Ten Things We Love About Spring Recruitment

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                #img# The winter months may have just begun but spring recruitment is right around the corner! Sorority women love recruitment and gaining new members. Spring recruitment means the school year is almost … Read More


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Top 10 NYE Manis and Pedis

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Glitter, gold, silver, black… Having to choose how you want to do your nails for New Years Eve can be a big decision. You probably know just about every nail design there is when it comes to New Years Eve nails, but you may be wondering what will be popular this year. While glittery nail polish is still the main go-to, there are other options as well.


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Meet Alicia Vega, Fashion/Beauty Writing Intern from the University of Arizona

From the personal photo collection of Alicia Vega

From the personal photo collection of Alicia Vega

Name: Alicia Vega

College Lifestyles™ position: Fashion/Beauty Writer

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.

School: University of Arizona

Major(s)/Minor(s)/Concentration(s): Major in journalism and a minor in Spanish.

Organizational involvement: I design for my school’s newspaper, The Daily Wildcat, and I am a member of the University of Arizona’s marketing committee.

My favorite thing about spring is: The weather, especially in Arizona.

From the personal photo collection of Alicia Vega

From the personal photo collection of Alicia Vega

 

My break spring break would be: Somewhere different, preferably, a big city.

My number one recipe for this spring is: Definitely the “Avocado, Tomato and Mango Salad.”

My number one DIY for this spring is: Hands down, “DIY Bubble Chandelier.

My favorite spring accessory is: Anything floral; I love flowers in my hair, flower accessories and floral clothing.

My favorite spring T.V. shows are: ”Teen Wolf.”

My favorite movies are: There are so many to choose from because I love all movies but it is definitely “Love and Other Disasters.”

My celebrity dream date is: Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and/or Zayn Malik.

My dream job is: To work in the magazine industry as a photographer, designer or writer. If I know that I am providing content to an audience that I was once a part of then I will be the happiest girl.

I get my inspiration from: Absolutely everything. Recently, it has been music but tomorrow it could be art or a stranger.

From the personal photo collection of Alicia Vega

From the personal photo collection of Alicia Vega

My favorite way to relax during the semester is: Watch copious amounts of Netflix.

This semester, I plan to accomplish: Everything and more, I really want to do well in school but more importantly, I want to meet new people and try new things.

My friends would describe me as: A dedicated, confident, fun girl with a good attitude.

My favorite College Lifestyles™ article was: Maggie Popick’s article called “Top Five Lazy Day In Looks” because thanks to this article, I can look cute but still feel comfortable.

My definition of a classy co-ed is: A classy co-ed is someone who feels comfortable in his or her own skin. They take control of their world and affect someone else’s.

I am excited to be a College Lifestyles™ Intern because: I want to see what CL has to offer and what I can offer to our wonderful classy audience.

From the personal photo collection of Alicia Vega

From the personal photo collection of Alicia Vega

 


Meet Laura DuCharme, Fashion/Beauty Writing Intern from Central Michigan University

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Name: Laura DuCharme

College Lifestyles™ position: Fashion/Beauty Writer

Hometown: Grand Blanc, Mi.

School: Central Michigan University

Major(s)/Minor(s)/Concentration(s): Major in journalism with a concentration in news editorial and a minor in fashion apparel and merchandising

Organizational involvement: Style writer for Grand Central Magazine (my university’s online magazine), secretary for Society of Professional Journalists and a Study Abroad Ambassador.

My favorite thing about spring is: The feeling of finally being able to wear skirts and dresses again!

My dream spring break would be: Spent in Disney World or in a big city, like NYC, Chicago or LA!

First time in the water each year is always exciting! Image courtesy of Laura DuChame.

First time in the water each year is always exciting! Image courtesy of Laura DuCharme

My number one recipe for this spring is: A banana split! With the warm weather we need the ice cream to cool off.

My number one DIY for this spring is: A vision board! Putting goals for the new semester is perfect motivation.

My favorite spring accessory is: I love curling my hair and wearing a bow! I need my bow collection to grow.

My favorite spring T.V. shows are: ”New Girl”… and does baseball count? Go Tigers!

My favorite movies are: ”PS I Love You”, “Tangled”, “Pitch Perfect” and the “Harry Potter” series

My celebrity dream date is: Niall Horan, Ed Sheeran or Chris Hemsworth…. I have a thing for accents. I also love Rick Porcello!

My dream job is: Working for a fashion or entertainment magazine in NYC or LA.

I get my inspiration from: Listening to music, reading, taking walks and the people around me. Inspiration is everywhere!

Image courtesy of Laura DuCharme

Image courtesy of Laura DuCharme

My favorite way to relax during the semester is: Watching movies with my roommates and catching up with friends I don’t get to see very often. If I have a lot of spare time I also like to knit.

This semester, I plan to accomplish: I would like to visit my friends that go to different schools more. I know it will be hard with a busier schedule, but I want to stay in touch more with my friends.

My friends would describe me as: Bubbly, kind and ambitious.

My favorite College Lifestyles™ article was: How to be confident in an interview.

My definition of a classy co-ed is: Someone who is confident, ambitious and dresses nice! They are not afraid to ask questions and are involved in school so they can get ahead in their career.

I am excited to be a College Lifestyles™ Intern because: I love what College Lifestyles™  has to offer! Not many magazines are targeted towards college students so this is a great way for classy co-eds to get information they need. I am excited to write for students who are just like me.

Image courtesy of Laura DuCharme

Image courtesy of Laura DuCharme


Intern of the Month: Jacqie Brooks

Intern of the Month: Jacqie Brooks, Intern of the Month. College Lifestyles, classy, confident, chic

We’re over a month into the fall internship at College Lifestyles™, which means it’s time for us to recognize one of our classy interns. This month, it’s West Virginia University co-ed and CL Fashion/Beauty Writer Jacqie Brooks!

Why was Jacqie voted Intern of the Month?

“Jacqie has been contributing [to] the CL website by writing amazing articles that had great content and well-thought photo contributions. Moreover, she’s been promoting the CL website beyond the requirements.” – Michelle Kim, Fashion/Beauty Team Member

“I think Jacqie Brooks has been contributing a lot even as an intern. I’ve enjoyed reading her stories that were sorted with well-thought images. Jacqie has also been promoting the CL website more than the given requirements.” – Fashion/Beauty Team Member

“Jacqie Brooks has been a star intern this month. You can tell she works very hard on her stories and is dedicated to CL. She’s been dominating the stats with her articles and is always doing a good job of promoting.” – Fashion/Beauty Team Member

Intern of the Month: Jacqie Brooks, Intern of the Month. College Lifestyles, classy, confident, chic

From the personal photo collection of Jacqie Brooks

How does Jacqie feel about winning Intern of the Month at CL?

