Sunday, August 15, 2010

Move in time!

For many, this is the big week....move in week! Up to this point, college has been something that will happen "later." Sure, you got a dose of it on a campus tour and at orientation, but the rubber really hits the road soon.

Remember, pack a little patience as you prepare for the move. There are going to be A LOT of others going through what you're going through, it'll probably be hot, and you can't assure everything will go as planned. Through all of that, remember what a big day it is and enjoy it!

To further assist you, be sure to check out our free "pre-move" chapter on our website.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Hometown Author

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to head back to my hometown to visit family and take part in our annual town celebration. It was great seeing lots of friends from the past. A special shout out to my pal Monte who said this fall he's going to sell our book at his tattoo shop by Wartburg College. An advanced "thank you" to Monte for his continued support.

I also had the pleasure of running into Jason Myers, a friend who I went to high school with back in the day. A couple years ago I had reconnected with Jason and learned he had moved out to San Fransisco and had a book deal in the works. Since then, Jason has published two books (Exit Here and The Mission) through Simon and Schuster publishing. When we first started looking at publishing options, Jason gave me some great advice. This weekend was no different. It has been great to see him continue to see such great success with his books. Check his books out for sure....I know these are just the first of many more books he'll put out there. Congrats, Jason, on your success!

One last thing...if you do find yourself near my hometown of La Porte City, IA, be sure to check out my dad's store/museum. Very interesting items AND you can pick up The Voice of College there.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cold is always safe!

The other day while helping with an orientation session, a family member said one of their biggest fears was their son's ability to do the simple things in laundry. Most of the crowd laughed at that, but it got me thinking back to my first year of college.

If I remember correctly, I made a quick trip home for the Labor Day weekend and all my dirty laundry came with me, so I avoided doing my own laundry for a bit. A week or two later, the moment arrived....I had a big old mesh bag full of clothes and I headed down to the laundry room. Luckily, my roommate gave me the advice of, "If you wash it in cold, you'll be safe." That was all I needed to know....and to this day I still follow that advice.

Sometimes the littlest new things in college can be the scariest, but there are plenty of people around to help out. Best of luck with all of your new adventures!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

High School In the Spring

Spring is always an exciting time. It has a sense of newness to it and is usually pretty welcomed after the sometimes long winter months. For high school students, especially Seniors, it is a very exciting time. I can remember the excitement of prom, awards ceremonies, senior send offs and lots of other fun things like that.

With this sense of closure and celebration comes the thoughts of....COLLEGE! It is OFFICIALLY time to start getting excited for the transition to college. If you haven't already, be sure you are getting all your applications done if not already (admissions, campus housing, scholarships, etc). You may even take another visit to the campus you are planning on attending. Start picturing yourself there only a few short months from now. Excited yet?

Balancing all of these emotions can be tough. Some classmates may be really attached to the relationships and anything else associated with high school. While others may be ready to move on. My both! Enjoy the time with your friends and close out your high school career strong...and it's ok to be excited for the next stage of life as well. And be sure to keep track of how many time you hear the following song this spring. :)

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Thank you for everyone's support as The Voice of College continues making it's way around the country. Through a lot of "grassroots" marketing via Facebook and Twitter, we've been able to reach a lot of people. We thank each and everyone of you who have passed our website along to someone, invited a friend to our Facebook fan page, or bought a book for yourself or someone else.

As we enter the high school graduation season, we're excited to have our resource available to those preparing for college. Thank you again for all you've already done and will do in helping us get the word out.

If you have any blog topic ideas, feel free to send me an email. Contact information available on our website. Have an excellent day.

Monday, February 1, 2010

College Athletes Chasing Their Dreams

With college football season over and the basketball season in full swing, the discussion about college athlete's leaving their college experience early to become pro usually comes up. There are generally two sides of this argument. The first being, "You're getting a free education, you should stay and graduate." The second being, "You have a chance to make millions of dollars next year. GO NOW!" Having never been in that position to make that choice, I cannot tell you which I would take. We've seen these things go both ways, so there probably isn't a "right" answer. I think it's always wise for the student athlete to do what's best for themselves and their future.

