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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    The holiday season is special for its ability to turn normally overdone and extra fashion choices into everyday style. I've loved to watch (and re-watch) the holiday episodes of notoriously sartorial-centric shows, like Gossip Girl and The Bold Type, to take style cues and incorporate them into my own holiday wardrobe.

    If you're a college student in the midst of finals like me, fear not, I've done all the hard work and research into this season's must-haves so you don't have to procrastinate and do it yourself. Put a little more holiday cheer into your outfit by incorporating some essential winter accessories. Don’t be afraid to go a little over the top — it's the season of opulence and freezing weather after all.

    1. Earmuffs

    I mentioned earmuffs in my last article and I’m planning on including them in future articles about winter fashion because they are THE BEST and I am obviously in love with them. They are the easiest way to add a little holiday cheer to any outfit. Plus, they keep your ears cozy and warm without messing up your hair like a beanie or hat would! Honestly, I just love them because they’re outrageously extra. 

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    2. Capes

    Capes nearly tied for first because I promise you they are life-changing. I found one at my local thrift store with the original tags still on it and when I wore it for the first time I realized that capes are just a sneaky way of making cozy blankets wearable, business-appropriate fashion. I’m also very picky about small things and I love that you don’t have bulky sleeves getting in the way.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    3. Sherpa fleece

    This is arguably the most noticeable trend of the season because the fabric itself is just SO damn cozy. Trends specifically for a fabric/texture don’t come around too often, but when they do, it makes it incredibly easy to convert into an accessory. You can wear this any way you want to whether it be a jacket, scarf, glove, beanie, or socks. It’ll keep you warm even if you’re outside caroling or inside with family and friends. We stan cozy fabrics as high fashion.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    4. Faux fur lined boots

    Finding a warm pair of boots is an absolute must as the freezing cold weather around the holidays starts to creep in. There tends to be more activities to do outside around the holiday season than other winter months (ice skating, caroling, checking out Christmas lights, etc.) and finding a pair of faux fur lined boots has kept my toes warm while preventing me from slipping on the ice and falling on my butt. Consider them protection from becoming the next Grinch.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    5. Holiday-inspired brooch

    I love brooches because they serve absolutely no other purpose than to look gaudy and expensive. They're basically an ornament that you hang on yourself! There are a wealth of shops on online stores such as Etsy and Depop that have a huge variety to choose from, but they're also relatively easy to find around town as well. Just check your local thrift shop or donation center. Even better, you can wear it with anything, just pin it on your sweater, scarf, dress, or jacket and you're one step closer to becoming a Christmas tree. 

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    6. Velvet gloves

    Every winter I somehow manage to gloss over the fact that I don't own a pair of gloves even though it's freezing and snowy outside and end up shoving my hands in my pockets for a feeble attempt of warmth the entire winter. But not this year. Beyond just keeping your hands warm, gloves can add a fair amount of detail to the rest of your outfit. Velvet tends to make its way around the fashion circuit around the holidays and this year is no different. Limiting the extent of the velvet in your outfit to solely the gloves contributes to an interesting mix of textures and lends a hint of classic elegance. 

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    This time of year can be especially stressful between family interactions and end of the semester exam stress, so this one is for all of you that use online shopping as a form of stress relief. Make sure you get those earmuffs! From my closet to yours, have a happy, safe, and warm holiday season. 


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    Whenever I picture December, images of peppermint mochas, holiday fashion and family time are always at the front of my mind. Somehow, every year, I manage to repress the memories of the first two stressful, hellish weeks that make up finals season. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably on your phone or computer looking up holiday outfit inspiration and daydreaming about all of the seasonal treats you want to try, all to avoid doing any actual studying.

    Luckily you can have the best of both worlds this year by getting some quick fashion inspiration for finals week and while still having enough time to comb through your notes. Here's some of our fave inspo for finals week fashion, all from members of Her Campus's InfluenceHer Collective!

    Sugar and spice make an outfit look nice

    Don’t want to choose between cozy and sexy? You don’t have to anymore, just pair your warmest plaid with a silk camisole like this one and you’ll be celebration-ready once you finish your last final.

    It’s time to jingle bell rock

    Punk’s not dead, we’re just wearing it now. This cherry red leather jacket pairs perfectly with a graphic tee and ripped jeans for a glam yet rebellious look.

    All black everything

     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    As much as I love sharing pictures of cute outfits I put together, this is how I spend 99.9% of my time.

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    A favorite tactic in my own wardrobe planning skills, a simple all-black top and bottom draws the attention to other parts of your outfit. Grab your favorite sneakers like these and let them shine!

    Sweat it out

    Who knew that a simple pair of grey sweatpants could be so stylish? It’s every college gal’s dream come true. Style them with a pair of Timbs to look fierce and cozy at the same time.

    Have a monochromatic moment

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    You’ll never have to worry about matching again if your entire outfit is the same color palette! With dreary weather outside, this sunny outfit has us feeling peachy keen.

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    you not wavier than the wavy man

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    Don’t put away your favorite graphic tees for the winter season just yet! Layer a long-sleeved shirt underneath one for an edgy, cold-weather take on an outfit you typically see during the summer.

    Give us the cold shoulder

    Cold shoulder sweaters are the best way to show a little skin during the winter months without sacrificing warmth. They’re easy to pair with just about anything, like these black and white striped wide-leg pants.

    All looks brought to you by members from Her Campus's InfluenceHer Collective. Are you an aspiring fashion influencer or blogger? Apply to join Her Campus's community of millennial and Gen Z influencers today!


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    Each year as the winter season rolls around, we love to shop new beauty products and update skincare routines to match the change in weather. Your skin has totally different needs in the fall than in the winter! That’s why our editors have a few selections ready from Alba Botanica®, all botanically-based beauty goodies that can totally accommodate during this time and beyond.

    First priority is to keep skin clean and clear with help from acnedote™, a whole line that includes a cleanser, on-the-go towelettes, a scrub, astringent, oil-free moisturizer, a peel, and spot-treatments. Acne definitely pops up after a sweaty workout especially if you can’t wash your face between class and the gym, but these cruelty-free and 100 percent vegetarian editor picks can provide the treatment skin needs to stay fresh. Use acnedote™ in tandem with a full set of regular Alba Botanica® faves, and you’ll be totally set.