“When I found out I was named Intern of the Month, I felt so accomplished. It means so much to me that my teammates and bosses think I’m doing a good job with my work. I try my best to impress them and our readers.”

What would she say to someone considering interning with CL?

“I think CL is a perfect place to start if you want to go into magazine writing. But even more than that, I’d try to encourage people to intern because of the people you can meet and opportunities you can have. The entire staff is like a family, and people are willing to help one another. Plus, seeing your articles published every week is amazing.”

Read some of Jacqie’s articles here:

Top 10 Scary Halloween Costumes

How to Wear Emerald Green

5 Things to Know About Fall Skin Care

Get to know more about Jacqie…


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How To Color Block.

Kailin TintesKailin Tintes might be new to the scene, but trust me, this lady is a true fashionista in the city of Columbia, Missouri.  Take a step back in the 80’s with her, because she is going to show you how to wear the new Bold and Vibrant Color Blocking look. As you know, a Classy co-ed must remain intact with the latest trends strutting down the runway.  If this trend is still not enough for you check out the ’80s  Must Have Of The Month: 80′s Purple Shades

 

      From the Personal collection of Kailin Tintes.

From the Personal collection of Kailin Tintes.

 

CL: What is color blocking?

KT: The term color blocking refers to wearing any solid color, particularly bold, that tends to look like blocks.  You can have a white shirt with multiple colorful blocks or a solid pink shirt with a solid blue pant.

 

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CL: Since the fall is coming in, what items do you recommend color blocking with?

 KT: Cardigans, dresses, belts, wedges and tights.  I try to keep the look concise and classic because it is a really bold style.

 CL: How should classy co-eds color block in a way that complements their skin complexion and height? 

 KT: For co-eds, I definitely suggest picking out the colors that compliments your skin color and figure.  Color blocking is a very loud look, and it can easily be overdone. Just be sure that the colors you choose suit your figure and complexion, then all will fall in place.

 CL: What colors or accessories should classy co-eds search for to dress for their body type?


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Gentleman Spotlight: The Men of One Direction

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The only direction they are going is straight to the top! One Direction, the London-based pop band, which rose to critical acclaim in 2010 on the televised singing competition, The X Factor, were originally just five solo acts looking for a chance to make their dreams a reality. So, how did five boys from London go on to become one of the biggest pop sensations of our generation? Well it may seem like a simple process, but it certainly didn’t happen overnight!

Name: One Direction (Harry Styles, Zayne Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson)

Birthday(s): Niall Horan Dec. 13, 1993, Zayn Malik Jan. 12, 1993, Liam Payne Aug. 29 1993, Harry Styles Feb. 1, 1994, Louis Tomlinson Dec. 24, 1991.

Fun Fact: On their official website biography, the boys explain how they each auditioned and were chosen as individual performers, but after failing to qualify for the “Boys” category of the competition, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell suggested that they form a group. So they pulled together, and at the end of only two weeks spent together bonding as a band, One Direction was formed. The name was chosen because the boys decided that they all had likeminded goals and were headed in… one direction!

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Current Projects: In two short years the boys banned together to record their first two albums, “Up All Night” and “Take Me Home,” which boasted singles such as “What Makes you Beautiful”, “One Thing”, and “Love You First”.  Currently you can find them in their new movie “One Direction: This is Us,” which premiers on August 30th 2013. The film can be seen in 3D and is an in-depth look at the lives of the band members, as well as exclusive concert footage of a show they performed at the London O2 Arena, and clips from their time on the X Factor. The Band’s third album, “Where We Are,” is set to be released later this year and has already earned a VMA nod for the first single, “Best Song Ever.”

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Community Outreach and Charities: This group does more than bust out chart topping singles and fabulous concerts. They also use their star power and influence to give back to the community. The band has already committed to donating £200,000 of their Where We Are tour proceeds to the charity, Stand up to Cancer. This charity is designed to help raise funds and awareness for cancer research through online and televised efforts.

Why they are Classy Gentlemen: In three years, One Direction has found a way to garner a highly dedicated fan base for their music, and create a fresh new voice for future generations. Not only are they incredibly talented, they are a genuine group of young men seeking to have a positive influence on the world. We hope to see more of them in the coming years, and cannot wait for all they have in store! Stay classy, One Direction!

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Debra Schreiber, Managing Editor & Duquesne Alumna

 

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Name: Debra Schreiber

College Lifestyles™ position: Managing Editor

Hometown: Pittsburgh

School: Duquesne University

Degree(s): B.A. journalism; B.A. Spanish

Organizational/professional involvement: Alpha Sigma Tau, Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Professional Women

My favorite thing about fall is: everything! I love the weather, the changing leaves, the comfy fashion and everything pumpkin-flavored.

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My number one recipe for this fall is: I look forward to trying this CL recipe for light pumpkin bread.

My favorite fall accessory is: a cute scarf.

My favorite fall TV shows are: “Big Bang Theory” and “New Girl.”

My favorite movies are: “Despicable Me” and “A Walk to Remember.”

My celebrity dream date is: with Orlando Bloom!

I get my inspiration from: reading a wide variety of books and blogs.

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My favorite way to relax is: reading a good book or watching re-runs of “Pretty Little Liars” on Netflix.

This fall, I plan to accomplish: finding an apartment.

My friends would describe me as: caring, busy and motivated.

My favorite College Lifestyles™ article was: I love this article by our fall Fashion/Beauty Co-Editor and High School/College Prep Editor Alexis Hallinin on “5 Classy Braids for College.” Quick and easy hairstyles that are sure to impress all your classmates!

My definition of a classy co-ed is: an independent young woman who dares to go for her dreams, lifting up others along the way, and never letting the little things get her down.

I am excited to be a College Lifestyles™ Staff Member because: The fall semester marks my second year as Managing Editor for this fabulous organization, and I am so excited to learn even more about the magazine world, and to see what this confident group of ladies has to bring to it!

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From the personal photo collection of Debra Schreiber

 


Introducing Dating & Relationships/Entertainment Intern Vannessa!

