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Why I Decided Against a Gap Year

I knew back in 2012 right before my Sophomore year of undergrad that I wanted to pursue a graduate program in Student Affairs. With this decision came a whirlwind of people trying to convince me to either take time off beforehand or go go straight from undergrad to grad school. 432 more words

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It's just Twitter

Without fail, the annual “how should we use Twitter as student affairs professionals” conversation started again yesterday. Call me a curmudgeon, but I am tired of this conversation and here is why: 633 more words

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The Communication of Place: First Impressions and Physical Structures

*** Originally published at thestudentaffairscollective.org on 5/4/15

Think of the first time that you set foot on your campus.  What thoughts ran through your mind?  Think of the sights, sounds, or smells.   746 more words

Shanti, Shanti, Shanti: A Prayer for Peace

Shanti (peace for the body)

Shanti (peace for the mind)

Shanti (peace for the nature around us)

I’m writing this after attending a vigil for all impacted by the Nepal earthquake. 636 more words


What I'm Geeking Out About This Week - 04/24/15

Hey there! Good to see you!

Here’s what is going on in my world this week:

I moderated this past week’s daytime chat about designing your environment to support productivity and student success. 347 more words


The Committed eSeries 2015

Welcome to the 2015 Committed series!

Committed is an e-series started by Kristen Abell and I in 2014 to highlight mental illness in student affairs. We know that a number of our colleagues are affected by mental illness – their own or a loved one’s – and we want to make the field aware of this and find ways to end the stigma that surrounds mental illness. 268 more words



Recently I’ve been re-watching one of my favorite television shows of all time- The Office. My friends in Scranton, PA have seen me through so much transition, from my high school years through today. 1,060 more words