College Buddies

So I knew these three guys back in college.  You know the ones:  The easygoing, happy-go-lucky types who never bothered to go to class and always knew how to get you hooked up.  For quite a few of us, they were our best friends.  And as I wax nostalgic today, I wonder what are the chances of catching up with them again, perhaps on Facebook or Craigslist.  My best buddies from a simpler time of life.Jim Beam.  Jack Daniels.  José Cuervo....more

Yes, You Should Do What You Love

There’s a lot of people out there who are skeptical about advice that says “Do what you love” and “Follow your passion.” Many people believe that it is more practical to not follow your dream career and instead follow your brain in making job decisions, rather than your heart.I believe that doing what you love is the key to success in your career. If you don’t love your job, you are not living up to your true potential. In this article, I’ll explain a few reasons why doing what you love is important....more

Chronic Pain In College

“Is college really something kids like us can do?”Those are the words I received in a text message, from a sweet younger friend with CRPS, a few weeks after I moved into my dorm....more

Ultimate College Gift Guide

Let the college kids rejoice! Thank goodness Christmas is almost here! I can't wait to get back home, cuddle up with my shih-tzu, and spend some overdue time with my family. But as the holidays are getting closer, I've had many people reach out and ask what they should buy their college students for Christmas! I think it's hilarious because out of all the categories, we're probably the easiest to shop for. But I've put together some of my favorite picks that are all under $100! Make sure to keep checking back all throughout December to see more ideas!...more

Seven Tips for Guiding Your Senior to Write College Essays

With just three weeks until the bulk of college applications are due, I thought I would share a few ways we helped our senior through the essay writing process. Based on my writing experience and the trial-by-fire efforts with our senior, my husband and I came up with a process that worked for our son....more

Sit In On A College Class About 'The Hunger Games'

Think about anything else that day? Fat chance.I’d been waiting for this for over six months.Before I left college for summer, I enrolled in a Young Adult Literature class for the fall semester. The title is all I needed to hook me. What made it better? The book list we were required to read....more

Advice for Sorority Rush

It's that time of year again- last year I wrote a post about Ole Miss rush, and this year I am writing some words of advice for girls goi...more

Pack a College Survival Kit!

In 1995, I spent a semester at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. I left Alaska, the state I was born and raised in for Hawaii. I traded frozen nose hairs and permafrost for sun and surf. The University of Hawaii had an excellent Linguistics program at the time and a tuition exchange with Alaska. I was able to attend the University of Hawaii at the resident rate; which happened to be cheaper than the university I was attending in Alaska. It was win-win...especially when you realize I dragged my brand new husband along with me!...more

5 Regrets of a College Graduate

Nathalie Y Grogan ...more

General Hospital, Baking Pies, and Why I Never Made Dean's List

My list of college accomplishments was short. I was guilty of falling in and out of love hard and spending too much time in front of my mirror. I didn't have a clue how to balance a check book or to begin writing a term paper any sooner than the night before it was due.All true. But thanks to my cousin, Kathy, I learned to bake a pie while I was in college.I'm putting that down as my #1 achievement, sad as that may sound to those of you who made Dean's List. I'll own it....more
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