Archive for November, 2012

The Future of Physical Education

Nov. 29th 2012

We are at a pivotal time in public education. We know we have serious problems: other countries are lapping us academically, teachers striking, budgets being cut, and attempts at reform (a la charter schools) have been less than revolutionary. As President Obama steps into a second term with education reform in his sights, it bears asking which road that old school staple — physical education — is headed down in the coming years.

Worst Case Scenario

So that we can end on a good note, we have to start with the bad. These are the things we can basically expect in the future if we allow P.E. to continue on its present course, wherein we allow more kids to become obese and unhealthy by not taking action.

  • Fewer P.E. teachers and overcrowded P.E. sessions:

    Budget cuts have ravaged thousands of American schools, but P.E. classes and programs seem to have been particularly hard-hit. In the bad version of the future, we will double down on our belief that “one size fits all” when it comes to fitness, with one or two gym teachers trying to corral 80 or 100 kids at once. With educators spread so thin and equipment scarce, more kids will fall through the cracks or skate by by blending in with the crowd. Forget opportunities for interacting with niche sports that might stimulate an otherwise lethargic student into action and health by helping them discover a passion for a particular activity.

  • P.E. eliminated altogether:

    Phys ed is an American educational tradition that reaches back into the 19th century. But that illustrious pedigree hasn’t kept schools across the nation from cutting their programs completely, apparently seeing physical health as expendable. In the worst possible version of the future, this trend will only continue as we refuse to recognize the link between a sound mind and a sound body. The fallback plan of recess will fail us as it too continues to be trimmed or axed entirely. The onus for ensuring kids get sufficient physical activity during an average day will fall on parents or the students themselves and, this being the worst case scenario, the results will continue to be frightening.

  • Stop-gap measures for meeting phys ed requirements:

    As gym teachers are ushered out, the remaining teachers will be asked to shoulder one more burden: administering fill-in physical activities throughout the day. Programs like the “FitFun Games” in California’s Redwood City School District, where kids “wiggle” at their desks, will become the norm. Fresh air and a change of scenery will become the stuff of legends in students’ imaginations.

Promising Developments

Whew, that was depressing. Fortunately things don’t have to go down like that. We have more than enough information on the importance of P.E., and certainly we all want our next generation to be healthy and not contribute to the staggering amount of health care spending on weight-related health problems. So we have both the means and the motivation to bring about a bright tomorrow full of new developments like these. Hooray!

  • Individualization:

    All things being equal, adults would have to admit that their own fitness endeavors are much more successful when they have one-on-one access to a trainer than when they are a nameless face in the pack. Shouldn’t students be afforded the same opportunity? Save your breath decrying it as impossible — it’s already happening. Think how much more motivated to get fit kids would be with a personal trainer crafting fun and original workouts for them than an overweight old dude screaming at them to climb a rope. And if a tuition-free public school can pull it off, the future is truly promising.

  • Technology influx:

    If you think tech is not going to feature prominently in P.E. in the future, you probably thought this whole Internet thing was a fad. There’s just too much cool stuff coming out all the time for none of it to ever make its way to the school gym, and in fact the first wave already has. Kids in Philadelphia work out while hooked up to heart rate monitors and circuit-training software. Solid fitness tracking apps can be had for free on numerous electronic platforms and data on thousands of students is already being logged with their help. Even online learning organizations are getting into phys ed, offering students the ability to connect with a P.E. coach over the Internet but do the actual exercising in the comfort and privacy of their own home or local gym. Other than maybe a few engineers at Nike, who knows what technological innovations await tomorrow’s students?

  • Ditching high-profile team sports for individual “lifetime” sports:

    In November 2012, the historically black women’s college Spelman announced it was cutting its athletics department to focus its sports budget on a wellness initiative for the entire student body. The number of resulting headlines revealed how radical many found the move. But the reality was the program was losing $10 million a year and their hands were effectively tied. Nevertheless, Spelman may have unintentionally given the rest of us a glimpse of the future of physical education. About 99% of students are not going to go pro in football or baseball. What they need is instruction in tennis, swimming, yoga — sports they can enjoy their entire lives. And the P.E. class of the future will offer all that and more.

  • Broader topics:

    As late as the ’50s, phys ed included instruction in hygiene. Of course, fast food and packaged food had yet to take over the American diet, so people arguably didn’t need much nutritional education. Boy, have times changed. Not only is our food packed with chemicals, even when we try to eat healthy we don’t even know where to begin (just ask Michal Pollan). The need for physical education that encompasses the entire physical human structure has never been greater. Call it wellness, nutrition, lifestyle education, whatever. But the effective P.E. programs of the future will teach kids what to eat, how to grow healthy food, how to care for their bodies, and more.

  • Updated activities:

    Thankfully, futuristic school gyms will feature more than that rope hanging from the ceiling and a few wrestling mats. P.E. teachers are fully aware of the need to show kids exercise can be fun (gasp!). Of course, there will be a lag in adoption time for new workouts and fitness trends, but the fact that CrossFit is starting to pop up in schools is a wonderful sign. Others have fronted plans for things like active gaming and Pilates for creative ways to get students moving.

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12 Sad But True Stats About Student Poverty Today

Nov. 26th 2012

Nasty stereotypes of low-income students exist, frequently painting them as inherently violent and not blessed with the same academic skills as their middle- and higher-income counterparts. Meanwhile, in reality, their statistically lower performance in school (also known as the “Achievement Gap” for jargon fans) hinges more on the fact that they so often lack the same resources, nutrition, and extenuating circumstances and usually learn from more novice educators than anything even one iota reflective of the whole Randian perspective that poor people are poor because they suck. In order to start pushing for more equal opportunities in the classroom, we need to look at just how dire the situation is for these students living at or below the poverty line.

  1. Eighteen percent of American students under the age of 18 live in poverty:

    The National Center for Education Statistics further peered into the relationship between race and poverty, noting their living arrangements. Puerto Rican students hailing from single parent households, at 52.1%, are the most vulnerable demographic when it comes to suffering the ravages of low income.

  2. Nearly half of public school students qualify under the National School Lunch Program:

    As of the 2009-2010 school year, 47.5% of these kids were considered eligible for free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches. Ever since 2000-2001, data noted an increase as the economy decreased, launching from 38.3% to encroaching upon half. Right now, this means 23,103,677 total public school students (out of 48,684,948) are not receiving the necessary nutrition to get through the day at home.

  3. District of Columbia leads the nation in number of students qualifying for free or reduced lunches and breakfasts:

    Out of every polled region in the United States, Washington, D.C. housed the most American students eligible for free or reduced-priced meals — a tragic 72.3%, or 48,330. By contrast, New Hampshire ranks as the state with the lowest number, at 23.5%, or a total of 46,246 students.

