Writing for Her Campus

Well, as some of you may know, I’ve been writing for an online magazine called Her Campus. It’s this amazing online publication that features articles and information about topics like health, fashion, and pretty much anything else that can affect or interest college girls. Let me give you some background on this website and how it came to be…

Her Campus is an online magazine that delivers college-to-college content to its readers through the nation’s top college journalists. It provides a variety of useful information for college girls and gives those who write for it a chance to express themselves. With nearly 60  schools participating, this online magazine continues to grow in popularity.

“Founded by three students while they were undergraduates at Harvard—Stephanie Kaplan ‘10, Windsor Hanger ‘10, and Annie Wang ‘11—Her Campus was a winner in Harvard College’s business plan competition, the i3 Innovation Challenge, in March 2009. Since Her Campus’s launch in September 2009, Her Campus has formed content partnerships with Seventeen magazine and The Huffington Post and formed marketing partnerships with brands including New Balance, Juicy Couture, Rent the Runway, and Lauren Merkin.”

Now, I fit in the picture because WVU is one of the participating schools and I wanted to write. Plain and simple. I love WVU and I love to write, so now I have the chance. (Plus getting a byline doesn’t suck either.)  Although I stay busy with my capstone course, work and volunteering for GOTR, this gives me something fun to do on the side and doesn’t require my brain to work overtime. Plus, I really love being a part of something so fun and great for college girls.

So now that I’ve shared, here is a link to the site. Check it out and let me know what you think. I really felt like this was the perfect way to end my four years here at WVU.

How to Stay Zen

The past few weeks have been full of change. The Road Tour ended, my job at Extension also ended, I started working more exclusively with the Alumni Relations staff, and I started my last course of my undergraduate career. I want to make it very clear that I’m not a huge fan of change. I am a creature of habit and I like my routine. I enjoy my scheduled life and I don’t like it when I have to cross things out on my calendar. However, I’m learning to adjust. One thing I’ve found throughout all of this change is that I tend to get more edgy. So to cope I’ve reverted back to my old zen yoga/meditation, “ohming” self. Here’s how it works:

  1. Find a quiet place in your home (or wherever you are comfortable) and try to face a window. Music is always optional, but try to stay away from anything with lyrics. The words can sometimes make it hard to concentrate. Candles are also a nice soothing option.
  2. There are two primary ways to position yourself: sitting up straight (legs crossed is is referred to as “lotus position”) or flat on your back, palms skyward. Posture is key, because it forces you to concentrate on your body.
  3. Begin breathing deeply and slowly. By doing so, you are becoming more aware of your body. Counting your breaths also helps keep you focused.
  4. Clear your mind as much as possible. The point of meditation is to rid yourself of stress and mentally making your grocery list is not a way to do this.
  5. Find your zen place. I usually try to picture somewhere secluded that I’ve visited often. I did have one place that I often spent time at growing up, but after I recently attended a wedding there, I now associate it with an event.
  6. Try to stick it out. Sometimes after about 3 minutes I start to get antsy. Anyone would. However, I try to make my meditation sessions last at least 8-10 minutes. If I can go longer, I do, but time can often be an issue.
  7. Enjoy your quiet time. Never, never, never treat meditation like a chore. It should be a practice of enjoyment and is meant to help you relax.

If you need more info, check out this great site called Goodlife Zen. It offers tips for meditation and how to live a more zen life. Taking the time to do something like this will not only improve your mood, but will also improve your overall well-being. It always helps me scale back on my cravings, because it forces me to be completely aware of every inch of my body. It also is a great thing to do to prevent “bored eating”, to which I often succumb.

Just start off slow and do it a few times a week for 5-8 minutes. After you get used to it, try to go longer. I promise it will help in more ways than you could ever imagine.