    Ready to refresh your beauty arsenal with a full set of new cleansers, lotions and scrubs to love? Enter below for a chance to win a shipment of all the products our editors will be using this winter! Here’s a sneak peek into just a few of the products you’ll receive:

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    Bachelor Nation, prepared to be shaken to your core — there might be a new couple on the horizon: Peter Kraus, the runner-up from Rachel Lindsay's season on The Bachelorette, and Bibiana Julian from Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season of The Bachelor, along with Bachelor: Winter Games and Bachelor in Paradise

    That's right! The two were spotted (on camera!) next to each other at a Miami Heat game in Bibiana's hometown of Miami on Tuesday. I know what you're thinking — big deal, right? They could totally be hanging out as friends. 

    Well, that's true, but they seemed to be a little more than ~friendly~ since Peter is holding her knee. 

    Kraus has also recently been linked to Nikki Bella from Total Bellas, but a source told E! News that he and Bibiana are indeed "casually dating." 

    "Peter and Bibiana have been friends for a while now through the Bachelor franchise, but most recently started hanging out alone. There is definitely a romantic connection there and they are casually dating," the source said. "It's very new and they are seeing how thing go. They spent time alone in Miami together, went to the Heat game on a date, and are really enjoying each other's company."

    The source added that dating is "hard because their relationship is long distance, but they are trying to see how things pan out and are definitely into each other." 

    Neither have confirmed anything, though.

    In case you need a refresher, Peter made it to the end of The Bachelorette season 13, only to refuse to propose to Rachel. He was thought to be a frontrunner for the 22nd season of The Bachelor, but Luyendyk was ultimately chosen. 


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    Earlier this week, photos featuring a TMZ watermark surfaced that showed someone alleged to be Travis Scott with a woman who wasn't Kylie Jenner.

    Scott denied the photo's authenticity, and on Wednesday, it was revealed that the whole thing was a part of a plot from YouTuber ChristianAdamG. He apparently wanted to "see how gullible" the internet is, so he took it upon himself to physically transform into Scott, pose for photos that would make it look like he was cheating on Kylie, and then post them on the internet to where they'd go viral.

    "The question is: Do the internet even care about the truth sometimes? [...] I wanted to prove the point that most stories you see on the internet is almost never true. People say this, people say that. But to be honest, the lie is almost most entertaining," the YouTuber said

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Case closed. #CommentsByCelebs

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    He later apologized to Scott after acknowledging the photo's popularity. "This is everywhere on Twitter, bro. I feel so bad sometimes. Damn, am I really messing up this n***a's relationship?" ChristianAdamG said in his video. "Now you all see how the world will believe something just because they want to believe it [...] They don't really care about the truth or doing the research, or anything like that. Travis Scott, if you're watching this, forgive me, bro."

    If there's one person's forgiveness he will not be getting, it's Kylie's. She spoke out about the prank on her Instagram stories, saying, "Idk if this is really a social experiment to some people but you're messing with real people, real relationships, real family. I'm happy my relationship is strong because this is getting out of hand. The internet scares me sometimes for real."

    Kim Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian also condemned the video on Twitter. 

    "I hate that I am bringing attention to this but this is absolutely disgusting that you would find this funny to mess with Travis & Kylie who just started a family together," Kim tweeted alongside a screenshot of the YouTube video. "This is really damaging to relationships, families and is just so wrong!"

    Khloé tweeted that people "are absolutely disgusting."

    "The mind games this would do to somebody… That is so completely not OK!" she wrote. "This person should be so ashamed of themselves! What filth."


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    Name: Jess Hastings
    Age: 32
    Job Title and Description: Bounty Brand Manager, Procter & Gamble
    College Name/Major: University of Kentucky/BA (Integrated Strategic Communication & Spanish Majors; Business Minor); Ohio State University/MBA
    Instagram Handle:@jessicaroma9

    Let's face it: our fantasies at this point almost exclusively revolve around finding a company that we love (that also loves us) and growing with that company. Platonic and romantic relationships are cool and all, but sometimes we just want to fall in love with our job — and that's absolutely alright. Thankfully, Jess Hastings, the Bounty Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble, has some seriously smart advice on how you can find your perfect vocation. 

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

    Jess Hastings: My current job entails managing an iconic multi-billion dollar brand. It includes P&L responsibilities, marketing and leadership of a team. Every day is different but that’s part of what I love. This role definitely keeps me on my toes!

    HC: What is the best part of your job?

    JH: Working alongside incredibly smart and wonderful people to solve problems together daily.

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

    JH: Assistant Brand Manager. I got an internship after my first year of business school and received an offer to return full time upon graduation. What words of wisdom (well-known quotes, an anecdote from your boss) do you find most valuable? “Be where you are.” This phrase or mantra is super powerful to me as a working mom. I remind myself daily to be present at work when I’m there and at home when I’m there. Multi-tasking sounds like a good idea but I find I’m at my best when I’m fully present.

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

    JH: I’ve faltered in the past by not believing in myself. I’ve learned that I perform at my peak when I have a quiet inner confidence. It takes practice but it’s absolutely critical to work on erasing self-doubt and lean into my strengths!

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

    JH: Learning about the opportunity to take on my current role. It’s a job I had dreamed about having when I first came to the company!

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

    JH: Passion! Most of what we do in brand management can be taught but you can’t teach someone to have drive and passion.

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

    JH: Be focused on what you want and go after it! Be very specific when defining your dreams and aspirations and tactically build a plan to make it happen. As an example, my desire to work at P&G influenced what graduate school I went to!

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

    JH: Leadership experience always stands out to me most. Whether it’s in a professional context or a campus organization, true leaders always find a way to take things to the next level. I love to see that shine through on a resume.


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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 Reportedly Set to Appoint Replacements for Nikki Haley & Jeff Sessions

    With Nikki Haley set to leave her post as United Nations ambassador by the end of the month, President Donald Trump has reportedly tapped State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as her replacement. According to POLITICO, Nauert's possible selection "came as something of a surprise," as John James, a Republican who recently lost his senate bid in Michigan, was thought to be a serious contender, along with others such as ambassador to France, Jamie McCourt, and former White House deputy national security adviser Dina Powell. Even Ivanka was being considered at one point.

    Prior to joining the State Department in 2017, Nauert worked as Fox News host and at ABC. She's faced public backlash before, like when she posted a "tourist-like Instagram post" in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, while on a trip that was meant to focus on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, NPR reported. Back in November, Trump described Nauert as "excellent."

    "She's been with us a long time, she's been a supporter for a long time," Trump said. Nauert had no government or foreign policy experience prior to joining his administration.

