Majors And Careers

Making Major “Education” Decisions

As I’ve mentioned before numerous times, I had no idea what I wanted to pursue for a life’s work when I headed out to college. I’m sure that I wasn’t alone. My roommate who was in Business Administration, the same as I was, confided in me that he really wanted to be a farmer. Ha! ...

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College Process Fiction

If I may conflate two famous icons of literature and motion pictures, with this post I’d like to say that the Yellow Brick Road of college admissions can lead down a very frustrating rabbit hole. Now that I’ve captured your derision regarding my questionable liberal arts background, let me offer amends through some (what I ...

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The Ubiquitous Inspector(s)

The influence that parents can have over young, developing lives can be — and is in most cases — significant. If you can stand yet another anecdote from my life, let me explain. When I was in my middle 40s (many years ago), our family lived just “down the hill” from my mother’s house. My ...

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The Right College: Seek And Find

Now that it’s August, and the start of school (your senior high school year!) is fast approaching. I want to discuss the most important aspect of your college process: creating the best group of schools for you to apply to. [Apologies for ending that sentence with a preposition!] So, this blog post addresses the major component of that process: ...

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The Fruits of A College Degree – Part 2

Last time, we took a look at the results of a survey that tracked how college graduates are dealing with the realities of life after graduation. We saw some interesting statistics that revealed real-world circumstances vs. the idealistic visions of college students. In other words, for those grads surveyed, we saw that some, who had ...

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The Fruits of A College Degree

If you have ever taken the time to chat with current college students and ask them what they expect to be doing after graduation, you’ll probably hear a lot of idealism in their answers. After all, the point of going to college is to pursue success and happiness in life. Right? Well, I can’t quantify ...

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Is Who You Are What You’ll Be?

One of the more stressing questions teenagers ask themselves, especially those more introspective than others, is, “Who am I?” Maybe some of you middle-agers out there have also asked this question of yourself. One of my favorite places for self-interrogation is in the bathroom mirror (while making sure to keep the lighting level low!). Inquiring ...

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To Declare Or Not Declare

Today is July 4. Here in America, it’s Independence Day. We celebrate the Declaration of Independence, which set America free from British rule. It’s a national holiday. Time to have a picnic and watch some fireworks. (Be careful with those things!) I’d like to address another kind of declaration today, for the information of about-to-be ...

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The GAP Year: Need A Reason?

We’ve discussed GAP years before. GAP years are available at many colleges (better check first, though). Your GAP year happens after you have been accepted to and enroll at a college offering this option, but you don’t move onto campus until the second fall after your enrollment. In other words, there is a year’s “gap” ...

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Getting Ahead This Summer

Yesterday was the longest day of the year. The first day of summer! Most of you have finished your academic work for the year and have already started to do what the summer offers you in the line of work or adventure. Those of you who are particularly motivated to get ahead have likely begun ...

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