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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The Chutes and Ladders of Free Community College


Although widely-supported, the proposition of free community college in the U.S. has also been met with its fair share of criticism since receiving a big push from Obama’s administration in 2015 through the America’s College Promise Act. While the current administration’s stance on this movement remains unclear, individual states are launching their own initiatives in pursuit of increased accessibility in…

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Why Students Affected by The U.S. Travel Ban Are Looking Up (North)


As we know, international study experiences do not always live up to student expectations, particularly in cases of inadequate institutional support. However, it is safe to say that the recent travel ban in the U.S. has surpassed invoking disappointment and headed straight into nightmare territory for international students, among so many others with personal and familial ties to the 7…

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