    Meanwhile, Trump is also reportedly preparing to nominate a replacement for former attorney general Jeff Sessions. According to The Washington Post, the president's leading candidate is former attorney general William P. Barr, a "well-respected Republican lawyer who served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush." Sources familiar with the situation told the Post that Barr is a favorite for many Trump administration officials, including senior lawyers in the White House Counsel's Office. The announcement regarding his nomination could be made as early as the next few days. 

    Democrat Withdraws Concession in North Carolina Race That's Facing Possible Election Fraud

    Dan McCready, the Democrat who conceded a North Carolina congressional race to his Republican opponent Mark Harris after it appeared that he was down about 900 votes, withdrew his concession on Thursday amid a possible election fraud scandal. The state elections board has refused to certify the results from the 9th District race, and "potential misconduct with absentee ballots" is currently being investigated, CNN reported. 

    "I didn't serve overseas in the Marines to come home to NC and watch a criminal, bankrolled by my opponent, take away people's very right to vote," McCready tweeted, announcing the change with a video. "Today I withdraw my concession and call on Mark Harris to end his silence and tell us exactly what he knew, and when."

    According to NBC News, The Charlotte Observer and others throughout the state have called for a new election. This could happen should the state Board of Elections or the U.S. House of Representatives order one. "We think the board of elections should hold a public hearing and fully lay out the facts," Dallas Woodhouse, the executive director of North Carolina's Republican party told NBC News. "If they can show with certainty that the outcome could not have been changed, they need to certify Mr. Harris and continue to support all state and federal criminal investigations. If they can show a substantial likelihood it could have changed the race then we fully would support a new election."

    Large For-Profit Colleges Randomly Closes

    Education Corp. of America, one of the largest for-profit college chains in the United States, said on Wednesday that it plans to close roughly 70 locations nationwide. According to NBC News, approximately 19,000 students are now unable to complete their programs, all because ECA's accreditor apparently suspended recognition for the schools. 

    The New York Daily News reported that the company is the latest in a series of for-profit colleges to cease operations after "allegations that they were loading students up with debt wile not providing them with marketable skills." It's currently unknown if students will be able to cancel the student loans they took out to attend ECA schools. 

    One student, Jasmin Cantú, told NBC News that all of the colleges she's talked to say they won't take the credits she's earned at Brightwood College. "Instead of taking the next few months to close in an orderly fashion, ECA took the easy way out and left 19,000 students scrambling to find a way to finish the education program they started," an Education Department spokeswoman, Liz Hill, told the Daily News

    What to look for...

    If you're a Spotify user, your #2018Wrapped. People have been sharing their streaming habits since the platform released their listening data for the year.


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    ICYMI, absolute icon and prominent trans YouTuber Nikita Dragun blasted Victoria's Secret on social media yesterday. The social media star completely recreated Victoria's Secret's classic Fantasy Bra ad, featuring her own version of the million dollar bra reserved for VS veterans. And yes, the internet rightfully lost its damn mind

    The video comes in response to transphobic comments made by Ed Razek, Victoria's Secret's Chief Marketing Officer. In an interview with Vogue, Razek stated the annual show should not include "transexuals" because "the show is a fantasy."​

    Dragun posted the video on Twitter stating "Dear Victoria’s Secret, you said trans women can’t sell the “fantasy” so here i am as a TRANS WOMAN selling the FANTASY!" In only 24 hours, the video received 4.4 million views on Instagram and 5.3 million views on Twitter. Dragun even took it upon herself to @ Victoria's Secret on Twitter, but Victoria's Secret has yet to respond.

    Nikita, we are rooting for you and all the trans women you're standing for. 


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

    @cramps4days: so real talk: my period makes me MISERABLE. I feel like I just have literally endless cramps, so I get my period and then I cry and just feel awful. how can I make it less awful? 

    @AthenaClub: Do not worry, there are multiple things to do to help with periods! First off, Omega 3 supplements really help with period cramps. Omega 3 is a natural anti-inflammatory that works miracles if you take it before and during your period (make it a healthy habit and take it everyday).

    Next up is diet! Our bodies often long for calcium and lean proteins. You could incorporate rich, leafy greens, beans, and cold-water fish into your diet to help support your body’s natural flow. Since inflammation is a major culprit, up your Omega-3 fatty acid intake (cannot forgo the importance of Omega 3) and other natural anti-inflammatories and try to avoid processed grains, oils, and sugars when possible. And as always, water is always there to help keep everything on track, so keep an eye on your water-to-caffeine consumption, especially if you experience stomach issues during your period.

    Next, you could try doing some yoga. Yup! Whether you’re a tentative newbie or an advanced yogi, a regular yoga regimen can improve both pre-menstrual and period symptoms. A recent study found that relaxation-based yoga leads to calmer breathing and increases serotonin production, both of which aid reducing period-induced pain and tension. Lastly, you can try essential oils such as peppermint, lavender and evening primrose oil - you can either take supplements or apply it directly to your abdomen if you do not have any allergies. You can always look for more tips and advice on our Periodical - The Owl.

    Check out more advice from @helpmehc. We've got your back. Plus, get more from today's guest columnist, Athena Club, founded by women (with periods) to shake things up in body care. 


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    If you’re anything like us, you look forward to the holiday season all year long. Filled with adventures, gift-giving and cocoa, the holidays create an opportunity for so much fun with family and friends. But things can quickly get pricey as you splurge on Starbucks drinks, decorations, trips with friends and gifts for the ones you love. Don’t worry! Let’s save the stress for the important stuff this holiday season, such as untangling that mess of Christmas lights and trying to pick the perfect presents. With these easy, sneaky tips for saving money this holiday season, you’ll maintain your budget without missing out on any holiday fun.

    Shopping Tips

    Sign up for store rewards programs.

    Spoiler alert: Store rewards programs offer major savings. From Pier 1 Imports to Sephora, most stores have rewards programs where you earn points for every dollar you spend. Kohl’s, for example, has a program called Kohl’s Cash, where you earn $15 to use at the store for every $50 you spend. Pile these rewards on top of the exclusive coupons and deals often offered to reward members, and you’ll be shopping at the best prices possible. Plus, when you’re out shopping, get deals on lunch and dinner with the thousands of restaurant rewards apps. If you’re hangry while you shop, you’re going to be much more impulsive in your spending choices. Plan ahead to save both your budget and your diet

    Shop special sales, even if they feel early.

    Look in the clearance section, especially online. Retailers constantly offer clearance steals, and places like Homegoods, Marshalls and T.J. Maxx have discounted products for every interest. Keep an eye out for special savings days, and sign up for your favorite stores’ email lists to get notifications whenever a sale goes live.

    Create DIY gift sets for a more affordable option.

    Contrary to popular belief, DIY gifts can be more thoughtful than luxury items already compiled together in the store. Create self-care gift baskets with bath bombs, body lotions, a candle, some fluffy socks and maybe a chocolate bar. Customizing gift ideas allows you to create meaningful, more affordable gift options.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Keep emotions in check while spending.

    If you’re stressed out, it’s easy to hop onto Amazon and click the add-to-cart button without realizing the consequences on your bank account. Come up with healthy coping strategies for holiday and end-of-year stress so that your decisions are quality, not frazzled!  

    Make sure to remember quality over quantity.

    While lots of people think it’s less expensive to buy a few cheaper items rather than one larger product, the costs can really bundle and grow rapidly. Remember that one really quality gift that will mean a lot to someone is a good choice, even if it seems like a higher cost up-front. Be smart with who you shop for and what items you splurge on for them.

    If you have a large friend group, try a Secret Santa.

    Instead of having to shop for presents for everyone in your squad, suggest that this year you try out a Secret Santa gift exchange. Set a price minimum (or maximum) and enjoy being able to really think about a meaningful gift! You can also combine this gift swap with a mini party. Everyone can bring their gift and a holiday-inspired dish for a memorable holiday night (at an affordable cost). You could also try out a white elephant gift exchange with your friends, which often entails lower cost, quirkier gifts around a certain theme or price point.

    Related: Savvy Shopping: How Not to Go Over Your Holiday Shopping Budget 

    Deals on Adventures

    From snow tubing to heading to a Christmas lights display, the holidays are bursting with chances to get out and have some fun with your friends and family. However, the costs of these winter adventures can quickly stack up. These small tips help keep costs low and fun high this holiday season.

    Take advantage of student and other discounts.

    Spontaneity is awesome, but so is saving money because you went to an event on the right night. Many places offer student discounts with your ID, and some even have college nights where you can attend for a lower price. Use websites like Groupon to look up the attractions near you and save money on tickets. Sometimes, going earlier can help save money, too. For some holiday light displays or attractions, going earlier in the week or even at an earlier time of night can help lower costs.

    Create your own inexpensive holiday fun.

    Plan a holiday movie night with your friends. Pick out a few favorite films, gather up the snacks and have everyone bring something, like a topping for a hot chocolate bar or a bag of candy to share. The whole event will be fun and memorable without costing you tons of money. Events like movie nights are easy and quick to put together, and creating your own events and fun this holiday season will help keep your budget in check. You could also try recreating Pinterest holiday desserts with your pals for a hilarious and super fun time. 

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Budgeting and Organization

    Part of why the holiday season can get so out-of-hand for your budget is how easy it is to forget how much you’ve spent. Of course, the holidays are about much more than the amount that you spend, but keeping yourself organized is a simple way to get ahead and enjoy the holidays.

    Keep a list.

    As you shop, keep a list of what gifts you’ve purchased and who they are for. This way, you know what’s taken care of and what still needs to get done, and can even keep track of the amount you’re spending per person. Before you shop, write out a plan for who you need to shop for and what you’re thinking will work for each person.

    Set a loose budget.

    We call this a loose budget because you don’t need to have a super strict outline. You need a rough plan for spending. Allocate money towards different areas of holiday fun, and do your best to stay within those guidelines. For example, try allocating $100 for fun things with friends and family, $15 each for friend gifts, etc.

    Use the 48-hour policy.

    Online shopping makes it hard to say no to purchases. When all you have to do is click “add to cart,” it’s hard to stop yourself, especially if it seems like a great purchase. During the holidays, commit to wait a day or two before taking the plunge while online shopping. If you see an item you fall in love with, bookmark it and walk away. If you’re still thinking about it two days later, go for it! However, you might just find that it’s not as good of an idea after a few days of thinking.

    However you choose to celebrate the holidays, make sure you are smart about the way you spend your money. We encourage you to treat yourself and those around you, but don’t do it in a way that will stress you out for the start of the new year.


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    Just a week after Tumblr announced its controversial plans to eliminate all NSFW content, Facebook is the latest social media website to find itself in hot water for imposing a crackdown on explicit material on its site. Facebook’s new guidelines went into effect on Oct. 15, but people are now beginning to notice.

    PC Mag reports that the regulations are sweeping and banning sexual language that can be anywhere from graphic (such as dirty talk) to cheekily vague euphemisms like “looking to have a good time tonight.” However, as people fear the generality of Facebook’s guidelines will lead to censorship, spokespeople for the platform are unsurprisingly arguing that there’s no need to worry.

    One company spokesperson told The Verge that “This change was prompted, in large part, by conversations with our content reviewers, who told us that the sexual exploitation policy did not adequately distinguish between exploitation (e.g. My ex was a slut. Look at the photos she sent me.”) and solicitation (e.g. “Looking for swingers. Friday at 8 PM, [name of bar]. Wear pink.”), leading to confusion among reviewers, as well as the perception that we treat sexual exploitation and solicitation the same."

    The announcement of new Community Guidelines comes on the heels of a rough year for Facebook, which has been marred by a host of scandals, Fortune reports.

    These scandals include letting Cambridge Analytica, a political analysis firm linked to the 2016 Trump campaign, use Facebook users’ data to research the election, on top of the ever-present complaints surrounding the proliferation of fake news and the company’s consistent failure to monitor hate-speech.

    The bottom line, however, is that Facebook content cannot be taken down unless it is reported, meaning that so long as everyone involved is comfortable with the conversation, the risk is minimal.


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    Light all your cookie-scented candles and warm up in your most over-the-top ugly sweater because it’s finally that time of year. Yup, the most wonderful time of the year is back and we couldn’t be more pumped about it. In a perfect world, everything is merry and bright 24/7 during the holidays, but let’s be real: from long days of traveling to non-stop shopping, the holiday season can feel a little overwhelming at times.

    This season, the editors here at Her Campus have your back on the top products you’ll need to thrive, not just survive, during the holidays. And lucky for you, we’re gifting one of our readers with an entire kit filled with our holiday essentials. Here’s what’s inside:

    Enter below to win all these holiday goodies!

