I graduated from The University of Georgia (UGA) a decade ago; it's hard to believe it's been that long. I was actually supposed to finish in the summer of 2005, but ended up doing four and a half years, something that wasn't uncommon when I was attending UGA.
Recent research shows that students' engagement in meaningful co-curricular activities has a strong impact on intellectual skill development, overall college adjustment, practical skill growth, and positive self-image.
It's that time of the year again where all the once "cool kids" of high school who once were witty, arrogant, over-achievers and class clowns who are now shaking in their boots as they start a new chapter as college freshman.
Regardless of what the future looks like, to be relevant, schools have to provide learning beyond the academic curriculum. It's the soft skills/intangibles that have shaped my experience at Harvard Business School so far.
Given the rising cost of higher education, I believe that small independent colleges will demonstrate they are a sound investment, as well as an added value, for students who want to succeed during their college years, and beyond.
All these experiences I've had in college have taught me that it's okay to be different. It's okay to try something new and to do the things we've always been afraid of doing. It's okay to make mistakes and be confused about what you want to do in life.
As cliché as this probably sounds, college isn't just some step in your journey. It is its own adventure, filled with endless opportunities and lessons. And, where you are is a big part of that journey.
There are many different types of institutions offering different education models. But when consumers think about college, the first image that comes into the mind of many is that of the residential liberal arts college.
Most college students today are denied this experience. Dorms are loud and infused with artificial light. Television and computer screens flicker with bright images until the early morning hours. In such a world, I wonder, where is there time for reflection?
Last fall I asked several high school girls why they decided to attend a women's college and shared their reasons in a blog post. For this blog post, I thought it would be fun to re-visit with those students to see how their first semester at college went.
One day you will blink, and it will be graduation day. So appreciate everything, even the bad stuff, because it is the bad, scary, anxious, lonely parts of college that teach you how to take advantage of the happy, fun, exciting, amazing parts.
Too often we've come to think about our lives in terms of chronos -- the time elapsed in, say, 24 hours. We often forget about kairos -- windows of opportunity that present themselves in the moment, measured qualitatively, instead of with seconds, minutes, and hours.
Eighteen years ago, my parents were afraid to send me off to kindergarten in fear of the dangers of illness due to the severity of my disease. Now, here I am, with a college diploma that proves all of the hard work I've put in over the years.