Non-Traditional 2017-2018 Editorial Calendar

September 2017

#GetEmpowered – Sexual assault coverage
This piece will introduce the concept of building a community that doesn’t tolerate casual disrespect or disregard, one that is naturally protective against sexual assault. The feature will show students why small interactions and subtle conversational shifts within their own friend groups are key for preventing sexual violence on their campuses.

Sleep debt
This feature will introduce the concept of sleep debt, provide evidence-based strategies for getting out of it, and suggest prevention techniques to keep it from coming back and to improve sleep hygiene.

These three evidence-based productivity systems will help students set themselves up for a productive year from start to finish.

Five 5-ingredient mug meals
This photo feature outlines five simple recipes students can make in their microwaves using healthy, low-cost ingredients, with the goal of reducing financial barriers, time constraints, and confusion when prepping food.

Mindfulness series: Intro to meditation
In this feature, our mindfulness expert Jon Krop provides a simple how-to video to break down the ancient art of mediation.

October 2017

#GetEmpowered – Sexual assault coverage
This feature covers what enthusiastic consent looks like and provides tips on how to safely stop a sexual encounter when one or both partners are not enthusiastically engaged.

In today’s competitive academic environment, many students struggle with perfectionist tendencies and over-thinking. This piece, informed by a session from the 2017 American College Health Association conference, will introduce common signs of perfectionism, touch on its corresponding effects on academic behavior and emotional health, and provide strategies and coping techniques for dealing with perfectionism in an academic setting.

This bystander guide will provide students with the tips and information they need to help a friend who’s been drinking too much. Additionally, this piece will reinforce previous bystander intervention coverage by reminding students that stepping in and watching out for friends is something they already do.

Work-school-life balance
When you’re a student with a job, family obligations, schoolwork, a hobby, a need for adequate sleep, and a desire for a little bit of down time, it may feel just about impossible to get it all done. This piece will help nontraditional students find balance by helping them determine what they most value and by providing tips on prioritizing those things.

Mindfulness series: Energizing morning meditation
Our mindfulness expert guides students in a five-minute morning meditation and shares strategies for energizing and motivating oneself.

November 2017

#GetEmpowered – Sexual assault coverage
This feature will introduce students to bystander intervention techniques they can use in a professional setting and will expand on strategies from our previous bystander coverage. Even in a professional environment, students can use subtle techniques to set the stage for future interactions and take action to build a safer, more supportive community.

This feature, based on two recent Stanford experiments, introduces students to the concept of metacognition as it applies to study methods. It will provide students with strategies for thinking critically about their study habits, including outlining performance goals, creating a study map based on the most useful resources, and identifying the most effective approach for any given task.

Physical activity
This feature breaks down the science behind four popular workouts: running, yoga, weight lifting, and high intensity interval training. Students and experts tell us what they like and don’t like about each workout, and tips are provided for maximizing benefits and minimizing risks.

E-cigarettes and vaporizers have become the most commonly used smoking products among young people, according to the CDC. Public health officials continue to debate the relative risks and benefits of these products. This piece outlines some of the interesting facts that we know so far about vaping and e-cigarette use and encourages a harm reduction approach to using more safely for those who are already using.

Mindfulness series: Meditation for test anxiety
Our mindfulness expert guides students in mindfulness practices for reducing test anxiety.

December 2017

#GetEmpowered – Sexual assault coverage
Students are active participants and administrators in many online communities. This piece will encourage students to participate in their online communities in ways that promote a positive campus culture and will outline strategies for modeling positive behavior and dealing with disrespectful or negative comments in constructive ways. This in turn helps create communities that are protective against sexual violence.

This feature will take a closer look at the available research behind popular diet trends and will encourage students to find sustainable ways to make healthy tweaks to their daily nutrition.

Students often enter college, or leave high school, without having fully developed essential life skills that are usually learned outside of a classroom environment. These include making doctor’s appointments, waking up and getting to class on time, budgeting, setting up a schedule, and generally learning to manage themselves and their time without the support of parents or caregivers. This feature will cover some of the basics of being an independent adult and will provide students with actionable and empowering tips for setting up their independence in ways that work for them and their long-term goals.

Vaccines (flu prevention)
This piece will cover how and why to be vaccinated for a variety of vaccine-preventable illnesses, including influenza.

Mindfulness series: How to use mindfulness to calm down in the heat of the moment
This feature will provide mindful strategies for calming down during stressful encounters, particularly those that may come up during the holidays or when surrounded by family.

