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My roommate during sophomore year was a hippie. A dreadlocked, patchwork-pant wearing, Birkenstock sandals in the winter hippie. But regardless of the fact that she rarely busted out the Windex (or showered!), she was a very smart girl. She believed the Beatles, without a doubt, that “all you need is love”. In fact, almost all

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Get Inspired: Catch Up on Reading Over Break

Every time a magazine comes in the mail for me, I heave a deep sigh. During the summer, a new magazine was an invitation to lay around by the pool and get a tan. Now, it just goes in a pile with all of the other things I don't have time to read.

As exams finish up, and the semester comes to a close, a lot of us are going to find ourselves with a little extra time. Instead of facebook-stalking for hours, or taking abnormally long mid-day naps, why not grab that book you've been meaning to read?

Reading has been labeled as a "nerdy" pastime, but it's really good for you. It exercises your mind and increases your vocabulary. Oh, and it's fun! There are millions of books out there, and there's bound to be something that interests you.

Don't know where to start? For those of you who want to catch up on the classics you should have read in high school, I recommend To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee or Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. For a more contemporary read, I recommend, Men May Come and Men May Go, But I've Still Got My Little Pink Raincoat by Gigi Anders or the Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella, just to name a few.

On my list of winter break reads, is Without a Map by Meredith Hall and Which Brings Me to You by Julianna Baggot and Steve Almond. Oh, and the November-January issues of my favorite magazines!

Still not a book-lover? I just finished my October issues of InStyle, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, and Marie Claire, if anyone wants to borrow them!

Happy Reading!!

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Get Inspired: Sorority Life Revealed – Is It All True?

I attend a school where sorority life is such a big part of the campus. In one of my classes of about 150 students, I would say about half are in a sorority. They’re so easy to find – clustered in groups of each different sorority, proudly displaying their letters. I’ve always been interested in this particular college lifestyle. With all the sacred traditions and the secrets within each sorority, what’s there not to wonder about right?

I never actually rushed for a sorority, let alone pledge for one. I always knew it wasn’t the right thing for me. I mean I love having a lot of friends, being social, and doing great things for the community but the whole process just seemed so pained and nerve-wrecking! Waiting to hear back from all the different sororities to see if you’ve received an invitation to come back…wow, it’s like a freaking popularity contest. I don’t know, I just felt more comfortable with my group of friends that I had established a connection with already and doing my own thing.

However, I was still curious nonetheless. So when Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities by Alexandra Robbins came out about a year or so ago, I immediately picked it up for a fun summer reading. It’s an easy to read book that was on the New York Times Best Seller’s list for a while so I knew it was going to be great. Let me tell you, I didn’t know half of it.

Robbins goes undercover for about a year to various sorority houses in order to see if the stereotypes of going Greek are actually true. She got more than she bargained for. She discovered sexual promiscuity, drug use, eating disorders, and psychological abuse to be a big part of it. I was positively enthralled with this book – but than I had to think about the sorority girls whom I did know and kind of think deeper into it. It may seem like there are certain stereotypes within the Greek lifestyle, but each girl is so different in many ways. Talking to them, being part of a sorority doesn’t make them who they are, but rather they make what the sorority is.

So if rushing for a sorority seems to be the one for you, than go right ahead. I bet you’ll have the best time of your life. But when you’re rushing and meeting all the different potential sisters, remember to be yourself and only than will your happiness in a sorority will be guaranteed.