  4. Students from low-income households are more likely to drop out of school:

    While the dropout rate overall is decreasing (which should provide you with an oasis of positivity amongst the saddening statistics we’re sharing), it still impacts students living in poverty more than their middle- and high-income peers. In 2010, the dropout rate only claimed 7.4% of students between the ages of 16 and 24. But the number shoots to 13.8% when you look solely at the low-income bracket.

  5. Students from low-income schools are less likely to attend college:

    In 2010, only 28% of schools with between 76% and 100% of their students qualifying for NSLP saw their graduates from the previous year begin their higher education journeys. An average of 68% of students taught in such environments completed their degrees after four years.

  6. Math scores decrease as NSLP eligibility increases:

    Among fourth graders surveyed in 2005, the average math assessment among students in schools with the highest concentration of National School Lunch Program-eligible children yielded the lowest scores: 221, as compared to 255 for their counterparts from higher-income schools. More than likely, this phenomenon stems from the fact that they are the demographic most served by teachers with less than five years of experience.

  7. Schools with the highest poverty rates report the highest amount of violent crimes:

    By “violent crimes,” the NCES means “rape or attempted rape, sexual battery other than rape, physical attack or fight with a weapon, threat of physical attack with a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon, physical attack or fight without a weapon, and threat of physical attack without a weapon.” Thirty-eight percent of schools filing 20 or more reports of such incidents have a student body between 76% and 100% qualifying for the NSLP.

  8. An estimated 1.35 million American kids are homeless:

    And they come from the roughly 600,000 families qualifying as homeless. An additional 3.8 million American kids are considered as living in “precarious housing situations,” which means they could lose their homes at any time. The impact such arrangements can have on their schooling situations can be devastating, as they make communication with parents (if they are even in the picture), confirming vaccines, transferring records, and more difficult to impossible.

  9. Only 87% of homeless children and teens enroll in public schools:

    But, according to data from the 2007-2008 school year, only 77% can be considered regular attendees. As the National Coalition for the Homeless points out, however, both statistics are likely higher, owing to the fact that not all districts in the United States reported.

  10. Top-tier colleges just aren’t helping:

    In fact, only 3% of the student population of the “most competitive” colleges and universities in the United States grew up in low-income households. Again, this reflects little on their true aptitude in academics — many of the discrepancies involved in the achievement gap stem directly from a lack of resources and classes with teachers boasting less experience.

  11. Speaking of lacking resources … :

    Students from middle-income families establish households with an average of 13 books per child, according to University of Southern California. Their lower-income counterparts? One book for every 300 students. Considering studies suggest that reading at home strengthens general literacy skills, the numbers place students living below or near the poverty line at yet another disadvantage.

  12. Third-grade performance is an indicator of twelfth-grade achievement:

    2011 research by the Annie E. Casey Foundation noted a sad correlation between poor literacy in third grade with graduation rates. Students who had experienced poverty and read below their grade level that early in life were three times as likely to not complete high school as their peers with appropriate or high-level literacy.

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50 Successful People and the Books That Influenced Them

Nov. 20th 2012

Books have the power to transport us to other places and times, to teach us about things beyond our own experience, and to enlighten us to possibilities we had yet to even imagine. In short, books can change who we are and the direction we take our lives, whether by inspiring a passion for learning, creating a new interest, or defining a career path. That’s not high-minded praise for books; it really does happen and there are plenty of examples of lives being changed, or at least heavily influenced at some point, by books. Even better, many of those who’ve found inspiration and insight in books are people that you know by name from literature, movies, television, and business. We’ve listed just a few of them here along with the books they say shaped their lives. Look through the list and, who knows, you may just find a great read that makes a big difference in your life, too.


Learn what books made a big impact on well-known journalists.

  1. Katie Couric: Personal History by Katharine Graham:News correspondent Katie Couric named publisher Katharine Graham’s autobiography Personal History as one of her most life-changing and favorite books. She said, “Katharine Graham’s Personal History is the story of a woman I deeply admire. It takes you through the ebbs and flows of her personal and professional life.”
  2. Piers Morgan: An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan:British journalist Piers Morgan was greatly impacted by this tale of a man who was kidnapped in Beirut and lived in a tiny cell for years. He has said that it made him feel grateful for his life, stating, “I thought, ‘I’m never going to complain about anything ever again.’ I still complain, but I try to temper it.”
  3. Lesley Stahl: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: Longtime 60 Minutes fixture Lesley Stahl named this epic Russian tale as one of her favorites, finding it easy to relate to the characters and get drawn into the story. She said that the book changed her and made her realize just how much she loves to read. She has said, “I understood great writing—reading someone who understood human nature, particularly women’s human nature. I slowed down to read it; I relished it.”


In order to write well, you have to do a lot of reading. Learn what some of the best authors read that inspired their work and changed their lives.

