*Happy Thanksgiving!* Hope you're all enjoying the break. I don't know about you, but I am stuffed. I know one great way to burn off all those pumpkin pie calories would be to wake up at 4 am and go sale shopping, on the biggest shopping day of the year, "Black Friday."
*I'm staying in bed,* but for those of you shoppers who do brave the cold weather, long lines, screaming, kicking, and name-calling...well, good luck. Maybe report back to the rest of us on the great deals you got and _(while you're at it)_ let me know if there _really_ is kicking, name-calling, biting, etc. There probably isn't...wait, don't tell me. If I knew I wasn't risking personal safety _(since I'm currently insurance-less)_ I would probably go shopping. And that would be a lose-lose situation for me. I'd lose sleep and money...so you see, *I'm better off thinking I'd get trampled to death if I went to Walmart at 5 am*. Yes...you people enjoy your unabashedly risky shopping habits...maybe you'd like to run with the bulls in Pamplona, or go sky-diving too. *_You, risk-takers, you._*
*I have writer's block.* So I'm going to cheat and write about what is on my desk in front of me, but I have to warn you, if I start describing how my chewed pencil is really a metaphor for life, please stop reading this and send me an email telling me to cut it out.
*My Portfolio* - It's actually the _only_ thing on my desk right now. I had it there for an interview I've been preparing for. My portfolio is bright yellow. Inside is everything I've done in college that reflects my experience in my chosen field. I have clips from the best newspaper articles I've written, a couple of un-published magazine articles I wrote for a class, a well-written grant proposal _(even though I didn't get the grant)_, a few good letters of recommendation, a certificate of achievement or two, a spreadsheet categorizing the 105 informational articles I wrote for my internship at an Internet company, _(seriously, google my name and you'll get stuff like "Expert Real Estate Advice If You're Moving to Ocean City")_, a couple of screen images from websites I created, and last, but not least, _(actually, right in front)_ the six pages of magazine I designed for my final project.
*If you don't have a portfolio of your work, I strongly suggest you create one*, even if you're years away from your job-hunt. A well-designed and professionally done portfolio, _(along with your resume)_ is the best way to show people what you have achieved and how hard you have worked. And believe it or not, the best person to show it to...is yourself.
*Flipping through my portfolio reminds me of the experience I have*. Besides building my confidence, my portfolio serves another purpose: research station. In the front pocket I keep other items that help me while I'm preparing to interview for a grant, internship, job, whatever. I have a list of professional contacts, along with company addresses, phone numbers and emails. I also have lots of newspaper clippings _(that my mother has so nicely clipped out for me)_ from the Career section of the newspaper on nailing an interview, writing an interesting and effective coverletter and breathing new life into your resume. I also keep the postings for any jobs I'm interested in, as well as scratch paper for note-taking.
*This is how I prepare for an interview.* First, I write down my strongest qualifications, the key points I want to make sure I get across, _no matter what_. For this particular interview there are 4 of them. Next, I make a list of a few routine questions and jot down my responses to them. _"What is your biggest weakness?" Why should we hire you?" "Where do you see yourself in five years?"_ And finally, I make a list of the questions I have for them...they always ask you if you have questions for them.
*I'd like to know what your portfolios look like. Has anyone ever created a portfolio on a CD or a website portfolio? Send me your portfolio secrets at email@example.com* *stacy
*Okay, I admit it...I love Harry Potter.* And while it's not the most en vogue of interests, I don't see anything wrong with it. It all started back in high school when my mom promised me $10 if I read the first one. I was too into Seventeen magazine and Archie Comics (any Archie fans out there?... _probably not_.) Anyway, I read the book and I was hooked. While I was in London last semester, I even met up with the owl who played Hedwig...Harry Potter's owl in the first movie. He was very humble.
*So tonight at midnight, I am going to see the fourth movie*, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Check back tomorrow for my thoughts on the movie. Is anyone else as excited as I am?
The other day at my university, a bomb squad detonated a small unmarked box by the police station. Well, it wasn't a bomb. *It was a geocache.* Geocaching is quickly becoming a popular hobby among outdoor enthusiasts and geography buffs...some even call it a sport. It's a game that uses global positioning coordinates (GPS) to mark secret locations of hidden boxes called geocaches. _So what's in these treasure boxes?_
*There are thousands of geocaches in the United States.* What's inside of them varies. Sometimes there are prizes or small trinkets left by other geocachers to prove they've been there. Other times there is just a log book to sign. Sometimes there will be a disposable camera for you to take a picture of yourself with the box and leave for the next person to develop. Every geocache is different and they are usually hidden extremely well _(unlike the idiot who put their geocache under a rock by a police station)_.
*Don't believe me? Check out* "www.geocaching.com"://www.geocaching.com and enter in your zip code to see how many caches are in your own backyard! *And keep logging on to UniversityChic for an upcoming feature on geocaching* from Executive Editor, Stacy Hinojosa _(stacy has proclaimed geocaching her new favorite hobby despite the fact that she has no idea how a GPS system works and she's never located a geocache.)_ Check it out!
*I have been obsessed with the Margaret Nicole cable knit clutch* since...well, for a long time. I constantly visit the website to check out the latest ribbon choices and, while I'm embarassed to admit this, _(but when has that stopped me before)_, I have actually created a mock cable knit clutch out of paper to the exact dimensions so I could see how big it would be. After several months of this, I emailed the company with some questions and was shocked when _(within a few hours)_, I received response from the designer _(Nicole Dreyfuss)_ herself! I was so impressed, I went back to the website and read about her. *Her story about leaving a job on Wall Street to launch a handbag company was so inspiring*, I got back in touch with her and asked to interview her for this month's Women in the Workplace feature. *Enjoy!*
"*Read the Interview!*"://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/116
_*For most, Monday mornings usually begin a new work cycle. But for this unemployed (unless-you-count-working-at-banana-republic-a-career) 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._
These Boots Are Made for Inducing Credit Card Debt
Well, Fall is here and I think I am coming down with a cold. I have been working hard at Banana Republic, putting in extra hours and spending most of my paycheck on a pair of black leather boots with tassles. I was lucky enough to find one of the few remaining pairs at the store and quickly _(too quickly)_ charged it on my new Banana Republic credit card. _By the way,_ check out the new "silver tafetta dress"://www.bananarepublic.com/browse/division.do?cid=5002&mlink=5001,175154&clink=175154 that I'm buying as soon as it comes in.
*While using my employee discount has been on my mind a lot lately,* I still find time to check out what's new on UniversityChic. In fact, I think I am going to take another glance at "Allison's tips"://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/124 on eliminating credit card debt. Honestly, I love reading articles from my fellow UChic writers because in a way, they are the experts. _Seriously._ Like Makeup Artist, Kim Weinstein, an actual beauty expert. Check out "Kim's list"://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/47 of Fall makeup trends. Who knew dark lips were big this season? It's true, I look to the UChic correspondents for their first-hand experiences and expertise on interviewing and dating the way I'm sure they look to me for expert advice on frivolous spending habits and how to land that awesome job at the mall.
*Why, here's another example,* after reading the latest Q&A: Career and Intern Corner, I took "Tamara's advice"://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/113 and followed up on some of my internship and job leads and actually set up an interview with my dream company! I can't wait. I guess I'll cancel those Banana Republic business cards. Also, I researched some internship positions for next spring. To my surprise, everything I wanted was already posted! I've decided I'm going to apply tomorrow based on that whole early bird and worm theory.
graduated in August from Brigham Young University with a degree in journalism and is currently pursuing a career in magazine journalism and design. She has the day off from Banana, so she's making herself some hot soup. She'll probably go back to bed and snuggle up to her new tassle boots. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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
*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.*
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