SU needs to establish a required financial literacy program

Get the latest Syracuse news delivered right to your inbox. Subscribe to our newsletter here. The consequences young adults are facing after the raging GameStop saga proves why colleges need to require financial literacy programming. A 2017 report suggested that only two-fifths of students think they understand student finances well. However, a lot of the money issues college students face could be avoided if financial literacy was taught in school. At Syracuse University, this could look

COVID-19 brings risk of toxic positivity

The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission. Toxic positivity is real, and it’s especially dangerous during the coronavirus pandemic. People think of being overly pessimistic or cynical as being toxic. But thinking that you must always be positive and that you can’t feel any negative emotions is just as toxic. It’s like when you have too much ice cream: although it initially makes you feel good, it c

Online classes cause mental health struggles for students

The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission. Many colleges, including Syracuse University, have ditched most in-person lectures this fall and have switched to online and hybrid instruction. Students have adapted to new routines and learning environments, but many have had difficulty adjusting to this new normal. No one knows how long the pandemic will last, but schools should consider changing the wa

Social isolation causes additional mental health concerns for students

As universities transition to online classes and campus culture dramatically changes with canceled events, virtual club meetings and an absence of parties, college students have been forced to sacrifice social connections for life itself. Social distancing, self-isolation and travel restrictions have become effective means of reducing the spread of COVID-19. Though necessary, these measures have had a profound impact on individual’s mental health and wellbeing. While social isolation and loneli

Social media harms students’ mental health

People should be aware of the ways social media can harm their mental health, especially as the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns have further increased social media usage. Mental health issues have risen significantly over the last decade, and nearly one in five adults in the United States have a mental illness. That finding parallels exponential growth in social media use, and recent studies suggest that the rise of social media might be driving increased mental health issues. That’s not to

Valentine’s Day should be about friendship too

Valentine’s Day should focus more on platonic relationships rather than romantic relationships. Many people believe this day is exclusively for couples in love to go to fancy dinners. This could be because people see more Valentine’s Day advertisements and posts on social media revolving around couples rather than groups of friends. However, Valentine’s Day is slowly becoming more inclusive to people celebrating friendship and self-love. People who are single can interpret Valentine’s Day to

Hands-on opportunities on campus enrich student success

Hands-on opportunities on campus can serve as an asset toward student success. Just look at Popcycle, a retail pop-up series that brings together multiple brands to show off and sell one-of-a-kind fashions. The Popcycle series is especially appealing to creatives in schools other than the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, since they had to learn their skills hands-on rather than through an academic curriculum. Newhouse and Whitman off

Attendance policies force students to sacrifice their well-being

Students shouldn’t go to class with the flu. This may sound like a relatively uncontroversial opinion, yet countless students attend class when they’re sick. Many students argue that they must attend class no matter how they feel in order to avoid losing attendance points. This raises an important point that professors need to understand: Students don’t always miss class to nurse a hangover, catch up on sleep, or work on other assignments. Hence, they shouldn’t always be so strict with student

Syllabus week creates unnecessary stress for students

Syllabus week, better known as sylly week, is the first week of every semester when professors introduce themselves and pass out syllabi. Some college students believe that this is the perfect time to party every day of the week in celebration of the new semester. However, others debate that it is one of the most stressful and difficult weeks of any given semester. Syllabus week entails meeting new professors, finding new classrooms, buying new textbooks, reviewing the syllabus, constant changi

Housing policy changes improve campus security

Ninety full-time, licensed residential community safety officers (RSCOs) will be staffing all Syracuse University residence halls 24/7 by the end of January. Their main duties will include validating the identification of individuals entering the building and signing in visitors. Additional changes to the guest policy include guests of a resident being signed in at the front desk 24/7. But, is this change enough to reassure the safety and security concerns of all students residing in on-campus

Early morning classes create a stressful semester

Often, after a morning class, students feel so drained that they lose all motivation to study or complete assignments; hang out with friends; or attend extracurricular events for the remainder of the day. Junior Guinevere Wilkens, who is currently majoring in biology, said that she rarely makes it to any of her 8 a.m. classes because of how repulsive she feels when getting up. “I’ll wake up and feel physically drained and almost sick,” said Wilkens. “I have problems with sleeping and I don’t g

Seasonal depression more than just ‘winter blues’

Seasonal affective disorder can have real and serious impacts on Syracuse University students’ quality of life, yet our society tends to dismiss it like it’s some made up mental health issue. The way society talks about seasonal affective disorder only trivializes the reality of the disorder. And it’s these attitudes that make it challenging for people who actually suffer from the disorder from speaking out and getting the help they need.

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