7 things you’ll definitely go through in a long distance relationship

by Joy Swasy**** Right now, we’re in a time that long distance relationships are prevalent. First, the popularity of online dating has made it possible to meet people miles away. Second, COVID-19 has forced couples to quarantine in their separate homes for months on end.  While a long distance relationship, as defined by Oxford Languages, is “a […]

8 reasons to love the ‘Star Wars’ prequels

Julia McKenna defends the prequel trilogy. “I don’t like sand.” Whether it be for their wooden dialogue, reliance on special effects, obsession with drawn out scenes of political discourse, or everyone’s favorite comic relief, Jar Jar Binks, the Star Wars prequels have always been ravaged with criticism.  However, in recent years, many fans have reevaluated […]

How to stop dreading your alarm clock

Seven solutions for a mindful morning routine by Kylie Caputo**** Winter is just around the corner…cue the freezing cold, pitch black, dreadful mornings. Your sleep habits impact your mental, physical and emotional health more than you may know.  Studies show inadequate sleep leads to depression, high anxiety levels, insomnia, and a multitude of psychological problems.  The […]

7 reasons you should be more organized

by Sarah Criswell**** Everyone strives to be the best version of themselves, but for some, it can be a life-long struggle to get there. People search for what to specifically change in their lives to be able to reach their goals, but it can be hard to achieve them while also maintaining a sustainable lifestyle. […]

7 must-have affordable items from Trader Joe’s (coming from a college student)

by Gabby Silipigni**** I can speak for many college students when I say shopping for groceries is hard.  Maybe it is just me, but I constantly find myself spending $60 on groceries and when I am about to make food, all I have is bananas and hummus. I have tried branching out and making different […]

Chicago’s 8 best attractions

by Sophie Vick**** Ah, Chicago. As someone who grew up a short train ride away from downtown, I’ve come to appreciate the city more now that I’ve moved away. I always miss Chicago but now that it’s not at my fingertips, I think about the Windy City a lot more than most of my peers […]

7 healthier alternatives to the most common holiday dishes

by Julianna LaFollette**** Thanksgiving and Christmas are a time of celebration, giving thanks, enjoying friends and family, but most importantly, they are a time to eat a large meal.  If you are like me, you tend to grab a few too many servings of not-so-healthy food and end up feeling bloated, sluggish or guilty afterward. […]

5 steps to take in your 20s that will lead to success

by Kaitlyn Hipple**** Living in your 20s is a time for risks, growth, and self discovery.  These are the times to take adventures and develop strong habits that will lead to success in the near future.  While some might call their 20s a “defining decade” in their careers, others take this time to discover their […]

7 ways to start loving yourself

by Iris Neubecker**** “I love myself.”  Three simple words, yet some of the hardest to say, let alone comprehend.  To many, the phrase may sound arrogant or selfish, but to others, the term acts as a victory to one of our most challenging battles.  It took me 19 years to be able to say “I […]

How to be ‘vegan minded’

by Laura Weston **** Have you ever wondered what it takes to be vegan? Questioned if you could do it? I’m going to break it down and prove it truly is not that complicated. I know how difficult it can be to balance the busy and demanding lifestyle of a college student. Having on-the-go quick-and-easy meals is […]

7 ways to stay busy during a global pandemic

by Mariam Amireh**** Are you bored out of your mind thinking of ways to keep busy while trying to dodge COVID-19? Do you feel like you’re going bonkers from being indoors longer than usual? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then this list will definitely come in handy. Having extra free […]

Top 7 state flags in the U.S.

by Bryce Wren**** The state flags in the United States show a picture of what each state represents. They should be, at a quick glance, easily recognizable and provide a clear representation of the state. There are, however, states that do not have a designed flag and use their state seal instead. In my opinion, […]

5 transgender people who represent the community more than Caitlyn Jenner

by Alex Taks **** Caitlyn Jenner famously came out as transgender in 2015. This was shocking for many and a huge step forward for the transgender community – or was it? Jenner isn’t exactly role model for the transgender community in any sense. Her experience is quite unique.  She had immediate access to Hormone Replacement […]

7 reasons to practice yoga every day

by Anneliese Horan **** Yoga is a popular, fast-growing, diverse fitness and wellness movement. It can be a relaxing, slower-paced, flowing movement, or an energetic, face-paced, sweat-filled workout.  Nevertheless, there are many health benefits from whichever yoga practice you choose.  In no particular order, here are seven reasons why you should make practicing yoga part […]

