To Open Campus or Not: Mapping Out the Options

Stay Tuned! Note: Music played (recommended by one of my sons): Chopin Nocturnes playlist on Spotify easy listening, and once again, when I got immersed in doing something I did not even notice the music playing. Not distracting at all.

The Day That Changed My Life

Note: this is an update to a post from five years ago... Date: April 28, 1978. Place: a college party at Lake Valhalla, East Stroudsburg, PA It started off like many other Friday nights in college, heading out to a party with friends. Who would have known that by the end of the evening, my … Continue reading The Day That Changed My Life

Where Is Everyone?

We took another stroll around Villanova's campus today. The photo above shows one of the most heavily traveled parts of campus when school is in session. Normally at this time of the year, there would be hundreds of students walking on the paths, perhaps a few students tossing a football or frisbee back and forth, … Continue reading Where Is Everyone?

Accounting Test More Stressful Than Coronavirus?

I am currently teaching a group of students from Villanova who are studying abroad in Singapore. One of the best parts of studying abroad for students (OK, and me too) seems to be using their long weekends to travel to surrounding countries. So far, the students have taken trips to Bali, Taiwan, and Malaysia, and … Continue reading Accounting Test More Stressful Than Coronavirus?

I’d Choose the Degree from Harvard

A recent article on Forbes.com by Brandon Busteed had the eye-catching headline "Americans Rank A Google Internship Over A Harvard Degree". The results are based on a survey of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted in December by QuestResearch Group on behalf of Kaplan. When asked what they believe would be most helpful for a high school … Continue reading I’d Choose the Degree from Harvard

To Be or Not to Be (a College Grad), That Is the Question

TD Ameritrade recently conducted a study in which it surveyed over 3,000 U.S. teens and adults, including approximately 1,000 Gen Z (ages 15 to 21), 1,000 young millennials (ages 22 to 28), and 1,000 parents (ages 30 to 60). The results are eye-opening in terms of the changing view of the value of college. 96% … Continue reading To Be or Not to Be (a College Grad), That Is the Question

How to Succeed Academically and Socially as a College Freshman: Advice from Recent Grads and Last Year’s Freshmen

At the end of this past academic year, I decided to send an email to my former students, asking them to share advice on what helped them to succeed academically and what helped them to succeed socially. I sent the email to two groups of students - seniors who had just graduated, and freshmen who … Continue reading How to Succeed Academically and Socially as a College Freshman: Advice from Recent Grads and Last Year’s Freshmen

24 Off-the-Wall College Graduation Traditions

You can probably tell that graduation is on my mind; this is two straight blog posts about graduation. Yesterday I offered words of advice to college grads fro the Wall Street Journal. Today while I was not so randomly surfing the web I started reading about what commencement is like at Harvard, which got me … Continue reading 24 Off-the-Wall College Graduation Traditions

Reliving the Glory Days of College

There's no doubt about it, the four years I spent at East Stroudsburg State College (Go Warriors!) were among the four best years of my life, filled with many highlights and fond memories. There's clearly one highlight that far surpasses the others, and that's when I met my future wife at a party near the … Continue reading Reliving the Glory Days of College

“I teach them not to piss on their hands.”

That's one of the memorable lines from the book, Educated, which I just finished reading. Here's a brief summary of the book from the author's (Tara Westover) website: Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of … Continue reading “I teach them not to piss on their hands.”