College Life


To Ph.D. or not to Ph.D., that is the question College Life

Hello everyone: It can be challenging to get your college degree. If it was an easy task, everyone would be doing it. They aren’t. If you are, you are a special person. But what about higher, higher education? Is a master’s degree or Ph.D. in your future? Let’s talk about that for a moment. What are the degree requirements for the field you hope to...

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Lenience in lateness leads to lost jobs College Life

Hello everyone: One of the colleges where I teach has adopted a new policy: nothing is late until it is really late. Five days late. The students are not docked until the assignment is more than four days late, so on the fifth day, the students lose 2 points out of 100. Big deal. On the sixth day, the recalcitrant student will lose another two...

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Buying research papers College Life / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Sometimes, if you are really busy, it might seem like a good idea to buy a research paper. It isn’t. Perhaps you don’t really care about the course and you think purchasing a paper is a great way to move on quickly. Don’t do it. Do you really want to sully your reputation, get a zero for the assignment, and have a permanent...

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Picking the right team College Life

Hello everyone: College and work frequently require teams. Before you groan too much, let me give you some tips on picking the right people for your team. First, pick someone with your same work ethic. If your idea of “turning something in on time” is two days early, don’t pick someone who turns it in at 11:58 if it’s due at 11:59. You’ll drive each...

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Graduation day will be here before you know it! College Life

Hi folks: It may seem like it will take forever to get your degree, but it is actually closer than you think, unless…..you are like a fellow I knew. He and his wife kept changing majors. By the time he got his Associate’s degree, he had 120 credits (enough for a bachelor’s degree). His wife had something like 130 credits before she walked on the...

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Are you on the scent of a good grade? College Life

Hello everyone: It’s important to get on track and stay there as you complete your college semester. I’ve run into quite a few students lately who do not understand this concept. They begin the semester strong, only to peter out as the term progresses. They stop checking into class (or stop showing up for lectures). They do not turn in later assignments, even though they...

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Job interview? Don’t get the deer in the headlights look College Life / Home Life

Hello everyone: Perhaps you have spent most of your lifetime (so far) taking care of your family and home. For whatever reason, you are going back on the job market. You want to put your best foot forward on that all-important job interview, but how do you do it without getting the ‘deer in the headlights’ look? Be prepared. Figure out what questions you think...

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What is the least I can do to pass this course? College Life

Hello everyone: “What is the least I can do to pass this course?” Yes, that is a question I was asked by a student just this morning. Are you kidding me? So this gal, a graduate student, doesn’t want to do her best. She doesn’t want to excel, she just wants to barely scrap by. Again, are you kidding me? She is fine with being...

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