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SELF-DISCOVERY ISSUE FALL 2017


Letter from the Editor EDITOR IN CHIEF Tayler Bradford

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Enjoy our Self-Discovery Issue.

EXECUTIVE EDITOR Katie Intner MANAGING EDITOR Sari Kamp photo by SAM LANE

earing a killer pair of over-the-knee black suede boots and a grey turtleneck tucked into a denim skirt, I made my way to Newhouse on a crisp November afternoon. Upon opening my Spotify playlist, I put my headphones in my ears and wondered what Shilpa Prabhakar Nadella, senior fashion market editor at Glamour and Syracuse University alumna, was going to talk about at the speaker event. Little did I know, Shilpa co-founded a magazine when she was a student here in 2007. She said founding the magazine was one of the hardest, yet most valuable things she has ever done — even harder than some of the things she does in her daily job for a national magazine. Through her hard work and dedication, Shilpa left a legacy at SU; I set out to do the same. As co-founder and editor-in-chief of UGirl, I feel a deep connection to her. One 15-page constitution and countless emails and meetings later, UGirl became a recognized publication on campus last semester. Ever since, I have developed an unwavering love for UGirl. I can confidently say I’ve never been more passionate about anything in my life. UGirl has become my form of selfexpression, and in turn has helped me discover myself. Our cover star, Liv Perez, had a similar experience when she founded her publication, Friend of a Friend, during college (pg 33). Steve Madden had a moment of self-discovery when he founded his company (pg 7). Celebrity fitness trainer Amanda Kloots discovered herself through working out (pg 11). Between juggling school work, extracurriculars and a social life, it can be hard to find the time to take a step back and work on yourself. But now, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and start soul searching. After all, that’s what college is for. Don’t worry about what other people think of you. Just be yourself. UGirls are confident, fearless, career-oriented and trendsetting (pg 32). Believe it! With that, I am so insanely proud to introduce UGirls to the premiere print issue of University Girl Magazine. Thank you Katie Intner for believing in UGirl when I pitched the idea back in December 2016. I would not be able to do this without you! Thank you to my amazing, supportive team for your incredible work. I would also like to thank my parents and Cristina Cuomo for pushing me to turn my idea into a reality.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Victoria Giannola DIGITAL EDITOR Vivian Cheng ASSISTANT DIGITAL EDITOR Allie Galasso STYLE EDITOR Sophie Stocklan ASSISTANT STYLE EDITOR Chloe Greenwald STYLIST Emily North FEEL GOOD EDITOR Kathryn Pirzadeh ASSISTANT FEEL GOOD EDITOR Emma Caslowitz COLLEGE LIFE EDITOR Sabrina Goldberger COLLEGE LIFE EDITOR Sasha Levin ART DIRECTOR Renee DelNegro DESIGN DIRECTOR Jenna Wengle GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Izzy Berezni Julia Lawrence Sara Cao Amelia Lytle Kate Edwards Kristiana Morell Sarah Felbin Jade Taylor Lauren Hurwitz SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR Kim Spitzer PR DIRECTOR Julia Brougher SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR Nicki Durazo

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SPECIAL EVENTS ASSISTANT Serena Maldonado FINANCE DIRECTOR Marty Maroun

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SPECIAL THANKS Harriet Brown, Melanie Stopyra, Melissa Chessher


Table of Contents STYLE 01 Holiday Braids

A twist on tradition.

05 Spotlight: Mad for Madden

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The inside scoop on winter shoe trends from the minds behind Steve Madden.

08 Define Your Line

So you don’t have the to wing it this holiday season.

FEEL GOOD 09 Clear Your Head to Get Ahead

Mindful meditation is the key to powering through stressful times.

11 Spotlight: Jump, Skip, and Smile with Amanda Kloots How this NYC celebrity trainer discovered herself through fitness.

13 Brunch Of Champions

Even when you’re hungover, you can still go for the gold.

COLLEGE LIFE

The Ultimate Friend of a Friend Rising “it” girl Olivia Perez shares her journey from student to powerhouse professional.

15 Secrets to Success

We’re spilling 8 habits of highly effective girlbosses.

16 UGirl’s Survival Guide to Syracuse Winters Conquer this winter one snowfall at a time.

17 Global UGirls 41 Eight Resolutions for 2018

FEATURES 19 Texturize It!

Mix edgy and delicate elements to stay on trend this holiday season

29 Set the (Skin) Tone

Because beauty comes in all shades.

37 Build a Knockout Mind, Body, and Soul Feel the burn on the inside and out.

IN EVERY ISSUE

03 UGirl Picks Which Type 04 Quiz: of UGirl Are You?

44 Hookups from Hell

39 What Makes You a UGirl 2 UGirl Fall 2017


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What kind of UGirl are you? by ALLIE GALASSO Your go to outfit for class is... Before going to sleep you... jeans & a sweater

leggings/joggers & a sweatshirt

scroll through your Insta feed

pick out your outfit for the next day

Something you never leave your room without is...

lipgloss

When you get a text from a guy you... For a night out you...

headphones

wait at least 15 minutes to answer stick to black and neutrals

When it comes to homework you...

start it the night before

answer right away start it in advance

make a statement with a bold outfit

The Laidback UGirl

The UGirl Who Has Her Sh*t Together

The Trendsetting UGirl

You are super chill and don’t take things too seriously. You may not start your history paper until the night before it’s due, but cramming is your specialty and you always end up with that A. All of your friends look to you for support when they are going through stressful times because you know exactly how to make them feel better.

You are always one step ahead of the game. Between school work, your social life and staying fit you always find a way to balance your schedule. Being organized and getting involved is second nature to you. Your friends are always wondering how you’re able to get in bed and start your Netflix binge by 8p.m. on a school night.

If there is a bold trend on the rise, you are always the first one to try it. You wear what you feel confident in, no matter what anyone thinks. Whether you are staying in or going out, you are always able to make your outfit look stylish. Your friends constantly look to you for outfit advice.

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STYLE Model: Omolara Akinfemiwa

Tip: Part your hair down the middle and pick up relatively small sections for each bun.

Holy Bunz Embrace the whimsy of the holiday season with these two twisted buns speckled with holiday flowers.

Holiday Braids A twist on tradition.

hair by EVELYN TEPERMAN

photography by SAM LANE

Zip It Ponytail

Zip up your typical hairdo and leave it behind,. this stand-out ponytail look is sure to turn heads.

Tip: Wrap an extra strand of hair around the top of the ponytail to hide the hair tie. Be sure to space the braids far enough apart so that the ribbon has space to weave through! 5 UGirl Fall 2017

Model: Amanda Lee


The Loop Braid This four stranded loopy braid will be more of a hit than the spiked eggnog.

Tip: Make sure the ribbon is at least five inches longer than the length of your hair so you do not run out of ribbon mid-braid!

Model: Cathy Doherty

Wrap up this holiday season with a “halo� inspired braid adorned with mini red flowers.

Tip: After braiding each side, tug at the sides of the braid for a fuller look.

Holiday Halo Model: Quinn Gawronski

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MAD FOR MADDEN

The inside scoop on winter shoe trends from the minds behind Steve Madden. by TAYLER BRADFORD

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without question. It’s the greatest feeling,” said Madden while admiring racks of his shoes, many of which are sneakers. Sneakers with fur are on trend this season, according to Madden. “We just got 50,000 pairs of brand new sneakers that are going to delivery on December 1. I’ll get them in after Black Friday, just in time for the holidays,” said Matthew Guthartz, 49, the president of Steve Madden. The president, executive vice president, chief merchandising officer, sales manager, head of production and Madden himself are all involved in making shoe decisions. “It is a collaboration,” Guthartz said, “and Steve is the impetus for that. He’s like, ‘Look, I don’t give a sh*t if it’s selling or not. We need something different. Let’s buy 50,000 pairs of these sneakers here. If they don’t sell, I don’t care, but we can’t sit here doing nothing.’” The sneaker trend started in 1917 when the Converse All-Star basketball shoe was created. Superga came next in 1925 and the triple-striped Adidas sneaker in 1950. The Adidas Stan Smith followed in 1964. You probably own some, if not all, of these sneakers. Although initially produced for sports, sneakers are now worn casually. “Sneakers are great. It’s a new trend for us. I love it,” said Madden. The edges of Madden’s lips tilt upward, revealing his white teeth. “My goal is to have as many people wear my shoes as possible,” he said, “but [the brand] didn’t start out like this. It started by putting one foot in front of the other and building. You just have to keep building.” Wearing his black baseball cap backward, Madden exits the room filled with shoes and walks toward the same stainless steel elevator doors I had entered through an hour before. He is running an errand before going home to his family. The next day, he wakes up, drinks two cups of coffee, goes to the office and builds.

