Lots of people start thinking about the pain of seventh grade history class when they hear the two words, “current events.” That’s when the teacher’s handy planner told us that it was time to open up the newspaper, find an article, and write a relevant summary of something that had happened within the week. However, now that I am older and steadily working on my career and studies, I realize that it is important to keep up with the news. I was personally reminded of how important it was when I was in the midst of an internship interview and was asked a question about the Governor and had no answer. That’s when I made a promise to myself that I would follow the news and I’ve stuck to that change in attitude ever since.

I have discovered that social media is a surprisingly effective way to keep up with what is happening. The most reliable and quickest news source is Twitter. By following news agencies reporting on your demographics and geographic region, you’ll get as much information as you want. You don’t have to wait to read about the news in newspapers or on blogs because you will hear it directly from the source.

Television still provides opportunities to keep up with current events. Try cooking dinner, folding laundry, cleaning your house, or doing your homework while the news plays in the background. You can readily visualize what is going on in your city and around the world simply by watching prime time news shows.

It doesn’t really matter how you keep up with what is going on in the world. The most important thing is that you make an effort to stay up to date. I expect that I’ll get more out of lectures, be more comfortable socially, and give better interviews now that I am more aware.