Archive for the ‘Getting Organized’ Category

A Lot to be Thankful For

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014




I’m just going to come out and say it: I don’t get Thanksgiving. It’s a cultural tradition that I didn’t grow up with – which is fine – but it also means a lot of shocked expressions from my friends when I tell them I’m staying on campus over break. The campus is by no means deserted. There are plenty of equally indifferent international students and seniors who want to get further ahead on their projects. I’m sure I would have more fun with family at this time of year, eating too much and celebrating. Even so, there are still a lot of perks to doing Thanksgiving the wrong way. (more…)

The Three Most Important Actions for a Second-Semester High School Junior

Thursday, February 20th, 2014


1. Take an official standardized test.  I mean, either the SAT or the ACT.
2. Apply to at least one scholarship.
3. Attend a summer conference/program/internship or get a summer job.

That’s it.  If you’re a high school junior in your second semester there are probably lots of other things for you to worry about like grades, athletics, your AP exams, etc. but make sure to DO these three things.

You can daydream and putz about college campuses all you want.  That can even be good; I’m not knocking it.  But I’m not giving you a list of things to think about; I’m giving you actionable items.  Frankly, who cares how you do them?  Just do them. (more…)

How Not to Have Lazy Kids: A Parent’s Guide

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

A teenage boy thinkingLaziness wreaks havoc on everything school-related, from grades to sports to play rehearsals. Moreover, it’s no tough cookie to crack.  How do you motivate anyone, let alone your own child?

Sloth, one of the Seven Deadly Sins, is “sluggishness of the mind which neglects to start good things,” according to the Catholic St. Thomas Aquinas.  Moreover, in the eastern Orthodox tradition, in the Philokalia, the word for laziness or sloth is dejection, the state of having lost interest in life.  This suggests what we basically know: that we’re lazy because we’re not interested.  This is pretty much confirmed by the Buddhist term kausīdya, meaning the clinging to unwholesome activities.

Given these moral terms, a solution springs to mind: how do parents nurture attachment to wholesome activities in our children and students?  How do you give someone else a motive that can become his or her own motive?  The two obvious approaches are 1) reward and 2) punishment.  (more…)

Tips on Time Management and Organization

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Time Management too much to do?

It’s a New Year, and that brings with it a chance for a fresh outlook on life and how you keep yourself organized.  The task of “getting organized” can sound a bit overwhelming, but with all of the cool tech based tools available today, it is easy to get yourself on the path to a well managed life.  Still sound overwhelming?  How about this?  Three simple steps are all you need:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the available methods of time management and organization. What works for professionals can work for students too (and vice versa).
  2. Pick one primary one; stick with it.
  3. Accomplish.