Other Trends We Love

Jada, $109.95

Breeze, $49.95

Reward, $139.95

Kaden, $89.95

Wagner, $129.95

Photos from Stevemadden.com

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s the stainless steel elevator doors slide open, a black wall illuminated by metallic letters that spell out “Steve Madden” comes into view. I step out of the elevator in my Steve Madden brown booties and officially enter the NYC headquarters. Turning the corner, Steve Madden, 59, confidently walks into the large showroom lined with racks of his namesake shoes and decorated with iconic images. Inspired by couture designs, Steve Madden is a chic, affordable alternative to luxury brands. Madden’s interest in the fashion industry sparked when he worked at a shoe store in his teens. “I realized I wanted to pursue a career in fashion during high school,” Madden said. “I felt like that pretty much straight away.” Working in shoe stores gave Madden the necessary experience to build his empire. “My advice [to young people] is if you really want to learn practical knowledge, then you should work in a store,” he said. “You learn what women, or whoever that customer is, want and what they like. It was invaluable to me. Also, it teaches you humility and selling tactics.” Following his passion, Madden founded his business in 1990 with an $1100 initial investment. “It just came to me like boom. Just call it Steve Madden. What else?” he said. At 31 years old, he drove around the city selling shoes out of the trunk of his car. “I found myself early on when I started the company,” Madden said. “I sort of figured out that I had a special gift, because I’m good with people, and I’m good with shoes. I also knew how to run a business.” Madden finds inspiration everywhere. “It could be a bunch of girls at Governors Ball, it could be on TV, it could be walking on the street,” he said. Known for stopping people on the streets of NYC to take pictures of their shoes, Madden spends most of his time on the streets and in his stores. “I like going to my stores. Seeing a busy store is my favorite thing to do


Define Your Line So You Don’t Have To Wing It This Holiday Season by SOPHIE STOCKLAN

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oliday season is among us, and along with it comes endless holiday parties and gatherings. You’ve got to look your best, because you’ll never know who you’ll see. We know mastering an eyeliner look that compliments your eye shape can be difficult. Rachael Rubin, celebrity makeup artist and guru, gave UGirl the inside scoop on how to rock the ultimate holiday eye. As founder of PaRLR, New England’s first makeup, beauty and photo salon, Rubin provides a one-stop shop for beauty and photography. When it comes to eyeliner, the wide variety of options can be overwhelming. Rubin recommends always using a felt tip. Not only is

the precision and high pigmentation of a felt tip easy to use, but it also lasts longer than other forms of eyeliner. Master any style of wing — big or small, extravagant or subtle — with a felt tip. Leave your go-to eyeliner behind, and switch to the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ASAP. The deep color will make your eyes pop in any light, which is why Rubin only uses this product on her clients. Whether you gift it or save it, the Stila Felt Tip, is available for $22 and is a necessity this holiday season. Winging eyeliner is a task that separates the pros from the amateurs. Don’t know how to create the perfect wing without messing up?

Rubin reveals that to create the perfect, mess-free wing, you should first apply the eyeliner up from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner. Before it sets, take a precise eyeliner brush, and blend the wet eyeliner out and up from the corner to your preferred length. This “smudging” technique is super easy and extremely effective in creating a clean line. If you mess up, don’t panic. “Use a Q-tip with a little water, and rotate it to remove the trouble area,” Rubin said. The cat eye liner look is on the way out, Rubin added. Get ready to “sleigh” your next party with a wing so dangerously sharp, you’ll end up 0n the naughty list.

Which eyeliner technique suits your eye shape?

Upward-facing: If the ends of

Downturned: Apply a thick, dramatic wing. Trace an upwardfacing wing a bit past the outer of the corner of your eye.

Almond: All eyeliner techniques

Hooded: Line your lid with a thin stroke of eyeliner. A thin line will give the effect of a larger lid.

HOLIDAY: Coat a light layer of sparkle on top of black eyeliner.

COLOR: Opt for this season’s stand out color instead of black. This deep green hue is the best, understated way to line your eye.

your eyes turn upwards, apply a smudgy charcoal line. This will balance out the inclination of your eye shape.

suit your eye shape. Apply a thick line, thin line, wing or a smudged line.

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FEEL GOOD

Clear Your Head to Get Ahead Need a boost to power through end-of-the-year stress? Mindfulness meditation can work wonders for refueling your mind and body.

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eck deep in finals and fresh off of a break-up phone call, my sophomore-self fought off a flood of tears as the world seemed to spin and crash around me. As I searched for a decent crying place on campus, I stumbled into a dimly lit room. The air was heavy with incense. Half a dozen students sat lining the walls, their faces illuminated by the yellow candlelight coming from a Buddha statue at the front of the room. “Um, I don’t have time for this,” I thought to myself. But my body sat down on a floor cushion anyway. “Welcome,” the meditation

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by SASHA LEVIN leader whispered. “Let’s start by taking a deep breath.” I closed my exhausted eyes. A million thoughts swarmed around my mind like angry bees. “Straighten your spine,” I heard. With each exhale, the anxieties buzzing around in my head started to fade away. I could finaly hear myself think. Before that moment, I had simply never taken the time to tune in and listen. Engaging in mindfulness meditation is about cultivating a peaceful, safe space in your mind, according to Elizabeth Muzyka, a seasoned teacher of Buddhism and

build the skills they need to deal with emotional distress. Being mindful means we observe, process and deal with negative emotions in the present instead of ignoring them, she explained. “A lot of it is that we use technology for distraction,” Aisaka said. She pointed to how we often open Instagram or Facebook when we feel down, but just end up comparing ourselves to others. “We know this doesn’t help! It’s a distraction that is actually adding to our stress and not taking away from it,” Aisaka said. Still, it can be frustrating to calm a busy mind. Brianna Graffia, a junior anthropology major at SU, encountered this problem when she first started meditating. As a freshman, Graffia began attending the weekly Student Buddhist Association meditation sittings and found it difficult to quiet her thoughts. But when the meditation leader told her “it is okay to think,” she was able to let go of pressing thoughts and finally relax.

By her sophomore year, Graffia started leading meditation sessions once a week, and always started class by telling students the same piece of advice. Now that she’s a disciplined meditator, handling stress is much easier for her. “The most important takeaway that I’ve found is that there are so many little things not worth holding anger for,” Graffia said. “Don’t focus on what’s wrong. Focus on either making it right, or letting it go.” When Graffia tried taking a break from meditation during her freshman year, she realized the true power of the practice. She was immediately more stressed and frazzled, and had trouble managing her time. But once meditation was back into her routine, her ability to focus and concentrate instantly improved. “It keeps my head in the right space,” Graffia said. Although self-reflection can be intimidating at first, there are small ways you can start to channel your inner zen. Don’t worry, the reward of a clear headspace is priceless.

Being Mindful On-The-Go meditation at the Kadampa Meditation Center in Watermill, NY. “When you focus on the breath, your mind becomes still,” Muzyka said. “If you have a peaceful mind, you will be happy no matter what the external conditions are.” The hard-earned benefits of meditation, Muzyka tells her students, are developing a keen sense of self-awareness and being able to tune into your relationship with your inner-self. Kristelle Aisaka, a Mental Health Promotion Specialist at SU, explained that practicing mindfulness allows students to

Schedule in “Me Time.” Sorry, your phone is not invited! Add enjoyable activities into your schedule that require you to put your phone away and force you to slow down. Whether you are cleaning your room, doing yoga, listening to music or sketching, this daily tech-detox will help you refocus your mind. Take a Step Back. If you get caught up in a crisis, ask yourself if the worry will be significant a year from now. “Grades don’t define you,” said Lauren Shumann, a junior

architecture major at SU who practices yoga and meditation every day. “I learned to think this way through meditation. If I get a C, it’s not the end of the world.” Keep Your Eyes Up Here! That is, not down at your phone. While you’re walking around on campus, be present instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media, which clutters your mind. Look up at the open sky and appreciate your surroundings, instead of funneling all of your attention into your phone.

Four Steps to Meditating Anywhere 1. Get settled First, find a quiet place. Settle into a comfortable position, but not too comfortable. (You don’t want to fall asleep!) Sit with a relatively straight spine and relax your shoulders, advises Karen Nezelek, the meditation leader from the Zen Center of Syracuse. If you’re sitting, you may want to place two pillows under your knees for comfort. Place your right hand on top of the left, with thumbs lightly pressed or folded. 2. Count your breaths from 1 to 10 Take an inhale through the nose, and exhale through the mouth, says Nezelek. Count on the exhale. If you reach 10 without distraction, go back to one. Counting helps to distract your mind from giving into other thoughts, Nezelek says. 3. Don’t chase distracting thoughts “Wherever our shadows in life are, they will arise when we meditate,” says Gary Steinberg, a meditation instructor at Stone Mountain Meditation. Treat upsetting thoughts as if they are leaves blowing by you on the street; acknowledge them, but let them blow away. After the meditation session, you can confront the issues still bothering you. 4. Check out an app For a simple guided meditation, train your mind with a top-rated app like Headspace, Simple Habit or Calm. 10 UGirl Fall 2017


FEEL GOOD

Clear Your Head to Get Ahead Need a boost to power through end-of-the-year stress? Mindfulness meditation can work wonders for refueling your mind and body.

