Your 33 on the ACT
Doesn’t mean you need a PhD
An A in math and science
Doesn’t make art an act of defiance
Because the SAT says 1570
You still don’t need to go to MIT

These are the reasons
Their shoulders sag with grievance
Because we bark at them
The only career for you is in STEM
How can we be so insensitive
To say that it’s a waste to be creative?

—  to anyone who’s been told that a certain career or passion is a waste of your intelligence

Hi everyone! We have had a lot of fun in the past with asking for article content from our readers. For Issue 7, we have three opportunities that any fan of The Academic can take part in! Submissions can be sent to our Tumblr inbox or to our email (theacademiczine@gmail.com). You can choose one topic or submit for all three!

Submission Topic #1: Your favorite tip(s) for overcoming stress

What do you like to do when you’re feeling stressed? Write a few sentences on your favorite strategies for relaxation.

Submission Topic #2: Smoothie Recipes

Who doesn’t love a good smoothie? Smoothies are more than just a colorful study snack — they can be great for your health, too! Send us the recipe for your favorite smoothie(s) to be included in this fun article. Be sure to write a few sentences on why you love it.

Submission Topic #3: College Profiles

Do you love your university? Now’s your chance to tell us why! If you’re interested in submitting, please share the following:

  1. Basic info: Name, size, location
  2. Popular majors (top three)
  3. Living requirements (such as “all freshman must live on campus” etc.)
  4. Anything related to financial aid (Can the school meet all demonstrated need? Are any merit scholarships offered?)
  5. A few sentences (no more than one paragraph) on why you love the school. Are there any special traditions? Are your professors great? Are there a lot of job opportunities? Tell us about the things you enjoy most about college!

We look forward to hearing from you! Thank you for your continued support. Issue 7 will be out on August 1st!

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I signed on Twitter to post some art but got hit with this news instead. Sharing as a reminder to all of you (and myself) to please take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, eat well, etc. It can be really hard to do at times when our work culture guilts and punishes us for resting while at the same time giving us inhumane work loads. But please be mindful of it. Take care of your physical and mental wellbeing first and foremost.

IS IT JUST ME OR DOES ANYONE ELSE WANT A SIGNIFICANT OTHER SO YOU CAN LOVE THE HECK OUT OF THEM AND GIVE THEM GIFTS AND HUG THEM AND LISTEN TO THEM WHEN THEY ARE UPSET AND LISTEN WHEN THEY ARE HAPPY AND DO THINGS TO HELP THEM OUT IF THEY ARE STRESSED OR EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT ETC. because like having someone who loves you is absolutely dandy but i just really want someone to pour love into ya know?? is that too much to ask??

8 Tips for Having a Low Stress Life

1. Simplify – your time, your stuff, your social life.

2. Live in the moment.

3. Practice gratitude.

4. Take control of the thoughts that pull you back into the past.

5. Stop the anxious thoughts about “what next”, and of your future.

6. Practice getting comfortable with saying “no”.

7. Don’t worry about others, and what they think of you.

8. Do your best, relax, and forget perfectionism.

Take a look at all of the amazing things that you have done up to this point. Yes, there may be bad decisions and mistakes scattered here and there, however these do not erase all of the good that you have done. Allow your positive actions to shine through, radiate your soul, and continuously remind yourself that you are always capable of truly amazing things.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin