Newsworthy – Nov 1st, 2019

The number of flying insects in Germany are dramatically falling, higher rates of obesity and an aging population are leading to surging deaths from heart failure in the U.S., businesses are offering higher pay and hiring less.

These, and more, are the newsworthy stories from this past week.

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Growing Up With a Foreign Name

It can be difficult, especially during childhood, to have a name that people find foreign and difficult to pronounce. This will change as time goes on and you grow to appreciate the history and culture represented by your name.

The first day of school is always one of excitement and trepidation. Whether it is in elementary school or college, you are in a state of anticipation over seeing who your classmates will, discovering what your teacher or professor will be like, and attempting to put your best foot forward and make a great first impression.

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Newsworthy – Oct 19th, 2018

A pill that could help end the AIDS epidemic, Canada legalizes marijuana, homelessness in New York City public schools, and the largest U.S. government budget deficit in six years.

Here are the top newsworthy items from this past week as shared on our Facebook page.

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Reading for Fun vs. Reading for School

I definitely think reading for fun vs reading for school has something to do with the free will involved. People, especially when children, do not like doing what they are told to do. We like choices. For the classes I had that gave me a few choices of what to read, I actually enjoyed the books more than I did the books that the teacher picked out for us.

I also believe it may have something to do with maturity level and interests at a younger age. Some of the books we read, although very important, were not of much interest to us simply because we would rather read about dragons and wizards than Orwell, for example.

I just finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird and it got me thinking of my old high school days (all of three years ago).

I was remembering reading To Kill a Mockingbird my sophomore year as a class. I remember laughing at the obvious funny parts in the story but I didn’t really read the book. I read it just enough to write a paper but I didn’t really get into the novel.

I found that this time round with To Kill a Mockingbird, I actually read it… and thoroughly enjoyed it. It made me sad that I could have read this five years ago and felt the way I do now.

Then I got to thinking, this isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened.

I ‘read’ Pride and Prejudice my senior year– I didn’t get past the first page. I just wasn’t interested in even…

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