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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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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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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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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Not a Morning Person…

I have never been a morning person, or really attempted to be one, as the idea of constantly waking up at 5:00 AM sounded like a terrible idea. However, as I have experimented this fall with waking up, I have discovered three things about being up and going before the sun rises. Quietness In a...
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Everyone Should Protest

I know that is a weird title to this blog post. A recent experience left me wondering about this generation that is entering college and made me realize that there is a generation gap when it comes to the art of protesting and free speech. There seems to be a disconnect between what people think...
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23/1

As I grow older (I did not say old), I am making more visits to hospitals to visit friends with surprising sickness, chronic pain, and disabling and sometimes terminal diseases.  In my mind, this should not be common to the 45-55 year old.  In my profession, it is important to workout, eat healthy and try...
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Stop Working

My name is Nicholas Jones, I’m 31, have two kids and a wife, have earned two degrees from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and I have never worked a day in my life. That statement might lead you to believe that I was either born extremely wealthy or lazy or both. Unfortunately for me, I...
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Is Personality Permanent?

Personality can change, but it will take time. The psychological community as well as the general public have long believed that while individual behaviors, beliefs, values, and motivations may change over time, a person’s individual personality is fairly stable through life. This means that if you are generally an empathic, outgoing person early in adulthood or...
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