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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7 Truths About Being A Science Major


Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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13 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Make Out Of Stuff You Already Have

For the last minute or lazy participants in Halloween.


It's that time of the year again! Usually, I try to plan my costumes way in advance, but I always end up needing a last minute costume idea. These costumes are so easy you can pull them together in minutes while still looking like you totally tried this year. Hopefully, you'll have most of these staples in your wardrobe, if not you can always shop around in a roommates closet and make something work. No one wants to wait on the Party City line the entire week of Halloween so best wishes coming up with one of these costumes.

1. Rosie the Riveter

We can do it!

All you need for this last minute costume idea is a blue button up and a red bandana. How much easier could it get?

2. Wednesday Addams

I'm not perky.

Although the black dress with the white collar is her iconic look, anything all black with braids will do.

3. Eleven

She's our friend and she's crazy!

Have a pink dress and navy sweater, that's a brilliant last-minute costume.

4. Lumberjack or The Bounty Man


A flannel and jeans is the most versatile costume.

5. Sim

I only speak Simlish.

This is the best last minute costume idea ever. All you have to do is print out the plumbob from this pdf, tape it together and stick it to a headband. Look at you! Such a creative costume in seconds.

6. Damian from Mean Girls

She doesn't even go here!

Every single person has a blue hoodie and a pair of sunglasses in their closet. This costume is basically just pjs.

7. Hippie

Peace out man.

This last minute costume idea is a little more on the complicated side, but with a few key pieces you should be able to pull it off.

8. Victoria's Secret Angel

What's my secret?

Robe + cute bralette = sexy model costume.

9. Maid

Cleaning services!

This costume requires an apron, so you might have to go out and buy one piece, but its adorable so its worth it.

10. Boo

It's scarin' time.

This last minute costume idea can literally be pulled from thin air. Its just a pink shirt and pigtails.

11. Scarecrow or Cowboy


Again, a flannel and jeans is a great costume. If you have a hat wear it and you're a cowboy, if not with a little makeup you can be a scarecrow.

12. 80's Workout Girl

Party off the pounds.

Bodysuits are super in right now so everyone has them. Add a pair of colorful or patterned leggings and you got yourself a look.

13. Some sort of animal

I'm a mouse, duh!

If all else fails put on some ears and draw on an eyeliner face.

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