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What You Need to Know About Her Campus

August 7, 2015 in Alive Campus, Career, Reviews

Her Campus

Her Campus

What is a collegiette? Well according to Her Campus, a collegiette is “a college woman who is on top of her game – strategically career-minded, distinctly fashionable, socially connected, academically driven, and smartly health-conscious, who endeavors to get the most out of her college experience on every level.” With over 6,000 contributing college journalists worldwide, Her Campus aims to develop digital articles related to topics of interest on HerCampus.com

Starting out as just an idea, Her Campus was founded by three undergraduate Harvard students, Stephanie Kaplan Lewis, Windsor Hanger Western, and Annie Wang. Now, with over 270 campus chapters nationwide and in seven countries, HerCampus.com develops original story ideas and features national style, beauty, health, career, LGBTQ+, love life, and real world content.

One very interesting feature offered at Her Campus is the Campus Correspondents. A Her Campus chapter is specific to your school and includes features, blogs, campus celebrities, campus cuties, snapshot, and events. This allows readers from your college or university to relate to the content produced, which in this case is specific to your school. Students wanting to start a campus chapter at their school must apply online in order to be considered. If you are selected to lead the Her Campus chapter at your school, you have the opportunity to attend the Her Conference each summer where you meet with members of over 270 chapters around the world.

Her Campus Blog Post

Her Campus Blog Post

HerCampus.com also offers other services including the “Study Break” E-Newsletter, College Fashion Week, and Her Conference: High School. Reaching the inboxes of over 118,000 subscribers three times a week, the content delivered through the newsletter connects readers to the collegiettes of Her Campus. For example, Contiki’s #NoRegrets philosophy was promoted through the newsletter inspiring readers to be bold and adventurous. The College Fashion Week program, now in its fourth year, is a series of fashion show events throughout the fall. The marketing opportunities available through this service allow Her Campus writers to introduce products such as bareMinerals and TRESEmmé to their target audience. The Her Conference: High School offers up and coming writers and collegiettes the opportunity to attend nationwide events and engage in panels, workshops, and networking receptions with other young women like themselves. Her Campus also has a blogger network online and Survival Kits Sampling Programs providing essential products to help students survive college.

Interested in writing for HerCampus.com? To be considered as a National Contributing Writer, students must fill out an application form online. Most national sections are filled by undergrads, but college alumni are eligible to apply for the Real World sectionIn order to be considered as a writer for a campus chapter, your schools correspondent must be contacted directly. Information on your schools Campus Correspondent can be found online through HerCampus.com.

Her Campus is currently hiring for full-time positions in New York City and Boston, Mass. Positions include Vice President of Sales in NYC or Boston, Sales & Business Development Manager in NYC or Boston, Business Development Assistant, Account Executive, Editor, and Web Developer in Boston.For more information about Her Campus, visit hercampus.com, or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Let’s Talk Change URI

June 24, 2015 in Campus Life, Colleges, Reviews

 It’s a bit unrealistic to like everything about your college and its campus, right? Well, the University of Rhode Island is no exception to that. From the hassle of selling back your old textbooks  to limited parking spaces and even the off-campus social scene,there are a few things I would change about URI and here’s why:

URI Bookstore

URI Bookstore

One thing I would change about URI would have to be the inconvenience of the bookstore. Every semester, thousands of students purchase books for their classes, some of them are never even used while others are used once or twice during the entire course. Not only is this unfair, but when it comes to the end of the school year, selling back your books to the URI Bookstore is horrifying. I’ve had instances where I’ve purchased a hardcover textbook for over $60 and have received $5-10 back. This just doesn’t seem fair especially because students cannot afford to be buying such expensive books. I remember as I freshmen, I was willing to purchase an expensive book because I was told I could sell it back to the URI Bookstore, but after realizing they would only pay me for a fraction of the original price, I stopped purchasing my books from them. Now, I use other alternatives allowing me to rent books and mail them back without any additional cost.
A URI Parking Lot

A URI Parking Lot

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you how difficult it is to find on-campus parking. It usually starts off with an angry tone then a few dirty looks followed by one or two heavy breathes of frustration. These are the immediate responses of URI students when parking is mentioned. There’s always construction, which means heavy duty machinery is most likely blocking parking spots. With an increase in student body each year, you would think the school would add more parking spots conveniently near dorm buildings or even the library, but no. That’s the least of their worries and as you can see from the image above, some parking lots have massive potholes preventing students from pulling into spaces. If you ask me, some of these holes seem unsafe and could damage a student, faculty member or vehicle. For now, URI continues to expand its departments and programs by adding to the campus without taking into consideration the lack of parking spaces available.
South Kingstown Police

South Kingstown Police

The last thing thing that makes the University of Rhode Island difficult to stand is the off-campus social scene. Being a dry campus has arguably ruined URI’s reputation as being a party school. It’s difficult to even have friends over in your dorm room because the Residential Assistant (RA) may consider it to be a party. With that being said, most parties and friendly gatherings are ‘down the line’ in Narragansett and South Kingstown, where most upperclassmen live. This is about a twenty minute ride off campus, making the commute to hang out with friends a dreaded trip. In recent years, the parties off-campus have resulted in a lot of issues with local police. This has started a parking ban in off-campus residential neighborhoods throughout evenings and into the night. Students are now unable to get together with their friends because of transportation issues as well as disagreements with town police. What ever happened to having fun while in college?
 
