How to Adult

23 06, 2020

The Difference Between Academics and Learning

By | June 23rd, 2020|Categories: How to Adult, How to Student|Comments Off on The Difference Between Academics and Learning

The Difference Between Academics and Learning I always rushed through school. As a kid, I’d calculate the rate of textbook chapters completion I needed to maintain to finish in April instead of May. I worked straight through any optional breaks so I would finish at noon instead of mid-afternoon. School seemed like a necessary evil. It was something I knew I had to do to be successful, but it seemed so pointless all at the same time. “Real life” had nothing to do with Earth Science, English Literature or Algebra. “Real life” was about solving problems and getting things done. [...]

16 06, 2020

How To Find Work That You Love

By | June 16th, 2020|Categories: How to Adult, How to Find Your Purpose/Passion|Comments Off on How To Find Work That You Love

How To Find Work That You Love What’s the number one piece of career advice you hear everywhere? Here’s what I have heard countless times since high school: “Find a job that you love, and you will never work another day in your life.” “Follow your passion, the money will follow.” How do you find such work? Even as an inexperienced high school student, I noticed something strange about this advice. The people delivered this smug, certain sounding advice to me usually were people who talked a lot about how much they hated their job! Their advice seemed more like [...]

19 05, 2020

How to Critique Team Ideas with Tact

By | May 19th, 2020|Categories: How to Adult|Comments Off on How to Critique Team Ideas with Tact

How to Critique Team Ideas with Tact Picture this:  You’re in a meeting with coworkers, fellow volunteers, or friends. The current phase of the meeting could be entitled “brainstorming” and you’re struggling to find a new solution. Someone speaks up with an excited proclamation: “I have an idea!” *enthusiasm ensues* The idea gets explained with more enthusiasm. Meanwhile, as you listen, unfortunately the first thought that comes to your mind is, “No, this is terrible. We cannot do this.” Obviously, you can’t just say this. It would be a big blow to the speaker, and you’d quickly deflate the team’s [...]

12 05, 2020

The Top 5 Non-Academic Things I Learned in Remote College

By | May 12th, 2020|Categories: How to Adult, How to Student|Comments Off on The Top 5 Non-Academic Things I Learned in Remote College

The Top 5 Non-Academic Things I Learned in Remote College When I began my remote college journey, I could feel the weight of other people’s expectations. It felt like every skeptical half-smile was actually someone wondering why I chose an outside-the-box college option and if my education would be up to par when I finished. To be honest, there were times when I wondered the same things. It can be scary to do things differently than the status quo!  But now I am 7 years on the other side of earning my college degree. Looking back, I can see the [...]

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