June Favorites

Every month, I will share some links to websites that I find interesting. Anything from articles to videos is fair game! These are this month’s favorites:


 

DID YOU HEAR?
…there was an interesting study first reported by the Journal of Language and Social Psychology that shows using filler words like “I mean” or “like” might not be a sign of vapidness or Valley Girl-ishness.

…the HuffPost dished out seven reasons the brain loves being bilingual. I found this to be extremely fascinating and I’m glad that I am on my way to fluency in Spanish!

this article suggests your high school GPA actually matters. It gave me something to think about…and something to be infuriated about. On average, a female who earned a 4.0 GPA in high school will end up making the same amount as a male who earned a 2.0! See for yourself!

…about this news, which made me so excited (and built me back up after the whole GPA article)! This is so fantastic! Starbucks is investing in “human capital” by offering free college tuition to its workers. Wow!

…that WalMart is hoping to follow Starbucks’ lead? Ha! I thought this was hilarious, anyway. Three cheers for satire.

…about the awesomeness that is Finland? Here’s just one example.

…about the homelessness issues in relation to higher education?

…that our moral code can sometimes shift with which language we are speaking while making an ethical decision? Here’s another great article on the same topic for perspective.

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO?

This is such a fun site for the summer! Go on a little road trip to visit a great museum, historical site, state park, or some other great (and, yes, nerdy) place! Find what’s near you to prepare for your own day trip.

Check out this fantastic post about summer that I think we all need to remind us to stop being lazy and start doing the things summer is meant for. HackCollege has rapidly become one of my favorite sites.

Here’s a great idea! You can watch Orange is the New Black on Netflix or perhaps spend a day reading books from this OITNB-inspired reading list!

Try watching this fantastic video. It’s strangely comforting to hear others’ letters to themselves – especially when it’s teachers discussing their first day in front of a classroom. I really enjoy the SoulPancake YouTube channel and I also suggest the Write a Love Letter to Yourself video as well.

Maybe you’ll find this as interesting as I did: A woman sent her portrait to Photoshop experts from all over the globe to see how they defined beauty. The results are absolutely fascinating.

Volunteer your time, donate supplies or money – just DO SOMETHING to help others. This will be time well spent, I assure you.

NEED SOME ADVICE?

Let’s be real; everyone could probably be more productive. In fact, according to this article, people are truly only productive three days out of a week on average. I certainly learned something!

Headed to college for the first time in the fall? Yeah, me too… Let’s check out this interesting article with tips for making friends there!

Maybe this is silly of me to be reading right now. But I love reading and think it’s super, positively, extremely important to instill the love of reading in children. I plan to do so when I’m a teacher. So I need this post for future reference.

Here’s a tip: watch your mouth when speaking a foreign language, there are false friends abound!

Thank you for reading! Feel free to share your own favorites in the comments below.

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