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Secrets of your final exams

It’s the time of year when students overdose on Ritalin in a mad dash to cram in everything they didn’t bother to learn in the prior four months. I remember this time well (minus the Ritalin, just say no kids). Now, as a professor, I see it from a different perspective. So here’s some helpful advice that might put your ... Read More »

Of puffy shirts and more serious matters

There are most likely three reactions one can have to reading the title of this piece. One, you recognize it as a Seinfeld reference. Two, you only just now recognized it as a reference upon me mentioning Seinfeld. Three, you have no idea what a puffy shirt is. If you fall under option three, you most likely often feel left ... Read More »

Hiding the Truth from ourselves

“If life is a comedy, then why all the tragedy,” asks Singer Chris Rice in his song “Big Enough.” If we don’t know initially, we’re soon let in that the object of his question is God himself. Rice makes this clear in the chorus when he sings, “God if You’re there I wish You’d show me / And God if ... Read More »

How to email a professor and live to tell the tale

If you’re a freshman in college, one of the most valuable lessons you can learn is how to properly make contact with a professor. This is especially important if you don’t want to find yourself the butt of departmental meetings where professors pass around particularly atrocious emails. With this in mind, I humbly present the following tips. 1. Do not ... Read More »