Photo Credit: Vannessa Jackson

From the personal photo collection of Vannessa Jackson

Name: Vannessa Jackson

College Lifestyles™ position: Dating & Relationships/Entertainment Writer

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

School: Colorado Christian University  

Major(s)/Minor(s)/Concentration(s): Communications with a minor in Psychology

Organizational involvement: Campus Newspaper Editor-in-Chief, Admissions Ambassador, Residence Housing Association and Senate.

I am excited to be back at school because: I am stoked to be reunited with my college roommates, and I am really excited to be back in the beautiful state of Colorado!

My favorite thing about fall is: The way the leaves change colors and fall to the ground, leaving room for something even more beautiful to take their place.

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From the personal photo collection of Vannessa Jackson

My number one recipe for this fall is: Anything that provides healthy dorm eating is a favorite of mine, but I also have a bit of a sweet tooth! So, Kelly Sloan’s recipe for strawberry ice cream is perfect for me! Check out Intern Kitchen: Strawberry Ice Cream

My favorite fall accessory is:  I love scarves worn in the fall. They are always a classic staple of any outfit and can really make your wardrobe pop!

My favorite fall T.V. shows are: I am really excited for the return of Scandal and Revenge.

My favorite movies are: I love a timeless romance, or a movie with an unexpected ending, so my top three favorite movies of all time are: The Notebook, Law Abiding Citizen and Now You See Me.

My celebrity dream date is: Boris Kodjoe, but Leonardo DiCaprio is a close second. Read Jennifer Crawford’s classy gentleman spotlight to see why you should love him too! Gentleman Spotlight: Leonardo DiCaprio

I get my inspiration from: Words. I love a good book, or a well written poem, or even an inspirational quote found while browsing the internet.

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From the personal photo collection of Vannessa Jackson

My favorite way to relax during the semester is: College life does not allow for a lot of leisure time, so to relax, I love to get lost in an enthralling novel. My author of choice is Nicholas Sparks.

This semester, I plan to accomplish: I would like to keep improving upon the work my university newspaper staff and I started last year, and continue to make our university newspaper top notch.

My friends would describe me as: A very easy going and passionate individual who loves to laugh, a little bit too much sometimes!

My favorite College Lifestyles™ article was: I love Emily Bastaroli’s article, Fashinspiration: The Ladies of “The Great Gatsby.”

My definition of a classy co-ed is: A woman who is confident in who she is, yet strives every day to be a better version of herself. Someone who is constantly looking for opportunities to achieve her goals, and still makes time to look fabulous while doing it!

I am excited to be a College Lifestyles™ Intern because: I love to write and inform, and I have a heart for college age women looking for information about all things classy, confident, and chic!

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From the personal photo collection of Vannessa Jackson


5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Own Career

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Photo Courtesy of Salvatore Vuono

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So you finally conquered your four (or more) years of college and are fresh on the hunt for a job. In this highly competitive job market, it’s important to ensure you’re doing everything you can to give yourself an edge on other applicants.

Everyone applying for your “dream job” has a degree from a university just like you – sad, but the truth. Though they may have a similar piece of paper you will soon have the upper hand. College Lifestyles (TM) wants you to be aware of ways you may be unknowingly sabotaging your own career before it begins.


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CL Chats with Shae Snyder, Founder of Wishmakers on Campus

Image courtesy of Shae Snyder

Image courtesy of Shae Snyder

What is more inspiring than a co-ed changing the world?  Shae Snyder, founder of Wishmakers on Campus at West Virginia University, is doing just that.  This classy girl is nothing short of incredible with an impressive résumé and strong determination to improve the lives of children with serious illnesses.  Not many people can say their college career was filled with life changing experiences like this, which she was able to be a part of because of an internship with the National Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Make-A-Wish is an organization that grants the wish of a child in the United States with a life-threatening medical condition.  College Lifestyles™ had the honor of talking to Shae to find out how remarkable both she and this organization are. 

 

CL:  How did you get involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation?

Shae Snyder:  When I was in high school I lost a friend to cancer. He had a wish granted before he passed away.  Seeing him get his wish granted and watching Make-A-Wish recreate a happiness that he and his family had lost along his battle with cancer really inspired me to get involved with the organization.  In college I realized that’s what I wanted to do.

 

CL:  What was it like to intern with the National Foundation?

SS:  Interning at National was the best experience I had in my college career.  It was an amazing opportunity and experience especially because of the people I worked with.  They became known as my “intern family.”  It really proved Make-A-Wish to me.  Before I had only seen them at a local level, so seeing them at a cooperate level being so down to earth and humbled blew me away and made me fall in love with the organization even more. 

Image courtesy of Shae Snyder

Image courtesy of Shae Snyder

CL:  What advice would you give to girls who are starting an internship?

SS:  Get to know the organization really well.  It’s very important to demonstrate that you’re well-rounded and you bring something to the table and understand the mission.  Also, go in there with confidence.  You’re young and have a lot of fresh ideas and new perspectives.  When I first started my internship with Make-A-Wish, I was a little timid to contribute my ideas and it was brought to my attention that I was being too quiet.  So I decided to be more confident in myself and they were very open to my ideas.  Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.

 

CL:  Have you ever been rejected for a job or internship?

SS:  Yes, I have applied for several internships that I didn’t get.   Funny story:  Once I was interviewed for a Public Relations position with the Boston Bruins and totally embarrassed myself.  They asked if I considered myself to have a sense of humor.   I said, “Yeah, I think I’m a funny person.”  So they said, “Great, tell us a joke.” I completely blanked.   I didn’t have any jokes on the top of my head.  I had been memorizing players, their background and how the Bruins were founded with all my notes on my lap during the phone interview.  I panicked and completely froze.  I ended up telling a terrible joke and it was humiliating.  But it was a learning experience.  I think it’s important to stay confident in yourself even after rejection because you know what you can offer and if they don’t see it, it’s their loss.

 


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CL Interviews: Classy Co-Ed Elizabeth Kiefer

 

Photo Credit: Allie Tedesco

Elizabeth Kiefer, or as her friends call her, “E,” is currently going into her junior year at the Pennsylvania State University at University Park. She is a double major with Risk Management and Political Science. E is a very involved student at Penn State and was “co-rush chair” of her business fraternity, Phi Beta Lambda, last Spring semester. She was also on the Finance Committee for THON, Penn State’s own student-run 46 hour dance marathon that raises money for Pediatric Cancer.

 

When asked what her goals were for the future, E replied:  “Get out of my comfort zone more, which I will be doing when I study abroad in Germany next semester. I can’t wait to go to Germany because of all the interesting food and the culture. It will be completely new because I don’t know any German.” Part of her program is spending twenty-something days traveling around Europe studying the Politics and Economics of Germany. E added, “other than going abroad which is something I have always wanted to do, I want to get another internship. I am going to keep developing professionally and get as much experience as I can!”

