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Fly on the Wall—Effort Without Reward?

It’s a dark and stormy night and you’re cowering under layers of distraction.  Your motivation quivers and clings to life as your coursework sits undone.  Fearful that the academic gods will punish you for lack of effort, you hide yourself away until the horror of procrastination passes.  But wait! A deeper fear grips you; what… Read more »

The Fit Student—How the Medical System Fails Me

Has the medical system failed you?  It failed me.  And I watch it fail others. To illustrate, this past week, a friend told me she had vertigo.  Vertigo causes the room to spin, leaving you sprawled on the floor, too dizzy to move.  My friend told me she had been given medication, which left her… Read more »

Spicy Ramen Challenge

As a student, I’ve tried so many brands of instant ramen that I can list at least six of them from memory.  I’ve had ramen ranging every flavor imaginable and always leaned toward purchasing flavorful, spicy ramen.  Despite being a giant fan of spice, I have never officially competed in a competition to devour the… Read more »

The Study Dude—How to Ace your Paper

Ten years after dropping out of high school, I returned to upgrade.  During those ten years without schooling, I read maybe three books.  I did no writing (outside of songwriting) and I had no need for math.  So, when I returned to upgrade, I faced a brick wall. Weirdly, I’d finished grade 12 advanced math… Read more »

Course Exam—ADMN 417

ADMN 417 (International Business Management) is a three-credit senior-level business and administrative studies course that is designed to expose business majors to salient dimensions of the worldwide business activity of international firms.  In general, international firms are defined as small and medium-sized enterprises for which current and/or future operations transcend national boundaries; these enterprises can… Read more »

Dear Barb—Alcohol and Academics

Dear Barb: I am a guy in my mid-twenties.  I attend university, plus take a couple of online courses since I failed two courses.  I’m trying to get caught up through AU.  The problem is that I’ve been partying too much and not keeping up at school.  I am in a four-year program, but it’s… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—If School Bites then You’re Doing it Wrong

One course that helped me overcome academic anxiety was PHIL 360: East Meets West.  In it I learned to keep calm and appreciate and cherish all of life’s moments, including angst-filled moments of deadlines.  Writing the final assignment, I’d pause and really taste the words of assigned authors such as Aldous Huxley.  His book Island… Read more »

The Fit Student—Feed Your Suzy Homemade Pablum

Are you a student mom, breastfeeding your baby?  Or are you planning on giving birth?  Whichever you do, bring your baby top nutrition.  Homemade pablum could launch your baby into a healthier, happier life.  On the flipside, store-bought pablum can come loaded with sugar and salt.  You shouldn’t feed sugar to a puppy, never mind… Read more »

The Study Dude—How Busy Moms and Pops find the Time to Study

Have you ever wondered how busy moms and pops make the grade?  How they pass grad school while holding part-time jobs and raising a family?  They must have some secrets to share.  And I’ve found a book that tells all.  Faithann Brown, MBA, lays out time-savers for swamped students in her book Returning to School… Read more »