Tag: College Plus

Slow Down, Enjoy the Ride

Within the past nine months, I received two speeding tickets on the roadway near my home.   It infuriated me, not only because of the hefty fine, but also because they forced me to drive more slowly. Those that know me will tell you that I am a stickler for efficiency, focusing on the quickest way to get things done.   I evaluate the order of how I will do things to make sure that no time is wasted.  I’ll load the laundry into the washer, then pop the chicken in the oven for dinner, then focus...

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The Reality of Escapism

This week, Kathryn is taking a break to celebrate her birthday, so we are happy to introduce a new guest blogger, Amy Wilson.  Enjoy! The Reality of Escapism, written by Amy Wilson  Recently my toddler son and I fell sick. For 3 days, not much happened at our apartment but couch sitting, nap taking and movie watching. Needless to say, self-care, such has hair brushing, fell by the wayside. Each morning I just threw my hair into a bun. By Friday, I noticed quite a large knot had formed in the hair...

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4 Simple Tips to Overcome Your Fear

At College Plus, when we interview potential students, we ask them what they feel their biggest challenge will be in school. Many times they’ll express nervousness about being new and not knowing what to expect in the college environment. When they do confess it, oftentimes sheepishly, I tell the student that it’s very common to feel that way and reassure them that we are there to help them through it. It makes me wonder, though, how many people are stopped right in their tracks when they come...

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A New Resolve to Not Resolve

I did not set a New Year’s resolution for 2017.  In fact, I slipped into the first of January as if it were any other day.  Last year, however, it was a different story.  I was going to write that memoir, exercise and eat healthy, read through the Bible in a year, clean my house on a schedule, etc. etc.   These were very lofty goals and I even did some of them.  In contemplating my year, I’ve come to understand that the lack of discipline and consistency prevented me from maintaining these new...

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College Plus: Instilling Hope for a Brighter Future

I recently had the privilege to hear the inspiring story of Cindy, a woman with a mental illness, who overcame many obstacles in order to earn her college degree.    It made me think back to when I decided to attend college. I was a lost, 17-year-old high school graduate then, working a retail job for which I felt no passion.   I desperately wanted to feel like I had purpose and college offered hope for a brighter future.  Unfortunately, anxiety prevented me from going back to college for over...

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A College Plus Story

This week, we have the pleasure of introducing our guest blogger Emily, who is a College Plus alumnus.   She has been a great advocate for the program and wanted to share how the support and encouragement has helped her narrow in on her career choice.  She is now transitioning from community college to Rosemont College and we are so proud of her achievements.  Enjoy! Emily’s Story  I had already knocked down one bar on the career choice meter. It was the year of 2014 that I decided to knock...

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Introverts Are Not Shy: Setting the Record Straight

Two weeks ago, I wrote about my journey to embracing myself as an introvert.  (See Embrace Your Introverted Self)  I can’t tell you how many people said to me, “Really? I never thought you were an introvert!”  I think this stems from common misconceptions people have about introverts.  Let’s set the record straight, shall we? FALSE: Introverts are anti-social This is far from true; we really do enjoy socializing, especially after all that recharging in solitude. We can talk up a storm too, if...

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Embrace Your Introverted Self

This is a message for the introverts, written by an introvert.   It is a topic very near and dear to my heart because, until I understood myself, I couldn’t fully embrace who I was.  For a long time, I was trying to live up to a standard that did not suit me.   It depleted me of all energy and lead to crippling social anxiety. Even as a child, I remember playing outside with friends and longing to be up in my room with a book.  When I would slip away from the crowd, there were murmurs and snide...

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What’s Your Learning Style? Retain knowledge by understanding how you learn

So, it’s a few weeks into the semester and classes are well under way. With the varied and complex coursework, it’s easy for students to become overwhelmed, especially if the subject is not their forte. So what do you do when you have trouble focusing on the droning teacher? How do you switch gears from one class to the next and retain all that information? For starters, it’s helpful to know that everyone learns differently. Someone who understands and retains knowledge by hearing a teacher speak...

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Become an Expert Conversation Starter

My husband is one of those people who can strike up a conversation with anyone.  He learns the life story of the guy-Vinnie-at-the-pizza-place in the five minutes it takes to pick up our dinner.   For me, it does not come so easily. As a college student, I was the person who sat uneasily at the beginning of class while everyone else (seemingly) chatted away with ease.  While I smiled politely and said hello, my brain would then draw a blank. How could I connect to this person I knew absolutely...

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