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Let Me Share With You Something

Spring break is here and unlike most college students loaded with lust, cash, and drugs; I am stuck working my ass off in my hometown. Although I tell myself this is for the better in the long run, I’m starting to realize that college is the only time I will get to be self indulgent. After that I’ll (hopefully) have a carrer and I won’t be able to afford taking a week long trip to a tropical resort. I’ve realized that life is supposed to be fun and interesting, and that I haven’t done anything really for my own selfish benefit for awhile. It’s like a midlife crisis during my freshman year.

As I was driving around running errands and what not I came upon this nothing that I need a good sound system in my new car. I thought about it and realized that I neither had the money or the knowledge of installing such a system. I told myself that the money used to buy a stereo system could be better put towards college. But then I realized that I would never want a loud, bone-rattling sub in my car after college. I know I am going to miss these college years, and maybe I’ll never leave them, just for the sake of learning and of having no worries that accompany adulthood. College students have it made whether we realize it or not. We are in between two phases of our lives. The first one being our childhood, when we are told what to do and how to do it constantly by “adults.” And our adult lives where we work a 9 – 5 job, have bills piling up, children, and stress. Ryan O’Connell from the Thought Catalog expresses this best in his essay “Things You’ll Miss About College.” I am going to miss my life that I have now, and I wish I could never grow up and live in these years for the rest of my life.

Right now, I would easily say that if I could choose what ages I would like to live over and over again, I would choose from the time I was born until my college graduation. Maybe as I get older I’ll just keep moving the latter date back more and more, and I truly hope so, but I don’t think that I will. Never again in my lifetime will life be this carefree and fun.

But I’ll try to make it that way.

And here is a video to get you thinking about life. By Luke Redowski and titled “Just Keep Going, You’ve Got Nothing to Lose” it’s a beautiful video interviewing people on New York City’s metro. Enjoy.¬†

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What Makes You Read a Newspaper?

The pictorial header stand out and the use of negative space in the article really catches the eye and draws the reader in.

So.. I’ve been thinking these past couple days about what really makes a good newspaper. We all know news is important, because that’s what newspapers are for. But as traditional media is outdated, how do you make newspapers stay relevant? And besides from this, since I’m currently attending college I want to appeal to college kids. Any ideas out there? What I have so far is:

  1. A new design. Information has to be eye pleasing to get the student to pick up the paper and read it. Designs are nice to have. Here are some examples i’d like to go off of.

    The pictures at the top really catch the eye and get the reader involved with the paper without too much work.The solid header is great at making the name of the paper stand out without being too distracting.

  2. A greater focus on student wants rather than a focusing more on a general population. City/town news already does this, give the college kids something different.

    Cater to this audience. Not old farts.

  3. Focus more on student groups. Let the campus know what is going on and how interesting it is. But do not do reviews on these events, as that does not increase student body involvement. Rather focus more on previewing these things to get people excited to see them.
  4. Also, interview more students. Get students wanting to be in the paper, as an honor or privilege.

    Student groups need lovin' too.

    So what else? What else can you do to get people excited to read their student newspaper? I want to know, so leave any comments to bring new ideas to the table.

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