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Dear Reader We are so excited you’re here! We know how hard it can be to face the real world on your own. When you graduate you don’t know what’s next and all of a sudden there are bils and debt and questions. So we want to help! Within these pages, there are no dumb questions! We hope to help you solve your problems and give you inspiration, but most of all we hope you enjoy! Your friend and mentor, Thrive Magazine


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Meet the Team! Morgan Dees Dogs, Queso, Donuts I am currently a Junior at the University of Kansas majoring in Visual Communications with a concentration in Journalism. I am from a small town outside of Kansas City. My dream job would be designing for a company that allows me to create positve and uplifting graphics that help people. I want to use my love for bright colors and fun illustrations to help make peoples lives better.

Sydney Aaranson Traveling, Chai Tea, Chinese Food My dream job would be something that combines design, traveling, and some body of water. I am an ex-camp counselor trying to survive in the real world where I can’t wear athletic shorts everyday. My Passport is fully stamped with places like New Zealand, Israel, Hungary, and the Czech Republic thanks to my love for traveling. My major is Visual Communication with a concentration in Marketing and an Art History Minor.


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Tessa Newberry Reading, Languages, Kimchi Stew I love learning languages and I speak Spanish and I’m learning ASL and Korean. My dream job would be using motion design to teach foreign languages and cultures in America. My major is Visual Communications with a minor in English. I’m a sucker for re-reading my favorite books; I’ve read The Secret Garden every year since I was 15. In my free time I like to walk my roommate’s dog.

Sarah Wilczek Music, Movies, Photography My dream job would include a graphic design job in New York City. My major is Visual Communications with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. I love listening to music, watching movies (especially Marvel movies), and photography. In my free time I love reading a good book and drawing.


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ONLINE PRESENCE: Taking Your Instagram Public

Taking your Instagram Public Many, many people overshare these days, and the very same photos that you thought would be fun to share with friends on Instagram can actually prevent you from finding work. So what should you do? You should clean up your online presence before you start looking for a new job. Let’s start with Instagram, the most visual form of social sharing. Your profile is private so you are fine

If your profile is private, then you are fine right? Wrong!

right? Wrong! Your photos are never private. There are websites that rip all photos from public and private Instagram accounts and make them easily visible to the public. There are also ways to track Instagram accounts through Facebook, which often uses your real name. Those private photos could be used to hold you back from getting a job.


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Delete the stuff you wouldn’t want your boyfriend’s grandma to see You can save the photos to your phone, make a personal scrapbook, anything like that, but they don’t belong on the Internet. You don’t need everyone to see your wild nights out. Once something is on the internet, reguardless of your privacy settings, it can been seen by anyone. Screenshots are too common and risky to not acknowlege.

See What’s Out There Search for your Instagram name on Google and in tags. For example, if you had an Instagram @EverydayInterviewTips, then do Google search for different terms, like “Instagram @everydayinterviewtips.” This will allow you to see what shows up if people search for you. If you find that you’re tagged in a photo that is unflattering, you can ask the person to remove it.

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ONLINE PRESENCE: Taking Your Instagram Public

So what should you post? One particularly great thing about Instagram is that it isn’t just for still photography. There’s a lot of directions to go with each post, whether it’s posting shots from behind-the-scenes, videos, animated GIFs, holiday-themed content, contests and giveaways, reposts of followers ... the list goes on. Some people poke fun at the number of quotes out there on Instagram. But if you post them sparingly, quotes are also a great opportunity to share the types of things your stand for, whether it’s spiritual, inspiring, funny, or something else. Want to use video to stand out from the crowd while also solving for your followers’ short attention spans? Try creating a Hyperlapse video. Hyperlapse is a free app by Instagram that condenses videos into brief, moving, hyper-speed videos. The videos end up looking pretty cool thanks to built-in stabilization technology that lets you film these time lapse videos without having to keep your hands still. No matter what you pick, there lots of ways to keep your Instagram fun and unique without hurting your chances of getting a job.

Clean doesn’t mean boring. There are lots of ways to keep your Instagram fun and unique without hurting your ability to get (and keep!) your dream job

Have fun with your pictures and your captions alike. Post stuff that you’re proud of or interested in, or just things that seem aesthetically pleasing to you.


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Have fun with your captions Place the most important words at the beginning of your caption. Try making up your own fun hashtags, and don’t limit yourself to adding hashtags at the end of your Instagram caption! Integrating hashtags throughout your post adds dimension to your caption, and since hashtags are a different color on Instagram, the right hashtag can also highlight and contextualize your content.

Focus on documenting a hobby or passion One of the best ways to keep your Instagram account interesting is to focus your content around something that you’re passionate. Maybe you keep a bullet journal or you really love food and you’re always cooking a new and crazy recipe. Documenting this on Instagram (instead of your trips to the bar) is a great way to show your personality in an employer-friendly way.

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BEAUTY & HEALTH: How to Workout After College

How to Workout After College If you’ve just graduated from college, then one thing you may miss once you’re fully entrenched in the real world is that long list of healthy perks from your college days. As you transition from campus life to your new plans, here’s how to ensure that you’re keeping up with your fitness routine during summer and beyond.


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College can be a mix of all-night study sessions and juggling internships with socializing, but one of the great things about baccalaureate life is the ability to create your own schedule. If you’re starting a life that’s more 9-to-5, then it’s important that you establish a workout routine that’s sustainable. Pick a time to work out that you know you can stick to, establish weekly goals when it comes to the number of workouts you’d like to do, and learn how to properly do a few strength-training basics so you can incorporate them into your routine. So, you’ve never stepped inside a gym and you don’t know the difference between a squat and situp? If you’ve set a goal to start exercising now that you’re in the real world, then your first job should be finding your fitness personality. If you’ve got

Once you’ve figured out that you hate to run but you love dance class, starting and sticking to your workout routine will be that much easier

free time between graduation and your postcollege plans, then make sure to figure out what motivates you to exercise. Once you’ve figured out that you hate to run but you love dance class, starting and sticking to your workout routine will be that much easier. Got a new gig that’s not in your college town? Joining a running club is a great way to make new friends while learning how to navigate your city. Find a neigh-

borhood studio with the types of classes you like and see if they have work-trade available. You’ll save money, and not only that, but it can also be a good way of meeting like-minded workout buddies!


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Working out doesn’t have to be a job. Try new things and learn new techniques. And always make sure to stretch those sore muscles.

The Fix: Where to Exercise If you’re on a budget, as many graduates are, you may need to be creative about where and how you exercise. The next two pages will give you some options on where you can workout now that you no longer have access to that nice free fitness center.

Outside Running and walking are great ways to stay fit and manage your weight and only require a good pair of shoes. You can also try cycling, playing tennis or pick-up basketball games at your local park or meet up with fitness groups in your area. To get started, try an outdoor circuit workout.


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At Home Set up a home gym with basic equipment such as dumbbells, resistance bands and a stability ball. If money is an issue, there are ways to save money by buying secondhand equipment or even making your own weights. Learn more ideas for home exercise and workouts you can do at home.

