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The Fit Student—How to be Perfect

As an angst-filled teen, I vowed to become perfect.  But what did it mean to be perfect, I wondered, as I sat alone on the dark hillside by a creek, lost in delusions, visited by the occasional stranger, comforted by a fire several meters away. Did perfection take all the knowledge in the world?  Yes,… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—My Angels, My Demons

My favourite people are always those who are among the dreamers, romantics, hedonists, sensualists, surrealists—those with large appetites for life.  I have had the pleasure of knowing a great many of these types, from all walks of life.  Sometimes their appetites lead them astray.  They eat too much, laugh too much, smoke too much, love… Read more »

The Study Dude—Why Young Adults Need to Study Hard

Young adults need to hit the books hard.  And not just academic books.  Reading, studying, exercising, or improving a relationship is critical, especially for those of us in our 20s or 30s.  Why?  University of Virginia clinical psychologist Meg Jay argues that “the first years of adulthood are the most important time in a young… Read more »

Course Exam—PSYC 375

PSYC 375 (History of Psychology) is a three-credit, senior-level psychology course that examines the history of psychology from the time of the early Greeks until the present.  This course covers the origins of philosophy, religion, mental illness, and science.  It also covers concepts such as structuralism, functionalism, and behaviourism, and psychoanalysis. Students should note that… Read more »

Dear Barb—Reflected Betrayal

Dear Barb: Hi.  I am having a problem with my best friend.  We have been friends for years and things have always been pretty good between us, but recently our relationship has changed.  Mel had been dating a guy for about five years and she recently found out he was cheating on her.  Her boyfriend… Read more »

Women of Interest

Sybil Ludington was an American War Heroine who became famous for her horseback ride through various towns in Danbury, Connecticut, and Putnam County in upstate New York.  On the night of April 26, 1777, Sybil Ludington rode 64 km during the dark of night to warn the militia that the British Forces were burning and… Read more »

The Fit Student—The Art of Criticizing

The more I study how to criticize, the more I avoid criticizing.  Criticism takes someone else’s shortcomings and makes them our business.  But are they our business? Author Emeka O.  Godwin says it depends: do you aim to crush a soul or build it up?  Emeka says, “criticism is like a sharp surgical knife in… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Ghosts in the Academic Machine

Like an enemy repeatedly coming back to life, the fact remains that even our best academic efforts are no guarantee of success.  Putting in the study time, like doing good works seeking heaven, may not guarantee us a happy ending.  And that’s scary! Scary too is the fact that learning itself is dependent upon approval… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Dark Arts

When I was younger, I was very much drawn to classic slasher-horror films, such as the Friday the 13, Hallowe’en, and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises.  The reasons for this, I guess, were pretty typical.  For one thing, it was escapist entertainment for a troubled, angst-ridden teen; after all, my life may have felt pretty… Read more »