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A Collegiette's Guide to Life
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    There are so many things to look forward to this October: PSLs, the next season of Stranger Things and best of all, Halloween! However, come October 31 the desperation for a cute and creative costume is at an all-time high. No worries though, we've got you covered with the cutest DIY!

    Dressing as a mermaid is a classic choice that offers so much creative expression––deciding on a color scheme, creating a fin and glamming with makeup.

    With your favorite selection of bright eyeshadows and a pair of fishnet stockings, you'll be ready to walk out the door as a full blown mermaid in no time. The steps are actually pretty simple! Just pull the fishnet across a part of your face, and press the shadows on your skin until you're happy with the look. Try using multiple colorful eyeshadow shades in the same area to create an ombre effect for that ethereal sea look. Finish it off with glitter and a bright eyeliner! 

    If you're still feeling stuck, check out the videos for some mermaid-spiration. 


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    Blair Waldorf, AKA Queen B, ruled the Upper East Side of New York City on the hit television series Gossip Girl— and along the way also taught us a lot about life during the course of the show. Blair is smart and well-educated; she attended an elite private prep school. She’s pretty, feisty, sophisticated, driven and ambitious, sarcastic, wealthy and worldly. Blair doesn’t take no for an answer, has a strong sense of confidence, knows her worth and does whatever it takes to achieve what she wants. She is the perfect role model for any female!

    Plus she possesses impeccable taste in fashion. Blair’s personal style became iconic, and continues to have many recreating her signature looks. (Her classic headbands, tweed jackets, colored tights, plaid skirts, Louboutin heels, trench coats, pearl earrings and preppy attire ring a bell?!)

    As an experiment, I decided to fully live like Blair Waldorf for an entire week and employed a ‘What Would Blair Do?’ mindset. (After all, she is good at making decisions since she has many positive attributes and personality traits.)

    As an original Gossip Girl fan from the beginning, I thought this would be fun to try since I have always loved and admired Blair – and already identify with her in certain aspects. (Plus I’ve read all the books, have binge watched the entire series too many times to count and have taken the Gossip Girl sites tour in NYC.)

    RELATED: Quiz: Which 'Gossip Girl' Character Are You?

    The timing now was perfect because I am a young ambitious female, who lives in New York City and attends a private college on the Upper East Side. It’s very Blair, right? The lifestyle here is fast paced, schedules are always hectic, you’re always striving to obtain goals, events and parties are a constant occurrence, celebrity sightings are inevitable and you are experiencing culture at its prime.

    To live like Blair, and fully obtain her mindset, I followed these five steps:

    1. Confidence

    It is Blair Waldorf who proclaims, “I’m the best of the best. I’m Blair Waldorf.” When you are secure and confident with yourself, you feel better and happier overall in life. You also attract other secure and confident individuals into your life, then you all get along well and empower each other. Blair would cut out anyone from her life who didn’t want her to succeed and be happy – and we all should too. Life is too short to surround yourself with anything less than good people who want you to thrive.

    When life got overwhelming and hectic with work, writing, events, and relationships I reminded myself, “I am Katie Gray. People don’t tell me who I am, I tell them.” When you whisper this to yourself in stressful situations you actually do feel better after saying it out loud. It’s like, ‘Oh I was momentarily flustered but I’m back again and I got this, obviously!’

    At the end of the day, we all work hard so we do in fact have this! (Seriously, we can handle any situation thrown at us in life. Also, remember it’s the struggles that make it interesting and keep us humble and grateful.)

    2. Fashion

    Every day is a fashion show and the world is the runway – especially when you live in New York City and are in a Blair Waldorf State of Mind. New York is the epitome for fashion here in the United States. It’s where Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week famously takes place every September and February, and it’s where every major fashion magazine publication is located. Blair and fashion go together hand in hand.

    To be like Blair, I did as she would do. I never said no to a shopping invitation, I dressed preppy and chic, I took the train as little as possible since she despises it, I wouldn’t purchase anything on sale and I avoided anything that was so last season. (Remember when Blair was interviewing new minions and with a dissatisfied facial expression, asked the girl, “Are those last season’s Tory Burch flats?!”)

    “Whoever said that money doesn’t buy happiness, didn’t know where to shop.” – Blair Waldorf

    It was all about accessories this week. Blair’s infamous headbands are symbolic because they are like her crown and tiara she puts on every morning. Her fashion dictates her mood and mine did too. When she’s feeling down she wears hats, capes and ponchos. When she is trying to be extra mature and seem older she wears oversized pearl earrings, argyle, turtle necks and tweed. When the weather is nice and she is happy she wears bright colors. She also always rocks a defined bold lip, so I did too and purchased MAC’s Cyber, Russian Red and Angel lip shades. She likes little black dresses and always looks chic and conservative at parties – which are matched with jewels. So I wore black dresses with Blair inspired accessories and makeup tones.

    Although we all aren’t as fortunate as Blair to have a never ending source of income to buy designer goods, a fashion designer mother, a boyfriend like Chuck Bass to buy us expensive jewelry and a best friend/housekeeper like her Dorota – we can still channel our inner Blair!

    3. Go-Getter

    Blair is constantly striving and she is notorious for being a go-getter. Some of her fantasies and goals have included: Joining the Peace Corps, getting a killer tan, winning the Nobel Peace Prize and having dinner with the President of the United States. Hey, a girl has to dream, right?! I focused solely this week on making things that I wanted happen and did whatever made me happy. As Blair says, “Destiny is for losers. It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen.”

    RELATED: Your Complete Guide to Binge-Watching 'Gossip Girl'

    We have to take matters into our own hands. That means pursuing everything we want, taking care of our own business, researching everything ourselves and constantly learning. That’s how Blair knows absolutely everything about everyone. (I didn’t conduct any blackmailing and spying like she has been known to do from time to time, though! It’s best to avoid, if possible.) But B is right, “If you really want something you don’t stop for anyone or anything, until you get it."

    4. Determination & Affirmations

    If Blair is anything, it is determined. She never lets anything or anyone get in the way of her dreams, goals and desires. This alone is a great message for everyone to remember and encompass. I made sure to not let anyone interfere with my goals and visions. I made sure to channel this while I was interning in the beauty department of a public relations firm in the city and freelance writing all week.

    Sometimes Blair can be extreme, such as her remark, “You can’t make people love you but you can make them fear you.” However, she has a point – we can’t put our focus on what people will think. We just have to be ourselves and the right ones will love us and the ones who don’t – it’s their loss.

    Blair is willing to do whatever it takes in order to reach her achievements and has been seen reading ‘The Art of War’ by Sun Tzu. In my quest to be more Blair like I read the book this week. I actually already had a copy of it because it’s a classic, I’m a bookworm and I had noticed Blair had read it on the show when I was in high school so it was on my reading list for a while. I get what the buzz is about, there are good tactics listed to winning any type of war or endeavor. It was not only Sun Tzu, but Blair, who taught me that with determination and perseverance we can be successful at anything we put forth our minds and efforts to.

    That means when people try to rain on our parade and be negative, you have to shut it right down and not let it bother you. This week when people were being even the slightest bit discouraging, I ignored it and kept calm and carried on. I remembered what Blair would say to anyone who tried to doubt her or stop her from achieving her dreams.

    We all need to remember our worth. It's just like Blair explains, “I’m not a stop along the way. I’m a destination.” This particularly comes into context when dealing with interpersonal relationships. Blair is right, “A girl wants Romeo, not Hamlet.” She’s also right that, we all need a 'Knight in Shining Armani'. But when they aren’t up to par and don’t know how to treat us the way we know we deserve we have to remember Blair, “My life is so bountiful, I don’t need a boyfriend to feel fulfilled.”

    5. Blair’s Favorite Things

    This week I indulged in all of Blair’s favorites. That means I watched the beautiful classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, ate macarons and Godiva, partook in quintessential New York activities like brunch at Bagatelle, looked religiously at fashion magazines, focused on my college goals, hung out with my best friends (constantly dragging them on adventures with me) and read many novels including 'The Art of War'.