When you leave college, everything changes — ­ especially your exercise habits. With your energy spent finding a job, your activity drops and your stress levels spike.

At the Gym To save money, look for small local gyms that charge lower fees (some are just $19.95 a month, such as Cardinal Fitness in Illinois), community centers, or your local YMCA, which usually aren’t as expensive as larger health clubs.

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HOW TO E X PA N D YOUR HIVE Bumble BFF is a subsection of Bumble, a Tinder-esque dating website. The basic premise for Bumble BFF is that you are presented with the profiles of girls in your area who are also on the hunt for a new BFF, and you swipe right if you come across someone you might be interested in. In the year 2016, it seems only reasonable that the most basic of human interactions be committed online. We text, we Skype, we find love, and now, we find our new bestie.

Keep Reading to Learn about Bumble BFF As someone who’s moved cross-country quite a few times, I’ve had to become accustomed to putting myself out there in order to make connections and form new friendships. I joined a sorority, socialized with people at work and was always the first to introduce myself at a party. When I moved to Toronto with my boyfriend and became self-employed, I realized how difficult it was to get to know new people and decided to try the new Bumble BFF app. It’s basically Tinder for friends, and it seemed like an ideal way to help me find my dream squad. Here’s what I learned.


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Bumble, the popular dating app where girls make the first move, has released an update that may turn the dating app world on its head.The new feature, called BFF, essentially lets users use the same swiping and matching algorithms for friendship instead of dating.Here’s how it works: After switching into BFF mode, users will see their potential dates replaced by people of the same sex that Bumble thinks you would want to be friends with.Once both people swipe right, both parties have 24 hours to initiate a conversation,

when swiping for a hot date. And,

similar to how Bumble handles same-sex dating today.

while the initial roll out will force

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 10.31.18 PM .To differentiate

users to maintain one profile to be

between BFF and regular Bumble, conversations in

used for both dating and BFF mode,

the app will be color coded. Your conversation will be

the company is working on releasing

in green when talking to new best friends, and yellow

a dual-profile feature which would let users tailor the pictures and


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descriptions in their profiles depending on if they are looking for friendship or romance. But why does Bumble think that its users want to use the platform to find best friends? Because users have not only been requesting the feature, but have already been using the platform for that purpose, the company explained. Specifically, they have seen users using Bumble as a means to connect with new friends when moving to or just visiting a new city. While Bumble wouldn’t disclose the specific algorithmic differences between a regular match and a BFF match, the company did say that they are paying “very close attention to interests and friends,” which they obtain from a user’s Facebook profile.

Implementing BFF makes Bumble the first major dating app to expand outside, well, dating. It’s a brave move by a company that doesn’t really need to try anything new, at least for now. The startup has added 1.5 million users since January alone, and 100 million messages have been exchanged in the last three months.The new update is live now, and can be downloaded from the iOS App Store and Google Play.

Finding friends that last a lifetime is the goal for everyone, and Bumble BFF makes it easier for you to find ones that do.


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Gone are the halcyon schooldays when friend-

which enables you to find a friend, rather than a date, online.

making opportunities were plenty, and social events

Efforts dedicated to making friends are on the rise, with dating-

never-ending. I'm a grown-up now, and it turns

like apps such as VINA, and Wiith. Always keen to meet new

out that new friends aren't all that easy to come by.

people, I decided to give BumbleBFF a go to see if I could make

At age 27, the endless opportunities to add to my

a new best friend. I knew this would be no mean feat, but the

existing circle of friends have dried up, and finding

prospect of a new bestie was something worth working for. First

time to fit in social events is a constant challenge.

of all, I set about making a profile to attract potential friends. I

I'm not alone. Research carried out by the Mental

took my time over choosing the right photos — if online dating

Health Foundation suggests 18 to 34 year olds are

is anything to go by, one wrong move in the photo department

more likely to feel lonely more often than the over-

could render me a Billy no-mates. With that in mind, I steered

55s, while last year the Office for National Statistics

clear of sultry or sexy photos, instead opting for photos that

found London to be the loneliest capital city in

showed off my personality and lifestyle. I chose two pics from

Europe.

Dating

site

Bumble — dubbed the "feminist Tinder" — is trying to change that with the launch of its new feature BumbleBFF,

my holiday in Paris — and yes, I

Making friends isn't easy when you're an adult.

did once wear the same outfit as a tablecloth — along with a photo of me taken in London. Next, I began my search for a friend. Not gonna lie, I was excited about the prospect of


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meeting a like-minded individual to hang out with. The world was my oyster! In the words of Ellie Goulding, anything could happen.

As I browsed, I discovered that Bumble BFF works just like Tinder; swipe right if you like the look of someone, swipe left if you don’t. I have to say, it felt a little strange to swipe left and essentially decide whether I wanted to be friends with someone based on their profile photo. Never, in real life, have I rejected a potential friend based on their appearance in a couple of photographs. Just like Tinder, if you haven’t made up your mind about a potential match, you can click on their profile to see more photos, and to read a very brief bio — that is, if they’ve written anything.

Making new friends can be intimidating, but it’s definitely rewarding. After all, friends form a big part of our life for most of us. They are the ones who walk through life together, share our ups and downs, and pains and joys. Without friends, life wouldn’t be the same at all. We wouldn’t be who we are if not for them.

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It felt nice to receive a compliment that had no motive other than friendship, and I couldn't help but wonder if there was something in that. I don't crave validation, but it is heartwarming to know there's a welcoming community of friendly women who have nothing but lovely things to say about other women.

Nonetheless, three days in, I couldn't help but feel that I was a long way off making a new


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best friend. Good vibes aside, my conversations with the women had not progressed beyond smalltalk — even if it was egoboosting smalltalk. And, despite my burning desire to make a new friend, I found myself growing slightly frustrated by the sluggish pace of the messaging process. Then I wondered, was it me? Am I incapable of sustaining a conversation? I powered on, swiping right on every match to maximise my chances of meeting the friendship equivalent of "the one". While doing so, I spotted a colleague of mine and — of course — immediately swiped right. My colleague and I decided meeting up in person with some of our connections would be the best way to move things forward. After all, I didn't want to end up with a bunch of pen pals. This was real friendship I was after; not just a

virtual love-in. This was real friendship I was after; not just a virtual love-in. I messaged the women I'd been chatting with to invite them to meet up; some expressed enthusiasm; others made their apologies; and some didn't reply.

It was apparent that persuading people to meet up was going to be challenging — did my connections just want to remain pen pals? Ever hopeful, we set a date, we picked a venue, and we crossed our fingers. Two people showed up on the night, which — although a little disappointing at first — actually worked out pretty well. Being a crowd of four, we

Try new fun things with your friends. Travel to the beach, rent a car and go somewhere for the weekend, or grab some wine and a few chick flicks for a night in.

This was real friendship I was after; not just a virtual love-in.

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were able to focus our attention on one person at a time, engaging in a conversation that went beyond the smalltalk I'd grown tired of. Both women were a little shy at first, and even told us they were relieved we hadn't catfished them. While talking to one of the ladies, I realised we were hitting it off. She was pretty trendy, wearing some oversized, wire-frame glasses and a quirky tartan skirt. She, too, was a writer, and we had plenty to talk about on that front. Despite having lots in common, it was an effort to keep the conversation going and to ensure there were no awkward pauses. It felt very apparent that we were total strangers. By the end of the meet-up, I felt that I hadn't quite made a new friend, but an acquaintance that might someday turn into a friend. Which, thinking about it, sounds like the natural order of things. In a city that sometimes feels like an unfriendly place, it reassures me to know that there's an online community where other women introduce themselves with compliments, and are actively seeking other women's friendship. If I do keep using BumbleBFF, I'll likely use it as an onlineonly community to chat to other women; making e-friends rather than real-life friends; because woman-on-woman positivity might just be more important than having a wingwoman at a party.

There's an online community where other women introduce themselves with compliments, and are actively seeking other women's friendship.


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If you take a look at the people out there who seem to make friends easily, they were probably seclusive themselves at some point. Their social skills were likely all picked up over time. For this same reason, you can learn to become more sociable through time and practice.

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How It Works Bumble BFF is a subsection of Bumble, a Tinder-esque dating website. The basic premise for Bumble BFF is that you are presented with the profiles of girls in your area who are also on the hunt for a new BFF, and you swipe right if you come across someone you might be interested in.

You swipe right if you come across someone you might be interested in.


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Getting Started The first step in the quest for your new BFF begins with creating a profile that is linked with your Facebook. You then add a small bio, in my case it read “Peace, love and Netflix,” because you can’t get anymore basic (and honest) than that, and you set the distance you are willing to hunt for a new best friend to hand.

The Hunt Once you complete your profile, you begin the real process of selecting your new best friend. You are presented with profile after profile of people in your area, who are also seeking a new bestie. 99 percent of these people are women, in search of the Christina Yang to their Meredith Grey, or the Sookie to their Lorelai. Every so often I would come across a profile with a relatively sane looking individual who’s bio read something along the lines of “Books, Ice cream, and Netflix” and would swipe right, hoping they too would find me worthy of a right swipe and we could move on to phase three of the Bumble BFF experiment. Most times, they didn’t.


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The Waiting Period As with any location based website, the number of people in your area is very limited, and each day you are met with the dreaded “no more people in your area” message. While you could expand your location parameters even further than you already have, sometimes you just have to wait. While I expected my matches to begin filtering in within an hour of my signing up, I discovered that was actually not the case. It took almost a full 24 hours for my first match to appear, and by the time that finally occurred, I was over the moon.

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Realize your fear is in your head. The first step is to develop a healthy mental image of meeting new people 01. Start small with people you know 02. Get yourself out there 03. Take the first step 04. Be open 05. Get to know the person 06. Connect with ingenuity 07. Be yourself.

Not every match is a winner This is a lesson I learned very quickly. Just because you think their bio was funny and they swiped right on you too, does NOT mean that you are destined for one another. I endured so many awkward conversations, about a potential BFF’s ailing pet reptiles, their need for orthopedic footwear, and the struggle of finding a good x-rated t-shirt store when you’re new to an area. Needless to say, these girls and I are not on the track to best friendship.


Winners are few and far between, but they do exist Every conversation on Bumble BFF only lasts for 24 hours after the most recent message. So after days of scouring the app for real potential BFF material, I finally found one. With a bio that claimed she was looking for the “Lane to her Rory,” I knew we would get along just fine. After a lovely conversation about everything from nail polish colors to our favorite book to movie adaptations. While our conversation was nice, and I had several similar to this one with other women on the app, all of them eventually fizzled out after a few days.

What came of it all After a few days of chatting with several potential BFFs in my area, the inevitable question would arise, should we meet in person. This question was usually met with the potential BFF giving vague answers about possibly meeting in a week or two; agreeing to meet, and then cancelling within a day of the meet, or ending the conversation entirely. While most of the women on this app seemed beyond excited to make idle chit chat from the safety of their smartphones, the possibility of a face to face interaction halted even the most enthusiastic of potential BFFs.

What I learned In this day and age, finding a BFF on the internet shouldn’t sound as strange to us as it does. If people can find the love of their lives on Tinder, why does finding a new best friend on a site like Tinder sound so bizarre? While the concept is actually pretty cool, finding people who are mutually interested in starting new friendships with other people in their area, the practice does find something to be lacking. I have no doubt that in the coming years this app and others like it will develop even better user interfaces and become what their developers had no doubt envisioned. Until then, Bumble BFF serves as a decent way for people who are new to an area to potentially make new friends, and women in a given area to make great new online pen pals.


If people can find the love of their lives on Tinder, why does finding a new best friend on a site like Tinder sound so bizarre?



THE WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us - immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault - communities are hurting and scared.

We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear. In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

Hear our voice! Or, hear your own! Decide how you feel on the Women’s March by reading these next few spreads so you can make up your own mind on the issue.


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Liberals are usually Pro Choice which means that they believe in legalized abortions. The reasoning behind this belief is usually that the baby is not yet a person, the mother’s life and well being is more important, and that women should always have a choice if they want an abortion.

The Liberal Side Principle 1: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. It is a positive force confronting the forces of injustice and utilizes the righteous indignation and spiritual, emotional, and intellectual capabilities of people as the vital force for change and reconciliation.

Principle 2: The Beloved Community is the framework for the future. The nonviolent concept is an overall effort to achieve a reconciled world by raising the level of relationships among people to a height where justice prevails and persons attain their full human potential.

Principle 3: Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil. The nonviolent approach helps one analyze the fundamental conditions, policies and practices of the conflict rather than reacting to one’s opponents or their personalities.

Principle 4: Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of

You could call it a convergence of America’s nasti-

the cause to achieve our goal. Self-chosen suffering is redemp-

est pussies. At the Women’s March on Washington,

tive and helps the movement grow in a spiritual as well as a hu-

it’s a label that, judging by the thousands of pink

manitarian dimension. The moral authority of voluntary suffer-

pussy hats, pussy-themed signs, and “nasty wom-

ing for a goal communicates the concern to one’s own friends

an” apparel, the staggering half a million estimated

and community as well as to the opponent.

participants would firmly embrace.

Principle 5: Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as ex-

Gloria Steinem, a co-chair of the march, said

ternal physical violence. The nonviolent attitude permeates all

she has “never seen anything like this” in all her

aspects of the campaign. It provides a mirror type reflection of

years of feminist activism. Young women and old

the reality of the condition to one’s opponent and the commu-

women, moms and their daughters, dads and their

nity at large. Specific activities must be designed to maintain a

sons, pregnant women and people in wheelchairs,

high level of spirit and morale during a nonviolent campaign.

and even a few pets descended on the intersections of 3rd and 4th Streets and Independence Avenue in our nation’s capital to protest Donald Trump the day after his inauguration. They blanketed the lawn that hosted half as many people for his swearing-in yesterday. (Donald Trump couldn’t resist attempting to defend his grim turnout in an address to the CIA today where he lied about how many people were there.)


Woman holds sign protesting Donald Trump calling Hillary a Nasty Woman.

