A great song offers this advice: “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.” While I doubt the wisdom of this advice in terms of romantic relationships, it is certainly good medicine for unplanned career turns. Unforeseen obstacles sometimes make it impossible or implausible for us to work in our “dream jobs,” so to speak. Do we then just consign ourselves to a life of misery and mediocrity? We don’t have to. When life gives you lemons, the old saying goes, make lemonade.
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Halloween is getting closer, and I’ve got even more spooky stories from college campuses in my trick or treat bag. Last time, I was just playing around with stories of bumps in the night and benign Casper-like toddler ghosts. This time around, however, I promise scarier, more malevolent ghosts … here goes another serving of 5 fiendishly frightful forays into that phantom field of the unknown…
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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a familiar question. But somewhere between elementary school and your senior year of college, your answers to this question change from fantasy (“I want to be a secret agent-ninja assassin-space freighter pilot-NFL quarterback-millionaire.”) to acceptance of bleak reality (“I guess I could be a call center supervisor.”) or just plain cluelessness (“I dunno.”).

Greater numbers of college seniors than ever before don’t know what they want to do when they graduate. Heck, greater numbers of mid-life professionals don’t know what they want to do.… Read More


October is upon us, the temperature drops, and the leaves whither in the trees. This is the season for costumes, jack-o-lanterns, and, of course, ghost stories … I recently found that college campuses are hotbeds for spooky stories. From year to year, they are added to and passed down to new students. They’re almost always woven into the history and personality of the school. Some are funny, others terrifying, and still others are just plain, well, cheesy. … Read More


Sure, you have bulldogs, panthers, knights, and hawks. But not every school chooses a conventional mascot. In fact, some schools select rather unconventional ones and often for rather strange and unorthodox reasons. Here are ten of the strangest, in no particular order — except for the last one.… Read More