain some answers from their qualified medical professionals. While the services are currently only available to residents of certain states, the business is planning to expand.

    After all, sometimes we might not ask our usual gynecologist about every question in the book (probs because we forget during our actual exams), so it’s relieving to be able to access a doctor virtually.

    Regardless, you should never feel ashamed about masturbating during your period. We get it, you might still feel iffy about the prospect of you shoving your hand down your panties for a quick “headache relief sesh,” but your period blood is only a big deal if you make it a big deal.

    Although masturbating during your period might seem like it requires a night of planning, all you really need to do is throw a towel down and think about that cute TA from freshman year.


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    Imagine looking under your bed to find a crazy, kind of life-changing surprise. That’s exactly what happened to Paris Zarcilla when he discovered a cat that didn’t belong to him had given birth to kittens under his bed.

    The internet went crazy over his newfound Cat Dad status (of course) and ever since, Zarcilla has been updating his Twitter with photos of both mom and babies. He took mama cat to the vet to see if she was chipped and searched for her owners, but couldn’t find them. If this doesn’t sound cute enough, don’t worry.

    Zarcilla has launched not one, but two calendars featuring his new furry friends.

    After taking over 1500 photos of the kittens, he compiled two calendars, both spiral bound and chock-full of cuteness. The first, entitled The Best of Cat Dad Twitter Calendar, has 52 images paired with tweets from the whole saga as it unfolded. The second, named after one of his viral tweets naming the cats, The Forever Brood Unseen Calendar, has full-page, never before seen photos for each month.

    These calendars are feel-good and adorable already, but Zarcilla took it a step further and is donating 20% of the profits from every calendar to three charities: Mind, a mental health charity, Cats Protection, a feline welfare organization and Celia Hammond.

    He's also sharing the stories of the lessons he's learning from these surprise additions to his family. Sometimes, the unexpected can make our lives so much better in the long run. Zarcilla is brightening up the Internet, one kitten photo at a time. 


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    As the semester begins to wrap up, it's time to really kick it into high gear. TBH, it's hard to maintain your sanity and efforts at this point in the semester when you're a full-time college student. Sometimes, life gets a little tough, but the trick is to push back even harder and get your head in the game.

    With that, it's important to focus on your productivity at the end of the semester. The key is to not to just feel and be busy, but to actually be productive and accomplish your goals. Here are just a few ways to get ahead and really buckle down.

    Make a to-do list

    Write down everything that needs to be done. Even if that means eating, stretching, showering or reading. Now, this is the best part — stick to the list! If it is not on your list, do not do it. My philosophy behind this is that if it was not important enough to be written down, then it probably was not a priority or a necessity. 

    Understand your priorities

    This is the first "real" step to being more productive. You need to see where your time needs to be spent. Sometimes what we think is important, is not as important when compared to other tasks. I like to set my priorities based on deadlines. Whatever is due or needs to be accomplished the earliest, needs to be done first. Then, go from there.

    Use the clock

    I know this one sounds a little funny but hear me out. Imagine this: someone challenges you to run 1 lap around a track in under 30 seconds. If you accomplish it, you will win 1 million dollars. Now, you'll definitely make it happen. Putting a time constraint on each priority lets your tunnel vision kick into overdrive. You can only focus on one thing and one thing only. 

    Know when to stop

    This is important. Burnout is real, and you need to listen to your body. When you know that you cannot go anymore, you need to give yourself a break. I am all for working hard, but when you have worked hard, and you know that you cannot go any further, relax. I know, you are probably thinking "but, I have so much to do?!" This is when the priority list is extremely useful. If by the end of the day, you have accomplished all your high-priority tasks, then you can rest.

    Get some rest

    Y'all, I am the first one to argue about this. Get your 7 hours of sleep. I know that some people function better with little to no sleep, but rest and rejuvenation is so healthy for the brain. The least you can do the night before a productive day is to sleep. Put the phone away, get off Instagram, no more Netflix episodes — go to bed!

    With these tips, conquering those last few weeks of the semester will become all the more manageable. Before you know it, you'll be enjoying the holidays without a care in the world, so use that as your inspo.  

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    Dunkin' launched a new, handcrafted espresso experience on Thursday in a bid to become the it destination for the best lattes, cappuccinos, Americanos and macchiatos.