East Side Gallery in Berlin, Germany. Photo Credit: Aria E. Moyer

East Side Gallery in Berlin, Germany. Photo Credit: Aria E. Moyer

E currently has an internship this summer with Liberty Mutual in the Insurance Claims department. When she isn’t at her internship she works at a catering restaurant on the weekends; she loves food! Her favorite is tacos and anything spicy. E loves big cities and plans on moving to either New York or San Fransisco in the future.

PSU Football Game. Photo Credit: Allie Tedesco

PSU Football Game. Photo Credit: Allie Tedesco

This classy girl is definitely on her way to a successful career and is looking forward to her remaining two years at Penn State. She enjoys hanging out with friends, meeting new people, staying involved and trying new things.


CL Interviews: Classy Co-Ed Amy Koch

Photo Credit: From the personal collection of Amy Koch.

Amy Koch is a rising sophomore at Misercordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. She is studying biology and is accepted into Misercordia’s six and a half year doctorate plan for physical therapy. Despite her rigorous academic schedule, Amy is involved in various college organizations and makes living healthily a priority. One of my best friends for many years, Amy and I are very similar people, but have had quite different experiences in college. She dishes to CL about how she survived her freshman year.

CL: What was your favorite part of your first year at Misercordia University?

AK: I’d have to say my favorite part about freshman year was a service trip I took over spring break. All of second semester I was a part of service learning class, where I learned about one of Misericordia’s main values- service. After completing the eight week course, I was a part of a group of about 15 that went to Mercy Neighborhood in Northern Philadelphia. For the week, I worked in an activity room for senior citizens and in a tutoring program for kids after school. I made so many friends from Misericordia during this amazing week, all the while learning lessons and making memories I’ll never forget.

Photo Credit: From the personal collection of Amy Koch.

 

CL: Was it hard to adjust as a freshman?

AK: Adjusting to life at college was a little hard, only because it was like something I’d never done before. I was used to going to camps for a week or two, but after the week was over, I always came home. So for me adjusting to not seeing my family for a month at a time was difficult. However, not coming home and staying on campus for the first few weekends was a big help because I met some awesome people that were feeling the same way as me.

CL: How did you decide upon your major, biology/physical therapy?

AK: The summer before senior year I volunteered at the Reading Hospital in the physical therapy department. During that time I realized that I really liked what physical therapists do, and from there I started looking into the field more. I love working with and caring for people, so to me studying physical therapy seemed like a perfect match. At Misericordia, there are several options for an undergrad degree for people in the PT program, and I picked studying bio because I felt as if that would best prepare me for grad school.

CL: In what ways do you think your six and a half-year program will benefit you in the long run?

AK: I think being a part of the six and a half year program will greatly benefit me mainly because I know I’m already accepted into the PT program. As long as I keep up my GPA and do well in all my science classes, I will go directly from undergraduate classes to the PT program without having to reapply. The fact that the program is a straight-through program was one of the main reasons I chose to go to Misericordia.

CL: How important do you think being involved in co-curricular activities in college is and why?

AK: I think getting involved in college is super important and can really make or break your college experience. First semester of my freshman year I struggled with homesickness and I think that was due to my lack of involvement. Second semester I went out of my comfort zone and joined several groups which definitely made my time at school more enjoyable.

CL: What activities are you involved in and why did you choose them?

AK: I joined Chamber Singers which is a choral group because I love singing and I knew I would feel comfortable being a part of the group. Thanks to my involvement in choir, I tried out and was selected to be in the spring musical “Working.” I also was elected to be the class of 2016’s Activities Coordinator. I love planning activities and doing service projects, which is what the position requires, so I was really excited when I was elected. I’m also an Orientation Leader. I chose to get involved with freshmen orientation because I want to help make the transition to college life successful for freshmen like others did for me last year.

Photo Credit: From the personal collection of Amy Koch.

CL: How do you balance your academic schedule with your co-curricular involvements?

AK: Time management is really important when it comes to balancing my school work and my other activities. School work comes first, so I’m always working ahead and trying to stay on schedule with my classes. For me, being busy pushes me to get my work done on time. Rather than relaxing in the dorms, I try to make better use of my time so I can get more done in the day.

CL: I know that living a healthy lifestyle is very important to you, how do you fit working out and eating nutritiously into your life at college?

AK: I try to go to the gym between classes, and if I don’t have time I’ll go later that night. For me, working out is a great way to relieve stress and get away from school work for an hour. I also try to go on a few runs a week to clear my head and get fresh air. As for the eating, I steer clear of the grill, fries, desserts and soda. Most of my meals have a side salad and for something sweet I’ll have peanut butter toast or chocolate milk. Weekends are a different story though, and my salads are replaced with ice cream.

CL: What are you looking forward to in your sophomore year at Misercordia?

AK: I’m really looking forward to continuing to make Misericordia my home. I’m living in a town-house with five other girls, so I’m excited to see how that works out. I also hope to take a leadership class and join an a cappella group this semester. And of course I’m looking forward to taking my biology classes that’ll bring me one step closer to a degree.

CL: What advice do you have for an incoming classy college freshman?

AK: I would tell incoming freshmen to stay on campus as much as possible and to get involved. I know that’s what everyone says, but it’s so important! Staying on campus helps you to get acclimated quicker and to make friends with people in your dorm. Getting involved helps you to feel like you have a purpose and helps to make your college experience one to remember!

For classy- coed Amy Koch, getting involved in college, working out and leaving her comfort zone proved to be stress relievers and have improved her college experience. Amy is an intelligent young woman bound for a successful career in physical therapy.

 


CL Interviews Liz Stilwell, Boston University Dance Team Coach

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A last minute decision to cheer on her old team sealed Liz Stilwell’s fate. In just her first year of coaching, Stilwell turned a disorganized group of dancers into National Dance Association challenge cup winners, finalists, and official university athletes. And that’s not all! After graduating Boston University in 2008, Stilwell moved out to New York City to achieve her masters in clinical psychology at Columbia University, but she didn’t stop there. Stilwell applied to schools all over, but after receiving the BUDT coaching job, her mind was made up that Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology was the place to earn her Ph.D. Since then, Stilwell has balanced being the coach of a top five ranked college dance team, a doctoral student, writing her dissertation, and working clinicals. How does she stay successful and classy? CL had to find out!

