Are we there yet?

Recently, I was listening to an episode of a podcast I really like in which the main topic was the psychology of waiting. Every statistic, example, and anecdote that the host and guests discussed sounded like it came straight from the notes of my entire professional career in higher education, admissions, and coaching. So much of my work has been on one side of the waiting game or the other — waiting for applications to come in, waiting for admitted students to make their enrollment decisions. Now, I wait with the applicants I coach, counting the days until interview invitations and decision announcements come through.

Of course, I’m human, and have my own experiences with waiting under my belt.

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Dream on

Taking a moment to step into a space I don’t speak directly about as much here, but one in which I happen to have a lot of expertise. It’s a strange year, period. It’s an even more strange one if part of your plan was to head to graduate school right about now, ish. You don’t have to bail on those dreams, just because things aren’t how you expected them to be right now. If you stay connected to your personal truth, and your vision for the impact you want to make in the world, then the tools you need to get there will be made available to you. Maybe they’re the tools you’re hoping for; maybe not. As with all things, you need to ask first, to find out.

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Paid attention

A couple of weeks ago, inspired by this recent documentary, I did an audit of the apps on my phone, and basically broke them into 3 categories: 1) don’t use, 2) use, and 3) use too much.  Categories 1 and 3 got voted off the screen.

Yup, too much. As in, beyond their functional usefulness. For example, during non-pandemic times, living in a city, I used rideshare apps a lot. Each use was with the very specific purpose of moving me from Point A to B. The result was a lot of use, but not “too much” use. 

This would be in stark contrast to, for example, certain social media apps.

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