Stay informed on pressing issues

One of the most important things to understand while you are in college is that Chadron is not the only place in the world. There are things that go on outside campus, outside Nebraska, and outside the country.
As young adults, it is our responsibility to keep up to date with events occuring all over the globe. When North Korea makes a threat to a U.S. territory, we need to be aware. On Tuesday, a North Korean missile flew over Japan, causing panic and increasing the existing military tension around the world.
CNN reported that South Korea and the U.S. responded by launching a joint military drill dropping bombs on a designated bombing range near the DMZ.
This is big news. This is real news. We need to be aware of what is happening, and be able to form intelligent thoughts on the events around the globe. Talk with your teachers, your friends, your parents, or a random person while grocery shopping. Put yourself in a position to have an intelligent conversation about pressing issues.
Educate yourself on the issues that are dividing our nation. What happened in Charlottesville, Virginia? White supremacists, the KKK and neo-Nazis clashed with protestors, over the removal of a statue of confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Heather Heyer, a 32-yearl-old, participating in the anti-racist protest was hit and killed by a car that crashed into the rally. 19 others were injured.
A woman was killed over a statue.
Is this country really turning into a place where people are murdered for disagreeing with someone else?
How many thousands of people have been evacuated or have completely lost their homes because of a tragic natural disaster?
Hurricane Harvey struck the gulf coast this week, drowning southeast Texas in several feet of rain, in a matter of a few days, with more on the way. According to The New York Times, as of Wednesday, 30 people have lost their lives, with more missing.
The storm has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but it is still projected to drop a foot or more of rain. Houston is almost unrecognizable, and thousands were forced to flee to shelters around the city. The storm has caused damage that will take years to bounce back from.
Now, all of this is striking news that is somber in nature. Not all news is negative, there are positive things that get overlooked.
But the point is to be aware that these things are happening. As Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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