Why Write?: Part 1

No one is born a good writer. No matter how many times you have heard (or said), “You’re naturally good at English,” or, “You’re not good at English,” it’s not true. Everyone can learn to be a good writer. It just doesn’t happen overnight or over years of primary and secondary education, or over two...
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The Heart of Christian Higher Education

I am often asked, what distinguishes education at a Christian university from education at secular schools? Certainly, our faculty must be Christians and we have a set of community standards that reflect our faith commitment; our students are required to take Bible courses and attend chapel. But is there really anything different about the education...
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5 Tips to Improve Listening

Most of us spend more time listening than we do talking. Listening is a learned skill. Since it is a learned behavior it is something that can be improved upon. Whether you are a student or a working adult in a business meeting, you should find the following tips helpful when listening to others. Concentrate...
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See One, Do One, Teach One

“See one, do one, teach one” is a phrase that is believed to have been coined by William Halstead, MD. Dr. Halstead created the first surgical residency-training program in the United States at John Hopkins. The catch phrase is a simple teaching model, but is it effective? I can teach my nine-year-old daughter how to...
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Be an Encouragement!

Whom can you bless today? In our busy lives, we are sometimes able to glean encouragement from something we read. An encouraging word can come from any source, such as this quote: “Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care.” We can look to the Bible...
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How to Write Anything

During high school, you might have written short responses and essays. Now going into college and in your careers, and even in your daily life as an adult, you will be writing many other genres of writing: emails, lab reports, marketing plans, article reviews… the list is endless. While all of these might have some...
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Joy and Sorrow

Death is Not Distant In recent days, the state of Texas and the nation have come together to grieve the tragic death of Harrison Brown. Harrison was the victim of a random stabbing on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. As the news spread quickly, and an outpouring of love and support...
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Adapting to a New Culture

Growing up bilingual in New York City, I have always enjoyed listening to languages and learning about culture. My father played the trumpet for Latin American bands, so I grew up believing that everyone spoke at least two languages and played some kind of instrument. Some of the most powerful memories for me are the...
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