CL: How did you first get into dancing? When did you start?
LS: I started when I was two and a half.  My parents enrolled me in dance because I was very shy and uncoordinated.  When I was young, I was always tripping over my feet and actually still have a scar from one time when I fell and broke my nose.  My parents thought dance class would help improve my clumsy ways.

 

From the photo collection of Jillian Skuza

From the photo collection of Jillian Skuza

CL: What was one of your favorite memories on the BUDT? Did your experiences while on the team influence your decision to take the job as coach?
LS: My favorite memory is my senior year when we won challenge cup to make it to finals and then moved up from 11th to 7th place.  It was our first year in Division I and we really felt like underdogs.  I passed up a great internship opportunity to be on the team that year and I wanted more than anything to graduate feeling like I had made the right decision.  That 2007-2008 team became a second family to me and BUDT forever became a part of who I was.  When the team was struggling to find its direction a few years later and I knew I was moving back to Boston to start graduate school, I knew I had to be involved with the program again.  What I wanted to bring back to the team was a sense of ambition and appreciation for hard work.
CL: Doctoral student, writing your dissertation, clinicals, and BUDT coach, how do you balance it all?!
LS: That is a great question.  A lot of people have advised me to slow down and to cut back on everything I am involved with but I find it hard to give up any of it.  I love what I do.  Studying to become a psychologist and teaching dance are equally important to me and parts of who I am.  I am very lucky that I get to do both as my job.  When it gets tough (as it often does) I just remind myself to take it one step at a time-one task after the next.
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From the photo collection of Liz Stilwell

CL: Do you take things from your professional life and apply it to your coaching?
LS: My background in psychology has greatly influenced my coaching and vice versa.  Understanding how teams work is complex and motivating others to succeed can be even more challenging.  My training has taught me that it is the make up and the construction of the team that can be more important than the qualities of the leader or coach.  I believe that the coach’s main job is to provide the type of environment and training that the team needs to succeed.  A coach should help to establish the conditions or find the “groove” in which the team can create their own destiny.  I never demand greatness from my team; however, I always expect them to give it their all and I am genuine in my feedback.  The most valuable thing I have learned as a coach is to validate my dancers expectations and limitations while challenging them to rise above.
CL: Your dedication and drive is pretty unmatched, do you have any advice for those working hard to reach their goals?
LS: Stick with it.  It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, it may not be easy, but the most successful people I know are those who are passionate about what they do. I always look for the dancers who are relentlessly practicing, asking questions, and come to class knowing their routine.  To me dedication and drive beat talent any day of the week.  How does the saying goes.. “Dreams don’t work unless you do.”

 

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From the photo collection of Jillian Skuza

 

 

 


Top 10 T.V. Shows We Miss

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You know those nights when you’re on Netflix till the morning hours, clicking “play” on your laptop so many times that there aren’t any more episodes to play?  You look around your dark dorm room wondering what to do next.  All you want is to cry to your roommate about your favorite show ending, but you can’t because she’s asleep like a normal person.  We all have a show that has given us this feeling of “what do I do with my life now” after it’s over and the co-eds at College Lifestyles™ would like to share the ones they wish they could keep clicking “play” for a new episode.


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CL Interviews: Classy Co-ed Brittani Wilson

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Photo Credit: Personal photo collection of Brittani Wilson

Brittani Wilson currently attends the University of Missouri but calls small town Arbyrd in southern Missouri, home. She is actively pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English degree. While her hobbies include exercising, socializing, and watching movies like most college students do, she also spends a lot of time reading and writing. Brittani is currently writing her first young adult fiction novel which she plans to publish upon graduation. The idea first came to her six years ago and she has been working on it ever since. Some of her other future goals include publishing a series of books as well as having a career based solely on her writing.

Brittani is an intelligent young woman who is also very genuine and down to earth. This classy-coed is definitely someone you should know!

Photo Credit: From the personal photo collection of Brittani Wilson

Photo Credit: From the personal photo collection of Brittani Wilson

CL: How did you know you wanted to pursue an English degree?

BW: In high school I always took extra English courses as well as in college. I started off as a Pre-Med major but realizing later that English was really what I loved.

CL: What do you love most about your major?

BW: That there are no right or wrong answers. As long as you can support your answer you can always be right.

CL: Do you have a favorite quote you look to for inspiration?

BW: “To now endure, to now fly, to now inspire” written by Ralph Waldo Emerson in “The American Scholar.”  He basically advised Americans that if we continue to work hard and pursue our dreams that we will succeed and be an inspiration to other nations.  So I try to apply this to my everyday life.

Photo Credit: From the personal photo collection of Brittani Wilson

Photo Credit: From the personal photo collection of Brittani Wilson

CL: How do you stay classy while attending college?

BW: I keep things that are important to me my main priorities which are friends and family, my classes, and working.

CL: What advice would you give readers who want to pursue writing as a hobby or career? Don’t get discouraged in the beginning if you think your story is dumb. You have to keep going or you won’t get very far with it.

Photo Credit: From the personal photo collection of Brittani Wilson

Photo Credit: From the personal photo collection of Brittani Wilson

From a small town in southern Missouri to college at Mizzou, classy co-ed Brittani Wilson has big plans for her future writing career.


Gentleman Spotlight: Adam Levine

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Only the perfect man could be described as the impossible combination of funny, talented, driven, generous and attractive with a little bit of a dangerous, bad-boy edge.  However, “Maroon 5” lead singer Adam Levine captivates each of these qualities flawlessly.  How does he do it?  This week, CL set out to discover the secret behind this ruggedly handsome rock star with a spotlight – and not the one that’s coming from center stage.

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Name:  Adam Levine

Birthday:  March 18, 1979

Fun Fact:  Adam proves that yoga isn’t just for limber women by swearing by its health benefits every day.  He is so passionate about it that he even takes an instructor on tour so that he can do yoga before every show. 

Projects:  Adam has always been a talented musician, but it wasn’t until 2011 when he joined NBC’s hit show, “The Voice,” that his popularity skyrocketed.  Since then he has started an acting career as a frequent character on “American Horror Story,” launched his own fragrance line, and is currently on tour with his band, “Maroon 5,” Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane.     

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Community Outreach and Charities:  Another fun fact about Adam is that he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a child.  He has since come to terms with his ADHD and has been able to control it as he came into his adult years.  To spread awareness of this disorder, he helped launch the “Own It” campaign to support people with ADHD and let others know what they can do to help. 

