Best Longform Sports Stories

1. Mike Tyson

I love this story about Mike Tyson. Sports Illustrated uncovers all of Mike Tyson’s boxing success- beginning to end. He even mentions some of his later work, like his brief appearance in the movie The Hangover. I think he does a great job at really digging deeper into all of these decisions made by Tyson and just respecting what a good boxer he is. It’s definitely something sports fans should read.

2. Watching Rocky II With Muhammad Ali

This is Roger Ebert’s interesting encounter with watching Rocky movies with the greatest boxer of all time. Muhammad Ali is hilarious throughout Ebert’s story, at one point he relates to Rocky’s opponent Apollo. Apollo is the heavyweight champion who is taunting Rocky in the ring. I think Ali has a great sense of humor and I love this story.

3. Young, Gifted, and Homeless

I love how this article talks about some famous successful athletes who have openly talked about their past with homelessness. Sports Illustrated asks, “Well it’s great that these guys who are now successful are talking about it, but what about the kids living through it now?” They explore a high school boy who sees sports as an escape from his life of being homeless. And he’s not alone, the article also discusses the fact that this is an issue that’s only gotten worse over the years. It’s interesting to see things from their points of view.

4. The One And Only

This is a rather depressing story about Dan Marino and how he never won a Super Bowl. His one and only chance of winning one was against Joe Montana and the 49’ers. The Dolphins seemed to be on top but the 49’ers came back in the second half and pretty much blew Miami out. It was devastating to Marino and it still haunts him to this day. He figured he’d get a chance to go back considering he was still young at the time, but he never did. I just thought it was really interesting how such a successful quarterback considers himself not the best because he never won a Super Bowl.

5. Following Terry Fox

I’ve already talked about Terry Fox- a Canadian who ran across Canada on one leg raising money for the Cancer Foundation. However, this is a more recent article that shows the impact that this one man had on millions of people. The documentary began to touch on the reaction from the people who began paying attention to what Fox was doing, but it failed to really go in depth and tell the stories of people that Terry touched. Even after he died, his legacy continued to live on and it’s still doing just that even today. You’ll definitely be inspired after reading this.

6. The Man In The Van

Easily the best baseball profile I’ve read so far during this early start to the official season. The opening line of the story says it all, “The future of the Toronto Blue Jays wakes up in a 1978 Volkswagen camper behind the dumpsters at a Wal-mart and wonders if he has anything to eat.” It really paints a picture of how Daniel Norris is receiving so much hype about what he does on the field but off the field he likes living the life of a minimalist. It isn’t a dramatic story but it’s a fascinating one that really kept me interested in his story.

 

SR Trends Swimsuit Discount Guide!

Here is a helpful guide to affordable swimsuit wear from SR Trends. It comes at the perfect time as you go swimsuit shopping, keep all of these special tips in mind! Be sure to check out SR Trends for other helpful articles and discounts. They are the best at writing about extremely special deals for college students that some of us may not know about so be sure to check it out.

http://www.srtrends.com/the-ultimate-list-of-affordable-swimwear-brands/

Amazon Student

Hey guys!

I’m sure a lot of you use Amazon to get your shopping done. Amazon is really great with their Student deal. If you’re a student, you can sign up and get 6 months free shipping with Amazon Prime. The only downside is that you don’t get access to Amazon music, instant streaming, or books. But as a college student myself, I can say that it’s a reasonable deal to get free shipping on these essential items that you’re purchasing. After your six months free is up, students can get half off full access to Amazon Prime which includes the instant streaming, music, and books. The original price is $99 a year but students get $49 a year. That’s not a bad deal at all considering all that it comes with! So just consider that if you do sign up for Amazon Student and be sure to cancel it so you won’t be charge if that’s what you want.

If you sign up for Amazon Student today, I get $10. I could really use the money so it’d mean a lot if you did that for me! Be sure to spread the word and refer your friends as well so you’ll also get money from it.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info?ie=UTF8&refcust=MZ6XTEEFV62MUHNVAGJBYIVKGY&ref_type=generic

 

Celebrities Who Went To College

It’s true that a lot of celebrities skipped getting a degree and went straight to college. Some became actresses and actors then later pursued college. Regardless of when they did it, these are all famous people that you don’t know because of their brains but they’ve certainly proved their smarts!

Natalie Portman
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This stunning actress has brains too! She went to Harvard and got her degree in psychology. She also speaks many different languages like: Hebrew, French, Arabic, German, Japanese, and obviously English. She’s proved that being smart and learning things just because can be beneficial to you in the future!

James Franco


This actor has basically studied everywhere at this point. He obviously can’t get enough of education which isn’t a bad thing at all. He first started off studying at UCLA. After becoming an actor for awhile, he decided he wanted to attend graduate school so he did so in New York. I’m not going to mention all the schools he attended for graduate school since there’s like three rather wordy names. But basically, he’s currently getting his PhD at Yale University.

Conan O’Brien

The funny comedian graduated from Harvard University.

Edward Norton


This actor went to Yale University where he was a competitive rower. He also managed to act in the university productions alongside fellow actors Ron Livingston and Paul Giamatti. Norton ended up graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Meryl Streep


This actress who’s been nominated for more Oscars than anyone else is also extremely educated. She went to Vassar College then Yale School of Drama.

