Waiting on the World’s Approval

  When I was in 5th grade, I received an award for making all A’s in all my classes for the entire year. I remember wondering why everyone was making such a big deal out of it at the time. People (e.g. my friends’ parents) said things like “Maybe Kaitlyn will be Valedictorian” which started... Continue Reading →

“All the World’s a Stage”: Why Social Media Has Changed How We View Our Friends

  When I was in grade school (which in reality, really wasn’t all that long ago) there was no such thing as Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or one of the hundred other means by which we now socially communicate with one another.  If you were lucky enough to have a cellphone, you could text... Continue Reading →

Why Is It So Important to Make a Life Plan?

  I remember working on a scholarship application in college that asked me to outline my life plan. Where would I be in five years? Ten years? Fifteen years? It was so insulting to me to have to explain to some stranger how I imagine my whole life playing out.  At the time I was... Continue Reading →

The Creativity of Goal-Setting

January means the inundation of “New Year, New You!” and “Fresh Start!” advertisements everywhere. Join the gym! Sign up with Weight Watchers! Start a new hobby! Find your perfect match!  It’s so overwhelming that I think society has become somewhat numb to the idea of change.  “New Year’s Resolutions” now seem just like a hoax... Continue Reading →

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