Why is Adam a gentleman?  At only age 34, Adam has accomplished far more than the average person, with four dynamic records and a rising TV personality, but it’s the humble acceptance of fame that makes him a classy guy.  When asked if being the front man of a hot band makes him cocky by “Cosmopolitan” writer Tracy Shaffer, he replied, “a little, but in a playful, non-arrogant way.”  It’s this kind of fun, witty attitude that draws people to him and gives him the allure that makes him succeed.  It’s too bad he’s off the market now with a recent engagement to Victoria Secret model Behati Prinsloo.  So, sorry ladies, but it looks like it’s time to cross out the “I heart Adam” doodles in your notebooks and find a new gentleman to take his place.

 Can’t get enough of handsome, successful men?  Check out these other gorgeous guys!

Classy Gentleman:  Chris Pine

Gentleman Spotlight:  Leonardo DiCaprio

Gentleman Spotlight:  Robert Downy Jr.

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Cory Monteith’s Top 10 “Glee” Moments

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Cory Monteith may be gone but will never be forgotten, and neither will his outstanding performances on the Fox hit series, “Glee.”  As we look back on Cory’s career, CL is here to share the most memorable moments that his character, Finn, provided for his audiences over the seasons.  These moments are what gave the show its spark, whether it was a spark of love between him and Rachel or a spark of ambition that came across as he sang his heart out on stage.


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Gentleman Spotlight: Cory Monteith

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Tragedy has struck family, friends and fans of the talented Cory Monteith after his recent passing.  Cory left a mark on the world because of his winning personality, compassion for others and dedication to doing what he loves.  Just one look at his Twitter page shows even those who didn’t know him the fun-loving guy he was.  His Twitter bio states, “tall, awkward, Canadian, actor, drummer, person,” but we know he was much more than that.

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Name:  Cory Monteith

Birthday:  Cory was born on May 11, 1982; making him only 31 when he passed.

Fun Fact:  Finn’s drumming skills on “Glee” weren’t just good acting; Cory was actually the drummer for his band, “Bonnie Dune.”

Projects:  Although he was best known for his starring role as Finn Hudson on the hit Fox series, “Glee,” Cory was trying to separate himself from the character and develop a stronger acting identity.  He made a turning point this past year to advance his career by starting two movie roles.  Cory was playing the role of James in “All the Wrong Reasons,” a film about four co-workers in a department store who deal with a heart-rending incident.  He was also set to play Simon in the production of “McCanick.”  The status of these movies is yet to be determined.

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Community Outreach and Charities:  Although Cory tried to disconnect himself from Finn, it’s easy to compare the two because of their talent, open minds, easy going personalities and support of the gay and lesbian community.  Cory was a GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) activist and fought for equality for everyone.  He even hosted the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards with Naya Rivera last year.  Cory will be missed for his entertaining ability, but he will be forever in the hearts of his fans because of acts of service like this.

Why was Cory a Classy Gentleman?  His caring warmth is a big part of what made Cory a well-rounded gentleman, but he also had many positive attributes that took him a step further.  His charm that came across on screen made his fans fall in love and feel like they knew him personally.  It takes an incredible person to relate to people you don’t even know, and that is why Cory Monteith will be remembered lovingly.

For more classy gentleman, check out these CL spotlights:

Gentleman Spotlight:  Jesse McCartney

Gentleman Spotlight:  Johnny Depp

Gentleman Spotlight:  Zach Galifianakis

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This Weekend’s Must-See Movies

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Forget laser tag or go-kart racing if you’re looking for an action-packed weekend.  The movie theater has more action in store than those activities combined, with selections that will put you on the edge of your seat.  Coming to theaters today are riveting movies guaranteed to satisfy your need for a thrill, so grab your classy friends and check out the exciting options.

 

“Maniac”

Elijah Wood plays a psychotic killer in this horror film about a guy who is just lonely.  But does loneliness justify what he is willing to do to have companions in his life?  You can make that call once you see the terrifying things he does to the women he comes in contact with.  This flick dares to show the demented side of people, so decide how daring you are to watch it.

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“A Hijacking”

This nerve-racking movie is about a crew on a cargo ship that is hijacked by pirates on the Indian Ocean.  The men on the ship are taken hostage so that their company will pay a significant amount of money for their lives.  It becomes an intense decision making process as the company decides how to return the men on board home safely.  This movie will keep you guessing as the tension builds throughout it.

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“World War Z”

“World War Z’s” tagline, “there will be no warning,” foreshadows just how suspenseful this apocalyptic flick will be.  Brad Pitt stars as a husband and a father of two little girls who is torn between the decision to stay with his family or save mankind from the pandemic that is eating through the human race.  In the meantime he is faced with many obstacles in order to keep his life and the lives of his family at a safe range from the spreading virus.  You are sure to be gripping your armrests during this film as you follow Pitt through this enthralling journey to what could be the end of the world as we know it.

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“The Haunting of Helena”

If “Maniac” doesn’t sound disturbing enough for you, “The Haunting of Helena” will.  This dreadful story is about a single mother who moves to South Italy with her daughter after her divorce.  The two hope to start a new life together in a new house.  Their new house will start a new life for them, but it won’t be the happy one they longed for.  After the loss of the daughter’s first tooth, she becomes haunted by a “tooth fairy” that lives in a closet inside the house and deranges her.  This movie, full of gore and unsettling occurrences, is assured to give you a petrifying adventure.

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If a thrill isn’t what you’re looking for this weekend, check out these other fabulous CL ideas:

Five Summer Date Ideas

CL’s Guide to Planning your Summer Road Trip

CL’s Guide to BBQ


Classy Interview: Ashton Harvey

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Many small town girls dream of leaving behind what they have always known and seeing the world. However, not many actually get the chance to do it. This classy co-ed is living out that dream; not only being away from her home in West Virginia to go to school in South Carolina, but she is also traveling overseas.

Ashton Harvey is an honors student at Clemson University where she maintains a high GPA and a steady job as a camp counselor for Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute. Keeping a job and her grades up isn’t an accomplishment for her though, because those things are not an option in her book. Ashton is the kind of girl who thinks going above and beyond the norm is what makes you special, so that’s exactly what she’s doing.

To make herself stand out from the rest, she applied to a selective program – offered only to Clemson honors students – to study European history and politics abroad. Within this program, she was able to fly to Germany to spend 10 days sightseeing, learning culture and meeting and studying with important government leaders.

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“At first I applied to the program for the free plane ticket to Germany, but then I fell in love with the culture and I became fascinated with the European Union,” she said.