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eck deep in finals and fresh off of a break-up phone call, my sophomore-self fought off a flood of tears as the world seemed to spin and crash around me. As I searched for a decent crying place on campus, I stumbled into a dimly lit room. The air was heavy with incense. Half a dozen students sat lining the walls, their faces illuminated by the yellow candlelight coming from a Buddha statue at the front of the room. “Um, I don’t have time for this,” I thought to myself. But my body sat down on a floor cushion anyway. “Welcome,” the meditation

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by SASHA LEVIN leader whispered. “Let’s start by taking a deep breath.” I closed my exhausted eyes. A million thoughts swarmed around my mind like angry bees. “Straighten your spine,” I heard. With each exhale, the anxieties buzzing around in my head started to fade away. I could finaly hear myself think. Before that moment, I had simply never taken the time to tune in and listen. Engaging in mindfulness meditation is about cultivating a peaceful, safe space in your mind, according to Elizabeth Muzyka, a seasoned teacher of Buddhism and

build the skills they need to deal with emotional distress. Being mindful means we observe, process and deal with negative emotions in the present instead of ignoring them, she explained. “A lot of it is that we use technology for distraction,” Aisaka said. She pointed to how we often open Instagram or Facebook when we feel down, but just end up comparing ourselves to others. “We know this doesn’t help! It’s a distraction that is actually adding to our stress and not taking away from it,” Aisaka said. Still, it can be frustrating to calm a busy mind. Brianna Graffia, a junior anthropology major at SU, encountered this problem when she first started meditating. As a freshman, Graffia began attending the weekly Student Buddhist Association meditation sittings and found it difficult to quiet her thoughts. But when the meditation leader told her “it is okay to think,” she was able to let go of pressing thoughts and finally relax.

By her sophomore year, Graffia started leading meditation sessions once a week, and always started class by telling students the same piece of advice. Now that she’s a disciplined meditator, handling stress is much easier for her. “The most important takeaway that I’ve found is that there are so many little things not worth holding anger for,” Graffia said. “Don’t focus on what’s wrong. Focus on either making it right, or letting it go.” When Graffia tried taking a break from meditation during her freshman year, she realized the true power of the practice. She was immediately more stressed and frazzled, and had trouble managing her time. But once meditation was back into her routine, her ability to focus and concentrate instantly improved. “It keeps my head in the right space,” Graffia said. Although self-reflection can be intimidating at first, there are small ways you can start to channel your inner zen. Don’t worry, the reward of a clear headspace is priceless.

Being Mindful On-The-Go meditation at the Kadampa Meditation Center in Watermill, NY. “When you focus on the breath, your mind becomes still,” Muzyka said. “If you have a peaceful mind, you will be happy no matter what the external conditions are.” The hard-earned benefits of meditation, Muzyka tells her students, are developing a keen sense of self-awareness and being able to tune into your relationship with your inner-self. Kristelle Aisaka, a Mental Health Promotion Specialist at SU, explained that practicing mindfulness allows students to

Schedule in “Me Time.” Sorry, your phone is not invited! Add enjoyable activities into your schedule that require you to put your phone away and force you to slow down. Whether you are cleaning your room, doing yoga, listening to music or sketching, this daily tech-detox will help you refocus your mind. Take a Step Back. If you get caught up in a crisis, ask yourself if the worry will be significant a year from now. “Grades don’t define you,” said Lauren Shumann, a junior

architecture major at SU who practices yoga and meditation every day. “I learned to think this way through meditation. If I get a C, it’s not the end of the world.” Keep Your Eyes Up Here! That is, not down at your phone. While you’re walking around on campus, be present instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media, which clutters your mind. Look up at the open sky and appreciate your surroundings, instead of funneling all of your attention into your phone.

Four Steps to Meditating Anywhere 1. Get settled First, find a quiet place. Settle into a comfortable position, but not too comfortable. (You don’t want to fall asleep!) Sit with a relatively straight spine and relax your shoulders, advises Karen Nezelek, the meditation leader from the Zen Center of Syracuse. If you’re sitting, you may want to place two pillows under your knees for comfort. Place your right hand on top of the left, with thumbs lightly pressed or folded. 2. Count your breaths from 1 to 10 Take an inhale through the nose, and exhale through the mouth, says Nezelek. Count on the exhale. If you reach 10 without distraction, go back to one. Counting helps to distract your mind from giving into other thoughts, Nezelek says. 3. Don’t chase distracting thoughts “Wherever our shadows in life are, they will arise when we meditate,” says Gary Steinberg, a meditation instructor at Stone Mountain Meditation. Treat upsetting thoughts as if they are leaves blowing by you on the street; acknowledge them, but let them blow away. After the meditation session, you can confront the issues still bothering you. 4. Check out an app For a simple guided meditation, train your mind with a top-rated app like Headspace, Simple Habit or Calm. 10 UGirl Fall 2017


Jump, with

Skip & Smile

Amanda Kloots How this NYC celebrity trainer discovered herself through fitness. by TAYLER BRADFORD

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earing snake patterned leggings and a white tank top, Amanda Kloots, 35, dances at the front of Studio B filled with 30 women. Natural light illuminates the studio through a wall of tall windows that reveals the New York cityscape. As the music blasts and sweat drips from her blonde braided hair, Kloots leads her hour-long signature class, “The Dance,” with a smile on her face. When “The Dance” comes to a close, nearly every woman approaches Kloots with open arms and thanks her for an awesome workout. An additional 30 women are packed in a tiny waiting room outside Studio B, a workout studio owned by activewear company Bandier. As the women walk into Kloots’ other signature class, “The Rope,” they grab a jump rope and yoga mat. Keeping their water bottles nearby, they claim a spot facing one large floor-to-ceiling mirror and notice a wall adorned in gold stars behind them. All of a sudden, Kloots raises the music. She leads everyone into a warm-up that consists of jumping rope for one minute

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followed by holding a plank for one minute, repeated four times with no breaks in between. Minutes into the warm-up, everyone is drenched in sweat. “The Rope” was Kloots’ seventh workout of the day. Prior to it, she taught five private sessions and one group class. Fueled by her passion for teaching fitness, Kloots’ positive energy remained consistently strong and contagious from the time she started at 8 a.m. to the time she finished at 8:30 p.m. “Doing what you love will make you successful, because it gives you the drive and passion to keep going even when things get tough,” Kloots said. With over 37.4K followers on Instagram, Kloots streams 10-minute workout sessions Monday through Friday on Instagram Live. Jumping rope will change your body by toning your arms, sculpting your legs and lifting your butt, according to Kloots. Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, Kloots moved to NYC when she was 18 years old to attend musical theatre school at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy where she danced, sang and acted everyday. Two days

after graduation from the Academy, Kloots landed her first Broadway show, 42nd Street, and toured for 10 months. Afterwards, she became a Radio City Rockette and danced in other Broadway shows, such as The Producers, Spamalot and Young Frankenstein. After her last Broadway show closed, Kloots began to envision the rest of her life and considered having kids. However, her plans were put on hold when she went through a difficult divorce after six years of marriage. Kloots became depressed. “My Broadway show closed. I was out of a job and all alone and in my 30’s,” she said.“I thought my life was over.” Little did she know, her life was just beginning. One morning, her best friend encouraged her to teach fitness at Body By Simone in NYC, a prestigious personal training and fitness club. Kloots’ depression began to subside when she started the teaching gig that lasted four years. “I fell in love with teaching, because I was

helping people. It became my new way of performing. I loved being in front of a group, leading a big class and offering one-on-one individual help. I loved seeing people grow,” Kloots said. As Kloots’ clients grew stronger, she did too. “Getting out of bed and in front of people and working out definitely saved my life, on top of therapy and my amazing friends and family who were my support system,” she said. “Working out, being happy, smiling and helping people really helped me overcome the divorce.” During her time at Body By Simone, she started “The Rope.” As Kloots handed a jump rope to one of her clients, she thought to herself, “We’re not going to put this rope down.” Throughout the session, Kloots created strength and cardio moves on the spot only using the jump rope. By the end of the session, Kloots knew she was onto something. Within two years,“The Rope” was perfected. Until Kloots started teaching at Bandier, she was privately training clients. She passionately pitched “The Rope” to Jennifer Bandier, owner of Bandier, proving it not only burns calories, but also tones the whole body. Bandier loved the idea and had Kloots debut it in Studio B during April of 2016. With over 25 years of dance experience, Kloots created “The Dance” after “The Rope.” “When you truly believe in something, you just have to keep pursuing it until people finally catch on,” Kloots said while sitting on the hardwood floor of Studio B. “Jen was one of those people. She was my champion, and I’ll never be able to pay her back.” Kloots discovered herself through this experience. “I found myself when I started my own business,” she said. “I learned that you are stronger than you

think you are. You can work harder than you think you can. When I started to believe that, I discovered who I am and what I want.” Admiring the sunset peaking out behind NYC skyscrapers, this 5’10” confident girlboss wears a smile so big, her blue eyes begin to squint.

