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Student Reading: Medals, yes, but not the Olympics Norway planned

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The all time leader in medals, Norway, has been having a disappointing run of it this round of the Olympics. It’s easy to think about the Olympics only from a USA-centric point of view (cause why not?), but this article will pull you out of that for a few minutes, and let you feel the disappointment and hopes of the Norwegians.

As always, please read at least the first paragraph of the article, although I’d encourage more.. so you can get to this quote:

The shock wasn’t just so much that the Norwegians lost the races, though that was bad enough. It was that their next-door neighbors, those uppity Swedes, won both.

 

Article here: Medals, yes, but not the Olympics Norway planned, by Seattlepi

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Student Reading: CA Drought: Big Difference Between Water Guzzlers and Sippers

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Today I’ve included an article pertinent for all of you starting to hear news of the California drought. It turns out that we as a state have HUGE differences in how much we consume per capita per day, with Coastal regions generally performing better than Inland regions. The article also mentions some other major contributors to water usage that can vary from neighbor to neighbor or block to block. Very interesting.

California Drought: Database shows big difference between water guzzlers and sippers

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Student Reading: American Cities with the Most Pleasant Weather

Student Reading: American Cities with the Most Pleasant Weather

Can you guess where San Diego sits on this list?? (we’re not #1). Can you guess how many California cities make up the top 5? And another question: can you guess which states contain the 5 cities with the least pleasant weather? There’s one repeat, i.e. one state contains two cities with the worst weather, so that’s 4 states.

As always, students, please read at least the first paragraph of this article. It’s a short one, so shouldn’t be too painful. Read More

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Student Reading: ‘Broad City,’ starring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, tries to crack the 20-something code

‘Broad City,’ starring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, tries to crack the 20-something code

From the Washington Post, an inside glimpse into a new series debuting on Comedy Central this week. As always, at least a paragraph, folks, but I would recommend in this case to make it a little longer, as there are some interesting pieces near the end of the article.

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Beat the Deadlines to Avoid Stress

Applying to college and filling out applications are stressful. This is not new news. Neither is this: a lot of the stress attached to the application process is due to procrastination. The good news about this old news is it means there’s an easy way to avoid a little (or a lot of) stress.

The application deadline is not a recommended submission date – so save yourself some anxiety and don’t treat it like one. Give yourself a cushion and kick stress to the curb. It’s easy to underestimate the time applying will actually take – and sometimes the easy things we take for granted end up causing us HUGE headaches. For example, many prospective students applying for early decision/action for Fall 2014 admissions with the common application know this all too well.

Read more about glitches with the common app at the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNBC.

So… instead of meeting the deadline, try beating it.