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.”

“He Likes To Talk About Bowling”

The memory is still fresh in my mind, 42 years later. It was my high school's end of year dance for the sophomore class, and as you might have guessed from the photo above, I did not have a date. However, a friend of mine said that his girlfriend knew a girl who was looking … Continue reading “He Likes To Talk About Bowling”

When Does It All Change?

Many times when I ask my college students a question in class, I'm just left with a lot of dead air and averted gazes. Eventually someone will answer, and then a few minutes later, the process will repeat itself. My wife, a nursery school teacher, tells me it's the exact opposite in her classroom. When … Continue reading When Does It All Change?