Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Book Signing

A big THANK YOU to those who came out to see us at the book signing in Ames, IA this past Friday. It was great to get some time with Mike to laugh and share with others the book.

We hope to bring a few more signings to the area in the near future. Stay tuned!

On Top of Your Game

About a month into school now and the "honeymoon" is over for many college students. The reality of studying, exams, conflicts with those around them and just the amount of decisions they get to make on a daily basis. This is a critical time in the semester, especially for freshmen. It may seem like there is a lot of time left in the semester, but patterns that are formed early are often hard to break. From study habits to interactions with a roommate and everything in between, the patterns are forming.

Take a moment or a few (go to a coffee shop, take a long walk, seclude yourself in the library, etc) alone and evaluate the areas of your new college life. Be honest with yourself. If there is something that doesn't feel right or is concerning to you, find ways to fix it soon. If you aren't sure, find someone like an RA, Hall Director, your adviser, or another university official to help you.

College is a big investment of time and money. If you bought a new car and in the first month the radio wasn't working correctly or the engine was making noise, you'd want it fixed, right? :-)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

College students ROCK! Photo from space for less than $150!

The $150 Space Camera: MIT Students Beat NASA On Beer-Money Budget

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After reading that article, I'm reminded of the creativity and limitless potential of college students. I'm fortunate to work with college students every day and am always inspired at their intelligence and especially enjoy when that intelligence converges with something fun like the above story.

Friday, September 4, 2009

College Football

College football is here! The pageantry and tradition surrounding it always reminds me of how fun college was. Nothing beats the cheering crowd, marching band and collective optimism for the home team. For some students, these traditions are why they chose to go to a certain school. College athletes can become campus celebrities (and national celebrities in some cases) as they showcase their talents to the campus and country.

With that being said, take a look at this article (or video below) about a football player suspended THE ENTIRE SEASON for throwing a punch after a game: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4446898

Prior to the announcement, I wondered how the college would handle this situation. If you read the previous post about choices and consequences, here is a real life example of a choice this player made and the consequence he now has to face. I wonder if this player is regretting his decision? I bet he is. I hope he truly learned from this. When others hear about this (athletes or not), I think it's a big reminder to do the right thing and make good choices as you go about your days. I really do commend Coach Kelly for this decision. He may very well catch some static for doing this to a star player, but I think the message he sends shows his own class and integrity. It also will hopefully help other remember to play with sportsmanship and keep the traditions of college football alive for the right reasons.