More and Less in 2015

Rather than New Year’s resolutions, I’ve created a list of things I’d like to see more and less of in 2015. Maybe not everyone agrees, and that is perfectly fine.  More reading books, less Netflix binging As a kid, I read constantly. Once I hit college, I read less for entertainment and launched a Netflix…

Ten signs you’re a grammar freak … and OK with it

1. You can’t read anything without looking for typos.   2. During group projects, you insist on volunteer to be the project editor. Image: Tumblr   3. When no one else volunteers to be project editor, you’re surprised and relieved you don’t have to fight for it. Image: Tumblr   4. Finding typos in credible publications gives…

Ten Ways to Stay Productive During College Breaks

How students can get ahead during breaks and vacations After weeks of study sessions, group projects and assignments, it’s nice to have a break from schoolwork – and you should take a break. But before the routine of watching movies and scrolling through Pinterest sets in, it’s important not to miss out on the opportunity…

Five Uses for Old Business Cards

If your title has recently changed or you frequently attend networking events, you probably have some old business cards laying around. Before you toss them in the garbage, here are a five ways to put them to use: 1. Jot down a note I keep a stack of old business cards on my desk. Whenever I…

Why Every Professional Should Have a Mullet

Professionals of all ages, go out and embrace your inner mullet. All you have to do is find the right balance between professionalism and fun. In my old speech notes, I have a typed script with one word written at the top: mullet. My FFA advisor wrote this when he was coaching me for a…

Lessons From a Political Crisis Simulation

I had mixed feelings about participating in a White House crisis simulation. While I wanted to get practice with crisis communication, I feared my lack of political experience would hinder my abilities. Fortunately, my role as White House Press Secretary mostly involved communicating the messages others created. My job was to help the public understand…