Rivers Cuomo


The Weezer lead singer went to Harvard after Weezer’s debut album reached commercial success. He ended up attending class off and on from 1995 to 2006. He ended up graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Emma Watson


The Harry Potter star was obviously young when the film’s were made. She decided to go after a degree. Watson began attending Brown University in 2009. She took a little hiatus to go back to acting but she’s apparently back at the school and set to graduate this year!

Thoughts On Homeschooling

When I was younger, I didn’t understand why I couldn’t be homeschooled. Both my parents work full time so there was basically no other option for schooling. Now, most of the homeschoolers are taught online and don’t even need an instructor supervising since they have an online teacher. This is really interesting to me and it has many pros and cons to it. I’ve decided to explore those here and see what you guys think about it!

Pro:
This is a pro for the student: getting to sleep in and not having to get ready or even move to go anywhere. You can do everything right where you are and you don’t always have a schedule or at least you can pick your own schedule.

Being able to do things at your own pace.

Not having that loud classroom atmosphere.

You can also be ahead other students- this goes hand in hand for doing things at your own pace. But for the previous one, I mostly meant that for those who may struggle with finishing assignments quickly. This one has to do with those who are ridiculously ahead and don’t want to be held behind.

Many teachers just teach things you already know and you don’t have to deal with listening to that.

Con:
Limited interaction- you don’t get to be around people your age or even experience teachers. It can be pretty lonely.

Sheltered- Being sheltered isn’t always a bad thing but it can be a rude awakening when you enter the world without ever having any experience that those in public school have.

Having someone to help and ask questions to- Yes, you have an online teacher. But that isn’t exactly the same thing. It feels different when you get the chance to actually be around the teacher and you get to work one on one. It has a more personal feel than just asking questions online and asking. If you have a parent who’s homeschooling you, it can get boring to just interact with your mom or dad all day. And what happens if they don’t have an answer to your question? That’s not to say public school teachers are always going to know the answer, but at least you get to have the experience to be around everyone.

Spring Break Update!

Here is a quick update involving Spring break. I’ve talked about this break endlessly throughout the month so far. Now it is actually time for the break. At least it is for me, I’m not sure if that’s earlier than everyone else or not. The break is a whole week off school. The question now that’s left to answer is: What are you going to do all break? Here are some fairly general ideas of what to do. This is just my first list, I’ll follow up with more specific lists according to what you should read/listen to/watch throughout the week.

  • Sleep in

This is the most obvious yet one of the most important of all. It’s also the one I look forward to the most.

  • Hangout with people you don’t normally

Do your best to interact with people you normally aren’t able to during the school year. Take advantage of the time you have to do what you want with some old and important friends.

  • Spring cleaning

This sounds really boring and not a great way to spend your time off. However, it can be nice to be productive. Getting things done can feel pretty good.

  • Organizing stuff

This goes hand in hand with cleaning. The difference is this one is more moving stuff around instead of just cleaning things up around your house. Providing some organization and moving around your furniture is a good idea to prepare for the upcoming season.

  • Get out of the house at least once a day

Staying inside your house all day is a waste of your break. You need to take advantage of being able to get out and not being stuck in classrooms for the majority of your day. Even if the weather turns out to be too cold, at least go to a movie or the mall. Go with relatives if you have to, just get out there and enjoy being able to do whatever you want for the week. You won’t regret it.

Spring Into Fashion!

March gives us some serious hope that Spring is just around the corner. While we’ve had glimpses of Spring this winter, it’s always gone back to the bitter cold at the end of the day. But there’s definitely some hope that Spring is lurking in the shadows waiting to come out. So here are some looks inspired by the warmer weather that will hopefully give you some inspiration and hope.

1. Mod Cloth Skirt

Corny names aside, this is ridiculously cute skirt that’s perfect for Spring.

2. UO Dress

I can always count on Urban Outfitters for the cutest clothes regardless of the season. There’s just something about their Spring collection that is even more amazing than usual. I highly recommend buying one or two things from there if you need some cute clothes for this season!

3. Wallet from LuLu’s

This super adorable bow wallet from LuLu’s is perfect for Spring! You can just carry it around wherever you go and manage to look extremely style while doing it. I highly recommend this one!

4. Sunglasses from the Loft

Really love how stylish these sunglasses are. Spring may not be exactly the right time, but it’s close enough to get into the warm weather spirit of it all.

5. Anthropologie Oxfords

Obsessed with these oxfords. I’ve always thought these shoes were adorable but these are especially attractive to me. This is perfect for the weather and it’s cheerful and screams Spring.

6. Topshop Sundress

This might be more appropriate for summer. But if there’s some really nice days or if you have a special event, this would be an adorable dress to wear. This is especially incredible for those of you going out of town for Spring break, maybe even taking a beach trip.

7. Charlotte Russe Top 

The colors of this top have Spring written all over it. The crochet-back is lovely and pleasant. I love clothes from this store because of how the vibe is Spring and Summer.

8. Wet Seal Shirt

This basic floral print shirt is essential and weather appropriate. Wet Seal offers affordable and trendy clothes. You got to love the colors and patterns.

9. Old Navy Shorts

These shorts may be a little too early to break out. However, if you’re going to the beach for break, these are needed. The floral pattern is gorgeous and fun. Old Navy definitely has the cutest shorts.

10. H&M Shorts

Figured I’d include one more pair of shorts. These are very Summer like, but will work in Spring as well. High waist shorts are the best so we might as well start breaking them out before Summer officially begins.