    Holiday Survival Kit 2018 Giveaway


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    The end is here and I am not emotionally prepared for it. I remember how just only eight short months ago Marvel gave us one of the most heartbreaking endings to an Avengers film. I am still recovering from watching all of my favorite characters disintegrate before my very eyes (R.I.P. Spider-Man and Black Panther). 

    Avengers: Infinity War also had one of the greatest cliffhanger endings of all time and it left fans craving more. We have been waiting patiently to get answers to some of our most burning questions: How are the OG Avengers going to fix the universe? Will they actually fix it? How is Iron Man going to get back to Earth? Where is Captain Marvel? Is Shuri, Hawkeye, or Ant-Man alive? How are they going to bring everyone back? Who is going to die next?

    Well, the wait is finally over because Marvel finally revealed the name for its fourth and final Avengers film, Avengers: Endgame, and dropped the official trailer. Avengers: Endgame is set immediately after the events of Infinity War. Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) is floating through space towards Earth with no food, water, and running low on oxygen. On Earth, the surviving Avengers are grappling with the loss of their close friends and family but they are gearing up to one final time to make it right again. I am both excited and terrified to see what Marvel has planned for our heroes.

     

    I am screaming and sobbing after that! Emotional, clean-shaven Captain America really got me. 

    Avengers: Endgame will be released on April 26, 2019. If you need me, I’ll be over here re-watching my fave Marvel films and reminiscing on a time before Avengers: Infinity War.


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    It's the season of gift-giving and that means you need to find the perfect gift for every type of BFF in your friend group. When shopping for your fashion-forward BFF, it can be a little tough since she seemingly has everything that's on-trend at the moment. Luckily, we've got you covered with this unexpected list of gifts that'll keep your friend looking her absolute best this season. Here's what to you'll want to give the Carrie Bradshaw of your girl squad to really *wow* her.

    1. Scrunchies with a bow

    Scrunchies are back in, no one can deny that. But for that fashionista in your friend group, just scrunchies just won't cut it. Luckily, scrunchies with a little flair exist and are the perfect alternative. There are so many different ways you can wear scrunchies with a bow, from making it a bun accessory, to creating a fancy ponytail. Here are some of our favorite places to pick up one, or three, of these hair accessories. 

    Free People Bow Scrunchie ($6 or 3 for $12)

    Coming in 11 different colors and styles, you are sure to find a look your friend will like. And you definitely can't beat the price!

    Urban Outfitters Darling Draped Bow Scrunchie ($6)

    Featuring much simpler designs, the bow scrunchies at Urban Outfitters are definitely meant for dressing up your outfits, which is perfect for that friend who loves dressing a little extra, even if she's just going to class. 

    2. Feminist-inspired jewelry

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    It's always a #look when you're wearing feminist-inspired jewelry, whether that comes in the form of quote jewelry or pins of famous women. There are many different ways to pick something that fits your friend's personal style, whether that be more simple and classic or more showy and colorful. 

    Wildfang Ohme Smash the Patriarchy Hoop Earrings ($73)

    These large hoop earrings will definitely wow the crowds. Plus, it's the perfect message to be sporting. 

    Nordstrom Set of 3 Feminist Inspiration Bar Bracelets ($34)

    This set of three bracelets can given together, or spread throughout your friend group as an adult form of friendship bracelets. Whatever you choose, these bracelets will go with any outfit, making them a great gift choice. 

    3. Trendy sunglasses

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Though it may be winter, the sun still shines and sunglasses are definitely still needed. If you see your friend without a pair, get her some trendy, fashion-forward lenses that will put her back on track. Plus, the cat-eye look is back in style, as are other eye-catching sunglasses styles, so there are plenty of choices!

    Express Privé Revaux The Street Sunglasses ($29.95)

    This reflective look from Express is perfect for keeping your eyes hidden after a late night out and will make the perfect gift for your BFF.

    Urban Outfitters Retro Geo Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($18)

    You literally can't go wrong with a cat-eye look, making it the perfect gift! This option from Urban Outfitters is both affordable and classy at the same time. 

    4. A fun (and v necessary) umbrella

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Don't let your friends get down during those dreary, rainy day. Get them a fun umbrella for an unexpected gift! It's a useful accessory that will keep them smiling no matter how bad the downpour. 

    Kate Spade Clear Dot Umbrella ($38)

    The clear umbrella is so in right now, and this option from Kate Spade is a great choice that's more unique than other options. 

    Macy's Signature Auto-Open Compact Umbrella with NeverWet® ($24)

    This embroidered-styled umbrella will add a little ~splash~ of color to your friend's grey day and is sure to keep them dry!

    5. A fashion-themed coloring book

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    If your friend already has enough fashionable clothing items, get them a fashion-inspired coloring book to help them de-stress after class or work. Seriously, coloring books are severely underrated and make amazing gifts. There are plenty of options out there depending on your friend's interests. Here are a few of our top choices:

    Vogue Colors A to Z: A Fashion Coloring Book ($16.95)

    Featuring every letter in the alphabet, all accompanied by Vogue fashion, this coloring book is sure to be a hit. 

    Mode Pariesienne: A Fashion Coloring Book ($19.95)

    Focused all around French designs, this coloring book is perfect for your BFF who is dreaming of studying fashion in Paris. 

    We know that shopping for that friend who seems to know everything about fashion can be tough. But with these ideas, you can have some fun getting your BFF some things that she might not have yet, or give her inspiration for her own fashion designs. Happy gift-giving!


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    So here's the thing: we just found a very, very cute (and like, GOOD) sex toy and we want to talk to you about it. Sex toys are SO empowering, and it's important that we talk about sex toys openly, honestly, and without shame. It's 2018, you guys. We masturbate. Let's talk about it. 

    ICYMI, every week on the Her Campus Instagram Live, Rachel and Gina host #SexTalk, and we're taking it here, to our site, so we can get even more ~real~ with you. We have a ton of thoughts about sex toys, from vibrators to strap-ons to dildos and more, and we've learned that we really like to hang out with you all and just like, chat about them. We're always here for you, and we're excited to talk to you about masturbation and sex in this new and exciting way. 

    The current sex thing we're excited about right now: The Satisfyer Pro 2. 

    Q: The Satisfyer Pro 2 is all about oral sex. What’s your take on oral sex in general?

    Gina: Gimme gimme gimme. I love the idea of a toy that replicates oral sex, especially if you’re at a place in life when you don’t have a partner and might miss the feeling of oral.

    Rachel: #1 fan

    Elaina: It’s my favorite thing - the only thing that makes me truly orgasm. It’s both foreplay and the final act for me.