Chants of “This is what democracy looks like!” and “Not my president!” broke out throughout the day in what was a peaceful demonstration, where “excuse me” was commonly heard as participants navigated the massive crowds. Demonstrators proudly posed with their homemade signs for one another’s cell phone photos. They readily complimented each other on sign ideas, such as “tiny hands, big loser” and “I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit.” A tissue paper vagina was praised as it made its way down the street. Even the Porta Potties, bearing stickers that read “The Trump Dumper: The Smell of Victory” and “The Trump Dumper: Golden Showers to the Chief, LLC” were

Chants of “This is what democracy looks like!”

fodder for unity, laughter, and strength. Yes, I can confirm that the Porta Potties at the Women’s March were more effective at bringing people together than our new president’s inaugural address, aka revisionist history of a failing, crumbling, and chaotic America that he believes needs his saving. If anything could dispel Trump’s imagined, grizzly version of America, it’s the organized, peaceful, and delightfully hot pink Women’s March protests that occurred in more than 600 cities around the world, drawing what is likely to end up being millions of demonstrators when the tally is complete.


Donald Trump’s victory has lent a spotlight to the suffering

community have been fighting to be heard and recognized as

and anger of Middle America’s white working class voters. Lib-

societal equals for generations.

erals, Meryl Streep famously included, who are still stunned this

These marches happened today because people who care

happened, have been told they don’t understand the concerns

about women’s rights and choices are angry. They are angry that

of these people. Liberals are “elite,” more concerned with our

a racist, sexist, pussy-grabbing xenophobe got into the White

damn bathrooms than the socioeconomic advancement of out-

House by the luck of 80,000 votes being cast in certain counties

of-work factory workers or coal miners, too fixated on political

in three states, when the most qualified woman to ever run for

correctness that distracts from the real anguish of this nation.

president received nearly 3 million more than him.

But if there’s one thing you can say about the marches that took

They are angry enough to travel great distances to spend their

place across the United States today, it’s that the people who vot-

weekend marching in the cold. They saw Trump’s populist

ed for Donald Trump may have gotten their way, their anger may

movement — and raised him an even bigger populist movement.

have been given a bigger megaphone than they ever imagined it

We’ve been doing this work for many decades and we can do it

would receive, but they no longer seem like the loudest voices

for many decades to come. The maybe good thing about Trump’s

in the room. Their feelings are very far from the only source of

election is that it has made us stronger, louder, and more visible

valid anger fomenting in this country right now. Because they’re

than we have ever been before.

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Young women and old women, moms and their daughters, dads and their sons, pregnant women and people in wheelchairs, and even a few pets in our nation’s capital to protest Trump

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People around the world joined in the Women’s March on Washington to show their agreeance with the issues at hand

Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Alaska, Budapest, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, India, Kenya, London, Mexico, NYC, Paris


Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Peru, D.C, Brasillia, Italy, Toronto, Atlanta, Buffalo, Macau, Amsterdam, Auckland, Boston


Many people think that feminists all have the same opinions. But the Women’s March showed everyone that feminists across the world differ in their opinions but have one thing in common; they are ready to make a change.


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Conservatives are usually Pro Life which means that they believe abortion should not exist at all. The reasoning behind this belief is usually that the baby is a person, therefore the abortion would be an act of murder.

The Conservative Side Pro-life women are headed to D.C. Yes, they’ll turn

the march, organizers also released a set of “uni-

out for the annual March for Life, which is coming

ty principles,” and one of them is “open access to

up on January 27. But one week earlier, as many as

safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control

a few hundred pro-lifers are planning to attend the

for all people.”

Women’s March on Washington, which has been

Some pro-lifers say they’ll protest. A delegation

billed as feminist counterprogramming to the pres-

from Students for Life of America will be there to

idential inauguration.

march against the influence of “the abortion in-

With certain organizations like Planned Par-

dustry” in the women’s movement, said Kristan

enthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America co-spon-

Hawkins, the organization’s president. And Jeanne

soring the event, pro-life marchers have found

Mancini, the president of March for Life, said she

themselves in a somewhat awkward position.

was planning to attend but doesn’t know if she can

What’s their place at an event that claims to speak

now that the march’s policy platform includes sup-

for all women, but has aligned itself with pro-

port for abortion.

choice groups? With roughly a week to go before

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But others are looking for solidarity. Many pro-life women felt just as outraged as pro-choice women about Donald Trump’s conduct and comments, including the revelation that he once bragged about groping women without their permission. For

We must not just talk about feminism as one issue, it is not just reproductive care

their part, the organizers say pro-lifers will be welcome to march on January 21st. A prolife group based in Texas, New Wave Feminists, was granted partnership status on Friday. “Intersectional feminism is the future of feminism and of this movement,” said Bob Bland, one of the event’s co-chairs.

“We must not just talk about feminism as one issue, like access to reproductive care.” (On Monday afternoon, after the publication of this article, the Women’s March organizers removed the New Wave Feminists from their website and list of partners. “The Women’s March’s platform is pro-choice and that has been our


stance from day one,” the organizers said in a statement. “The

as-based president of a group called New Wave Feminists. “I get

anti-choice organization in question is not a partner of the Wom-

that he applied this pro-life label, but I don’t know very many

en's March on Washington. We apologize for this error.”) The

people who genuinely believe he’s pro-life.” While the organiz-

pro-life movement is changing. Many young activists identify as

ers say the march is not an anti-Trump protest, the fact that it’s

feminists or atheists and reject a uniform alignment with the Re-

happening the day after inauguration is not a coincidence. The

publican Party, unlike their Phyllis Schlafly-style predecessors.

stated purpose is broad—to “send a bold message … that wom-

Perhaps the Women’s March on Washington is a sign that femi-

en’s rights are human rights”—but Trump is clearly the context.

nism is changing, too, ever so slightly: a first gathering of a truly “intersectional” movement which makes room for women with diverse convictions, including a moral opposition to abortion. Some of the pro-life women going to the march are looking for solace in the wake of the election. “I was very concerned about the fact that in 2017, our presidential candidate was such a diehard misogynist,” said Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, the Tex-


We’re not just prolifers who happen to be feminists. We’re feminists first and foremost A small group of marchers associated with the pro-life publication Life Matters Journal will be there to support “this actual affirmation of peace and human rights, not just for women, but for all people of any or no gender, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, age, or disability,” said Rosemary Geraghty, a 20-year-old University of Pittsburgh student who works as the publication’s the social-media coordinator. The only difference between her list and Bland’s list is that her list includes “the pre-born.” Other pro-life activists are attracted to the message of women’s empowerment, but they’re not interested in opposing the incoming president. “I’m not going to protest Trump’s presidency. It’s done. It’s over,” said Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who started an organization to help anti-abortion health-care workers find jobs that line up with their views. “But I do think he needs women to hold him accountable.” She listed workplace inequality, the pay gap, and women’s lack of access to health care as issues she wants to see highlighted under the next administration. “I’m just planning to go and join the march,” she said. “I have no desire to protest or anything like that.” Catherine Glenn Foster, a D.C.-area lawyer who also works as a senior fellow at the Charlotte Lozier Institute—the research arm of the pro-life advocacy group Susan B. Anthony List—said she’s going neither to protest nor to stand in solidarity. “I would rather express that I’m committed to the march’s ideals and would hold all of us to a greater realization of those ideals of non-violence for all,” she said. Some groups seem more interested in spinning up controversy than actually participating, though. Students for Life of America has invited hundreds of women to attend on Facebook, proclaiming that “we will not sit by as Planned Parenthood, our nation’s abortion Goliath and a sponsor of this march, betrays women into thinking abortion is their only choice.” Hawkins, who served in the Bush administration before taking the top job in the campus-based group, complained that Students for Life applied to be a partner in the march and never heard back, although they did receive an email encouraging all students to attend, she said. Bland said she was skeptical that any group would be rejected or ignored outright. The march has largely been put together by volunteers, many with little or no organizing experience, she said, and as a result, it’s been a little chaotic.