    RELATED: 15 Signs You Should've Ended Up with Chuck Bass

    I also went to places that Blair frequents and would approve of, such as: Central Park, the Met (and sat on those famous steps like Blair did every morning of her high school years), Henri Bendel, the Empire Hotel for drinks, Lavo for dinner, etc. I made sure I drank a gin martini, as Blair prefers. (Remember when she scolded Little Jenny Humprhey and explained, “This is a Gin Martini. As it should be.”)

    At the end of the day, we must:


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    Rihanna's new makeup line, Fenty Beauty, is sweeping the shelves (and the site) of Sephora. With 40 foundation shades under her belt, the 29-year-old entertainer created her line to cater to all skin tones. "There needs to be something for a dark-skinned girl, there needs to be something for a pale girl, there needs to be something for everyone in between," Rihanna explained in an interview with POPSUGAR.

    Rih is obviously proving that diversity slays, and you don't just have to take our word for it. We found beauties wearing EVERY shade of the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Foundation so you can see for yourself just how magical it is.

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    You might not typically think of Forever 21 as a place that offers the latest and greatest beauty buys. Sure, it's fun to throw a couple nail polishes in your basket before you check out, but if you've ever spent dedicated time in the store's beauty shelves you'll have noticed that the product offering is lowkey amazing. That's why the chain just announced they'll be opening Riley Rose, a spin-off store dedicated to the amazing beauty products Forever 21 carries. According to Refinery29, the first location will open on September 30 at the Glendale Galleria in California, and fifty more shops will follow by the end of 2017.

    What we know so far is that Riley Rose is supposed to be very interactive, meaning the locations will offer unique ways to engage with products digitally and through social media while you shop. Do we sense a selfie-booth coming our way? Some brands you can expect to find at Riley Rose will be Essie, Lipland, Lime Crime, Dearpacker, Nuca and more favorites you may have usually only been able to get online. 

    We definitely didn't need another place to blow our money at, but we're still so happy about this anyway. 


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    College Fashion Week is just around the corner, and if you're struggling to find a catwalk-worthy outfit, Rent the Runway is here to help. Rent the Runway is a service that allows customers to rent high-fashion clothes for any event. Customers can select designer pieces to be sent to their doorstep with same-day delivery, and then send them back with free returns. First-time users can also receive 20 percent off their first order!

    You can literally wear the exact pieces as famous fashion influencers, including fashion and lifestyle blogger @stephtaylorjackson, who wore this lacy floral dress to a Vogue brunch. How cute would this be for CFW Boston?

    This super chic Christian Siriano jumpsuit worn by Instagram fashionista @dressupbuttercup is also available to rent.

    Rent the Runway also offers an unlimited renting service, where customers can borrow up to three pieces at a time and swap them out endlessly. This service is great for socialites and business pros who may frequently need designer threads for special events.

    Follow Rent the Runway on Instagram and check out their hashtag #myRTR to see some style offerings. Finding an outfit for College Fashion Week just got SO much easier!


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    On Tuesday morning President Donald Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly for a lengthy 42 minute speech that took aim primarily at North Korea.

    In recent months North Korea has attempted to establish themselves as a threat to the United States with the firing of test missiles over Japan and confirmation from North Korean officials that their missiles could reach as far as the United States. However, Trump was quick to fire back his own threat with a tweet that read, “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”

    However, as more threats from North Korea continued to roll in, Trump used his platform to set the record straight.

    According to Business Insider, he began his speech by taking aim at Kim Jong Un's leadership skills and stated, “No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans and for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more."

    He also cited the case of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who visited the country and was held in a North Korean prison for more than a year, who died just days after being returned to the United States in June.

    Trump then ramped up his speech and according to the Los Angeles Times, stated, “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself and its allies, it will have no choice but to destroy North Korea." 

    The nickname "Rocket Man," in reference to Kim Jong Un (and maybe Elton John) should come as no surprise, as Trump is known for giving nearly everyone he encounters a personalized (and often times highly offensive) stage name. [Insert Nasty Woman here.] This latest one didn't do much to impress the Internet. 

    However, Trump did not slow down as he barreled right into his next point of hinting the United States removal from the Iran Nuclear Deal. A deal he referred to as, "One of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into" and "an embarrassment to the United States." 

    "And I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it," he added, according to the Los Angeles Times."Believe me."

    While his speech covered some of the main points already established in his foreign policy, it was an unusually brash display for the United Nations General Assembly. And, for better or worse, the nickname "Rocket Man" will most certainly take off in the weeks and months to come. 


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    The star-studded Emmy Awards have come and gone, but the backlash of Sean Spicer's appearance that evening still remains. A photo James Corden took with the former White House press secretary caused quite a scene on social media, leading Corden to speak out about it on his Late Late Show Monday night. 

    "According to some reports, at the after-party, Spicer was the most popular guy in the room," Corden said. "And I just want to say, I think people are forgetting that this man lied to the American people, and should not be embraced. These Hollywood phonies kissing up to Sean Spicer are disgusting. I mean, who did this? Who are we talking about here?!" As he said this, his photo with Spicer was shown to the audience.

    "I know you think that is a picture of me kissing Sean Spicer but, in the spirit of Sean Spicer, no it isn't. To be fair, everyone was kissing ass last night at the Emmys. I just happened to kiss the biggest one there."

    Despite all the jokes Corden made about the situation, he made sure to express his disappointment. "In truth, I'm disappointed by it as well. I am. I have been reading a lot of harsh comments on Twitter today and I hear you loud and clear. Truly, I do."

    Well, James, I'm just glad you can find humor in any situation. Though the photo might not have been favorable among the general public, Corden wasn't the only A-lister hobnobbing with Spicer that night.

    Hopefully James and the rest of this crowd have learned their lesson.


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    Prepare to feel really old—it’s been 10 years since Gossip Girl premiered, coming into our lives and forever making them better. The show that gave us Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass also provided some of the greatest style moments in TV history, many of which were thanks to the OTP. Though it was hard to narrow down, we’ve picked 23 of our favorite ensembles from the duo to prove Chuck and Blair were by far the best-dressed couple EVER.

    1. Masters of the uniform

    Nobody quite does uniforms like C and B. They got it right time and time again in their Constance and St. Jude’s duds, which was the first indicator that their style would be on point for years to come.

    2. In the trenches

    Before these two were even a legit couple, they were taking wardrobe tips from each other.

    3. Matching is key

    Let us make one thing clear: Chuck and Blair were always at their best when wearing matching outfits. These green ensembles from the show’s Season 2 Hamptons tenure set the precedent for what would become GG fashion law.

    4. Cotillion

    Keeping their as-yet-undefined relationship under wraps at Cotillion, we were elated seeing Chuck and Blair step out at a formal affair together for the first time. It’s really B’s bow-shouldered silver gown that shines here, with Chuck’s attire selflessly playing second fiddle to amp up their overall look.

    5. White party

    Who could forget the White Party? Certainly not us! These outfits may be etched in our memories because of the all-important three words, eight letters conversation, but that doesn’t make them any less scene-stealing on their own.

    6. Always bring peonies

    Chuck just told Blair he loves her! Chuck just told Blair he loves her! Okay, we’re getting a bit distracted. But aren’t these looks just as flawless as this moment?

    7. Summer lovin’

    New coupledom looked swell on Chuck and Blair, are we right? Starting out a love-filled Season 3 on a high note, this moment cemented that the duo’s style is even better together.

    8. Power couple

    We have basically the same feelings about this as we do about #7. Probably because it’s from the same episode. We just couldn’t choose.

    9. Polo match

    On any other people, these colors might look completely ridiculous. But not on fashion risk-takers like Bass and Waldorf. Confession: This is indeed from the same episode as #7 and #8. What can we say? They were three for three.

    10. College, here she comes

    Keep in mind we would never wear pumps on our first day—or really any day—of college, as Blair did. You can take the Queen B out of the UES, but you can’t take the UES out of the Queen B. Chuck seeing her off for her big NYU adventure was just the cherry on top of this look.