  1. Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman: The Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novel The Guns of August, which documents the first few months of WWI, inspired now-famous history writer Goodwin to enter the field of history writing, then largely dominated by men. It was from Tuchman that Goodwin said she learned “the importance of being in love with your subject.”
  2. Sherman Alexie: Superman comics: While not a book, comics had just as much of an impact on the life of Sherman Alexie as any novel. They were one of the first places he learned to read and to understand words. He would later move onto the books in his home, collected by his father who was an avid reader, even tackling heavy books like Grapes of Wrath as a kindergartner thanks to his early practice courtesy of Superman.
  3. Jack Prelutsky, A Children’s Garden of Verses by Robert Lewis Stevenson: Unsurprisingly, acclaimed children’s author Jack Prelutsky chose a book for children as the one that changed his life the most. A Children’s Garden of Verses was the first book he remembered reading on his own. He loved the book and feels it may have inspired his fondness for poetry.
  4. Don DeLillo: Dracula by Bram Stoker:Award-winning author DeLillo admits to not reading much as a child, apart from comic books, that is. One of the first books he remembers reading and really enjoying, however, was Dracula. He named the book as being one of the ones that changed his life, along with Ulysses, in a survey by The National Book Foundation.
  5. Joyce Carol Oates: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: Oates’ grandmother gave her Alice in Wonderland when she was eight. She loved it so much she memorized it and immediately began to draw and write novels of her own. Aside from inspiring her to write, she states that the book has influenced her own writing saying, “The admixture of the real and the surreal; the sense of normality shading into nightmare and back again; a strong female protagonist; bizarre, comic, threatening, mysterious figures – these are all elements in my own writing. It can’t be a coincidence that one of my early novels is titled Wonderland.”
  6. Alice McDermott: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: Asked by NPR to name the books that changed her life, McDermott noted this classic along with Absalom! Absalom!, To the Lighthouse, and Our Town. Elements she saw and loved from all four may have influenced her own writing and career.
  7. Anita Shreve: Too Far to Go by John Updike: Sometimes, you come across a piece of literature that just moves you. For Anita Shreve, the work was the short story “Separating” by John Updike (it appears in the collection Too Far to Go), which she first read the early stages of her career. The heartache and pain in the story inspired Shreve, both when she first read it and in subsequent years when she revisited it, and she holds it up as an example of the true power of the written word.
  8. Aaron Sorkin: Bonfire of the Vanities by Thomas Wolfe:While Sorkin named Catcher in the Rye as his all-time favorite, Wolfe’s book was also particularly inspirational to him and his work. He has stated that he’d like to try something similar in structure in his own writing, stating, “Tom Wolfe has a way of taking characters that have nothing to do with each other and making them crash into each other. That’s something I’ve always wanted to try.”
  9. J.K. Rowling: Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford: While in high school, Rowling read the autobiography of political activist Jessica Mitford. She admired the author and has said that the book changed her life. Mitford, she says, is the writer who has the most influence on her, adding, “I think I’ve read everything she wrote. I even called my daughter [Jessica Rowling Arantes] after her.”
  10. Frank McCourt: Henry VIII by William Shakespeare: As a young boy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt caught typhoid and spent months in the hospital recovering. For him, books were the only form of escape. A fellow patient had a book of English history that contained the first excerpts from Shakespeare he ever read, an experience he reveled in, stating, “If I had a whole book of Shakespeare they could keep me in the hospital for a year.”
  11. James Atlas: Selected Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks: Publisher and author James Atlas fell in love with books at an early age after picking up this collection of poetry by Brooks in a Parisian bookstore while on vacation. It was then that he realized that, in his words, “poetry could emerge out of the geography of your own experience.”
  12. Jacquelyn Mitchard: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith:While many authors and celebrities are influenced by books, not many name their children after their favorite characters from them. That’s just what Mitchard did with her first daughter. She also credits Smith’s work with, “explaining, for me, love, death, loyalty, writing – my life. Nothing has ever replaced its raw and tenacious power.”
  13. Nelson DeMille: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand:Nelson DeMille has written a number of best-selling thrillers, but his favorite books lie outside the genre. His favorite, and the book he credits with changing how he thought, was Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Her bold views jarred him into thinking outside the box.
  14. Harold Bloom: Little, Big by John Crowley: Humanities professor Harold Bloom admits that Little, Big didn’t change his life as much as Shakespeare, the Bible, and the works of many of the major poets of the 20th century, but he still recommends the fantasy novel to students and friends regularly. Why? He says the book “naturalizes and renders the domestic marvelous.”
  15. Da Chen: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: When Da Chen was growing up poor in China in the 70s, books were hard to come by, both expensive and banned by Mao during the cultural revolution. His first taste of a book was The Count of Monte Cristo, which sparked such a love of reading in him and others in his community that they would hand-copy any books they could, hiding away their passion for the written word. Chen believes the book was what motivated him to write his own memoirs and many of his subsequent novels.
  16. Alexandra Stoddard: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke: While struggling to write her first book, Stoddard was introduced to this collection of letters. She has said that the book has remained indispensable to her since then, offering advice and guiding principles on both writing and life.


Great leaders have often been moved by books, including the presidents and senators listed here.

  1. Bill Clinton: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Since he read Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude in college, Bill Clinton has regarded Marquez as one of his literary heroes and has said that the book changed how he looked at literature. And it wasn’t just Marquez who made an impression on the president, but vice versa as well. The two met in 1996, and the encounter prompted Marquez to write an opinion piece defending the former president during the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
  2. Barack Obama: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad:In Barack Obama’s book Dreams from My Father, he mentions the impact that this classic had on his understanding of how people look at and treat one another. He writes, “It’s [the book] not really about Africa. Or black people. It’s about the man who wrote it. The European. The American. So I read the book to help me understand just what it is that makes white people so afraid. Their demons. The way ideas get twisted around. It helps me understand how people learn to hate.”
  3. Ronald Reagan: Witness by Whittaker Chambers:It should not come as a surprise that a book many consider seminal to the conservative moment was among the most life-changing to this former president, helping define his views on politics. Reagan said that the book offered insights into the communist mind (Chambers was a former communist spy) and convinced him that liberalism, not just communism, was an enemy of American progress and politics.
  4. Joe Lieberman: The Bible: For Senator (and former vice presidential candidate) Joe Lieberman, the Bible had a huge impact on his life, though he states he thinks every book he has read has changed his life in some way or another. He singled out the Bible because of his Jewish faith, which he says has shaped his life and his choices, though he also loves Mark Twain, Robert Penn Warren, and Theodore White.
  5. John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway:John McCain’s favorite book is Hemingway’s classic Spanish Civil War novel For Whom the Bell Tolls. He read it when he was a boy, and was captivated by its depictions of war and its hero Robert Jordan. From it, he gleaned that, “A great man must always be his own man, and have the courage for it, and he must die with style.”

Movies and TV

Celebrities may not always seem to be avid readers but many are. Here, you’ll find a few who share the books that have had a big impact on their lives, goals, and careers.