Other than excelling in her school and studying foreign policies, Ashton is actively involved with the University. This past year, as a freshman, she was voted onto the Clemson Undergraduate Student Government (CUSG) Senate. She is on the University Services Committee, where she helps with projects that directly affect students.

Not only does Ashton give back to the students of Clemson University, but she gives back to the less fortunate. She is part of a student organization called FeelGood that raises money for The Hunger Project to empower women and children in Third World countries so they can sustain a life on their own. To raise the money, the organization sells freshly made grilled cheese sandwiches to students on their way to class.

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“Every Wednesday, I make gourmet grilled cheeses in front of our library,” Ashton said. “I personally donate a lot of money to the Hunger Project because they are so good.”

Of course, this intelligent college girl isn’t all work and no play, though. For fun, Ashton and her friends like to go to downtown Greenville to shop.

“My friends and I go shopping just to get a pair of socks and come back to our dorm with 15 new dresses,” she said.

Ashton sounds like a typical CL girl to us!

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CL Interviews: Classy Gentleman Daniel Szafran from George Brown College in Canada

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Photo courtesy of Daniel Szafran.

Daniel Szafran is a senior majoring in Food and Nutrition Management at George Brown College in Canada. This classy gentleman is intelligent and extremely passionate about all things health and fitness related. Although he is still an undergraduate, he’s already hard at work as a supervisor at Shoppers and has started practicing for the future by creating diet plans. Learn more about Daniel:

Nickname: Szaffy, no idea who started it, but I guess it comes from my last name

I am proud of: being Polish. My heritage and background mean so much to me which also comes in correlation with my family and how important they are to me. Some day I hope to live in Poland.

If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to: For a while now, me and my friends have been talking about going to Iceland for the summer and/or fall. Not only to see the Northern lights, but the idea of going horseback riding on the Icelandic volcanoes is too appealing!

Photo courtesy of Daniel Szafran.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Szafran.

Last movie you saw: Fast & Furious 6. I thought it was a great movie, other than the fact that it was very unrealistic. The last scene of the movie however was totally unexpected. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone that hasn’t seen it yet, but all I will say is that I am very excited for the next Fast and Furious.

Folks would be surprised to know I am: I am 100% Polish, however I was born in Athens, Greece. My parents moved to Greece for work and also vacation and I suppose I was created there. Moved to Canada when I was 3 years old and live here since then.

Most embarrassing moment: My most embarrassing moment was when I was about 15, and I was playing a game with my friends called “elephant” where we would jump on top of each other and see how high we could get, well at some point my pants fell off and all the girls were watching. I must say I was as red as a tomato…

I can’t live without: One of the things that I love to do is listen to music. I love going to any EDM (electronic dance music) events. So far I have been to Digital Dreams, Identity Festival and my most recent one, Sensation White. They were amazing experiences. Partying with thousands of other people being there for the music is unreal. Next on my bucket list is Tomorrowland Festival.

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Photo courtesy of Daniel Szafran.

Celebrity crush: Although there are so many beautiful women out there, my answer to this question will probably be Mila Kunis. I love European girls and she is definitely in the top 5 of most beautiful women. That smile is too cute!

Guilty pleasure: My guilty pleasure is probably wings. And they have to be hot or suicide. As bad as they are for you, I really love wings. If wings were healthy for you, I would probably have them everyday haha. My favorite day of the week is Wednesday; all you can eat wings day hehe.

Favorite T.V. show: My favorite show must be Suits. My friends recommended it to me and I watched all the seasons in about 2 weeks while being in exam season…haha. I LOVE RACHEL, she is smoking! Can’t wait for the next season!

Get to know more classy coeds:

CL Interviews: Classy Gentlemen Cameron Dieter from Beloit College

CL Interviews: Classy Co-Ed Kaitlyn Kestel

Classy Co-Ed of the Week: Liz Clouser from Duquesne University

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Photo courtesy of Daniel Szafran.

CL thumbnailRaquel Santos is a senior at Rutgers University. Follow her on Twitter @raqueltossi. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


Major of the Month: Culinary Arts

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Does your movie repertoire contain “Ratatouille,” “Waitress” and “No Reservations”?  Have “Top Chef,” “Cake Boss” and “Chopped” on the DVR? Do you have a passion for deliciously sweet, spicy or savory food that can melt someone’s heart and satisfy the soul? If so, you might have what it takes to be a culinary arts major. Don’t forget to add a chef’s hat, white coat and checkered pants to the dorm checklist for college.

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After interviewing the fabulous Sydney Morrison of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, College Lifestyles™ chose to share her experience with you for an inside scoop on life as a culinary arts major.

College Lifestyles: Did you pick a school based on your major?

Sydney Morrison: Yes. I researched the best culinary arts public schools in the state, and it landed me at John Folse Culinary Institute.

CL. When did you pick your major?

SM: I picked my major at the end of my senior year of high school.

CL. Why did you pick your major?

SM: I picked it based on my interests and abilities.

CL. Did anyone influence your choice of major? How and why?

SM: It was solely my decision. My parents wanted me to go wherever I chose.

CL. What classes did you take based on your major? What did you do in these classes?

SM: I took a serve safe class, which is a certification course that lasts for five years which tests your ability to keep a sanitary public restaurant or cooking environment.  Every food service establishment is required to have someone on the team with this certification.  I actually learned a lot in that class about foodborne illnesses and how to prevent them. I also learned about climate control, food stacking in fridge freezers and how long food can be stored in the “temperature danger zone,” etcetera. In addition, I took Culinary 1001, which was about the types of jobs you can have in the field. There are labs to teach you front- and back-of-the-house work. Another interesting class was learning all the different cuts of meat, how to cut them and where on the animal’s body is what type of cut.

CL. Did you enjoy your classes? Why or why not?

SM: I really loved my classes! I learned things that were very beneficial to common life as well as being of interest to me.

CL. What would you say to someone considering the major?

SM: Everyone’s end goal in culinary school, for the most part, is to eventually own his or her own restaurant. They will try to weed you out to intimidate you with the fact that most restaurants don’t make it. It is a major where you have to completely have a passion for cooking and the art of food. It is a job that is time-consuming and, as they say in culinary school, you work when everyone else plays—nights, weekends and holidays.

CL. What do you like and dislike about your major?

SM: As a female, I don’t like the idea of working nights, weekends and holidays because I will eventually have a family and those hours aren’t ideal for that role. Also, the aggressiveness you need in a hot kitchen in New Orleans like they train you to be in is too intimidating and uninviting. I would rather have a laid-back creative space to explore my love for food and design.

