It is imperative students make themselves aware of global issues instead of remaining blissfully ignorant of important international affairs.
Staying informed is extremely important, especially for students within the typical college age range. Many young adults unfortunately do not realize staying informed is important for a variety of reasons. Reading the news is not something only parents or older folks do—this is something every person, regardless of age, is responsible for.
It is not difficult to keep yourself in the know with all of the technology available today. With Internet, television and radio access so widespread, there is no excuse for students to be ignorant of world issues. News is not only extremely accessible, but it is also everywhere. Just walking down the street, you are bombarded by information you did not even actively seek out. Staying informed can be as simple as peeking into a newsstand and skimming over the day’s headlines or watching the local news on a restaurant television.
As college students, it is easy to stay informed. Universities are bustling hubs of information. The campus library for example is a great place to gather information, whether by computer, newspaper or through other sources the school provides. The Texas State campus is positively littered with computer labs where students can relax and browse through the news online.
One of the best tools on a university campus can be an enthusiastic professor who enjoys staying up-to-date with current events. Even other students can be a valuable resource. Many students on campus are news fiends and would be more than happy to share their knowledge with you. Furthermore, there are many political clubs on campus that pride themselves on knowing the news and debating its relevance. Joining one of these clubs can be a great way to not only keep yourself accountable for gathering your own knowledge, but challenging it and helping it grow.
Despite all of this, universities are ample sources for misinformation. This is where a commitment to keeping oneself on top of the news comes into play. By regularly reading the news, students can gain an upper hand in raking through questionable sources.
Skepticism is healthy, especially when it comes to news and the opinions of others. Students should not blindly trust everything said, written or broadcasted—even if it comes from the mouth of a professor. Everything comes with bias attached, and only informed students have the tools to effectively recognize this.
All in all, staying informed not only keeps a person up-to-date on the world, but it helps them stay studious and mentally active. Take that iPad outside, and go read the newspaper. Major information sources like CNN and Fox News have applications for iPhones and Androids so viewers can keep their issues on the go, and there is a website for every news outlet imaginable. Students have no excuse to remain uninformed.
Reading the news keeps student minds sharp and gives them a critical lens with which to examine what they are learning in class. Students should find topics in the news that interest them and stay on top of them, whether through university or outside outlets.