Life + Culture

Stay fit! Everyone’s heard of the “freshman fifteen,” a reference to the tendency to gain weight during your first year in college. But the truth is that any major life event can affect your health and fitness level—moving to a new city, getting married,...
Convenient, exciting and dynamic, social media has forever changed the way we connect with friends and strangers across the globe. Most users agree that social media’s various platforms can be satisfying, inspiring and useful, while also having annoying...
BATON ROUGE 80 miles west of New Orleans, 40 miles east of Lafayette Home to: Louisiana State University and Southern University Population: 225,000 Highlights: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Rural Life Museum, Raising Cane’s River Center (...
Being a member of a sorority or fraternity can become a home away from home for students on a college campus by making that campus seem a little smaller.   According to Angela Guillory, associate dean of students and director of Greek Life at LSU, being a...
By the NEXT staff There’s no doubt about it: The process of planning for college and other types of postsecondary training can be CONFUSING! But it should be part of every junior’s and senior’s life—along with tacos, football, friends, concerts and...
CREDIT CARD RULES YOU SHOULD KNOW • Remember that credit cards are not “free money.” They’re more like a loan that you must pay back. • If you pay your full bill each month, you won’t have to pay interest. If you pay the minimum amount or only part of...
BY ELIZABETH MACKE It’s the beginning of the school year, and maybe you’re already overwhelmed with classwork, extracurriculars and those looming college applications. The good news? So is everyone else. To help you get in the zone, we spoke to four...
This July a Louisiana 4-H delegation was immersed in a comprehensive citizenship program sponsored by the National 4-H Council. Youth from seven parishes were part of the weeklong Citizenship Washington Focus, an annual leadership program held at the nation...
C.E. Byrd’s Logan McLain [in white] cycled his way to several medals this year.
During the Tour of Ireland road race this summer, the message of Shreveport cyclist Logan McLain was loud and clear. The 16-year-old was in the top five overall in the event featuring mostly 17- and 18-year-olds. However, on the fifth day of the six-day...
The Vernon Parish School Board hosted a Jump Start Summers initiative program throughout June to teach students the welding trade at Pickering High School.  “The overall objective of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to get a ‘Jump...