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A Road-Map For Students Transitioning To College

9780553419634By Caroline Webb, author of How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life (Crown Business, February 2016).

Going to college is one of life’s big leaps. For the first time, students are expected to take responsibility for their choices – and there are a lot of them to make. They need to pick classes, sign up for extracurricular activities, and decide how often to do their laundry. They’re figuring out who they are and working out how to impress their new peers. And somehow, amid all that, they need to organize themselves to get work done. It’s as if they’re taking an unfamiliar new job in a foreign country, but without the benefit of any past life experience to draw on. Continue reading

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The Power of Facing Uncertainty

169051_holmes_jamieBy Jamie Holmes, author of Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing (Crown, 2015)

One of my favorite college professors once offered a bit of wisdom. The best moments in life, he told me, are those where you’re so challenged and engaged that you can feel your capacities growing in real time. In my own life, these periods—some of the most precious—have also been the most overwhelming and bizarre: moving to the south side of Chicago, being thrown into a German school at 11, or teaching high school in Romania. It always felt that I wasn’t so much living these experiences, as that they were somehow invading my life, disputing the way I saw the world, and changing me forever. For many students, freshman year feels that way. It certainly did for me. Continue reading

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How College Habits Changed My Life

College saved my life. Or, more accurately, the good and bad habits I learned in college saved my life.

And since then, nothing has been the same.

In 1993, I left Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a high school with a 50 percent drop out rate, for New Haven, Connecticut, and Yale. Here is what I did not know at the time: that sheets should be washed more than once a semester; that if you stand in the rain for 40 minutes, a shower afterward might be a wise idea; that when a professor says you need to read the book, you actually need to read the book; that I would develop the best – and worst – habits of my life, and they would shape every major decision over the next two decades, including the profession I chose, who I married, how I raise my children and, today, why I believe those choices have a meaningful purpose. However, at my freshman assembly, I had no idea what was to come. That day, Yale’s provost gave the assembled class three pieces of advice: if you are feeling tired, go to sleep. If you aren’t hungry, don’t eat. And if you are feeling homesick or overwhelmed, have a small piece of chocolate and remember that everyone else – no matter how confident or popular they seem – feels the same way. It was great advice. It was – though I didn’t know it at the time – a small tutorial in how to create habits by choosing cues Continue reading

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Cornell University selects Homer & Langley as next FYE Fall 2011 Pick!

We’re excited to share with you that Cornell University has revealed their Fall 2011 common reading selection and it’s… wait for it… Homer & Langley by author E.L. Doctorow!

The story tells of two brothers, Homer and Langley Collyer—the one blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged into madness, or perhaps greatness, by mustard gas in the Great War. Homer & Langley generates a range of engaging topics for discussion and exploration, including the major events of twentieth-century U.S. history from prohibition to flower children, the modern media phenomenon of “reality,” the significance of community, the creation of “trash,” and the claims of family, as well as sustainability, news, rebellion, the psychology of hoarding, and autarky.

E. L. Doctorow is a winner of the National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, the William Dean Howell Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Humanities Medal. He is one of the most visible and influential American novelists of the last forty years, and perhaps the leading figure, in the U.S. and internationally, in the development of the post-modernist historical novel.

We salute Cornell University for its bold choice of this unique fiction!

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Lesley University seeks Mindsight

Lesley University wants students to take a good luck at how they think. They’ve selected Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation for their common read and recently hosted author, psychotherapist and Harvard-trained physician Dr. Daniel J. Siegel on campus.

The result of twenty-five years of careful hands-on clinical work Dr. Siegel introduces “mindsight,” the potent skill that is the basis for both emotional and social intelligence. Drawing on this revolutionary innovation in the integration of brain science into the practice of psychotherapy, Mindsight shows how, by following the proper steps, nearly everyone can learn how to focus their attention on the internal world of the mind in a way that will literally change the wiring and architecture of their brain.

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