Tag Archives: Advice

Encouragement for a New Year

College students are dreamers: if we were not, why would we be in college? The path of higher education is one of striving for the knowledge and wisdom that equip us to do more than what we are currently capable of doing. Don’t we all dream of doing great things to make the world better? […]

Prayer: a musical analogy

  If you have ever heard an orchestra warming up, you may have noticed that the first sound to cut the silence is a sustained note played by a lone woodwind instrument. The tone calls out above the rest of the ensemble, hanging in solitude for a moment. Then, winds and strings rise to match […]

Meal Planning: a guide for the busy student

This time a year ago, I was twiddling my thumbs and obsessively refreshing my email inbox for the first indication of my housing assignment for the coming year at St Andrews. Unlike the rest of my W&M joint degree compatriots, I had applied for a room in Albany Park, a collection of blockish concrete, self-catered […]

The Study Abroad Arrival Checklist

There are few things more exciting than watching foreign ground peek out from the fluff and fog of clouds as your plane descends. The moment you arrive abroad, you may find yourself either eager to explore and indulge in unabashed tourism or, if your have had a particularly long trip, ready to do nothing but […]

Something Serious, Cookie Construction, and Teapots Full of Daisies

Before I get to those teapots full of daisies, I would like to issue a quick public service announcement, so please bear with me because this is a public service announcement about listening to public service announcements. It isn’t often that northeast Ohio is the topic of national and international headlines, but this summer has […]

Overseas Study: the preparation checklist

In childhood, I saw the world without even leaving my little hometown in the heart of Ohio. My mom’s work with international students and delegates visiting our area surrounded me with exchange students and Fulbright scholars who had packed their suitcases to the point of bursting and left home to enrich their educations with an […]

Application Essay Composition Guide: Part III

(In order to keep things bite-sized, this application essay composition guide will be in three parts! This is part three.) After you have gained an understanding of the function of the application essay (see part I) and considered how you should or shouldn’t approach the prompt and topic selection (see part II), you are ready […]

Application Essay Composition Guide: Part I

(In order to keep things bite-sized, this application essay composition guide will be in three parts! This is part one.) Firstly, let us indulge in some debunking. There are couple of common misconceptions about the purpose of the college application essay: some students believe the essay is meant to be a complete biography while others […]

“Adult-ing”: the art of growing up in college

While I was home over spring break, I asked a friend I graduated with how his first year of college was going. He said that it was going well and added offhandedly that he had been “adult-ing”. In a strange way, that “word” (I have no squabble with indictionaring it) seems to capture the transition […]

Unconventional Study Tips

Most of my midterms are done (insert relieved sigh), but I still have a few left. At the moment I am home for spring break, and no exams can dampen my spirits. There isn’t a cinder-block dorm wall in sight, the cat is snoozing in some secluded corner because she hates humankind, and all is […]