Reasons Why Racial Diversity in Schools is Important

Racially diverse children

The future of our nation depends on schools being more racially diverse. // Photo Source: Huffington Post

The United States of America is a melting pot of various cultures that it’s interesting to see how the social landscape has evolved because of such diversity. In today’s schools, it’s not that remarkable to see Caucasian kids hanging out with students of Asian, Hispanic, or African-American backgrounds. It’s a situation that, in American schools of yore, would have been highly controversial, if not almost unthinkable. Even though the nation has come a long way from confronting the issues of slavery and civil rights, racism is still a rampant black cloud that lingers over American society despite the US having a biracial President with some African heritage.

In order to combat racial discrimination, kids need to be taught the importance of valuing and understanding people from various ethnic backgrounds. This is why racial diversity in schools should be viewed as a good thing for the young generation of today, and here are several other reasons why schools in the US should be more open to accepting students of color.

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Bright Young Things: Four Celebrity Role Models for Teen Girls

Emma Watson and Ban Ki-Moon

Emma Watson seated next to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon. // Photo Source: Vanderbilt Political Review

Recently, Harry Potter alumna Emma Watson made headlines when she delivered a speech about feminism and gender equality at a United Nations summit. The 24-year-old British actress received a standing ovation from the dignitaries present in the UN assembly, and news of her speech gained strong support from her peers in the field of arts and entertainment. The world certainly needs more uplifting and positive figures like Emma, because people like her are trying to make our world a better place to live in. Luckily, she is not alone when it comes to being inspirational role models for teen girls everywhere, as these five notable young celebrity ladies have shown with class and elegance.

WARNING: mentions of subjects like bulimia, self-harm, and body images issues under the cut, so please be aware before clicking the cut.

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Pros & Cons of Living Away from Home in College

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Are you ready to live life in college without your Mom and Dad? // Photo Source: Huffington Post

With the fall semester already kicking into high gear for many students, the one aspect that plenty of kids in college are adjusting to is living away from their parents for the first time. For some, this is a cause for celebration; for others, it may also be a cause for despair. The great thing about college is getting to explore things outside of one’s comfort zone, and living away from home is a common experience that students have varying reactions with. Let’s take a moment to see the pros and cons on having to live without the guidance of parents once kids graduate from high school.

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Weird School Sports That Actually Exist

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Discover some strange but exhilarating athletic alternatives if you’re not into common school sports. // Photo Source: Edge Parkour

Basketball, football, swimming, volleyball, hockey, baseball, track and field, cheerleading… These are just some of the common athletic fields that students actively engage in on a seasonal basis. But did you know that there are weird competitive games that certain students are also into? A bit of variety is always welcome when it comes to school sports, and here are some strange yet incredible examples of physical activities that push the boundaries of student athleticism.

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Healthy Food Alternatives to Eat in College

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Put down that greasy pizza and rethink your food choices while you’re in college. // Photo Source: Cision News

The thing about living as a college student is that you often forgo eating proper meals for the sake of convenience. Thus, it’s not common for many college kids to constantly eat instant ramen noodles, pizza, take out, canned goods, and plenty of junk food. When you think about it, this kind of diet can have serious consequences on your body in the long term, so you need to rethink your food choices if you’ve noticed that your main sources of sustenance are the items mentioned above.

Sure, you might not have that much money and you’re mostly relying on your college meal plan. But there are affordable and healthy alternatives you can do to improve your eating habits in college, such as the suggestions and recipes featured below.

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Keeping it Real: Tips on Becoming a Savvy College Freshman

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Ready to become a savvy college freshman? Here’s how you can do it! // Photo Source: Forbes

The thing with entering college for the first time is that it can be an intimidating experience for most former high school seniors. After all, everyone has this desire to make a great first impression once they enter the world of collegiate life. While making new friends and doing well in classes are achievable goals for any incoming college freshman, here are some key aspects they should also note in order to avoid being a stereotypical college newbie.

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What Kind of Freshman Will You Be?

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Are you a Fun Seeker or more of a Challenging Nonconformist? Find out what kind of freshman you will be in college below! // Photo Source: Stem College

Most graduating high school seniors have a sense of enthusiasm when they enter college. But what they might encounter once they become college freshmen might not be that different from their high school lives. In fact, college is pretty much the same when it comes to various cliques and subcultures. This isn’t to say that this is a bad thing, because knowing the various kinds of college social circles can help incoming college students some insight as to which group they’ll fit in best.

 

With the recent passing of Robin Williams, I’ve recently re-watched one of his movies called Good Will Hunting, which was coincidentally, set in college. This inspired me to showcase the various types of college subcultures by way of films that identify them the best. Check them out under the cut to see which group you’ll likely rub shoulders with once you officially become a university freshman.

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Life in College: The Different Types of Roommates You’ll Likely Get

Learn how to deal with different types of roommates when you’re in college. // Photo Source: The Cord

If you are an incoming college freshman, one of the things you’ll likely experience as part of your life in college is getting a roommate. Whether you’ll be living in a university dorm room or staying in an off-campus apartment, a college roommate is something that can inspire a wide variety of emotions that depends on the type of person you will be living with for most of the school year.

Previously, I’ve talked about the kinds of teachers you’ll be dealing with during your life as a student. This time around, I’m here to talk about the kinds of roommates you’ll be getting if you’re a college freshman. This idea was inspired by a CollegeHumor video that a friend of my shared on Facebook and I figured it was a good jumping point for this post. And although I might have made a more realistic spin on the “monster roommates” that the video showcased (which you can see after the cut), the similarities are still apparent (if you squint carefully, that is). Here’s a rundown of the kinds of roommates you’ll likely be getting in college and how to best deal with them.

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A Guide to the Different Types of Teachers in Your School Life

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Know the different types of teachers you’ll encounter during your entire academic tenure. // Photo Source: WikiHow

Teachers are often considered as secondary parents for kids when they’re in school, and for the most part, that is a fitting description. Much of how a person becomes in life is the product of parenting at home and how teachers mold that person in an academic environment. That being said, no two teachers are ever the same. As you progress from the early years of preschool all the way to the advanced world of college life, you’ll be encountering various types of teachers. How you deal with them is a matter of experience, but getting a general idea on the kind of teacher you’ll be having during your scholastic tenure is certainly an advantage.

With the fall semester right around the corner, I figured that I’d start off with a series of sorts about school life in general, beginning with this piece on various kinds of educators you’ll meet when you’re in school. And as a fan of the Harry Potter series, I thought it was a nice touch to emphasize those types of teachers I mentioned with three well-known members of the Hogwarts faculty. Click the cut to discover more information on the matter!

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Incredible School Sporting Events Around the World

Ready, set, go! Athletics are a very integral part of school life. // Photo Source: Sportbop

Athletics are an integral part of any academic institution, and many schools have gone to great lengths to ensure that their sports teams receive full support. While there are inter-school sporting competitions in various fields, probably none have come close to the media attention that these three events have garnered over the years. Despite showcasing a very distinct sport and attracting a specific audience, each of these international global sporting events have demonstrated the very best of student athletes and emphasizes the strong spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship.

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