It looks terrible that any pro-life group would go out and protest women


While the pro-lifers I spoke with saw the pro-choice partnerships as a mistake, involving Planned Parenthood “was a no-brainer for us,” said Bland. Especially with a fight over the Affordable Care Act ahead, “one of the challenges facing women in this incoming administration is access to reproductive care,” she said. While pro-lifers might object to the organization’s abortion services, 97 percent of what Planned Parenthood “offers are reproductive-health services that are desperately needed by women all over this country.” And yet, the march isn’t primarily about reproductive rights, Bland said, or even narrowly committed to one view on issues like abortion. “We’ve had some really interesting discussions with conservative folks and folks who identify as prolife,” she said. While the organizers’ general position is that “a woman’s body is a woman’s body is a woman’s body,” she said, “I can’t tell you how many emails I received from women who identify as conservative who are marching with us on January 21 because there are so many other concerns.” In all the emails they’ve gotten—close to 1 million, Bland estimated—women have expressed worries about cultural misogyny, the state of ed-

Women have expressed worries about cultural misogyny, the state of education and health care and a dersire for their own daughters to be able to lead ucation and health care, and a desire for their own daughters to be able to lead. “There’s a lot more going on than one single issue,” she said. Staunchly pro-choice advocates might argue that there’s no room for anti-abortion views in any women’s movement: “The ability to decide when or whether to have children is key to women’s opportunity to be financially secure and pursue their dreams,” wrote Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, in an op-ed for Time in 2015. But the pro-life women who are attending the Women’s March on Washington are going to keep showing up.“I know people want to say we don’t exist, or we’re an oxymoron,” Herndon-De La Rosa said. “But we do exist, and we are true feminists. We’re not just pro-lifers who are also feminists. We’re feminists first and foremost.”


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THE TRENDY BUSINESS WOMAN If our love for all sartorial things has taught us a valuable lesson it’s that this ‘passion for fashion’ blissful crap is both a gift as well as a nightmare. How many of you really wake up and start singing of joy cause it’s Monday, and use the extra hour before work to try on work outfits ideas with a smile on your face?

If this is you, then read no more. If however, every week 3 out of 5 times you find yourself running late, buried in clothes that to a mere mortal would make a killer office look, but to you they’re all ‘stuff’ that bring out the fashion monster inside you, leaving you looking stupid in your underwear staring at piles, and I mean PILES of clothes thinking ”Great! I’ve got nothing to wear”, then I’ve got 2 things to tell you:

01. This story is for you, AND 02. Your husband/BF/roommate (with no fashion penchant) probably thinks you’re crazy.


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The classic business look is something that will never go unnoticed in the work place. Try out new styles and don’t be afraid to wear that checkered pantsuit.

The Classic Look Probably the most common and easiest way to dress for office and nail the wear to work situation, this work outfit is perfect for all jobs. But it’s also the most likely to get you looking boring, unless you remember this ONE TIP: *always wear a statement piece, or add a fun item to your look (shoes, bag, jewellery, watch, lips, nails. It’s all in the details.).

It’s all about the details. An expensive suit doesn’t work if it doesn’t fit you right.


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An outfit isn’t complete without the perfect shoes. Take plenty of time to put together the outfit for the best, most stylish you.

When putting together a wardrobe for the classic business look, there are 5 items that are absolutely essential:

01. A nice pair of slacks will likely get the most wear out of any-

04. Blouses can be paired with blazers and suits to build out-

thing in your work wardrobe, so it’s essential to choose a flatter-

fits that easily transition from the workplace to a night out. Here

ing style that has been tailored to fit. High-waisted, wide-legged,

you have a bit more room for sartorial expression, as there are

and cropped pants are trendy yet professional. Keep these tips

dozens of different fabrics, styles, and patterns to choose from.

in mind when determining where the hem of your pants should

05. Nylons, tights, and stockings may be required in some office

fall, and stick with solid colors.

settings and, in many places, are necessary for the autumn and

02. Blazers are professional yet versatile, so they can be worn

winter seasons. If you’re opting for sheer nylons or pantyhose,

with dresses, slacks, or jeans. Start with one in black, gray, or

make sure the coloring isn’t too light or too dark for your skin

navy. If you just can’t get enough blazers, invest in some state-

tone. Hosiery in a variety of colors and patterns may be appro-

ment pieces later on down the line.

priate for a more casual work environment.

03. The classic modern pencil skirt was introduced by Christian Dior in 1954, and has since become a staple piece in women’s fashion, particularly in the office. Pencil skirts can be dressed up or down with loafers or heels, button-ups, blouses, or as part of a suit. Again, opt for neutral colors, and consider the shape.


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The Business Casual It’s the easiest style to pull off, and it basically translates to jeans office wear. The tip is to always pair casual work outfits with heels, a very smart/feminine top (think silky

The business-casual dress code is one of the most difficult to

blouse, men-shirts, structured tops), a blazer and a pro-

define, and that might have something to do with the fact that

fessional bag. Have fun with accessories and even shoes

it’s a complete oxymoron — seriously, how can one be “busi-

and bags depending on your job.

ness” and “casual,” at the same time? Plus, it depends on where you work or where you’re going. For some, the look may veer more toward the uber-professional. For others, a more laid-back, less dressed up aesthetic is the norm. Either way, you’ve likely found yourself in front of your closet at one point or another with a giant question mark hovering over your head. To navigate the business casual world, we’ve decided our definition includes looking polished, while still leaving a little

There’s no reason to not get creative

wiggle room for fun via subtle ruffles, prints, and unexpected cuts. As long as your outfit adheres to your office dress code, there’s no reason to not get creative.



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Careless Chic A look for those who’ve got slightly more penchant for fashion and ladies office wear, but look like they don’t give a crap, yet, to the trained eye they’re street-style-worthy. The tip is to clash different style items, play with shapes (slouchy versus fitted), with looks (feminine and masculine). Heels look best with this style, yet brogues or oxfords do the trick as well.


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The tip is to clash different style items, play with shapes and with looks. Heels look best with this style, yet brogues or oxfords do the trick as well.

Learning how to clash styles can be difficult, but in order to find a great careless chic look that works for you, we have some tips that’ll teach you how to mix patterns like a boss.

01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09.

