What Students Really Need to Hear

AFFECTIVE LIVING

It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.

This is what students really need to hear:

First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be…

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Spring Back to Life

That first morning you wake up to birds chirping after a long, barren winter. It is perhaps one of the most foreign noises, but the familiarity of it all starts rushing back. A smile crawls across your face as you start to realize the winter is fading, and life is beginning once again. You look outside. Squirrels prance through unkept lawns. Birds glide effortlessly through the air. Grass is green. Trees are shades of pinks and white. Sky is blue. Clouds are fluffy and friendly, no longer gray and devious. That smile grows larger. You have an overwhelming sense of energy that just can’t be tamed by the thoughts of being indoors. Outside. You want to be outside. Smelling the dirt, feeling the breeze, basking in the sun, happily swatting insects away for the first time in what seems like ages. It all is so familiar. Being blissfully unaware of the fact that this all happened overnight. Somehow, during your deep slumber, everything came back to life. The bikers went back to their bike lanes. The runners went back to the sidewalks. The long boarders pulled their shorts back on. The children grabbed their basketballs and rushed outside. The smile grows to a full grin. Everything moves to an upbeat tune. The world is alive, and buzzing with joy. And the smiles, the smiles grow and grow.

Needs.

I need new shoes.

I need this clutch.

I need a new car.

I need to find this nail color.

Need. Need. Need.

 

What about our real needs?

Family

Friends

Warmth

Love

Education

When did we start mistaking want with need? And when will we stop to realize just how much we actually have?

Job Interview Makes People Appreciate Their Moms [VIDEO]

The Urban Daily

job-interview Some people hold jobs that never yield them a word of thanks or any positive recognition. They’re expected to just shut up and do their job because after all, it is their job. Well, in effort to teach people a lesson, a group of people posted a fake job description online and held real interviews. When the potential hires are made aware of their future responsibilities as the “Director of Operations,” things get a little crazy.

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Calling All College Students!

Finals.

Lets be honest, we all hate them. I mean, who wakes up and thinks, hmm, you know what I want to do today? Relearn EVERYTHING I did over the past 15 weeks? Whoever that person is, I would love to meet them. Why? Because maybe they can teach me how to master this grueling activity with just an ounce of honor and dignity. I guess I should tell you all how I study, maybe I’m doing it totally wrong–or maybe its what everyone does, and there is some hope for me.

 

1- Calculating, and no, I don’t mean studying for math

  • I have spent more time than I would ever like to admit trying to calculate the absolute lowest grade I would have to earn on every assignment, quiz, exam, and final from now till the end of the semester in order to pull an A.

2- Read the book

  • I think this is where desperation REALLY kicks in. For God’s sake, that book has been sitting on my desk for 13 weeks, and I probably have only opened it 3 times–to put papers inside of it.

3- Email the professor, DUH!

  • Admit it, every single one of you has sent that begging for extra credit email. “Is there anything I can do to boost my grade?” yes, rewind back to week 1 and take things seriously from the get-go.

4- CRAM CRAM CRAM CRAM

  • Ahhh the endless all-nighter. The coffee. The blasting music to keep you awake. The “Is anyone alive out there” 4 am tweet. The Red Bulls. The Monsters. The falling asleep on the library tabletop. The crying. The cursing. The swearing to never do this again. The slap happiness. The mood swings. The 4 inch deep bags under your eyes in the morning.

So someone please tell me, am I alone with this? Is there a better way to pull an A on finals? Or do we all go through the same routine–every semester–for four years?

Wayne State Gets $325K Grant To Battle Invasive Species In Great Lakes

CBS Detroit

DETROIT (WWJ) — Foreign mussels hitchhiking to the Great Lakes in the ballast water tanks of international freighters are becoming one of the most vexing environmental problems facing the Great Lakes. 

A group of scientists from Wayne State University, in collaboration with the United States Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency, are working together to battle this problem.

This invasion of zebra mussels and quagga mussels have caused dramatic ecological effects on the Great Lakes’ ecosystems, including changes in fish abundance, local extinction of native mussels and profound changes in benthic invertebrates, organisms that live on the bottom of bodies of water that are important to decomposition of organic matter and more.

With the help of a grant from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), scientists from Wayne State University are heading up research to help identify a chemical found in algae that may inhibit spawning in the invasive…

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Why We Shop? Great Question!

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Ladies, at one point or another, each and every one of our high-heel-loving-sundress-buying-caridgan-obsessed selves have been asked by a man what on earth it is about shopping that we love oh so much. Well fellas, LET ME TELL YOU! We do not just casually walk up to an article of clothing and think “hmm, this is cool, I guess I’ll buy it” No. We build a trust with clothing– a relationship, if you will. We try them on, dissect ourselves from every angle, think about all the possible combinations we can create with this one article of clothing, send pictures to every brutally honest girlfriend that we have, and only then do we finally decide that we not only need it, but we LOVE it.

Now, it gets to be a bit more hectic, because like everything else women do, we complicate it. We go from one end of the mall to the complete opposite. Start off looking for belts and end up in shoes. Need an evening gown, walk out of Victoria’s Secret with $200 worth of bras and panties. Why? BECAUSE WE WANT IT ALL! We want the colors, the fabrics, the latest trends, the boots, the bags, the jewels, the textures, the flattering cuts, and do not get me started on designers! I would love to meet a woman who has seen a fabulous pair of Salvatore Ferragamo boots on sale and didn’t at least try them on! And if you haven’t tried on a Oscar De La Renta, you have definitely admired a gown from afar.

And you want to know why this all happens? We can’t explain it! We get caught up in the bright lights, 100-pound-model-looking sales associates, the mannequins, the feeling of fitting into this perfect world of clothing. You’re asking why again? Because we feel beautiful! We throw on a new outfit and think we can conquer any task (or man) that comes our way! And what’s even better? For as long as we walk those fluorescent-lit halls and see bright smiling sales girls ready to take our money, we feel powerful. We control them all. We tell them to make us phenomenal, and they do! They make us look like we walked right out of a magazine, and are preparing for the runway. From the first moment we walk into that store, until the moment we exit (after giving them a great commission) we hold all the power, and women, we love that!

So, ask us again why we love, love, love, LOVE to shop, and we’ll answer you in the best way we can– “I don’t know, we just do!”

Moving Too Fast

I will forever wonder about how things could be if just one second of one day were to play out differently. Just one second could change everything. Would I be rich? Famous? Poor? Alive? We seem to have our entire lives planned out, and run from one task to the next without a second to spare to just stop and THINK about everything happening around us. What if out of every hour we took just two minutes to stop, breathe, focus, reflect, and continue? Would life really be so different? But more importantly, are we willing to find out?