January 2018

#GetEmpowered – Sexual assault coverage
This feature outlines the issues facing male survivors of sexual assault and abuse, in the context of societal gender norms and expectations, and how to support them. The piece addresses the common disbelief surrounding the fact that men can be victimized in this way, assumptions about their sexuality, and other barriers that men face to reporting and recovering from sexual assault.

Mental health
Mental health conditions will affect almost all of us at some point in our lives, according to research. About one in five adults in the US are living with a mental illness, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Many of these issues first surface in the teen and young adult years. In addition to the emergence of mental health conditions, adolescence and young adulthood introduce a variety of new stressors, from relationship concerns to substance use to increased independence. This feature will focus on the benefits of psychotherapy through tips, FAQs, and little-known facts provided by therapists, psychologists, and counselors. In normalizing help-seeking behaviors, it will reinforce the idea that therapy is a useful tool to support mental health and well-being, regardless of circumstances.

This photo feature outlines twelve simple solutions students can implement in their bedrooms to make them more conducive to healthy sleep.

Online dating
Young adults (ages 18–24) participate in online/mobile app dating more than any other age group, according to a 2016 study from the Pew Research Center. In fact, nearly 30 percent report online dating, which is three times higher than in 2013. Users report mixed feelings about online dating but tend to see it as positive overall, according to the Pew study. In this feature, researchers, psychologists, and students provide advice on how to make authentic connections both in person and online, how to stay safe in an online dating environment, and how to use these platforms in a positive way.

Mindfulness series: Intro to meditation
Mindfulness is a hot topic, and the evidence backs it up—it’s been proven to reduce stress, promote calm, and increase focus. In recent surveys, we asked our students to chime in with their most pressing mindfulness questions. Common questions include how to create a mindfulness habit, what the benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction are, and how to make time for it in a busy schedule. In this column, our mindfulness expert takes on these and other questions to help students understand why a mindfulness practice can be beneficial and to provide actionable tips for how they can make it part of their routine.

February 2018

#GetEmpowered – Sexual assault coverage
Sexual literacy is the ability to communicate, gather information, and make decisions about one’s sexual health and well-being. By encouraging students to understand and embrace sexual literacy, we can help them improve their awareness about sexual health, relationships, and consent. This also contributes to a community that is naturally protective against sexual assault and violence. In this Q&A feature, experts from Harvard University answer student-submitted questions on varying topics related to sexual literacy.

Active rest
It’s easy for students to get the impression that more is better when it comes to exercise. The media’s focus on high-intensity interval training and Olympic-style weightlifting sends the message that students should be exercising as hard as they can. But doing so can lead to overuse injuries, physiological changes, burnout, and a stall in strength or endurance gains. This article will discuss the topic of active rest as an integral part of students’ fitness routines, including defining what active rest is, why it’s essential for physical and mental progress, and how to incorporate enough rest into a workout regimen. Through concrete strategies, such as foam rolling, stretching, and light cardio, this piece will encourage students to build a well-rounded routine that will lower injury risk and maintain motivation for staying active.

Networking is often cited as the most effective way to get your foot in the door at the job you want. In fact, a 2016 survey from LinkedIn found that 85 percent of jobs come from knowing the right people, not applying blindly through job boards. However, networking can feel inauthentic, especially if you’re new at it. This piece will explore not only why networking is essential but also how to do it in a way that forges genuine connections and builds real relationships while expanding career opportunities. Through evidence-based strategies on relationship building and conversational skills, this article will give students the motivation, information, and tips they need to network in a meaningful way.

With the increasing legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use, talking about it with students can get tricky. Marijuana use rates among teens and young adults have slightly increased or remained level in recent years, according to 2016 data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Monitoring the Future Survey. However, students’ perception of marijuana’s risk has declined, which is associated with higher rates of use. This infographic is intended to inform students about the research-based physiological effects of marijuana on various parts of the body. The information is presented in a neutral tone to encourage students to make their own informed assessments about risk, and to avoid shutting out those who may already be using.

Failure and resilience
Many students have a stressful relationship with setbacks and failure, and become averse to taking risks, including trying new courses and activities. Increasingly, though, failure is being recognized as vital for building resilience and contributing to long-term success. This feature explores the implications of failure and ways to be positively shaped by it, using examples situated in the student experience.

Mindfulness series: Counting breaths
In this feature, our mindfulness expert introduces the meditation technique of counting breaths to help students settle into a state of calm and keep their attention in the present moment.

March 2018

#GetEmpowered – Sexual assault coverage
Students with disabilities are at higher risk of sexual assault than the general student population, research suggests. This feature explores how often disabled people experience sexual violence and what role students can play in helping prevent sexual violence among this population.

