How to Make Shakshuka

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What if you could travel across the world without leaving your apartment? Follow your wanderlust into the kitchen as we take a journey to northern Africa and the Middle East for Shakshuka.

This flavorful recipe of eggs in a healthy tomato sauce is delicious, and easier to make than it sounds. You start by making the sauce with fresh tomatoes and red bell peppers, two excellent sources of vitamin C. The flavor is infused with garlic and spices, providing more nutritional benefits. According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, cayenne pepper may help burn calories and curb appetite.

Its colorful presentation and flavorful aroma will awe. Shakshuka is the perfect dish for cultured co-eds to impress your parents back home while visiting on holiday, and a way to treat roommates and yourself for a fabulous breakfast. Plus, it won’t break your bank: many ingredients can be found at the local farmers market or on sale at the grocery store.

SHAKSHUKA

Ingredients

4 large tomatoes*

4 large eggs

3 cloves of garlic

3 tbsp. olive oil

1 large red bell pepper

1 large yellow onion

1 jalapeño (optional)

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

feta or your favorite cheese (optional)

salt and pepper,

basil (optional)

* Canned tomatoes or tomato paste can also be used.

Directions

1. Heat your cast iron or stainless steel skillet to high. Finely mince garlic and dice onion. Slice bell peppers thinly. Roughly chop the tomatoes and set aside.

2. When the skillet is sizzling, add garlic, onion and bell pepper, stirring occasionally. Sauté, then lower the heat to medium high. Add tomatoes and jalapeno. Make sure to remove seeds for less spicy flavor. Let marinate for about 15 minutes while a hearty sauce to forms.

3. Sprinkle cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper. Stir. Add salt and black pepper to taste. When the sauce gets thicker, create small nests within the sauce to break eggs in. Cover for up to 20 minutes depending on your egg preference.

4. Sprinkle feta or your favorite cheese with basil for a decorative touch. Serve with pita bread or any bread on hand. Za’tar and olive create a perfect dipping sauce as pictured. In Israel, locals say a Hebrew phrase when it’s time to eat: “beteavon,” or enjoy your meal.

Recipe courtesy of Derica Jackson.

This dish has taken many different forms over the years, and you can make this dish yourself with variations to accommodate your palate. Some versions contain meats like chicken and lean sausage for additional protein. It’s traditionally served without meat, making it vegetarian-friendly. Vegans can also enjoy this dish by using substituting the eggs for eggplant. Jewish communities prepare it kosher.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to making Shakshuka.

Derica Jackson is a senior at the University of North Texas. Follow her on Twitter @Dericatlas. If you are interested in joining the CL team as a Campus Correspondent, click here

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College Lifestyles™ End-of-Year Readers’ Survey 2015

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New Year’s Resolutions. We’ve all made them at some point. Some of you have even managed to keep them all year once or twice (lucky).

We’ve already made our 2016 resolution: to produce the best content possible, every single week, just for you, classy co-eds.

Whether you’re a long-time College Lifestyles™ reader or this is your first time visiting us online, your voice matters to us. We want to be able to provide the best interviews, tips, information and advice to our readers. And we need your help to do that.

We’ve put together a 15-minute online survey, all about you, college life and what you’ve been reading on CL (and what you want to read more of!). We want to get to know you a little better, so we can make sure we’re publishing articles you want to read.

Sounds like a pretty fabulous deal, right? There’s a bonus: if you take our survey, you could help one of our interns win a Target gift card, just in time for the spring semester!

This survey is now closed.

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College Lifestyles™ Spring 2016 Internship Applications – Open NOW Through October 15, 2015

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Are you interested in gaining experience outside the classroom this semester?

Are you a communications, English, journalism, public relations or marketing major looking to gain experience and build your resume before graduation?

Would you like to have FUN this semester?

If you’ve said yes to any of these questions, the College Lifestyles™ Spring 2016 Internship Program is for you.

We are seeking:

Writing interns

  • Pitch article topics for editorial calendar development
  • Write 1+ article per week
  • Learn/develop WordPress skills
  • Learn/develop AP Style, grammar and magazine writing skills
  • Promote work on social media
  • Develop editing skills
  • Learn to work on an editorial team
  • Network with other writers and editors from college campuses across the U.S. and abroad

Social media interns

  • Promote CL articles on social media
  • Promote/forecast trends on social media
  • Analyze social media statistics
  • Learn/develop Facebook skills
  • Learn/develop Twitter skills
  • Learn/develop Pinterest skills
  • Learn/develop Tumblr skills
  • Learn/develop Google+ skills
  • Learn/develop LinkedIn skills
  • Develop writing skills
  • Network with other social media professionals from college campuses across the U.S. and abroad

All CL team members participate in shadowing week to prepare for the internship the week of December 6, learn about CL policies and procedures during a 40-minute orientation Skype the week of December 15, submit monthly goal sheets, participate in weekly social media promotion, participate in team building sessions, check weekly memos from staff members and are excited to be part of an amazing team!

This is a hands-on experience that gives students a chance to explore the world of online journalism and public relations while adding to their resumes and professional portfolios.

See what former interns had to say about their experiences:

A Day in the Life of a CL Writer

A Day in the Life of a CL Social Media Guru

We are specifically looking for students majoring in journalism, communications, PR, new media, creative writing, English or a related affiliation (ex: nutrition, fashion merchandising, interior design) who are dedicated, have excellent time-management skills, can bring fresh ideas to the table and are serious about a career in media or a related industry.

Want to know more about what it’s like to be on our team? Check out 10 things you need to know about being a College Lifestyles™ intern.

Want to know what College Lifestyles™ Founder and CEO Shelly Marie Redmond has to say about the CL Internship Program? Check this out!

Have questions? We have answers!

Q: The internship sounds great, but will it require me to relocate?

A: No! This is a virtual internship – you can work from just about anywhere with Wi-Fi.

Q: Will I get paid interning for CL?

A: No, this is an unpaid internship. This is an internship where you will gain REAL experience in writing, editing, social media and marketing. The payoff is education, experience, stats, clips for your portfolio and a fabulous line on your resume.

Q: Can I use this internship for credit toward my major?

A: Talk to your advisor first. If they’re willing to provide the necessary paperwork, we’re willing to sign off on it as long as you complete the work expected of you as an intern.

Q: I’m a guy. Can I intern for CL?

A: Absolutely!

Q: I’ll be abroad this semester. Can I apply for the internship?

A: Absolutely. We have worked with interns abroad in the past. As long as you’re willing to dedicate the time and make it work, we’re willing to be flexible.

Q: I’m pretty busy this semester, but I’d like to try and make the internship work. How many hours a week would I be expected to dedicate to the CL internship?

A: It depends on how much you’d like to be involved. We ask that interns dedicate a minimum of five hours per week to CL. Those interested in doing more work may put in up to 10 hours each week.

Q: I really want to be involved with CL, but I don’t think I’ll have time for the internship. Is there another way to get involved?

A: Don’t think you can tackle an internship this semester? Not to worry: you can still write for CL. Check out our Campus Correspondent Program to get started.

Q: The internship sounds great, but I don’t see any editor positions listed. How can I edit for CL?

A: Our editor positions are reserved for those who have completed at least one semester of work with CL. If you enjoy your first semester with us, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for an editorial position.

Have a question that didn’t get answered above? Email meg.collegelifestyles@gmail.com.

Applications for the Spring 2016 semester have now closed. If you’re still interested in writing for us, consider joining our Campus Correspondent Program

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Five Skills You Need for the Real World

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Whether you are in the process of applying for jobs or just thinking about your future goals a few years in advance, it’s crucial to be aware of the skills you’ll need to succeed in the real world. In any job you may have, you have to be able to communicate effectively and show you’re confident in your work. Read through this list, evaluate your confidence in each one and begin improving in the needed areas.

Organization

The first skill you’ll need for success in the real world is organization. You must be organized in order to keep up with all of your responsibilities, maintain your workload and to avoid procrastination. Begin tackling this skill by making to-do lists and using a daily planner for scheduling purposes.

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Pluck

There’s a reason why the real world is often referred to a “dog-eat-dog world.” The professional lifestyle can be fun and exciting, but has its fair share of harsh and disheartening moments.

