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UChic Hot List: Hotwire's Travel Value List

Just in time for all you spring breakers, Hotwire has unveiled the results of its third annual Hotwire(R)Travel Value Index, which lists the top 10 cities affordable travel destinations.

Get Inspired: Quick, Easy, Healthy Eating

Pour some water into a small saucepan until it is about 3/4 full. Place pan on stove until bubbles start coming up. Then, add pasta. Stir occasionally until pasta is soft. Next, follow directions on the blue box or add the Ramen flavoring. Lastly, pour contents into a bowl and run off to your next class or finish last night's homework.

Let's face it, most college girls are not gourmet chefs. We're lucky if we have time to shower in the morning, much less cook a three course meal in between classes, meetings, part time jobs, and of course, being fabulous! However, this often causes our eating habits to suffer with frequent visits to McDonald's and 10 cent packages of Ramen.

Eating well doesn't require hours of preparation. Look for pre-cooked chicken breasts in the frozen foods section at the grocery store and stock up on fresh vegetables that only take a few minutes to cook. Try preparing your meals on the weekends when you have extra time and store them in your refrigerator or freezer to eat during the week.

If you are interested in experimenting, there are lots of cookbooks devoted to healthy cooking on the go. Try Rachael Ray's 30 minute meals cookbook. All of the recipes are easy to cook and delicious! There's nothing a little EVOO (Ray's famous abbreviation for extra virgin olive oil) can't do.

No one wants to gain the freshman, sophomore, and junior fifteen! Preparing healthy meals at home will help cut the calories as well as make you feel more satisfied after eating. Plus, it's great practice for that real world thing people are always talking about.

Get Inspired: Blame it on the Alcohol – or Not

In college, it’s natural for people to drink a little somethin’ somethin’ on the weekends right? I know it’s a pretty big part of any campus, and in mine where there’s so little to do besides looking at the beautiful scenery – it can be a huge part of college life.

Get Empowered: Performance Enhancers On the Rise in Academia

The drama surrounding doping and performance enhancers in the world of sports may be making its way over to the academic world. The stress of school and the desire to succeed can often drive us to take drastic measures. Many of us are often tempted to go beyond the caffeine consumption and resort to other methods, such as Adderall, a stimulant used to increase focus.

Get Inspired: Buying Star Quality

It'd be cool to have something named after me. I actually have a funny dream of one day being so rich I donate to my former university as an Alumni and get a building or hall named after me. While, that happening may be simply a dream anyone of us can have a star named after us or someone else.

FYI: UChic Career Columnist on CNN!

Our very own career columnist, Brad Karsh, will be on CNN at 12 PM EST today. He will be talking about about the job market and job search in relation to the economy. Very relevant to all our Chic readers! Tune in and see what he has to say!

Get Empowered: Shape Up and Stretch Correctly

Now, I'm no fitness buff, but I do know a thing or two when it comes to keeping myself healthy.  I know that I should do a mix of cardio and some kind of strength training.  I know I should probably avoid McDonald's if I ever want to tone my belly back down to its 18-year old state.  And I know, or at least, thought, that I needed to stretch before

Laura Cheadle: A Soul Singer with Star Power

"Word has spread fast about Laura Cheadle, a 21st century soul child with a girl next door look. In a music industry watered down with pop singles, her style may be the perfect remedy for those thirsty for a old sound from a new soul."

The Other Boleyn Girl: Sprinting Through Years of British History in Just 115 Minutes

"Warm candlelight falls across a woman’s back as a man’s hand caresses her. Hold on now, don’t get too excited--you won’t see much more than this in The Other Boleyn Girl. In fact, there’s surprisingly little sex in this movie that is really about the politics of sex in 16th century England."

Get Inspired: Inspired Styles For Spring

March is here and as we prepare for warm and fresh days of spring sometimes we feel the need to jazz it up a bit. Experimenting with new hairstyles or trends is the best way to feel new and inspired. And as promised last week here are some top fashion/beauty sites to visit for 2008.