It’s an unfortunate situation when the college or university you attend seems to make decisions without the student body in mind. In my opinion, these are changes that the University of Rhode Island should take into consideration and potentially change in order to be have a more positive effect on students. Although URI has been my home for the past three years, those in charge may need pay closer attention to its Rhody students and their desires for change. 

Dinning Hall Dilemma at URI

June 19, 2015 in Campus Life, Colleges, Health, Reviews

The University of Rhode Island offers more than just traditional dining halls. Although you’ll find yourself going to Hope Commons and Butterfield for most of your meals, it’s still important to change things up. Don’t fear the Freshmen 15 and enjoy some good eats on-campus!

At the top of campus, you’ll find the Emporium…you’ll grow to love it because of the diversity of foods, but you’ll also hate it because it’s not a far walk from your dorm. Which means, you’ll probably find yourself there at least once or twice a week.

Albie's Steak and Cheese Sandwich

Albie’s Steak and Cheese Sandwich

Albie’s Place offers some great greasy sandwiches a long with your traditional burgers, french fries and breakfast foods. My personal favorites have got to be the Phat Sandwiches. These are Albie’s signature sandwiches that you won’t find anywhere else. Like the Phat Albie, which includes chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, steak fries, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and honey mustard on a sub or wrap. My freshmen year was changed the day I order a Phat Grenade. At 11PM on a Friday night I devoured a sub filled with chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, and marinara sauce. Not to mention the steak fries that are absolutely to die for.

Peking Tokyo General Tso's

Peking Tokyo General Tso’s

Are you in the mood for some Chinese or Japanese food? Peking Tokyo is the place for you! From traditional sushi to fried chicken and rice, this restaurant definitely switches things up for the students at URI. Sometimes you’re just in the mood for some sesame chicken, especially during finals week when nothing seems to satisfy your craving unless its greasy, unhealthy, and extremely filling. You won’t leave this place unhappy. Your greatest fortune has got to be trying some of this Chinese and Japanese food while attending URI.

Who doesn’t love burritos and some chips? At the University of Rhode Island Emporium ,you can find well known eatery, Caliente Mexican Grill. From traditional burritos to burritos that have steak, fried beans, and rice with some barbecue sauce on the side, your taste buds will be singing once you step foot inside. Don’t be shy, their friendly staff is always open to suggestions and will add just about anything to your burrito, including chips, guac and some tasteful salsa. Freshmen fifteen here we come!

Falafel Salad from I-Pocket

Falafel Salad from I-Pocket

Last, but certainly not least International Pocket brings a little bit of Greek culture to URI. Offering salads, gyro sandwiches and falafels, I-Pocket is exploding with taste! Their taziki is freshly made, which adds even more taste to the sandwiches and salads. If you’re ever looking for a little bit more taste than your average meal, this is the place for you.

Make your time at the University of Rhode Island a memorable one and try out some of these places! Although the dining hall food is digestible, sometimes you’re in a bit of a dinning hall dilemma and must make some decisions. Forget the freshmen fifteen and enjoy yourself…this is the time to do it!

Movies You Should Watch in College

April 10, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Reviews, Top 10 Lists

I’m gonna be bold and say that movies are THE best past time in college. Literally, nothing is better than sitting around with your roommates and watching a good movie when you’ve got nothing else to do. There is also nothing better than finding the perfect movie to fit the mood that you’re in at the moment. Here are some movies that ALL college kids should see before they graduate – no exceptions.

Action!

Action!

1. Animal House: This is one of those movies that will NEVER get old. It’s downright hilarious and has a great cast to match. I’m personally a fan of older movies myself, which is why I love this one so much. This is the original funny college movie that all college kids should see!

2. Old School: Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Will Ferrell, need I say more? This is another hilarious movie that will keep you laughing the entire time. The lengths that these men will go to to restore their youth is not only entertaining but also ridiculous! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

3. The Breakfast Club: If you’ve never seen this movie you’re missing out on a great classic. It’s one of those movies that you can watch over and over again and it will still be relevant. It’s also one of those movies that leaves you feeling pretty pleasant, which is always nice. It has some great actors and dialogue that you’ll love!