In order to succeed, you must be able to have a clear vision for what you want to achieve and be able to quickly bounce back after failures. Frances Bridges, a contributor to Frobes.com, explains this idea: “Just know you will have personal and professional failures, and everyone does, even when it seems like you are the only one who is having them. What truly achieves success is not how you succeed, but how you handle failure.”

Honesty and Integrity

If you watch the news on any given day, you can hear about big businessmen or celebrities who are unveiled as being different than they portrayed themselves to the world. The result of their unfair actions always ends in the demise of their hard work and even their personal lives, in some cases. When entering the real world, remember to always be honest and have integrity in order to avoid all issues that could be detrimental to your career. Treat people with respect and be truthful when completing your work if you want to succeed.

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Desire to Keep Learning

One lie many college students buy into is the idea they won’t have to keep learning new material after graduation. While this is probably true in the sense that they won’t be in a classroom setting or taking exams, it is not necessarily true in all cases.

Entering into a new field of work can often take intense training, so you must be willing to take these necessary steps for success in whatever job you have. Rebecca Healy, a contributor to the U.S. News and World Report describes, “While it may be difficult to open up initially and admit you don’t know it all, curiosity helps strengthen self-confidence. As a result, you will learn new ideas and job skills that will stay with you throughout your career.”

Communication/Writing Abilities

Being able to speak with confidence and write with a clear purpose can take you farther in your career than you could imagine. As an intelligent co-ed, you should be able to voice what you think and connect with others while completing any task that comes in your professional path.

Avoid “fluff” in your writing and always be sure to practice any speeches/presentations beforehand. Dominique Rogers, a contributor to Monster.com describes, “Busy professionals simply don’t have time to read a thesis, so distill your ideas down to their essential components before presenting them to your supervisor or colleagues.”

If you’re able to follow these five guidelines for skills to success in the real world, you’ll be sure to feel confident and ready to take on any challenge you may face. They may take work and discipline, but the hard work you put in will always pay off. If you’re interested in more professional tips, check out these articles:

How to Make the Most of Your Part Time Job

Basic Cover Letter Etiquette

How to Build a Personal Brand

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The Classy Co-Ed’s Guide to Tipping

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Whether you are at a restaurant, getting your nails done or having a pizza delivered, tipping is something that just can’t be avoided. It is a regular part of life, so why not try to perfect the way you pay others for their hard work? While this may be a confusing and even sensitive subject to tackle, we have a few simple guidelines to follow in regards to tipping in restaurants that will make this puzzling task a bit clearer.

Be Thoughtful

Nothing can be more disheartening than to hear of friends in the restaurant industry being “stiffed” after working hard to make sure their customers are satisfied. Our first piece of advice when it comes to tipping is to always be considerate. The act of “stiffing,” or leaving no tip at all, should never be an option. Any classy co-ed should know this is just not acceptable. Trip Advisor discusses the importance of tipping in an article online: “Keep in mind that those who provide service are often dependent on tip income and generally are grateful for any tips received, especially when prompt and exceptional service has been provided. Tipping is the means by which to acknowledge good service.”

If your waiter is not exactly up to the standards you expect, try asking yourself a few questions before leaving him/her a very small tip or no tip at all. Am I unsatisfied because my food took a long time to be served? What are the chances this person may just be having an “off” day? Often times, food that is delivered in an untimely manner can be traced back to an error on the chef’s part, not the waiter’s. Try to always remember bad days happen, and sometimes waiters are not always going to give completely perfect service. Treat others the way you would want to be treated in a professional setting, and tip others the way you would want to be tipped.

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Do the Math

When figuring out the exact dollar amount to tip someone, always stick with the 15-20 percent rule. Only in extreme cases should your tip reach below 15 percent, but it can definitely be above 20 percent if you are feeling extra generous and want to make your waiter’s day. One common mistake people make is to tip $1.00 per person when in a group, but that will generally not suffice for the amount of work you are paying for. In a recent article focused on tipping etiquette from CNN, Jordan Rane explains, “Tipping 15-20 percent of the bill before tax … is the average range for waitstaff, skewing higher for great service. Leaving 10 percent reflects substandard service, zero abominable.” If you take the time to actually do the math and stick to this rule, your servers will be more than appreciative.

For those of you who aren’t as comfortable with numbers, trying downloading a tipping app for your smart phone! There are hundreds of free apps to choose from that will allow you to enter your bill’s total and what percentage of the bill you want to tip and then will do all of the math for you. This quick and easy fix should be able to calm even the worst math-frazzled nerves.

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Consider the Context

I recently went to a restaurant with a group of friends, and the food we ordered was very inexpensive. Two out of the three of us somehow had bills that were barely over $5.00 each. When you find yourself in this type of unique situation, try to remember the context. If I were to stick to the 20 percent rule, a tip would only be $1.00, and that clearly would have been more insulting than rewarding to our waiter. He still put in a decent amount of work even though my food was reasonably priced. Remember to always focus on the work the waiter put in to serving you and being attentive to your needs as compared to the bill’s total while in a very affordable setting.

Another good rule of thumb is to evaluate the situation before entering it. If you know before you enter a restaurant that you will not be able to afford the total of the bill and tip, choose a less expensive restaurant. AARP recently discussed tipping and this idea in one of its recent articles online: “Offer what you can afford. If you can’t afford a tip that will be expected, don’t use the service.”

If worse comes to worse and you aren’t able to remember all of these rules, don’t stress! Just always remember to be generous and gracious to those around you, and a few extra dollars removed from your account could be very meaningful to those who are serving and pampering you. In order to check out other classy and helpful tips, read these articles:

5 Skills You Need to Network

Handling Conflict in the Workplace in the RIGHT Way

Graduation Party Etiquette

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Career of the Month: Travel & Tourism

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Traveling and experiencing new places can be one of the most exciting parts of life, but have you ever thought about the people behind the scenes at your favorite resort or vacation destination?

The travel and tourism industry is full of hard-working professionals dedicated to making your vacation the best it can be. College Lifestyles™ recently had the chance to interview a sophisticated professional in the travel and tourism industry: the Fairfield Inn and Suites of North Charleston’s Assistant General Manager, Savannah Mathes.

College Lifestyles™: If you attended college, what courses did you take that pertain to this career path (and what school did you attend)?

Savannah Mathes: I attended Davis & Elkins College in my hometown of Elkins, WV, where I received a bachelor’s degree in marketing. While the courses I took did not directly correlate with a career in hospitality, the business and marketing courses were a great starting point for being able to market a hotel, ultimately setting it apart from the competition and increasing sales.

CL: What does a typical day look like for you as assistant general manager?

SM: While no day for me is “typical,” I do have a daily agenda of responsibilities that includes: mentoring and coaching associates, review[ing] property financials and completion of accounting tasks, responding to guest feedback via social media or Marriott’s survey platform and guest interaction. One of the great things about a career in this industry is that no two days are ever the same … you never know what to expect, so your work never becomes mundane.

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CL: What is your favorite part about working in the travel and tourism industry?

SM: My favorite aspect of working in the travel and tourism industry would be getting to meet so many new people from all over the world. Being able to interact with others on a daily basis and creating new relationships is fantastic. I love the ability of being able to create a sense of “home away from home” for all of my guests and giving them an exceptional, memorable experience. Not only does that provide a personal achievement, it also builds loyalty to the hotel and the brand.

CL: How do you feel about working specifically in the unique Charleston, South Carolina tourism industry?

SM: I absolutely love working in the Charleston tourism industry. I take great pride in being able to provide guests with an exceptional experience not only at our hotel, but also throughout Charleston. Being able to exemplify true “Southern hospitality” by providing attraction and dining recommendations for guests to enhance their experience is a passion for me. Charleston has been voted as the #1 city in the US and Canada for two consecutive years by Travel + Leisure, as well as the #1 city in the US for four years by readers of Conde Nast. What better way to promote our hotel and the beautiful Holy City than by telling our guests about the delicious cuisine and rich culture?

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CL: What advice do you have for students pursuing a career in the travel and tourism industry?

