Tag: College


Holiday Light, College Kids and Generosity: Our Week in Wisdom

On the Wisdom Daily this week (Nov. 30-Dec. 4), we discussed generalizing too negatively about young adults, prioritizing your own needs during stressful times, prescribing sexual standards for other people, participating in the ‘Giving Tuesday’ trend, shaming elected leaders about gun violence in America… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Today’s College Students: Self-Absorbed and Narcissistic? – Brad Hirschfield Are today’s college students really as “self-absorbed” and “narcissistic” as increasing numbers of people claim? Since broad generalizations, especially negative ones, are......

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Today's College Students: Self-Absorbed and Narcissistic?

Are today’s college students really as “self-absorbed” and “narcissistic” as increasing numbers of people claim? Since broad generalizations, especially negative ones, are especially easy to make, much harder to prove and typically offered to gratify the one making them, I typically assume that they are always gross over-statements at least, and often altogether false. Typically. Events unfolding at Oklahoma Wesleyan University however, have got me thinking about the possibility that there may be at least more underlying truth in people’s concerns about college student culture than I tend to see. It all......

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Yik Yak Is Back

The popular social platform Yik Yak is back in the news. Not that it was ever gone, but some are now pushing in that direction – and raising important questions about privacy, decency and first amendment rights. When I wrote about Yik Yak earlier this year, it was in the spotlight for fostering hyper-local (within a 1.5 mile radius) anonymous communication, especially popular on college campuses. What I wrote then still stands: We need an ethic of communication that matches the new forms of communication which are now so accessible. Real commitment......

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Let's Talk About Free Speech

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week, regents at the University of California-Berkeley declined to enact a proposed policy known as a “Statement of Principles Against Intolerance.” It was a wise move, because the statement itself was an attempt to legislate away what we can only resolve with real relationships and dialogue. Maybe there’s a role for those kinds of rules, about what a person can and can’t say, but we’d all do well to ask, “How will we commit to speaking to each other, about the most divisive......

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Baltimore, Tribeca and Nepal: Our Week in Wisdom

On?The Wisdom Daily this week (April 27 – May 1), we talked about kids adjusting their education goals, inadequate relief (and lucrative tourism) in Nepal, award-winning innovations, Iran’s brutal executions and the outrage boiling over in Baltimore. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   College Admissions Heartbreak: A Bounce-Back Guide – Irwin Kula Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard from parents about the cruel shock their children experience when rejected from the college of their choice. For many kids, living in privileged environments......

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College Admissions Heartbreak: A Bounce-Back Guide

Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard from numerous parents about the cruel shock their children have experienced upon being rejected from the college of their choice. For many young people, living in protective and privileged environments unprecedented for previous generations, this may be the first time they’ve been faced with such rejection. In our hyper-competitive, brutal, ridiculously terrifying college admissions environment, this rejection evokes (in both parents and kids) feelings that run the gamut from devastating disappointment and anger to massive embarrassment and humiliation. I have personally seen kids cry as......

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The Martese Johnson Case: What Were Police Thinking?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: In a nationwide atmosphere of heightened racial tensions, particularly between police and African-American men, UVA undergrad Martese Johnson (majoring in Italian and media studies on a full scholarship) was recently arrested outside an Irish pub on suspicion of underage drinking. The shocking degree of force used during his arrest, which left Johnson in need of ten stitches, has led to renewed cries of racial prejudice in policing. I hope we all examine: “What really happened here? Cops lost it. Most cops don’t, but this......

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The Mixed Emotions of Sending Kids Off to School

My mother still describes how she and my dad took me to the airport in Chicago on the day I left home to complete high school in Israel. She describes returning to the house and heading up to my room on third floor and sitting on my bed as she wept. I still feel mildly annoyed, more than thirty years later, when she tells that anecdote. Having just dropped off our eldest child at college, however (and like so many other moments in my life as a parent), I understand both my......

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