Leveling up can be incremental process and it can be explosive. My largest audience for university presentations numbered about 500. This Thursday I'll be presenting @udelaware for their Graduate Student Orientation with about 900 students.
The beginning of the year is the perfect time to set the tone for a successful academic year. I'll give strategies to help masters and doctoral students jumpstart the year and to maintain those success habits throughout the year. We believe that success starts with a vision of your desired destination. From there, you build with the right relationships, resources and growth experiences.
Can't wait to see ya, UD!! #gradschoollife#graduateschool#gradstudent#professionaldevelopment#careerdevelopment#speaker#careercoach#strategist
Smith and Hume, sitting on a bench… || While today is officially my first day of holiday, I spent most of it doggedly working on the first draft of my paper, which I wanted to send out before relaxing—and I finished it! So now the pure chilling commences. And what better way to inaugurate it than to share two new books? Granted, the main impetus in buying them was my research, but I've been meaning to read them for a long time anyway; it's a beautiful thing when your academic/professional work matches your personal interests, eh? Adam Smith doesn't get enough credit, I think, for his work in moral philosophy, which is primarily captured in his Theory of Moral Sentiments. He is of course best known for his Wealth of Nations. In fact, this was my first experience with Smith: reading about his theory of the 'invisible hand' in a bachelor's course on Socioeconomic History. My interest in him now is primarily to understand his version of moral sentimentalism; Smith, like Hume, held that emotion and sentiment (rather than reason, contra Kant) provides the foundation of morality. Smith, against Hobbes, writes: "How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature which interest him in the fortune of others and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it." Thus Smith, like Hume, held that morality is grounded in sympathy, although Smith conceived of sympathy as the ability of a person to imagine herself in someone else's position, whereas Hume saw sympathy as the principle by which it is possible for a person to transfer feelings to another person. Anyway, this all relates back to my interest in altruism. I repeat: two ol' sentimentalists, sitting on a bench…
Sometime in the mid 80s, growing up here in New Orleans and listening to WAIL 105 FM, I taped this song off the radio onto a cassette. I listened to the song over and over as I loved it so much, but I have no idea what they were saying. I had to of been around 10, perhaps a bit younger. And, for years, I made up an unintelligible line that I would sing with the chorus, because again I had no idea what he was saying. To make a very long story short, this song was the beginning of my obsession with go-go music, the indigenous sound and culture of the original Chocolate City: Washington, D.C. How this song and go-go music reached thousands of miles further south to where I was in New Orleans is a part of the #gradschoollife thesis I’m tackling now. In the meantime, I gathered several of my favorite 1980s go-go recordings, direct from my vinyl collection, to share with you for the August edition of my Lost and Found show on @redbullradio. This month's theme: The Sound of ‘80s Go-Go in D.C. (and the DMV). Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6-8pm NOLA/CDT / 7-9pm ET. Tune in using the Red Bull Radio app or by just going to redbullradio.com. Please enjoy, and let me know what you think. After hearing it, I sincerely hope that you love this funk-based music and these musicians as much as I do. #dcgogo#lostandfoundwithdjsoulsister
The Flash Sale is HAPPENING!!!!
I am still in my pj’s!!!
Haven’t worked out yet!!!
Need to drink my morning shake!!!
I love helping more people get started on their health and fitness journey!!!
Seriously!!!! Don’t miss out on this sale!! Not sure we will ever run one again!!
Hurray to surviving the 1st week of school! Our next Member Monday features D3 Aitam Duong!
“Hi, my name is Aitam. I’m from Dalat, Vietnam. I love to sleep, eat, and play League of Legends. I chose dentistry because I love healthcare, and I’m obsessed with miniature objects.
Despite the meaning of my name ("loving heart"), I'm not the most loving person you can find. I'm just your typical person, trying not to, but always end up doing the typical human things: lying, being lazy, being selfish, etc. I'm living by the grace of God and the people around me each day, and I'm thankful for that.”
What is your favorite procedure to do now that you’ve transitioned into clinic?
“I haven’t done much in clinic yet so I guess giving anesthesia. I started on a pulpal debridement and really liked that, but Dr. Nguyen completed it for me so I can’t exactly claim that!” 💉
Today I begin the second year of my doctorate program. If you had asked me two years ago what I would be doing now, I definitely wouldn’t have said studying every intricate detail of the ear. And a year ago I never would have said I would be starting my second year still mending a very broken leg. Life is such an unpredictable and wild ride.
Throughout the past year, I have learned what hearing health care is. I have worked as a graduate assistant. I’ve volunteered at community clinics and pediatric hospitals. I’ve done aural rehabilitation with two kiddos on a weekly basis. I have assisted in writing a cochlear implant manual for the U of U hospital. I have honed in on my interests and passions.
This semester brings so many new adventures: more work hours, a teaching assistant position in one of my favorite topics, an intensive fellowship focusing on working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, the start of earning my Global Health Certificate, a leadership role in our student government organization, and endless opportunities for learning and growing.
My graduate school experience has been a combination of being given incredible opportunities and also creating my own. I am grateful for a program full of professors and mentors who foster professionalism and take learning seriously, but also allow me the freedom to be my quirky, weird, tattooed, social work-y self. I’m grateful for the incredible cohort I’m a part of. I hope to continue approaching my schooling with an open mind and heart. Bring it on, second year.👂🏼
CHEERS to my last first day of school EVER 💥👏🏼 Headed to class for my second year of PT school & I am so excited (but also wishing I was back on the beach right about now.) Here’s to another year of showing students everywhere that it IS possible to earn a degree AND live a happy & healthy lifestyle at the same time 🙏🏼 .
What kinds of posts/stories do you want to see from me to help you through the year? What proactive strategies are you putting in place to make this one of the best years of your life?
Hello friends! .
Today is the first day of my last year of school.. my eleventh year of college! .
I’ve been excited for today FOR YEARS! But.. I let some changes worry me and ruin my happy thoughts last weekend. Today I’m choosing to look at all of the good and be excited for new opportunities to learn as an adjunct professor as opposed to a graduate assistant. I’m trying to remember that it’s easy to stay in your comfort zone, but it’s so rewarding to step out of it!
Happy Monday and happy back to school season! This worst weekend, we were reflecting on the pros and cons of living in a big city. One of the cons for us is that we no longer have the space to do our woodworking. At the same time, this allows us to use get creative and reinvent our most asked about products - like this professor office door sign for example! Hope you love it - we’re always to open to your feedback and suggestions.
The view from my apartment the day before my first day of graduate school begins. I cannot believe it is here already! I admit: I am nervous about classes this semester with my work and my job's work...but I am optimistic about getting through it. #gradschoollife#rockchalk#museumstudies