I’m definitely no poly-sci major or current events expert, but no matter your major I do think it’s really important that you keep up with current events. I’ve never been a huge reading buff so boring news articles never really appealed to me.
However, as I get older I think it’s really important that I understand at least the basics of what’s going on in the world! Plus you sound so smart when you know what you’re talking about and are able to have a conversation with someone about current events. I can’t stress how important it is to be an informed citizen!
The idea was reinforced this summer especially for me being out of the country. Even though I’m an ocean away, I still want to know what’s going on back at home! My office is extremely global and current events come up in conversation often, so it’s important that I’m informed so I can sound like I know what I’m talking about!
As a busy college student sitting down every morning with the newspaper and a cup of coffee to catch up on what’s happening is not really an option. I needed something fast, on the go, easy to read/ understand, and something that made the news interesting!
I’ve been subscribed to theSkimm for over 2 years now and the rest in the last 6 months or so. If anyone else struggles to get the current events everyday in their super busy schedules these are all really good options.
theSkimm // I've been signed up for theSkimm for a really long time and I think it's my favorite option. It's an email summary that comes in around 6am every week day and gives you a quick summary of all the main current events worldwide. The company was started by 2 women (#girlpower) and I actually asked them a few questions for a blog post a few months ago! It's super witty and entertaining and I look forward to seeing it everyday in my inbox! Plus the subject line every day always cracks me up. Sign up for theSkimm here!
Quartz // Set up similar to theSkimm but is a little more serious. It has sections like "What to watch for today," "While you were sleeping," and "Surprising discoveries" to keep you informed on everything that's happening in the world. It also focus on finance and money related current events more than any of the other options. Quartz links some great articles in their news letter everyday and always covers a few different stories than theSkimm so it's nice to get some variety! It also comes in the form of an email early every morning. Sign up for Quartz today!
Need 2 Know // Probably my second favorite option behind theSkimm! This one is super user friendly and easy to read. Current events are numbered down the page and short explanations for each is listed underneath. There's some humor intertwined and they also link relevant articles in case you want to read more about a headline. While some of the others focus more on current events related to politics, Need 2 Know covers a huge range of topics including Tech, Sports, and Entertainment! If you want to see Need 2 Know in your inbox every morning, sign up here!
Yahoo Digest // I love this app! I pre load some of the articles on it before I go down into the metro every morning so I can read them on my commute to my internship! Every day it's refreshed and has headlines for the biggest current events. If you're interested in the headlines you can click it and it provides you with a news article relating to that topic and then below the article it has videos and tweets on the same topic! It's super user friendly and I couldn't recommend this app more!
Now I Know // So this isn't exactly a news related thing, but I am also subscribed to this daily email newsletter! It's written by Dan Lewis who is a lawyer and dad and writes this email and sends it out every morning! He provides fun random facts everyday and they're always on topics that I have no knowledge about! Last weeks topics ranged from the scientific reasoning behind why it takes so long to board an airplane to the first song on the planet! It's entertaining to read walking between classes or while procrastinating on homework. Sign up for Dan Lewis's emails here!
How do you keep up with the news?