The Fit Student—The True Source of Self Esteem

I saw a near death experience (NDE) where a woman became selfish afterward.  Most people who come out of an NDE become more selfless.  Not this female. When she spoke she emphasized the word “I.”  She wore her self-esteem like armour, like a deep pride.  Her husband had left her, so she made a shopping… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Reduced to a Blurb ad Finitum

By choosing AU we’ve activated those essentially expansive impulses within us that make us who we are: special beings becoming something new and more with each day, year, and course.  Without risking sentimentality, what are dreams but concrete expressions of our pursuit of excellence?  It’s worth defining ourselves, after all, according to who we want… Read more »

Advice Column

Most often, when I come across an advice column, the words of wisdom promise to help the reader become more “successful” in some way.  If you follow these suggestions, the implication goes, you will become wealthier / achieve higher grades / improve your job prospects / lose weight / gain more energy / reduce stress/… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Why Self-Serve Food is so Appealing

While traditional sit-down restaurants are still standard, a new style of eating has emerged in the last decade that has appealed to many millennials and members of generation Z. Particularly, there is a certain appeal to sitting down at a restaurant and being somehow involved in creating your own food in front of you. Whether… Read more »

The Study Dude—Six Tips to Succeed with Your Degree

Your education can take one year, four years, or more than a decade of your life.  And the career that follows can last your entire life.  So you want to get it right. The book 51 Tips and Tricks to Help You Succeed in College by Tevis Sherfield and Tyler Sherfield shows how.  Their following… Read more »

Course Exam—PSYC 356

PSYC 356 (Introduction to Personality Theories and Issues) is a three-credit, senior level psychology course that examines several theories of personality, including the key theorists and concepts associated with each theory, along with the strengths and limitations of each theory.  PSYC 356 has no prerequisites, however, PSYC 289 (Psychology as a Natural Science) and PSYC… Read more »

Dear Barb—Stolen Friendship

Dear Barb: I work part time in an office and a good friend of mine also works there. We have been friends for 10 years and get along great. We both applied for jobs at the same place and we were so surprised that we both got in. I am a mother of two young… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Who Are You at AU?

When Alice in Wonderland meets the caterpillar, he blows letters of diaphanous smoke into her face and asks, “who are you?” It’s an unforgettable scene in the Disney animated movie and a familiar one as others ask us about our studies.  At AU our identity enters new realms of expansion and perhaps uncertainty.  Whatever we… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Undercover Hearts

The Magnificent Seven.  None of us knew what we wanted to do after high school.  We were the bad kids, the misfits, the guttersnipes and vagabonds.  We made some money from working the line at the Waffle House and the Tomahawk Grill, and a little bit extra from selling belt buckles and lighters and weed… Read more »

The Fit Student—Finding the Joy in Alzheimer’s

We all have issues.  Those issues make life beautiful.  They offer learning grounds, chances to grow, opportunities to see the positive in the direst of situations.  They challenge us to keep our hearts filled with hope and love.  And everyone loves a hero, right?  The person with cancer who runs with an artificial leg across… Read more »