  1. Hugh Jackman: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse:Given the book when he was headed to drama school, Jackman found some valuable lessons in this classic tome. When asked about it he said, “When I was 18, I read Hermann Hesse’s novel Siddhartha, and that had a big effect on me. I make myself read it every decade because I get a different perspective every time. It’s a beautiful book.”
  2. John Waters: Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff by William Inge:Offbeat filmmaker, actor, writer, and journalist Waters named this novel by Pulitzer-winning author Inge as one that changed his worldview. He said, “I learned a valuable lesson. No matter how brilliant the writer (and I loved William Inge), trying too hard to be intellectually provocative can be a disaster, especially when you mix lofty intentions with horndog sex scenes in the name of literary honesty.”
  3. Patton Oswalt: “A Boy and His Dog” by Harlan Ellison from They Came from Outer Space: Sometimes, a life-changing book isn’t one that determines a career path or a change of ways, but one that just offers a different, enlightening perspective. Ellison’s short story was that for comedian Patton Oswalt. Of the story, which he read as a teen, Oswalt said, “Ellison didn’t change my life so much as he changed my reading habits, revealing a dozen branching paths and side alleys where before there seemed to be an orderly road to adulthood. He brought rawness and confusion and awe and real terror, and I’m forever indebted.”
  4. Gary Sinise, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: When he was 14, Sinise saw of Mice and Men performed as a play, and the experience inspired him to read the book, which he names as his favorite to this day. He has said, “Up until Of Mice and Men, I had not been a big reader in high school; that book got me reading.” His fascination with the story wouldn’t end there, however. Two decades later, he directed and starred in a movie version of the book.
  5. Ben Affleck, Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White: While most tend to think of Affleck as an actor, he’s also written and co-written several screenplays, including an Oscar winner. Affleck has said that while he initially hated the strictness of the rules imposed by this grammar classic, he soon learned that he had to learn the rules before he could break them. He says, “This book is an essential tool. It has been of great use to me and is probably responsible for my best writing. I owe my successes to Strunk and White; only the mistakes are mine.”
  6. John Cusack: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:Like many, Cusack read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school and also like many, it was the first book he felt a real connection to. He has said of reading it that, “It was the first time I went to school and was interested in what anyone had to say.”
  7. Jennifer Garner: Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley:Garner grew up loving to act but always felt that it was just a hobby for her, not a career. In college, as a chemistry major she decided to take a beginning acting class in which students were to read and perform Henley’s play. It was this play that motivated her to change her major and to pursue the successful acting career that she has today.
  8. Josh Brolin: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn: Brolin told Oprah that Zinn’s historical book was “the most empowering book I’ve ever read.” He loved it enough to work with Zinn on an educational documentary and even chose a school for his daughters based on the fact that it taught the text.
  9. Vera Farmiga: Wildlife by Richard Ford: Farmiga read this book while pregnant and said that it gave her some striking insights into the relationships parents can have with their children, even offering some ideas on the ways she’d like to one day interact with her own.
  10. Zoe Saldana: Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid:Saldana loved this book because of its ending, which she said made her cry for three days afterward, and also for its explanation of Caribbean culture. Touching on politics, history, social status, and gender, Saldana has said the novel spoke to her and helped her to better understand her own links to Caribbean life and history.
  11. Cate Blanchett: The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim:Actress Blanchett read this book about the importance of reading fairy tales while she was in drama school. She has said that she relates to some of the examples in the story, including one where a child at first feels scared in a woods but eventually comes out stronger on the other side. She says, “One can feel expendable—particularly in this day and age, and especially working in film—and for me, this reinforces the power of storytelling and the necessity of it.”
  12. Isla Fisher: The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf: Wolf’s book explores how many women are oppressed and controlled by an ideal of beauty that’s rarely attainable, at least not without a lot of time and work. Fisher believes that the message is incredibly important to all women and has admitted that it has helped changed her thinking on things, too, especially after the birth of her daughter. She states, “I started thinking about it [the book] again recently because I have a daughter; you suddenly panic about the possibility of your child being subjected to a barrage of images promoting an ideal that doesn’t exist in real life.”
  13. Jodie Foster: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison:For Jodie Foster, Morrison’s famous novel was a significant part of her college education. She wrote her senior essay in college on the book, examining Morrison’s relationship to the African oral-narrative tradition. Foster is still a big fan of Morrison and has said of her, “I think Morrison has the most deeply poetic voice in contemporary American fiction, and I have never missed reading anything she’s written.”
  14. Andie MacDowell: Jung’s Map of the Soul by Murray Stein: MacDowell has discovered a new love of the psychologist Carl Jung’s theories as she’s gotten older. In recent years, she’s used his work to become more introspective and to think more about the way the mind works. It’s not an easy task, but she says, “I have sat down and actually tried to read it through all the way. But my brain starts to get exhausted. I can only take so much at a time. But as I’m reading it, I am more aware of myself, my dark side and my light side. I can make better choices. I’m more attuned to what’s important. I think I’ve got a lot of work to do. I’m far from being finished.”
  15. Chace Crawford: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls: Gossip Girl actor Chace Crawford loved Rawls’ young adult novel when he was a kid, recalling, “I read it four times when I was younger. For a kid, that book was awesome.”
  16. Alex Trebek: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins: Says Trebek about his pick for a life-changing book, “I read The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins when I was about 12 and just couldn’t devour the pages fast enough. I was entranced by this mystery novel. That might be what inspired my love of reading.”
  17. Matt Czuchry: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom: Matt Czuchry, best known for his work on Gilmore Girls and The Good Wife, picked this autobiographical novel by Mitch Albom about his relationship with his dying sociology professor as one of his favorites. He said that the book, “really made me appreciate my life more. It made me question things and really inspired me.”
  18. Kate Walsh: Cannery Row by John Steinbeck: Growing up in California, Kate Walsh loved reading the work of John Steinbeck who set many of his stories there. She would go on to read nearly every book by the author but names this one, her first, as the catalyst that really got her into reading Steinbeck. The influence wasn’t just on her reading tastes though, she says “The characters he wrote about were so flawed and colorful and fantastic—that’s why I became an actor.”


Sometimes, getting ahead in business just requires a little inspiration from a book. Learn about two examples here.

  1. Donald Trump: The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale:Trump’s father was friends with Dr. Peale and that relationship encouraged Trump, despite being a cautious optimist, to read The Power of Positive Thinking. Trump has said the book left a great impression on him stating, “I agree that a positive outlook and approach to life and business can reap great results.”
  2. Guy Kawasaki: If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland: Former Apple employee and Silicon Valley superstar Guy Kawasaki said that this book helped him to finally write his first book. He said, “It liberates people from the mental barriers that hold them back. Ostensibly for writers, it’s applicable to anyone who wants to excel in what they are passionate about.”


From great chefs to music moguls to doctors, this assortment of big names offers some insights into just how much a book can shape a person’s life.

  1. Jacques Pepin: The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus:World-renowned chef Jacques Pepin lived in Paris at the height of the French existentialist movement, even working at a restaurant that philosopher Sartre frequented. Yet it was not in Sartre that he found life-changing ideas, but in Camus’ existentialist re-telling of the classic Greek myth of Sisyphus. Pepin felt drawn to Camus’ work, and said that it taught him the importance of personal responsibility, dignity, and goodness as well as stimulating his mind and making him want to learn more.
  2. Anthony Bourdain: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson:Anyone who’s ever watched Bourdain’s travel show No Reservations knows about the chef and author’s deep-seated admiration for Hunter S. Thompson, so it should come as no surprise that he named one of the Gonzo journalist’s books as being most life-changing. Bourdain has said this about the book, “Thompson’s savagely descriptive sentences deeply affected my own, leading to a lifelong love for hyperbole. And as a young man just coming of age as it became clear there would be no revolution, no peace in Vietnam, and four more years of Richard Nixon, I responded to Thompson’s rage.”
  3. Lou Holtz: The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz: Legendary football coach Lou Holtz wasn’t always at the top of his field. At a point in his life that he was struggling, he read this self-help book which suggested getting back in touch with one’s dreams by writing a list of goals. Holtz did just that, creating a list of 107 things he wanted to accomplish in life. He still has the list, with only five more goals left to accomplish.
  4. Jack Canfield: Life After Life by Raymond A. Moody:When Canfield was in college, one of his professors lent him Life After Life, a study of near-death experiences. Central to these experiences were two questions: ‘What wisdom have you gained from this life?’ and ‘How have you expanded your capacity to love?’ Canfield has said that he “came to view these two questions as the final exam for life, and they have directed my life for more than 30 years.”
  5. Jay-Z: The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav: One of the books that had the biggest impact on rapper and businessman Jay-Z’s life was this spiritual tome by Gary Zukav. He said, “Growing up, I was always curious about religion. This book made the most sense to me; it’s about the way you live your life.”
  6. Dr. Bernie Siegal: The Human Comedy by William Saroyan: Cancer therapy expert Bernie Siegal found inspiration and solace in the works of William Saroyan, many of which deal with loss. Often working with those who are dying and in pain, Siegal took away valuable lessons from The Human Comedy. He says, “In The Human Comedy, Saroyan has a teacher talk to one of her students and tell him what we all need to survive: to respect each other even if we don’t like each other; to love truth and honor; not to be alike but to be human in our own way and to pay no attention to those trying to hold us back and embarrass us.”
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20 Big Ways Millennials Are Better Off Than Their Parents

