Math is everywhere: It can lead to some thrilling jobs, too

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent 


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Editor’s note: Majors Unmasked is a monthly series exploring some of the most fascinating career paths that stem from common college majors.

Graduation time is here. Some of your biggest collegiate choices are just around the corner.
Do the many majors have you overwhelmed?
May’s featured major is mathematics — a subject often dreaded by students but critical to even the most basic necessities of a modern lifestyle. While the theoretical side of math can be complicated and confusing, the real-life applications make it a worthwhile career. From car safety and skyscraper stabilization to rocket launches and personal robots, math is everywhere. Let’s discover some of the more thrilling jobs this major can lead to.
1. Epidemiologist: When there’s a disease on the loose in a community, it’s critical that doctors and public health officials have data on the spread and reach of the pathogen. This is where read more…

Adulting 101: Not all relationships are meant to last

By Sydney Horton
Times-News correspondent 


Part of being an adult means letting go of relationships that have run their course. [Metro Creative Graphics

A crucial part of getting older is learning to let go.
Letting go can be one of the most relieving, yet stressful things you can do as an adult.
When do you know it’s time to let go? Whenever you feel burdened by being around a certain person, it may be time to let go. However, there is a distinct difference between suffering from anxiety and just needing to let go of something. As far as letting go of objects, it’s as simple as this: If it serves no purpose and doesn’t make you happy, get rid of it.
Imagine you’re having lunch with a friend and they make you feel inferior, or they possess other toxic traits that may now feel like a burden to you. However, you can’t help but remember all of the good times you’ve had together. You may even think that being around them is better than having no one. Those are a few signs that it’s time to let go. If your friend, significant other, partner in crime etc., does not make you happy, let them go.
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Navigating the college application process

By Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent


Applying to colleges doesn't have to be a daunting task. [Metro Creative Graphics

   Navigating the college application process doesn’t have to be a daunting task.
It’s a good idea to make a list of the colleges that interest you — starting with your dream college.
Here are a few tips to help you through it:
• Take both the SAT and ACT — Schools often require scores from one or both, and you may perform better on one of them.
• Take a look at which schools offer the best program for your area of study, or how friendly they are for those who have not chosen a major.
• Research what enriching experiences each school has to offer — This could include studying abroad, guest speakers coming to campus, and/or internships. The latter could be a major resumé booster when applying for jobs in the future.
• Visit the campuses — Going on campus is the single most helpful thing you can do when picking a college. You have an opportunity to see what life on campus is really like, including looking at the housing options, dining halls, classrooms, clubs and more. Visiting the campus also gives you the ability to ask questions you may have about the college, such as financial aid or programs related to your area of study.
• Apply — When choosing where to apply, make sure you always give yourself options. Apply to one or two colleges you think you may not get into, and two or three you have a good chance of getting into. Once you receive letters of admission to the schools, make sure you fully explore all of them. The college you initially feel you would least like to attend may be the one you fall in love with.

Jakob S. Miller is a senior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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