5 Things To Do To Expand Your Knowledge

5 Things To Do To Expand Your Knowledge

Yes, even watching a news channel can make you more knowledgeable.

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I don't know about you, but I love that there are so many things we can do to expand our knowledge. Our world is full of endless opportunities, and every person's job is to share something with someone. I believe that if you know something that someone else doesn't you are teaching them something. Even if it is about how a certain disease is spreading across the world, I can almost guarantee you that they don't know about it. Here is a quick list of things that you can do to expand your knowledge!

1. Watch a news channel every day 

Something is happening every minute of the day. Whether we like it or not, there is something that is happening in the world. It is important to be curious about other parts of the world because that country is most likely doing business with someone in the United States.

2. Look up words in the dictionary that you don't know

If you are reading a book and you come across a word you don't know, what do you do? Do you just keep on reading and hope there are context clues to help you? Or do you actually look them up so that you know the word now? Well, I have known a few people that have a notebook specifically for writing down all the words they come across that they don't know. What a smart idea! I think we can all take notes from that.

3. Watch TED Talks 

TED talks! I have seen so many TED talks while I have been in college. There are so many topics that are talked about and stories to be heard and told. These really aren't long videos, but they help you develop as a person and it makes you think about your personal choices.

4. Watch documentaries 

Documentaries tend to be very informational. It is a way telling others a story through video and language. These can be made pretty accessible on Netflix or even Youtube if you are trying to see some of them for free. These aren't the types of movies you are ecstatic to see, but it could assist you in learning about a certain period of history or about a specific person.

5. Talk to other people and ask questions

Never be ashamed to ask people questions if you want to learn more about something. The best way to learn something is just to talk to people. Everyone has something to offer, even if it about Starbuck's newest drink. Remember, it really is about the little things in life. Appreciate all that you hear and all that you do.

I hope that some of these are helpful, even if they are pretty obvious. We all want to be the smartest in the room, but this is impossible if we aren't always looking for opportunities to grow or learn.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Five Tips to Get on Top of Your 2019: Tech Editions

Yeah, there's an app for that.

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Technology is the course of the future, why not use it to get on top of your new year? Make 2019 the year you stop sleeping on these great productivity apps and get grinding! Best part, all the apps I've included here are free.

Google Calendar.

Look at that beauty.

I LOVE Google Calendar! Not only is it a great tool to map out your week, it comes with cool features. You can color code tasks and events, get text reminders and so much more. You can even sync your calendar with other people's (this is very helpful for roommates or study buddies).

Google Doc File Folders

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Sick of that long list of documents in your Google Docs? You can make file folders to organize all of your docs!

Momentum Chrome Extension

This is by far my favorite productivity app. It's a Chrome extension that acts as a home page whenever you open a new window or tab. It comes complete with the weather, a motivational quote and a to-do list! The best feature is their "main focus for the day". It keeps you grounded for sure- especially when it pops up with every tab and forces you to think about all you need to accomplish.

Wunderlist

This is a to-do list on steroids- definitely worth checking out!

Todist

A to-do list app for your phone! I love this just to organize what my top priorities are.

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