Welcome to November at University Chic!

*November at UChic is all about you being in the know!* We asked all of our campus correspondents to weigh in on issues concerning university women today and they delivered! So whether it’s how to “save a failing grade”://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/53 or advice on “getting out of credit card debt”://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/124 , we have great articles from women in college and grad school who know.

*Also, University Chic is always your destination for up-to-the-minute fashion and beauty information*. Make sure to check out all of the current “Campus Fashion Trends”://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/58 and pick up some great makeup tips with this month’s “Beauty Spotlights”://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/47 And start planning ahead by reading the latest Q&A Career and Intern Corner. This month’s question is:

*Q: Is it too early to begin thinking about summer internships?*
“Click here to read the answer”://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/113

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My Life on Mondays: Happy Halloween!

*This one will be short but sweet folks*. This morning I worked a 6:30 am shift…yep, I’m punching the clock. Remember when my Monday blog was usually about how sad and unfulfilling it was to not have a job? _What was I thinking??_ Not having a job was great. No responsiblity, no commitment, no money…waitaminute. But really, I rarely had to set my alarm clock and there was always enough time to watch all my soaps _(kidding…unless Dawson’s Creek counts as a soap)_. Anyway, to be honest, I’m glad I’m back at work actually. I have to keep reminding myself that this is just temporary and I need to keep looking for a job where I actually use my degree. _Trust me_, the employee discount keeps me wondering if I should just give in and print up business cards that read Stacy Hinojosa: Permanent Banana Republic Sales Associate & Always Fantastic Dresser.

*In the spirit of Halloween,* want to hear a really scary story? Last night, I made the disturbing realization that I’d munched my way through an entire bag of fun size Butterfinger bars. *_Spoooooky_.* Anyway, I’m discovering that moving back in with your parents doesn’t really generate a happening social life. So tonight I’m going to sit at the front door and pass out candy _(kit-kats, snickers…no butterfingers)_ I haven’t decided if I’ll dress up or not. I don’t really have a costume already in mind. *In fact, I am pretty unorignial when it comes to Halloween costumes.* Growing up I was a witch _(like that’s never been done)_, a clown, a dog on Halloween ’91 and a pink unicorn for Halloween ’89, ’90 and ’92. In my pre-teen years I was all the usual stuff, a gypsy and a poodle-skirt-wearing 50’s girl in ’98. In high school I was a cowgirl and a 50’s girl again. In college I was Harry Potter on Halloween ’01 _(yeah, that’s right, I said Harry Potter, whatcha gonna do about it?)_ Then I was a cowgirl again, a pirate and…well, I don’t think I had a costume last year. And I really don’t think I’ll have one again this year. Unless I pull a repeat of Halloween ’96 and dress up as a trash bag and put a rotten banana peel in my hair… *now that was a good year.*

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UChic Exclusive: Our Interview with Lauren Weisberger

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Check out our exlusive “interview with Lauren Weisberger”://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/59 , author of _The Devil Wears Prada_ and her new book, _Everyone Worth Knowing_. Also, click “here”://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/59. to read the book review

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Look For It: I'd Like Some Safari Clothes Please

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So, as mentioned in the first blog, our Executive Editor, Stacy Hinojosa is a new hire at Banana Republic and so, recently endured a rigourous training session on the history of The GAP and the danger of wire hangers.

Part of the training included a brief (2 hours on the clock) history of the company. And she actually learned a few things. Like GAP orignially sold Levi jeans and records. And the company didn’t create Banana Republic, it was a travel and safari clothing store that they aquired. Another lesser-known fact is that GAP Inc. has recently launched a new brand, Forth & Towne, an upscale clothing retailer for women 35+. Right now there are only 5 stores; four in the Chicago area and one in New York. But even though they cater to a slightly older demographic, we think they’ll still sell timeless handbags and shoes. Look for it!

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Look For It: I’d Like Some Safari Clothes Please

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So, as mentioned in the first blog, our Executive Editor, Stacy Hinojosa is a new hire at Banana Republic and so, recently endured a rigourous training session on the history of The GAP and the danger of wire hangers.

Part of the training included a brief (2 hours on the clock) history of the company. And she actually learned a few things. Like GAP orignially sold Levi jeans and records. And the company didn’t create Banana Republic, it was a travel and safari clothing store that they aquired. Another lesser-known fact is that GAP Inc. has recently launched a new brand, Forth & Towne, an upscale clothing retailer for women 35+. Right now there are only 5 stores; four in the Chicago area and one in New York. But even though they cater to a slightly older demographic, we think they’ll still sell timeless handbags and shoes. Look for it!

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My Life on Mondays

_*For most, Monday mornings usually begin a new work cycle. But for this unemployed recent college grad, Monday mornings usually signal the start of a fresh week of self-loathing. Log on each Monday for a witty (read self indulgent) and adventurous (read criminally boring) slice of life from University Chic’s Executive Editor, Stacy Hinojosa, an optimistic, job-hunting baccalaureate._

It’s 2:30 in the morning and I’m sitting on the floor of my bedroom watching How Stella Got Her Groove Back on TV. *That’s my life on Mondays.*

Last week I was down to four dollars in my bank account so I went and applied for some jobs at the mall. Anthropologie called me in for an interview. *A group interview.* We all sat in a circle and passed around questions. The other girls seemed pretty normal, except for the one that kept talking about the cheerleading squad she coached. My first question was *”Tell us about your most favorite and least favorite jobs you’ve had.”* I told them that my favorite job was working at a snack shack on a golf course because I was all by myself and basically just got paid to read books. I told them my least favorite job was working also at the snack shack because one day it got struck by lightning while I was working in it _(a whole other story)_.