SM: The biggest piece of advice I would give to anyone looking to pursue a career in the travel and tourism industry is to determine which aspect they would best fit. From a hotel operations perspective, I would suggest doing an internship to get hands-on experience of the field. Likewise, if hotel operations are the ultimate goal, I would suggest taking classes that pertain to that particular career path.

CL: Where did you get your inspiration for this career path?

SM: My inspiration came from a great mentor I had at the first hotel I worked at here in Charleston. He was very knowledgeable about the industry and was very passionate about coaching others to grow in the industry just as he had. He mentored me throughout my transition into hotel management and consistently pushed me to pursue more knowledge of hotel operations.

CL: What are your future goals?

SM: Within the next year, my goal is to become a general manager. On an ongoing basis, I consistently set goals to further my knowledge and education of hotel operations and the tourism industry, whether it is by reading books, attending seminars, taking courses or simply going into the market to gain experiences. In the long-term, my ultimate goal is to become a regional director of operations for a hospitality company overseeing multiple hotels and providing direction and coaching for newly appointed general managers.

Mathes’ passion for the travel and tourism industry is exciting and promising! This distinctive industry is definitely one to take note of when deciding on a positive career path. For more information on careers to pursue, check out these articles:

Career of the Month: Radiology

Career of the Month: Nursing

Career of the Month: English

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How to Build a Personal Brand

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In the professional world, the way you present yourself can either make or break your career. To achieve success and be driven during interviews, it is crucial to know what you stand for, what you want to accomplish and to how you want to get there. A personal brand allows you to market yourself in a way that is unique, modern and eye-catching.

Discover a Passion and Find Purpose

The first step toward building a personal brand is to discover your passion. You can ask yourself a few simple questions in order to realize what this may be. What do you love spending time doing? What do you feel avidly about?

Once you discover what your passion is, begin specifying exactly what you want to accomplish with it. Specificity is necessary in order to hone in on how to market yourself. “I think it’s actually really important to have a mission statement! Your senior seminar [professors] (if applicable) might have you write one. Everything I do, say, promote now, basically goes off my mission statement. And when I interview for jobs, I want to make sure the organization’s goals line up with the goals that are part of my statement too,” Meg Dowell, a grad student at Boston University explained. A mission statement allows for you to show off your goals in one simple, and direct statement.

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Build a Website

Having a web presence is one of the most modern and practical ways to establish a personal brand. A website not only allows for resume information, but also stands as a digital portfolio. On your website, include your mission statement, a copy of your resume, portfolio documents, access to your LinkedIn account and necessary personal information.

“Having a website makes you more findable. If all you have is a resume, you have to go out and hand it to people to get your name out. If someone wanted to look you up on the internet and you didn’t have a website, all they might get is a Facebook or Twitter profile. However, if you have a website, you can be found by a much wider audience and control what it is they see first. This is key for establishing your personal brand and for highlighting your accomplishments,” Thomas Frank from College Info Geek described.

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Stay True to Who You Are

While internships and jobs may come and go, it is crucial to stay true to who you are and what you stand for in the professional world. To be satisfied in your career, you must build your personal brand and stand unwavering. Don’t forget that your personal brand is how you are representing yourself to the world.

“I’ve learned that your brand is altered by every decision you make from what you post online to the work you’ve published to the way you carry yourself at an interview. I make it a priority to build my brand and keep it a positive one by keeping it consistent with who I am and how I want to be perceived,” Charnae Sanders, a senior at Central Michigan University, explains.

If you follow these three steps, you should begin to develop a very classy and solid personal brand. Your personal brand will be helpful in finding a job and in determining what kind of career path you want to take! You can discover more ways to prepare for the professional world by checking out these helpful articles:

Five Skills You Need to Network

How to Handle Being a New Hire

Five Steps to Organizing Your Virtual Presence

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College Lifestyles™ Fall Internship Applications – Open NOW Through July 15, 2015

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Are you interested in gaining experience outside the classroom this semester in writing, social media, public relations, advertising or marketing?

Do you need to gain experience and build your resume before graduation?

Would you like to have FUN this semester?

If you’ve said YES to any of the above questions, the College Lifestyles™ Fall 2015 Internship Program is for you.

We are seeking:

Writers

  • Pitch article topics for editorial calendar development
  • Write 1+ article per week
  • Learn/develop WordPress skills
  • Learn/develop AP Style, grammar and magazine writing skills
  • Promote work on social media
  • Develop editing skills
  • Learn to work on an editorial team
  • Network with other writers and editors from college campuses across the U.S. and abroad

Social Media Gurus

  • Promote CL articles on social media
  • Promote/forecast trends on social media
  • Analyze social media statistics
  • Learn/develop Facebook skills
  • Learn/develop Twitter skills
  • Learn/develop Pinterest skills
  • Learn/develop Tumblr skills
  • Learn/develop Google+ skills
  • Learn/develop LinkedIn skills
  • Develop writing skills
  • Network with other social media professionals from college campuses across the U.S. and abroad

Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing Pros

  • Promote CL to high schools
  • Promote CL to colleges
  • Promote CL to corporations
  • Develop CL outreach materials and emails
  • Learn/develop marketing research skills
  • Develop writing skills
  • Network with other PR professionals from college campuses across the U.S. and abroad

All CL team members participate in shadowing week to prepare for the internship the week of August 9, learn about CL policies and procedures during a 40-minute orientation Skype the week of August 15, submit monthly goal sheets, participate in weekly social media promotion, participate in team bonding and development sessions, check weekly memos from staff members and are excited to be part of an amazing team!

Note: this is not a “make copies and get coffee” internshipThis is a hands-on experience that gives students REAL experience in the world of online journalism and public relations, adds to their resumes and builds their portfolios.

See what former interns had to say about their experiences:

A Day in the Life of a CL Writer

A Day in the Life of a CL Social Media Guru

A Day in the Life of a CL Marketing/Advertising/PR Pro

We are specifically looking for students majoring in journalism, communications, new media, creative writing, English, photography, graphic design, public relations, advertising and marketing, or a related editorial section (ex: nutrition, fashion merchandising, interior design, RA, Greek life) who are dedicated, have excellent time-management skills, can bring fresh ideas to the table and are serious about a career in media or a related industry.  In other words, if you color-code your planner, update the calendar app on your smart phone, are incredibly self-motivated with a positive attitude toward working hard and manage a full schedule with an impressive GPA – this internship is for you!

Want to know more about what it’s like to be on our team? Check out 10 things you need to know about being a College Lifestyles™ intern.

Want to know what College Lifestyles™ Founder and CEO Shelly Marie Redmond has to say about the CL Internship Program? Check this out!

Have questions? We have answers!

Q: The internship sounds great, but will it require me to relocate?

A: No! This is a virtual internship – you can work from just about anywhere with Wi-Fi.

Q: Will I get paid interning for CL?

A: No, this is an unpaid internship, we do not give you money; BUT, this isn’t an internship where you’ll run around doing silly errands or tasks at the whim of the CL staff. This is an internship where you will gain REAL experience in writing, editing, social media and marketing. The pay-off is education, experience, stats, clips for your portfolio and a fabulous line on your resume. We also may give out prizes for internal contests from time to time.

Q: I’m a guy. Can I intern for/participate with CL?

A: Absolutely! We are mainly focused on female co-eds right now, so that’s who/what the majority of our articles relate to, but we welcome the male perspective.

Q: I’ll be abroad this semester. Can I apply for the internship?

A: Absolutely. We have worked with interns abroad in the past. As long as you’re willing to dedicate the time and make it work, we’re willing to be flexible.

Q: I’m pretty busy this semester, but I’d like to try and make the internship work. How many hours a week would I be expected to dedicate to the CL internship?

A: Good question: it depends on how much you’d like to be involved. We ask that interns dedicate a minimum of FIVE (5) hours a week to the internship. That’s the minimum and you’d be doing the minimum amount of work asked of you. BUT, we always have those shining stars that are willing to take time and mentor their buddies, do extra promotion, tackle extra articles and even ask for more work from the staff or volunteer for staff projects. These folks end up working between FIVE (5) and TEN (10) hours a week.

