The Her Campus Guide to College Life, Updated and Expanded Edition: How to Manage Relationships, Stay Safe and Healthy, Handle Stress, and Have the Best Years of Your Life!

The Her Campus Guide to College Life, Updated and Expanded Edition: How to Manage Relationships, Stay Safe and Healthy, Handle Stress, and Have the Best Years of Your Life!


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Every young woman’s essential guide to tackling all of the challenges of college­—from stress to debt to scholarships—in a completed updated new edition: “Some things are common sense but some things aren’t—especially when it comes to navigating a college campus in a way that’s fun, independent, and totally safe” (

Get ready for the best years of your life! From the experts behind Her Campus, this completely updated college guide is bursting with insider tips to help you navigate classes, relationships, and all your extracurriculars—including parties and Greek life, of course. Whether you’re just starting freshman year or a seasoned pro as an upperclassman, you’ll learn tips and tricks for how to survive:

—Bonding with your roommate—while setting ground rules for your new space at the same time
—Beating the dreaded Freshman 15 without having to give up dessert
—Snagging a date with the cutie from class
—Coping with stress and anxiety—even during the insanity of finals week!
—Navigating student loans and finding the best financial aid, scholarships, and post-graduate loan forgiveness programs
—Scoring awesome jobs and internships and transitioning into post-collegiate life
—Staying safe on campus so you can enjoy all college has to offer—without horror stories

Complete with fun checklists and helpful worksheets, The Her Campus Guide to College Life, Updated and Expanded Edition shows you how to make the most out of your undergrad experience—in and outside the classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781507210321
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 116,215
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stephanie Kaplan Lewis is the author The Her Campus Guide to College Life. Her Campus is the #1 global community for college women with chapters at more than 250 colleges worldwide. In addition to its flagship site, Her Campus also puts on conferences, events, and College Fashion Week, and has its own blogger network, high school ambassador program, and more. Her Campus has been recognized by Glamour, Forbes, and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Table of Contents

Introduction 10

Part 1 Staying Safe in College 13

Chapter 1 Dorm Safety 14

Preventing Theft 14

Fire Safety 18

Protecting Against Intruders 20

Wellness Check-In: Pack These Five Things for Dorm Safety 22

Chapter Checklist 23

Chapter 2 Safety Around Campus 24

Staying Safe at Parties and Bars 24

Being Safe While Hooking Up 28

Staying Safe Late at Night 29

Stalkers 30

Preventing Car Break-Ins 31

Wellness Check-In: Three Rules to Make with Your Friends Before Leaving Any Party 33

Chapter Checklist 34

Chapter 3 Sexual Assault 36

Understanding and Preventing Sexual Assault 36

Reporting Sexual Assault 40

Helping Yourself or a Friend Who Experienced Sexual Assault 42

Wellness Check-In: Add These Three Contact Numbers to Your Phone Just in Case 44

Chapter Checklist 44

Chapter 4 Studying Abroad 45

Deciding to Study Abroad 45

How to Find and Choose a Study Abroad Program 47

Affording Your Time Abroad 49

How to Prepare for Your Time Abroad 51

Staying Safe Abroad 54

Wellness Check-In: Five Things to Pack to Stay Safe While Studying Abroad 57

Chapter Checklist 57

Part 2 Staying Healthy on Campus 59

Chapter 5 Nutrition, Fitness, and Eating Disorders 60

Where to Eat on Campus 60

How to Eat Healthy in the Dining Hall 62

Healthy Foods to Keep in Your Dorm Room 64

Eating Healthy on the Go 65

Working Out on Campus 67

Eating Disorders in College 70

Wellness Check-In: Six Workout Mistakes to Avoid 74

Chapter Checklist 75

Chapter 6 Physical Health 77

Getting Enough Sleep 77

How to Avoid Getting Sick 81

Where to Go When You Get Sick 84

Wellness Check-In: Six Types of Medicines You Should Always Keep in Your Dorm Room 86

