College Planning for Grads with Autism Spectrum Disorders

As a current college student with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I know the going isn't easy. Over the last three years, I have come up with solutions and advice that have helped me manage issues like living alone, time management, social interaction, and securing disability accommodations, as well as creating guidelines for future snags and anticipated events. In this series, starting with the college-planning process, I hope to shed a little more light on what it's like to navigate college and provide some critical planning tools for families and students with ASD. ...more
There is some excellent advice in this article. One more support person to consider is a ...more

Applying to Irish Universities

When I pictured my son Logan going off to college next year, I comforted myself that he would come home on weekends and summers to do laundry, borrow money, and raid the fridge. Moving to Ireland complicates this vision. Logan is as excited and eager as I am to move to Ireland but there's a hitch: Only minor children under the age of 18 are eligible to move under their parent's visa or Irish Green Card....more

Viral Meme: We’re a Culture, Not a Costume

Racist Halloween costumes are nothing new, and neither are the pleas to stop them. But never underestimate the power of the Internet. This week a series of posters with the tagline “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” has gone viral. The images, featuring a Middle Eastern man, an Asian woman, a Black woman, and a Latino man each holding a photo of a derogatory ethnic costume, were created by a group of ten college students at Ohio University....more
I don't get upset when people want to be Jewish for a day.  I have seen people wearing yarmulkes ...more

Why I Teach at a Public University

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Counting Fruit Loops

I have O.C.D; I’m a ‘counter’. It’s not a major case, and it doesn’t affect how I live my life, but I’ve had it since I was a little kid. Basically, when I eat things with a high number of pieces (cereal, vegetables, fries, candy, etc.), I make sure I have 4 bunches of 4 at the end, and then will eat those 1 bunch at a time. Then, when I get to the last sacred group of 4 (usually the best, or longest) I eat those 4-3-2-1. Perfection! In some cases colour is also an important variable during my sorting, especially M&M’s and Fruit Loops....more

The Practical Mom's Guide to Outfitting Your Student for College: Dorm Life

Have you gone to your student’s college orientation yet? What’s the number one thing on your mind? If you’re like us, it’s not about the variety of programs the university offers, how fancy the rec center is or how to pay bills -- a subject close to college administrators hearts. No, the real questions most moms have are mom questions. ...more

Last Fall I moved my son and daughter (twins)into the dorm. It was a night and day experience. ...more

Most ACT test takers not really college ready

Only 23% of 2009 ACT test-takers were ready to earn a C or higher in the four core subjects of English, reading, math and science, according to a recent study by the American College Testing Service (ACT).  By looking at the ACT scores of presently enrolled college students who are earning As, or Bs, or Cs, ACT determines a minimum ACT “college readiness” score.  Students who achieve the college readiness score have a 50% chance of earning a B or better grade and a 75% chance of earning a C or better grade....more

Is Miley Right to Skip College?

Miley Cyrus says she’s not interested in attending college anytime soon, “I’m not gonna go to college right now,” Cyrus told told Q100’s Bert Show Monday morning. “I’m a firm believer that you can go back at any age you want, because my grandma went back to college at 62 years old.” And her sister went to college too. But is Miley right to skip college? I can’t say that I blame her. How many 17-year-olds do you know are making millions and are heading to the top of their game?...more

I think you make a great point, and your perspective is a good one--you see all KINDS of ...more

DIY U - Thinking About Open Education

Anya Kamenetz understands the waves of change that are going to impact higher education students and the society as a whole. ...more

You can mix and match educational options. Long before the Internet I had a home study via ...more

I came out to my roommate...

I live in a university owned townhouse (there's two bedrooms, basically like an apartment) and recently had a female roommate move in.  All of my friends' immediate reaction was "You HAVE to tell her your a lesbian!"   I was against this at first because I believe that I shouldn't have to explicitly come out to her and make a big deal out of it.  I am comfortable with who I am and figured that if it ever came up I'd just be honest. Seemed like a good plan... ...more

Thanks for brining that argument up.  Both arguments are very true and I think that's ...more