Nov. 14th 2012

Things aren’t entirely rosy for Millennials these days: unemployment among Millennials is twice that of the general population, the average grad is carrying around $25,000 worth of debt, and the wealth gap between older and younger Americans is at its widest point in history. All of these things have gotten Millennials labeled as “Generation Screwed” and many news outlets are reporting that these youngsters will be the first generation not to do as well or better than their parents. It’s all a bit overdramatic, especially considering that stats also reveal some serious benefits of being born Millennial. Millennials may be unlucky and some may currently be struggling but they’re certainly not screwed. In fact, there are numerous ways in which Millennials are doing pretty great. Here, we highlight just a few, to put a more positive spin on what it means to be Millennial in today’s world.

  1. Millennials are more diverse.

    A study conducted by Georgetown and the Public Religion Research Institute found that college-age Millennials between the ages of 18 and 24 are considerably more racially and ethnically diverse than the general population. That diversity can be a distinct advantage in a world that’s ever more connected, allowing young adults to gain a better understanding of cultures, ideas, and beliefs outside of their own.

  2. Using technology comes naturally to Millennials.

    While not all Millennials grew up with computers, the Internet, and smart phones in their homes, most are incredibly comfortable with using technology. Millennials are more likely to report using MP3 players, gaming platforms, and smartphones than non-Millennials. In fact, many Millennials (24% according to a Pew study) feel their tech usage to be one of the defining features of their generation. How does this make them better off? It can help them to find a job in a tech-driven business world, can keep people connected, and can even (though not always) make them more productive on the job.

  3. They’re more accepting.

    While there are still saddening levels of hatred toward minorities, women, and those of differing sexual orientations in the U.S., studies show that Millennials are much more accepting than previous generations of those who are different. Research has documented that Millennials report more daily interactions with those of other races, they’re more accepting of immigrants, they have no problem with interracial dating, they have fewer prejudices against homosexuals, and are generally more accepting of other lifestyles. These attitudes can help Millennials make a wider scope of friends, become more culturally aware, and may even foster a greater sense of national unity.

  4. Millennials are better educated.

    All of those hefty college loans do come with one big benefit: by and large, Millennials are better educated than any generation that came before them. A study done by the Pew Research Center found that 40% of those 18 to 24 were in college in 2008, a higher percentage than the previous generation. Additionally, a whopping 63% of Millennials currently have a bachelor’s degree and another 30% plan to go back to school to get their degrees. While part of the increased drive to get an education may be due to the economy, there’s also evidence that attitudes about education are just generally positive in Millennials, with 80% of those surveyed stating that it is “cool to be smart.”

  5. They have more time to figure out what they want to do.

    While finding a job and becoming financially secure is certainly the ideal, Millennials do have some flexibility that other generations might not have enjoyed. All that time interning, volunteering, and working in a variety of non-degree-related jobs can actually give young adults a chance to really figure out what they’re passionate about, which can make for greater career satisfaction later on.

  6. Millennials are very family-oriented.

    Millennials have frequently been stereotyped as being self-involved and even selfish, yet research hasn’t shown that to be entirely true … at least not any more so than previous generations. Some studies suggest that Millennials may be one of the most family-oriented generations to date. While Millennials may be getting married and having children later in life, 77% of them say raising a family is an essential or very important life objective. In 1977, just 59% of students said the same. And Millennials’ family orientation is about more than just starting their own. Millennials often have strong relationships with their parents and other family members and many consider parents close friends.

  7. They’re more careful with money.

    Millennials’ lack of steady income and loan debt of epic proportions has a positive side, too. It’s made a generation of young adults much more conscious about how and where they spend their money. Millennials have even been dubbed “The Cheapest Generation” as few are willing to shell out on cars (which has become a major issue for car manufacturers) and other large purchases, preferring instead to buy access over ownership. They’re also more likely to save. Twenty-five percent of Millennials contribute to both IRAs and employer-sponsored 401(k)s, compared to just 16% of Boomers, and just 13% expect to have to work into their retirement years.

  8. When they do spend, Millennials are more savvy about purchases.

    An in-depth research report from The Boston Consulting Group found that Millennials don’t just buy things on a single recommendation. They tend to seek out multiple sources for information, generally non-corporate entities and friends, before making any purchases. One thing making that easier is social media, which the report found Millennials often used to read reviews, research products, and to learn more about individual brands.

  9. They’re incredibly social.

    Millennials make ample use of social media to stay engaged with their friends, peers, and even total strangers on the Web. Forty-six percent have 200 or more friends on Facebook, and a whopping 47% feel that their lives are richer when they’re connected to people through social media. Yet this drive to socialize extends beyond the virtual world, too. Millennials are more likely than non-Millennials to engaged in group activities, especially those outside their family. They more frequently dine, shop, and travel with friends and co-workers.

  10. Millennials are often very involved in social causes.

    Many Millennials grew up being taught the value of recycling and community involvement, and as a result, many are driven by civic engagement. The majority of Millennials believe that working for causes is an integral part of life and are more likely to encourage others to support a cause (30% versus 22%) or to participate in fundraising events (27% versus 16%) than non-Millennials. Millennials are also more driven than their parents to purchase products that are associated with a cause and expect companies to care about social issues. When it comes to volunteering, Millennials are also more likely to lend a hand, with 31% participating versus 26% of non-Millennials.

  11. They’re more entrepreneurial.

    One of the positive effects of the dearth of jobs for Millennials is that it has driven many to start their own businesses or to work for small startups, rather than simply to enter the corporate world. Even in 2009, deep in the recession, business startups were at a 14-year high and that level has increased every year since. A recent survey of Millennials showed that 54% of U.S. Millennials either want to start a business or have already started one. An even greater number of minorities wanted to start a business, with 64% and 63% of Latinos and African-Americans respectively expressing their desire to start a company. Sadly, just 8% of those surveyed had started a business and 38% said that the reason they delayed was the economy.

