Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Choices Galore!

Long ago in grade school, I remember being told that for every action there is a consequence. If you are ok with what the consequence will be, make whatever choices you need to. Working with college students, I witness many of their choices and consequences. I’m happy to report that I get to see a lot of cool things happen in people’s lives. Great opportunities, scholarships, jobs, positive relationships and the list goes on and on. Sometimes I get to see students make the wrong choice, but learn from the consequences and become better people.

Unfortunately, I do too see some students continually make poor choices. Sometimes a bunch of little things add all add up (not studying, watching too much tv, not effectively communicating, procrastinating, etc.) and slowly become a ticket out of college. And on some occasions, students do things which earn more serious consequences (cheating on an exam, consuming too much alcohol, vandalism, trying drugs, etc.). For many of these choices, I see people’s lives take serious detours from what was planned. Not only do these choices hurt their own lives, but the circle of friends and loved ones also usually are directly affected (and can be very costly).

Do I sound like a parent? I hope not (although, I do have a 6 month old daughter). The point I’m trying to make is it’s amazing the amount of choices that we are allowed to make in our lives. When you are faced with a difficult decision or are just unsure, trust your gut and the advice of older and wiser people.

And remember…make all your consequences good ones!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Move in time!

The next few weeks are some of the most exciting on a college campus...move in time! The energy on campus is elevated, the streets are busier and everyone seems excited to be part of the campus community. I've been on "the other side" of move in for the past 10 years helping others successfully maneuver the process, but I remember the feelings my first year. The excitement started months before the big day. I made lists of what I needed, I pictured myself in a small room with a roommate and I got excited over the little things (like having my OWN bottle of shampoo and tube of toothpaste, not having to use whatever was bought for our family home). I remember packing up the truck the night before the big move. It'd been talked about for so long, but the eve of departure had arrived. Looking back, my actual move-in day seems like a blur. I confidently walked up to pick up the key to my room as my parents began loading up the hand-truck for the first load (by the way, great thing to bring with you to save trips to your room). As we finished unloading, the excitement of setting up my new space probably overshadowed the need to properly say "goodbye" to my parents. As they left it sunk in that I was "on my own."

The move in process really is an exciting time, but can also be stressful. Planning ahead, but also being flexible during the process are some of the keys to making the day both a functional and an emotional success. For lots more tips, tricks and advice, be sure to check out Chapters 3-5 in the book. Happy moving to all!

Monday, August 17, 2009


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