How to Date Your Teammate and Not Make it Weird

When you’re on an all-star team or cheering for your college, you’re going to spend a lot of time with your teammates. It’s inevitable that sometimes, someone is going to catch your eye. You know that dating a teammate can lead to all sorts of drama, but you also can’t help how you feel. So how do you date someone on the team and still be a good teammate?

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The Guardian: Cheer review – absolute proof that cheerleaders are gravity-defying gods

From The Guardian

Simply watching Cheer, Netflix’s documentary series about cheerleading champions from Navarro college in Texas is like being in the marines. Seeing the dedication, resilience and innate talent of the athletes, many of whom come from profoundly troubled backgrounds and have seized upon the sport and the specialised college course as an almost literal lifeline, will break you down. (“What,” you will find yourself asking, “is there in my pathetic simulacrum of existence that can compare to this ennobling vision of humanity unspooling across six hour-long episodes before my sofa-spread, doughy form?” and no answer will come.) Continue Reading

The Washington Post: Netflix’s ‘Cheer’ is the documentary that hard-working cheerleaders have long deserved

From The Washington Post

Television hasn’t been especially kind to cheerleaders, usually portraying them as bullies, beyotches and brazen killers. The worst of it is always somehow loosely based on a true-crime tale, often originating somewhere in Texas. How long must these beautiful and popular people endure the effects of stereotype? And could the sympathy violins get any tinier?

This is where director Greg Whiteley’s fascinating — and often surprisingly moving — documentary series “Cheer” (now streaming on Netflix) tries to meet us: right at the line between cliche and reality, as he and his cameras follow a season in the life of the scrappy but consistently winning cheer program at Navarro, a 9,000-student community college in Corsicana, Tex., about 50 miles south of Dallas.

Navarro’s cheer team — the Bulldogs — has won the national title in its division more than a dozen times over the past two decades, thanks to the fierce (and occasionally fearsome) dedication of its coach, Monica Aldama.

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CBS DFW: North Texas’ Navarro College Getting National Attention For ‘Cheer’



People: Netflix’s Latest Docuseries Profiles Competitive College Cheerleaders — and It’s Streaming Now

From People

The world of competitive cheerleading is getting another moment in the spotlight, 20 years after Bring It On first highlighted a dramatized version of the grueling and intense sport.

Netflix’s newest documentary series, Cheer, hit the streaming site on Wednesday, and profiles the cheerleaders at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.

The community college has won the college National Championship 14 times, and the team is led by coach Monica Aldama. Their journey for another title is highlighted in the series, which is directed by the team behind documentary Last Chance U. Continue Reading

The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Cheer’: TV Review

From The Hollywood Reporter

The team behind Netflix’s ‘Last Chance U’ heads to Navarro College in Texas for a six-episode look at the world of competitive cheerleading.

With audiences facing another desultory slate of midseason broadcast premieres and looking for programming to cheer about, perhaps it’s not a coincidence that we’ve had an odd pocket of superb recent shows focusing on, yes, the high-intensity world of competitive cheerleading.

USA’s Dare Me, a cheerleading thriller about obsession, teens gone bad and the excitement of making Regionals, is already one of the new year’s most pleasant surprises, a juicy show that will surely find an audience at some point, even if it’s on the wrong network premiering at the wrong time.

Differently terrific, but probably more immediately suited to its environment, is Netflix’s Cheer. Hailing from some of the same team behind Netflix’s excellent Last Chance UCheer takes a similar docudrama approach to junior college cheerleading. Maybe a little hard sell is required to convince the Last Chance U audience that they want to dedicate six hours to being told that cheerleading is serious business, but it probably shouldn’t. Cheer is an utterly convincing portrait of what is unquestionably a real, and absurdly dangerous, sport complete with compelling stories that actually make it much more emotional and more exciting than the past couple Last Chance U seasons. Continue Reading

Keeping Your Skin Healthy While Flying

Whether it’s a quick getaway or traveling for comps, most of us are going to get on a plane in the next few months. The dry air of planes combined with the cold, winter air? DISASTER! We can’t avoid flying, but you CAN avoid the breakouts and flaky skin with these five easy tips:


Start hydrating BEFORE you fly

Being hydrated needs consistency, and making sure you’re drinking enough water in the days leading up to your flight will help your skin prepare for the dehydration. Even better than water is coconut water! No amount of creams or lotions can compete with being hydrated from within.

Prep for your flight

Before heading to the airport, prep your skin by washing with a hydrating, soap-free cleanser (we love The Ordinary Squalene Cleanser) and following with your usual skincare routine sans makeup. A face moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid can help keep your skin hydrated.

Keep it up inflight!

Keep up your liquid intake, even if it means you have to use those tiny restrooms more often! With all the germs in the air, it will also help you to keep flushing out your system with fluids—and keep it up for a few hours after your flight! It’s best to avoid caffeine the day you fly if possible, caffeine is a diuretic and can add to the dehydrating effects of flying.

Skincare inflight

The air inside a plane is a lot drier than we experience normally (20% humidity vs 30-60%) and the air is recirculated, meaning germs galore! Try to avoid touching your face inflight, touch up the hydration with mists and sprays (we love Evian Water and Mario Badescu rosewater) and wash your hands before applying rich face creams. Humectant masks aren’t the best as they work by drawing moisture from the air—in a dry plane environment, they may draw moisture from deep layers of your skin, leaving you feeling drier!

Hit the ground running

Once you touch down and check in to your hotel (or wherever you’re going!) go through your skincare routine again, taking extra care to ensure you’ve washed away all traces of the plane from your skin. A face mask to draw impurities from your pores can be helpful to prevent breakouts from all the plane germs, as well as a Salycic Acid spot treatment. Or use Sunday Riley’s U.F.O. Acne Treatment Face Oil to hydrate and blast blemishes all in one. As always, use a good moisturizer with SPF before you go out in the sun!


How to Adult: Cooking on a College Budget

My mom is an amazing cook. It’s effortless. And delicious. My kitchen skills are more… hmmm… underwhelming. But it was a skill I had to learn when I left home and went to college, got my own apartment and realized the meal plan didn’t apply to those living off campus.

One thing my mom did teach me was that simple things can be great. And that no one knows or cares that you secretly like eating “insert-cheap-weird-but-delicious-food-here” (hers is spam).

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College Budget Blues

One of the biggest culture shocks of college is how much it costs to uh… literally stay alive. From basic food and bills to a social life and the cost of textbooks, suddenly the budget you thought could stretch isn’t looking quite so flexible. Here are some tips to make the adjustment to balancing life and financial responsibility!

Use your student ID.

There are so many national chains and local businesses that will help our college students with discounts, deals, and giveaways. Join UNiDAYS for daily deals and offers on EVERYTHING from makeup to clothes, tech, food, and travel.

Borrow, rent or download that book.

Textbooks are one of the biggest unexpected expenses in college, there’s always one more that you didn’t account for, and of course, that one is going to be $500. Check out this post from Book Riot and use ALL their tips to get those textbook prices down.
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Hands up if your car/bedroom/dorm/backpack is full of empty plastic water bottles? Guilty!

Here are three easy ways to change your habits and reduce your impact on the planet!

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