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Top Dorm Workouts

Get up and dance! My 40 min. dance cardio workout, “The Dance,” is a great way to burn calories, sweat and learn fun dance routines. It is also really fun to do with your girlfriends! Available at amandakloots.com

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Legs & Abs: This is for your legs and abs! Do 15 squats. On your last squat, stay down. Reach your hands out to the floor and walk them forward until your feet extend behind you so you come to a full plank. Hold the plank for 15 seconds, walk your hands back to the squat position and return to standing straight up. Do 3 sets.

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Upper & Lower Body: Grab a chair, and have a seat. Place your hands right on the edges of your chair, and slightly sit on your hands. Slide your body off the chair, so you are holding yourself up with your back to the seat of the chair. Take a tricep dip down and up for 12 reps. Now come to a standing position facing your chair. Step up with your right leg and then with your left leg to meet at the top of your chair. Come back down the same way. Repeat 8 times starting with the right leg and then 8 times starting with the left leg. Repeat from the top with tricep dips! Do 3 sets.

Amanda’s Advice “Weight loss is 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise. Don’t try to do too many things at once. We get too caught up in the mindset of ‘I’ve decided on Monday I'm going to give up alcohol, carbs, dairy, sugar, meat…’ It’s as if we put ourselves into a hole where all we can do is sit on our couch, eat egg whites and drink hot lemon water. The minute you go out to eat with your boyfriend or girlfriends and have a french fry, you feel guilty and shameful. Then you cave in and eat the whole basket of french fries. So I always tell my clients to focus on one thing at a time. If you're going to give up carbs, just give up carbs. If you're going to give up dairy, just give up dairy, which means you can eat your french fries and you can have your glass of wine. Just don’t have the cheese, and just don’t have the milk.” “When you work out, you can’t think about anything else. You have to be smart, and you have to work hard. Unless you're doing 7 workouts a day like I do, you can’t cheat. If I say touch your toes, don’t only go down half way. Get down and touch your toes! There’s no time to waste. It’s easy to think about school work or the fight you had with your boyfriend or what your plans are for that night, but you just can’t go there. If you're giving yourself the time to workout, do it. Give it 100 percent.” Favorite

Workout Songs

Glorious By Macklemore

Cut To The Feeling By Carly Rae Jepsen

Look What You Made Me Do By Taylor Swift

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Jump, with

Skip & Smile

Amanda Kloots How this NYC celebrity trainer discovered herself through fitness. by TAYLER BRADFORD

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earing snake patterned leggings and a white tank top, Amanda Kloots, 35, dances at the front of Studio B filled with 30 women. Natural light illuminates the studio through a wall of tall windows that reveals the New York cityscape. As the music blasts and sweat drips from her blonde braided hair, Kloots leads her hour-long signature class, “The Dance,” with a smile on her face. When “The Dance” comes to a close, nearly every woman approaches Kloots with open arms and thanks her for an awesome workout. An additional 30 women are packed in a tiny waiting room outside Studio B, a workout studio owned by activewear company Bandier. As the women walk into Kloots’ other signature class, “The Rope,” they grab a jump rope and yoga mat. Keeping their water bottles nearby, they claim a spot facing one large floor-to-ceiling mirror and notice a wall adorned in gold stars behind them. All of a sudden, Kloots raises the music. She leads everyone into a warm-up that consists of jumping rope for one minute

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followed by holding a plank for one minute, repeated four times with no breaks in between. Minutes into the warm-up, everyone is drenched in sweat. “The Rope” was Kloots’ seventh workout of the day. Prior to it, she taught five private sessions and one group class. Fueled by her passion for teaching fitness, Kloots’ positive energy remained consistently strong and contagious from the time she started at 8 a.m. to the time she finished at 8:30 p.m. “Doing what you love will make you successful, because it gives you the drive and passion to keep going even when things get tough,” Kloots said. With over 37.4K followers on Instagram, Kloots streams 10-minute workout sessions Monday through Friday on Instagram Live. Jumping rope will change your body by toning your arms, sculpting your legs and lifting your butt, according to Kloots. Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, Kloots moved to NYC when she was 18 years old to attend musical theatre school at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy where she danced, sang and acted everyday. Two days

after graduation from the Academy, Kloots landed her first Broadway show, 42nd Street, and toured for 10 months. Afterwards, she became a Radio City Rockette and danced in other Broadway shows, such as The Producers, Spamalot and Young Frankenstein. After her last Broadway show closed, Kloots began to envision the rest of her life and considered having kids. However, her plans were put on hold when she went through a difficult divorce after six years of marriage. Kloots became depressed. “My Broadway show closed. I was out of a job and all alone and in my 30’s,” she said.“I thought my life was over.” Little did she know, her life was just beginning. One morning, her best friend encouraged her to teach fitness at Body By Simone in NYC, a prestigious personal training and fitness club. Kloots’ depression began to subside when she started the teaching gig that lasted four years. “I fell in love with teaching, because I was

helping people. It became my new way of performing. I loved being in front of a group, leading a big class and offering one-on-one individual help. I loved seeing people grow,” Kloots said. As Kloots’ clients grew stronger, she did too. “Getting out of bed and in front of people and working out definitely saved my life, on top of therapy and my amazing friends and family who were my support system,” she said. “Working out, being happy, smiling and helping people really helped me overcome the divorce.” During her time at Body By Simone, she started “The Rope.” As Kloots handed a jump rope to one of her clients, she thought to herself, “We’re not going to put this rope down.” Throughout the session, Kloots created strength and cardio moves on the spot only using the jump rope. By the end of the session, Kloots knew she was onto something. Within two years,“The Rope” was perfected. Until Kloots started teaching at Bandier, she was privately training clients. She passionately pitched “The Rope” to Jennifer Bandier, owner of Bandier, proving it not only burns calories, but also tones the whole body. Bandier loved the idea and had Kloots debut it in Studio B during April of 2016. With over 25 years of dance experience, Kloots created “The Dance” after “The Rope.” “When you truly believe in something, you just have to keep pursuing it until people finally catch on,” Kloots said while sitting on the hardwood floor of Studio B. “Jen was one of those people. She was my champion, and I’ll never be able to pay her back.” Kloots discovered herself through this experience. “I found myself when I started my own business,” she said. “I learned that you are stronger than you

think you are. You can work harder than you think you can. When I started to believe that, I discovered who I am and what I want.” Admiring the sunset peaking out behind NYC skyscrapers, this 5’10” confident girlboss wears a smile so big, her blue eyes begin to squint.

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Top Dorm Workouts

Get up and dance! My 40 min. dance cardio workout, “The Dance,” is a great way to burn calories, sweat and learn fun dance routines. It is also really fun to do with your girlfriends! Available at amandakloots.com

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Legs & Abs: This is for your legs and abs! Do 15 squats. On your last squat, stay down. Reach your hands out to the floor and walk them forward until your feet extend behind you so you come to a full plank. Hold the plank for 15 seconds, walk your hands back to the squat position and return to standing straight up. Do 3 sets.

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Upper & Lower Body: Grab a chair, and have a seat. Place your hands right on the edges of your chair, and slightly sit on your hands. Slide your body off the chair, so you are holding yourself up with your back to the seat of the chair. Take a tricep dip down and up for 12 reps. Now come to a standing position facing your chair. Step up with your right leg and then with your left leg to meet at the top of your chair. Come back down the same way. Repeat 8 times starting with the right leg and then 8 times starting with the left leg. Repeat from the top with tricep dips! Do 3 sets.

Amanda’s Advice “Weight loss is 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise. Don’t try to do too many things at once. We get too caught up in the mindset of ‘I’ve decided on Monday I'm going to give up alcohol, carbs, dairy, sugar, meat…’ It’s as if we put ourselves into a hole where all we can do is sit on our couch, eat egg whites and drink hot lemon water. The minute you go out to eat with your boyfriend or girlfriends and have a french fry, you feel guilty and shameful. Then you cave in and eat the whole basket of french fries. So I always tell my clients to focus on one thing at a time. If you're going to give up carbs, just give up carbs. If you're going to give up dairy, just give up dairy, which means you can eat your french fries and you can have your glass of wine. Just don’t have the cheese, and just don’t have the milk.” “When you work out, you can’t think about anything else. You have to be smart, and you have to work hard. Unless you're doing 7 workouts a day like I do, you can’t cheat. If I say touch your toes, don’t only go down half way. Get down and touch your toes! There’s no time to waste. It’s easy to think about school work or the fight you had with your boyfriend or what your plans are for that night, but you just can’t go there. If you're giving yourself the time to workout, do it. Give it 100 percent.” Favorite

Workout Songs

Glorious By Macklemore

Cut To The Feeling By Carly Rae Jepsen

Look What You Made Me Do By Taylor Swift

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Brunch of Champions

Classic Avocado Toast Serves 2 Cook Time: 10 min

Even when you’re hungover, you can still go for the gold. by SARI KAMP

Instructions

Ingredients

photography by CATHY DOHERTY

1. 2 slices of multigrain bread 2. 1 ripe avocado 3. Half a lemon 4. ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes

You wake up on Sunday morning ready for a huge cup of coffee and one – make that two – Advil. Normally, you groggily throw some frozen waffles into the toaster or if you’re feeling crazy, you fry up an egg or two. Wish you could recreate a fabulous SoHo brunch in your tiny off-campus apartment instead? With these tips and tricks from our UGirl chef, you’ll be whipping up a feast for yourself and whoever ended up crashing at your place in no time.

