June 07. 2022

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EDUCATION: It’s time to use your Google. We get a lot of information thrown our way, and with theories about everything from the now 100-day war in Ukraine to what really went down between Amber and Johnny, it’s getting hard to tell what’s real. Just look at a 2019 study that said 86% (!) of people believed fake news online; and this year, over 1/3 unintentionally shared it. Those stats have led to the now ubiquitous phrase: Do your own research—which sounds harmless until you realize our research skills have gotten real rusty since college. (Like, what even is a reference?) So now, it’s way too easy to fall into a cycle of mistaking a Twitter scroll as DYOR-ing, leading to things like widespread vaccine hesitancy and Americans losing $1 billion to crypto scams. Even when we mean well, a few bad articles can start a spiral from, “What should I know about Ethereum?” to a sudden mistrust in the US Federal Reserve. In the worst-case scenario, we’d drop all our cash into e-coins because of the “beginner’s bubble,” aka when we feel like experts on a topic after learning 1% of it from a 2-minute TikTok. Of course, the alternative of just believing what Facebook tells us off the jump isn't great either—especially when it comes to important topics like who to vote for. So while your fav IG-er’s recommendation isn’t enough, what you could do is see if their sources pass Google’s 3-dot check. Librarian Jessica Pryde also suggests getting a library card so you can access online databases from legit journals. A deep dive on infrastructure from a Harvard scholar? Pretty strong. A lung health study from Marlboro? H-e-double hockey sticks no.


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CAREER: Take a 4. Over 3k British employees across 70 companies have just begun the largest office experiment ever: a Mon-Thurs work week. Ran by not-for-profit 4 Day Week Global in partnership with thinktank Autonomy, participants in careers from finance to fast food will receive 100% of their pay for only 80% of the hours. (Work smarter and shorter, right?) One of the managers involved, Sienna O’Rourke, says the goal is to “improve the mental health and well-being of its employees.” And considering a similar project was a huge success in Iceland (read: 0% drop in productivity), we have a good feeling about this one. (Psst US execs, you listening? 👀)
ENTERTAINMENT: Fast fashion is getting mugged off. After a 3-year run with the quick ‘fits brand I Saw It First, Love Island UK is recoupling with eBay to dress contestants in sexy secondhand wardrobes. Viewers will also be able to find similar pre-owned items on the show’s app. And since it’s basically a given for the villa vixens to become the face of a brand post-finale, we’re hoping this new partnership will promote better shopping habits for the Casa Amor stans at home. TBH, we always fancy a quality hand-me-down over a 2-piece that’s gonna tear in a month anyway.
MONEY: Beyoncé, meet BNPL. Buy now, pay later plans were once a sweet dream, but now they’re slowly becoming a beautiful nightmare for Gen Zers. 925% more of them have used the layaway-like services since Jan 2020—likely because of the pressure to keep up with a new #[insert]core every month. But unfortunately, 43% of users have missed a payment, and many companies charge late fees or interest on leftover balances. So, here are some tips to use BNPL responsibly: 1) Instead of, “Can I drop $84 on this haul today?” ask, “Can I drop $700 over 2 months?” If the answer to that 2nd question is no, clear your cart. 2) Factor your payments into your budget and set reminders so you don’t forget! 3) And this one is hard—try not to get sucked into what’s “trending,” because your style will always be in, we promise.


1. It’s International Tourette’s Awareness Day, so here are 5 things you may not know. (But should!)

2. What happens in Vegas hopefully stays in Vegas… 🤢

3. So we have until November to read the book and then go in with high expectations.



What She Does

Emma Broyles
H-I-S-T-O-R-Y! What's that spell?

Oh, just something Emma Broyles (she / her) made back in December after becoming the first Korean American and the first Alaskan to win Miss America. She now plans to become a dermatologist, but in the meantime, she’s helping out at the Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, FL from June 5th-10th. (More info here on how you can volunteer, too!)

Here, she talks about what a typical day at the Special O looks like and why it holds an even more special place in her heart.

How long have you been involved with the Special Olympics?
I got involved when I was about 6 years old. My older brother Brendan—who has Down syndrome—was 8 when he began to have a difficult time keeping up with other kids in sports. The Special Olympics became a place where he could thrive and participate in competitions with others who have similar skill levels. It’s given him countless opportunities to become a more well-rounded person and an active member of society. Additionally, my mother and father had both previously volunteered with the Special Olympics prior to Brendan’s involvement. We now volunteer at every winter and summer games, supporting Brendan and all of the Alaska athletes.

So take us through a typical day at the Special Olympics.
At the winter games in Alaska, my family and I would go with Brendan to compete in his downhill ski events. Volunteers would be stationed to check him in, and then he would meet up with his team and coach to go through the day’s plan. The volunteers helped athletes up the ski hill and then positioned them in the right place for their event. After athletes completed their events, volunteers helped put their names on ribbons and medallions. The final part of each day was an awards ceremony!

Tell us about your social impact initiative “Building Community through Special Olympics.”
As Miss Alaska, one of my largest areas of focus was on Special Olympics in schools. When I was in high school, I had the opportunity to serve as the president of the largest Special Olympics school program in Alaska. I saw [how big] of an impact the programs had, giving students the opportunity to build connections with others who have intellectual disabilities. It not only allows unlikely relationships to blossom, but it also creates more inclusive school communities which benefits everyone.

How have you continued to advance the program as Miss America?
I worked closely with the Special Olympics to help my school become the first Special Olympics National Unified Champion school in Alaska. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to attend banner presentation ceremonies for schools also receiving this recognition. I now use my platform to speak about the event’s significance and how it can be used to aid communities in being more inclusive and welcoming.



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