    Q: How did you feel about the look of the product?

    Gina: The pink shade is so chic and approachable. It’s cute enough that I have no problem leaving it out on my nightstand. I enjoy the size (I don’t like when vibrators are huge and menacing), and it was very easy to use and set up.

    Rachel: Huge fan of the color. I’m also just very happy that sex toys are going down a less aggressively penis-like road. It didn’t feel too clunky to me, but also wasn’t super tiny - it feels like a middle ground size-wise. Huge fan of it being USB-chargeable, and safe for use in the shower.

    Elaina: I think it’s a little too big for my taste - it looks very much like a face-washing tool at first glance. I do like the color, however, and the shape is sleek. I charged it at my desk at work and no one gave it a second glance.

    Q: How did it go down? 

    Gina: Clitoral stimulation is what I measure all toys against, so this one ranked very highly. I agree that it doesn’t exactly feel like oral sex (truly replicating that would be hard since everyone’s experiences and preferences with that are so different), but it does feel good and exciting despite that. I love the little pulsations, and I would almost say it’s more intense than oral sex.

    Rachel: As far as orgasms go, this can definitely make that happen if you’re someone who is all about clitoral stimulation. Still, though, it didn’t feel quite like oral sex. I mean, obviously it’s not going to be exact, but it felt more like a verrrrry powerful clit vibe instead of something with the like, smooth flow and then sudden overwhelm of someone eating you out.

    Elaina: When I applied the product directly with some pressure, I felt like there was a little woodpecker just like, pecking at my clit. It’s also very loud, and makes a weird suctioning noise that’s also kind of awkward when trying to be intimate. Those things aside, I was able to orgasm pretty quickly - the vibration is pretty intense when applied directly. I did have to turn up the power to max to reach orgasm, however. I am someone who needs a good amount of pressure from oral sex to finish, so that could be why.

    Q: Did you try it solo, or with a partner?

    Gina: I used this solo – and actually in the bath. I have an assortment waterproof sex toys that I’ve never trusted to be ~truly~ waterproof, but this one seemed sturdy enough, so I risked it. I also used this outside of water, and I wouldn’t say there’s any real difference in the feeling when it’s submerged or not, which I appreciate.

    Rachel: I used this first with a partner, and then solo. Very different experience.

    Elaina: I tried it both solo and with a partner.

    Q: If you used it with a partner, what was their take?

    Rachel: I used this with a partner, and I thought it was going to be easier than it was. It’s the kind of thing I feel like the person it’s being used on ultimately has to control, which can be hot if you’re going for more of a “watching someone masturbate” vibe, but if you want to actually use it on someone it’s very very difficult. You have to know EXACTLY where all their shit is and then somehow keep it there while doing the other body things you want to do.

    Elaina: My partner was honestly at a loss for what to do with it at first. Most of the sex toys I have used in the past have been a little smaller and more intuitive. I mean he definitely knows where my spots are, but he couldn’t really find them with the white tip of this thing.  It was also just super awkward because of the loud sounds - I think he said something like “sounds like a helicopter is about to land on your junk.”I definitely think this is better used solo than with a partner. Like with a glass of wine, or in the shower or something. It’s a pretty decent product if you’re trying to treat yourself.

    Q: If you didn’t use it with a partner, would you? 

    Gina: Tbh, this is a vibrator that feels very immediate and something you need to use firsthand. I agree with Rachel that the person using it needs to be in control, so for this one I really just wanted to have me-time with it.

    Elaina: See above. Gina says this all way more eloquently than me.

    Q: What toys do you usually prefer?

    Rachel: I have a very large, very loud, old school Magic Wand that I plug into the wall. It’s my constant companion.

    Gina: Retweet to the Magic Wand. It’s my go-to and will probably always be #1 in my heart.

    Elaina: I have a 6 year old Rabbit - one of the ears actually is missing. I’m not even sure how - maybe a cat or something? But I still love it.

    Q: How did this toy stack up against your usual?

    Gina: I enjoyed getting to play with a toy that feels totally different in terms of appearance and sensation. It definitely got me out of my lazy masturbation routine. And while my wand will always come in first place, I would definitely reach for this again (and often) depending on what kind of mood I’m in.

    Rachel: It was really just kind of different. I think I liked this more as a solo toy than a partner toy, whereas the magic wand I use for both depending on my mood. I feel like I would reach for this moreso if I was having sex with a guy or a woman using a strap-on and just wanted to add some extra ~oomph~ to the situation by using this on myself.

    Elaina: I like the versatility of the rabbit. There is no penetrative quality to the Satisfyer.  

    Q: How would you describe the toy in 1 word?

    Gina: Energetic.

    Elaina: Woodpecker.

    Rachel: Impactful.


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    In case you didn’t know, the most wonderful time of the year is here and OMG, we can’t contain our excitement. Twinkling string lights can be found at every corner, the smell of pine is in the air, and all your favorite coffee shops are selling the specialty holiday drinks you’ve been waiting so patiently for all year. And yes, it’s more than acceptable to blast Christmas music all day every day for the rest of the year.

    This holiday season, make the absolute most out of all your holiday parties and family gatherings with Her Campus’s editor-approved holiday essentials. Whether it’s a little holiday stress acne (we feel you) or crafting your BFF’s Christmas gift, we’ve found the top products you’ll need to thrive all season long.

    Shine on, girl

    It’s time to pull out all the stops this holiday season and really step up your makeup game. The BUXOM Cosmetics Va-Va-Plump™ Shiny Liquid Lipstick is your new BFF for all your Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve bashes. Say goodbye to the days of dry liquid lipsticks, because BUXOM Cosmetics is coming through with 20 ultra-vibrant shades of tingling lip-plumping magic that creates a supple shine. Plus, it’s lasting-wear formula will ensure your lips look kissable from dusk til’ dawn.

    Self-care all break long

    Let’s face it: holiday stress is real AF. Whether it’s rushing to find every member of your squad that perfect gift, or the long travel struggles, the holidays can bring the perfect brew of stress for acne to show up uninvited. That’s why Alba Botanica® Acnedote™ Pimple Patches are your lifesaver. With a non-drying formula that’s 100% vegetarian and free of any harsh sulfates or parabens, these targeted patches draw the bad stuff out and keep the skin’s moisture in.

