5 Ways to Wreck Your College Career

As a college professor and administrator, I have seen thousands of students come to campus and succeed.  I’ve also seen a few fail.  Each semester I have to write letters to a handful of students to tell them they are not invited back the following term.  Every one of those students is different but their...
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Ten Tips for Protecting your Identity

Be cautious with social media. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest are a treasure trove of personal information for identity thieves. Know and understand your privacy settings and exclude personal, detailed information from any publicly available profile. Install patches. Though often inconvenient to install, most software updates are developed to address...
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5 Signs That You Can Be a Professional Counselor

I have taught at an accredited graduate counseling program for more than ten years. When faculty members interview applicants, we observe the following personality traits: You love people. You don’t need to be a social butterfly to show that you love people. Your genuine care shows when you listen to another person talking. Your friends and...
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Do Good.

Do Good. My son has this statement on a sticker on the back window of his car. Simple, to the point, can’t really argue with it. Do Good. He told me it is a saying from one of his favorite companies – Cotopaxi. According to their website, Cotopaxi’s tagline is “Gear for Good”, and their...
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You Will Change Your Mind

I have been working with college students for twenty-five years. Student attitudes change as fads come and go. In some ways, it is difficult to predict how college students will react to change.  In other ways, some changes are very predictable. In fact, some changes in attitude are so predictable, I can even see into the...
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Hearing God in a Noisy World

I like music. I think I always have. When I’m working, I’m often listening to music. When I’m driving? Music. Typing up this blog entry? You guessed it, music. Music can elicit memories of time gone by. It can create hope, joy, or even sadness. I’ve heard it said, “If art is how we decorate...
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