10. 11. Mix prints of different scales. 12. Keep your fabrics in the same color family. 13. Pick two different prints that share a single color. 14. Pair mixed with neutrals for an easy vibe. 15. If you want to use the same pattern, invert the colors. Use the exact same pattern in a larger or smaller scale. 16. 17. Treat stripes as a neutral. 18. Break up patterns with a belt for a cohesive look. 19. Choose one print to dominate and one as an accent.

Tie a plaid shirt or printed sweatshirt around your waist. Textured fabrics like perforated leather totally count as a print. Choose an outfit that is pre-mixed and pair with a third print. Pair two types of the same print. Or pair the same print in boldly contrasting colors. Break the patterns up for a less busy outfit. Pair neutral prints with colorful prints. Mix prints between tailored pieces and different textures. Use printed accessories for a lighter touch. When in doubt, polka dots and stripes always work.


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The Glamorous Look. This office outfit is for all those sexy women who also run the world, but prefer to do it in glam office attire: bright lips, sky high heels and office outfits that can go from 9 am to late dinner cocktails. The tip is always in the posh fabulous heels. Expensive perfumes, rich fabrics, pencil skirts and silky blouses, long trousers, statement golden necklaces, brand watches and massive bags or clutches. Sparkly Pumps (or flats): These could be metallic, glitter, jacquard or even sequined. The idea is to find a pair of pumps or flats that elevate an outfit. Shoes that add an extra bit of oomph to your look. I mention pumps because they are the most appropriate for everyday; from work to play. Pumps are perfect for the office or for a date with your significant other. Metallic Fabrics: Wear head-to-toe metallic or just add a little glimmer with a shirt or handbag. Your outfit will surely be a standout if you add anything metallic. It shouldn’t take long for you to find a metallic item you love. There’s a metallic version of everything from coats to shoes. Pair your metallic with a neutral color palette. Silver metallic pairs well with blacks, grays, and white. Golds and silvers pair well with creams, pinks, and grays. Embellished Pieces: It doesn’t have to be the holidays for you to wear embellished pieces for added sparkle. As long as you take into consideration your activities for the day and pair them with neutrals then embellished pieces work year round. Embellished pieces add instant glamour, whether it’s a sequined top, studded jacket, crystal-embellished blouse, jeweled sweater or heels. gray. A good fit is crucial, so make sure to invest in alterations if necessary.


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Fashion is meant to be fun, but sometimes the best way to put your seasoned style skills to use is by creating looks that feel both smart and sophisticated.

The Sophisticated Look This office outfit is easy to do, but it needs training, so experiment away and have fun with clothes. The tip is to enjoy fashion and always wear at least 1 statement piece, clash styles, use a classy look for a start base and then add itemes according to your personality and job. Men inspired looks with super sexy heels, massive bling, sporty luxe sweatshirts with classy pencil skirts, hats, prints, leather, sheer, denim – all that the non-connoisseurs label as work inappropriate is quite the opposite, because it’s about styling them & making them work. Hence… it’s about having fun with your outfits for work. Fashion is meant to be fun, but sometimes the best way to put your seasoned style skills to use is by creating looks that feel both smart and sophisticated. Whether you’re assembling the perfect interview outfit or simply want to try a more grown-up approach to dressing, these 10 tips are sure to help you step it up!


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Just because you don’t feel sophisticated doesn’t mean you can’t look it. Let your wardrobe do the talking: you’re a woman who works hard.

01. Tuck in your shirt. We know the half-tuck is a go-to for cool

06. Wear mature colors. If you love bright colors you can skip

girls everywhere, but when push comes to shove, a tucked-in

to the next tip, but there’s something about subdued colors that

shirt is more sophisticated.

make us feel wise and confident.

02. Own the Menswear-Inspired look. Though a killer pencil

07. Match your accessories. Evenly distributing one color

skirt is instrumental to the grown-up look, menswear inspired

throughout your look reads polished.

pieces are equally as empowering.

03. Experiment with the right pieces. No need to suppress your

08. Have a uniform. Three words: Less is more. 09. Master the art of layering. A style savvy woman knows how

inner adventurist; just be sure you’re not going overboard. We

to mix and match her favorite pieces!

suggest a printed jumpsuit worn with a structured coat.

10. Don’t be afraid of flats. The Olsens pair their long skirts with

04. Pick structured dresses. Nothing feels more grown up than

loafers, and so can you.

a beautiful A-line dress!

05. Button it up. Sometimes a fully buttoned shrit is all it takes to elevate your look.



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The Edgy Look They’re not for the faint hearted ones, nor for all work domains, although, one can add a slight edge to any look and get away with it. Probably this style is more appropriate for those who work creative jobs and have less of a strict office attire, therefore they can add a bit of their own thing into their outfits for work: boots, leather, T-shirts, darker lips, nail-art, tennis shoes. The tip is to mix and match statement with simple pieces into great work outfit ideas.

Office attire doesn’t have to be dull and boring. To be the stylish woman in your workplace, tweak and play around with trendy pieces to make them appropriate in your office. Who says going to work has to be boring? Push the limits and bring some attitude and edge to the office. Sophistication with your inner dare-devil will have everyone in the office looking out for you. We all have that blazer that we wear at least once a week to the office. Spruce up your work blazer with a faux leather skirt and a studded flat. Don’t ever miss the leather trend. If you don’t want to miss out on this amazing trend, wear it in certain pieces as leather accent. Wearing opaque tights can lengthen your leg line and keep them warm. Adding a fun bracelet like and a pop of color in your jewelry or handbag choice will complete your stylish look. It’s easy to choose neutrals because it’s so common and appropriate inside the office. But there is seriously nothing wrong with investing in nice splashes of color every now and then. You can add something bright to your neutral clothing items.

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NEWS IN 140 CHARACTERS American society is built on a culture of impatience. Americans focus on time – time wasted, time saved, time lost – using every spare moment to prevent missing a beat. As social media’s presence in society grows, many news outlets are working to feed the “I want it now” desires of consumers.

Digital technology has dramatically reshaped the news and media industries in the past decade. We’ve left behind a world where established news brands could rely on reaching large audiences and hence secure advertising revenues. Now there is huge uncertainty about business models, even as digital gives consumers more convenient access to news than ever before. The emergence of new players, including BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post, coupled with the growth of social networking, the introduction of smartphones and the evolution of online advertising, have contributed to a media landscape that is changing at considerable speed. Eighty-five percent of millennials say that staying up-to-date with the latest news is at least somewhat important, according to research conducted by the Media Insight Project. That number is staggering considering that many people blame millennials for the death of the modern newspaper.

Can you trust it? Get the low down on the next few spreads about the changes social media news is creating and become more confident in the reliability of your own news sources.


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When you take a closer look at how millennials consume

they do this, they come across tons of news stories,

news, though, it makes sense. The millennial generation

and they often click to learn more. That’s why 61%

doesn’t rely on newspapers like baby boomers and some Gen

of millennialsget their political news on Facebook.