Chapter Checklist 87

Chapter 7 Drinking, Smoking, and Drugs 88

Drinking 89

Smoking 96

Vaping 97

Drugs 98

What to Do When Drinking, Smoking, or Drug Use Becomes a Problem 102

Where to Find Drug- And Alcohol-Related Resources 103

Wellness Check-In: Five Rules for Safe Drinking 106

Chapter Checklist 107

Chapter 8 Mental Health 108

Stress 108

Anxiety 112

Depression 114

Homesickness 115

What to Do When Your Friend is Going through a Tough Time 116

Where to Find Help on Campus and Off 118

Wellness Check-In: Nine Signs You (Or a Friend) Needs Mental Health Help 121

Chapter Checklist 122

Chapter 9 Sexual Health 124

What Should You Expect During a Visit to Your Gynecologist? 124

Women's Health Issues You Should be Aware of 125

Everything You Need to Know About Having Safe Sex 129

Wellness Check-In: Five Ways to Stay on Top of Your Sexual Health 137

Chapter Checklist 138

Part 3 Developing Smart and Successful Relationships 141

Chapter 10 Roommates 143

How to Bond with Your Roommate 143

Tips for Rooming with a Friend 145

How to Handle Roommate Conflicts 149

Roommate Contracts 155

Wellness Check-In: Five Ways You and Your Roommate Can Keep Each Other Healthy 163

Chapter Checklist 165

Chapter 11 Professors, RAs, and TAs 166

Resident Assistants 166

Professors 168

TAS: Who They are and How They Can Help You 176

Wellness Check-In: Four Reasons Building a Relationship With Your TA is Worth It 177

Chapter Checklist 178

Chapter 12 Dating, Relationships, and Hooking Up 179

Hook-Ups 180

Dating 188

Sex 197

Wellness Check-In: Five Signs You're in a Healthy Relationship 204

Chapter Checklist 207

Chapter 13 Unhealthy Relationships 208

Rotten Romantic Relationships 208

Frenemies 212

Toxic Friendships 213

Wellness Check-In: Three Steps to Ditch a Toxic Friend 219

Chapter Checklist 221

Part 4 Building a Balanced Social Life 223

Chapter 14 Extracurriculars 224

Campus Media 224

Performance Groups 226

Cultural and Religious Groups 228

Professional Societies 229

Sports 232

Campus Life 234

Just for Fun 235

Wellness Check-In: Four Ways Participating in Extracurriculars Can Help Your Mental Health 237

Chapter Checklist 237

Chapter 15 Greek Life 238

Should You Rush? 238

Navigating Sorority Rush 239

What Sorority Life Is Like 242

Greek Social Life 245

Living in the Sorority House 246

How Greek Life Can Help Your Career 247

Wellness Check-In: Seven Ways Joining a Sorority Can Help You Get the Most Out of College 248

Chapter Checklist 249

Chapter 16 Juggling Social Life and Academics 250

Time Management and Effective Studying 251

What to Do When You've Taken on Too Much 254

Wellness Check-In: Seven Ways All-Nighters Are Bad for Your Health and Grades 258

Chapter Checklist 258

Chapter 17 Social Media Dos and Don'ts 259

Keeping a Professional and Clean Social Media Presence 259

Using Social Media to Help You Land Jobs 263

Linkedin 265

Interacting with Your Friends on Social Media 269

The Signs That You're Spending Too Much Time on Social Media (And How To Stop!) 272

Wellness Check-In: Five Ways to Stay Safe on Social Media 274

Chapter Checklist 275

Part 5 Managing Your Money and Career 277

Chapter 18 Managing Your Money 278

Making Money during the School Year 278

Building a Budget 281

Ways to Save Money on Campus 285

Getting Your First Credit Card 287

Wellness Check-In: Three Money Safety Rules to Master 290

Chapter Checklist 291

Chapter 19 Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Student Debt 292

Financial Aid 293

How to Pay Off Student Loans 295

Chapter Checklist 300

Chapter 20 Landing Jobs and Internships 301

Get Familiar with Your School's Internship Policies 301

Philanthropy and Volunteering 302

Create a List of Possible Internships 305

Research, Research, Research1 305

Talk to a Campus Career Counselor 306

Perfect (Or Create) Your Resume 307

Submit Your Applications and Cross Your Fingers 309

Nail the Interview 309

Wellness Check-In: Seven Ways to Stay Healthy at Your Internship 310

Chapter Checklist 311

Index 312

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