    Do good for your body this season

    With the new year right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to try a good new habit. Ditch those tampons and pads full of artificial fragrances and ingredients for a more sustainable and reliable option. The DivaCup is a reusable menstrual cup — made of 100% healthcare grade silicone — that provides 12 hours of leak-free protection, making your period the least of your worries during the holiday season.

    Holiday crafting made simple

    For all you craft-obsessed gift-givers, the Krazy Glue All Purpose Singles are the tool you’ll need all holiday season long. From DIY picture frames to sentimental photo collages, the possibilities are endless for your heartfelt gift. And if you run into a holiday mishap, like a sudden broken heel, these singles are also essential for a fast fix on the spot.

    Festive décor made easy

    Adorning your dorm room or college apartment with string lights and festive ornaments is totally necessary to get you in the holiday spirit. Don’t let dorm room or apartment rules ruin your winter wonderland — we’ve got the scoop on a tool that’ll save you all the hassle of nailing your decorations up. VELCRO® Brand HANGables® Removable Wall Fasteners are super easy to use and remove, and even add a modern look rather than taking away from the aesthetic of the room.

    Feel fresh and festive

    If our holiday TV movie binges have taught us anything, it’s that Christmas ‘tis the season for romance (we’re looking at you, Hallmark). Thankfully, we’ve got the perfect fragrance to match — XOXO Luv For Women By XOXO. This fresh, feminine scent has lovely notes of grapefruit, delicious apple, passion fruit and more. Treat yourself this holiday season and gift yourself with a new luxurious perfume.

    Want to win all our must-haves? Enter our giveaway now to win all our holiday essentials!


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    Every day you go on Twitter or read the news, scientists are urging us about the precarious state of earth’s ecosystems. The planet is dying, basically, and maybe that sends you into a little bit of a panic. If you’re anything like me and desperate for ways to do better, it leads to researching minimalism, sustainability, and zero-waste. You can easily find simple ways to leave a smaller footprint by practicing general living sustainability on your campus, but there are also ways to go green in your beauty routine.

    The basics of sustainable beauty

    Usually, sustainable beauty follows four tenements of sustainability: ethical sourcing, energy reduction, biodegradability, and vegan values. Sometimes, it can be hard for brands to follow all four rules, so they usually use a combination of them. Of course, like a lot of natural alternatives, sustainable beauty products get a bad rep as lacking pigment, not lasting long enough, or not being very strong against heat and wind exposure. But nowadays, sustainable beauty products are as affordable and lasting as their not-so-green counterparts! That means you can easily switch your skincare, makeup, shower faves and move over to sustainable options, without feeling like you’re compromising the results some of your most-loved products have been giving you.

    Essentially, sustainability is trying your hardest to not be wasteful: no single use products, no harmful chemicals, as little plastic as you can, and recycling! Sustainable beauty is just a subset of that. trying your hardest to not be wasteful. You can change up to have a more sustainable routine by having products with recyclable packaging or little chemical ingredients.

    Yes, yes, we know! Green beauty sounds a little complicated so far, and following those four pillars can seem challenging. We’re here to tell you that it’s really not. If your budget or your likes won’t allow you to commit to buying sustainable brands, there are still ways you can contribute.

    Products to switch

    Moisturizer

    For a sustainable moisturizer, you can head over to Lush’s wide moisturizer selection. Our recommendation? Full of Grace moisturizer, which retails for $16.95. This moisturizer has more than 600 reviews with a total of 4.5 stars. With key ingredients like cupucacu butters, chamomile and mushroom extract, it promises to work for all skin types. What makes it a good sustainable pick is that it’s package-free, unlike most moisturizers that come in plastic, glass, or single-use packaging. Plus, it’s hydrating, calming and chock full of antioxidants.

    Concealer

    After you’ve applied moisturizer, time to put on concealer. RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up concealer is a cult fave (Emma Watson uses it). Coming in at $36, it can fall into the higher tier side of makeup, especially for college students, but if you do decide to invest, it’ll definitely be worth it. Apart from the fact that this concealer comes in 16 shades—out of which nine are designed from medium to darker skin tones—it has an average of 4.5 stars. The sustainability of this product comes from their ingredients like jojoba oil, rosemary extract, and cocoa actively work to hydrate your skin while still providing coverage.

    Foundation

    As for foundation, plenty of research suggests that the Vapour Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation is the best. This product retails for $54, but it’s so worth it. This foundation is designed for normal, combination and sensitive skin types. Their key ingredients (frankincense, tulsi and lotus) soothe, calm and protect skin. Plus, it's full of fatty acids and antioxidants that even and enhance skin tone and texture. This foundation comes in 19 shades.

    Lipstick

    Now, for lipstick and mascara, we recommend a Pinch of Colour’s waterless lip colours. They have ten velvety matte shades to choose from, like Stella and Sophia. These go from pink to orange to purple undertones which means that you’ll be able to find the perfect shade for you. For $24, they promise to deliver bold pigment and long-lasting wear. Why is this product sustainable? For starters, it's water free, meaning no part of their creation process uses water. Plus,  it's vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free. Added bonus? It has jojoba oil which will help moisturize your lips.

    Mascara

    Our mascara recommendation? Root’s 100% Lash Natural & Organic Mascara. Their mascara goes for $14. A key ingredient like vitamin E promises to moisturize your lashes while still making them look runway ready. Their formula is smudge-proof and water resistant (perfect for when you’re stressing over finals). Plus, it smells like vanilla! Their sustainability comes from the ingredients. With no artificial colors, preservatives or artificial you can safely use it in your eyes.

    The DIY route

    Aside from shopping sustainable brands, there are some other ways that you can have a sustainable beauty routine. For starters, you can ditch the single-use cotton rounds and opt for reusable ones. There are tons of trendy tutorials online on how to DIY them or you can always buy them. Makeup remover is another easy way to minimize waste in your skin care routine. There are also many tutorials online, but we recommend going the litter-free way. By making your own makeup remover, you have the added bonus of knowing exactly what goes into it. You’ll probably end up saving money in the long haul, too! Go online and you’ll find plenty of ways to craft your own supplies.

    There are also ways you can craft your own makeup. Mascara and eyeliner are easier to make than you think. Can you make lipstick? For sure!

    We hope that with this guide, shopping sustainable beauty seems less daunting. Remember, there are simple ways into make sure your carbon footprint is smaller, so why not give it a go?


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    When the pressure is on and your workload is high, it’s totally reasonable to indulge in fantasies about what life would be like as a drop-out or to say a quick prayer before you first open your eyes, hoping to wake up to the news that your class or test has been canceled. But what if you woke up to your college itself being canceled?