Q: I really want to be involved with CL, but I don’t think I’ll have time for the internship. Is there another way to get involved?

A: Don’t think you can tackle an internship this semester? Not to worry: you can still write for CL. Check out our Campus Correspondent Program to get started.

Q: The internship sounds great, but I don’t see any editor positions listed. How can I edit for CL?

A: Our editor positions are reserved for those who have completed at least one semester of the CL internship already, the reasons being they know our rules and guidelines, they understand our editorial process and they are incredibly dedicated to our brand. If you are interested in more of an editor/leader position NOW and think CL is the best thing since sliced bread, then the College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite Program is for you. Check it out here.

Applications for the Fall 2015 semester have now closed. If you’re still interested in writing for us, consider joining our Campus Correspondent Program.

Introducing Amanda Valentovic, Dating/Relationships/Entertainment Writer from Hofstra University

 

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Meet Amanda Valentovic, our confident and extremely sweet writing intern from Bloomfield, New Jersey. Amanda attends Hofstra University as a journalism major and music minor and spends her spare time writing fabulous articles in our dating/relationships/entertainment section.

College Lifestyles™ sat down with Amanda to get to know her a little better.

Name: Amanda Valentovic

College Lifestyles™ position: Writing intern, dating/relationships/entertainment section

Hometown: Bloomfield, New Jersey

School: Hofstra University

Major(s)/Minor(s)/Concentration(s): Journalism major and music minor

Organizational involvement: I’m a staff writer and copy editor for our campus newspaper the “Hofstra Chronicle”, and I play the flute in the Hofstra Pep Band.

My absolute favorite thing about summer is: Being home and getting to hang out with my family and friends who I don’t get to see as often during the school year. Also going to the beach!

My dream vacation would be to: Paris, definitely.

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My number one recipe for this summer is: I don’t know, I’m not the greatest cook. But my mom makes homemade mac and cheese and it’s SO GOOD. I also use a great mac and cheese recipe from our very own College Lifestyles™ website! “SKC: One Pot Meal – Mac and Cheese!

My number one DIY project for this summer is: I’m working on taking down all the pictures I have hanging in my room and replacing them with new ones, because they’re kind of old and I have new ones to display. There’s a lot so it’s taking a while.

My favorite movies are: Usually the last one I saw. I watched “Legally Blonde” with my sister last week, it’s not new but it’s fun!

My celebrity dream date is: Chris Pine.

I get my inspiration from: Lots of places! Friends and family the most, but also sometimes from books I’m reading or just things happening around me.

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My friends would describe me as: Fun, hopefully! And a good listener.

My favorite College Lifestyles™ article was: Of the ones I wrote last semester,  “Our Top Parks and Recreation Moments” because I loved that show and it was really fun to write about. I also liked “Three DIY Toaster Oven Recipes”  because I still want to try all of them.

My definition of a classy co-ed is: I think a classy co-ed is someone who is enthusiastic about what they are covering and wants their audience to be as engaged as possible in what they are writing.

I am excited to be a College Lifestyles™ team member because: I love writing, and it gives me a chance to do that every week. And I like reading what everyone else is working on, it’s a great way to be a part of a team!

Check out this wonderful girl and her sophisticated articles on our College Lifestyles™ website. You won’t want to miss a single post from this one!

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 Images courtesy of Amanda Valentovic.

 

 

College Lifestyles™ Summer Internship Applications – Open NOW Through April 1, 2015

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Are you interested in writing, social media, public relations, advertising or marketing?

Do you need to gain professional experience and build your resume?

Would you like to have FUN this summer with an amazing professional team?

If you’ve said YES to any of the above questions, the College Lifestyles™ Summer 2015 Internship Program is for you.

We are seeking:

Writers

  • Pitch article topics for editorial calendar development
  • Write 1+ article per week
  • Learn/develop WordPress skills
  • Learn/develop AP Style, grammar and magazine writing skills
  • Promote work on social media
  • Develop editing skills
  • Learn to work on an editorial team
  • Network with other writers and editors from college campuses across the U.S. and abroad

Social Media Gurus

  • Promote CL articles on social media
  • Promote/forecast trends on social media
  • Analyze social media statistics
  • Learn/develop Facebook skills
  • Learn/develop Twitter skills
  • Learn/develop Pinterest skills
  • Learn/develop Tumblr skills
  • Learn/develop Google+ skills
  • Learn/develop LinkedIn skills
  • Develop writing skills
  • Network with other social media professionals from college campuses across the U.S. and abroad

Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing Pros

  • Promote CL to high schools
  • Promote CL to colleges
  • Promote CL to corporations
  • Develop CL outreach materials
  • Learn/develop marketing research skills
  • Develop writing skills
  • Network with other PR professionals from college campuses across the U.S. and abroad

All CL team members participate in a shadowing week to prepare for the internship the week of May 7, learn about CL policies and procedures during a 40-minute orientation Skype the week of May 15, submit monthly goal sheets, participate in weekly social media promotion, participate in team bonding and development sessions, check weekly memos from staff members and are excited to be part of an amazing team!

Note: this is not a “make copies and get coffee” internshipThis is a hands-on experience that gives students REAL experience in the world of online journalism and public relations, adds to their resumes and builds their portfolios.

See what former interns had to say about their experiences:

A Day in the Life of a CL Writer

A Day in the Life of a CL Social Media Guru

A Day in the Life of a CL Marketing/Advertising/PR Pro

We are specifically looking for students majoring in journalism, communications, new media, creative writing, English, public relations, advertising and marketing, or participate in a related editorial section (ex: nutrition, fashion merchandising, interior design, RA, Greek life) who are dedicated, have excellent time-management skills, can bring fresh ideas to the table and are serious about a career in media communications or a related industry.  In other words, if you color code your planner, update the calendar app on your smart phone, are incredibly self-motivated with a positive attitude toward working hard and manage a full schedule with an impressive GPA – this internship is for you!

Want to know more about what it’s like to be on our team? Check out 10 things you need to know about being a College Lifestyles™ intern.

Want to know what College Lifestyles™ Founder and CEO Shelly Marie Redmond has to say about the CL Internship Program? Check this out!

Have questions? We have answers!

Q: The internship sounds great, but will it require me to relocate?

A: No! This is a virtual internship – you can work from just about anywhere with Wi-Fi.

Q: Will I get paid interning for CL?

A: No, this is an unpaid internship, we do not give you money; BUT, this isn’t an internship where you’ll run around doing silly errands or tasks at the whim of the CL staff. This is an internship where you will gain REAL experience in writing, editing, social media and marketing. The pay-off is education, experience, stats, clips for your portfolio and a fabulous line on your resume. We also may give out prizes for internal contests from time to time.

Q: I’m a guy. Can I intern for/participate with CL?

A: Absolutely! We are mainly focused on female students right now, so that’s who/what the majority of our articles relate to, but we welcome the male perspective.

Q: I’ll be abroad this summer. Can I apply for the internship?

A: Absolutely. We have worked with interns abroad in the past. As long as you’re willing to dedicate the time and make it work, we’re willing to be flexible.

Q: I’m pretty busy this summer, but I’d like to try and make the internship work. How many hours a week would I be expected to dedicate to the CL internship?

A: Good question: it depends on how much you’d like to be involved. We ask that interns dedicate a minimum of FIVE (5) hours a week to the internship. That’s the minimum and you’d be doing the minimum amount of work asked of you. BUT, we always have those shining stars who are willing to take time and mentor their buddies, do extra promotion, tackle extra articles and even ask for more work from the staff or volunteer for staff projects. These folks end up working between FIVE (5) and TEN (10) hours a week.

Q: I really want to be involved with CL, but I don’t think I’ll have time for the internship. Is there another way to get involved?

A: Don’t think you can tackle an internship this summer? Not to worry: you can still write for CL. Check out our Campus Correspondent Program to get started.

Q: The internship sounds great, but I don’t see any editor positions listed. How can I edit for CL?

A: Our editor positions are reserved for those who have completed at least one semester of the CL internship already, the reasons being they know our rules and guidelines, they understand our editorial process and they are incredibly dedicated to our brand. If you are interested in more of an editor/leader position NOW and think CL is the best thing since sliced bread, then the College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite Program is for you. Check it out here.