Then, we had to look under our seats, _(where there was an Anthropologie bag)_ and describe how we would talk a seller into purchasing its contents. I looked around me as girls were pulling out scarves, sweaters and candles. One girl had an apron and I thought about how I bought an apron in London and wore it over jeans like a skirt. _*That was funky. That would make them think I was cool._* I reached into my bag and pulled out a blue salad bowl. _Great. Just great._ I wasn’t really sure how I’d pitch a bowl to a customer. _It’s a four-dollar bowl. They’ll buy it if they need a bowl…_ I searched it for some unique fact, but all I saw was Made In China. I muttered something about how it’s cool to have a “mish mash” of dinnerware and China is notorious for making great bowls.

The last part of the interview was a multiple-choice survey you had to fill out. _A test? I had to take a test?_ And not just any test, it was a hard test, with difficult questions. *Agree or disagree… “An employee that is high on marijuana can do their job just as well as an employee who is not.” _Is this a trick question?_* “Agree or disagree… “Punctuality is not important to me.” _If only I knew how they wanted me to respond._ I finished all 68 questions in record time and got up to leave. “Are you sure you answered them all?” they asked me. “Sometimes people skip the hard ones and forget to go back to them.” _Hard ones?_ I told them I was pretty sure I’d answered all of them. Then they told me if they didn’t call on Monday, then I didn’t get the job. So if they happened to be impressed by the way I told them their bowls were microwave and dishwasher safe, they’ll call me sometime today to offer me the job.

*But it doesn’t really matter, see, I filled out applications at two stores that day*, and the other one happened to call me back first. Yes, it’s true. I’m no longer an unemployed college grad…I’m a sales associate at Banana Republic. *Stella may have her groove, but I’ve got a job.* Speaking of, I’ve got to get to bed. My first shift is in a few hours and I have an employee discount card to use.

*stacy hinojosa* _graduated in August from Brigham Young University with a degree in journalism and is currently pursuing a career in magazine journalism and design._

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I Could Have Been a Millionaire…

*Okay, back when I was like fourteen*, I saw this company called Leapfrog on The Rosie O’Donnell show _(yes, I watched it after school)_. I thought, hey, that would be a good company to buy stock in it. But of course, I had no money, I only had a paper route.

*Anyway, over the years, Leapfrog has continued to produce a number of super-educational and techno-amazing toys* _(much to my dismay I might add)_. Anyway, their latest toy, the FLY Pentop Computer, really takes the cake. I saw a commercial for this on tv and could not believe it! It’s a tiny computer in a pen that talks to you. It understands what you write and you can do all sorts of cool things with it. You write on a special kind of paper and you can actually draw out a calculator, with the numbers and the + and = signs and then use your drawing as a working calculator! It does a lot of other cool things too _(since calculators only cost a couple bucks and this costs $99)_. *For a better explanation of all the bells and whistles*, check out the article in “BusinessWeek Online.”://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/aug2005/tc20050823_6989.htm

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She is Her: I Am Me by Ashlee Simpson

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*Alright, I admit it, I purchased I Am Me*, the sophomore album from SNL darling, Ashlee “it-was-my-bands-fault” Simpson, which came out yesterday. To be perfectly honest, I actually enjoyed her last cd. And I definitely prefer her music to anything from her sis Jessica. So I was eager to see _(listen)_ to her new disc. So far, I’m noticing a lot more emphasis on guitar _(instead of her voice)_, but I like L.O.V.E., a song about the bond between her and her girlfriends.

I just want to take this moment to defend my musical integrity by listing the other cd’s currently in my cd player _(none of which are by Hilary Duff)_. No seriously, *I’m crazy into the Killers, Keane, HelloGoodbye, Motion City Soundtrack and OK GO*.

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My Life on Mondays

My alarm was set for 7:40, but I was up by 7:00. I scrambled two egg whites and poured myself a glass of orange juice at 7:30. I was too nervous to eat the egg whites at 7:45 and threw them away at 7:50. At 7:55, I drank the juice and began to stare at the clock. Four minutes left…three minutes left…whoa, two minutes left. _This was for real._ *In two minutes I was going to pick up the phone and call my good friend, Lauren Weisberger, author of _The Devil Wears Prada_*, aka, book that held my attention the entire length of a five-hour flight, which few books besides Harry Potter can do. _I even skipped the movie._

Of course, she isn’t _really_ my good friend. That’s just how her publicist made me feel. “Sure Stacy, you can call her at home, I’ll give you her number.” “Oh thanks, I’ll just program that into my cell.” _Yeah right_.

“Read the rest of the story”://www.universitychic.com/node/197

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A Mentor Can Make the Difference

*If you’re in college and don’t have a mentor…get one!* That’s honestly my best advice. A mentor is someone (hopefully with experience in the field you’re going into) that you can talk to about the challenges you’re facing. They will be the first people to stick up for you in sticky situations, the best people to write letters of recommendation for you for all those internship/job applications and, if you develop that relationship with them, they are people you can still get advice from long after you leave your college campus.

*I suggest adopting your favorite teacher as your mentor.* Find someone who gives you constructive criticism and is honest and available. *For more information on mentors and how to find one, check out Jamie’s article*, “Make the Connection: Finding a Career Mentor with the Help of your University”://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/125

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