How school ruins reading

When an English teacher asks students to take out their books, their request is usually followed by animated groans and rolled eyes. In my pre-college schooling, required reading was never enjoyable and I, like many of my classmates, got stuck in the trap of online summaries and SparkNotes. 

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Conspiracy theorists don't know everything

It’s true. Not a single one of us has an infinite mind with the exact knowledge of everything there is to be known. This is, from what I understand, a pretty well-understood fact. Yet, there are people who still believe that they know much more than they really do.  While I could list several types of people whom I’ve seen with this mindset, there’s no one who really jumps out at me more than online conspiracy theorists. 

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The problem with @realDonaldTrump

Today, President Donald Trump's Twitter account has 39.4 million followers, and a cursory look over his recent activity reveals that he frequently tweets a handful of times a day, including 12 tweets Wednesday, Sept. 20, alone. The question is, should the president of the U.S. use Twitter to communicate with the people? 

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What I wish I'd known as an incoming freshman

Looking back now, it’s hard to picture myself as a freshman in college. I can remember the exploration of campus, choosing classes and being overwhelmed by all of the new people, but it still feels like a whole other world. Even now, I can’t believe that a young girl like me was asked to choose her whole future at that moment in time. 

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The nonphysical benefits of exercise

At college, with nothing and no one to force exercise upon us, it can be easy to say no to physical activity. It can be time-consuming, hard and boring, but it can also be worth it. When people think exercise, a majority of them think of physical benefits, such as weight loss or muscle gain. However, as rewarding as the physical benefits are, there is much more to exercise: It allows you to obtain not only a healthy body, but also a healthy mind.  

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The benefits of childlike thinking

If you hear someone say to you, “You’ve got the mind of a child,” what would that mean to you? Would you take that as a compliment of your personality, or would you interpret it as an insult to your intelligence or maturity?  

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