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College Isn’t a Cure-All

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Becky Frankiewicz writing for the Harvard Business Review (HBR) tackled the topic of higher education and full employment leaving out, for now, the idea of a lasting peace of mind. Of course, although there may be a multi-decade correlation between a college degree and three or less careers in one’s lifetime, equaling financial security, or as we…

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Success Redefined

Artie Shaw, the renowned Jazz clarinetist said, “Success is an opiate.” Success is not what people think of you, not what you do, the awards you receive or the material trappings you have collected. Instead, confidence in one’s purpose, a calling that defines a higher esteem, an evolution of our spirit, often requires a Guru to show us the path. …

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The Oxymoron of Learning from a Distance

Many students are dismayed, their hopes for a return to a long-established normal this fall, dashed, as school administrators continued suspending or severely curtailing in-person classes, as well as most clubs and sports through at least the end of 2020, due to the on-going COVID-related health risks. Continued distance learning has disrupted the coming of age process, ushering in a…

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A College Admissions Essay Contemplation

To effectively answer essay prompts, an integral component of applications for many US colleges as well as other countries scattered throughout the globe, requires understanding of the autobiographical writing process. According to the Oxford Dictionary, autobiography is “an account of a person’s life written by that person.” How does a teenager, or one of any age for that matter, immersed…

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College is a Choice

Attending college is not required for achieving economic prosperity nor lasting peace of mind.  Success is defined by the individual’s interpretation of their net worth that they were born to discover throughout a lifetime of searching for value from the sum of their experiences. Yes, that may include attending college, and praise to those who have spent their life’s work…

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Guest Post: At the Conclusion of High School, A Choice

Should high-school graduates embrace academic freedom or remain loyal to academic structuralism? THE FINAL DAYS of a thirteen-year odyssey move by with painful fluidity. Bound by shared hardship, old friends and new friends join together to cry, commiserate, lament, laugh, reminisce, recount, celebrate, and love. Grievances and awkwardness remain but are shelved in the knowledge that soon, very soon, the…

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Giving Thanks

Turkey day is once again upon us, and here’s what we at Creative Marbles Consultancy give thanks for: 1.  All opportunities to learn, hence undermining ignorance 2.. The struggle to live a purposeful life 3.  All of the supportive people in our lives, without whom, would make living much more difficult 4.  Both the curse and blessings of change, for…

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A Travel Guide

A Travel Guide The pressure is on to do what is right, not wrong. “It comes down to odds,” the pundits say. The law of averages will have their way. Much to our dismay, we give into everyone else’s sway. But, what exit should we take on life’s multi-exit highway? The vision becomes blurred, words slurred, purpose demurred. It’s all…

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Learning with a Purpose

Let the semester unfold slowly–looking to make adjustments to your learning process–as your interactions with both the teacher and your other classmates set the tone for your learning experience. This is easier said than done, especially in the later years of one’s youth, when influence creep seems to be in full swing with the attendant pressure rising to a crescendo…

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Thomas Jefferson for the Twenty-First Century American

Many years ago, in my role as a high school teacher of U.S. Government, I had the unique opportunity that allowed me to experiment–teach one and only one concept, one document to one group of kids for the entire school year. We studied the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson–attempting to understand and apply the lesson of freedom to…

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