Junk in your trunk?

We all have that one space in our home that attracts all the clutter. It is the place where you keep everything that you know you do not want to throw away, however, you are not entirely sure where it belongs. If you are an old soul like me, you have a trunk packed full...
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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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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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