What are you waiting for? 

Apply now for the College Lifestyles™ Summer 2015 Internship Program. This internship begins on May 7, 2015 and ends on August 15, 2015.

Additional questions? Please email Shelly at shelly@collegelifestyles.org AND shelly.collegelifestyles.org@gmail.com in regard to the PR internship and general internship inquiries, Managing Editor Debra Schreiber at debra.collegelifestyles.org@gmail.com in regard to the writing internship or the Campus Correspondent Program, Social Media Manager Alli Heitzenrater at alli@collegelifestyles.org in regard to the social media internship or Campus Satellite Coordinator Emily Lamielle at emily@collegelifestyles.org in regard to the Campus Satellite Program. 

IMPORTANT: 

Please allot one hour to complete the application. You will be required to PASTE your resume and cover letter into the application field. (Writer applications) You will be required to PASTE an original article for College Lifestyles™ (to be published by our staff on our site if you are accepted to phase two of the application process).  Basic AP style questions are asked in the application, as well as questions on social media, professionalism, teamwork and time-management.

Once exited, you cannot go back and make any changes, so please make sure you have ample time, a good Internet connection and no distractions. We highly recommend pulling your information, resume, cover letter and any other documents together BEFORE you start this application. Incomplete applications will be tossed out. If you need to start over, please clear your browser history before you begin again. 

You will be contacted within seven business days if your application is accepted to round two of the application process. Applications close on 4/1/15 at 8 p.m. EST with no exceptions.

 Click here to begin your application.

 

CL Chats: “Interstellar” Movie Review

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 Ah yes, yet another space movie, however we can assure you this is not your typical run-of-the-mill space movie. Not only is the cast list incredible, but the storyline and production are also. Here is a breakdown of a few components of the film:

 Cast:

This cast is A-list from top to bottom. Matthew Mcconaughey plays the lead role of Cooper. He is a former pilot turned farmer and single father. His emotional performance is gripping regardless of whether you’re a fan of him or not.  Mackenzie Foy plays a young Murphy, the daughter of Cooper. Although the youngest actress on set, she conducted a performance as memorable as the seasoned veterans. Jessica Chastain plays a grown-up Murphy, who undeniably will be winning awards for her stern and intense portrayal of her character. As for the other actors and actresses in the film, the A-list cat goes on and on, with many surprise celebrity cameos in the film as well. The cast gets a 9 out of 10.

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The film is surrounded around the idea of time relativity. This sounds incredibly daunting and far too scientific for the average movie goer, but we can assure you the writers did an excellent job of helping the audience understand the theory from beginning to end.  It all begins with books tumbling from Murphy’s bookshelf, and things get stranger from there. Another interesting sub-storyline within the film was that of Murphy and Coopers’ relationship.Females can really connect to this aspect of the movie, being daughters themselves. They love each other unconditionally, but things get rocky when Cooper is asked to take on a dangerous space mission. The only complaint with the plot is how they ended the film. Their explanation of why the books are falling from the shelf, and how they weave in the theory of relativity are some what strange. With that being said, the film is highly enjoyable and give the overall story an 8.5 out of 10.

 Cinematography:

For movie buffs, the way a film looks and ultimately feels is just as important as the story. The scenery and props can be a character in themselves. The outdoor scenery is miniscule in the movie, but beautiful nonetheless. We spend a lot of time seeing the inside of spaceships, which to the average techie are unique and interesting. The space travelers also land on some unusual planets, and they are equally if not more beautiful than our own mother earth. We even get to see a world that bends in half. We give these stunning visuals an 8 out of 10.

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Our overall impression of the movie was fabulous. Space movies don’t typically make audiences cry, laugh, and feel a plethora of emotions.  A tell tell sign of a good movie is if you never look at your watch or wonder how much time has passed, and honestly, you won’t even pull your phone out.The film is quite lengthy, but it held our attention from start to finish. An appropriate  overall score for this movie is a 9 out of 10. We highly recommend seeing this cinematic adventure if you get the chance.

Read some of our other articles:

What You Need To Know About Cervical Cancer by Margaux Grober

Five Shows We’re Watching on Netflix Right Now by Amanda Valentovic

Five Healthy Habits to Take Up This Year by Meg Dowell

 

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Second Image courtesy of www.interstellarmovie.com.

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Fourth Image courtesy of  www.Suburban-Kid.com.

 

 

Reintroducing Meg Dowell, Health and Nutrition Editor for CL from Olivet Nazarene University

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If there’s one word that describes Meg Dowell, it’s “incredible.” Meg is a returning College Lifestyles™ intern. At CL, Meg is one of our fabulous editors.She manages to balance CL life with her everyday life quite beautifully.Getting to know Meg on a more personal level was a pleasure, and right away I could tell she was a confident young lady.

College Lifestyles™: What is your name and position at CL?

Meg Dowell: I’m Meg Dowell, Health/Fitness/Nutrition editor and Assistant to the Managing Editor at College Lifestyles(TM).

CL: Where is your hometown?

MD: I grew up and have now come back to Homewood, Illinois.

CL: What school do you attend and what are your majors/minors/concentrations?

MD: I am an alumna of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Yes, home of the Chicago Bears summer training camp. I was a double-major for the last three years of being in school full time; I now have a B.A. in English and am waiting on that lovely piece of paper that will finally give me my B.S. in dietetics. I will have minors in creative writing, literature and chemistry.

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CL: Which organizations are you involved in on your campus?

MD: At Olivet, I was involved in Student Dietetic Association (SDA) and was involved in the music program for three years. I also wrote and copy edited for our student newspaper, “The GlimmerGlass.”

CL: What sorts of activities are you involved in outside of school?

MD: I love to read, write, run and drink coffee. I’m hoping to get more involved in my home church and am on the continuous, infamous job hunt. And, obviously, I’m always doing something for CL, at least at some point every day.

CL: What do you love most about social media?

MD: I’ve actually squeezed a lot of social media experience into the past six months – before May 2014 really the only experience I had was promoting articles from CL. I was on our social media team for two semesters, managed social media for a nonprofit in Chicago and am just about to finish up interning for another nonprofit, where I also help out with their social media channels. I love how you can potentially reach thousands of people just from one post online. It’s a modern way to “spread the word,” and while there are strategies that go into it, it still allows you to get creative. It helps you practice good leads to grasp someone’s attention, which I’m still working on, so I’ve loved being able to learn so much from so many different organizations.

CL: How do you feel promoting a team member’s work prepares a co-ed for the professional world?

MD: I think a lot of people are afraid to promote their own work because they don’t want their friends to think negatively about them. Promoting someone else’s work is your way of supporting them from afar, in a way. It’s your way of saying, “Hey, you do great work!” Professionally, you’ll be working with a team, and a team can’t be a team if you don’t support each other that way. It’s great practice.

CL: What is your definition of a classy co-ed?

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MD: A classy co-ed always acts with her professional career goals in mind. She works hard to balance school, her health and her social life. She is kind, patient and confident. She is willing to step up and be a leader if circumstances call for one, but she is also quick to step aside and let others share the role. She believes anything is possible and never gives up on her ambitions.

CL: Why are you excited to be a CL team member?

MD: I have been with CL for two years now. I started out as a writer, moved up to an editing position and now am blessed to be able to work closely with Debra as her assistant. Each semester I learn new things about how to manage teams and be an encouraging, enthusiastic leader and team member. It’s a smaller team this year, and I’m excited to be able to get to know them and watch their work grow and thrive as the semester progresses.

CL: What is your favorite memory as a CL team member?

MD: As an editor, you work so hard to support your teams and do all you can to help them improve and recognize their skills. I always make it a point, at the end of each semester, to let my team members know how much I appreciate their hard work. I don’t ever expect anything back – I give them my time because I love what I do and I know I always do the best I can. So at the end of one semester – it was this past summer, actually – as a surprise, my team put together a letter that had notes from each of them saying how much I’d impacted and helped them that summer. I cried. It was a tough summer and I’d spent all that time worrying I wasn’t doing my best job, but they proved me wrong. To know you’re making such a difference just from sitting in front of a computer is almost indescribable.

