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5 Things You Should Be Keeping Up With Instead of the Kardashians

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Washington chapter.

Tristan Thompson, Khloe Kardashian, Jordyn … who? Don’t remember her last name. But for some reason, these three names plus the general Kardashian and Jenner names keep circling the news and media outlets over and over again. Personally, I couldn’t care less. 

And you should, too. 

If a cheating scandal about a reality show is what really gets your attention, start thinking about what you’re prioritizing. In all honesty, this isn’t what lasts long term for the benefit of you or the entirety of the world. There are actual problems that need attention and actual actions that need to be put into place. So if you’re someone who’s exhausting your energy into the whole Tristan – Khloe – Jordyn scandal, you should exhaust that energy into some other current problems. 


1. Concentration camps in China

If you thought the Holocaust and Japanese internment camps were a thing of the past, the same thing is ongoing in today’s modern society. How do we rid of such an ongoing issue? One that keeps recurring?



2. Climate change

Yes this is a real issue. The government has underrepresented the issue and has shown the problem of climate change as being lesser than it really is; long-term wise, our Earth is in danger. 



3. Defunding of Planned Parenthood

This won’t stop the need for abortions. But this will prevent those who cannot afford general care for reproductive health and even allowing easier access to contraceptives. Plus, abortions are only a small fraction of what Planned Parenthood offers—for many, it’s the only healthcare they can afford. 



4. The Global Economy

Also, another “yes” on this is a real issue, the business markets are expected to take a hit. Factoring this issue in with many students trying to find jobs post grab, this is something that will affect you directly. 


5. The Presidential Election in 2020

Many of us are old enough to vote and take some form of political involvement. Take some time to educate yourself on who you want to advocate and become the face of our country. 


If 2019 is all about the whole “new year, new me” mantra, then make it so. Don’t feed into headlines, news articles, and attention given to storylines that aren’t exhausting their energy into random media scandals. Put that energy and attention into what’s actually going on.


Kayla Ishisaki

Washington '21

Undergraduate student at UW Seattle.