3 Major Perks of Attending a Conference Alone


Although “colleagues” were listed as one of the eight essentials to bring to NASPA 2017, attending the conference solo certainly has its merits. Even if you will be attending with your co-workers, you may consider branching out on your own for a session or two after reading about the potential benefits of going it alone. 1) You can make the…

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4 Ways Being a Post-Secondary Student is Like Being a New Parent


Beyond excessive caffeine consumption and erratic sleep patterns, being a post-secondary student is similar – in many ways – to being a new parent. Having experienced both simultaneously while completing my Master’s degree, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons between the two. The following are four pieces of advice that apply to both scenarios: You must take challenges in stride…

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What Could a Sobriety Movement in 2017 Mean for Student Engagement?


Whereas the offer of a mocktail or non-alcoholic-anything may have once elicited eye-rolls among most partygoers on a Saturday night, sobriety has recently gained some attention as a possible wellness trend in 2017. While the obvious question associated with this trend is why people are opting to cut down or abstain from drinking altogether, I find myself asking what seems…

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Betsy DeVos & the Future Direction of Higher Ed


Before a rare tie-breaker brought DeVos into her role as Secretary of Education, there was a great deal of discussion surrounding her credentials- or lack thereof- among political and educational leaders, advocates, and citizens alike. Many argued that, while expressing a “willingness to learn” a skill or protocol certainly has merit on some job applications, the bid for Secretary of…

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