CL: What is your favorite book?

MD: This is officially the hardest question anyone has ever asked me. I’m not sure I could pick just one. I loved “The Book Thief.” It’s narrated by Death. It is so interesting to see a beautiful story unfold from that unique point of view. I actually can’t wait to read it again, so sure, I’ll say that’s probably one of my favorites.

CL: If you could tell me a little bit about how you feel about graduating college that would also be great!

MD: I graduated with my English degree in May: cap, gown, the whole deal. It was surreal, but I wasn’t done yet – I still had summer classes and one fall class to finish before earning my second degree. So it was kind of like I was only half-graduating. Now I’m officially done with college, and it’s weird. I am the kind of student who doesn’t mind studying and learning things, so not having projects and assignments is strange. But I’m anxious to move forward with my career, whatever that will be, and graduate school, and whatever comes after that. There are points throughout your education where you’re like, “This is too much work, what’s the point?” But then you’re done, and you look back and realize all that hard work is going to pay off for the rest of your life. It’s a wonderful feeling. I’m glad I stuck with it for five years!

The CL team is thrilled to have the talented Meg back for another semester and we cannot wait to see where this semester takes her.

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All photos courtesy of Meg Dowell

 Check out some of our other articles:

Reintroducing Elaina Rhoades

Major of the Month: Gender Studies

Frozen Inspired Treats

Meet Tana Schwarz, Dating/Relationships Writing Intern from University of Houston, Texas

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Tana Schwarz, of Brea, California, studies at the University of Houston, Texas. She is pursuing a major in communications and a minor in sociology. She is actively involved in Young Life, a Christian organization that encourages youth groups to discuss life, relationships, religion and just about everything in a comfortable, safe setting.

This is Schwarz’s first semester with College LifestylesTM and she is incredibly excited to gain real experience in the magazine industry. She knows that it won’t be easy, but that this opportunity will be well worth the hard work. She wants to share her ideas, her passion for writing and her wonderful personality with classy co-eds everywhere. She gave us a bit of her time to learn more about what makes her just so fabulous.

College LifestylesTM: What is your definition of a classy co-ed?

Tana Schwarz: My definition of a classy co-ed would be a student that wants to get the most of their college experience and wants to grow professionally and personally.

CL: What makes you so excited to join the CL team?

TS: I am excited to be a CL Team member because I want to reach young college students around the country with my writing. Even the fun, silly articles can create a sense of community for co-ed’s in college.

CL: What are you looking forward to trying this semester?

TS: My number one recipe to try this semester is a tasty fruit smoothie that I can take on the go on busy weekday mornings. My number one DIY project this semester is ornaments. It’s my first year with a Christmas tree and I have nothing to put on it.

CL: How would your closest friends describe you?

TS: My friends would describe me as spontaneous, adventurous and loyal.

CL: Where do you find your inspiration?

TS: I get my inspiration from my friends’ experiences as well as my own. I enjoy learning peoples’ stories, where they came from and where they are now.

We are very excited to have this brilliant intern join the College LifestylesTM team this fall. Her unique voice and perspective will make a wonderful addition to the CL team. Look for her work each week under Dating, Relationships and Entertainment.

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Is technology interfering with your love life? Put the smartphone down.

What do you need to know about being an intern?

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Meet Haley White, a Public Relations Intern from James Madison University

 

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Name: Haley White

College Lifestyles™ position: PR team member

Hometown: Richmond, VA

School: James Madison University

Major(s)/Minor(s)/Concentration(s): Major: general communication; Minor: human resource development

Organizational involvement: member of PRSSA, member of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority

I am excited for summer because: I get the opportunity to spend time with my family and friends, attend lots of concerts, and travel to the beach and many other places. One of those other places? I’m going to help with Bahamas Methodist Habitat, a disaster response ministry on the island of Eleuthera.

My absolute favorite thing about summer is: I love being outside in the summer to enjoy the lovely weather and the nature that is all around. I also love to sleep in! :)

My dream vacation would be: Going to a tropical beach and kicking back in a hammock all day long reading my favorite book!

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My number one recipe for this summer is:  homemade fruit popsicles

My number one DIY project for this summer is: original canvas paintings to decorate my room!

The book I am looking forward to reading most this summer is: Defending Jacob! It is a best seller and I have heard from many people it is a great book.

My favorite movies are: Frozen, Almost Famous, Remember the Titans, The Little Mermaid, The Blindside, and Step Brothers

My celebrity dream date is: Jimmy Fallon, because he makes me laugh!

I get my inspiration from: My friends, traveling, and music

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Three things on my summer bucket list: Road trip with my friends, kayaking, and watching some fireworks!

My friends would describe me as: outgoing, happy, sassy, adventurous and stylish

My favorite College Lifestyles™ article was: I love the article swimsuit-trends-we-love ! It is time to start shopping for stylish swimwear for the summer months. This is a great guide to show classy gals what is popular for this summer.

My definition of a classy co-ed is: When I think of a classy co-ed I think of someone who is intelligent, has personal but timeless style, and is fabulous in their own unique way.

I am excited to be a College Lifestyles™ team member because: I get to work with such different people from all over the U.S. and learn more about PR in a real world setting! It is something that I am very passionate about!

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College Lifestyles™ Fun in the Sun Summer Survey + Giveaway!

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It might only be the month of March, but we can’t help but let our minds drift toward thoughts of sun, beaches, grilling and flip flops. Kiss summertime sadness goodbye with the College Lifestyles™ fun in the sun summer survey!

We want to know what our classy readers want to read about during summer vacation and what they’ll be up to during the long-awaited break from school.

It only takes a few minutes to complete, and the best part is you could win two awesome prizes: “Eat Well and Be Fabulous” from CL’s very own Editor-in-Chief Shelly Marie Redmond AND the Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen!**

Want to know more about Colgate® Optic White®? Read all about the Toothbrush + Whitening Pen here and follow them on Twitter @opticwhite:

“Clinical studies show that using the Colgate® Optic White TM Toothbrush + Whitening Pen twice daily will help users achieve whiter teeth in 2 days*. Use with new Colgate® Optic White® PLATINUM Whiten and Protect™ Toothpaste and Colgate® Optic White® WhiteSeal™ Mouthwash for whitening results even faster – brush, rinse, whiten and go!” – Colgate®

Update: read our review of the Colgate® Optic White TM Toothbrush + Whitening Pen here.

What else? You could help one of our fabulous interns win a copy of Shelly’s book as well by checking off their name at the end of the survey. Don’t know them personally? Pick one to help out!**

Click here to take the survey!**

**CL reader survey winner is chosen at random

**CL intern with the most reader recommendations wins internal contest. CL interns are not eligible for reader contest

**CL staff are not eligible for either contest

**Survey closes on 3/31 at 8 p.m. CST

Winners will be listed here contacted via email on 4/7 and also listed here. Winners will have until 4/10 at 8 p.m. CST to send shipping details to info@collegelifestyles.org to receive their prizes. Prizes will be mailed out on 4/15.

Update: Kat Anthony was our intern winner with 45 participants – way to go Kat!

Update: Sydney Madrigal is the reader winner of our contest! Please contact info@collegelifestyles.org to claim your prizes :)

Intern of the Month: Marisa Russell

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We’re wrapping up the first month of the College Lifestyles™ Spring 2014 internship, which means it’s time to present the first Intern of the Month from the spring class, the fabulous Marisa Russell.

Russell is a freshmen at Hofstra University, where she is majoring in journalism and minoring in public relations and marketing. In addition to being a dating, relationships and entertainment writer for CL, she is also a writer for the “Hofstra Chronicle” and “Her Campus Hofstra.” In addition, she is a member of the women’s lacrosse team. This is her first semester with CL.

Why was Russell voted Intern of the Month?

“Marisa Russell has been one of the most helpful people on our team so far! She is always happy and willing to help out a fellow intern, and she has managed to stay on top of her EdtiFlow comments and produce quality articles each week. She has also been very active in our team chat and on the CL Interns Facebook page, and she always seems to know how to answer any questions when someone needs help,”- Kayla Beard, team member.
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Why did she apply for the CL internship?

