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How to Welcome Opportunities: Why You Should Learn to Take Risks Instead of Avoiding Them

Yenisleidy Simon | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Yenisleidy Simon

If you think of yourself as risk-averse, try to look at risks in a different light. As one of my closest friends would say: you are making opportunities for yourself, and in the end, remember you will need those opportunities if you really want to succeed.

Christmas Vespers, Concerts, and Candlelight Services at Women's Colleges

Diane Propsner | Posted 12.11.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

On December 6, 2014, thanks to live-stream technology, I enjoyed the 88th Annual Spelman‒Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert from the comfort of my abode. I was not disappointed.

Is Public Art Just for Show?

Nicole Wong | Posted 12.02.2014 | Arts
Nicole Wong

With public art's interactive nature and transience, questions such as "What defines an artwork and or public art as Art? Are these practices even art?" inevitably arise. People who will look at a piece of work, and say that it isn't art should remove this conception.

It's Finals: Take Care of Yourself

Kyle Kaplan | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
Kyle Kaplan

I can use every semester to figure out how to do what those in a position of authority, who I look up to and I aspire to be like in my own intended profession, ask of me, even with a disability. I can prepare to become a person I am proud of.

Advice from the Dissociated Part 1: A Peek at the Depersonalized Perception

Marina Biggio | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Marina Biggio

The only word to describe my experience with depersonalization/derealization is "colossal." When something colossal occurs in your life, it is meant to be learned from and shared.

Rethinking Community Service: You Can Fight Ebola by Joining Online Mapping

Dannia Guzman | Posted 12.13.2014 | College
Dannia Guzman

It turns out that there is a simple way each and every one of us can help. That is through a humanitarian mapping global collaboration.

5 Ways to Use White Privilege as an Ally

Jordan Houston | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Jordan Houston

It's crucial for us as individuals, regardless of our race, to publicize the advantages of using white privilege in fighting racism -- starting now.

The Token Black Girl

Liana Weeks | Posted 12.13.2014 | College
Liana Weeks

My blackness becomes a novelty for others. To Koreans and foreigners abroad alike, due to lack of education I'm often viewed as a token black girl or the voice for all black people.

A Linguistics Take On The Pronunciation Of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Alanna Lynch | Posted 11.23.2014 | Taste
Alanna Lynch

I decided to take on the challenge of mediating the argument between "Ree-says" and "Ree-sees."

Curating Personal Style as a 20-Something Millennial

Katerina Lopez | Posted 11.23.2014 | College
Katerina Lopez

Curating your personal style also shouldn't feel stagnant. If you continue to extract fashion that makes you feel good, your clothes will reflect any changes within yourself.

Embracing Gratitude in Our Daily Lives

Dannia Guzman | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dannia Guzman

Every single day we all have small and big things that make our lives better. It is up to us to choose to live mindfully in the present while learning from the past and planning for the future. We can take action now and start by being grateful for every day.

Spending a Summer as a Camp Counselor Could Be the Best Decision You Make in College

Caroline Davis | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Caroline Davis

Camp counselors are given numerous opportunities to teach, listen, support, mediate, aid, lead, and make critical decisions. There is no career that doesn't implement these skills, meaning there is no person who would be wasting their time by spending a summer at camp.

Don't Leave It to Chance: 5 Ways to Increase Your Productivity in College

Dannia Guzman | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Dannia Guzman

As you experiment with different strategies, the most important thing is that you give yourself a break. Don't be too harsh on yourself if you can't stick to the changes, but don't give up either.

Yes, I Use Proper Grammar and No, I'm Not White: The Ugly Truth of "Acting White" in NYC

Jordan Houston | Posted 11.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Jordan Houston

I was naïve to the fact that in cities as diverse as Manhattan, distressed communities are continuing to provide minorities with their identities in a colorless way -- allowing the social costs of breaking free to remain high.

Back-to-School Not Welcoming to All LGBTQ-Students in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students -- especially LGBTQ students.

Women's Colleges Welcome the Class of 2018

Diane Propsner | Posted 10.28.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Welcome Class of 2018! Relish your time as a college student and take part in the rich college experience your women's college provides. You've been handed the keys to the kingdom, so enjoy and appreciate this wonderful opportunity! Memories created during these years will last forever.

Recapping the Women's College Advantage

Diane Propsner | Posted 10.13.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

As a women's college alumna, my contention is that women's colleges are today's best kept secret in higher education. It's the main reason I started blogging and with so many advantages, it would be remiss of me not to continue to do so.

What These STEM College Women Are Doing This Summer

Diane Propsner | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Having graduated from a women's college with a degree in biology, I thought it would be fun to see what my fellow STEM sisters are doing this summer.

The Top Five Myths About Attending An All-Women's College

Nora Turriago | Posted 09.13.2014 | College
Nora Turriago

As soon as I leave the bubble of Smith College, I find myself having to explain or clarify various misconceptions that friends from high school -- and even the parents of these friends -- have about what it's really like to attend a school without any boys.

College Selling House On Campus For $1, But With A Catch

AP | Posted 06.26.2014 | College

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Smith College is selling an on-campus house for $1 — but there is a catch. The buyer must pay to have the house moved o...

Why I Applied to 43 Colleges

The Prospect | Posted 08.25.2014 | College
The Prospect

My story of applying to colleges is a bit different than most. Not because I am some exceptional student that was accepted by every school that I applied to, but because of the sheer number of colleges I applied to.

Memorable 2014 Graduation Images From Women's Colleges

Diane Propsner | Posted 08.12.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Having viewed numerous commencement photographs from women's colleges across the country, in this blog post, I'll share with you several of the images I found memorable.

Lost and Found in Translation

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 07.30.2014 | Travel
Marjorie Freimuth

From my adult students, I hear hectic work stories and anecdotes about their spouses and children, and I've congratulated them on birthdays and babies. And yet, all of this takes place in my linguistic comfort zone, not theirs.

Stop Arguing and Listen: Commencement 2014, a Teachable Moment

Margaret Richardson | Posted 07.27.2014 | College
Margaret Richardson

We protest thinking we are standing on principle but we are forgetting an essential piece of this confused controversy: dialogue.

In Defense of Student Commencement Protests

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Leonard Steinhorn

These students are being told to swallow their concerns, sit on their hands, and silence their protests all in the name of free speech. Perhaps if they had money, their voice would be welcome.