5 Ways to Get Motivated for Exercise

  It’s that time of year when New Years’ resolutions fade… the mid-winter crunch where a full class load may cause your spirits to drag. With a full calendar and late nights of study, it’s possible your commitment to exercise may feel negotiable and be getting lost in the shuffle of college life. How can

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College Visits During the Pandemic

Traditionally, college visits have been one of the anticipated “high points” of a high schooler’s experience. Nothing compares with checking out college campuses and beginning to dream in living color: how the food smells and tastes, how the dorms feel, how the professors and students interact and the general atmosphere of the college...

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New Year’s Inventory

Author L. M. Montgomery wrote the now well-known line, “Tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it…yet.” God is kind in giving us fresh new mornings, as well as brand new years and the chance to hit a proverbial “Refresh” button! We are all on a trajectory—moving in a direction, becoming who we

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A Christmas Call to Shine

We see it in the images of Christmas: putting up tree lights, magical starlight, the soft glow of candlelight, the cracking of warm firelight. It’s portrayed in Star Wars, “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.” But as I’ve been preparing my heart for Christmas this season, I’ve been struck with the

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Staying Grounded: How Nature Preserves Sanity in College

The holidays are a time of year typically associated with stress, hurry, busyness and consumerism. In college, this season is often filled with other pressures…finishing off the semester in one last push of projects, papers and final exams. If you’re feeling mounting tension and anxiety, there is an often-untapped mental health resource...

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Home Again: Shifting Parent Relationships

  With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, it’s possible you’re already heading home for the holidays. Unless your campus is in-state, chances are you haven’t been back for any weekend visits. A word of caution: coming home may not be what you expect! While you may be nostalgically anxious to hug your dad,

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Smart Study Habits to Revolutionize Your College Experience

            Having been a good student in high school, I felt confident heading into my first college exam, but increasingly less sure as I scanned through the questions.  By the time the test was returned to me later that week I was completely cut down to size. It was in that moment I realized that

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Change: Clinging to Hope through Life’s Uncertainties

Illness, a crazy-long election, political unrest, job loss, racial tension, financial pressure, loss of life. These are a few of the trials 2020 has surfaced. I’m currently walking alongside several close friends whose lives have been changed by difficult medical diagnoses or painful relational struggles. What’s the most significant...

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3 Best Uses of Tech

How you heard of the “smart pen” which allows you to keep track of all the notes you’ve ever taken and easily share them with others? Similarly, there is now a “charging backpack” which lets you (and a number of friends) charge your portable device on-the-go. Our lives are definitely full of gadgets. Our dependence

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Strategies for Coping with COVID Changes

Whether you are attending school in person this fall, or currently pursuing your degree via remote learning, one thing is certain: education these days has taken on a different feel! In hopes of keeping cases of COVID-19 from rising too dramatically, some colleges have only allowed freshman and seniors back on their campuses. Others have...

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