There are very little internship[s] that give you the amount of opportunities that CL does and I wanted to be a part of helping the site grow. This internship has given me the chance to learn so many amazing things and to be a part of a phenomenal team.

Her advice for those considering applying for the CL internship?

Put your best work out there when applying and be sure to embrace the CL brand with class. Know your responsibilities before you apply and ask as many questions as you want – we are all such friendly people!

Check out some of Russell’s classy articles:

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Dates for Couples

CL Talks Oscar Noms

Did you know Russell is also participating in CL’s Beauty by Confidence Campaign? Learn more here.

Get to know more about Russell…

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Intern of the Month: Jacqie Brooks

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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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CL Interview: Classy Co-Ed Makenzie Koehn

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Meet Makenzie Koehn, a classy co-ed who is a transfer sophomore from University of Kansas majoring in human biology. As a senior in high school, Makenzie took 17 credits of college courses in order to further her education sooner and succeeded in maintaining a great GPA. In addition, she also became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was even Student of the Month in May of 2013.

Makenzie decided to pursue a degree in human biology because of her dream to be a chiropractor or a physical therapist.

“I’ve been on the receiving end of both of these and I like what it’s done for me,” she said. “I want to do the same thing for other people.”

Part of this has come from her involvement in Crossfit, one of the workouts becoming popular across the nation. Makenzie said that Crossfit has made her more interested in becoming a personal trainer and becoming certified to also help people in the future.

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From the personal photo collection of Crossfit RUK

“CrossFit gives me a challenge and I wanted to do something different than everyone else,” Koehn said. “I knew I would feel more pride in sticking to it, too.” Because it’s known as such a challenging workout, it would be easy for many to just quit. She said the people who are with her give her the biggest motivation to go when she doesn’t feel like it. She also said the people are very nice and welcoming because there is a big emphasis on family. She also thinks about how good she’s going to feel after each workout.

Makenzie is truly a classy co-ed in every way. She is dedicated to her health and education while remaining one of the most genuine girls around. Her many wonderful traits were recently recognized with her invitation to the Pi Beta Phi sorority at the University of Kansas.

From the personal photo collection of Laura Gadberry

From the personal photo collection of Laura Gadberry

Learn more about Makenzie by clicking on the picture below!

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Purple Shadow

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Wearing colorful eye shadow can be quite tricky. We love and wear it so much, we really want others to adore our new and chic eye shadow. The truth is, though, going overboard with your eye shadow can easily distract from your true beauty. With the fall rolling in, you still want to remain intact with your natural and radiant self, just as you did in the summer. Luckily for you, College Lifestyles™ has the three perfect purple looks that will have you stand out in the crowd and allow your look to say, “Miss Classy.

 

The Primer

Before you try these awesome purple eye shadow looks, make sure you invest in eye primer. Wash and moisturize your face really well, then rub the primer in. Primer will allow your eye shadow to remain on for hours. Brands like Cover Girl and L’Oreal both have primer under $20. For more advice on how to take care of your skin, check out Lauren’s “Beat The Blemish: Your Guide to Clear Skin.”

The Sultry Earthy Look

 

The Sultry Look

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Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian always look amazing and lovely; and co-ed readers, you can, too! This look definitely creates an earthy and jazzy demeanor while still allowing your natural beauty to shine. Not only does the sultry purple look embrace your beauty, it also gives you killer confidence that makes you hard to miss at any event. Make sure you add a little black; it brings the look alive a bit more. See Nicole’s article on “The Perfect Purple Smokey Eye” This look is just as unique.

The Dramatic Look

The Dramatic Look

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Making a statement through our looks is what every co-ed wants to do. Doing it the right way is what really keeps your look instilled in someone else’s head. Celebrities like Solange and Lady Gaga definitely wear dramatic eye shadow with a theatrical attitude. To bring out your own attitude, use a vibrant purple. This color will allow your eyes to pop at any party and make a guy look twice. You will also feel your inner diva emerge.  Check out Jessica Martin’s “Your Guide to Makeup Brushes” to ace this look!

 

The Gradient Look
When you just want to run a couple of errands, you still want to look your best! College Lifestyles™ totally understands your feeling. To bring out your natural beauty and radiance, you want to use the gradient look. Use a soft, glittery purple and lavender to create an elegant fade. R&B and pop singer Beyoncé really adopts this look perfectly. Also, it is the easiest and fastest technique, which is a huge plus if you are on a tight schedule. When you are finished, you’ll definitely give off a natural glow.

Tweet @collegelifestyl and tell us how you will rock your purple shadow this fall.

The Gradient Look

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Meet Shaylei Willadsen: Sorority Life Writer at Cleveland State University

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From the personal photo collection of Kira Sprosty

From the personal photo collection of Shaylei Willadsen

Name: Shaylei Willadsen

College Lifestyles™ position: Sorority Life/Sisterhood Development/Leadership writer

Hometown: Casper, WY

School: Cleveland State University

Major(s)/Minor(s)/Concentration(s): I’m working toward my undergraduate degree in communication management and a minor in nonprofit  administration.

Organizational involvement: I am the Histor and Recruitment Chair of Chi Delta Epsilon Sorority and Event Co-Chair of CSU Relay for Life.

I am excited to be back at school because: I get to see all of my sorority sisters and friends again! I spent part of my summer at home in Wyoming and the other part of it traveling, so it’s nice to be settling down again.

My favorite thing about fall is: pumpkin everything! From lattes to lotion, I can’t get enough of it.

Image courtesy of Cleveland State University

Image courtesy of Cleveland State University

My number one recipe for this fall is: blueberry waffles. Moving my rotating waffle iron across the country with me is one of the best decisions I ever made.

My favorite fall accessory is: a scarf… or five. They keep me warm in chilly classrooms and are a chic way to spice up a simple outfit.

My favorite fall T.V. shows are: “How I Met Your Mother” and “NCIS.” Although, you’re more likely to find me re-watching all six seasons of “Gossip Girl.”

My favorite movies are: “The Proposal”,” Killers”, “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat.”

My celebrity dream date is: Ryan Reynolds.

I get my inspiration from: traveling anywhere and everywhere.

From the personal photo collection of Kira Sprosty

From the personal photo collection of Shaylei Willadsen

My favorite way to relax during the semester is: curling up with a cup of tea and a good book!

This semester, I plan to accomplish: planning a successful rush week.

My friends would describe me as: outgoing, inspiring, and busy.

My favorite College Lifestyles™ article was: What Being Greek Means To Me.

My definition of a classy co-ed is: someone who is well-rounded and always represents herself well even when she is in the most hectic situation.

I am excited to be a College Lifestyles™ Intern because: I get to share some of my ideas with fabulous readers all over!

From the personal photo collection of Shaylei Willadsen

Get Your Dorm Shopping Done with Target

targetpic11It’s back-to-school season, which means college-bound co-eds are on the hunt for dorm essentials, cookware, clothes and office supplies. Target sells a variety of college-friendly items—everything from desk organizers to decorative pillows for your futon. Whether you’re moving into a dorm or upgrading to an apartment, Target and College Lifestyles™ have you covered.

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Let’s face it—college is fun; college is also messy. You’re going to spill coffee in your mad dash for the remote when your favorite T.V. show interrupts your study hour. You’re going to try (and fail) at making pancakes. Target has everything you’ll need to at least make your RA think you’re a clean queen.

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Whether you’re in a paper or plastic kind of mood, Target gives you a choice when it comes to purchasing flatware and dishes for your dorm or apartment. If you’re not tossing them in the trash, keep them clean with a little soap—you can even buy a bottle that matches your cups.

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There’s nothing better than a hot shower after a long day of classes or a good workout at the gym. A shower caddy is an ideal gadget for object storage even if you’re not carrying your bath essentials all the way to the community bathroom down the hall. Target even lets you have this in pink, too.

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Every trip to the laundry room doesn’t have to be a hassle. Keep your clothes, dryer sheets and detergent in your collapsible hamper while you make the trip so you don’t have to make it twice. Now not only you will smell fresh, but your clothes will too.

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Target knows college is stressful. While it’s important to keep quick headache relief close by, taking vitamins daily will ensure optimal health even when you have to skip a good meal in the dining hall to study for your next exam.

