College Life


It’s the Little Things That Count College Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: You know, it’s the little things in life that matter. Take, for example, a recent visit I made to my local food store. They want you to buy their food, right? I was walking into the store on a Saturday morning, having noticed that one of their workers was scrubbing the sidewalk outside the front door (which also serves as an exit, since...

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How in the World Do I Get Organized: Drowning in a Sea of Assignments College Life / Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Students ask me all the time about how in the world can they get organized and be disciplined enough to finish their degree. Let me let you in on my personal organizational secrets to finishing two degrees at the same time while running a business, being active in my church, and making time for family. It really isn’t complicated but it isn’t always...

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Attitude is Everything: Or “Can You Help Me Understand” versus “My Bad Grades are all Your Fault” College Life / Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: In my in-box this morning, I received two emails. One was from a student who had gotten some less-than-desirable grades on some recent assignments. The other was from another student who had failed miserably in all the assignments he turned in so far. Student number one was very polite and asked for some clarification on why she had done so poorly. Her attitude...

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When the Professor Offers to Help, Don’t Stand Her Up College Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: Sometimes students struggle in college. Maybe they are a first generation college student and have no idea of how to study. Perhaps this is their first semester of online classes and are lost at how to navigate the course material. It happens. The key to success in a time of stress is to reach out the professor. And then don’t stand her up...

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Choosing Really Bad Topics for Assignments or How to Really Tick off the Professor College Life / Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: How do you pick a topic to write about? Hopefully, you do not seek out the one topic that the professor will hate and focus all of your attention on that. Case in point: I teach a few classes per year as an adjunct full professor for a college I have been with for the past ten or more years. I enjoy teaching...

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Nontraditional Students? How Do You Cope? College Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: I run into nontraditional students (AKA older than most of the other folks) all the time these days. When I was an undergraduate (2001-2006), I was a rarity. But as the divorce rate leaves 813,000 people per year alone and 800,000 people per year are widowed, more people (mostly women, from my observation) are trying to further their careers by going back to...

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Class Started Today but You Were a No-show College Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: There are times when you should be in class. In my humble opinion, this should be every day. Apparently, you think differently. Just like last term and the semester before, you didn’t show up for the first class meeting. We accomplished quite a bit today. We went over the syllabus in detail (yes, I know that must be a dreadful bore but now...

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