Mindset: Will You Succeed?

Does your mindset directly affect your success in life? Lately, I have been digging deeper to try and find the answer to this question. I started competing in sports early in life, but it wasn’t until high school that I really started to notice how much my mindset affected my performance. I specifically remember having...
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A More Fulfilled Summer

Congratulations on making it to another summer break! Hopefully your hard work these past two semesters has paid off and you’ve got some opportunities to look forward to in the next three or so months. Even if you’re someone that is no longer enrolled in school, there’s certainly something different about summer, isn’t there? Almost...
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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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Four Questions for Your Admissions Counselor

I have been working in a university Admissions Office for almost a year now, and I have learned a lot in that time. It is important for Admissions counselors to know everything about campus, because different things will appeal to different students. Based on their interests, we can highlight the different areas of campus that each...
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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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Becoming a School Principal

You’ve been teaching for many years (or maybe just a few years!), and you are starting to get an itch. This itch isn’t to leave the field of education, but rather, you are starting to feel ready for the next level in school leadership. Teachers are leaders, but the next level of leadership is a challenge...
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Why Study Abroad?

The college experience offers so many new opportunities. Of course, parents and faculty hope new academic learning will be the highlight. However, new friends from diverse backgrounds, new social opportunities, and new activities can be just as important. College is time to explore new things. As a faculty member, I have taken students to Europe...
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10 Tips for Improving Your Writing Process

Start early. This suggestion counters people’s desire to procrastinate, but the earlier you initiate the writing process, the better off you’ll be in terms of preparation, ability to change directions as needed, and minimize stress. Pre-write. Use the journalist questions, free write (writing continuously for a pre-determined amount of time), cluster or map, make lists...
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How to Get Hired but Never Get Promoted

Here’s how you get hired but never get promoted: cram for your exams. I know, I know… I’m a professor admonishing students to improve study habits. Enough already. So let me change hats for you – I was in corporate America for 29 years before becoming a college professor. I had my own company for...
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