When They Come Home

It was a long three month stay away, his first semester in college. Now he's home. Tonight, nothing could wipe away my smile as I heard three separate bedroom doors close after each of my sons called out, “'night, mom, I love you.” All three of my children are in one place at one time....more

Being Scared Of Life After College Is Dumb And This Is Why

Here’s my ideal happy ending with college: Hi, I’m Ella, I’m graduating and I know exactly where I’m going with my life. I’ve made it through my student loans and look at me say this while I flip my hair at you with my perfectly-painted-never-chipped-nails-because-I am-just-hashtag-flawless.Yes, that is what would happen to me if unicorns were real, if fish could ride bicycles, and if I were Beyoncé (yes I know she has the same hours in a day as we do but I’ve decided she’s a robot)....more

The New College.

Outside of volunteering to teach reading and the GED in homeless shelters, my most fulfilling teaching experience has been SAT-preparation at a private center in an affluent Chicago suburb. My students were all children of professional parents who had worked hard enough to be able to afford expensive, private tutoring for their children....more

College Fund (and College Fund and College Fund and College Fund...)

My parents tried to teach my sisters and me the virtues of saving money while we were still quite young.  They would stuff bills and coins into a cookie jar on the shelf in the kitchen, or into an empty Maxwell House coffee can.  They started savings accounts for us when we were born, and as soon as we were old enough, they’d drive us over to the fortress that was the Dollar Savings Bank on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx to deposit our birthday money.  They took us to see Mary Poppins at the Loew’s Paradise and would sing us the song about “when you put tuppence in...more

Community Bathrooms (And Other Things I Hated About My Freshman Dorm Experience)

As many of you know I transferred to my current school, Prairie View A&M University, here in Texas about a year ago.  I know that no school is perfect and normally after living somewhere for a long time you may start to get fed up with your surroundings, but honestly since my transfer I haven't gotten to that point. It would actually be difficult for me to tell you more than three things I dislike about my school. However I can't say the same about the first school I attended (which I won't name for the sake of shame and/or having a ton of friends who still go there *waves*)....more

The ABCs of the 5th Semester of College

Strangely, this semester of college has been drastically different than the the previous four. I call this the "junior wall" or "over the hill" syndrome....more

Why I Chose Online Graduate School

As I drove to work a couple of mornings ago, the radio station I listen to daily was discussing with a listener about online degree programs. As I listened to their conversation (the mother was discussing how her daughter wanted to leave college because there was too much partying and she was considering an online degree), I couldn't believe what the words that came out of the DJ's mouth. The DJ uttered the words, "Online degree programs are a joke and a waste of money."...more

We remember more reading print than we do online

University of Houston researchers found that people who read printed news publications remember (and read) more than those who read online.The study was done on college students. One group read the NY Times in print, the other read the online version.After 20 minutes of reading they tested both groups. Those reading the printed version remembered 4.24 news stories, while the online group only recalled 3.35 stories....more

{ I } Miss Home

So it's been one month that we dropped of The Teenager to begin his College Life. One month since I packed up his clothes, tried to make sure he had everything he could ever need and sent him out there on his own. It's also been about 2 weeks since I got a text message saying 'miss home'. ...more