Activists March to the Capitol to Demand Witnesses in Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial

On January 29, People For the American Way staffers joined hundreds of activists at the Hart Senate Office Building for a silent protest and march to the Capitol to demand that senators vote to include witnesses and documents as evidence in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. The gathering started as a somber affair. Activists, many wearing black shirts with slogans including “Remove Trump” or “Trump Is Guilty,” slowly and silently mingled through the Hart Senate Office Building’s atrium...

The Blue Wave and a Day Full of Firsts at the Virginia Capitol

It was a day full of firsts at the Virginia Capitol on January 8, 2020 as 23 newly elected members of the General Assembly were sworn in as legislators and the year’s first session convened. People For the American Way’s Political Director Lizet Ocampo traveled to Richmond to witness the swearing in of Democratic legislators whom PFAW or our Next Up Victory Fund endorsed as candidates in 2019—and whom you helped elect—and to witness history in the making...

The Americans with Disabilities Act and Your Rights as a College Student

After high school, two laws continue to protect the rights of students with disabilities. You may have already heard of them since both laws affect people of all ages who have disabilities, including K–12 students. Instead of delving into the full legal jargon of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, this article will only answer questions relevant to you and your postsecondary education. Learn about your rights so that you can begin to advocate for...

Understanding the U.S. Military

There are many things to consider before heading to a recruitment office and taking an oath of enlistment that commits you to the military for years. The military lifestyle isn’t for everyone, and when you join, it doesn’t affect just you. Your parents, siblings, (potential) spouse, and children will all have to assimilate into the military lifestyle as you go through bootcamp, changes-of-station, and deployments. It can be dangerous, the hours are long, and it requires mental fortitude...

How to Become NCAA Eligible: Advice for Prospective Athletes

Students interested in continuing to play their sports at the college level must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center during their sophomore years of high school, fulfill NCAA course requirements throughout high school, and submit their scores on standardized tests. Eligibility consists of both academic and amateur certification, goals students must work towards in order to be allowed to play. Once a student is deemed NCAA-eligible, they have up to five academic years to use their four years...

12 Weird Scholarships You Just Might Qualify for in 2019

So many scholarships are awarded to students with high GPAs, an outstanding record of community service, or financial need. But what if you’re one of those students who just falls in the middle of the pack and doesn’t stand out enough from the rest to win traditional scholarships? No matter what you think, there is something that makes you unique, and these scholarships pick up on some of that uniqueness. From being a woman of above average height to playing specific card games to being a good...

What Is Test Anxiety and How Do You Cope with It?

When you walk into a final exam or a standardized test, it’s perfectly normal to experience some feelings of nervousness. These feelings happen to even the most prepared and self-confident of students; one can never be 100% sure what’s going to be on a test, and that bit of uncertainty causes anxiety and the release of adrenaline. Adrenaline can actually be useful when it comes time to sit down and take the test, keeping you focused on the task at hand. Nervousness and anxiety become problematic...

Seven Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make with Student Loans

If you’re anything like millions of other college students and former college students, you might have student loans, or you might be considering them as a way to help finance your education. Managing your loans can be tricky though, especially if you don’t have a head for finances or compounding interest. It doesn’t help that many students subscribe to a “set it and forget it” policy when it comes to their loans, and they don’t think about them at all while they’re in college—after all, college...

The Importance of Failure

Do you remember the first time you failed a test? Got a low grade on a paper? Struck out in tee ball? Let a goal sneak past you in soccer, hockey, or lacrosse? I don’t remember the specifics of all my failures (which is a huge blessing), but I remember the first time that I flipped over the handlebars of my bike and had to walk home bleeding and covered in poison ivy. I remember the faces that my parents tried to disguise when I brought home lower than expected SAT scores. I remember my cheeks...

Trade Apprenticeships

The word “apprentice” may elicit images of Orlando Bloom as a swashbuckling blacksmith’s apprentice in Pirates of the Caribbean or of Mickey Mouse wearing a wizard’s hat and directing magical broomsticks as the sorcerer’s apprentice in Fantasia, but apprenticeships are alive and well outside of Hollywood. In fact, over 530,000 people were completing apprenticeships throughout the United States in 2017. The occupations with the highest number of apprentices that year were electricians, carpenters...
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