    As a part of its unveiling, Dunkin' is hosting six weeks of promotions, starting with two special nationwide free sampling events. On Friday, Nov. 16, guests at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide can enjoy a free sample of the brand’s Caramel Flavored Iced Latte from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 17, guests can enjoy a free sample of the brand’s White Chocolate Flavored Iced Latte, also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    “With our new espresso lineup, we’re now offering a terrific espresso at a great value, delivered at the speed of Dunkin’,” Tony Weisman, Dunkin's Chief Marketing Officer said in a press release. “We believe the rich and smooth taste of our new handcrafted espresso creates a powerful new choice for America’s growing community of espresso drinkers.

    With the launch, Dunkin' is adding two new iced espresso drinks to its menu for the first time: Iced Cappuccino and Iced Americano. Both will be available at participating Dunkin' locations nationwide starting Monday, Nov. 19.

    Dunkin' will also be hosting a special promotion throughout the week of Thanksgiving. From Nov. 19 through Nov. 25, the coffee chain will be offering medium lattes or cappuccinos for $2 all day. 

    This move to more high-end drinks is a part of the company's rebranding efforts, with one of their focuses being to draw younger people to the brand.

    “Espresso is one of the fastest growing coffee categories, particularly among younger consumers," Weisman said in a separate press release. "Our superior lineup of lattes, cappuccinos, Americanos and macchiatos will delight current customers and surprise new ones."

    Dunkin' is also planning a line-up of fancy holiday drinks, according to Nation's Restaurant News. Over the next few months, Dunkin' plans on introducing a white chocolate latte and an affogato – espresso poured over Baskin-Robbins' ice cream. With all of these new drinks, it appears as if the brand is attempting to take over Starbuck's customers.

    “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: There’s no need to go to Starbucks anymore” Weisman told Nation's Restaurant News.

    We'll just have to wait and see if Dunkin' can pull it off. 


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    In my younger years, even throughout high school, I had beautiful, clear skin. Then, one day, that all changed dramatically. I don't remember if there was anything going on in my life at the time that could've contributed to the decline in my skin health, but I started breaking out like crazy.

    To this day, I never fully recovered, not even when I was on hormonal birth control, which clears up some women's skin. But throughout the years, I've read and even experienced for myself seemingly harmless habits that can cause your skin to break out. Whether it's picking and popping or unhealthy diet, there are so many factors that you may not realize are causing your breakouts. Here are just a few of the top unsuspecting reasons for your sudden acne:

    Everyday objects

    Think about the things that come into contact with your face on a daily basis: your cell phone, pillow, hair and more. Imagine how much bacteria is on your cell phone from all that use, then imagine all of that being put on your face when you talk on the phone (yikes). Additionally, if your hair is like mine and gets greasy quickly throughout the day, then it's best to keep it out of your face, i.e., avoid having bangs. Greasy hair on the face equals greasy face, which also equals breakouts. Basic math, right? Along the same lines, change your pillowcases frequently because it's not just greasy hair that dirties pillowcases, and bacteria-ridden pillowcases plus face also equals breakouts.

    Skin (over) care

    Overzealous skincare might actually be one of the reasons my face ended up betraying me. I started exploring more beauty brands and trying more skincare products a while back, the same period of time when alcohol in skincare products was super in-vogue. What I suspect happened was that using too many alcohol-based products stripped away the important oils in my skin and seriously dried it out, causing irreparable damage that I'm still suffering to this day. Of course, that's just a theory, but experts do suggest staying away from alcohol-based products and use, for example, witch hazel instead.

    Skin (under) care

    I feel like this is something people more so do out of laziness. At least, that's why I do it. You get home late, especially after a night out, hear your comfy bed calling your name, and just think, "f*ck it." For me, I always feel like one night won't hurt, but it actually does. Makeup and your skin's natural sebum (or your natural oils) can clog pores, and clogged pores tend to turn into breakouts — especially when left to their own devices overnight. Similarly, don't skip washing your face in the morning either because your skin still produces oil while you sleep, even after you wash it before bed. An easy alternative to days and nights when you just can't is to leave a pack of face cleansing wipes next to your bed. It's not a recommended long-term solution, but it's at least something.

    Post-workout skin

    I used to do this all the time until I found out that it's really, really bad for your skin, not just your face but the entire rest of your body as well. It's along the same lines as not washing your face before and after bed — your body's own secretions can stab you in the back. Excess oils and sweat from working out can settle in your skin and clog your pores, and as we've learned before, that's not a fun time for your pores, so once again, it's cleansing wipes to the rescue! I always have a pack of them in my gym bag so that I can kind of clean my face after toweling off the sweat. That removes the excess oils and sweat and dirt temporarily until I hop in the shower or wash my face for realsies.

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    There’s no denying the fact that glasses are the coolest accessory any girl can rock. Whether they’re a sophisticated pair for the lecture hall or a daring set of sunnies for a day-trip with your girls, glasses are total fashion staples you’ll always want to have at hand.

    In celebration of the Her Campus x Zenni tour, we’re giving away some of the most stylish pairs of frames this season! A few lucky readers will win an entirely new glasses wardrobe, complete with five on-trend pairs of prescription glasses, UV+ blue light-blocking glasses, and sunglasses from Zenni.

    No matter if you prefer a classic pair of prescription glasses or a pair of bold statement sunglasses, Zenni has a huge selection to choose from no matter your personal style. Plus, Zenni gives you the option to completely personalize your own pair — you can choose any of their frames to become a pair of prescription glasses, sunglasses, or blue light-blocking glasses. You can even have your glasses engraved with your initials or sorority’s letters! No matter your aesthetic, Zenni’s got you covered with all the affordable frames you’ll want to wear every day. 

    Enter below for your chance to win!

    Win an Entirely New Glasses Wardrobe from Zenni


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    Let’s be real: Winter is the worst time for beauty lovers. Every time the cold season rolls around, it brings the inevitable feeling of dry, cracked skin with it. But contrary to popular belief, this is not something we just have to accept. There is a way (actually, many ways) that we can combat the dreaded “winter skin.”

    From sitting in overheated cars to forgetting to drink enough water, so many of the things we do contribute to the winter skin issues that many of us suffer from. We blame our bad skin on the cold weather, the wind and the lack of sunlight. But really, there’s more to it than just that.

    We talked to Lorraine Willwerth, licensed esthetician and owner of Glow Skin Salon in Reading, Massachusetts about the most important things to do – and to avoid – to keep your skin glowing and healthy throughout the season.

    1. Don’t overheat your house or car

    One of the primary causes of dry skin isn’t what you would first expect. Even more harmful than the freezing, dry, winter air, is our heating systems. The forced hot air and hot water heating systems in many of our houses are the most drying. So, when you think it’s the cold air that’s making your skin parched and flaky, it’s actually your heater.

    “Even in our cars, we overheat ourselves,” says Willwerth. When we blast the heating vents on our faces (even though it feels great), “It’s like putting a hair dryer on your face,” she says.

    If we just lower the heat a bit, we can do wonders for our skin.

    Related: How to Take Better Care of Your Combination Skin

    2. Use a humidifier

    Willwerth notes that heat from radiator heating systems are actually the best for our skin because they produce a moist heat. But if you don’t have any in your house (and you’re not ready to do the major home renovation to install them) there are some other, less expensive options.

    First, try a humidifier. In the winter, the air feels so stale because all the humidity has disappeared, so a humidifier is a great solution.

    “That’s all I ever tell people in the winter is, yes, they have to change up their skincare, yes, they definitely have to moisturize, but [getting a humidifier] is the biggest thing,” says Willweth. “It can help your nasal passages and can help your sleep quality, too.”

    But if you don’t have the time to go out and buy a humidifier (or if your campus housing doesn’t allow it), you can make one yourself by putting a bowl of water in the corner of the room near the heater so that it absorbs into the air.

    3. Don’t forget to moisturize

    We hear it all the time, but this really is one of the most important skin care tips no matter the time of year. “No matter who you are, if you’re an oily or a dry-skin girl, I’m always telling you to up your moisturizer—even for your whole body,” says Willwerth.

    “I moisturize twice a day rather than just in the morning, using Pond’s Moisturizing Cold Cream,” says Audrey Lent, a student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

    While one good quality moisturizer is definitely enough, it never hurts to use more. Xandie Kuenning, a student at Northeastern University, uses multiple moisturizers each day. “I’ll use Clinique Moisture Surge before I put on my makeup to keep my skin hydrated during the day, and then at night I use the Trader Joe's rose water facial toner spray after cleansing my face so the cleanser doesn’t dry it out,” she says.

    Whether you moisturize once, twice, or five times a day, just remember to do it at all.

    4. Drink a lot of water

    Again, this is something we hear constantly, but it’s especially important in the wintertime. In the summer, it’s always hot, we’re sweating, and we find it a lot easier to drink water. But in the winter, all we want is coffee, hot chocolate and other warm, caffeinated drinks to get us through the day—and we we often forget water entirely.

    “Try hot water with lemon or herbal teas, so you can still have that cozy feeling while still getting hydration,” suggests Willwerth.

    Even if you can’t reach the recommended two liters of water per day, try to get at least some water in (even if it’s after your daily dose of caffeine).

    5. Don’t forget your SPF

    Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the sun hides behind clouds all day (even though some of us may beg to differ). It’s still just as important to pile on the SPF every day.

    “Winter sun is just as damaging as summer sun, it’s just because we’re so cold that we don’t feel it. We love that warmth of the sun to get rid of the cold chill in the air, but honestly it’s so damaging,” says Willwerth.

    I’ve you’ve ever come home from a day of skiing with a sunburn and thought, “Wow, how did that happen?” Now you know why. The sun’s rays aren’t any weaker just because the weather is colder. Plus, plenty of foundations, moisturizers, and serums include at least 15-25 SPF, so there's no need to slather on a thick sunscreen in the dead of winter.

    6. Exfoliate

    It’s important to exfoliate to clear your pores and get rid dead skin all year round. But in the summer months, we usually don’t need to as much. In the winter, though, it’s a different story. Our skin isn’t producing as much oil, which means we need to do even more work to keep it as glowy and clean as possible

    “My skin gets dry AF during the winter and the Buffy or Scrubee bars at Lush are a godsend. They’re exfoliating and really moisturizing!” says Hannah Langley, University of Utah ‘19. Exfoliating with a scrub, a cleansing brush, a salicylic acid or some sort of gentle exfoliant once a week in the winter will really, really help your skin.

    7. Remember to get enough sleep

    “Obviously if you’re sleeping better, your whole body is going to feel better,” says Willwerth. That’s also true for your skin.

    Sleep is important for a lot of reasons, but helping your skin is not a benefit of sleep that many people know about. When you’re sleep-deprived, your body is in a constant state of stress—we all know what stress does to our skin. (Hello, acne!) Nighttime is the perfect time for your skin to repair itself from the stresses of the day, so when you’re cutting that short, you’re increasing the likelihood of inflammation and acne.

    If you follow all these steps, or even just two or three of them, you’re bound to have better, healthier-looking skin throughout the whole winter. Grab your favorite herbal tea, lather on your best moisturizer, set your thermostat to moderately-high heat, and settle in for three months of your best skin yet.


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    Once in a blue moon, there comes a discovery that leaves the social media sphere completely shook. We wonder, scream, and tweet, “Where has this been all our lives!?!?” And that is exactly what happened with the latest iPhone space bar hack that is practically blowing up Twitter. Food blogger Krissy Brierre-Davis tweeted out over the weekend an easy solution to fix all of your typos with the iPhone’s space bar feature. It basically moves your cursor around, so you can fix any and all typos. 

    Krissy explains in the photo that, “if you click and hold the space bar, you can move the cursor instead of trying to drag the cursor itself with you fat thumb lol.” She also tweeted that she feels “duped” because she did not know this trick existed for so long. To be honest, I could not agree more! 

    “I thought I was an idiot for never having discovered this gem myself. My mind was blown. Literally,” Brierre-Davis told BuzzFeed News. “I could never get the cursor to go where I wanted. I’ve even deleted a full sentence just to avoid having to go back and change a mistake in a word.” It’s definitely an experience every iPhone user has had. I can’t count the number of times where I’ve deleted content-gold for the sake of perfect grammar. 

    According to Elite Daily, it only works on the iPhone 6 or later iPhone devices. The 3D touch feature on the spacebar allows you to place your cursor in the exact spot you want within the text. Here’s a thorough breakdown of how it works—you open your texts and type literally anything, then you tap on your spacebar and press down with more pressure to start 3D touch, and finally you move your thumb around to the exact word or letter you need to remove. It’s as simple as that! It also works on the whole keyboard and all you have to do is press and hold any key, according to another Twitter user. If you press down a little harder, you can also highlight everything. 

    Brierre-Davis’ tweet received thousands of likes, responses, and retweets, and it looks like everyone on the internet was as equally blown away as I am. 

     

    Some people were also saying that

    3D Touch on new iPhones: Push to activate touchpad, move your cursor and select text. World changed. Via @BenBajarinpic.twitter.com/l0oSJ0rHW8

    — Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) September 22, 2015">they’ve known about this hack for a while now, and even revealed some more 3D Touch sorcery. 


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    The administration announced on Monday that CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass has been restored, after a short federal lawsuit against the administration, CNN reported. On the same day, the White House released new press conference rules for reporters. 

    Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in an official statement that, “should you refuse to follow these rules in the future, we will take action in accordance with the rules set forth above. The President is aware of this decision and concurs.” 

    White House reporters are now required to follow new and specific rules, which include limiting reporters to one question and “yielding to the floor.”

    “We have created these rules with a degree of regret,” Sanders said, according to USA Today. “We would have greatly preferred to continue hosting White House press conferences in reliance on a set of understood professional norms, and we believe the overwhelming majority of journalists covering the White House share that preference. But, given the position taken by CNN, we now feel obligated to replace previously shared practices with explicit rules.”

    According to Sanders, a reporter can only ask “a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists.”  Next, “at the discretion of the president or other White House official taking questions, a follow-up question or questions may be permitted. When a follow up has been allowed and asked, the questioner will then yield the floor.” In the third rule Sanders clarifies that “yielding the floor” could entail “physically surrendering the microphone to White House staff for use by the next questioner.” The final rule warns that any reporter who fails to follow the rules will have his or her hard pass suspended or revoked. 

    “If unprofessional behavior occurs in those settings, or if a court should decide that explicit rules are required to regulate conduct there, we will be forced to reconsider this decision,” Sanders said, according to USA Today

    The new rules have been criticized by journalists and others. 

    There have been rules in place for White House reporters in the past, but they have never emphasized the suspension and revoking of press passes. As of right now, Acosta has yet to respond to the administration's new rules, but he did tweet following his announcement that it was time to

    Thanks to everybody for their support. As I said last Friday... let's get back to work.

    — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 19, 2018">“get back to work.” 


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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.) 

    Four Dead After A Gunman Opens Fire At A Chicago Hospital 

    Four people were killed, including a gunman and a police officer, Monday afternoon at the Mercy Hospital in Chicago. 

    The incident happened in the hospital’s parking lot, and witnesses saw an argument between the gunman and a woman who was a doctor at Mercy and his former fiance, according to the Washington Post. A friend tried to intervene, but the gunman lifted his shirt to show a handgun, police said. The friend proceeded to call for 911, and another call was placed once shots were fired. According to the Chicago Tribune, the woman was fatally shot when police officers arrival. 

    The gunman left the hospital and fired multiple rounds at officers. Another female employee as well as a police officer were fatally shot in the middle of the exchange, according to the Chicago Tribune. The officer was later identified as Samuel Jimenez. 

    “The city of Chicago lost a doctor, pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they loved,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, The Washington Post reports. 

    A nurse at Mercy Hospital, Maria Tello, told BuzzFeed News that she heard three gunshots. “You know what to do, but you’re still in shock. We’re putting patients in rooms and trying to lock them down. All you want to do is hide and be quiet and communicate with them,” she said. 

    The suspect was later found inside the hospital with a fatal wound to the head. According to Buzzfeed News, it is unclear how he was shot. 

    Ivanka Trump Reportedly Sent Hundreds of Emails About Government Business From Her Personal Email 

    The Washington Post reported on Monday that Ivanka Trump’s personal email account was used to discuss official government business last year. Ivanka reportedly discussed issues related to the White House on an email account that she shared with her husband, Jared Kushner. 

    According to emails released by American Oversight, a watchdog group, Ivanka used her personal account to email Cabinet members, White House aides and assistants. CNN reports that under the Presidential Records Act all “official White House communications and records [must] be preserved.” 

    “The president’s family is not above the law, and there are serious questions that Congress should immediately investigate,” executive director of American Oversight, Austin Evers, said in a statement. “Did Ivanka Trump turn over all of her emails for preservation as required by law? Was she sending classified information over a private system?” 

    The personal email was reportedly shared with Kushner through a Microsoft system in 2016, as they were preparing to move into the White House. According to the report, she sent at least 100 emails that were related to her official position within the administration. Ivanka also reportedly sent a number of emails about her work and travel schedule that were sent to personal assistants and those who take care of her children. A little under 1,000 emails contained that type of information, according to The Post.

    This news comes after President Trump repeatedly called out Hillary Clinton, often saying to “lock her up,” for using a personal email throughout the 2016 presidential campaign.

    Woman Files For Restraining Order Against Michael Avenatti One WeekAfter His Arrest For Domestic Violence

    A woman has reportedly filed for a restraining order against Michael Avenatti just one week after allegations of and an arrest for domestic violence. 

