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Women in Business Don't Cry

The preview for tonight's episode of Martha Stewart's Apprentice show her in the conference room telling someone, "Women in business don't cry." *Man, that Martha is one tough cookie. I guess that's just what the slammer does to a person.* Personally, I like the show. !http://www.universitychic.com/system/files?file=martha.JPG! I think Martha _SHOULD_ be respected for the empire she's built. She's got a tv show, books, magazines, products _(I almost bought one of her tables at K-mart last week)_ and now a reality show. And has anyone noticed how oversized cuff bracelets are a major trend this fall...coincidence? I think not.

Women in Business Don’t Cry

The preview for tonight's episode of Martha Stewart's Apprentice show her in the conference room telling someone, "Women in business don't cry." *Man, that Martha is one tough cookie. I guess that's just what the slammer does to a person.* Personally, I like the show. !http://www.universitychic.com/system/files?file=martha.JPG! I think Martha _SHOULD_ be respected for the empire she's built. She's got a tv show, books, magazines, products _(I almost bought one of her tables at K-mart last week)_ and now a reality show. And has anyone noticed how oversized cuff bracelets are a major trend this fall...coincidence? I think not.

Women's Health

Once you leave home for college, it becomes harder to manage your health. With all the demands on your time from classes, extracurricular activities, and your social life, who can be bothered to manage eating habits, exercise, stay informed about women's health issues in politics, and educated about STDs? Luckily for you, this week I have searched through the masses of women's health blogs and websites and found the best and most relevant ones here they are! Women's Health If you feel pressured by the threat of the freshman fifteen, or just want to drop a few pounds after years of gorging on dining hall food, you may be thinking that it's time for a diet. To get the skinny on dieting facts and myths, check out DIET BLOG, which confronts conventional wisdom on dieting (a recent entry is entitled, "Fat-burning Ability of Muscle: Exaggerated?) and has a whole section called Diet Reviews, which covers all the diets you've heard of and many that you haven't. Find one that's right for you! For information on sexual health, two great websites are there for your information. SCARLETEEN is an eye-catching and informative website that covers everything from STDs to sexual politics get to know your body, learn to love it, and keep it healthy. The Scarleteen blog follows the latest developments in birth control politics and other important women's issues. STD FOR DUMMIES is a database of STD information. Find out the answers to frequently asked questions about all the most common STDs what's treatable and how, what are the symptoms, and how can you protect yourself? If you're concerned about reproductive rights an issue important to all women regardless of their politics, check out the blog at BUSH V. CHOICE. Don't expect both sides of the issue of abortion rights at this blog. Rather, stay completely informed about all the political developments in the sphere of reproductive rights. This blog should be a great resource in the upcoming confirmation hearings for John Roberts from the perspective of women who want to ensure the protection of Roe v. Wade. For a more organic approach to health, check out the SUSTAINABLE TABLE BLOG, which discusses all the advantages of organic eating. It links to fascinating studies about the food we put into our bodies, and provides advice if you want a more "sustainable" lifestyle. If you know of any other great women's health blogs, let all universitychic.com users know by telling us about them in a comment on this post! Submitted by Ryder Kessler, an undergraduate student at Harvard and Editor-at-Large of UniversityChic.com

Women’s Health

Once you leave home for college, it becomes harder to manage your health. With all the demands on your time from classes, extracurricular activities, and your social life, who can be bothered to manage eating habits, exercise, stay informed about women's health issues in politics, and educated about STDs? Luckily for you, this week I have searched through the masses of women's health blogs and websites and found the best and most relevant ones here they are! Women's Health If you feel pressured by the threat of the freshman fifteen, or just want to drop a few pounds after years of gorging on dining hall food, you may be thinking that it's time for a diet. To get the skinny on dieting facts and myths, check out DIET BLOG, which confronts conventional wisdom on dieting (a recent entry is entitled, "Fat-burning Ability of Muscle: Exaggerated?) and has a whole section called Diet Reviews, which covers all the diets you've heard of and many that you haven't. Find one that's right for you! For information on sexual health, two great websites are there for your information. SCARLETEEN is an eye-catching and informative website that covers everything from STDs to sexual politics get to know your body, learn to love it, and keep it healthy. The Scarleteen blog follows the latest developments in birth control politics and other important women's issues. STD FOR DUMMIES is a database of STD information. Find out the answers to frequently asked questions about all the most common STDs what's treatable and how, what are the symptoms, and how can you protect yourself? If you're concerned about reproductive rights an issue important to all women regardless of their politics, check out the blog at BUSH V. CHOICE. Don't expect both sides of the issue of abortion rights at this blog. Rather, stay completely informed about all the political developments in the sphere of reproductive rights. This blog should be a great resource in the upcoming confirmation hearings for John Roberts from the perspective of women who want to ensure the protection of Roe v. Wade. For a more organic approach to health, check out the SUSTAINABLE TABLE BLOG, which discusses all the advantages of organic eating. It links to fascinating studies about the food we put into our bodies, and provides advice if you want a more "sustainable" lifestyle. If you know of any other great women's health blogs, let all universitychic.com users know by telling us about them in a comment on this post! Submitted by Ryder Kessler, an undergraduate student at Harvard and Editor-at-Large of UniversityChic.com

The Sweet Smell of Freshly-Sharpened Pencils

September is here! Back to school, internships, jobs...life. For many of you, September signals a new beginning. You may be starting a new semester of classes or applying for a new job. Either way, this month at UniversityChic is dedicated to putting your best foot forward. Check out our Career Resources for advice on choosing a major, writing a resume and acing an interview. Have fun and good luck!