Serves 2 Cook Time: 30 min

5. Salt and pepper

1. Combine the flesh of the avocado with the lemon juice in a bowl. Mash with a fork until smooth with few large avocado chunks. 2. Toast bread until golden brown. 3. Top each piece of toast with half of the avocado mixture. 4. 4. Sprinkle Sprinkle salt salt and and red red pepper pepper flakes. flakes.

Orange Scented Chocolate Chunk Pancakes

Ingredients 1. Zest of one orange (use a microplane or the smallest holes of a box grater) 2. 2 tablespoons of orange juice 3. 1 cup of store-bought pancake mix 4. ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chunks 5. Butter or non-stick spray 6. Powdered sugar and maple syrup for serving

UGirl Tips 1. Don’t be afraid to use pre-made mixes. They save you money and time! 2. Fry your eggs in olive oil, not butter. Not only does olive oil give you perfectly brown, lacey, crispy edges that tastes just as good as ones made with butter, but it also has heart-healthy benefits.

Instructions

Serves 2 Cook Time: about 10 min Ingredients 1. 2 frozen bananas 2. 2 cups strawberries 3. 2 cups raspberries 4. 2 cups almond milk 5. 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional but great for an extra boost!) Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Add more milk if too thick thick or or ice ice if if too too thin. thin.

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The UGirl Smoothie

1. Prepare pancake mix per directions. Whisk until there are no more lumps in the batter. 2. Use a mircoplane or the smallest holes of a box grater to create tiny curls of the orange part of the peel of one orange. Then, squeeze the juice out of the orange and measure out two tablespoons. Add orange zest and juice into the batter and whisk until combined. 3. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a small pat of butter or cover with spray. Pour half a cup of batter once the pan is hot. Sprinkle with chocolate chunks. 5. Once bubbles form around the edge, flip the pancake. Cook for 30 more seconds. 6. Repeat until all of the batter and chocolate chunks are gone. Serve with powdered sugar and maple syrup.

Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs

Serves 2 Cook Time: 30 min Ingredients 1. 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes 2. ½ yellow onion, diced 3. ½ red bell pepper, diced 4. ½ yellow bell pepper, diced 5. 1 teaspoon paprika 6. 1 teaspoon garlic powder 7. ¼ teaspoon chili powder 8. Salt and pepper 9. 4 eggs 10. 4 tablespoons olive oil

Sweet Potato Hash 1. Heat a big (12-inches or bigger) skillet over medium heat. 2. Put your sweet potato chunks in a microwaveable bowl and pour in 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave for 4 minutes or until potatoes are soft. If there is excess water, drain it out. 3. Add a drizzle of olive oil onto the skillet and let it get warm. Add in onion and peppers and sauté until the onion is translucent and soft. 4. Move the onion and peppers into a bowl. Put the sweet potatoes into the pan. 5. Turn the heat to medium-high and sprinkle in all spices. Thoroughly mix the spices into the sweet potatoes. 5. Move the potatoes around so all sides get browned. 7. When the potatoes are browned and crunchy, add the onions and peppers back into the pan to combine. Heat the potato

mixture for one minute and then turn off the stove. Split the potato hash mixture between two plates or bowls. Top each with two olive oil fried eggs. Olive Oil Fried Eggs 1. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the pan. Heat the pan to medium-high. 2. When the oil begins to simmer (about 30 seconds), crack 1 egg into it. The egg will begin to bubble around the edges and you will hear crackling. 3. Once the egg has begun cooking, spoon some of the excess oil over the top, specifically the egg white, to make sure it is cooking. 4. Once the egg white is completely opaque and the bottom is brown and crunchy, take the egg out. 5. Repeat with three more eggs. 14 UGirl Fall 2017


Brunch of Champions

Classic Avocado Toast Serves 2 Cook Time: 10 min

Even when you’re hungover, you can still go for the gold. by SARI KAMP

Instructions

Ingredients

photography by CATHY DOHERTY

1. 2 slices of multigrain bread 2. 1 ripe avocado 3. Half a lemon 4. ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes

You wake up on Sunday morning ready for a huge cup of coffee and one – make that two – Advil. Normally, you groggily throw some frozen waffles into the toaster or if you’re feeling crazy, you fry up an egg or two. Wish you could recreate a fabulous SoHo brunch in your tiny off-campus apartment instead? With these tips and tricks from our UGirl chef, you’ll be whipping up a feast for yourself and whoever ended up crashing at your place in no time.

Serves 2 Cook Time: 30 min

5. Salt and pepper

1. Combine the flesh of the avocado with the lemon juice in a bowl. Mash with a fork until smooth with few large avocado chunks. 2. Toast bread until golden brown. 3. Top each piece of toast with half of the avocado mixture. 4. 4. Sprinkle Sprinkle salt salt and and red red pepper pepper flakes. flakes.

Orange Scented Chocolate Chunk Pancakes

Ingredients 1. Zest of one orange (use a microplane or the smallest holes of a box grater) 2. 2 tablespoons of orange juice 3. 1 cup of store-bought pancake mix 4. ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chunks 5. Butter or non-stick spray 6. Powdered sugar and maple syrup for serving

UGirl Tips 1. Don’t be afraid to use pre-made mixes. They save you money and time! 2. Fry your eggs in olive oil, not butter. Not only does olive oil give you perfectly brown, lacey, crispy edges that tastes just as good as ones made with butter, but it also has heart-healthy benefits.

Instructions

Serves 2 Cook Time: about 10 min Ingredients 1. 2 frozen bananas 2. 2 cups strawberries 3. 2 cups raspberries 4. 2 cups almond milk 5. 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional but great for an extra boost!) Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Add more milk if too thick thick or or ice ice if if too too thin. thin.

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The UGirl Smoothie

1. Prepare pancake mix per directions. Whisk until there are no more lumps in the batter. 2. Use a mircoplane or the smallest holes of a box grater to create tiny curls of the orange part of the peel of one orange. Then, squeeze the juice out of the orange and measure out two tablespoons. Add orange zest and juice into the batter and whisk until combined. 3. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a small pat of butter or cover with spray. Pour half a cup of batter once the pan is hot. Sprinkle with chocolate chunks. 5. Once bubbles form around the edge, flip the pancake. Cook for 30 more seconds. 6. Repeat until all of the batter and chocolate chunks are gone. Serve with powdered sugar and maple syrup.

Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs

Serves 2 Cook Time: 30 min Ingredients 1. 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes 2. ½ yellow onion, diced 3. ½ red bell pepper, diced 4. ½ yellow bell pepper, diced 5. 1 teaspoon paprika 6. 1 teaspoon garlic powder 7. ¼ teaspoon chili powder 8. Salt and pepper 9. 4 eggs 10. 4 tablespoons olive oil

Sweet Potato Hash 1. Heat a big (12-inches or bigger) skillet over medium heat. 2. Put your sweet potato chunks in a microwaveable bowl and pour in 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave for 4 minutes or until potatoes are soft. If there is excess water, drain it out. 3. Add a drizzle of olive oil onto the skillet and let it get warm. Add in onion and peppers and sauté until the onion is translucent and soft. 4. Move the onion and peppers into a bowl. Put the sweet potatoes into the pan. 5. Turn the heat to medium-high and sprinkle in all spices. Thoroughly mix the spices into the sweet potatoes. 5. Move the potatoes around so all sides get browned. 7. When the potatoes are browned and crunchy, add the onions and peppers back into the pan to combine. Heat the potato

mixture for one minute and then turn off the stove. Split the potato hash mixture between two plates or bowls. Top each with two olive oil fried eggs. Olive Oil Fried Eggs 1. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the pan. Heat the pan to medium-high. 2. When the oil begins to simmer (about 30 seconds), crack 1 egg into it. The egg will begin to bubble around the edges and you will hear crackling. 3. Once the egg has begun cooking, spoon some of the excess oil over the top, specifically the egg white, to make sure it is cooking. 4. Once the egg white is completely opaque and the bottom is brown and crunchy, take the egg out. 5. Repeat with three more eggs. 14 UGirl Fall 2017