  12. Millennials get more parental support.

    A much larger percentage of today’s young adults are getting help from parents in years past and that might not be an entirely bad thing. Parental help with college costs or with living expenses after school can help Millennials navigate a dismal job market and can set them up for a more secure financial future once they no longer need help from mom and dad.

  13. They commit fewer crimes.

    Millennials may be a group desperate for jobs, but it’s not driving them to a life of crime, according to recent statistics. Since 1973, violent crime rates among offenders 12-20 have dropped substantially, and in 2009 were just over 20 per 1,000 (versus 80 per 1,000 in 1988). Other high-risk behaviors have dropped, too, including teen pregnancy and drug use, showcasing a real positive change in the safety and outlook of Millennials.

  14. They’re redefining success.

    For a generation that’s derided as being materialistic, a surprising number of Millennials are seeking out success in ways that don’t involve a substantial paycheck. A big part of this change may be driven by the lack of high-paying jobs (or jobs at all) that are available to Millennial workers, but that’s not the only factor at work. An article that appeared in Forbes in 2012 revealed that many Millennials are finding new ways to define success that don’t necessarily reflect the values that their parents or grandparents held dear. Instead of “climbing the ladder of unfulfilling societal expectations and consumerism,” many Millennials are seeking out careers that offer a greater sense of well-being, community, and happiness.

  15. They have greater work flexibility.

    While not every job Millennials hold is flexible, research suggests that this aspect is one that Millennials value above many others. As a result, many have sought to start their own businesses or work from smaller companies that can offer greater flexibility (just 7% of Millennials list a Fortune 500 employer on their Facebook page). Some of this flexibility comes from the ability to blend work and life, thanks to new technology, and many Millennials can even work from home or on-the-go. Research shows that 81% of Millennials want to make their own hours at work, compared to just 69% of of Boomers.

  16. Millennial women are better off.

    While Millennials may be struggling overall, female Millennials have it much better than previous generations. They’re much more likely to go to college, with women now making up more than 50% of college students. They’re also less likely to marry for financial security and more likely to attain their own financial stability before entering into a marriage.

  17. They have more self-esteem.

    According to surveys of young people going all the way back to the 1920s, today’s young people have a lot more self-esteem than in generations past. Research has indicated a cultural shift in self-interest, though not always in a bad way. Studies have shown that this level of self-esteem often translates into greater self-confidence, which can be an incredibly valuable asset on the job. Why the boost? Experts credit the rise in self-esteem to helicopter parents who encouraged the importance of feeling good about oneself.

  18. They may end up more productive.

    Technology will undoubtedly play a big role in the future productivity of Millennials, but other, larger trends are also at play, too. Millennials are shifting away from suburban living into denser urban living, which economic research shows should have a big effect on productivity. Studies show that doubling a community’s population density increases productivity by between 6 and 28%. Why? Apart from the massive time suck of commuting, worker output is determined not only by individual talents but also the ability to access the ideas and talents of others. The more brainpower Millennials surround themselves with, the greater odds that two smart, talented people will end up working together.

  19. As a whole, Millennials are extremely optimistic.

    Despite the persistently negative press that Millennials’ situation gets, studies show that most in this group are actually pretty optimistic. According to Pew research, Millennials are actually slightly more optimistic about their future earning potential today than they were before the recession hit. Seventy-five percent of those who say they don’t have enough income now believe they will in the future, and 60% believe that their children will be better off than they were. Of course, they’re not entirely delusional about their prospects, with many believing that they themselves won’t be better off than their parents.

  20. They’re more likely to read.

    Think young adults today are too busy with their smartphones and social networks to read? The stats say otherwise. A recent Pew study found that 16- to 29-year-olds are reading more than the average American, with 83% having read a book in the past year. Just 70% of the general population can say the same. What’s more, this same demographic was also more likely to make use of the public library, with 60% heading to a public facility to do research or check out books over the past year. Of course, Millennials didn’t completely lose their tech-savvy reputation: they were also more likely to read e-books than any other group.

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16 Desk Meditations That Will Change Your Life

Nov. 5th 2012

OK. Maybe “change your life” is a bit of a hyperbole, but meditation’s myriad forms still hold quite a few benefits for employees holed up at desks and inside cubicles all day. Benefits confirmed by reputable scientists, no less. Sitting all day leads to mental and physical health issues, but trying some of the following tactics might very well help chip away at them over time. We’re not doctors, though, so don’t take our advice as if we were!

  1. Zen:

    Emory University’s Charles Raison outlines a five-minute technique for calming down and clearing up the mind while working. Just set a timer, assume the position, and start breathing. He notes that the background noise in office settings might distract at first but can be incorporated into an exercise over time.

  2. Guided Meditation:

    It only takes a minute to mentally retreat into a “happy place” (here, a “warm, sunny meadow”) and soothe a (not seriously) troubled attitude. Try Susan Helene Kramer’s recommended positioning and breathing mechanisms when things get a little stressful at work. It may not necessarily lead to transcendent insights into the intimate workings of the universe, but it sure might alleviate some of the strain from those TPS reports.

  3. Rock garden:

    Buy or assemble a small rock and sand garden inspired by traditional Buddhist constructs used in Zen meditation. Not only will it make for a unique decoration, but offer up an anytime (or, anytime at the desk, anyways) opportunity to get contemplative while working out a difficult project or succumbing to stressors. Rock garden users can build their own personalized meditative practices around them, or check online for tips from other enthusiasts.

  4. Walk:

    OK, this suggestion is kind of cheating a little since it’s not technically at the desk, but whatever. It still works. Rather than taking a cue from spirituality, simply getting up and walking might provide a meditative moment in times of conflict. Use the time away from what’s causing the problem to chip away at negativity and formulate more viable solutions for peace and calm, both internal and external.

  5. Yoga:

    Great for the body — and mind, when paired with a meditative ritual. Yoga exercises, like the ones listed here tailored specifically for desk dwellers, stretch out muscles atrophying from too much sitting and provide an opportunity to defog the brainmeat during rough patches. Pick a few and start moving to see if it makes any positive difference.

  6. Eat:

    Employees lucky enough to be allowed to eat at their desks might want to clear some space and take advantage of the free time to meditate. After all, the art of mastication is a satisfying art indeed, so it makes sense that it would work wonders for the harried mind in need of a break from work. Focus on something simple and try “waking up to whatever’s happening right now,” as Jay Michaelson describes the experience.

  7. Audio guidance:

    Whip out a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and try some of these guided meditation recordings, including offerings by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh. posts several different selections to peruse, so hopefully some of the ones included here work wonders. If not, Google is a thing that exists, and plenty of free guided meditation audio and podcasts are available online. Or one could head to the store and check for CDs, too.