CL. Did you have an internship involving your major?

SM: I have worked with some chefs and restaurant owners in Baton Rouge, but it just solidified my decision to pursue design rather than culinary. While my passion is cooking, it isn’t working in the back of a hot kitchen.

CL. What are your future career plans? Goals?

SM: I would love to work for a food and design magazine, colliding my two loves into one career.  The title of my ideal career is an art director.

CL. Any advice for other students in this major?

SM: See if it’s your passion, and go with it. It can’t hurt to try out something new, and if you don’t like it at least you tried it and now you know.

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To catch a glimpse of a day in the life of a culinary arts major, check out “The Freshman Class,” a new series on The Cooking Channel based on four people in their first semester at the Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

For more classy majors, read CL’s “Major of the Month” series.

Major of the Month: Fashion

Major of the Month: Business

Major of the Month: Nutrition

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Must-See June Movies

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The weather is heating up and so is the movie selection.  This June, heading to the theater might even seem like more fun than lounging by the pool.  Because of the movie options that Hollywood has given us, grabbing some friends to share a large popcorn sounds more appealing than ever.  CL talked to some classy co-eds who are just as excited about the movies coming out as we are, to see which ones everyone is looking forward to the most.

“The Purge”

This movie from the producer of “Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious” and “Sinister” already foreshadows terror.  “The Purge” is about the one night a year the United States government allows any and all crimes to be committed free of charge.  This system seems to be working throughout the rest of the year, but within those 12 hours, the audience gets to watch the horrendous acts occurring in the house of a family who doesn’t have any desire to participate in the crime sprees, but unfortunately must.

Although “The Purge” is probably going to scare her to death, Mary Ferguson, a sophomore from West Virginia University, explains why she will be the first in line to see it June 7.

“It’s the creepiest concept for a movie and it gives me chills every time I watch the trailer,” Ferguson said.  “I also like that it’s a new idea that isn’t about zombies or vampires or people getting drunk.”

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“The Internship”

Also out in theaters June 7 is “The Internship.”  This movie is bound to be hilarious just because of the cast.  Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson star in this comedy about two men whose sales careers have just gone under.  To prove they aren’t worthless, they decide to compete in one of the hardest internships in the Unites States: Google.  Once they talk their way into landing the internship, they soon learn what they are truly in for as they work alongside genius college students who make them look everything but adequate.

“I’m really excited to see ‘The Internship,’” sophomore Nancy Perrine of West Virginia Wesleyan College said.  “Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are always so funny together.”

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“The Bling Ring”

We loved Emma Watson’s American side in “Perks of Being a Wallflower” and I bet we’ll love it just as much in her new movie, “The Bling Ring,” in theaters June 14.  This movie is based on actual events, where a circle of friends is so enthralled with celebrities and their lifestyles, the group robs them.  The teenagers go around to houses of famous people like Lindsay Lohan and steal their designer items so they can feel fabulous.  Of course, with actions like that, the glamorous life of these teens is short lived as it begins a downward spiral.  Clemson University sophomore Ashton Harvey explains why this movie is going to be good regardless of the plot, though.

“Anything Emma Watson plays in is going to be awesome.  Case closed,” Harvey said.  “I’ll be going to see ‘The Bling Ring’ for sure.”

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“Monsters University”

Rewinding life before “Monsters Inc.,” “Monsters University” shows Mike and Sully before their scaring careers took off when they were just freshman in college.  It could actually be relatable for a lot of the CL readers out there who just finished their freshman year.  It may be a film for a younger audience, but because of its comedic tone and college setting, it would definitely be enjoyable for people of all ages.  Hayley Hunter, a sophomore from the University of Charleston, agreed.

“I’m taking the kids I babysit to see “Monsters University” right on June 21,” Hunter said.  “I’ll use them as an excuse, but I really want to go to feel like a kid again for a couple hours.”

P.S. Check out the “Monsters University” home page.  Pixar has it set up to look like a real university website.

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“White House Down”

What a perfect date-night movie:  edge-of-your-seat fight scenes for him and shirtless Channing Tatum scenes for her.  “White House Down” is an action-packed movie about a guy named John Cale (Tatum), whose only wish is to be part of the Secret Service to protect the president of the United States, who is played by Jamie Foxx.  When Cale doesn’t get his dream job, he is too ashamed to tell his daughter, so he takes her on a tour of the White House.  Unfortunately, while they are inside, the White House is attacked; but fortunately, this gives Cale the perfect opportunity to save the day.

“I can’t wait to see “White House Down” and I know my boyfriend can’t wait either,” said freshman Lauren Clarkson from West Virginia University.  “This was a very easy movie to compromise on.  I think it will be fun for both of us to watch.”

Which of these great movies are you going to choose to see this June?

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Why Classy Co-Eds Should Learn to Love to Cook

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Image courtesy of Meg Dowell

Some of us have known the ins and outs of the culinary arts since before we could reach the knobs on the stove in our home kitchens. Others begin their college educations without knowing the difference between a simmer and a boil when faced with a pot of bubbling water on an electric burner.

Whether you fall prey to one of these extremes or somewhere in-between, learning the basics of food preparation before you leave for school as a first-time college student will help you live better, eat healthier and appreciate where food comes from and the time and effort it takes to prepare a decent meal.

Why is it important to cook while in college? CL has a few reasons to consider mastering the basics before you set foot on campus.

Making dinner doesn’t have to be a chore.

If you grew up feeling like stepping into the kitchen to throw a decent lunch together was never a hobby you wanted to pursue, college is the perfect time to dissolve your hesitations about cooking. When you wander into your kitchen and begin surveying your breakfast options, don’t think about the mess you might have to clean up or the dishes you’re going to have to do afterward. In preparing a meal for yourself, it’s important to remain in the moment when thinking through the steps required to scramble your eggs or flip your blueberry pancakes. Focusing on the satisfaction you’re going to receive once you taste those eggs will help motivate you to oil that pan and forget about the time and energy it might take to put together the most important meal of the day.

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Cooking is a valuable life skill no matter what stage of life you’re in.

Learning to cook at a young age will teach patience and responsibility, and will help you practice reading and following written instructions. As a college student, the process of buying ingredients, reading food labels and preparing meals can help you develop valuable money-saving skills, teach you about basic nutrition and help you learn which cooking methods are most effective for each particular food you want to prepare. Discovering what foods you like to cook—and your best bet at cooking them the right way, your way—will make the process smooth, easy and enjoyable.


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