COLLEGE LIFE

Secrets for Success

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We’re spilling 8 habits of highly effective girl bosses. by VIVIAN CHENG

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INVEST IN BEAUTY REST

WAKE UP EARLY

“I get up at 7 a.m. everyday, and I love it. I wake up with the sun. My morning routine is really important to me. It sets me up for my day. Also, being able to go through emails in the morning and having that time for myself is really important.” -Olivia Perez, Instagram Influencer and Founder of Friend of a Friend

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MAKE A FASHION STATEMENT

“I value expressing myself through the way I dress. I was surrounded by too many of the same people with the same looks and the same clothes, and I got really tired of it. I found enjoyment in styling myself and other people differently, so I learned to value that. It is important to stand out of the crowd, especially if you want to make it in the real world. No one makes it by being boring. You make it by standing out.” -Mollie Crandell, Contributor at Galore Magazine

“...if you can’t relax and have a little fun in life, then what’s the point?” 15 UGirl Fall 2017

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HAVE A POSITIVE MINDSET

“I think the habit that helps me as a person is positivity. I could be having the craziest or worst day ever, but I always try to think of one good thing that happened to me that day, or even that week, and it always makes me feel better. Stress is hard, but finding positives in your day can make al the difference.” -Katie Dills, Founder and President of CHAARG at SU

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DO THINGS YOU ENJOY

“No matter what, I always make sure to have fun while I’m getting my work done. Or I save some time to do things I enjoy because if you can’t relax and have a little fun in life, then what’s the point?” -Sydney Kennedy, President of Habitat for Humanity at SU

“I always make sure to get enough sleep! I sleep for 7-8 hours a night. Sleep is so important for your physical and mental health.” -Amanda Kloots, Fitness Trainer and Creator of The Rope and The Dance

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KEEP A SUPPORT SYSTEM

“I have surrounded myself with some truly incredible people who have my back. They calm me down and they build me up. Whether it’s 8 a.m., 2 p.m., 11 p.m. or 4 a.m., they are always there for me and will drop what they are doing and come to my side. They are why I am able to succeed and take advantage of every opportunity.” -Nikki Cullinan, President and Director of Danceworks at SU

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MAKE TO-DO LISTS

“I make to-do lists everyday in my agenda, on looseleaf paper and on a whiteboard in my room. I organize them by class, the magazine and miscellaneous things. Because my schedule tends to get crazy and distracting, I rely on my to-do lists to keep track of what I have to accomplish. Creating to-do lists helps me stay on top of everything, and is the reason I am so organized.” -Tayler Bradford, Editorin-Chief of University Girl

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PLAN LIKE YOU MEAN IT

“Having everything written down in my digital planner saves my life. I include my weekly classes, gym time, and even sometimes I block out a few hours to nap. As soon as I make a plan I write it down, and the calendar on my computer connects to the one on my phone and Facebook so I never miss out on anything.” -Sarah Grosz, President of Entrepreneurship Club at SU


Survival Guide to Syracuse Winters Conquer this winter one snowfall at a time. by EMMA CASLOWITZ Watery eyes, smudged mascara and a wind-burnt face is pretty typical in Syracuse. But don’t fret! Kick winter’s ass with these winter-fighting essentials.

Pom-Pom Hats Walking to class when it’s below freezing and windy is the absolute worst. Invest in a super cute pompom hat to keep your hair somewhat intact and your ears warm during freezing gusts of winds. Most heat is lost through your head and feet. What better excuse do you need to wear a trendy hat?

Fuzzy Socks Slide these bad boys onto your feet for guaranteed warmth during the coldest days. If you are recovering from a hangover or just heading to Bird, fuzzy socks will always have your back. Head to Target, and stock up for the season!

Boozy Hot Cocoa

Candles

Whether you decide to go out or stay in with your besties, boozy hot cocoa is the way to go. With the addition of two shots Bailey’s Irish Cream or Peppermint Schnapps to a classic hot chocolate recipe, this winter drink has never tasted better.

Put the Febreeze to rest and grab your favorite scented candle to get your room into the holiday spirit. Our favorite candle fragrances are “Evergreen,” “Cinnamon Caramel Swirl” and “Marshmallow Fireside.” Not only will candles keep your room toasty, but they will also make your room smell like heaven!

Flannel Sheets Your pre-class naps have never looked better. With a cozy set of flannel sheets, you’ll never want to leave your bed! Search for a cute pattern to get into the holiday spirit. Flannel sheets are a total life changer. You might be tempted to use them year-round!

Frackets Headed out on Thirsty Thursday in the freezing cold? Don’t forget to grab your fracket on the way out! A fracket, otherwise known as a “frat-jacket,” is a sweatshirt or zip-up you do not care about. So if you lose it or get a drink spilled on you, it’s no big deal. Perfect for keeping you warm on the walk to bars and frats, frackets can be stashed in sneaky hiding spots, but remember to grab it before you leave!

Face Masks As a busy UGirl, you may not always have the time to apply a face mask. However, the Syracuse weather can cause major damage to your skin. Face masks in the winter are vital. Accompany your next Netflix binge with your favorite hydrating face mask to fight dry skin. Always moisturize after you remove the mask. 16 UGirl Fall 2017


Global UGirls Beyond the bubble of Syracuse University’s campus, there is a whole travel across the globe to study abroad. With a hundred programs marks on this world. Check out the stories of UGirls’

world out there. Literally. Every semester, hundreds of students spanning across 60 countries, the students of SU have left their experiences abroad. by SABRINA GOLDBERGER

Los Angeles, California Molly Matalon, Senior Television/Radio/Film Florence, Italy Cathy Doherty, Junior Art Photography

“Parking in LA is a nightmare. Don’t pay attention to the street signs.”

“Tinder is way better in Europe, because the guys are more interested in taking you out on a nice date first, rather than just hooking up.”

Hong Kong, China Monica Meas, Senior Economics, International Relations

“It sounds corny, but [abroad] taught me that it’s okay to be me. Nothing really teaches you more about yourself than having to be by yourself.”

London, England Jacqueline Page, Senior International Relations, Television/Radio/Film

New York City, New York Anjani Iman, Junior Broadcast/Digital Journalism, Information Management & Technology

“Traveling gives you the freedom to learn about yourself – I don’t need to constantly be surrounded by friends to have an amazing time.”

Prague, Czech Republic Sarah Komjathy, Senior Film

“Even though I am a really independent person, it’s very true that living in the city can get lonely, so I’m grateful for my friends in the program.”

“Americans are willing to walk into any situation and be like, ‘What’s up?’ really casually, but Czechs only ask that if they actually want to know.”

Cape Town, South Africa Sydni Brecher, Senior Advertising

“I think adjusting to abroad was all about living as the locals would – navigating the city, and not standing out as a stereotypical American in Cape Town.” 17 UGirl Fall 2017

Sydney, Australia Amanda Ippolito, Senior Advertising

“I grew up more during my abroad semester than I did during the entire year before. It’s cheesy, but [going abroad] was like taking a breath of fresh air.”

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Global UGirls Beyond the bubble of Syracuse University’s campus, there is a whole travel across the globe to study abroad. With a hundred programs marks on this world. Check out the stories of UGirls’

world out there. Literally. Every semester, hundreds of students spanning across 60 countries, the students of SU have left their experiences abroad. by SABRINA GOLDBERGER

Los Angeles, California Molly Matalon, Senior Television/Radio/Film Florence, Italy Cathy Doherty, Junior Art Photography

“Parking in LA is a nightmare. Don’t pay attention to the street signs.”

“Tinder is way better in Europe, because the guys are more interested in taking you out on a nice date first, rather than just hooking up.”

Hong Kong, China Monica Meas, Senior Economics, International Relations

“It sounds corny, but [abroad] taught me that it’s okay to be me. Nothing really teaches you more about yourself than having to be by yourself.”

London, England Jacqueline Page, Senior International Relations, Television/Radio/Film

New York City, New York Anjani Iman, Junior Broadcast/Digital Journalism, Information Management & Technology

“Traveling gives you the freedom to learn about yourself – I don’t need to constantly be surrounded by friends to have an amazing time.”

Prague, Czech Republic Sarah Komjathy, Senior Film

“Even though I am a really independent person, it’s very true that living in the city can get lonely, so I’m grateful for my friends in the program.”

“Americans are willing to walk into any situation and be like, ‘What’s up?’ really casually, but Czechs only ask that if they actually want to know.”

Cape Town, South Africa Sydni Brecher, Senior Advertising

“I think adjusting to abroad was all about living as the locals would – navigating the city, and not standing out as a stereotypical American in Cape Town.” 17 UGirl Fall 2017

Sydney, Australia Amanda Ippolito, Senior Advertising

“I grew up more during my abroad semester than I did during the entire year before. It’s cheesy, but [going abroad] was like taking a breath of fresh air.”

