Why Reading The News Is Important

Why Reading The News Is Important


Sparing 10 minutes out of your day can keep you informed about the world. Give it a shot, it's worth it. Here are a few of the many benefits of reading the news!

1. There is no “bad side" of reading the news.

No matter who you are or what you like, reading the news will never harm you. It's not a waste of time or a distraction. Instead, it is a form of learning.

2. It is like a story.

Someone once told me that reading the news is like a novel. When you first start, it's like starting from the middle of a book. However, a few chapters (days in), you start to understand the context and find it interesting.

3. It is a great conversation starter.

Instead of using the weather as a conversation starter, use a headline story. People are always interested in a little debate and often times, this is the best way to get a group engaged in a conversation.

4. To be informed.

Every single person makes a difference and has the power to make an impact, but it is important to understand what is going on in the world around you. Don't vote for a candidate because you are in favor of a particular party, but understand their beliefs and tactics so you can make the best choice.

5. Land a job or internship.

Large firms are always in the news and the smaller firms read about larger firms as examples for their businesses. Being informed about these big firms can help you answer an interview question, and show your interviewer that you're actually interested and well informed. If anything, you can have a conversation with them and change the dynamic of your interview.

6. Know what your money is worth.

The economy is always changing and it is so crucial that you know what your money is worth, where it is going and what the future holds for you in order to understand your financial stability. Read the news so you're not surprised about the breakdown of your money.

7. It is great for traveling.

Don't travel to a country without knowing what is going on there. It's one thing to Google a country and research it, but it is another thing to have constant knowledge about international affairs. Whether it is the economy, natural disasters or political changes, it is always important to be globally aware.

8. It's the history of tomorrow.

A few years from now, what you read in the news today will be perceived as history and may even be in history textbooks. Why not be informed about the changes occurring around you now instead of reading it in textbooks tomorrow?

The next time you have a few minutes or are waiting on a bus and scrolling through old Instagram and Twitter posts, take a few minutes to read the news. Download some news apps or follow news channels on Twitter so you can constantly be updated.

The good old newspaper is always a great way to start or end the day. Be informed and be the change.

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14 Signs You Go To A Small School No One Has Ever Heard Of

"Your class size is what?!?"


When most people are in high school, they look at all of the big schools that are known around the country. Schools like Rutgers, Ohio State, UCLA, University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University are often at the top of peoples' lists. Believe it or not, some people don't want to attend a huge college. If you're like me, you like having small class sizes where your professors get to know you and you always see someone you know when you're walking on campus.

Once you decide where you're going and become a student there, you constantly hear the same comments from people, whether they be good or bad- but you wouldn't want it any other way. Here are signs that you go to a small school that no one has ever heard of:

1. People always mess up your mascot

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"Broncs? Like the Denver Broncos?"

"No. Just the Broncs."

2. "Oh I've never heard of that. Where is it?"

3. "Wouldn't you rather go to *insert huge state school here*?"

The answer is always the same — nope.

4. You find people all the time who know or is related to someone who went to your school

"Oh, my cousin's friend went there!"

5. "Your class size is what?!?"

6. You've never had class in a lecture hall

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Or class with more than 50 students.

7. When people come to visit, they can't believe how small your campus is compared to theirs

Well, at least we can get up 10 minutes before class starts instead of an hour to catch a bus.

8. Dining options are limited

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But you joke around and make the most of it, secretly hoping your campus will open a Panera or Chipotle like every other school.

9. People are amazed that you actually get to know your professors and the people in your classes, and that they get to know you

Not to mention that professors are a great reference for getting a job after graduation.

10. If you went to a big high school, your college isn't much bigger

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There are about 1,000 students per class, so only around 300-400 more students than you graduated high school with.

11. Your school doesn't have all of the big sports, like football

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But hey, at least we're still undefeated!

12. When you get into your major classes, you always have the same people in them

13. You can't find anything with your school's logo on it, so constantly buy more apparel from the bookstore

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You walk out of there $100 poorer with a new sweatshirt, mug, and sweatpants that you didn't need.

14. You get really excited when someone has actually heard of your school


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I Don’t Want To Admit It, But Math IS Important

Liberal Arts majors, this one is for you.


I hate math with a passion. But I think it's necessary.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about confusing trigonometry or calculus. I'm talking about basic algebra, geometry, and other everyday math functions.

I was never an A+ math student. My dad used to be a high school math teacher, so luckily for me, if I was struggling in my math classes, I would just come home and ask Dad to "tutor" me or prep me for my tests. I feel bad for anyone who had/has a hard time with math and doesn't have such a resourceful person in their life, because I don't think I would've passed my classes without him.

Now, I haven't taken a math class in at least three or four years, but I know that being out in the workforce requires at least basic math skills. How come they teach us how to divide square roots and not applicable things like how to calculate a good tip (shameless plug - always tip your waiters at least 20%) or discounts?

There are so many necessary skills you'll use for your entire life that are not taught in schools.

Long ago when I was in 3rd grade, one of my teachers read us a book called "A Day Without Math." The book basically went through a school day where there was no math. People couldn't see what speed their car was going, cash registers didn't work, clocks were nonexistent...basically, the entire world shut down. Whenever I was frustrated and angry about my math class or a certain problem, I tried to remember that book. As much as I despised going to a math class only to leave in frustration, I knew it was for my own good.

Because when you think about it, our world really wouldn't function without math!

I wish math classes would've focused on the usefulness and practicality of their teachings instead of what was written in the textbook. Having a dad who worked in the school system, I understood that the teachers had to follow a certain curriculum, so in a way, their hands were tied. But then the issue simply gets passed higher and higher up until you reach the people creating the textbooks and curriculum school systems buy and use.

Maybe there's something we can do, whether it's petitioning for more teaching kids more usable math skills or continuously asking your teachers why you're learning what you're learning. Advocate for yourself and for future generations to learn the skills necessary to survive in our modern world, but at the same time remember that the problem doesn't necessarily stem from teachers but the curriculum being decided at levels far above their pay grade.

Moral of the story - even though I know a good majority of us (especially us liberal arts majors) are not fans of mathematics, let's work on learning and remembering the basics so our world can keep on turning.

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