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U Chic is the ultimate girls' guide to college life, from UniversityChic.com - the #1 online resource and community network for college women. The Complete Guide to a Fabulous College Life!From the day you set food on campus until the day you wear a cap and gown, get advice from a source you can trust: the expert team of all-star college students and recent grads behind U Chic. This indispensible college resource has everything you need to know, including:Getting Started: First week advice and tuning out the homesick bluesSharing Space: A fashionista's tips for fitting it all inHealthy and Happy: Common campus ailments, staying fit on dorm food, and Sex Ed 101Sorority Chic: The ins and outs of going GreekLove Life: Love vs. hookups and surviving long-distance relationshipsHead of the Class: Picking the right major, getting ready for finals, and studying tips and tricks

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									U Chic
Author: Christie Garton
Table of Contents

Foreword
Welcome to U Chic: The College Girl’s Guide to Everything!

Chapter 1—Getting Started
Get Over Not Getting Into Your First Choice School (or Second or Third)
How to Survive and Thrive When in the Minority
Put an End to Homesickness!
U Chic Essentials
Chapter 2—Sharing Space
Bringing Some Sanity to Dorm-Room Chaos
A Fashionista’s Tips on Fitting It All In
Sloppy Roommates? Simple Solutions
Making the Move off Campus
U Chic Essentials

Chapter 3—Head of the Class
Which Major Is for Me?
How to Get to the Top
F.I.N.A.L.S.: Fudge, I Never Actually Learned Squat!
U Chic Essentials

Chapter 4—Getting Involved
Ditch the Dorm, Get a Life!
For the Future Madam President
Make a Difference
Tips for the Busy Student Athlete
U Chic Essentials

Chapter 5—Tech Etiquette for a Facebook Age
To Call or Text: Communication Rules for Dating
Blirting 101: Socializing via BlackBerry
Facebook’s Dark Side
U Chic Essentials

Chapter 6—Love life
The Scoop on the College Dating Scene
Long-Distance Love
Is Love Possible in an Age of Hookups?
Dormcest: Pros and Cons
U Chic Essentials

Chapter 7— Sorority Chic
Going Greek 101
Life as a Greek
U Chic Essentials
Chapter 8—Healthy and Happy
Dealing with the Blues
Sex Ed 101
A Self-Conf idence Boost
Staying Fit in College
The Dangers of Eating Disorders
U Chic Essentials

Chapter 9—Surviving Temptation Island
Over-the-Top Party Pals and Ways to Deal
Staying Safe on Campus
Dangerous Dependency: Prescription Drugs
Facing Sexual Harassment on Campus
U Chic Essentials

Chapter 10—Money Matters
Avoiding the Credit Card Black Hole
Living Fabulously on a Budget
U Chic Essentials

Chapter 11—The College Perks
Secrets for Landing That Hot Job or Internship
Using Summers Wisely
The Ins and Outs of Networking
When to Go Abroad
U Chic Essentials

Chapter 12—What’s Next?
The Case Against Grad School
Why I Chose Grad School
Say Bye-Bye to Grad Anxiety
U Chic Essentials
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Index
About the Author
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U Chic is the ultimate girls' guide to college life, from UniversityChic.com - the #1 online resource and
community network for college women. The Complete Guide to a Fabulous College Life!From the day you
set food on campus until the day you wear a cap and gown, get advice from a source you can trust: the
expert team of all-star college students and recent grads behind U Chic. This indispensible college
resource has everything you need to know, including:Getting Started: First week advice and tuning out
the homesick bluesSharing Space: A fashionista's tips for fitting it all inHealthy and Happy: Common
campus ailments, staying fit on dorm food, and Sex Ed 101Sorority Chic: The ins and outs of going
GreekLove Life: Love vs. hookups and surviving long-distance relationshipsHead of the Class: Picking the
right major, getting ready for finals, and studying tips and tricks
Excerpt

Put an End to Homesickness!Allison Davis, Barnard CollegeI fear change—and college is a big change.
So it was no surprise that I spent the majority of my summer before college freaking out about the
thought of being in a new place without my friends, without my boyfriend, without my family. As if
preparing for a coming storm, I went around buying everything that I could think of to start a "home"
emergency kit—a stash of items that would remind me of home when I was stuck in a tiny dorm room.
Why wouldn't I? In my mind, the dorm was that weird place that conjured up images of girls-gone-wild
meets summer camp. I even went so far as to ask my mother to get custom-made bedding inspired by
my bedding at home. Sadly, she declined, so to cope I instead bought dorm accessories with the same
purple and gold color scheme as my childhood bedroom.Well, despite all of my numerous breakdowns in
the Target store, my first week of college was fine. I think I even had fun during first week's orientation!
The wonderful thing about orientation is that they keep you busy with so many activities that you forget to
be homesick. And most of these activities are the special kind of lame that have you instantly bonding
with members of your orientation group just to survive. Voila! Instant friendships.After the first weekBut
the real challenge during your transition to college is after orientation—your first unstructured weekend. I
almost couldn't handle it. Who was I supposed to hang out with? These people weren't really my friends;
I'd known them for only five days! And communal bathrooms? I was so over it after the first time some
random guy caught me shaving my legs in the sink.I just wanted to go home and see my best friend,
watch a movie with my boyfriend, and pee in the privacy of my own bathroom. Between you and me, I
almost did. I was about 5 minutes away from booking a train ticket home for the first weekend when I
gave myself a pause. I realized that if I went running for the comforts of suburbia every time things
became uncomfortable, I'd spend my college experience in a friendless black hole with nothing but my
books to keep me company. So, against my instincts to cut and run, I decided to stay. Looking back,
that decision was the best one I have made over the course of my 4 years at school. In fact, I met some
of the girls who would become my best friends at school that weekend.Once I started making more
friends and building a life by taking risks and going out with new people, the homesickness went away. If
you're concerned that you may, too, experience a difficult transition, there are several things you can do
to make the transition a little bit easier and get yourself out of the funk a little bit faster.Try some
preemptive pep talkJust take a deep breath and accept it: you are probably going to get homesick. It may
vary in degrees of awfulness, but at some point, you are going to miss the people and places that you
encountered every day for the past 18 years. Don't suppress these feelings: it's completely natural and
pretty common. If you go into college thinking you are never going to miss anyone or anything, you are
setting yourself up for a fall and may be caught off guard, unable to deal with the unexpected sad
feelings. By taking the time to accept the fact that you may get lonely or begin to miss home a time or
two, you can prepare yourself rather than being surprised by these feelings of homesickness. It may be
hard to deal with these emotions, but it isn't impossible. This preemptive pep talk goes a long way.It's OK
to bring things that remind you of home, but...
Author Bio
Christie Garton
Christie Garton, a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, is an award-winning
social entrepreneur. She has served as a columnist for the CollegeJournal.com, and been published in
the Wall Street Journal.
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social entrepreneur. She has served as a columnist for the CollegeJournal.com, and been published in
the Wall Street Journal.

								
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