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11/10/17: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week

We know you’re busy—that’s why we’re keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed. 

 

1. Teens are cyberbullying themselves

According to a new report, 1 in 20 middle school and high school students bully themselves online. This behavior usually presents itself in the form of anonymous messages or posts, that may signify a cry for help. Experts are terming this practice "digital self-harm" or "self-trolling," and are concerned that it may be a forewarning of suicide. 

 

2. With marijuana legal in many states, it's hard to warn teens about risks

When it comes to illicit substances and drugs, teens think that if it's legal, it's OK. While research has shown that medical marijuana can be helpful in some cases, its recreational use can lead to car accidents and respiratory issues, especially among teens. But, in states where the substance is legal, teens are often confused when they are told marijuana can be dangerous. And according to experts, the advertisements for cannabis are akin to those for cigarettes and alcohol, normalizing the substance and presenting it as a fun, recreational activity. To combat this, experts suggest reminding teens that even though the drug is legal for those over 21 in some states, it doesn't mean it is risk-free. 

 

3. The college admissions system is not fair

As juniors and seniors (and maybe even sophomores) begin the painstaking task of rifling through admissions requirements and applying to their dream colleges, they need to understand that this process is not fair. According to this detailed report by the New York Times, even if a student has a 33 percent admissions rate, that does not guarantee one in three students will get in. There are many factors colleges need to consider, and many items they have to check off the list, making sure there is a balance of majors, and representation from most states, to name a few of the considerations. Some universities even give priority to children of alumni, called "legacies."  Many colleges now are looking for students with maturity and character, and some are asking applicants to focus on ways they've helped others in the past, and given back to their communities.  

 

 

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