It can be hard to keep up with the world while in college. Since pretty much everything you need is right on campus, you may not find yourself out in the world as often as you’d like.
When I first moved to school I completely lost touch with world events. I’d see the really, really big stuff on Facebook every now and then, but I was pretty much clueless about everything else. A few months in, I started to pick up on various news sources and began to get reconnected with the world and its happenings. Today I want to share how you can do the same!
1. Sign up for the Skimm newsletter.
The Skimm is probably the best resource for college students looking to stay up to date. It’s an email newsletter that is sent out early every weekday morning with the latest news in an easy-to-read style. You can read about everything from the 12-year old going to Cornell for engineering to military updates on Isis. The emails are brief but informative and contain links to more detailed articles. If you only do one thing on this list, sign up for this!
2. Sign up for a free Washington Post digital subscription.
If you have a .edu email address, you can get a free digital subscription to the Washington Post. You have access to the online content in addition to receiving emails with the headlines. If you’re used to reading the newspaper at home, this one’s for you!
3. Hang out in the dining hall or student center.
These popular common areas will usually have a news channel playing somewhere. Even if you’re just using it as background noise, you may hear something that catches your attention. When I’m eating by myself, I like to find a spot where I can hear the TV for this very reason!
4. Turn on the news at breakfast.
If you live off campus (or have graduated already), simply turn on the news in the morning. When I lived in an apartment over the summer I always had the Today Show on while I was getting ready. When I’m at home, my family watches the news after dinner as well. There’s something about watching the events of the world while sipping a cup of coffee that just feels right.
5. Follow news channels on social media.
We’re on social media all of the time anyway, so why not get some real life updates once and a while? I follow BBC Mundo so I can get both my world news and my Spanish practice at the same time!
6. Listen to podcasts while you walk to class.
This is a great way to expand your knowledge in general! Try out a few to see what you like. I’m very picky with podcasts (#shortattentionspan) but I’m listening to Serial at the moment. It follows one story at such an in depth level that you really feel like you’re getting all of the information available in a way that keeps your interest.
Make sure you follow more than one source so you aren’t hearing all of your news from one biased opinion. Let yourself figure out what you believe!
~Where do you get your news fix?