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!

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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.

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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

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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==

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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”._

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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?*

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A 39-year-old man has been charged with killing missing university student Brooke Wilberger.

Wilberger, a college freshmen, disappeared 14-months ago from Corvallis, Oregon. Brooke’s roommates helped to create a website dedicated to finding her by submitting photos with Brooke in them and answering machine messages with Brooke’s voice on them. www.findbrooke.com

Click here to read the story

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The Most Powerful Women in the World

Forbes has released its second list of the world’s most powerful women and assigned Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, to the top spot again. While many of the top ten are involved in international politics, including the prime minister of Ukraine and the president of the Phillippines, a few American business women received high rankings as well. Ranked at No.5 was Meg Whitman, chief executive of eBay and Oprah Winfrey, founder and CEO of her production company, Harpo, was awarded the No.9 position.

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Chic Insider: Designer Dorms

Washington Post writer Terri Sapienza reports that dorm decorating is at an all-time high. A recent poll found, the average student spends $1,200 on back to school items. And in an effort to turn cinder-block dorm rooms from drab to fab, some students will even consult and hire professional interior designers.

“Students don’t want the same look and color scheme as everyone on campus.” And if you can’t swing the decorator costs, Sapienza offers suggestions for pulling off your own designer look on a budget.

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Feminists for Life: Coming to a Campus Near You

*Disclaimer*: _University Chic frequently posts and links to news stories that are relevant to college life. Please note that, unless otherwise stated, University Chic is a neutral bystander to any issue or news story posted in this section. We merely want you to know more about stories that aren’t getting much coverage in the media. So, sit back, relax and read this as you would a news headline. Thanks for listening!_ 🙂

*Anti-abortion organization, Feminists for Life of America, is appealing to universities nationwide to increase awareness about pregnancy and women’s rights,* writes Rob Moll of the _Christianity Today Magazine_. Read the story

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