Impress your friends with these 7 Olympics fun facts

The Rio 2016 Olympics are here! I don’t know about you, but I always look forward to the Opening Ceremonies and Olympics highlights. The modern Olympics have a long history, and in case you hit any Olympics watching parties over the next couple of weeks, it might be useful to tuck some Olympics facts, or trivia about Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, away in your head.

The Olympics are named for the city of Olimpia, Greece, where they started in antiquity in honor of Zeus. (Credit: Alana Abbott)

The Olympics are named for the city of Olimpia, Greece, where they started in antiquity in honor of Zeus. (Credit: Alana Abbott)

Here are some of the quick bits of trivia you need to know to sound like an Olympics expert in conversation for the next couple of weeks. Read more

Understand political terms with your very own dictionary

Now that the Democratic Party and Republican Party have chosen their candidates the rhetoric will really heat up. I’ve been watching a lot of political commentary on TV and, wow, there are plenty of political terms to keep track of.

Now is a good time to learn your political terms. (Credit: Mount Dora Citizen)

Now is a good time to learn your political terms. (Credit: Mount Dora Citizen)

What exactly do the candidates mean when they talk about being liberal or conservative? What is an oligarchy and why does it scare people? There are fewer than 100 days until the presidential election on November 8, 2016, so it’s about time we clarified all the political jargon. Read more

Affirmative action programs upheld in college admissions

Some people have argued that in the twenty-first century, there should be no more need for affirmative action programs based on race or racial quotas in college admission decisions.

Find out how affirmative action affects college admissions. (Credit: Jose Luis Magaua/Reuters)

Find out how affirmative action affects college admissions. (Credit: Jose Luis Magaua/Reuters)

Others argue that racism is still prevalent in America and that affirmative action is unfortunately still a necessity as minorities continue to be discriminated against when it comes to admission to college. The Supreme Court ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas decided that colleges can use race in admitting college students. Read more

DNC recap: The importance of voting for college students

There were a whole host of guest speakers planned for the four days of the Democratic National Convention. Some were known political players, but for many the most memorable speeches came from the ordinary Americans slated to speak about the issues and obstacles they have faced.

Here's what college students should know about the DNC. (Credit: Ohio DCCA)

Here’s what college students should know about the DNC. (Credit: Ohio DCCA)

Why should college students care about the DNC or the election at all? Here are the things you need to know about why voting is important. Read more

Heading to an out-of-state college? Here are 3 ways to prepare

The Higher Education Research Institute’s annual college freshman survey found that 20 percent of college students attend a school that is 500 miles away from home. Whether that means you are going to an out-of-state college or just heading across state, it is still a long way to be from home.

Find out more about how to prepare for attending an out-of-state college. (Credit: Unigo)

Find out more about how to prepare for attending an out-of-state college. (Credit: Unigo)

Beyond the basic skills of how to take care of yourself, what are some of the other things to keep in mind when you are figuring out how to prepare for this new stage of life? Read more

3 current trends in the college admission process

The college admission process can be a crazy and scary time—after all, you are basically using the next four years of your life to decide the rest of your life. Not to freak you out or anything … I know that the ins and outs of applying have changed.

The college admission process isn't what it used to be. (Credit: Yinyang, Getty Images)

The college admission process isn’t what it used to be. (Credit: Yinyang, Getty Images)

I’ve done some digging to find the three emerging trends that coming applicants may see when it comes to personalized learning, specialized degrees and the role of social media in their college experience. Read more

2016 conventions: Why college students should care

It’s summer and you’re probably not watching much television, but you should be. This week, the Republican National Convention endorsed Donald Trump as its candidate for president. Starting July 25, the Democratic National Convention is holding its convention. They will be nominating Hillary Clinton as its candidate.

Find out the importance of conventions. (Credit: Homes in Columbus)

Find out the importance of conventions. (Credit: Homes in Columbus)

Another function of political conventions is to create the policies that each party will run on. College students should pay attention to what’s going on because our choice for president will affect the country for decades to come. Read more

Free tuition at public universities? Hillary Clinton says yes

Many millennials were supporting Bernie Sanders in his bid for the democratic nomination because of his stance on offering free tuition at public universities and colleges. With Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee, these same people were feeling disappointment, thinking their hopes for a college education without giant amounts of student loan debt had been dashed.

Do you think free tuition is a real possibility? (Credit: Plexuss)

Do you think free tuition is a real possibility? (Credit: Plexuss)

But not so fast, I have some exciting news! The Clinton campaign announced that they now have a free tuition plan, too. But how does it stack up to Bernie’s plan? Let’s see, shall we? Read more

Self-driving cars coming to a college campus near you!

I suppose if I can’t have a flying car yet, a self-driving car is just as good. No more are we in the realm of science-fiction or having to think of self-driving cars as playthings of the rich, famous …and brave! Now there is a company testing an autonomous car on a college campus.

What are your thoughts on self-driving cars? (Credit: TNW)

What are your thoughts on self-driving cars? (Credit: TNW)

College students can be transported to and from class in a driverless car. Self-driving car technology is big business, so watch for it. Read more

How does the Brexit vote affect British universities?

Think that the Brexit vote was just some political or trade thing involving the European Union and Great Britain? Can’t imagine how it might be of interest to college students? The landmark vote may have centered on issues of trade and immigration, but it also has the potential to seriously affect college students at British universities. How?

University leaders have warned about potentially ‘damaging’ effects for higher education if the UK voted for Brexit. (Credit: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)

University leaders have warned about potentially ‘damaging’ effects for higher education if the UK voted for Brexit. (Credit: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)

Leaving the EU is expected to affect research funding at universities, as well as result in tuition hikes for students among other things. So have a little sympathy for your brethren across the pond. Read more