Xers do. Instead, the generation uses social media to get their

You don’t have to be a politician to grab millenni-

news. This hasn’t just changed the way they come across news

als’ interest on Facebook. If you have something

stories. It has actually changed the way they consume it in at

newsworthy, put it on this channel and increase

least three ways. Older generations tend to set aside time to

your potential to reach this demography. On av-

consume news. They start the day off by reading the local pa-

erage, Americans spend 36% more time reading

per and sit in front of the TV every night to watch the evening

news stories that match up to their views than they

news. That’s not true for millennials, though. Instead of set-

spend reading stories that have opposing views.

ting some time aside, they have made it a part of their daily

The reason is simple. People don’t want their views

lives, due in large part to social media. In fact, 60% of millen-

challenged. They want to read information that

nials say they come across news when they are engaging in

supports what they already believe.

other activities, often on social media. They don’t occur on random social media networks, either. Most millennials get their news from Facebook. Unlike fast-paced Twitter feeds and photo-centric Instagram pages, Facebook is about relationships. Millennials visit the site over and over again throughout the day to find out what their friends and family are doing. When

There is a disturbing amount of false news being circulated on various social media


More than the millennial: If you get your news from social media, you’re not alone. A 2016 Pew Research poll reported that 62% of adults get there news from social media. The peek ages were a surprising 38-49 year olds! Facebook was the main source of news for these adults.

In the month before the 2016 election, Americans reported spending 66 minutes per day absorbing election news. Facebook dominates as the main online source for political news, but local TV is still the most popular option to keep people informed.


Social media locks people off in the world they started with


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Hashtag Humiliation The following excerpt is taken from the book “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed” by Jon Ronson which looks at the unsavory side of twitter and what it means for businesses and individuals alike. In it, Ronson looks at the herd mentality and scandals that have one epicenter: social media. “[Social media] locks people off in the world they started with and prevents them from finding out anything different. They get trapped in the system of feedback reinforcement. Twitter passes lots of information around, but it tends to be the kind of information that people know that others in their particular network will like. So what you get is a kind of mutual grooming. One person sends on information that they know others will respond to in accepted ways. And then, in return, those others will like the person who gave them that piece of information. So information becomes a currency through which you buy friends and become accepted into the system. That makes it very difficult for bits of information that challenge the accepted views to get in. They tend to get squeezed out. When someone says something or does something that disturbs the agreed protocols of the system, the other parts react furiously and try to eject that destabilising fragment and regain stability. And so the idea that there is another world of other people who have other ideas is marginalised in our lives.”

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In the month before the 2016 election, Americans reported spending 66 minutes per day absorbing election news. Facebook dominates as the main online source for political news, but local TV is still the most popular option to keep people informed.

they express themselves differently on social me-

in the 24/7 news cycle, it’s publish now, check your facts later

dia, sharing their personal opinion more openly on social media, despite the fact that journalists are seen as being objective and reporters of news facts relating to events of general importance. The problem with this style of reporting style is that it leads to rash reporting, some of which can easily be false. Unfortunately, everybody reads the hyped false reoprt but nobody reads the retraction. No

With 45% of journalists putting out 60% to 100% of what they publish as soon as possible – without checking facts – and correcting any errors later if necessary, “publish first and correct later” seems to be the new motto. Only 20% always check the facts before publishing. 52% of PR professionals said that since the arrival of social media journalists seek contact less frequently to check facts. 52% of PR professionals said that since the arrival of social media journalists get in contact less frequently to check the facts. Journalists act differently on social media compared to the way they report through traditional news channels. 67% of journalists said

one remembers retractions; no one reads the “corrections” column that appears at the bottom of page 17, to correct a screaming page 1 headline from the day before. The person who was arrested is assumed to have been guilty, and there they stay, right up to, through, and even after their trial. “Found innocent?” “Released?” Forget about it. They’ve been guilty all this time, and they still are. This is what’s so dangerous about viral news stories in an ever changes focus. Everyone cares about the newest story and with a desire to get more news even


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faster so we can feel informed, the truth can easily slip through

the information if the beliefs are strong.

the cracks in a timeline of tweets.

Even when we think we’ve properly corrected a

Further complicated the situation, recognizing errors and issu-

false belief, the original exposure often continues

ing retractions and corrections can sometimes be a difficult task.

to influence our memory and thoughts. In a series

In a study from 2013, Kelly Garrett and Brian Weeks looked to

of studies, Lewandowsky and his colleagues at the

see if political misinformation—specifically, details about who

University of Western Australia asked university

is and is not allowed to access your electronic health records—

students to read the report of a liquor robbery that

that was corrected immediately would be any less resilient than

had ostensibly taken place in Australia’s Northern

information that was allowed to go uncontested for a while. At

Territory. Everyone read the same report, but in

first, it appeared as though the correction did cause some peo-

some cases racial information about the perpetra-

ple to change their false beliefs. But, when the researchers took

tors was included and in others it wasn’t. In one

a closer look, they found that the only people who had changed

scenario, the students were led to believe that the

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their views were those who were ideologically predisposed to disbelieve the fact in question. If someone held a contrary attitude, the correction not only didn’t work—it made the subject more distrustful of the source. A climate-change study from 2012 found a similar effect. Strong partisanship affected how a story about climate change was processed, even if the story was apolitical in nature, such as an article about possible health ramifications from a disease like the West Nile Virus, a potential side effect of change. If information doesn’t square with someone’s prior beliefs, he discards the beliefs if they’re weak and discards

More than the millennial: If you get your news from social media, you’re not alone. A 2016 Pew Research poll reported that 62% of adults get there news from social media.


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More than the millennial: If you get your news from social media, you’re not alone. A 2016 Pew Research poll reported that 62% of adults get there news from social media. The peek ages were a surprising 38-49 year olds! Facebook was the main source of news for these adults.

suspects were Caucasian, and in another that they were Ab-

cial misinformation that identified the perpetrators

original. At the end of the report, the racial information either

as Aboriginals, even though they knew it had been

was or wasn’t retracted. Participants were then asked to take

corrected. They answered the factual questions ac-

part in an unrelated computer task for half an hour. After that,

curately, stating that the information about race

they were asked a number of factual questions (“What sort of

was false, and yet they still relied on race in their

car was found abandoned?”) and inference questions (“Who do

inference responses, saying that the attackers were

you think the attackers were?”). After the students answered all

likely Aboriginal or that the store owner likely had

of the questions, they were given a scale to assess their racial

trouble understanding them because they were

attitudes toward Aboriginals.

Aboriginal. This was, in other words, a laboratory

Everyone’s memory worked correctly: the students could all

case of the very dynamic that Nyhan identified:

recall the details of the crime and could report precisely what

strongly held beliefs continued to influence judg-

information was or wasn’t retracted. But the students who

ment, despite correction attempts—even with a

scored highest on racial prejudice continued to rely on the ra-

conscious awareness of what was happening.


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Know your source America’s partisan divide is well-illustrated by which news outlets people stick to. Some news outlets have a fairly even distribution of viewers, while others (some of which are the most popular in the country) skew strongly to the right or left. Knowing which way an outlet leans can help you get a broader range of news and improve your ability to make decisions. Find your preferred news outlets below and see what they say about your political ideology and maybe consider following a source on the opposite side of where you land on Twitter.

