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Study Tips for the Lazy Student

February 20, 2017

Alright, so we’re how far into the semester now? Too far. Yet, essays and assignments have already piled up, and the tests and exams keep on coming. So, what’s a student to do when they’ve got a lot of studying to do and just not enough motivation to do it? Well, cue our study tips for the lazy student. That’s right – we’ve we’ve rounded up study tips that require the least amount of time, energy and effort, because sometimes, you just don’t feel like studying.

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State Spotlight: Texas

February 17, 2017

There’s a reason there are so many American songs written about Texas: the state has a culture that’s seemingly all its own. Boasting one of the largest economies in the country, Texas may often be the state you think of when you consider stereotypical Americans: the great Southern accent, larger-than-life personalities, and truly great (and often greasy) food. Though they say that “everything is bigger in Texas,” the state isn’t as rowdy as you’d imagine. It’s rich in history, ecological and cultural diversity, and plenty of great things to do, which is why we’re featuring it for this month’s state spotlight.Continue Reading »

February Resource Round-Up

February 15, 2017

We know it can be difficult to sift through all of the noise on the Internet. You likely come across hundreds of articles on a regular basis, trying to filter through which are gags and others worthwhile reads. That’s where we come in with our “Resource Round-Up” series. We’re curating our current favorite articles, blogs, videos, and information from across the Internet and narrowing it down to a few “must-reads”.

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And the Oscar Goes to….

February 13, 2017

The Academy Awards, or the “Oscars”, are the highly-anticipated American award ceremony that recognizes the best work in the U.S. film industry. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences holds and televises this extravagant affair once per year, offering a spectacle full of glitz, and glam. The event is arguably just as famous for the pulled-off-the-runway fashion as it is for the awards themselves, but whether you’re a film buff, fashion buff, or just want to understand the next day’s memes, the Oscars are a star-studded event worth watching.

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Swiping Right: Your Guide to Dating Apps in the U.S.

February 10, 2017

Dating culture in the U.S. can seem foreign even to Americans — but what’s more foreign to both those in relationships and single people alike are dating apps. Now one of the most infamous and increasingly ubiquitous necessities in finding romance in the modern age, dating apps are often proclaimed as an extension of or supplement to real life (or offline) dating. These dating apps may differ slightly in their methods for finding a “match”, but for the most part, they all require you to build a profile, include a selection of photos, and depending on the app, sometimes share specific interests and preferences.

Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or in a relationship and just curious about the latest mobile dating craze, we’ve created a guide to understanding the most commonly used American dating apps out there.

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February Pop Picks

February 8, 2017

Every month, we’re sharing our “pop picks” — the TV shows, films, or videos we’re watching; the music and podcasts we’re listening to; and the books we’re reading. We’ll select our a few of our entertainment favorites and tell you why you’ve got to check them out so that you can stay up-to-date on what’s popular in American culture.

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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day This Year

February 6, 2017

Ah, yes – Valentine’s Day. Though the holiday is always rumored to have originated with greeting card companies trying sell more cards, Valentine’s Day is actually said to have its roots as a pagan festival, and later as a Christian holiday. As ancient Roman traditions say, Saint Valentine was a priest caught marrying couples and encouraging love, during a time when the Roman Emperor had outlawed such engagements. The story has since evolved and developed into a holiday in which people exchange cards or gifts with their friends or loved ones, or engage in a little romance with their other half (significant other). Valentine’s Day is certainly not unique to the United States, but the country does offer many different interpretations of the day and how to celebrate. For those of you looking to embrace the love this year, here are our favorite ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day:

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An App That Helps You Get Cool Stuff – Just for Paying Attention in Class

February 3, 2017

You know, anytime we avoided using our phone in class, we felt like we deserved a medal. It’s not necessarily that class was uninteresting or that we were bored (though, sometimes we were) – but our phones give us access to so many things in the world around us, that not checking a social feed or getting in contact with our friends felt like a rather big accomplishment at times. You can imagine then how our ears perked up when we heard about a rather interesting app that offers rewards for not using your phone.

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The Biggest Sporting Event in America

February 1, 2017

Get ready to eat lots of chicken wings, drink beer, and hear lots of Americans screaming loudly at their TVs. The biggest sporting event in America takes place this year on Sunday, February 5th, and no, we’re not exaggerating when we say this is the biggest. The two best teams in the National Football League (NFL) will face off against each other in the Super Bowl, the league’s championship game, and more than 100 million people across the country (fans and non-fans alike) will be watching. To get you prepared for this major cultural and athletic event, we’re sharing a little background on the event, how people usually spend the day, and how you can join in the fun.

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This Might Be One of America’s Quirkiest “Holidays”

January 30, 2017

Of all of the culturally-recognized holidays celebrated in the United States, Groundhog Day just might be the strangest. Occurring annually on February 2nd, Groundhog Day isn’t so much a holiday as it is a tradition – though listed on most American calendars as a holiday. We’d classify it more as a tradition because the day isn’t so much a day in honor or in celebration of anything, but instead, an American custom where an animal gives its prediction about the weather for the remainder of the season. If you’re thinking that sounds strange, then you’re right – it is pretty strange. But let’s dive a little further into the origin of the holiday and what exactly we mean by an “animal predicting the weather.”

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