    11. Speakeasy costumed

    Costume parties always lent a nice change of pace to the Gossip Girl fashion norms. Season 3’s prohibition-style soiree allowed Chuck and Blair to do the two things they loved most: scheme and look superb doing it.

    12. Flashback dreaming

    Old Hollywood dream sequences make for outstanding style moments, don’t you think? Dressed to the nines, these two come out on top… even if Vanessa did best Blair in her All About Eve-inspired nightmare.

    13. Wintry mix

    The coldest months aren’t upon us yet, but winter is coming. That’s why we’ll be taking inspiration from C and B’s bundled up chic layering.

    14. Wedding guests

    We’ve seen a fair share of UES weddings, but an outdoorsy fall theme allowed for palettes that we weren’t used to seeing on this bunch. Switching up their ordinarily proper ensembles for these more relaxed silhouettes was a welcome change.

    15. Cordially invited

    At this point, we’ve almost run out of ways to describe their endlessly spot on style. This is just another great example of Blair and Chuck’s fashion expertise. Shall we move on?

    16. Business not-so-casual

    We loved seeing Blair in a suit after years of watching Chuck slay in the menswear department. This outfit gently pointed to Blair’s inevitable success as a businesswoman, as she reached her career goals so she could be with Chuck once and for all.

    17. Monkey business

    That cute little mutt that stole Chuck’s heart is a mere distraction. Because bumping into your former beau at the duck pond never looked so good.

    18. Adorbs, even apart

    Don’t be fooled by the hand holding. Chuck and Blair were not together in this episode. But aren’t they cute together?

    19. On a mission

    The mixing of prints and colors here should throw us off. But B and C found a way to stand out among a sea of lame dressers, which was kind of their superpower.

    20. Party crashers

    This episode had a lot of ups and downs, and we’re not just talking about the bar mitzvah chair—all the puns intended—ritual thing. These clothes looked almost as great on as they did getting ripped off in the steamy scene that followed.

    21. Meet in the middle

    Be still our beating hearts! This was pure magic, from the setting to the wardrobe to the pair’s first chilling encounter after Chuck’s near-death experience. But what we adore about these outfits is the juxtaposition of Blair’s stunning gown and the commoner’s clothing Chuck is wearing. It’s something we never thought we’d see on GG, but we’re oh-so-glad we did.

    22. Building their Empire

    This has got to be our favorite on the list. The coordinating colors and pure joy here set these ensembles apart from all others, in our opinions.

    23. I do times two

    Stop the presses. Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Bass in the stunning outfits they wore to—FINALLY—marry each other at Bethesda Fountain. What a perfect way to end the series! Excuse us while we pin this to our “bride-to-be with no engagement ring” Pinterest board.

    Which of Chuck and Blair’s looks is your favorite, collegiettes?


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    Remaining relevant in todays marketplace is proving to be harder and harder for many retailers. From Blockbuster to local mom and pop stores, the world wide web has taken over world of retail and has changed the landscape rapidly. 

    Unfortunately, Toys R Us is the latest company to feel the burden of the e-commerce bubble and amid rising debt loads, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Richmond, VA, Reuters reports.

    However, as the holiday shopping season is rapidly approaching, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dave Brandon still told NPR that the stores wouldn't be leaving shoppers in the lurch.

     

    “As the holiday season ramps up, our physical and web stores are open for business, and our team members around the world look forward to continuing to put huge smiles on children's faces,” Brandon said. 

    While the store has not declared an official closing date, their flagship store in Times Square did close down last Decemberwhich sparked concern for customers and employees everywhere, and has led many to not be surprised with the most recent bankruptcy announcement.   

    Though NPR recently reported that it's been an "especially terrible year so far for retailers" and the future of brick and mortar toy stores seems uncertain, Toys 'R' Us doesn't seem like they're going down without a fight. 


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    Believe it or not, it's been almost seven years since Jaylor (Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal—not Joe Jonas, or John Mayer, or her high school ex Jordan Alford. Phew.) broke up. This means it's been almost seven years of both parties masterfully avoiding discussing the other in public. The relationship ended, Taylor wrote a song (naturally) and the exes seem to be cordial. The pair may have moved on, and on, and on, but that doesn't mean the rest of the world is done talking about them.

    In a recent interview promoting his upcoming movie Stronger, Jake sat down with Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, who he plays in the film. The men pretty much just roasted each other the whole time, which gave Jeff the perfect opportunity to question Jake about his famous ex

    "If you lost your legs in real life, do you think Taylor Swift would write a song about it?" he asked the actor sarcastically.

    Gyllenhaal responded, unphased, "For me, or about it?" 

    Bauman clarified, "No, like, for you. Like a country song."

    Then, the man who supposedly inspired "All Too Well" gave an incredibly anti-climatic answer, completely dodging the question. "She's sort of moved onto pop now."

    Thanks for nothing, Jake. It looks like no one is going to dig up any dirt on these exes. I guess everything truly is all too well between them.


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    Monday, September 18 was the first day of National Hazing Prevention Week and experts are warning that the dangerous practice has reached epidemic levels. 

    According to HazingPrevention.org, “Hazing affects more than half of college and university students involved in clubs, sports teams and organizations,” placing virtually every active college student at risk. 

    Hazing, a term used to describe strenuous or humiliating acts forced upon individuals for purposes of initiation or involvement into a group, is cited as a common college experience in line with the "Freshmen 15." However, the side effects are far more harrowing and long-lasting. 

    For many college students looking to rush a sorority or fraternity, hazing is merely a right of passage and something one most endure to land a coveted spot amongst their fellow peers, however hazing has reportedly reached new levels. A study conducted by the University of Maine found that, “Students recognize hazing as part of the campus culture. 69 [percent] of students who belonged to a student activity reported they were aware of hazing  activities occurring in student organizations other than their own.” 

    However, for some students hazing is a death sentence. Most recently Penn State student and Beta Theta Pi brother, Timothy Piazza died in early February when he sustained head injuries from a head-first fall down a flight of stairs that was later revealed to be caused from consuming, “toxic levels of alcohol" during hazing activities.Even more disturbing was his fellow brothers actions of refusing to call 911 and deleting text messages and, “Debating whether to scrub security footage that showed the moments leading up to his grievous injuries,”The Washington Postreports.  

    In the wake of his death, Piazza’s parents Jim and Evelyn led a forum on the Today show Tuesday morning, that aimed to openly and diligently discuss why hazing occurs and what students, universities and politicians can do to prevent and hold others accountable.

    Dr. Gentry McCreary joined the forum and noted that many students still haze and participate in hazing because, “They want people to earn” acceptance and access to whatever in-group position they're vying for. Mcreary added that while some groups haze altruistically, there is often abuse of power.”

    This abuse of power often times can spiral out of control and what goes on behind closed doors is often never reported or ever known until it is too late. The same study conducted by the University of Maine found that, “In 95 [percent] of the cases where students identified their experience as hazing,  they did not report the events to campus officials.” This ultimately posses an incredible challenge for college campuses and campus security, because without evidence, hazing will continue.

    However, students entering college are adults and should be held accountable for their actions and colleges must first acknowledge that. In 2013 officials at Ohio State University suspended the Delta Sigma Theta sorority until the fall of 2016 for alleged hazing incidents and the university came under even more fire when OSU suspended or disciplined 10 fraternities for hazing, and six other sororities for similar offenses. 

    In an effort to bring more awareness to the issue, NBC News and MSNBC are hosting a week-long broadcast and digital special series this week titled, “Hazing in America,” that will shed light on the issue and allow victims of hazing, their families and lawmakers to provide their input and take on this national epidemic. 

    This is not an issue that will go away over night, but it is one that starts with the students inside the Greek life houses, locker rooms and clubs that condone such behavior and continue to be bystanders.

    For more information on how you can help prevent hazing on your college campus you can visit StopHazing.org for more information. 


