When I went to college back in the day, people didn’t have these nifty cell phones I see all over the place now. We weren’t texting each other images that cleverly represented our current emotional state, and a “selfie” only occurred if you accidentally wasted a shot on a disposable camera. Back then, it was […]

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On the evening of Monday, June 4th, I was sitting in a dimly lit theater enjoying a getaway after finals and graduation. Determined to disconnect for a week, I wasn’t checking social media, I’d switched off CNN, and I was blissfully unaware of what was happening in American pop culture. Until an iPhone screen lit up […]

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Jon Kabat-Zinn, a leader in the field of mindfulness, describes mindfulness as, “paying attention in a particular way… on purpose, nonjudgmentally, and with acceptance.” Living mindfully is simple, but not easy. Practicing mindfulness means being attentive to what is happening in this moment, without judging your experience, and without trying to change anything. Just being […]

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New Student Orientation is the first big step in the transition to college. As the Director of New Student Engagement & Transition, I have overseen the new student orientation program at Emmanuel for several years. I know how challenging it can be for students and their families to take that leap and commit to an […]

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It’s difficult to argue the benefits of study abroad for college students—cultural immersion, language skills, new friends and professional connections, personal development and, for some, graduate school and career opportunities. But many students are unable to dedicate an entire semester to traditional international travel, due to financial constraints or an already rigorous course load. Since […]

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