  8. Pray:

    More religious types might prefer prayer as a form of meditation during the rough work day, which can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Keep a reminder of a favorite verse, adage, or passage — or even a copy of a favorite religious text – on hand for reference and inspiration whenever it’s needed. No matter one’s temporal needs, chances are a tiny amount of time set aside to reflect on faith will help more than not bothering at all.

  9. Just breathe:

    Take inspiration from Drew Barrymore in Ever After and … just breathe (Hey! That’s the name of the entry!). Seeing as how it forms an integral component of meditation, paying mind to inhaling and exhaling could provide an easy, quick strategy for staying calm throughout the work day. Experiment with a few different methods and see which one proves most satisfying when navigating the daily migraines of office life.

  10. Sitting comfy:

    Try sitting on a pillow on the floor (if the company allows) and get cozy with it before launching a brief meditation session at the desk. More self-conscious individuals might want to just arrange it on their chairs instead. Either way, opting for this might not necessarily directly lead to any sort of calm or enlightenment, but it definitely can’t hurt when trying to attain it during the work day.

  11. Transcendental meditation:

    Creative Renaissance man David Lynch attributes his successes to transcendental meditation, which might very well work for the office dwellers of the world as well. While it requires a little more effort than some of the strategies listed here, some might want to explore this trendy practice’s tenets without leaving their desks. Considering one of its main thrusts involves dissolving stress levels, it might prove a tactic worthy of experimentation for practitioners in more anxiety-ridden fields.

  12. Progressive muscle relaxation:

    Psychology professionals sometimes prescribe this calming technique to their depressed and anxious patients, and it dovetails lovely with meditation practices. Which makes sense, seeing as how breathing also just happens to ensure proper muscle relaxation. Try pairing it with Zen, transcendental, or other techniques for overarching mind and body calm.

  13. Aromatherapy:

    It’s kind of a bad idea to light a candle or start smearing essential oils around at the office, but aromatherapy might prove a viable option for the work-from-home crowd. Pick a particularly soothing scent and get transported to a mental plane beyond daily drudgery. Or at least smell nice. Smelling nice is always pretty good.

  14. Mantras:

    Mantras run the gamut from a single word to a beloved hymn, and concentrating on them during the day could very well prove exactly what the stressed-out corporate drone needs to succeed. Try different ones at home and at work to see which — if any, of course — prove the snuggest fit. Some might induce meditation in certain situations better than others, so it’s probably a good idea to keep a few different ones in mind.

  15. Music:

    The right tunes at the right time are all it takes for some people to sink into a meditative state of comfort and calm. Some Internet radio stations, apps, and podcast hosts feature free streaming music specifically for inducing relaxation, but obviously desk jockeys may pick whatever they want. Getting lost in a favorite jam stands as a near-universal experience and a very simple strategy for decompressing during a long day.

  16. THIS:

    Nothing else is a more effective technique for attaining oneness with the universe beyond mortal perception. Don’t argue. It’s science.

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50 Best Pinterest Boards for Student Vegetarians

Nov. 1st 2012

Although more and more schools offer dining options for students adhering to vegetarian and vegan diets (as in, dining options beyond “salad bar”), navigating a new environment with food restrictions still proves occasionally headache-inducing. But making snacks and meals at home means sticking with the lifestyle and resisting temptations to start noshing on tasty, fatty, salty bacon out of frustration. Pinterest lets that happen.

  1. Quick Vegetarian Recipes by Cooking Light:

    The good folks over at Cooking Light compile a wide range of tasty eats for time-crunched college vegetarians; best of all, most of them are pretty healthy, too!

  2. Raw Food Recipes by Tasha Johnson:

    For students sticking with a raw food diet exclusively or simply enjoying how they supplement more traditional vegetarian meals, this listing of some particularly delectable delights might yield something tantalizing.

  3. Recipes for a Vegetarian College Student by Emily Rose:

    Like the title states, this Pinterest board features vegetarian (and a couple of vegan) recipes especially curated for meat-averse students on a time and money budget.

  4. Everything Vegan by Gabrielle Rekully:

    College kids with an affinity for animal rights and a vegan lifestyle should head here for recipes, products, posters, infographics, quotes, and other media promoting the movement.

  5. For the Vegetarian: Recipes & Inspiration by fitsugar:

    Vegetarians, vegans, and raw foodists alike can browse fitsugar’s enthusiastic pinning featuring recipes, cookbook suggestions, product information, and a shirtless Ryan Gosling, because this is Pinterest.

  6. It’s Easy Being Green by Annie Kimberley:

    With 166 pins so far and counting, this repository for vegetarian and vegan dishes has plenty to offer a wide range of collegiate dietary, time, and fiscal needs.

  7. Raw Food by Veg Writing Momma:

    Moms who want to incorporate raw food snacks and dishes into their kids’ diets might want to browse this collection for stuff to make together.

  8. Quick Recipes (Vegetarian) by Lacy Jaudon:

    Compiled especially for students and student teachers, these recipes (and links to recipe collections!) work great when eating vegetarian with budget and time restraints.

  9. Foodie Fun-For Vegetarians! by Allison Rogers:

    This “college girl approved!” Pinterest board features a diverse array of vegetarian-themed recipes, with the occasional nutritional, serving, and spicing information rounding things out.

  10. Kale University by Suzanne Turner:

    Despite the title, Kale University doesn’t exclusively focus on the eponymous green; rather, the 906-pins-and-counting serves as a veritable library of all things vegan, vegetarian, raw foodism, health, and fitness.

  11. On the Road to Vegetarianism by Jamie Searcy:

    Pinners just now starting their vegetarian journey might find this collection of resources — mostly recipes, natch — exactly what they need to never miss meat again.

  12. Nutritious Vegan Spectacular by Melanie Glissman:

    Head here for both recipes and detailed information about everything the vegan lifestyle entails, particularly when it comes to the philosophies of animal rights.

  13. Quinoa and Bean Recipes by Valerie Tourangeau:

    Both ingredients cost comparatively little, especially when purchased in bulk, definitely making them ideal for cash-strapped college kids. Thankfully, the grain and legume alike are pretty versatile!

  14. Vegetarian by

    With 64 pins and 15,734 hungry followers, this board proves a popular stopping point for vegetarians of different backgrounds.

  15. Vegan food and vegan living! by Violet Williams:

    Most of the content here revolves around recipes, but every once in a while an article slips in about how to keep the vegan lifestyle rather than keep cooking for it.

  16. YUMMY VEGETARIAN by Pirate Mom:

    Admit it. These might be “kid-friendly” vegetarian delights, but you know you want to give them a try, too, you naughty collegiate you.