    Actress Mareli Miniutti filed a petition in Los Angeles County Superior court for a restraining order, according to The Hill. The Blast first reported the legal action, and reported that Miniutti made a domestic violence report against Avenatti. Her involvement was not previously known. 

    Avenatti later tweeted that he looked forward to "a full clearing of [his] name and disclosure of all the facts."

    "I have NEVER abused a woman or committed domestic violence against anyone. Any claim to the contrary is completely bogus and fabricated. I am a target. And I will be exonerated," he added. 

    Last week, Avenatti was charged for domestic violence in Los Angeles but later was released on bail. According to BuzzFeed News, officials haven't released specific details of the allegation except that incident happened at a home in the 10000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard near Beverly Hills. 

    What to look out for...

    So it's my favorite national holiday today, which is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day! It combines two of my favorite things fudge and peanut butter. And as a girl who grew up near the boardwalks and beaches of New Jersey, fudge is practically a staple. 


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    Many of us think of college as the most remarkable years filled with opportunity for new experiences, and a time meet lifelong friends and grow into our true selves. And while that is true for some – the reality is that nearly 1 in 5 college students are affected with anxiety or depression. Yes, really.

    According to the latest Center for Collegiate Mental Health report, anxiety and depression are the top reasons that college students seek counseling – and that makes sense when you consider a typical student might confront a heavy workload, cyberbullying, changing relationships, homesickness, substance abuse and more over their years at school.

    Obviously, mental health is a huge topic on college campuses, and that’s why the next Get With The Times event will shine a light on this topic by bringing NBA all-star Kevin Love to the stage to discuss his mental health journey on November 29.

    Not familiar with Get With The Times? It’s a live event conversation series from The New York Times that brings students together with influencers and famous figures to discuss vital issues facing the world today – in this case, a discussion about mental health. Each event takes place on a college campus and is broadcast to watch parties hosted on other campuses.

    Love was an obvious and critical choice for this conversation. In his 11 seasons playing professional basketball, he won five All-Star selections, an NBA Championship and a gold medal from both the Olympics and the FIBA World Championships. From the outside, it looked like he was on top of the world, but he was also struggling with anxiety and depression. Eventually Love suffered a panic attack before a game, which he then wrote about in The Player’s Tribune, making him one of the first professional athletes to talk about this issue publicly.

    Love will be interviewed by Sports of The Times columnist Juliet Macur, and this event is also supported by HBC Foundation's HEADFIRST Program, which focuses on providing mental health support for teens and young adults.

    If you’re ready to get involved, it all starts here! Mark your calendars for November 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. EST when “The Mental Game With Kevin Love” will be taking place at Tufts University.

    If you can’t make the event IRL, you can learn more here about how to host your own watch party or tune into a livestream. It’s time to connect with other students about what matters most – stay up to date on even more upcoming events by subscribing to The New York Times.


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    The holiday season is full of magic, laughter, and freezing cold weather. The moment the temperature outside slips below freezing I am absolutely beside myself with dread. If you’re anything like me, you’ll turn into a bit of a Grinch anytime you have to venture outside in a frozen winter wasteland. Winter is a cold and cruel mistress, but luckily there are a few essentials to stock up on that will keep the bitter cold temperatures from feeling too punishing.

    Fleece Jacket

    There’s a reason these jackets have been popping up at every store to the point where they’re practically unavoidable. Fleece jackets are the perfect layering piece for keeping you nice and toasty without making the rest of your outfit bulky. These have oddly but understandably become a trend for their ability to somehow look posh and outdoorsy at the same, while also being cozy AF. If you actually go out to buy anything on this list, choose this one.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Blanket Scarf

    I can’t think of a better solution for walking in the freezing cold and working in a chilly office than a blanket scarf. Just tuck your whole face into your gigantic scarf while you’re outside to keeps your nose from freezing, and then you have a whole ass blanket to snuggle up with while you’re at work. EVERYONE should have one of these, it’s a total win-win.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Earmuffs

    Okay, I know that nobody really wears earmuffs anymore BUT I think we should all start. Sure, hats could keep your ears warm, but earmuffs are the real winners because they won’t mess up your hair or create a lot of annoying static. You’ll also look like a wealthy trust fund baby and if the law of attraction has any hold, you’ll definitely want to be channeling that kind of energy.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    My heart goes out to all of you struggling with the frigid temperatures, so these tips should help keep you cozy and warm throughout the worst winter weather. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go buy the fuzziest pair of earmuffs I can find.


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