Financial literacy – understanding credit
Financial literacy, or the ability to understand and manage one’s financial resources to secure financial well-being, is a vital skill for teens and young adults. In fact, research has shown that low financial literacy correlates to lower income levels. Although a number of high schools and higher education institutions are beginning to offer financial literacy education for students, it’s clear that many students are entering adulthood without adequate knowledge of how to manage their personal finances. Understanding credit and its implications for future life goals is an important piece of financial literacy. This piece breaks down what credit is, how it works, why it matters, and how to begin building a solid credit score.

Social support
Researchers have found that social support is closely linked to life satisfaction as well as emotional and physical well-being, and is protective against anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Recent studies show that, as a whole, we’re feeling increasingly isolated, which could be detrimental to our health. In this feature, a young man shares his story of how an unlikely stranger helped him through the difficult transition between high school and college, and how it inspired him to help others reach out for support. This feature also outlines the benefits of social support and provides tips on facilitating and strengthening social support networks.

Sexually transmitted infections
This feature covers seven evidence-backed ways to reduce students’ risk of sexually transmitted infection transmission.

Mindfulness series: Dealing with impatience
In this feature, our mindfulness expert addresses how to deal with one of the most common thoughts during a meditation practice: “How much longer will this take?”

April 2018

#GetEmpowered – Sexual assault coverage
On campuses, alcohol consumption is closely associated with sexual assault. Alcohol tends to be present at student parties and get togethers, which means that students hosting and attending these events are in a position to reduce harm. This article explains how to plan, attend, and manage social gatherings in ways that facilitate mindful decision-making and comfortable experiences.

Many students use caffeine in college and a growing number are doing so in high school as well. Coffee and energy drink consumption rates have risen steadily among young adults, according to a 2011 study in the American Journal of Health Education. This piece will take a closer look at caffeine, explore how it works in the body and brain, and provide tips for lowering consumption and evidence-based alternatives for staying awake and alert throughout the day. It will also discuss how students’ beliefs about caffeine (e.g., effects on wakefulness, energy levels, performance) affect their performance and corresponding caffeine consumption.

Our food environment has a significant affect on how we eat, according to research. While we can’t always control the food environment in our neighborhood, school, or community, we do have some control over it at home. This photographic feature demonstrates research-backed ways to set up our kitchens, pantries, and refrigerators for nutritional success.

This feature presents eight science-backed routes to happiness: What works and what doesn’t (this can be counter-intuitive). Here, we look at the evidence on the happiness-inducing (or diminishing) properties of money, fame, work, relationships, physical activity, challenges, social media, and seizing the moment.

Mindfulness series: Floating noting
In this feature, our mindfulness expert demonstrates a mindfulness technique called “floating noting” that can be used when the mind is too busy to focus on a specific anchor, such as the breath. This technique can be especially helpful during anxious or stressful moments.

May 2018

#GetEmpowered – Sexual assault coverage
Many students are unaware that sexual assault and coercion within established relationships are still sexual assault and coercion. This feature outlines what relationship abuse can look like and eight ways to support a friend who may be experiencing relationship abuse.

Study space
Our workspace can influence how productive we are. This photo-based feature shows students how to set up their workspace in ways that support their focus, learning, efficiency, and comfort.

This feature guides students on key interview skills, such as how to answer interview questions and how to present past job experience in a way that is attractive to employers.

Trustworthy health websites
There is a lot of information online, but not all of it is accurate. This feature teaches students how to tell whether a health website is trustworthy or not and provides a number of reliable sites where students can find accurate, evidence-based health information.

Mindfulness series: Screen break meditation
Most of us spend more time than we’d like with our eyes glued to our screens. In this feature, our mindfulness expert explains a mindfulness technique that can be used to help us tap into the present moment and cope with that urge to pick up our phone/tablet/laptop.

June 2018

#GetEmpowered – Sexual assault coverage
This feature presents actionable ways students can support survivors, particularly those who belong to historically marginalized groups, such as LGBTQ, students of color, and first-generation students.

Credit scores
This follow up to our March piece on financial literacy provides students with six key tips for building their credit score.

Many students rush out the door in the morning and may not have time to eat a nutritious breakfast. This piece provides easy, nutrient-packed recipes students can make when they’re short on time.

This image-based piece presents various contraceptive options along with information about their effectiveness rates, where to get them, and pros and cons.

Mindfulness series: Getting started with mindfulness
In this feature, our mindfulness expert explains an easy “game” that will help students start incorporating mindfulness into their daily life. This practice can be done anytime, anywhere, and will help bring students into the present moment.