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    When you think of Blake Lively, you probably think about Gossip Girl or literally anything other than horror movies. But now, Blake’s crossed over into the thriller genre. The trailer for her latest film, All I See Is Youjust dropped, and it's pretty creepy.

    According to HelloGiggles, All I See Is You, which will be released on October 27, is about a woman who lost her eyesight as a child in an accident that killed both her parents. She regains her sight as an adult, which changes the dynamic of her marriage. 

    Blake previously spoke to Glamour about the film. "Gina’s husband appreciates her. It seems like he doesn’t mind that she has this condition that makes her rely on him. But what you learn is it goes beyond the fact that he doesn’t mind. It becomes an obsessive love story. You realize it’s a codependency. And when the codependency no longer exists [when she can see again], it can create fractures."

    Yikes! I've got chills.


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    How to Watch

    Netflix

    Reasons to Watch

    Let’s get one thing straight: We should *not* have to convince you to watch Gossip Girl. This is THE show of our generation, so get on board. You truly haven’t lived until you’ve seen every episode of this series.

    Suggested Rate of Watching

    With episodes clocking in at roughly 42 minutes each, it’s likely you’ll only get through one or two a day. But the pro binge-watcher inside of you will be begging for more.

    You Will Like This Show if You Like…

    One Tree Hill, The O.C., Dawson’s Creek, 90210, Pretty Little Liars

    Best Season

    Season One (& Season Two)

    This is a real toss-up. As is the case with any show set in high school, Gossip Girl is at its best in—you guessed it—high school. Season 1 is filled with all the explosive drama that you expect from a show like GG, but Season 2 ups the ante and takes it even further.

    Worst Season

    Season Three

    Gossip Girl stumbles when our favorite group of rich kids leaves high school, embarking on the show’s boring and oftentimes incoherent take on college. This group is made for the real world, where well-off teenagers don’t need jobs to stay in the black. The show does well to remember that and recovers once it does.

    Best & Worst Episodes From Each Season

    Season One

    Best: 1x07 — “Victor/Victrola”
    Worst: 1x03 — “Poison Ivy”

    Season Two

    Best: 2x25 — “The Goodbye Gossip Girl”
    Worst: 2x16 — “You’ve Got Yale!”

    Season Three

    Best: 3x12 — “The Debarted”
    Worst: 3x22 — “Last Tango, Then Paris”

    Season Four

    Best: 4x07 — “War at the Roses”
    Worst: 4x10—“Gaslit”

    Season Five

    Best: 5x13 — “Riding in Town Cars with Boys”
    Worst: 5x10 — “G.G.”

    Season Six

    Best: 6x03 — “Dirty Rotten Scandals”
    Worst: 6x10 — “New York, I Love You XOXO”

    Character You Will Aspire to Be Like

    Blair Waldorf

    There is none other like her—in the television world or the real world. Blair is the epitome of what every young woman wishes she could be. To say that Blair Waldorf is goals would be the world’s biggest understatement, so you’ll just have to discover what makes her so amazing yourself.

    Characters You Will Love to Hate

    Jenny Humphrey

    Jenny starts out as the naïve youngster who just wants to fit in. By the time she’s done wreaking havoc on the Upper East Side, you’ll never want to see her raccoon eyes again.

    Vanessa Abrams

    Vanessa does not, in any way, shape or form, work in this world. She can be a delightful breath of fresh air at times, but mostly she’s the judgy outcast you wish would just shut up.

    Georgina Sparks

    You’ll either love her or hate her, but if Georgina is around, you always know great drama is not far behind.

    Pretty Much Everyone at Some Point

    Truth be told, you will hate all of these characters (with the exception of Blair and possibly Chuck) at some point while binging the series. Prepare to have wavering emotions about everyone, from the core Upper East Siders to guest stars. You’ve been warned.

    Couples You Will Be Shipping

    Chuck & Blair

    Tell us the name of one person who does not bend over backwards to find a love like Blair and Chuck’s. You can’t? That’s because psychos like that do not exist. Chair is EVERYTHING, and we will continue to adore them until the end of time.

    Serena & Blair

    This friendship, though tumultuous, stands the test of time. Even when they hate each other, these BFFs know what they have is worth fighting for. We’re all just looking for the Serena to our Blair—right, ladies?

    Terminology You Need to Know

    Upper East Side— the area of New York Gossip Girl is set in; dwellers are typically referred to as Upper East Siders; can be abbreviated as UES.

    Gossip Girl— a scheming, ruthless blogger who documents every aspect of the Upper East Siders’ lives, the good, the bad and definitely the ugly.

    XOXO— Gossip Girl’s signature sign-off.

    Queen— the ruler of Constance Billard School for Girls or any place she deems worthy of conquering.

    Minions— brainless waifs that assist in the queen’s domination.

    Non-Judging Breakfast Club— friend group made up of Blair, Serena, Nate and Chuck; take on each other’s problems regularly without judgment.

    Three words, eight letters— another way of saying “I love you”; the sexiest and most romantic thing you can say to another human being.

    Chair— Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf’s couple name; synonymous with true and everlasting love.

    Best Guest Stars

    Michelle Trachtenberg, Desmond Harrington, Katie Cassidy, Sebastian Stan, Aaron Tveit, Hilary Duff, Tyra Banks, Willa Holland, JoAnna Garcia, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Sam Page, Lady Gaga, Kristen Bell, Rachel Bilson, Vera Wang…and many more!

    Snacks to Eat During

    If you were an actual Upper East Sider, you would obviously have your binge-watching sessions catered. But alas, you’ll have to settle for Ladurée macarons and tasteful cocktails of your choice.

    Music You Will Be Dying to Hear Again

    There are lots of great GG musical moments, but Sum 41’s “With Me” stands out.

    By the Numbers

    Steamy limo hookups: 1
    Proposals: 4
    Weddings: 6
    Pregnancies: 2
    Deaths: 4
    Resurrections: 2

    Best Quotes

    “You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl” — Gossip Girl

    “I’m Chuck Bass.” — Chuck Bass

    “What can I say? He brings out the worst in me. And weirdly, I bring out the best in him.” — Blair Waldorf

    “Damn that mother Chucker.” — Blair Waldorf

    “We make our own fairytales.” — Serena van der Woodsen

    “Three words, eight letters. Say it and I’m yours.” — Blair Waldorf

    “You don’t give up on the people you love.” — Chuck Bass

    “I’m not a stop along the way. I’m the destination.” — Blair Waldorf

    “Destiny is for losers. It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen.” — Blair Waldorf

    “Whoever said money doesn’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.” — Blair Waldorf

    “You can’t make people love you, but you can make them fear you.” — Blair Waldorf

    “Just so you know, there are a few things that I consider sacred. The back of the limo is one of them.” — Chuck Bass

    “All of the boyfriends and mean girls and tests and teachers. And our crazy mothers. We went through it all together. We raised each other.” — Serena van der Woodsen

    “Haven’t you heard? I’m the crazy bitch around here.” — Blair Waldorf

    What to Do When You’re Done Watching

    Languish in the fact that you will never be a true Upper East Sider or part of the NJBC and likely will never find a love like Chuck and Blair’s. But delight in the fact that you can pretend and re-watch this series until you’ve memorized it, like every legit GG fan does.


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    The best pieces in every girl’s wardrobe are the ones that are transcendent of season. Not only is having a jacket or pair of shoes you can wear all year a huge budget saver, it also indicates that the fashion is truly timeless––who could want more?!

    That’s why we’ve partnered with Hunter to help you find chic clothes that offer tons of versatility. When you shop at Hunter, the essentials you buy in the fall will still be relevant in the spring, so now is the time for you to get innovative with a few basic pieces and evolve them into something you can wear all year. Read below for our picks of fall attire flexible for any season!

    Footwear

    1. Rubber boots 

    Get set for drizzly days on campus with a pair of sturdy, rubber rain boots. Solid colors such as classic black or powder blue will blend easily with any outfit and complement everything from your favorite fall sweater and jeans to that midi-dress you’ve been saving for festival season. Plus, the waterproof design will keep you dry on rainy morning walks across campus and for a few days after snow melts away.