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FEATURES

TEXTURIZE IT! Mix edgy and delicate elements to stay on trend this holiday season. photography by TAYLER BRADFORD

Jacket: Mixology, $124 Top: Mixology, $48 Bottoms: Leggings from Guess Shoes: Archive shoes, $298

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FEATURES

TEXTURIZE IT! Mix edgy and delicate elements to stay on trend this holiday season. photography by TAYLER BRADFORD

Jacket: Mixology, $124 Top: Mixology, $48 Bottoms: Leggings from Guess Shoes: Archive shoes, $298

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Jacket: Mixology, $185 Top: Urban Outfitters, $39 Bottoms: Zara, $40 Shoes: Steve Madden, $180

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Jacket: Mixology, $185 Top: Urban Outfitters, $39 Bottoms: Zara, $40 Shoes: Steve Madden, $180

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Top: Mixology, $58 Bottoms: Mixology, $108 Shoes: Free People, $198

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Top: Mixology, $58 Bottoms: Mixology, $108 Shoes: Free People, $198

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Top: Urban Outfitters, $39 Bottoms: Mixology, $88 Shoes: Vienty, $35

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Top: Urban Outfitters, $39 Bottoms: Mixology, $88 Shoes: Vienty, $35

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Mittens: Mixology, $70 Overalls: Mixology, $88 Top: H&M, $35 Shoes: Steve Madden, $90

Models left to right: Amie Bayardelle, Taylor Williams, Margot De Riemer, Ebhani Alexandria, Sophia Jactel

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Mittens: Mixology, $70 Overalls: Mixology, $88 Top: H&M, $35 Shoes: Steve Madden, $90

Models left to right: Amie Bayardelle, Taylor Williams, Margot De Riemer, Ebhani Alexandria, Sophia Jactel

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Set the Models left to right: Sarah Hamilton, Sophie Akal, Kayla Marquez, Kaitlyn Vincent


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e Tone Because beauty comes in all shades. by CHLOE GREENWALD photography by ISABELLA ABITBOUL 30 UGirl Fall 2017


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n a typical Friday morning, four Syracuse UGirl models enter the Schine Student Center. Instead of turning left to pick up their usual Dunkin order, they turn right into the Syracuse University Bookstore. Tucked in the back corner of the bookstore, in between tailgating apparel and dorm room essentials, sits the Clinique beauty kiosk. Kayla Marquez, a senior information management and technology major, sits on the white stool next to the makeup counter waiting for the Clinique makeup artist to begin color matching her foundation. With over 15 types of foundation ranging in 30 different shades, Clinique provides makeup for every skin tone. After the makeup artist carefully studied Marquez’s bare face, she grabbed two different shades of the Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer to achieve the optimal shade for Marquez’s deep skin tone. Twisting off the applicators, the makeup artist dabbed both foundations onto the back of her left hand. Then she used a standard foundation brush to blend the foundations and apply the mixture all over Marquez’s face in precise motions. The makeup artist lightly rubbed three dots of the Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup onto Marquez’s cheeks and forehead for a dewy finish. The Cheek Pop Blush and a tinted brow gel added a subtle vibrancy to the look. “I think that mixing the two shades helped blend the undertones I have in my skin,” Marquez said. Because facial skin tends to be a lighter shade than the rest of the body, the makeup artist stressed the importance of finding a shade of foundation in between your neck and face tone. “When she tested out different shades, she swatched them on my lower jawline with her finger, rather than on my cheek, to get a better idea of what would look most natural,” said Sophie Akal, a sophomore biochemistry major. “I had never considered doing that before, so I thought it was interesting and made sense.” To ensure you are buying the right shade of foundation, YouTube beauty guru and businesswoman Michelle Phan recommends starting by determining your undertone. She said, “study your veins: If they are blue, your undertones are cool. If your veins have a greener tint, it is because your warm undertone makes the [skin] color look warmer. Do you have both colors, or veins that appear in between? You may have a neutral undertone.” Once you discover your undertone, you can go on to determine the shade of your skin tone. Then comes the best part: foundation shopping. With a wide range of foundations to chose from, the makeup artist selected Clinique’s Even Better Glow Tinted Foundation for Akal. The makeup artist applied the product to Akal’s whole face with a foundation brush and a gentle hand to achieve light coverage. She followed up with the All

About Eyes Concealer to cover dark undereye circles and blemishes. The makeup artist then swept a berry-colored Cheek Pop Blush along Akal’s cheeks. She complemented the blush with the Up-lighting Liquid Illuminator, a goldentoned highlighter cream, on the high points of Akal’s cheekbones. “It’s always funny when someone else does your makeup because there are little details that they catch. So it was kind of interesting seeing someone else’s take on my own skin,” said Sarah Hamilton, a senior communications and rhetorical studies major. For initial spot treatment, the makeup artist used the Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer on Hamilton. Clinique’s Superbalanced Silk Makeup, a medium coverage foundation, gave her fair skin complexion a satin finish. To complete the look, a neutraltoned liquid highlighter was brushed on the high points of Hamilton’s face for a natural glow. Similarly, Kaitlyn Vincent, a senior television, radio and film major, was left with a satin finish when wearing the Superbalanced Makeup foundation. “I always thought [Clinique’s] makeup was on the heavier side, and I was surprised to learn that it was lighter and breathable as opposed to being super cakey,” Vincent commented. Clinique is setting an example of inclusivity with its products, and other brands are beginning to follow suit. For example, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna features 40 shades of foundation that cater to all skin tones. CoverGirl and Maybelline are embracing inclusivity by using male spokespeople to represent their brands. “I don’t think enough makeup companies pay attention to shade range as much as they should, and not many of them consider the different undertones people may have,” Akal said. These four UGirls found their perfect shades, and with inclusion growing within the beauty industry, so can everyone. 32 UGirl Fall 2017


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ULTIMATE Friend of a Friend

Rising “it” girl Olivia Perez shares her journey from student to powerhouse professional by KATIE INTNER

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earing a Club Monaco jacket, Peter Som skirt and black pumps, Olivia Perez sprinted from Washington Square Park to Times Square after her last class of the day. Instead of strolling to her next class like her New York University peers, Perez ran to her internship at Teen Vogue. This was a typical day for Olivia Perez, or as her friends call her, Liv. “My fondest memories of freshman year are of me wearing heels in an outfit that no one should ever be wearing to class,” said Perez, 23. “I was just waking up and wearing what I felt, even if that meant wearing heels in the snow.” Perez describes her style as “a mix between LA and New York.” Because she had to wear a school uniform at her college prep high school, Perez never had to dress herself prior to college. Dressing herself when she started college was a big adjustment. “I really experimented with fashion my freshman year,” Perez said. “I wore anything and everything I thought was cool.” The Los Angeles native left her parents and four sisters on the West coast and joined the Big Apple to study fashion, journalism, psychology and minor in business at NYU’s Gallatin School in 2012. During her fresh-

photography by LAUREN DESBERG

man year, Perez juggled a triple major and an internship at Teen Vogue in the entertainment department. “I was in the halls of Teen Vogue with some of the most incredible women,” Perez said. “Being in a female dominant environment was extremely important to me at that age.”

"College is the best time to go after your passions, because you have nothing to lose." After completing her dream internship at Teen Vogue, Perez landed internships at Hermès as a public relations intern and Ryan Seacrest’s Production in LA as an online editorial intern. She also interned at Glossier, a rapidly growing beauty startup. “All of my time at college was a molding experience to get me where I am now and has allowed me to run my website from multiple different verticals and philosophies,” Perez said. With over two years of internships under her belt, Perez felt well-equipped to build something of her own. “I truly believe if you want to try something, just do it. College is the best time to go after your passions, because you have nothing

to lose,” Perez said. “Especially with social media at the time, people started to build their brands at a really young age. That lit a fire for me. I wanted something that I could own. I wanted my voice to be heard.” She transitioned from a student and intern to an influencer the summer before her senior year. In May of 2015, Perez launched a website called Friend of a Friend with Gigi Hadid as the main guest editor. “I wanted to create a platform to talk about moments that people are afraid to talk about normally,” Perez said. It took Perez and her small team of 10 student writers six months to curate content and get the website up and running. The morning after the Friend of a Friend launch, Perez realized her college side-business could turn into a full-time business. “I remember that next morning I was very hungover because I had a party the night before,” Perez said as she laughed. “I was sitting in bed, and my email was just flooded with people wanting to share their stories. That was really the kick off point for me.” When Perez graduated NYU in 2016, she decided to take a break from Friend of a Friend. For the next year, she contributed to Forbes.com and ran fashion partnerships for Spring, a retail shopping app. “When 34 UGirl Fall 2017