  17. Easy Vegetarian by Heather Garrison:

    If your cooking skills could use some serious improving, this recipe collection makes for a great start to gaining confidence in the kitchen.

  18. Vegan Recipes & Websites by Julie Blankenship:

    Keep these resources on hand when searching for fabulous vegan-friendly eats when the usual stuff gets too boring and repetitive.

  19. JUICING VIDEOS by Sam Neylan:

    Juicing can be a great option for vegetarians, vegans, and their friendly omnivore roommates to go in on together, and these videos and recipes cover all the basics. The process isn’t inherently healthier than eating fruits and vegetables, of course, but it is tasty and breaks up texture monotony.

  20. That’s it Fruit – Vegan Finds by That’s It:

    Presented by That’s It Fruit Bars, this board features fun, fruity favorites and information about staying healthy and staying vegan.

  21. Vegan Fashion by Official PETA:

    No matter your opinion on PETA’s practices, their resource curating information about vegan-friendly clothing and accessories makes for an essential Pinterest pit stop for animal rights activists and supporters.

  22. Raw Food by Danika Carter @ Your Organic Life:

    Check out 180 (so far) mouth-watering recipes completely suitable for omnivorous, vegetarian, vegan, and raw food diets.

  23. Vegan Notebook by Chef Kathi – Canopy Rose Catering, Tallahassee:

    Chef Kathi pins up fancier fare than some college students might be comfortable attempting, but more adventurous types might want to give her vegan loves a go.

  24. Tasty Things – All Vegan, Always by Jo Kell:

    This pinner has more than 18 years of experience with a vegan diet and 1,641 recipes pinned to the Tasty Things board; if you can’t find something to make and eat here, then we’re afraid there’s not much we can do for you.

  25. vegetarian/vegan snacks by Krista Gene:

    Try some of these tasty vegetarian snacks between classes for a quick, healthy kick to keep you going until your next meal.

  26. vegetarian cooking and baking by taylor fiscus:

    Stop here and sate that sweet tooth (and savory tooth, but that’s not a thing that exists) with some fabulous vegetarian baked goods and casseroles.

  27. Gluten-Free MM Recipes by Meatless Monday:

    All of Meatless Monday’s boards are essential viewing, but for vegetarians who can’t process gluten, this one in particular stands out.

  28. Mindful eating by Lorraine Guptill:

    Rather than recipes, Lorraine Guptill provides inspirational quotes and images for college students giving up meat and other products for animal rights reasons.

  29. Vegetarian Cookbooks by Elizabeth:

    As you can probably guess from that title there, this Pinterest board features some vegetarian cookbooks students might want to pick up from the library for further reading.

  30. Juicing Juicing I LOVE Juicing by Jemma Morris:

    She really loves juicing, you guys, and the recipes here for smoothies and juices to add some variety to a vegetarian, vegan, and raw food diet attest to that fact. Some are not entirely friendly to the latter two lifestyles, but that’s why substitutes exist.

  31. Vegetarian Entrees by Kendra Nordgren:

    Whether hosting a dinner party or freezing for later in the week, the featured culinary centerpieces here will make even the most ardent carnivore start drooling.

  32. Vegan Condiments by Melanie Nettle-Kahl:

    Flavor up vegetarian, vegan, and raw food dishes and snacks with some of these delightful condiments – including mayo!

  33. Food Love: Raw Food Sweet by Stephanie Wills:

    Converting to a raw food, vegan, or vegetarian diet doesn’t have to mean giving up on enjoying rich, delectable desserts and sweet treats!

  34. Vegetarian Breakfast Ideas by Two Peas in a Blog:

    Start the day off decadent and meatless with some of these tasty meals, many of which yield enough food to save for later.

  35. yum * vegetarian sides, salads and snacks by Dawn Benedetto:

    When looking for quick vegetarian bites for home or out on the go, hit up this board for a diverse selection of ideas suitable for different tastes and kitchen acumens.

  36. Working on my veggie skills … by Na Lucia:

    Newcomers to the vegetarian lifestyle should check out this ever-growing collection of great snacks, meals, and more to keep on going.

  37. Not Hippy Vegetarian yummies! by Jamie Whitaker:

    College students living in cities with limited grocery access will especially appreciate this recipe collection highlighting largely easy-to-find ingredients.

  38. vegetarian and healthy choices by Madison Hall:

    A great general recipe board for vegetarians looking for recipes that won’t place them at such a high risk for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

  39. Healthy & Easy Vegetarian Recipes by Jessica Weasner:

    Since the pinner herself requests recipes that are inexpensive, and not above four servings as well, her board focusing on simple, healthy vegetarian food is absolutely perfect for college students!

  40. { Vegetarian } by Ashley Armstrong:

    Every recipe featured here is suitable for vegetarian, vegan, and raw food diets of varying budgets, skill levels, and time frames.

  41. Vegetarian by Jolene Oster:

    The woman behind this board specifically zeroes in on vegetarian dishes her college-aged son would enjoy.

  42. Raw food recipes and smoothies to energize by Lora Lyons:

    If there’s one thing higher ed students need, it’s energy. Whip up these snacks and smoothies for a jolt to stay active and alert throughout the day.

  43. Going Vegetaraian? by Donna Polk:

    Seeing as how Going Vegetarian? sports around 90 pins, chances are any young folks looking to begin their meatless (or animal product-less) journey might stumble across a few that keep them on the right track.

  44. Vegetarian Thanksgiving by Shannon:

    Whether heading home or sticking with the veggo co-op for the holiday, these recipes ensure no vegetarians, vegans, or raw foodists start staring wistfully at images of turkeys and hams.

  45. Freggie (fruit+veg) & gluten-free by Lily Reed:

    Vegetarians seeking a few good fruit and veggie dishes that don’t upset their gluten intolerance or allergy should consider this board an essential bookmark – even if they don’t use Pinterest on the reg.

  46. Fit&Vegetarian by Natalie Sullivan:

    Perfect for college students who converted to full vegetarianism in order to keep their circulatory systems as clean and healthy as possible.

  47. Vegetarian Variety by Sarah Helfgott:

    Critics often chide vegetarian diets as repetitive and bland. Critics are utterly, hopelessly wrong, as this library of gustatory greats proves.

  48. Raw, Vegan and Vegetarian Food by Heather Ballard:

    It’s a smorgasbord of tantalizing treats suitable for vegetarians, vegans, and raw foodists of all tastes and budgets, whether snacking on the go or celebrating a potluck with friends.

  49. Juicing by Rissa Webber:

    More juicing recipes for the on-the-go veggo college kid sharing the cost with a friend or lucky enough to carry around a little extra cash.

  50. Vegan/gluten free by Amanda Leiss:

    Like the title of this pinboard states, these recipes focus on vegan recipes suitable for students with gluten intolerance issues.

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