    2. Chelsea boots 

    Whether you’re spending time in the city, kicking off spring at a concert or camping with friends for the weekend, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Chelsea boots. Great for days that are athletic or casual, there are so many ways to complement your personal style with this resourceful footwear. Add them to your shopping list immediately, and enjoy all year!

    3. Adjustable boots 

    Adjustable rubber boots are the definition of adaptable. With a strap at the back able to expand or tighten, they’ll help you conquer any school year adventure in style. Discover new, innovative outfit pairings every day, and you’ll never feel tired of having these in your closet.

    Outerwear

    4. Lightweight jacket 

    Functionality is always in style, and that’s why you need a lightweight jacket capable of keeping you warm through winter’s cold spells. Hunter’s packable jacket is water resistant and made of a lightweight polyester, making it a must have in your fashion arsenal. Even better is when your jacket can fold small enough to fit into a ziplock bag­­ – so much easier to manage when you’re carrying a full suitcase home for winter or spring break!

    5. Cozy vest 

    Weather can be unpredictable no matter what the season. Plan ahead with a down, sleeveless gilet for those moments when the weather catches you by surprise with sudden snowfall or a mild summer storm. Lightweight and waterproof, it’s a wardrobe necessity if you want to stay cozy all year.  

    Accessories

    6. Mini backpack 

    Complete your campus look with a backpack that’ll be on trend all year! The ideal size for toting classroom essentials without killing your shoulders, pick one with a bright color to add that pop to your outfit on the daily. We adore this one from Hunter because it’s water resistant­­––no more ruined books from the rain soaking through your fabric backpack!

    7. Chic tote 

    We promise you can’t make it through the year without a class tote, so this modern design is the perfect solution. Pair it with a pencil skirt for your summer internship or match it with denim shorts to hold all your stuff while you’re working sorority recruitment; you’ve already got so many outfit combos waiting for you!

    See how versatile just a few staple pieces can be? We hope we gave you some serious personal style inspiration today, and don’t forget to choose Hunter for apparel that’s in style all year. What are you waiting for? Get shopping!


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    After six seasons of Gossip Girl's pretty wild plot lines (Chuck's dad coming back to life still stumps me), you'd think the creators of the show used all their best ideas, but in an interview with Vulture for the 10-year anniversary of GG's premiere, co-creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and executive producer Joshua Safran revealed some potential storylines that didn't pan out.  

    1. Eric van der Woodsen as Gossip Girl 

    Before they had definitively decided on Dan as GG, the idea of Eric being the infamous blogger was popular. At one point in the early years of the show, there was a very brief mention of a rumor that Eric was Gossip Girl, which pretty much confirmed for me that he wasn't, but I guess it actually was given some serious thought. “I always thought it was Eric until the end of season two, and I even guided it that way, but when the New York Post revealed it was Eric—and I still don’t know how that happened, I think they were just guessing—and we realized we couldn't go down that road anymore, so we abandoned him,” Safran said. Honestly, thank God, because Eric is just too nice to be a good Gossip Girl. 

    2. Nate Archibald as Gossip Girl

    Nate never sent in any tips to Gossip Girl, which could've meant he was GG, but the creators chose to not pursue this idea. "But in the end, it had to be Dan, because Dan’s a writer, observer, and could write in different styles," Safran said. Once again, good. I don't need them ruining Nate for me. 

    3. A Katy Perry cameo

    A lot of celebrities wanted to appear on the show. I mean, who wouldn't want to guest star on Gossip Girl? Unfortunately, a lot of these appearances didn't work out. In regards to Katy Perry, Safran said, “It was around the time of a record release of hers, and she had too many obligations so we couldn't make it work.” Dang. 

    4. A box of dildos, courtesy of Georgina Sparks

    The show was already pretty sexy for network television, but the head honchos had even more sex planned. For one, Georgina was supposed to send Serena a box of dildos, but TV regulations wouldn't allow for it. "There were dildos she sent to Dan at the house, and we had these really huge dildos in this house that Penn [Badgley] was so shocked to see—but we cut it because you couldn't show them on air,” Safran said. That definitely would've been an iconic Georgina moment. 

    5. An episode at the Met Ball

    Given the incredible fashion on Gossip Girl, seeing the characters attend the Met Ball would've made total sense. "We got really close, but it was just too complicated and secretive to shoot at the Met Ball," Savage said. "They were adamant that the Ahh! moment when people walked through the doors could not be spoiled by a production crew having been there, even if it hadn’t aired on TV yet." Seeing Blake Lively and Leighton Meester at the Met Ball IRL has given us a taste of the amazing style that could've been. *sigh* I don't blame the organizers, though, because Chuck and Blair would've put Kimye to shame. 

    6. Old Jenny Humphrey staying the course

    Did you hate Jenny Humphrey's shift to the dark side? Well, her character was a reflection of Taylor Momsen's personal evolution outside of the show. The creators couldn't maintain Jenny's innocent, good girl persona when Taylor was making changes—like edgier hair and a darker reputation as lead singer of her band, Pretty Reckless—that didn't vibe with that. "But I would say Jenny’s transformation to a darker character wouldn't have happened had Taylor wanted to be Jenny,” Safran said. “It was hard at a certain point to write for the old Jenny; we had to write for the new Taylor." The old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Because she's dead.

    7. More diverse casting

    Hindsight is always 20-20, and the creators said looking back, they would've tried to explore more diverse characters and plot lines. "When I look back on Gossip Girl, the only things I regret were not as much representation for people of color and gay story lines," Safran said. “Those are the two things I think we probably could have delved into more deeply, but other than that, I only regret things like not showing Chuck finger Blair and the dildos and other sexual stuff." 

    Despite what didn't make it to air, the show fit a lot of quality stuff into six seasons. We can at least thank our lucky stars that Chuck and Blair made the cut. 


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    Judging by Miley Cyrus's latest interview with The Sun, it's going to be a while before she becomes Mrs. Liam Hemsworth. Though the couple restored our faith in love by getting re-engaged after time apart, Miley doesn't seem too eager to get hitched.

    "I'm 24," Miley said. "I hope I get to live a little bit more. I have too much living to do [before I get married]." It only makes sense, as the singer is still finding who she is, which is evident if you listen to "Younger Now."

    Miley didn't exactly expect to be happily engaged to Liam at this point in her life, which is enough to show why she wants to wait. "Three years ago, if you'd asked me if I'd be here, this happy with this man, I'd have been stunned. I'm just riding this out. In some relationships, you lose yourself by being with someone else. Actually, it made me find myself more. I have no idea what the next three years will bring, but if it's possible to get even happier, I'll take it." Aww! If this is what works for them, I'm absolutely thrilled for the couple.

    The "Malibu"singer went on to say, "I just want people to see that this is who I am right now. I'm not saying I've never been myself. Who I was on the last record was really who I am. It's just myself has been a lot of different people because I change a lot. I think I'm just figuring out who I am at such a rapid pace that it's hard for me to keep up with myself." You go, Miley!

    No matter how long we have to wait to see Liam and Miley walk down the aisle, it will all be worth it. It's clear Miley is being thoughtful about getting married. There's no shame in putting her happiness first.


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    As early as Season 1 of Gossip Girl, we knew Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf were made for each other, even when they didn’t realize it themselves. Their scheming ways and undeniable chemistry drew them together time and again. Just like you, we’re still not over this duo. As a matter of fact, these 26 Chair moments still make us swoon.

