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Four Lessons I’ve Learned Away From the Classroom & Out of the Office

My time-hop this morning was one of the last pictures I ever took as an undergraduate.  I was cripplingly hungover from our senior bar crawl the night before and riddled with anxiety by the uncertainty […]

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Liberty and Justice for Some: The Death Penalty in America

In my senior year of college, I took a class called American Violence, focusing heavily on the prevalence of capital punishment in the United States. At the time, my professor was doing work with a […]

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The Art of ‘Kaizen’: An Interview with Olympic Swimmer Brett Fraser

As a WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) hailing from North Florida, there was never any question that I’d be taught how to swim.  I have not-so-fond memories of being dunked underwater at Coach Carroway’s swim […]

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Gambling with Happiness: What I’ve Learned From My Past Relationships

Have you ever allowed someone to gamble with your happiness? Whether it is a boss who makes your life difficult, a friendship that consumes too much of your energy or a relationship in which you […]

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If Cooking is “For Girls,” Where Are All The Female Executive Chefs?

Despite the large strides women have made in the workforce in last hundred years, most jobs are still designated as “for men” and “for women.” STEM fields are dominated by men, and occupations involving arts […]

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The Fragile State of Masculinity

Life lessons appear when you least expect them to. One minute you’re rushing across the platform to catch the train, and poof – out of nowhere appears a life lesson. Unexpectedly, you might realize that […]

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Addiction in America: Maryland Declares an Opioid State of Emergency

Whether you were aware of it or not, the state of Maryland recently declared a state of emergency over an opioid crisis. Maryland’s growing problems include overdose linked to the use of heroin and fentanyl, […]

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How Your Feelings Can Affect Your Fate: Positive Changes You Can Make Today

Fate (noun): “A power that is believed to control what happens in the future.”   F- Merriam Webster Dictionary  Think about the last time something terrible or great happened to you. Did you blame or credit yourself, someone […]

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Why the Media Is Scared In the Current Political Climate

All right, enough with the silence. Let’s talk about the current emotional meltdown plaguing networks like CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Politico, and so many more. First, let’s step away from the current political […]

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The False Beauty of Filters

  With the click of a button, or rather the touch of a virtual button, you can now instantly transform your appearance. Depending on the app you’re using, seasonal effects swirl around you: your face […]

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Hate Is Not an Opinion: A Lesson About Listening

  In the aftershock of the 2016 election, it is not surprising that the average, modern-aged American is taking to social media in order to rant and rave about the turnout of the event. Weeks […]

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The Audacity of the American Consumer

Thanksgiving Day found me folding onesies in the maternity section of a large clothing store. To say that I was filled with gratitude for the futility of my task would be a broad hyperbole, but […]

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The Price We Pay: Higher Education and Opportunity

Here we are. We are in the midst of the holiday season awaiting the prospect to start afresh in the coming new year. Isn’t that always the case? Aren’t we all just looking for a […]

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Shine Theory: Making Your Voice Heard

Networking has a negative connotation. Perhaps it’s because when we think of the word, this image comes to mind: entering a room with an agenda to meet an intimidating group of perceived successful business leaders […]

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The Realities That Come With Achieving Sustainability

Recently, I sat in on an excellent lecture on sustainability by Dr. Kathleen Smythe of Xavier University. In the discussion on sustainability, Dr. Smythe was very specific in culminating decades of her experiences, and the […]