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Free Yourself from Student Loans If you’re on a tight budget, it may be difficult to steer any additional cash toward education debt. But you should try to pay it off as early as possible; otherwise it might stick around for a decade or more, which could prevent you from saving enough for retirement. Here are five steps to paying off any lingering loans of your own—and to helping your children settle theirs down the road.

Pay off variable private loans first If you have this type of loan—which makes up 15 percent of total U.S. education debt—this may seem like an odd move. After all, the interest rates on variable private loans (given by banks and credit unions) are currently lower than the fixed rates on federally backed and private loans. But historically this situation is unusual, and if the economy improves, interest hikes are probable in the near future. “Rates could climb 5 to 6 percent over the next four years, making your monthly burden unmanageable,” says Kantrowitz. That’s why it’s wise to unload these balances as soon as possible. If you can, pay twice the required amount until you have eliminated this debt and make only the minimum monthly contribution toward your fixed-rate federal loans, since those rates cannot increase.


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Ask your employer to pay off your student loan A little-known way to eliminate college debt is to appeal to your boss for a compensation package. “Some midsize companies cannot pay the kinds of salaries that a large corporation can, but they may be inclined to offer lower wages in exchange for a onetime payout toward your loan,” says Manuel Fabriquer, the president of College Planning ABC, a consulting firm in San Jose, California. Why? It costs them less in salary payments in the long run. A good rule of thumb is to never be too afraid to ask for what you want. Especially from a boss. The worst thing that can happen is them saying no, and then you just move on.

Time is precious when it comes to repaying your student loans. The interest builds up the longer you draw it out, so work on paying them back as quickly as possible

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Be willing to take a lower salary and to commit to staying at a job for a specific time period in exchange for a payment towards your schooling

Consider consolidation If you graduated before July 1, 2006, it pays to roll multiple federal loans into one—you’ll lock in an interest rate that’s lower than what you’re paying on each separate loan. Earned a diploma since then? All federal student loans now carry fixed interest rates, so there’s no financial benefit to consolidating. (And it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to combine any variable private loans.) Nevertheless, if you have trouble keeping track of payment deadlines and have been hit with late fees on occasion, go ahead and consolidate.


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Sign up for auto-deductions You may have already realized that automatic online loan payments make your life easier. What you may not know is that all government and some private lenders charge a slightly lower interest rate (usually 0.25 percent less) if you make your monthly remittance this way. Over 25 years of payments, you’ll reduce your repayment period by at least a year, says Reyna Gobel, the author of Graduation Debt ($15, amazon.com). Best of all, you can sign up now, even if you’ve been repaying your loans for years. The most expensive college in the United States—Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, New York—charges $44,220 a year for tuition. And that doesn’t include fees and room and board, which can cost an additional $14,000. Even more disturbing is that the annual cost of a college education has risen by 130 percent in the past 20 years, according to the College Board. As a result, Americans have racked up about $1 trillion in education debt from both federal and private student and parent loans. “People are borrowing twice as much as they were a decade ago because grants and scholarships are not keeping up with the escalating costs of college,” says Mark Kantrowitz, the publisher of FinAid.org and FastWeb.com, free online financial-aid resources. To wit: Graduates of the class of 2011 have an average of $27,200 in debt, up from about $17,600 in 2001.

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How to Travel on a Budget Rent an affordable car that can off road well for your weekend trip to the country

When I was 18, I wrote a postcard to my grandmother from Austria, describing how I slept for free on the porch of a hostel in Innsbruck. While I wouldn't do that now, it's fun to reminisce about my backpacking days. Back then, bars were inundated with smoke, currency changes were required after each border crossing, and it took about nine hours to travel from London to Paris. Yet despite the changes, the adventure and thrills of good, old-fashioned vagabonding survive. One of the most amazing changes over the past decade is the speed and ease with which you can get around. In my 20s, I traveled around Europe on a two-month Eurail pass that cost about $200. I slept on trains as much as I could to save time and money. But fast and cheap transportation options—especially the proliferation of discount airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet, have changed the way budget travelers can see Europe.

The adventure and thrills of good, oldfashioned vacation bonding survives.


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Getting Around My first stop when seeking cheap flights is Skyscanner.com. This no-frills website provides a fast way to determine which European budget airlines serve the route you're eyeing and helps you compare prices.Although flights may look cheap at first glance, it's important to factor in the extra costs, such as the price for getting to and from the airport. Also, since budget airlines are not making much money on your ticket, they look for other ways to pad their profits, such as charging for food and drink, priority boarding, seat reservations, checking bags and checking in at the airport (instead of online). With a little planning, a few sacrifices and light packing, travelers can avoid most of these. One mode of transportation I advise backpackers to steer clear of is a car. While car-rental prices may look enticing, this is hardly ever the cheapest option for getting around. The daily fee may be low, but the extras, such as tolls, gas and parking, make it far more expensive than it seems. Also, Europe is dotted with automatic speed guns and cameras that will issue a ticket and track you down even across the pond. I know this because my own 20-something-year-old son was photographed speeding and received a $100 ticket with a $100 service charge tacked on by the rental company.

When traveling to Switzerland there is one rule that you must know before you get there. Using salt and pepper to season your food at a restaurant is considered to be very offensive to the ones preparing the meal. You never mess with the people who make your food so you will just have to eat it.


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Saving on Accommodations When it comes to economical accommodations, hostels are still some of the cheapest beds in town. But while being a member of the Hostelling International network used to be the mark of a respectable hostel, that's no longer the case. Most independent hostels have just as high standards, and they are often more interesting and fun. The best way to find hostels these days is through Hostelworld.com. Another way to sleep inexpensively is to rent a bed in someone's home. Airbnb.com is a great way to find such accommodations, with its extensive list of options ranging from futons in the living room to entire apartments. You can read reviews to make sure it matches what you're looking for, and it's also relatively safe, as cash never trades hands (payment is handled via the website).

One thing I always encourage young travelers to do is to keep a journal

Visit Rio De Janeiro and take a tour of the sky’s on these amazing zip lines.


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Don’t Forget the Essentials! 01. Personal ID 02. Cash and credit cards 03. Health insurance 04. Transportation tickets 05. Chargers 06. Camera

07. Blanket and Pillow 08. Prescriptions 09. A few outfits 10. Walking shoes 11. Toiletry basics 12. Sunscreen

Tours & Memories One recent development in Europe is the advent of free walking tours. While the tour technically doesn't cost anything, guides work solely on tips (and they make sure to remind you of that). At first I wasn't hot on these "free" tours, as guides— generally expat students who have memorized a script—emphasize stories over the strictly academic and are known to take some liberties with historical events and characters. But they're still enjoyable, and for travelers on a budget, they provide an affordable way to get to know a place. One thing I always encourage young travelers to do is to keep a journal (or these days, a blog). As a travel writer and teacher, one of my favorite discoveries is that the journal entries I wrote as a scruffy 20-year-old in 1975 still resonate with the generally much-less-scruffy 20-year-old American exploring Europe in 2013. Today the same timeless magic is there—it's just a lot more convenient and comfortable to find it.

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