Check Out Our Favorite Blogs

    Last week I told you about some great blogs to check out if you're in graduate school or on your way there. This week I've continued to sift through hundreds of blogs to find the ones that will be most relevant and useful for you. Enjoy! This Week: Fashion and Beauty     Obsessed with fashion? So are the ladies of I AM FASHION, who drew the name of their blog from words once spoken by fashion legend Coco Chanel: "I don't do fashion, I am fashion." The bloggers, named Barneys Girl and Harrods Girl, chronicle their shopping exploits while keeping you in the know about the latest trends in clothes and accessories. Salivate over designer labels, and get some common sense advice about looking your best.     If you're on a tight budget and want to look good for less, visit THE BUDGET FASHIONISTA. This site follows news that will help you find great deals, but its best offers are the "Tips" and "Guides" sections, where you can find info like sample sale listings, see the "Top 10 Fashion Musts for Fall 2005," and learn "How to Budget Shop" and "How to Create a Functional Closet" and much more.     Also cost-conscious is STYLE BYTES, a great blog about fashion for regular women. What's most unique about this blog is its extensive do-it-yourself tips, which show you how to make ordinary clothes into extraordinary clothes. It helpfully categorizes its listings into areas like "Beauty," "Jewelry," and "Shopping."     If you think beauty is only skin deep or, rather, than good skin is essential to beauty check out the blog at ULTIMATE-COSMETICS, which has tons of tips and information on skin care. For example, want to find out all there is to know about blackheads and how to get rid of them? This site is the place for you; its advice is practical and easy to apply.     If you know of any great fashion and beauty blogs that I've missed, please share them with universitychic.com by commenting on this post. Thanks for reading! Submitted by Ryder Kessler, undergraduate student at Harvard and Editor-at-Large for UniversityChic.com.

The Best 361 Colleges

The Princeton Review has published the 2006 edition of the best schools in the nation, the smart students guide to colleges. The toughest school to get into? Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by Yale, Princeton and Harvard. Here are a few other rankings. Best Overall Experience: Reed College The Best Library: Harvard College Happiest Students: Stanford University #1 Party School: University of Wisconsin-Madison Check out all the rankings at www.princetonreveiw.com

Cool Website Alert

*Webgrrls is a great site for women pursuing a future in the technology sector.* _"Webgrrls International provides a forum for women in or interested in new media and technology to network, exchange job and business leads, form strategic alliances, mentor and teach, intern and learn the skills to help women succeed in an increasingly technical workplace and world."_ ==*Check it out at* www.webgrrls.com==

Beating the Mid-Summer Slump

*It's that time of the summer again* -- where you want to smack that annoying co-worker with a stapler, run out of the office and go rollerblading with all the high school students lucky enough not to have a summer job. You're overworked, underpaid, and most of all, fed up with doing mindless, menial work. Wasn't the point of going to college that you wouldn't have to be the office gopher forever? A few tips to help get through the rest of the summer: *Keep your eyes on the prize* No matter how tempting it may be to tell off your boss, you don't want a bad summer to sabotage your career down the road. At the very least, make sure there's someone from your current job that you can use as a reference in the future. *Take initiative (even with menial tasks)* Having a reputation for spotting things that need to be done and taking care of them without being asked goes a long way. Even if the only person who noticed that you took out the trash or refilled the printer paper on your own initiative is the secretary, your reputation will trickle up to management eventually. *Don't let the quality of your work slip* Just because the filing and the photocopying could be done by a monkey doesn't mean you should aspire to monkey-level quality. If your boss finds a bunch of pages missing from your photocopy job, she's not going to think, "This person is clearly overqualified. I should get her to help me on that presentation for our biggest client." *Offer to extend current projects in interesting ways* Sometimes the best way to get more substantive work is to use an administrative task as a starting point. If your last project was to proofread a grant proposal, offer to organize the organization's past grant proposals, research other potential grant opportunities, or draft a new proposal. *Bring your unique skills to bear* Your talents from home and newly acquired college skills can be tremendously useful in the office. If you have a flair for graphic design, offer to give the most recent brochure a facelift. If you speak Spanish, offer to research business opportunities in South America. If you're good with computers, offer to fix a bumbling co-worker's tech problem. (After all, you only have to be more tech savy than your co-worker to be helpful!) *Remind them of what you want to get out of the summer* Odds are, if you're an intern, you were lured to your job on the promise that you would get plenty of learning opportunities and exposure to the industry. If these opportunities haven't materialized, ask for them: "Hey, would it be possible for me to sit in on a client meeting at some point?" or "I'd love to get some exposure to the marketing department before the end of the summer. Is there a way we can work that out?" _Submitted by, Liz Tippet, law student at Harvard and author of "Real College: The Essential Guide to Student Life"._

Internship Applications Gone Wrong

*I don't know about you, but I've spent more time than I'd like to admit* writing unique cover letters and piecing together disposable portfolios to apply for internships that I don't end up getting. Take last weekend for example... A spot opened up at a fantastic internship and the director wanted to fill it quickly. I dropped everything and spent two hours putting together an application and emailing it to her. *Minutes later, she wrote back that she would NOT accept my application.* She had received enough "good applications" and didn't want any more. Now I'm not too bent out of shape about not getting the position. I'm sure the person who did is qualified beyond belief. But I _am_ slightly upset that the time I put into applying was not reciprocated with even so much as a glance at my resume. _What if I actually was the most qualified?_ I'm not sweating it because I've had great internships in the past, and I'm sure there's some cosmic ratio out there stating that for every 20 applications you submit, only one of them will go your way, *but can anyone identify with this application gone wrong?*