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Are You Burnt-Out? Planning Wisely to Prevent Overload

After high school, I went to a university on-campus. I was 18, energetic, and fully focused on school. My only responsibility, really, was school. I got a work-study job on campus, which was basically paid study time! Thus, taking 18 credits in one semester was both feasible and smart. Due to personal circumstances, I left…

Memorable Milestones

I asked for this opportunity to submit an article about graduation and here’s why – I almost did not attend my own May graduation. So, to borrow a late-night TV tradition, here is my list of the top five reasons why you should not miss your Penn State graduation weekend. Feel free to prioritize or…

Connecting with Your Adviser

Building a relationship with your academic adviser is vital to maximizing your World Campus experiences. I would like to share my experience with my adviser, Richard Brungard, who has been exceptional and has made such a difference in my academic success! To give you a little background, the start of college was an exciting, challenging,…

In the Wake of Economic Downturn

The current international economic crisis is having a harsh impact in many nations. Negative growth rates are leading to the closure of businesses and the loss of many jobs. Many people from Southern European countries, including myself, have felt the negative impact with special relevance. Living in Spain, this particularly resonates with me especially after…

Finding Balance

Balance. Philosophers have quested after its achievement. Religions have taught to seek after it.  Cultures have swayed by reaching for it. The word “balance” conjures images of the edge of a knife, a ballerina on her toes, a rock on a ledge, or a game of Jenga. It is no easy thing to achieve or…

A Place of My Own: The Importance of Having An Area Just for Schoolwork

I consider myself a pretty laid-back person. I like to be organized and clean, but as a wife and mother, I have learned to let some things slide. For example, my husband has a tendency of leaving clothes all over the apartment–living room, dining room, bedroom floor. Rather than try to pick up after him…

Spring Break

It’s the first week in March. Are bells going off in your head? Does it mean something special to you? For some, spring break conjures up images of sandy beaches in warmer climates for a stereotypical non-stop party. For others, spring break represents an opportunity to reach out and help others in a variety of…