Category: Anecdotes

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Choose your friends, and make them think they chose you

Building a strong support system of friends who will push you to do your best is one of the most important things you can do while in college. This is likely the only time in your life when you will get to regularly interact with such a large and diversified group of people. Take advantage...

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When your best isn’t good enough

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. That’s life. When your best just isn’t good enough, you can either learn from your experience or make excuses. You will never grow if you choose the latter. I have become fairly accustomed to winning. When I enter academic competitions, I usually fare quite well. But last night, I...

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Wear a necklace made of broccoli for one day

Okay, I know this sounds strange, but stay with me as I try to explain this piece of advice. When I was in elementary school, I found a book called Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days, written by Stephen Manes. As a pretty ambitious 3rd grader, I was intrigued. The story is about a...

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What gets you charged?

We’ve all heard of the differences between Introverts and Extraverts. Introverts are quiet, bookish librarian-types, while extraverts are loud, outgoing risk-takers. Each of us falls somewhere along that spectrum. You could argue that we are born one way or another, or that our childhood experiences impact our current personality. (I think that you have complete...

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What happens when you run out of fuel?

A friend of mine once shared a story with me that really changed the way I think about managing stress, and I would like to share that story with you today. She told me that she grew up in Haiti and her family was very poor, but when she got a job and needed to...

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