    This is what students at Brightwood College experienced this week as it was announced, with little advance warning, that their college would be closing by the week’s end. The announcement left the community reeling with students left wondering how they will complete their the degrees and, equally if not more importantly, how will they make up the money they already spend paying for their education.

    Melissa Gonzalez, an 18-year-old Brightwood student who was studying to be a medical assistant, lamented to NBC News about the end of Brightwood, saying, “It’s horrible for me, I wasted all my money on school paying every month, I took out a loan.”  

    Brightwood is one of several colleges in a chain owned by a company called the Education Corp. Of America (ECA). The chain ran 70 college campuses, which are now also closing, as for-profit institutions.

    As MTV News wrote in 2015, for-profit colleges are  "run by companies that operate under the demands of investors and stockholders. These institutions are privately run and exist, at least in part, to earn money for their owners. Nevertheless, for-profit colleges can receive up to 90 percent of their revenue from federal student aid."

    If this story sounds at all like a scam, that’s because it is, and its effects stretch far beyond just the Brightwood campus. The premise and tactics used by most for-profit institutions are predatory, to say the least. With most applicants coming from lower-income backgrounds, students stand to lose a lot from for-profit institutions.

    A recent study from the University of Michigan concluded surprisingly that students enrolled in for-profit institutions are actually saddled with more debt than students who attend more selective four-year colleges and universities. In a piece on for-profit colleges

    "Last Week Tonight", even reported that the debt incurred from for-profit colleges makes up over a third of all student debt despite the fact that they only 13 percent  

    However, applicants are likely unaware of this reality because of the marketing tactics used by for-profit institutions, which paint a much different reality by overpromising the benefits of their programs.

    In the face of unfairness Brightwood students have been making the best of their bad situation by forming a Facebook group, to help students find jobs and stay informed about transferring credits to other institutions, as they slowly rebuild their present and plans for the future.


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    ‘Tis the season of endless hot cocoa consumption, Christmas music playing around every corner, and picking out all the festive gifts. Soon enough, you’ll be finalizing those perfect gifts for your college BFFs, your S/O, and your family members (and TBH, gift giving is one of the best parts about the season).

    But, friendly reminder, you deserve a gift too! So, we’re here to help you gift ‘yo self to some seriously influencer-worthy items this year. From stunning new beauty products to must-have travel items, you can live like an influencer this holiday season with all the products from the Influencer Holiday Essentials Kit. We’re giving out an entire kit full of everything you’ve ever wished for and more, all in a super cute care package. Here’s what you’ll score:

    • Our faves from Alba Botancia’s Hawaiian skincare line, including Alba Bontanica’s Hawaiian Detox Face Scrub, Lip Balm Trio, Hawaiian Green Tea Sunscreen SPF 45, Hawaiian Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser, and Hawaiian Aloe & Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer
    • Two of the cutest lipstick shades from the Almay Lip Vibes Collection
    • Chocolatey, minty goodness of LUNA Bars
    • A Steripod Kit for Women, filled with tons of travel cleansing & toiletry necessities
    • A sleek and chic OtterBox Phone Case
    • A Rent the Runway promo card for a free month of RTR Unlimited (a $159 value!)
    • An Instagrammable Cozy AF mug from the hcxo.shop

    Ready to receive these gifts? Enter now to win!

    Win the Top Influencer-Approved Holiday Products


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    In the spirit of giving this season? Of course you are. TBH, what’s more fun than shopping around and picking out a brand new planner for your super organized BFF or a beautifully sentimental picture frame for your mom?

    But let’s be real: it’s never a bad idea to give yourself a little something special as well. There’s truly no better time than the holidays to give yourself some well-deserved gifts than the holiday season.

    That’s why we’ve picked out our top products to spoil yourself with this season, all specially selected from this year’s InfluenceHer Holiday Essentials Kit. Here are our top picks to treat yourself to this season:

    A creamy matte lip look

    You’ll want to have a statement-making lipstick from the Almay Lip Vibes Collection on hand at all times during the holidays. Our fave shades are Dance Now, a bold and bright pink shade, and Girl Boss, a softer pink shade with a little sheen. These are total essential for adding that extra ~something~ for any holiday party or hometown reunion with your BFFs.

    A minty snack

    The holiday-inspired LUNA Bars will become your new snack obsession during the winter months. The Chocolate Peppermint Stick and Mint Chocolate Chip LUNA Bars are bursting with rich chocolate and real mint and peppermint candy that you’ll want to savor. And best of all, these bars will give you all the energy to keep you going during those long days of holiday shopping.

    A tropical vibe during the winter

    Feel like you’re on a summer getaway with Alba Botanica’s line of Hawaiian skincare, including a must-have Hawaiian detox face scrub, tropical lip balm trio, and line of botanically-based cleansers and moisturizers. Not only is Alba Botanica good for the body, but it’s good for the Earth with their biodegradable formulas and packaging.

    An upgrade for your toiletries

    The Steripod Kit for Women is about to change your hygiene game. Our favorite item for holiday traveling has to be Steripod’s Toothbrush Protectors — they’re so perfect for the girl on-the-go. The protectors easily clip on to your toothbrush to make stowing it away clean and easy. Best of all: HC readers get 25% off their entire Steripod order (score!).

    A mug to cozy up with

    Nothing is as Instagrammable during the holidays as a beautiful mug filled with coffee or hot cocoa — that’s why this Cozy AF mug from the hcxo.shop. Our shop is your heaven for all things girl power — on-trend tees with empowering messages, stickers for your laptop, and downloadable freebies, all available at a college budget price. Get your bestie an ultra-trendy mug this holiday — trust us when we say she’ll be obsessed.

    Style pieces from Rent the Runway

    Want to be the star of the show at that New Year’s Eve party? Rent the Runway has seriously got you covered. From sparkly and sexy cocktail dresses, to stunning rompers, the options for renting top brand style items are endless. Looking for a dress for your next formal? Rent the Runway has formal dresses starting at $30 — yup, you’re welcome. Get your first month free of RTR Unlimited (a $159 value!) with a trusty coupon found in the InfluenceHer Holiday Essentials Kit.

    An upgrade for your phone

    Give your phone a little extra lovin’ this holiday season. OtterBox Phone Cases are a must-have for anyone who wants to keep their phone safe from cracks, scratches or general wear and tear. There are so many new colors and patterns to choose from, making this ultra slim and sleek case an absolute essential for the new year.

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