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    The Courage to Fail

    The Courage to Fail
    As my professor reads the winners of Arapahoe Community College’s Third Annual Literary Contest from the podium, I remember an icy February night two months ago. Stuck in rush hour traffic during a snow storm, I was determined to turn in my nonfiction essay before the literary contest deadline ended. Although the school parking lot was mainly deserted when I ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +11
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    10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started College

    10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started College
    When designing this column, I aim to relate the peaks and pitfalls of my experience as an undergraduate in a way that will make you think, feel and laugh. I hope the information I’ve shared has been a help. As a grand finale and because I love compilations, I created this: a list of the Top 10 Things I Wish I’d ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +11
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    The Loneliness of a Long Distance Lover

    The Loneliness of a Long Distance Lover
    When you're in college and dating the same person you did in high school, you have two options: break up or stay together. Of course, staying together may call for committing to a long-distance relationship (LDR) which can be difficult. How do you go from seeing each other almost every day to seeing each other only once every two months? ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Eight Supposedly Cool Things I’ll Never Try Again

    You’d think we would have been over it by the time we got there. My university orientation class was already so intellectually, academically, athletically and artistically accomplished. We had friends we were close to, families we cared about. Put together, we’d performed thousands and thousands of hours of service to church and community. This, you would think, was an emotionally and ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Idle Hands: Making Extracurriculars a Priority

    Idle Hands: Making Extracurriculars a Priority
    “Are you free Friday night?” Yes, actually, it’s the only night I am free, I think to myself, sadly. It’s frustrating. Personally, I really do enjoy keeping busy. I feel useless without having something to do. Hey, everybody’s different. [gate] My best friend constantly bemoans her lack of free time, as she juggles a part-time job, her volunteer swim coaching gig, ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +10
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    Get Your Groove Back After Break

    Get Your Groove Back After Break
    Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday and a relaxing break, and that if you returned home, my advice from the previous post was useful. Of course the buzz in the first month of the year always includes the same subject: What is your New Year's resolution? I usually don't believe in making resolutions, but ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Preparing for College (in a More Practical Sense)

    If an omniscient viewer peeked into my life for a period of time, he or she would notice that I follow a simple and set routine. I wake up, brush my teeth, pick out my day’s attire, and go to school. After school, I toss my dirty clothes into the laundry basket, take a shower, and slip into a more comfortable ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +8
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    Leaving for College

    Leaving for College
    For a while, I thought that leaving for college was no big deal. I would see girls I know get together the night before someone’s departure and they would all ball their eyes out about how they’re going to miss each other. I would always casually snicker at the sight and thought of such an event. It seemed so silly to ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +8
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    Freshman Blog - Transition to College

    So this is the end of one journey. It feels like everything in my life has closed its doors lately. The weird thing is usually one door closes and another one opens, but I haven't seen any doors open. And some of those doors have just slammed in my face ... without any warning, if you catch my drift. One particular ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +8
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    Phi Theta Kappa: An Honor to Belong

    Phi Theta Kappa: An Honor to Belong
    Clutching a white rose and an unlit white candle in my hand, I followed a procession of 35 inductees into the small auditorium. The audience stood up as we entered the room and I could see my husband, in-laws and five children craning their necks to find me in line. A violinist played classical music on the podium until we took ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Stop Living in the Past

    Stop Living in the Past
    As a resident assistant (RA), I have to craft a bulletin board theme for my floor. My very first theme was "Finding Nemo." Nemo was smack dab in the middle of the board, with the words, "Small Fish, Big Pond" surrounding him. Looking back, it was my fave board that I've done. "Small Fish, Big Pond" speaks multitudes because everyone is ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Quiz: What's Your Reindeer Personality?

    Quiz: What's Your Reindeer Personality?
    You've known Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, etc. since you we're just a kid, but do you know who you're most like? Take this quiz to find out which reindeer's personality suits yours the most! [gate] Quizzes by Quibblo.com
    Published 4 months ago | Rated: +7
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    Saying Our Goodbyes

    By the time this blog posts, I will officially be a college graduate! The event I've been talking about forever will have finally happened -- and it's starting to hit me. The reality will be even harsher when I wake up that fateful August move-in day later this year, only to remember I'm no longer at Hofstra... I'm getting sad just ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Persistence Pays Off

    Persistence Pays Off
    This week I’m going to write about persimmons. Oh yes, that most noble of fruits. No, hang on, that’s wrong. You’ll have to excuse me (well, you don’t have to, but it’d be a very generous move on your part). I’m graduating from college on Sunday and my brain’s just about full to capacity. Bet you didn’t know that could ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Summertime ... and the Learning is Easy

    Summertime ... and the Learning is Easy
    The cherry blossoms are starting to fade and fall to the ground, reminding me that spring semester is nearly over. Summer break looms like a child’s birthday balloon buoyantly hovering above a crowded room. From this vantage point, the next 12 weeks seem like plenty of time to tackle those neglected home decorating projects, catch up on nearly 20 years of ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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    The People You Meet: Community and the Community College

    The back-to-school jitters kicked in just as I climbed into the elevator. Trying to appear calm and self-assured, I surveyed the swarm of younger faces around me. I made my way to the fourth floor classroom for my first “publishing your writing” class. Arriving early, I tentatively chose a seat and waited for my professor and classmates to trickle in. Fully ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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    College Tips for Nontraditional Students

    College Tips for Nontraditional Students
    You've decided to continue your formal education. But how can you make college a success while still meeting work and family obligations? Check out these expert tips to help you during that all-important first term: Begin with classes that you feel confident about. Sure, it's good to get requirements out of the way. But don't feel you must tackle the most ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Senioritis Revisited

    Senioritis Revisited
    My rosy outlook on avoiding senioritis has been smashed. Second semester has been completely different than first semester (when I wrote that column). At the beginning of senior year, you're still in high school mode. Nothing about the pattern has really changed, so aside from the fact that you're called a "senior" instead of something else, there's not really any ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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    5 Life Lessons From Dr. Martin Luther King

    5 Life Lessons From Dr. Martin Luther King
    There is probably no other American figure that epitomizes the qualities of leadership and self-sacrifice in the face of overwhelming odds more than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As we celebrate his life on the day set aside to honor him, let’s look back at some of the most important events in his life. From them, there are plenty of lessons ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reflections on Going Back to School

    Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reflections on Going Back to School
    If someone had told me a year ago that within the next few months I would be returning to college after an 18-year break, I would have insisted, “My life is way too crazy right now. There is no way I could do that until all my kids are grown and gone.” A year ago, I had just given birth to ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +5