Tips for 20s- listen to npr- navigating Adulthood

Tips For Your Twenties #2: Listening to NPR During Your Morning Commute Will Make You Smarter

During a job interview at Vanguard 5 years ago, the interviewer asked me, “How do you keep up with current events?” I was a bit stumped, but responded that I tried to read the New York TimesĀ for a few minutes before class every day.

When it was my turn to ask the interviewer questions, I asked her what she did to keep up with current events. She responded, “I listen to NPR during my morning commute.”

Due to a series of events, I ended up not working at Vanguard but, for the past five years, I have listened to NPR as part of my morning routine. I’ve even gotten my husband hooked! I can attest that after five years, listening to NPR has helped make me more well-informed about national and local news and more aware of the world in general. In other words, I really think that listening to NPR for 2 hours a day [I listen to it during both my evening and morning commutes] has helped to improve my quality of life and also let me be extra efficient during my commute.

Here are couple of reasons to trade your morning music for NPR:

  • No offense to my fellow Millenials, but a majority of the music nowadays is terrible.

Take this song for example:
“This is the last $20 I got
But I’mma have a good time ballin’ or out
Tell the bartender line up some shots”

…..Umm, if that’s the last $20 you have, shouldn’t you be spending that on food? Or a bus pass?

  • It helps you keep up with what’s going on in the world

This is especially important when people are making small talk with you in the break room about a big story that’s been all over the news. You don’t want to be in an awkward position like Gary Johnson during his presidential campaign and ask “What is Aleppo?” [face palm]

  • Fantastic Investigative Reporting- You Hear Stories That You Might Not Get Elsewhere

I promise that NPR makes you smarter and more well-informed! Do you listen to NPR? What do you listen to during your morning commute? Let me know in the comments below

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