I do, however, think people need to be careful of being too critical of these student athletes (making them feel shameful for the choice they make). There are some who have risked millions of dollars to return to school and it's cost them. Others who leave early and go on to a very lucrative professional career (sometimes only a few years) which a college degree could never financially compete with over a 30 year career.

If I meet somene very opinionated about this, sometimes I hsare this example. What if your son/daughter or sibling were an engineering student. It could be presumed if they finished their degree they'd probably land a job out of college in the $40-65,000 range. What would you do if they were talented and in their sophomore or junior year a large engineering company said to them, "You're skills are great and we want to get you on or no degree....we'll give you $250,000 if you start working for us now." Would you still feel as strongly about them finishing their degree? Another thing I've brought up to folks...why don't people make the same fuss about a teenage actor/actress/singer who is already making millions? I'm sure they easily could attend college, but the public is ok with their talent making them money with no education.

Those are just some points to ponder about this issue. Again, none of us usually know the whole story or situation and ultimately, the choice they make is theirs.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Technological Adultry

According to this recent article, 1 in 5 divorce petitions list Facbeook as one of the reasons for the dissolution of the marriage. When I read that at first I chuckled because it seems facebook is always in the news for something. But the more I thought of it, it made me think of the new reality of the world we live in. I’m a big fan of the potential facebook brings to our lives. It’s a great way to stay connected to friends and family…in fact, think of what this will look like for younger generations. I’m sure most people will have it at an early age and could build life-long friend lists. Older folks (like me) add people along the way and reconnect with some from the past. If you wonder what your friend from 6th grade is doing, you punch up their name and are able to see photos, updates on their career, and probably some very current information from their status updates.

This also can lead to information overload. With the newsfeed function, you may not have talked to that friend from 6th grade for 10 years, but may be able to piece together small pieces of their life (like how bad traffic was this morning, how much they love American Idol, etc) or more significant things happening…this information may be overwhelming when you get 200 friends….then 500…then 1000…then 10,000…..etc. And when you get that many friends, how much time do you spend “checking in” on them….if you have hundreds, that obsession with checking their statuses and such can start being a large amount of time that you are not able to connect and communicate with people who are in close proximity to you.

So, what’s my conclusion? Be careful! The statistic at the start of this blog about divorce is very real and could get worse as time goes on….and this is just one statistic. There are other potential evils (taking up too much time, obsessions with updates, information about you out there that may not shed the best light on you, etc).

This past summer I had the pleasure of visiting some relatives who live in Texas. My one cousin has been in the computer industry for many years and been very successful. As we were making small talk, he was telling me about his business travels. I asked him what type of technology he uses when he travels. I was expecting him to pull out the latest/greatest smart phone or other tech gadget. He said, “I don’t have any. I’ve been working with technology and computers long enough to know that there are many bad things that come from them.” At first I was a bit shocked, but I then got to thinking about it and applauded him for his honest look at technology and his professional/personal opinion on their dangers. Again, be careful out there!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

What do you want to be when you grow up?

The age old question growing up was always, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" I remember never really knowing or wanting to commit. It seemed there were about three or four options: fireman, policeman, teacher, pro football player. That "unknown" continued for me as it does for many students as they go to college. As we used to say at orientation, "undecided is our most popular major for freshmen students." Where am I going with all of this? Take a moment and read this article on the current job satisfaction rate.

I know in times of a rough economy, many folks are thankful to just have a steady paycheck. But I think this article is a reminder that as you think about how you want to make a living, take some time to really think through it. It's easy to go for the "top dollar" types of careers...but if you are not happy, is it worth it? Yes, every job will have parts that are not fun or that aren't as enjoyable, but hopefully your current or future job is something that is satisfying for you.

Just some food for thought and a reminder to find joy in whatever you makes stuff a lot better in the long run