Get Inspired: Frenemies ‘Til The End

This Wednesday, Tyra Banks will for once and for all let us know what “frenemies” are! When I first heard this term a few years ago I was confused and thought it was way too much of an oxymoron to really work. It had been tossed around in Sex in the City, in the New Radicals song, “You Get What You Give”, and in the popular movie about sardonic and witty high schoolers with a spiteful edge in Mean Girls. Still, what is a “frenemy”? In layman’s terms, a frenemy is a friend who is a borderline enemy. You may bicker constantly, you often compete for the same friends, and you love the same attention. The minute one of you goes out and gets something, whether it’s a new bra, a new cell phone, a new hair color, or even a boyfriend, the other gets the same thing – only better! In fact I’m sure you’ve seen friends make comments about their “friends” like, “I hate her”, “I can’t trust her”, and “She’s trying to be just like me”, but they still can’t cut ties with them. Wow, that really takes the cliché saying, “ keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer” to heart! As females we have to admit sometimes we can be a bit competitive, but do you really think you have frenemies in your life? Someone whose successes mean you have to automatically outdo her? Or whose failures result in your uprisings? Erica Kaplan, a 22 year old college student says she deals with friends all the time who want to compete,” I work full time, go to school full time and have a second job, and a lot of people try to top me. They envy me because I keep it all together”. According to Tyra Bank’s Wednesday guests, legendary female empowerment rap duo, Salt-N-Pepa, their friendship has been a series of ups and downs making the term frenemy a perfect term to describe their often turbulent relationship. Salt-N-Pepa who broke through in the late 1980s are known for music hits like “Let’s Talk About Sex”, “Push It” and “Shoop” ,claim that fame is what tore their friendship apart. Now back with their own reality show on VH1 the two are trying to rebuild their friendship through patching up their business and personal relationships together. While the term frenemy has entered our society giving us a new way to label friends who are not so friendly, what about the psychological aspect of it? Would it be safe to say if you have a friend who you are constantly trying to beat that you might have self-esteem issues? More importantly if you both are going back and forth than maybe you should not be friends! A little competition is normal because sometimes we need a boost to realize we need to step it up. However, inspiration should be a normal part of any real friendship, NOT competition. It’s still an interesting, mysterious topic to talk about. Why do we remain friends who people who are one step away from being our mortal enemy? Tune into the Tyra Banks Show on CW this Wednesday to find out more Check your local listings for times and networks for when the show will be aired.

Get Inspired: Frenemies 'Til The End

This Wednesday, Tyra Banks will for once and for all let us know what “frenemies” are! When I first heard this term a few years ago I was confused and thought it was way too much of an oxymoron to really work. It had been tossed around in Sex in the City, in the New Radicals song, “You Get What You Give”, and in the popular movie about sardonic and witty high schoolers with a spiteful edge in Mean Girls. Still, what is a “frenemy”? In layman’s terms, a frenemy is a friend who is a borderline enemy. You may bicker constantly, you often compete for the same friends, and you love the same attention. The minute one of you goes out and gets something, whether it’s a new bra, a new cell phone, a new hair color, or even a boyfriend, the other gets the same thing – only better! In fact I’m sure you’ve seen friends make comments about their “friends” like, “I hate her”, “I can’t trust her”, and “She’s trying to be just like me”, but they still can’t cut ties with them. Wow, that really takes the cliché saying, “ keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer” to heart! As females we have to admit sometimes we can be a bit competitive, but do you really think you have frenemies in your life? Someone whose successes mean you have to automatically outdo her? Or whose failures result in your uprisings? Erica Kaplan, a 22 year old college student says she deals with friends all the time who want to compete,” I work full time, go to school full time and have a second job, and a lot of people try to top me. They envy me because I keep it all together”. According to Tyra Bank’s Wednesday guests, legendary female empowerment rap duo, Salt-N-Pepa, their friendship has been a series of ups and downs making the term frenemy a perfect term to describe their often turbulent relationship. Salt-N-Pepa who broke through in the late 1980s are known for music hits like “Let’s Talk About Sex”, “Push It” and “Shoop” ,claim that fame is what tore their friendship apart. Now back with their own reality show on VH1 the two are trying to rebuild their friendship through patching up their business and personal relationships together. While the term frenemy has entered our society giving us a new way to label friends who are not so friendly, what about the psychological aspect of it? Would it be safe to say if you have a friend who you are constantly trying to beat that you might have self-esteem issues? More importantly if you both are going back and forth than maybe you should not be friends! A little competition is normal because sometimes we need a boost to realize we need to step it up. However, inspiration should be a normal part of any real friendship, NOT competition. It’s still an interesting, mysterious topic to talk about. Why do we remain friends who people who are one step away from being our mortal enemy? Tune into the Tyra Banks Show on CW this Wednesday to find out more Check your local listings for times and networks for when the show will be aired.

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