4. Good Will Hunting: This is such an amazing and inspiring movie. Matt Damon and Robin Williams are so good as always, and it’s a great story. My favorite part of this movie in particular is the bar scene where Matt Damon’s character shuts down this pretentious jerk – it’s one of those moments where you literally get up and root for the protagonist.

5. Crash: This one is kind of random, but I think that it’s a really powerful movie that teaches a lot about life and also makes you think about how you treat others. It’s a really cool concept and there are also a lot of great actors in it. It also has one of those endings where everything suddenly comes together.

6. 12 Years a Slave: I put this in here because I think that it’s really a movie that everyone should watch. It’s definitely a hard movie to watch because of it’s content and the history behind it, but it teaches you more about slavery than any book or class could. It really hits on your emotions and makes you think about your life and how much you have.

7. Dear Zachary: Alright, I had to throw a documentary into this because I love them. This is a documentary on Netflix that will literally leave you speechless. It’s a heartbreaking story that is almost unbelievable to fathom, but it’s true and it’s a beautifully made. You will shed some tears watching this.

8. Bridesmaids: This is a fairly new movie that has some great actors and dialogue in it. This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen, and it has some great scenes that you’ll want to quote. You have to see it.

9. Billy Madison: Who isn’t a fan of Adam Sandler? I have to say that this is one of his best films besides “Big Daddy”. It’s obviously hilarious and will also leave you with so many quotes you’ll be laughing at forever!

10: The Goonies: This is such a classic if you haven’t seen it you’re doing it wrong. It’s such a great story and gives you such nostalgia as you watch it. “Goonies Never Say Die!”

There you have it – my top picks for great flicks for all you college kids. I promise, all of these movies are worth watching! Enjoy!

Top Websites for College Students

March 13, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges, Reviews

Lets face it; us college kids spend A LOT of time on the Internet. Whether it be Googling like crazy when it comes to homework or binge watching Netflix, we’re probably using it at least a couple hours per day. Here are the tops sites I visit on a daily basis just to give you a rough idea of what websites are most popular for college students:

1. Buzzfeed: We all know that Buzzfeed is definitely NOT a reliable or trustworthy place to get our news, but it has this charm about it that keeps us coming back for more. There is content ranging from real news story articles to the “28 Ways Your Life Has Failed You.” I think the main draw to this website is the relaxed nature of it and range and relate-ability of the articles. Where else are you going to find spot on articles about “the top 10 things you’ll miss about your college roommates” that you can post on your friends walls while wiping your watering eyes? I also think that the specific articles you can find on this site make it personal and funny. For example, you know I’m going to post the article, “16 Struggles all people with big hair know to be true” on my friends Facebook wall who happens to have crazy, wonderfully curly locks. If you’re bored surfing the web, Buzzfeed most definitely has an article that you will read and relate to instantly.

BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed

2. Netflix: “All Hail the Holy Grail!” Wait – but seriously, Netflix is HUGE for college students and if you don’t have your own account that you pay for every month you most likely have someone’s account information so that you can mooch off of them and get your binge watching in from time to time. Netflix has a huge selection of movies and TV shows that are perfect for when you just want to lounge around and relax. They’ve also come up with their own TV shows that have been really popular such as “Orange is the New Black.” It’s only $7.99 per month, and I think it’s totally worth it if you’re an avid movie/TV watcher. Streaming is always pretty fast and you don’t have to deal with viruses from other sites that claim you can watch for “free”.

3. Google: For me personally, Google is the number one search engine that I live by. As a writer, I am constantly looking up words to understand their exact meaning so that I am using them properly. I think that this is probably the most visited website/search engine for college students today, and for most people it is actually saved as their homepage. If Google didn’t exist college kids would have a very hard time getting through the day!

4. Social Media Sites: If you’re behind someone in class and they have their laptop out, their most likely on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social network sites. This is the main means of communication for our generation, so it’s no surprise that we are typically always on these networks. People get their news, talk with friends, and check out their favorite topics/interests on these sites.

Social Media

Social Media

5. Indeed.com: This is more for seniors, but in my experience Indeed.com has been a really great website for job searching and even internship searching. If you’re a student in college and you’re seriously trying to search for a job or an internship, I would highly suggest making an account on the website and plugging in what you’re searching for. You can even upload your resume which makes applying easier, and you can save jobs that you’re interested in to a certain section so that you will remember to apply to them in the future.

6. Alive Campus: Alive Campus is the go-to site for college students to get information and insight on college topics today. The great thing about Alive Campus is that REAL students write these articles so you’re getting real advice and real life experiences. The website also has a sidebar of certain topics so that you can search for any articles that you want to see. The topics are always college related and insightful so it’s a great place for students to get information.

If you’re already visiting these sites, good for you! And if you haven’t yet, check them out – they might make your days in college a little bit better!