Explaining key differences in education agendas for Biden, Trump

  The two men running to be the 46th President of the United States could not be more different in many ways – including their approaches on American education. President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have very different approaches to how the education system in America should operate. With the upcoming […]

Negative political ads dominate 2020 election season – especially in tight races like SC’s Graham-Harrison for U.S. Senate

With Election Day just around the corner, and the United States divided more than ever, Americans are taking a very close look at policy and politicians before they vote. And that means seeing a lot of negative political ads over the past several months. By Carter Weston And it’s political advertising on the airwaves and online […]

Make your vote count Nov. 3

The 2020 presidential election has brought a ton of confusion about how and when people can vote due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This video is a how-to on the best way to make your vote count Nov. 3. The 2020 election is unlike any other presidential election, as we are in the midst of a […]

Five low-cost, low-effort tips for self care during Quarantine 

In these unprecedented times, it is increasingly more important to look out for your own physical and mental well-being. For many people around the world that are dealing with the financial and emotional strain of the new normal, stress and anxiety levels are at an all time high. Everybody could use a little bit of […]

7 reasons why you should study abroad in France

Studying abroad in France was the best experience I have ever had, and it changed the way I live, think, and go about daily life. For example, I try much harder to not waste water because my host mom told me that I use too much water while brushing my teeth! This along with bigger, […]

8 things to know before studying abroad

Studying abroad has become very popular among college students, and in recent years it has become more achievable and affordable.  Studying abroad is scary at first for most people (usually the fun kind of scary). Whether it’s your first time out of the country or your fifth time, there are always going to be unknowns.  […]

Nine ways to succeed in college

Good advice as we start Finals Week! College creeps up on many unsuspecting victims, leaving them anxious and confused about what to do next. This anxiety only makes it harder to step back and make a plan for success.  Whether you are a senior in high school or a junior in college, the pressure of […]

Fashionably ethical: A dive into the downside of fast-fashion and how you can help

Fast fashion has taken the world by storm since the 1980s. Companies like Zara, Forever 21 and H&M are all known for offering affordable, stylish clothing nationwide. Millions of people flock to these stores in order to get great deals on pieces, looking fashionable while not breaking the bank. There’s an underlying issue with this […]

Ranking the 23 spookiest ghosts, cryptids and urban legends in North America

With Halloween only 233 days (and counting!) away, it’s about time we start thinking spooky thoughts. But it’s always so hard to know where to start, isn’t it? Not to worry, boys and ghouls, because here lies but a small number of boogeymen–from the lesser-knowns to the famous to the infamous. The rank of each […]

5 ways to stay motivated for Finals Week

The dreaded time after Spring Break always approaches rather quickly. For that wonderful week away, you were  able to shut off your mind and not worry about school work. And with the coronavirus completely interrupting the semester this spring, getting back on track has been even tougher. But the pure bliss of freedom is still […]

Best ways to avoid COVID-19

Hand sanitizer and toilet paper shortages, travel bans, and mass hysteria have all been the products of the coronavirus pandemic. But while the United States is just starting to experience the worst of this pandemic, the impact will continue, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. “We […]

Top 6 benefits of Zumba

Zumba fitness is a dance group fitness class that targets the entire body. The popular fitness craze was started by Beto Perez, an aerobics instructor who forgot his cassette tape for class. Instead of canceling class, he improvised by using his Latin music cassettes and eventually “Zumba” was born. Zumba incorporates numerous world music and […]

Charleston’s 11 best beach restaurants

Ever wondered where to eat when visiting the Charleston coast but felt like there were too many options and not enough time? As of 2019, 6.9 million individuals have visited the Holy City to soak up its rich history, southern hospitality, beautiful beaches and iconic cuisine. Three of Charleston’s most popular beaches include Folly Beach, […]

5 things you must do in Gothenburg, Sweden 

Once the coronavirus has disappeared, we will hopefully be able to travel back and forth to Europe again. And a great place to travel to is the undiscovered city of Gothenburg, Sweden – a west coast town that offers both the exciting pulse and the calming vibe of a sea breeze. Gothenburg is the second-largest […]

7 reasons to consider exercising

You have likely exercised at one point or another in your life, whether it was on weight machines at the gym, running on a trail or even biking through your neighborhood. Have you ever stopped to think about the variety of potential benefits exercising can have on your life? Keep reading to learn about seven […]

11 must-learn TikTok dances during Quarantine

This is how to make it as an elder ‘Zoomer’ in this quarantine. Now that so many of us have extra downtime and need something to do, it’s way past time to get on TikTok – a Chinese app created in 2012 to inspire creativity – and start dancing.  Or at the very least, you […]