    1. When Chuck apologized to Blair…for everything

    2. When Chuck crashed Blair’s royal wedding

    3. That time they had hate sex on a piano

    4. When he FINALLY said “I love you” for the first time

    5. When their snuggles made everything okay

    6. That time they shared the best goodbye kiss of all time

    7. When Chuck proved just how romantic he can be

    8. When Blair stopped playing games and told Chuck she loved him

    9. When Chuck confided in Blair

    10. Their first hookup

    11. When Chuck and Blair actually had some fun

    12. The time Blair first uttered “three words, eight letters”

    13. When Chuck came to Blair for comfort

    14. When Chuck admitted he was still in love with Blair

    15. When he shared his plans for the future with her

    16. When Chuck accepted Blair’s baby as his own

    17. When Chuck was nothing but a gentleman

    18. When Blair kept fighting for Chuck, even though he gave her every reason not to

    19. When Chuck gave Blair the perfect prom

    20. When they were still in the early stages of flirting

    21. That time Chuck told Nate he would always love Blair

    22. When they let each other go

    23. When they were engaged but not really

    24. That time we fell in love with Parisian train stations

    25. When they said “I do”

    26. When Chuck proposed to Blair FOR REAL

    Let’s be honest—there are SO many swoon-worthy Chuck and Blair moments. How could we possibly include them all?


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    We've heard the rumors that Disney movies are somehow all connected. With each film release comes a new wave of imaginative fans who try to convince us, say, that Tarzan and Elsa and Anna from Frozen are actually siblings separated by unfortunate circumstances. Welp, the conspiracy theorists are at it again, this time posing the question: Is Moana actually the complete opposite of The Little Mermaid?

    While the films came out almost three decades apart, Disney fans on Tumblr have found some compelling similarities, Cosmopolitan reports. For example, while Princess Ariel is determined to explore land, Moana wants to explore the ocean. The Little Mermaid has a friendly little crab; Moana has a big evil crab. The hero has a magical necklace in Moana; the villain has a magical necklace in The Little Mermaid. The eerie opposites don't stop there.

    http://zabchan.tumblr.com/post/159978807369/asterlunanova-roisinlikesbooks

    As it turns out, the singing crab similarity wasn't an accident. Songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda purposefully paid tribute to The Little Mermaid with this tune, so could it be that all the other comparisons aren't so far-fetched after all?

    At the end of the day, The Little Mermaid is a fairytale romance between two unlikely lovers and Moana is a culturally empowering story about saving the environment. But there's no doubt that the plot lines have a lot more in common than expected. I'm on to you, Disney.


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    If there’s ever a perfect time to figure out your look, it’s in college. Everywhere you turn there are students expressing themselves through their hair, makeup, style, and even their skin. There is never a more accepting time to express yourself through your physical appearance than in college, but sometimes you don’t want to make drastic changes in case they don’t work out (nobody wants a tattoo they regret). So here’s a list of six things you can do to subtly update your look—and none of them will break the bank!

    1. Try clip-in hair extensions

    The clip-in hair extensions of 2017 are far more natural than the ones we all tried out in middle school. Some of our favorite celebs, like Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, use extensions to amp up the volume of their hair. While extensions are on the pricier side of our list, if you buy quality locks made out of real human hair, they’ll last a long time. All you need to do is find extensions that match your hair color, and you’re set to wow your campus with your new mane.

    2. Change your part

    Yes, changing up your look can be as simple as switching your part. Most of us have gotten into the habit of parting our hair the same way for years. Try moving your part to one side or the other, or go for a middle part. Middle parts have become trendy again in recent years, so now is the perfect time to try it out. The results can actually make a big change in your overall appearance!

    3. Treat yo’self to an acrylic manicure

    Sometimes all it takes to feel like a *new woman* is a fresh set of nails. If you need inspiration, check out Instagram or Pinterest for the latest trends. Acrylic nails are more expensive than a basic manicure, but they’ll last longer and usually you can pick adorable add-on’s like rhinestones or even fur (we aren’t sure how we feel about them though). “Whenever I need a nail refresher, I change the shape, go for a color I wouldn't normally go for and sometimes add rhinestones or some sort of unexpected accent nail,” says Marisa Pieper, a sophomore at Arizona State University. “If someone is looking for an edgier look, I would go for a pointed tip on the nail with some sort of texturized finish and if they want a more modern look, the coffin shape with a matte finish. Nails can make us feel so confident!” Your new mani will last around two weeks, making it the perfect subtle (or not, if you go the furry-nail route) change to your look.

    Related: 6 Beauty Essentials You Need to Go Green This Fall

    4. Try bold new makeup looks

    These days, makeup artists are all over the place. There are thousands of YouTube tutorials for fun new makeup trends to try. Chances are if you wear makeup already, you have most of the things you’ll need at home. Makeup bloggers like I Covet Thee are also a great resource for finding dupes for luxury makeup brands like Lorac and M.A.C. Plus, Sephora just launched its own version of Reddit for makeup lovers everywhere to ask questions and give feedback and advice. Have a classic go-to makeup look? Switch up your lip color or go for a cat-eye. “If you normally don't bother with lipstick, try a bold color,” says Claire Biggerstaff, a junior at Davidson College. “Deep berries/plums are gorgeous for fall. And if you're normally a bold lip kind of gal, try going nude for a day. You'd be surprised at how big a difference it can make in your whole look!” Just a simple change can give you a major confidence boost, and that’s what really matters.

    5. Try out a fake piercing

    Remember when we all wore clip-on or stick-on earrings before our parents allowed us to get our ears pierced? The trend hasn’t died! Faux piercings are still available on sites like Etsy. “I bought fake nose hoops on Etsy and they were super cheap and so cute,” says Sarah, a junior at Temple University. “I never had the guts to get a real piercing, and in the industry I work in, face piercings aren’t really acceptable, so this was the perfect trade-off.” Nose rings and ear cuffs are the most popular fake piercings online, so they’re a great option if you’re trying out an edgier look or are just curious. And if you fall in love with it, then you can decide to go for the real thing.

    6. Do a wardrobe swap with your roommate/BFF

    We all have that one friend/roomie with impeccable style. She just seems to wake up and walk to class like she’s a runway model for Balenciaga, while you struggle to remember pants for your 10 a.m. lecture. To switch up your look, just ask your stylish friend if you can borrow some pieces from her closet. You don’t need to buy new clothes to get a new look. If your other friends are looking for the same kind of wardrobe change, have a day where you trade pieces from each others’ closets. It’s like shopping, but without money!

     

    It doesn’t take much to make a huge impact on your look. Don’t be scared of change, especially since you know that it doesn’t cost too much or do much damage. No regrettable haircuts or piercings here!


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    You may not have joined a sorority, but you still know how to enjoy Greek life—with gyros and vacations in Mykonos. Your friends are knee-deep in chapter meetings, rush schedules and frat parties, and you have to put up with it all. Here are 15 things you'll understand if you decided not to join a sorority like your pals.

    1. You are the shoulder everyone cries on if they didn't get their top bid for a sorority

    2. You are basically the support system for all your friends during rush week

    3. Since you aren't in a sorority, you may not be invited to frat parties but always find your way in

    4. You've mastered the art of sneaking into a frat party by hiding behind your friend’s large tribe of sorority sisters

    5. As it turns out, Greek Week is not a massive Greek food festival

    Tzatziki sauce with everything, please!

    6. When asked who your big and little sisters are, you go into a rant about your annoying biological sisters

    They steal all my clothes, okay?

    7. Even though you aren’t in a sorority, you know the official chant and signs for each of your friends’ houses

    8. Absolutely nothing can be planned on the same night as chapter meetings

    They go on FOREVER.

    9. You secretly rejoice that you don’t have to attend chapter meetings and go through rush

    No heels for me, tyvm.

    10. Waiting awkwardly and patiently while your friend hugs every sorority sister you pass on the way to class

    11. You have your official statement ready at all times for when anyone asks you why you aren’t in a sorority like the rest of your friends

    12. Your closet always gets raided the day of a formal

    Because your friends always wait until the last minute to find dresses and they're desperate.

    13. You send your sorority friends your notes from class if they're busy planning sisterhood events

    Or they probably slept through lecture from staying up too late the night before for rush week.

    14. Everyone asks if you feel like you missed out on the bond between sorority sisters and you're like:

    15. But at the end of the day, sorority sister or not, your love for your friends will last a lifetime


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    Shortly after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of southern Mexico earlier this month, another major earthquake rocked the country again Tuesday evening.