you’re starting your own brand, you feel all this pressure from people to constantly produce something,” Perez said. “At the end of the day, I’m 23 years old. I’m really fortunate that my followers let me be young and figure myself out. I wanted a break, and I needed a break. I think everyone deserves one.” After graduation, Perez began adding designers and celebrities to her circle. Perez has attended six fashion weeks to date. She vividly remembers her first New York Fashion Week party. “I was wearing my mom’s Stella McCartney top with jeans and green Proenza Schouler bag. I was with my three best girlfriends from LA, and we were so excited to be at a fashion week party. I was so out of place,” Perez said, “but just so thrilled by every single thing around me. That was when I knew I wanted to be in that industry in some way." Perez is now embedded as an influencer in the fashion industry. Since launching Friend of a Friend, Perez has partnered with brands such as Topshop and Chanel. She sits front row at some of the most exclusive fashion shows, including Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2017 Paris Fashion Week show. “I mean, it was a dream. Chanel literally built a man-made ravine, with rocks and waterfalls,” Perez said. “I’m grateful to have been there. It was mind-blowing to be in that room. I felt proud to be there and to be surrounded by the people who have shaped my career from an inspiration standpoint.” In the midst of fashion shows and partnerships, Perez has been preparing for the relaunch of Friend of a Friend 35 UGirl Fall 2017

for the last several months. “I love the saying ‘friend of a friend.’ It’s really trusting, and it builds this extending community,” Perez said. “I want you guys to come onto the site and literally feel like you’re sitting in the room with me. At the end of the day, you could be a super famous model or a student at school, but everyone wants to experience the world. That’s something we all mutually share.” As Perez sits and stirs the straw of her almond milk latté in the quaint SIXTY SoHo Hotel restaurant, she reflects on her college experience. “I haven’t discovered myself, and I hope I never do,” Perez said. “I think there is something so cool about spending your life figuring out who you are. I know who I am, what’s important to me and what I want, but I think I want to be forever evolving as a human. Changing is a part of life.”

Q&A with

Olivia Perez Q: What is your favorite winter accessory? A: “A good coat. Just give me a shearling or a teddy bear coat. I have an entire closet with only coats. I also love statement jacket.”

Q: What is on your Netflix Que right now? A: “I can’t stop watching 'Scandal.' Like ever. I feel like I have this weird connection to 'Scandal,' because the main character's name is Olivia. So if I close my eyes, they’re like talking to me.”

Q: What is one fashion trend you love? A: “I think if it's something you love, and something you can pull off, by all means, go for it. Plaid is back right now. I love it. I've also seen so much red and pink.”

Q: Coffee order? A: "Almond milk latté or matcha. I go to Everyman Expresso on 13th Street."

Q: New Year's Eve Outfit? A: "Anything and everything sparkly."

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in NYC? A: “Bar Pitti is the spot I go to with all my friends. It’s my 'Sex and the City' café where I can get pasta and glass of wine and be so happy and feel at home.”


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Build a Knockout Mind, Body, and Soul Feel the burn on the inside and out.

by KATHRYN PIRZADEH photography by NATALIE BRIGHAM


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television radio and film major at SU. Even hirteen Syracuse University girls though Lipstone had nine years of martial walk into a large kickboxing studio in arts experience prior to attending her first Syracuse, NY filled with 24 towering kickboxing class, was still intimidated. experience prior she to attending her first black punching bags that sit on a bright red Despite the intimidation, Lipstone persekickboxing class, she was still intimidated. mat. Each girl removes her shoes and socks vered. She felt empowered after her Lipstone extremely enjoyed her firstfirst class and slips her hands into a pair of black kickclassplans and plans to continue taking classes and to continue taking classes next boxing gloves. Wearing chic workout leggings next semester. semester. and sports bras, the girls are armoured for a While it can be a little intimidating at workout they have never tried before. first, kickboxing makes girls feel more Brian Bellucci, 31, the lead instructor of powerful in the real world. This applies to the class at Burn Kickboxing, raises the both members and instructors. In an attempt upbeat music and instructs the group to to overcome her depression, Jessica punch the bag with their left fist twice. After Underwood, 30, completed Burn’s 90-day completing the double jab left, the girls are challenge. After taking 90, hour-long told to keep their arms up in front of their kickboxing classes, Underwood lost 30 faces to practice self defense. pounds and 10 inches off of her waist. “When I first entered Burn, I didn’t know “Kickboxing is important to me because it what to expect because I had never changed my life,” Underwood said, “It was experienced kickboxing before. But, there was what I needed to jumpstart and refocus so much encouragement and support in the myself. I was able to totally revamp my life room. I felt like I wasn’t alone,” said Chandler once I started with it.” Dewgard, a freshman broadcast and digital One month after journalism major at SU. completing the Dewgard was one of the “Kickboxing has become my challenge, Underwood 13 girls who participated in the outlet where I can get rid of all my was offered a training class. negative energy. I feel so much position at Burn. Kickboxing taught her Kickboxing targets stronger and confident now.” an important lesson. every muscle group and “No one is going to hold sculpts the body. On your hand and walk you average, one through this life. It is going to be hard. It is hour-long kickboxing class burns up to 700 up to you to believe in yourself and have faith calories, according to Harvard Health in yourself. You are good enough and can do Publications. But, this sport does much more anything if you want it bad enough. Always than simply change your body. It also believe that, ” Underwood said. With instructransforms your mind and soul. “My mind tors continuously motivating you in each is more at ease throughout the day because class, you will want to keep going even when kickboxing has become my outlet where I you feel the burn and want to stop. can get rid of all my negative energy. I feel so After attending one class, Dewgard and much stronger and confident now,” Dewgard all of the other 13 girls craved more. As the said. girls walk out of the class, they know they are After attending five classes, going to be sore the next morning. More Dewgard quickly saw improvements in her importantly, they know they are a part of a balance, flexibility, strength, endurance and community of people who constantly strive mentality. “I feel like I can now do things with to be better versions of themselves. my body that I didn’t know I could do. I can kick higher and I can punch harder and even do push ups, which I couldn’t do before,” Dewgard said. About 90 percent of Burn Kickboxing attendees are female and only 10 percent are male, according to Belluci. “Kickboxing is typically viewed as a male-dominated hobby, so it was nice to walk into a class full of women,” said Emma Lipstone, a junior

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Nina Bridges Nakira Christmas

For our inaugural issue - devoted to self discovery we are defining what it means to be a UGirl. Sixteen Syracuse University students chose one word that represents who they are and what makes them stand out.

photography by: by CATHY DOHERTY Cathy Doherty Hannah Ingalls

Hanna Benavides

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Monica Nowicki

Krysta Gnidziejko, Linda Bamba

Anya Patel

Alyssa Corona

Kerry Phelan

Danielle Bitar

Ashley Pil

Connie Yi

Olivia Mance, Anna Ryan

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Hookups from Hell “

One night when I was in high school, I had a few too many Mike’s Hard Lemonades. I went upstairs with this mega popular senior, and we started making out on the frame of a bed without a mattress. Super romantic. Things got hot and heavy. He started biting my nipples, but he was biting down so hard that I was worried I would lose them altogether. I started to give him head, and he shoved my head down so hard that I puked. Twice. I just swallowed it

and kept going, until I got a bloody nose all over him and myself. Afterwards, it

hurt to put my bloody bra back on. ” Nosebleed Nancy Sophomore

This really hot guy slid into my DM’s over the summer. We started to Snapchat, and we even talked about hanging out once we got back to school. We finally hung out when the semester started. We started to hook up, and he took off his Tommy Hilfiger underwear.

My eyes widened, and my jaw dropped. I had never seen a d*** that big. He

said “It’ll be ok,” and we had sex. It was not ok.” RIP Rachel Junior

I was a freshman, and this football player DM’d me. We started texting 24/7 for a couple of weeks. One night, we met up after going out and hooked up. In the middle of hooking up,

Sophomore year I had a DFMO (dancefloor makeout) at Lucy’s with a 290 pound, 6’4” guy. I went home with the him only to discover he had a four inch d***. Needless to say, I was unsatisfied. So I asked him to drive me “home.” Little did he know that “home” was actually his best friend’s apartment. Let’s just say I ended up satisfied.” Blackout Britney Junior

he suspiciously got a leg cramp and said he had to go.

A week or two later, I was looking him up on Facebook, and I found out he had a girlfriend. I knew his leg cramp was shady when it happened. A week after that, my friend showed me his “girlfriend’s” Instagram account. Her last name on the account was the same last name as the football player I had hooked up with. All her posts were sonograms of the baby she was having with the football player! He didn’t just have a girlfriend. He had a fiancé and a baby on the way.” Daddy Issues Debbie Junior

When I was a freshman, I was a virgin. I also had never

given anyone a blowjob before. One night, I went

home from DJ’s with a cute boy after a couple of Red Bull vodkas. We were making out, and before I knew it, his d*** was in my mouth. There was gagging, and my throat was so sore the next morning. Then, he asked if we could start “hooking up on the DL.” I didn’t know what that meant, but I agreed. Out of nowhere, I got a text from him saying I was obsessed with him. It turns out, he was hooking up with another girl. His other girl found out about me, took his phone and texted me rude things. I stopped hooking up with him after that.” The Virgin Mary Junior 44 42 UGirl Fall 2017


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