Why study abroad should be mandatory

Most colleges today have an abundance of study abroad programs, but the majority of students don’t take advantage of them. This is a problem because for a society, awareness of different cultures and knowing how to effectively communicate with other societies is becoming increasingly important. Plus, we’re college students: It’s the perfect time to adventure and explore the world that we soon will be thrown into. I believe that each and every person can benefit from study abroad, and I think it is time that study aboard becomes a mandatory part of college life.

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Trump administration mired in conflicts of interest

In a bipartisan letter drafted and signed by 13 sitting U.S. senators back in February, members of Congress articulated their growing concern for the Trump administration’s brazen conflicts of interests, writing, “A President must not have two masters. You have committed to serving the American people. It is a small price to pay for the unparalleled honor and gravity of your post that you not attempt to capitalize financially on the presidency,” according to a report filed by Federal News and Information Inc.

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Why students should be engaging outside the classroom

At any "good" university, the academics are going to be rigorous, as they should be. When students are appropriately challenged in the classroom, though, it can be difficult for them to fit in extracurricular activities, including ones that may actually enhance their academic learning, provide them with real-world experience, build their resumes and ultimately give them a leg up in the job market. In fact, extracurricular activities like internships, research and study abroad may even prove to be more valuable for students in the long term than countless hours spent studying and attending classes.

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When terror meets pop culture

Pre-concert jitters are a real thing. I get them every time I go to a concert. It doesn’t matter that I’m not the one performing. There’s just something about the idea of a crowd-filled arena that makes me anxious.

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The 2018 federal budget and you

This past month marked the coming of President Donald Trump’s official 2018 budget proposal on Capitol Hill. To the surprise of few, architect of the spending proposal Mick Mulvaney, from the Office and Management of Budget, laid out a $9.2 billion cut from the Department of Education.

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Getting the support they need

Grand Valley State University was recently awarded a $375,000 grant to fund an initiative called "Fostering Laker Success," a program designed to support students who have been in foster care. In a sea of more than 25,000 students, it is often easy for individuals, particularly students from difficult or complicated backgrounds, to feel neglected. This grant, though, which was authored by two GVSU staff members, is a concrete example of GVSU's commitment to work actively toward creating a prosperous and inclusive campus life for all students.

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Take time out

Life can be very busy sometimes. For a college student, this is very obvious. We have homework, essays, exams, all that good stuff. For those of us with jobs, our work schedules add even more pressure to our days. And you know what? As I’m sure we’ve all been told at some point, it doesn’t get much better out in the real world. There have been many times throughout my college career when I’ve felt bogged down with all my responsibilities and found myself almost dreading the road ahead. For this reason, I feel it’s important to always take time away for yourself.

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