“I don’t know what lies ahead, but I am going.”
Too often we find ourselves in jobs, schools, and relationships where we are genuinely unhappy. We fail to walk away from these situations due to either fear of failure or fear of disappointment. We are afraid of what lies ahead and so we would rather stay stagnant and live in comfort. Or we choose the “comfortable road” so as to not disappoint our family and friends who have been cheering us along. Perpetuating this cycle of unhappiness may seem like a good idea in the the short term, as it allows us to avoid making tough decisions, but I would argue that taking the easy route is one of the biggest and costliest decisions we could make in life. Continue reading Believe in the Power of You- Your Goals Are Just a Leap of Faith Away
Let’s face it- group projects are something that we all dread. It can be difficult to align expectations, and ultimately responsibilities usually fall on just one or two group members. Rather than taking on the brunt of the work at the last minute, set your group up for success in seven quick steps. Continue reading Group Projects: How to Lead without Doing All of the Work
As summer winds down and the new school year draws nearer, Fireside Insights wants to share some tools to avoid the inevitable procrastination that happens to everyone. From planning better to banning yourself from checking social media, these tools can help eliminate the distractions and barriers that cause us to put off important tasks. Continue reading 4 Tips and Tools to Avoid Procrastinating
Michelle Brown is an educator by training, and an entrepreneur by necessity. Having taught in both low-income and high resource schools, Michelle felt empowered to create a tool to help bridge the gap, so that students had access to a stellar education regardless of their socioeconomic status. A couple of years later, CommonLit was born.
CommonLit is a free tool that offers reading passages, tracking tools, and customized assistance for students in grades 5-12. In this Fireside Chat, we talked to Michelle about how she developed CommonLit and disseminated it to millions of students and teachers across the country. Continue reading Changing the World through Literacy: A Fireside Chat with Michelle Brown, Founder and CEO of CommonLit
Criticism can be tough, and let’s face it, no one really likes to be told they’re not perfect. You have worked long and hard on a project for work or school, and turned it in perfectly. All of your I’s are dotted and all of your T’s are crossed. However, rather than receiving praise for your work, you are met with a load of comments and revisions. This may not be the response you were looking for, but it may be the response you need to make you better at what you do. Continue reading Why You Should Crave Constructive Criticism
In this edition of Student Insights, we spoke with eight current students to understand what it is really like to be in law school. Overall, we noticed that experience really differs by school, but one thing all of these students had in common was hard work and long hours at the library. Continue reading The Life of a Law Student: the Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected
So you are in the process of applying to graduate school, or maybe you have been accepted and are deciding on what school to attend. Many students choose a school based on name or prestige. While this is a credible consideration, it should not be a deciding factor. Graduate school marks the next step of your career and it is important to make it count. To ensure that the program you choose will help you reach your professional goals, you want to keep these things in mind. Continue reading 10 Things to Consider Before Choosing a Graduate School
Chakena Sims is a rising leader. She serves as the Deputy Press Secretary for Chicago Public Schools and is also a Trustee at Connecticut College. When she isn’t busy working, Chakena may be found brunching or reading a good book. During our time with Chakena we spoke to her about the public school system, leadership, and how to find a good mentor.
Continue reading Mentorship and Leadership: Career Spotlight with Chakena Sims, Deputy Press Secretary at Chicago Public Schools