The Importance of Staying Informed

By Nola Goodwin ’23

In this time, with technology growing and evolving at an almost constant rate, it has become easier than ever for people around the world to access details about current events. And not only is this information right at the tips of our fingertips, but it can be found in many different forms; from online articles and videos to social media. Staying informed becomes even more important as we get older and as voting age gets closer and closer. When exercising your right to vote, does it not make sense to know what, exactly, you are voting for? The only way to prepare for this is to stay informed about politics and current events, both locally and at a national level. But staying up to date is important even before you reach eighteen. By reading about global events you teach yourself important skills, such as empathy, that will be valuable throughout your life. 

However, as students, we often have very little free time on our hands, making staying well informed more challenging than it seems. With homework, studying, and athletics taking up a great deal of time, reading or watching the news isn’t generally our first priority. Though, with technology at our sides almost 24/7 now, there are simple and easy ways to stay up to speed with the world without taking up too much time. Here are a few suggestions:

#1: Stay Connected Through Social Media

A majority of news platforms have some form of social media, making it extremely easy to stay 

updated about world events. By following one, or multiple, you can stay caught up without any extra effort.

#2: Download a News App

Although news apps release many different articles every day, trying to read just one or two every few days can still keep you informed. However, before trying this, it’s important to find a source you trust to supply you with accurate and unbiased information.

#3: Subscribe to a Newsletter

Many companies release a news recap daily or weekly, which can be a good way to stay informed without having to read multiple articles a day. This will enable you to get the rundown without taking too much time out of your day.

California Girl in the Wilds of Maine


Written by Iman Shepard ’19

Moving from California to Maine, I knew the culture would be different because the way of life varies from place to place. I had been to the East Coast prior to coming to Hebron Academy, but actually living here has allowed me to notice some distinct differences between Southern California’s culture and Maine culture. This has helped me put together a super easy, three step process to become a Mainer:

1. The Look

First off, you need to look like a Mainer. This requires purchasing loafers (called boat shoes in Maine), Birkenstocks, a Patagonia sweater, L.L. Bean Boots, and anything from Vineyard Vines. If you don’t own at least one of these, you are most likely not a Mainer.

2. The Attitude

Although you might be able to dress like a Mainer now, you still have to know how to act like one. You must acquire a standoffish attitude and a lack of vanity in order to proceed. This includes being generally unhappy, and becoming nonchalant about how you look. Do not smile unless a sarcastic or demeaning comment is made about another and avoid enjoying anything except being judgmental in order to achieve the optimal Mainer attitude.

3. The Language

By now, you’re almost a Mainer. You have the look. You have the attitude. Now all you need is the ability to speak like a Mainer. Say things such as, “It’s wicked cold.” Words such as “nasty”, “mad”, and “wicked” are often used, so try to incorporate them into your vocabulary. A  greeting such as “Hey, how we doing?” is common. 

Now you’re basically a Mainer. Obtain a love for hunting, camouflage pants, Moxie, maple candy, and Dunkin’ Donuts and you’re all set.