Tagged: student


Don’t keep Michael Jordan on the bench

Group assignments can be a challenge for college students. Your grade for the class is now in someone else’s hands, and most people do not react well when they feel that they have lost their sense of control over a situation. When your success is directly related to the actions of others, it can bring...


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...


Don’t win an argument, but lose a friend

The art of debate is an important skill for us to develop as young people. Even if you never plan to enter a formal debate or speak on the floor of Congress, the same basic principles will help you win any debate, from extending your curfew with mom and dad to negotiating your starting salary and benefits...


What is an Elevator Speech?

Elevator speeches are one of the most important tools we can use in business and in life. The idea of an elevator speech, or elevator pitch, is for you to imagine that you were to get into an elevator with the CEO of your company, or an investor, and that you had from the bottom...


How can I become a more competitive candidate?

This is a sentence I make my students memorize: “How can I become a more competitive candidate for your internship program by Summer 2012?”  It’s amazing how often you can get exactly what you want if you just ask! Fill in whatever company name and timeline you want, but the basic structure is pretty simple. In the...


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...


How Are You?

How are you? That is one of the most common questions asked every day. When you ask it, do you really care how the other person is? Do you think that people really care when they ask you? “How are you?” is, while the most common question, also the most useless question. It’s an empty...


Live your life as if you were running for President

Some people dream about growing up to become the President of the United States. Personally, I have no desire (at this time in my life) to pursue politics, but I wouldn’t mind having the choice one day. Because I believe in the American Dream to my very core, I think that anyone can run for and win a presidential...

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