    According to The New York Times, the 7.1 magnitude earthquake, which had an epicenter around 75 miles from Mexico City, has left 120 people dead already. In addition to Mexico City, deaths were reported in the Mexican states of Puebla, Morelos and Mexico. The number of deaths is only expected to rise as rescuers continue to search through the rubble.

    More than 40 buildings in Mexico city have been reported to have collapsed, and CNN reports that an estimated 3.8 million people in Mexico have lost electricity.

    Not only is Mexico still recovering from an equally deadly quake two weeks ago, but Tuesday's earthquake happened on the 32nd anniversary of a 1985 earthquake that killed 10,000 people in Mexico City, only hours after many residents practiced earthquake drills to commemorate it.

    “It fell straight down,” Moises Escobar, a Mexico City resident, told the Times, referring to his eight-story apartment building. “There was a lot of smoke and dust.”

    Meanwhile, civilians were reportedly volunteering to jump in with rescue efforts immediately following the earthquake, carrying away debris and searching for trapped victims, and officials were asking residents for any shovels, pickaxes and buckets they were able to supply for rescue efforts. All private and public schools in Mexico City have been canceled until further notice, and many hospitals in the area were ordered to transfer patients to other medical units.


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    Guys, can we let Taylor Swift, and her 1989 banger "Shake It Off," live?

    TMZ reports that the singer is being sued yet again over the lyrics to the song, this time by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who wrote the song "Playas Gon' Play" in 2001 for the girl group 3LW. Hall and Butler are claiming that 20% of Taylor's song is actually theirs, and are demanding a large sum of money for the similarities, which include the line, "Playas, they gonna play and haters, they gonna hate," in 3LW's song.

    This isn't the first time this specific 1989 song has been hit with a lawsuit — in 2015, singer Jessie Graham claimed Taylor stole the lyric, "Haters gonna hate," from him. (Because, you know, it's not like it's a phrase people commonly say IRL or anything like that.) Graham's suit was dismissed by the judge.

    According to Taylor's team, this latest lawsuit is going to suffer the same fate. "This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab," her rep told People. "The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case."

    If we have to guess, it looks like T-Swift will have no problem shaking this one off too. (Ha.) 


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    Anyone who's experienced that terrifying moment while flying when the plane suddenly drops due to turbulence knows that being afraid of flying isn't unreasonable — but it sounds like Jennifer Lawrence is actually next-level terrified of stepping foot onto a plane.

    In an interview with Entertainment Weekly about her latest movie Mother, the actress opened up about how the psychological horror film required her to push the boundaries of her comfort zone, often feeling out of control — and she compared it to a super terrifying experience she had on a plane recently.

    "I’ve recently had problems with plane anxiety and it’s really similar," she told Entertainment Weekly. "I’m not afraid of the airplane, I’m afraid of me on the airplane and losing control of myself."

    When the reporter agreed that flying freaks her out too, J-Law added, "I tried to jump out of an Air France flight once. I can’t believe I didn't get arrested. I got really claustrophobic and I had to get out."

    Hey, I mean everyone has their thing — and it certainly doesn't help that her plane had to make an emergency landing this summer due to an engine failure, so we can't say we blame her. We're just glad she decided to stay inside the plane — otherwise things could have gone *very* differently.


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    The very phrase “college admissions process” can send high schoolers into a spiral of stress, anxiety and uncertainty. It’s a daunting concept, and on top of getting the grades and being involved in extracurriculars to get into your dream school, you still have to jump through the application hoops. They can include anything from tons of essays or even interviews. It’s important to be aware of some subtle mistakes that can jeopardize the college process; these are mistakes that you may miss when you’re focused on the main parts of your application. Here are some of the most common errors most high school seniors make when they apply to college and how to avoid them.

    1. You procrastinate

    With the sheer number of tasks to check off when you apply to schools, it’s no wonder most seniors try to delay the inevitable as long as possible. But living in denial is only going to hurt you in the long run. According to Timothy Jaconette, a former admissions office employee at Stanford University and the founder of college admission consulting company Advanced Admit, it’s important to start the process early.

    “If you wait until the deadline to write something, you may not be happy with your final outcome,” Jaconette explains. “I strongly believe the real key is to start on your application essays early and write multiple drafts of the essay. If you have a friend or professional admission coach who will hold you accountable for finishing your work early, you can create amazing essays.”

    If you can, start preparing for college when you start high school. That way, you can go into your challenging courses with a goal and start building up your resume, adding depth as well as breadth. High school is a busy and exciting time, but also full of hard work. Make sure it isn’t wasted by procrastinating on your application and not doing your absolute best.

    “Even though you have so much happening in high school, acing your application truly could improve your educational outcome,” Jaconette says. “You spent so many years of your life studying, why throw it all away with an imperfect set of application essays?”

    In the end, starting your applications well before the deadline as well as being conscious of the application process before senior year can set you on the path to success and lower levels of stress.

    2. You don’t know what you want

    Applying to colleges can be especially overwhelming if you have no idea what you want out of your school and your overall university experience. Investigate a variety of schools, even if you don’t think they’re right for you, and decide what factors are most important to you.

    How big do you want your school to be? Do you want Greek life? How about sports? Private or public? What geographic region? Actually thinking about these questions and why they matter to you will make the selection process far easier. Additionally, remember the real reason you’re going to college: to continue your education. No, you don’t have to know what you want to do with your life, but try to explore subjects that could be potentially interesting to you and that you would want to learn more about.

    “Go onto Google Scholar or go to a local university library and find the academic journals of your favorite subject,” suggests Jaconette. “Read a few of those articles. Find some concepts that interest you. Talk about them with your friends, your teachers and anyone who will listen to you.”

    This is essentially what you will do in your college courses, and if you find subjects that spark your curiosity, look for schools that value these subjects, too.

    3. You apply to the wrong schools

    Without knowing what you want, you’ll inevitably waste time applying to schools that just aren’t right for you. A school might sound good at first--maybe it has a great reputation or awesome sports teams--but that doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for you. According to Dr. Bari Norman, a certified educational planner and Co-Founder and President of Expert Admissions, students sometimes underestimate the importance of a good fit before applying.

    “I think seniors often craft their lists without a true regard for the importance of fit--both in terms of the impact on admissions decisions and overall happiness once you're actually in college,” she says.

    Jaconette also suggests looking for schools that match your academic interests, too. “Look for a school with the undergraduate program you actually need,” he explains. “For example, even though it is a famous school, UC Berkeley does not have a nursing program. It simply won't get you where you want to go if you are trying to be a nurse anesthetist.”

    You don’t have to go into college with a clear career path in mind, but if there’s something you’re even slightly considering, don’t limit yourself by going to a school that doesn’t even offer a program for it.

    Related: 5 Freshman Year Mistakes & How to Avoid Them 

    4. You take all advice personally

    There’s plenty of information about college admissions, but sometimes you have to navigate the information overload to follow the advice that best fits you.

    “There's a lot of information out there about college admissions,” Dr. Norman says. “It's a good thing because you have an enormous amount of information at your fingertips; and it's a not so good thing because it's a lot to sift through, it's not always accurate, and because advice and strategy is so individualized.”

    Read everything with a grain of salt and think of the big picture. Is this relevant to you? “You can read something, and even if it's good, solid information, it doesn't mean it's the right advice for you,” Dr. Norman says.

    Also, you probably are receiving advice from many different people. While they might have good intentions, make sure their stories are relevant to you, especially since they may not necessarily be based on expert knowledge. It’s important to surround yourself with supportive and knowledgeable advisors who have your best interests at heart.

    5. You don’t take advantage of your resources

    Your college counselor can offer you tons of valuable information and assistance. Most high schools have one or more college counselors whose primary job is to be there for you—to answer your questions, give you advice and make this process tailored to your specific needs.

