Top 10 Things You Should Know (or Do) Before You Apply to College

My sister is the eldest of us three, so I was in middle school when she started high school. Whenever she'd head off to a college fair or tour, I always wanted to go with her. I loved the booths, the information packets, and the welcome sessions. I loved the orientations, the "O" weeks, and the … Continue reading Top 10 Things You Should Know (or Do) Before You Apply to College

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Top Ten Things You Should Know (Or Do) Before You Get a Ph.D.

I've always loved school. I loved school so much that I went to graduate school three times. I can't promise you that I won't go back to school, either. It calls out to me. Even though I know college isn't the answer. Even though I'm embarrassed by my staggering loan debt. Even though (and you … Continue reading Top Ten Things You Should Know (Or Do) Before You Get a Ph.D.

80 Children’s Books Written by, about, or for African-American, Muslim, or Multi-Racial Families

She chose her words carefully, but purposely. We were a diverse bunch. There were visitors from Australia who worked with refugees and undocumented immigrants there. There were accountants, VPs, Directors, Chancellors, case managers, teachers, and social workers. More than 200 of us were in attendance, many with a recently changed citizenship status ourselves. Many were … Continue reading 80 Children’s Books Written by, about, or for African-American, Muslim, or Multi-Racial Families

Motivation

I've always had something to prove. I’m short. Left-handed. Texan. It’s not something I think much about because I inherited my mother’s confidence. The interesting thing about confidence is that it doesn’t buffer you against very specific, very particular kinds of insecurities. Sometimes they’re rooted in things you can see, at other times they catch … Continue reading Motivation