College Life


What are you waiting for? College Life

Hello everyone: I met a lady in my dentist office today who has always wanted to go back to college. Her kids have completed their college degrees and she’s wondering if now is her time to finish her education. What are you waiting for, my dear? Five years from now, you will be five years older. You will either have a degree or not. It’s...

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New semesters bring new opportunities College Life

Hi everyone: So maybe you blew off the last semester. It’s summer right now and maybe you decided to go to the beach instead of going to your computer. It happens. Maybe you didn’t do a few Discussion Board Postings or you let a few rough drafts slip by undone. That happens. Here’s the trick to handling that: don’t blame the professor. Get back on...

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What are you waiting for? College Life

Hi Everyone: What are you waiting for? You’ve waited your whole life, up to now, wanting to get your college degree. Four years from now, you will be four years older, with or without it. Folks, you aren’t getting any younger. You might as well go for it. I’ve had folks in my classes who were older than I am (yes, they were THAT old!)....

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A Tale of Two Students College Life

Hi everyone: When my kids were little, I used to tell them “we can do this nice or nasty, but we are going to do it” whenever I wanted them to do something they didn’t care to do. I’m the mom, they’re the kids, and they didn’t have a choice. Well, the same thing can be said of college students. This past term I had...

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Don’t tell the professor what to do College Life

Hello everyone: I have had a couple of students who took the wrong approach to asking me to overlook their lack of performance in the classroom. They told me what to do. That was not a popular course of action. One of them told me to give him back some lost points because “he’d been too busy to do the work on time.” I wonder...

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Avoiding the Freshman 15 like the plague College Life

Hi everyone: One of the biggest challenges a new or returning college student can face (or sit upon) is the Freshman 15. The thing is, these extra fifteen pounds can strike in your freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate years without warning.  They are equal-opportunity pounds. Students have a tendency to feel hungry when they are up late studying, so it’s very easy to order...

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Finishing Strong or Finishing Wrong College Life

Hello everyone: Do you see the look of joy on this young woman’s face? She just finished climbing a mountain (or even a molehill) and she knows she’s been successful. College is like that. You work hard all semester and you finally reach the end of the term. You have turned in all of your work in a timely manner, you have studied for your...

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Recalcitrant wipers College Life / Hobbies & Travel / Home Life

Hello everyone: Have you ever gotten stuck, really stuck in a rain storm and not known how to use your car’s windshield wipers? Maybe you’ve borrowed a friend or family member’s car. Perhaps you have rented a car to take you to that first big job interview. And then it begins to rain. Folks, that’s not the time to search for the location of the...

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You are on the brink of something great College Life

Hello everyone: Do you ever think that something great is about to change your life forever? What a great way to see life! I saw a picture today of small children who were celebrating a ball game. They were literally jumping for joy. That took me back to a picture I bought last week. It is a simple white-framed shadow box print with a bright...

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Who me? Study? College Life

Hello everyone: Sometimes I come across students who think they don’t need to study. Ever. Folks, that is a bad assumption. Let’s say that you managed to get by in high school without ever cracking a book. Maintaining that same attitude in college could get you…kicked out for academic failure. The classes are harder and sometimes you only have a final exam. One of the...

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