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Partial Eclipse (of Self-Control!)

I wanted to see the solar eclipse earlier this week, but the whole thing snuck up on me, so I didn’t think to get the special protective glasses until it was too late to find a pair. I remembered making one of those pinhole contraptions out of a shoebox and aluminum foil to watch an eclipse when I was in elementary school, but I somehow knew I wouldn’t be satisfied with viewing the event in such a primitive way now. On Monday, the day of the eclipse, I finished a project I was working on and I...

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10 College Plus Tips for Better Time Management

What is time management? Time management is a set of skills involved in managing your time around planning for the future, setting goals, prioritizing tasks, and monitoring where your time actually goes. NOTE: This is a skill, not an innate ability, which means it is learned and developed. Why is time management important? As a new school year approaches, so does the stressful task of juggling work, classes, homework and social calendar.    It’s not uncommon for College Plus students to ask...

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Sea Speak

I love to read. I usually have a few books going at once: something informational, something inspirational and something fictional. In the summertime, when I’m relaxing, I especially enjoy reading novels that are set by the ocean. I like to read them outside in the early evening when it’s starting to cool off; if the weather cooperates by sending a breeze through my backyard, my imagination lets me believe it’s an ocean breeze and for an hour or so I feel like I’m on vacation. This summer, a few...

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Emotional Intelligence: What You Need to Know

The term ‘emotional intelligence’, or EQ for short, has been buzzing around professional blogs and articles recently, and for good reason.  Instead of measuring your brain smarts (or IQ), EQ measures how well you handle your emotions.  Contrary to long held beliefs, studies have found is that EQ is actually more important than IQ for success in life.  It’s also found to be a critical trait in good leaders.    Because of this, we feel it’s important for everyone to 1) understand what emotional...

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Don’t Take it Personally

I was in a group setting last night. We were having a really good time until someone made a statement that offended someone else. A bit of back-and-forth and back-pedaling followed, but the damage had already been done and the one who’d been offended left. I watched helplessly. I understood why the person took offense, but I was so disappointed that she wouldn’t stick around long enough for the accidental offender to explain what she meant. When the offended one left, it felt as though the oxygen...

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Public Worthy

Our blog this week is written by guest blogger Emily Vincent.  Enjoy! The idea is that people are all Public Worthy until we try to be somebody we aren’t. The idea of Public Worthy applies to all of us. Public Worthy is primarily viewed as what does the public want, and how do they view us? It also applies to how you want to be viewed. Something you may not be aware is that the world is more inquisitive about people who do not fit the status quo. People will get most questions about their...

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My Problem With Change

I have a problem with change. If something in my life is going to change, I need time to mull it over. I need to envision the change—along with every possible variable, both positive and negative, until I come to the conclusion that the change will ultimately be for the better. And, ideally, the change that’s being made should be MY IDEA. I once arrived at my old job at an art gallery to find that the sales desk had been moved from one side of the main space to the other. It had been near the...

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College Plus – Grant goes a long way toward…

College Plus received a grant earlier this month from the Joseph Jocelino Gaskill Education Fund through The Philadelphia Foundation in the amount of $3,411.50. The fund was established in 2010 by Joseph and Almerinda Gaskill in honor of their late son Joseph. Each year this fund helps Voice and Vision’s College Plus Initiative to fund and support people who have mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders go to college and live out their college/career dreams. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Gaskill...

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A Tale of Two Flat Tires

My husband and I couldn’t seem to catch break on our recent trip to Nicaragua.  We highly anticipated our five day stay on the island of Ometepe, which is situated in Lago de Nicaragua on the country’s western coast.  We had romantic notions of a luxury cabin in a tropical paradise, where we’d hike to the top of the volcano, kayak the beautiful inlets, and zip around on motorbikes exploring the crevices of the island.  Reality, however, proved to be much different than our expectations. Our plan...

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Rent-a-Wreck

My husband and I attended a graduation party recently for a young cousin who just completed grad school. It was a casual event held in a lovely setting—poolside in his parents’ beautifully landscaped backyard. We all had fun eating and drinking and catching up on each other’s lives and admiring the adorable toddlers who were infants the last time we’d all been together. A lunch buffet was served on the patio, and later, desserts were offered in the foyer connecting the patio to the kitchen. The...

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