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Whether you’re taking notes, sending someone a letter or staying organized, Target has all the essentials you’ll need to keep up with your classes and stay in touch with friends.

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Light up your dorm or apartment with this floor lamp. And if your walls are looking a little neglected, hang a few picture frames from Target’s selection of easily-removable command hooks.

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Sometimes “old-fashioned” messages are still more classy and convenient than sending a text. Give your floor mates a new way to leave you coffee date reminders, secret messages or even a few artistic doodles.

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Maybe you have a voice recorder as a backup for your lecture notes, or a book light so you don’t keep your roommates up while you have your head buried in your latest novel for your English class. These things require batteries—it’s always nice to have a pack on hand just in case the light goes out when you’ve just flipped to the last page.

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Keep yourself warm and your room color-coordinated with a comforter and sheet set from Target’s Back to College section. Purchase an extra fuzzy blanket for the winter too.

No matter where you shop, you’re bound to find what the bare necessities. But at Target, you’ll find everything you need, all in one place, at a price that fits your budget with a little extra to spare.

Is move-in day approaching fast? Check out more product reviews for ideas on what to buy this back-to-school season.

“Where We Shop for Our Dorm Essentials: The Good Life on Campus”

“Found It: The Best Mattress Toppers for the Dorm”

“Found It: The Best Planers for College Students”

Meet Rachel Buoye, Health/Fitness/Nutrition Writer from University of Kansas

From the personal collection of Rachel Buoye

From the personal collection of Rachel Buoye

Name: Rachel Buoye

College Lifestyles™ position:  Health/Fitness/Nutrition writer

Hometown: Spencerport, NY

School: University of Kansas

Major(s)/Minor(s)/Concentration(s): English major with a focus in language, rhetoric and writing and a minor in journalism.

Organizational involvement:  I am a member of Student Union Activities, an organization that puts on a ton of fabulous events on campus, and Student Ambassadors, the group in charge of giving tours to potential students and their parents, siblings, or other guests.

I am excited to be back at school because:  I love the town of Lawrence, Kansas. The people here are so genuine and nice, and they share the love of my school the way I love it! I’m so sad that it’s my last year here. I love the energy and spirit of the school AND basketball starts up again soon.

My favorite thing about fall is: I absolutely adore sweaters, so I look forward to sweater weather. The thicker and heavier, the better. I also love the warm drinks and homey, comfort food that come out of hiding in the fall. And since basketball season technically starts in the fall, I love it – especially watching basketball in Allen Fieldhouse, the arena on my campus. Birthplace of basketball right here!

With friend Karsten Erdman. From the personal collection of Rachel Buoye.

With friend Karsten Erdman. From the personal collection of Rachel Buoye.

My number one recipe for this fall is: Hot apple cider with cinnamon. That, or homey, comfort foods, like potato soup with dumplings, shepard’s pie, or chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes (my mom is an amazing cook and I’ve learned a lot from her).

My favorite fall accessory is:  My chic leather jacket I got last year from Guess. It is absolutely amazing in fall weather, makes me feel incredibly confident, and kicks up any outfit!

My favorite fall T.V. shows are:  I’m really excited for “Sherlock” to start up again. I watch a lot of Netflix and Food Network, though, so not too many series on TV.

My favorite movies are: 10 Things I Hate About You, UP, How to Train Your Dragon, The Breakfast Club, and Slumdog Millionaire.

My celebrity dream date is:  Joe Manganiello from True Blood.

I get my inspiration from:  I get a lot of mine (for food and clothes) from browsing Pinterest and Tumblr, but my favorite fashion vlogger, Jenn Im (imjennim) on YouTube, is amazing at putting together outfits I never would dream of.

With the Cultural Programming Committe of SUA 2012-2013. From the Personal Collection of Subha Upadhyayula.

With the Cultural Programming Committee of SUA 2012-2013. From the personal collection of Subha Upadhyayula.

My favorite way to relax during the semester is:  Curling up on my couch or bed under my warm blanket with a mug of hot apple cider watching a movie or favorite TV show.

This semester, I plan to accomplish:  My best semester yet. I’m starting to take a new language – Korean – and I’m going to throw myself into it completely. I also just added a minor, so this semester is full of changes for me!

My friends would describe me as:  Loyal, weird, sarcastic, quiet, caring, determined

My favorite College Lifestyles™ article was: I love workout classes instead of just going on a bike or elliptical, so this one was awesome for me.

My definition of a classy co-ed is: A classy co-ed is someone who is involved, a good student, a good friend, and someone who is respected among her peers.

I am excited to be a College Lifestyles™ Intern because: It’s going to be an amazing experience! All of the people I’ve talked to have already been so nice and welcoming. It’s an amazing environment to be a part of and I know I’m going to learn a lot from everyone.

From the personal collection of Rachel Buoye.

From the personal collection of Rachel Buoye.

College Lifestyles and Best Buy Invite You To An Amazing Partnership

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Dear Classy Co-Ed,

Congratulations!  You are embarking on a four year (or maybe five, some folks six) journey of amazing excitement.  We must be honest and say your excitement will quickly turn to reality when you walk into your new white walled 8’ x 8’ foot space (a cry from your spacious room at home) and your roommate may not be the ‘talkative’ type (she does however talk to her boyfriend from home at 2am).  As the semester continues, one of your professors may not be so nice, you will probably lose your USB drive, and the dining hall will become less than delicious.

Don’t worry, we at College Lifestyles and Best Buy, are here for you.  From your first day on campus to your graduation day, we have you covered, bringing you real-life solutions on dorm life, study woes, nutrition, and life balance.  We promise you, woes will happen, but don’t let it damper your excitement.

Feeling the woes?  That fun smartphone you have, document everything.  Those friends at home, Skype them.  Hard to organize your notes, try the Evernote app.  Miss mom, text her.

Want more suggestions as these?  Have some great tips you want to share with classy co-eds?  College Lifestyles and Best Buy are partnering up and we want YOU to be the guest of honor! Send us your happy pics, selfies, move-in pics, woes, and questions on the college experience to College Lifestyles (@collegelifesytl) and Best Buy (@BestBuy).

We hope to ‘tweet’ with you soon!

The College Lifestyles Staff

The Best Buy Staff

Meg Dowell Returns as CL’s Health/Fitness/Nutrition Editor from Olivet Nazarene University

From the personal photo collection of Meg Dowell

From the personal photo collection of Meg Dowell

Name: Meg Dowell

College Lifestyles™ position: Editor

Hometown: Homewood, Illinois

School: Olivet Nazarene University

Major(s)/Minor(s)/Concentration(s): Dietetics, English / literature, creative writing and chemistry

Organizational involvement: “The GlimmerGlass,” “Aurora,” Best Buddies

I am excited to be back at school because: I finally get to take a nutrition education and counseling course.

My favorite thing about fall is: Pumpkin pie

From the personal photo collection of Meg Dowell

From the personal photo collection of Meg Dowell

My number one recipe for this fall is: Homemade chips

My favorite fall accessory is: A fabulous scarf that matches my shoes.

My favorite fall T.V. shows are: “Pretty Little Liars” (the Halloween episode counts!), “Gilmore Girls”

My favorite movies are: “The Hunger Games,” “Mean Girls,” “The Words,” “Now You See Me”

My celebrity dream date is: I’m definitely into Avan Jogia right now…

I get my inspiration from: Hearing a song I can relate to.

From the personal photo collection of Meg Dowell

From the personal photo collection of Meg Dowell

My favorite way to relax during the semester is: Running or spinning a flag.

This semester I plan to accomplish: Narrowing down where I want to apply to internships and graduate school.

My friends would describe me as: Creative, smart and brave.

My favorite College Lifestyles™ article was: “Top 10 Apartment Recipes”

My definition of a classy co-ed is: A college girl with a positive attitude, a bright smile and a little stubborn determination to get her through tough situations.

I am excited to be a College Lifestyles™ Intern because: Each new semester working as an intern with CL brings new beginnings and so many more lessons to learn.

From the personal photo collection of Meg Dowell

From the personal photo collection of Meg Dowell