    “Students should have open and consistent communication with a trusted college advisor,” says Dr. Norman. “There will be a lot of voices out there giving you advice about this process; you need to know who you trust most.”

    It’s your future, so it’s your choice and your responsibility to take charge of the admissions process. Just don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you need it. Not only are there advisors at your high school willing to help, but there are plenty of college admissions coaches and consultants ready to guide you. Admissions professionals, as well as admissions officers, want you to succeed.

    “If you read all the emails I read from admissions professionals across the nation, you would learn about the amazing, selfless and truly caring nature of admissions counselors in America,” says Jaconette. “Many gave up high paying careers to help students find a fantastic match.”

    Counter to what you may believe, they really are on your side and are trying to match you to a school best suited to you. They work behind the scenes to help you succeed at their schools.

    6. You don’t act like yourself

    How are you going to end up at the right school if you pretend to be someone else during the admissions process?

    According to Dr. Norman, students will try to overperform in their essays, but it just creates writing that feels forced and inauthentic. Her one piece of knowledge to give to all high school seniors: “Let your guard down in your essay." Your essays are your chance to show who you are as a person, outside of your grades and your resume. Make sure it is a genuine portrayal.

    As stressful as the college admissions process is, hopefully you now have an idea of what not to do and can then focus on what you need to do. Get a head start and ask for help from your support system if you need it. And in the end, if you’re looking over your application materials and wondering if it will be enough to get you into your dream school, remember to stay true yourself. You don’t have to have flawless grades and a laundry list of clubs and volunteer work as long as you apply to schools best suited to your needs.

    In the words of Dr. Norman, “Perfection is rarely interesting or compelling.”

     


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    When you join a sorority, it becomes a huge part of your college life. You’ve made amazing friends in your sorority, but should you take the next step and live in the house with them? No matter what kind of house your sorority might have, we’ve pulled together some pros and cons of living in a sorority house to help you decide what’s best for you.

    Pros

    1. You’ll get to live with your best friends

    You can have fun doing anything with your sisters, whether you’re getting dressed up in crazy outfits for themed parties or you’re working together to create great philanthropy events. But when you live with your friends, you get to experience everything with them, from rolling out of bed for an early morning class to getting ready for a night out. Whether there are 10 or 50 girls living in your sorority house, you’ll never be stuck feeling lonely.

    “I lived in an apartment fall quarter and found it to be so lonely sometimes,” says Jennifer Steele, a sophomore in Gamma Phi Beta at the University of California, Los Angeles. “When you live in the [sorority] house, you are always around friends, and for me, being around all the girls in the house not only made everything so much more fun (like meals and The Bachelor viewing parties), but also motivated me to study more and get my work done.”

    Jennifer says that the house environment is fun and social, but it also helps her academically and is very conducive for staying focused on schoolwork.

    Jaclyn Turner, a sorority sister at the University of Maryland, says that her sorority house is the center of her social life. When all your friends are in one location, you don’t need to look far for a good time. If you want to enhance your social life, then living in your sorority house might be just the thing to put you right in the middle of the fun!

    2. You’ll be close to everything

    In the midst of all the stress that college can bring, convenience can be everything. When you’ve finally gotten into a good study rhythm, the last thing you want to do is trek across campus to attend a chapter meeting. But when you live in the sorority house, all of that happens under your roof.

    Jennifer finds that it’s helpful to have a study group of girls who live where she does. Her sorority house is also located in a convenient place on campus, so her walk to class only takes between three and 10 minutes.

    Sarah*, a junior at the University of Northern Colorado, says that since she lives in her sorority house, she never has to walk far to attend a meeting. When all the meetings happen in the house, it can help you be on time for mandatory events. You’ll also run less a risk of forgetting an event or meeting, since all your housemates are probably going to them, too.

    3. You get dining and cleaning perks

    If you’ve become nostalgic for your mom’s delicious homemade meals or her superhero ability to keep the house tidy, then you might enjoy having a house mom in the sorority house. Some sororities choose to have a house mom to cook meals for the sisters and keep things clean, which can be a huge help when you’re trying to balance a busy schedule. Think TheHouse Bunny…but toned down a few notches.

    Sarah says that although her house does not have a house mom, her sorority gets groceries delivered to the house. “It costs more to get them delivered, which is annoying, but convenient,” she says.

    4. You’ll have the full sorority experience

    In addition to a stellar social life, living in your sorority house can give you an experience that you won’t have again after college. Learning to live with a group of your best friends will teach you more about your sisters than you would ever know otherwise. Sure, things might get tense sometimes when you’re trying to decide who gets to shower first in the morning, but ultimately, all your experiences will bring you closer together.

    “At first I really was not sure I wanted to live in [the sorority house]; I thought it would be too loud and hectic all of the time,” Jennifer says. “But once I was able to get to know my sisters more, I realized that I would have so much fun living under one roof with all of them.”

    Jennifer says that she would recommend living in the house to anyone, and her only regret was not moving in sooner!

    Cons

    1. You’ll have to follow the rules

    Before you commit to living in the sorority house, you’ll want to gain a good understanding of any rules and limitations that are enforced in the house. Many sororities have rules regarding alcohol, chores and visitation hours.

    At her sorority house, Sarah says boys and other visitors can only be in the house until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends. There are also rules prohibiting alcohol in the house and enforcing quiet hours. If you don’t do a chore that was assigned to you, you get fined.

    This might be a good way to bring some structure into a potentially wild environment, but it could also make your college experience feel a lot more like living with your parents than living on your own.

    2. You’ll have limited personal space

    Sorority houses might look big and beautiful from the outside, but inside, things can get a little tight. Jaclyn says it can be hard when so many girls live in one house.  In most sorority houses, you’ll have to share a bedroom with at least one other girl, if not more, so you probably won’t have the luxury of a single room while you’re in the house.

    More girls in tight quarters also means limited closet and storage space. Jaclyn says that she has to deal with small closet space, which can definitely be hard to manage with all the cute clothes you accumulate for date nights and formals.

    But depending on where you go to school and how your sorority house is set up, the size of the house and the number of girls who live in it varies. If you don’t mind sharing a room, bathroom or closet with a few of your closest friends, then you might do just fine with the space you’ll have.

    3. You’ll have limited alone time

    Another problem that could arise with a large group of girls living under one roof is having trouble finding some time to yourself. Jaclyn says that she doesn’t get any “me” time in her house. On one hand, living with your best friends could be great because you never have to be alone. But for those times when all you need is a moment of solitude to collect your thoughts, you might just want to steal away from your sorority sisters.

    “I do regret my decision because I am a more private person, and privacy is not possible in a sorority house,” Sarah says. Eleven girls live in her house, and living with that many girls can make it difficult to get any alone time. There is also the possibility of guests being in the house, which increases the population even more while decreasing the chance to have some peace and quiet.

    4. Your sorority might become your life

    When you spend every waking (and sleeping) hour with the women in your sorority, there’s a strong possibility that your life will get totally consumed by everything Greek. This might not be a bad thing for you, but if could make it harder to spend time with other people and do activities that aren’t related to your sorority.

    “I refrained from living with my sorority [sisters] because I already spend so much time with them,” says Hannah Richman, a junior at Hofstra University. “I felt that if I moved in with them I would never see any of my other friends, and I didn't want to be the girl that lost all of her friends because she joined a sorority.”

    If you’re worried that living in the house might put in you a tough situation like this, it’s important to be mindful of balancing both worlds from the start. If you block out certain times or days to devote to your non-sorority friends or activities, then you run less of a risk of neglecting the other important parts of your life.

    No matter what you choose, your sorority sisters will always be there for you. While it might be more convenient to have them as your roommates, many campuses also have close enough housing that you’ll still be able to see your sisters easily enough. “At my school, a lot of the girls don't live together, and we live close enough to one another that we see each other when we want to,” Hannah says.

    If you’re still not sure if a sorority house is right for you, but you still want to live with your sisters, you can look into the option of living with a few of them in a dorm or apartment. This way, you can test you the waters before you jump headfirst into the full sorority-house experience.