Opportunities Abound at WASC

Full circle moments make my heart sing. Yesterday morning I presented at the Wisconsin Association of School Councils (WASC) State conference for high school students which is an event I attended as a junior and senior. I’m pretty sure I even went to a sectional in the very room I presented in. What an incredible... Continue Reading →



We can’t be speechless. We can’t become numb. We must persevere. I spent a good portion of this past Saturday sifting through old notes and I came upon the thoughts I wrote down after the most recent mass shooting prior to Parkland, FL. They say… I know it isn’t true that we are incapable of... Continue Reading →

"We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction." -Bill Gates

Bursting Bubbles

A few years ago I received one of my favorite pieces of advice from a remarkable woman--Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. She said her best advice for a young person today is to "tune out the noise”. Living in the information age can be overwhelming and exhausting. Just keeping up with the news feels like a full... Continue Reading →

The 1 am $1.4 trillion vote 

When I first joined my university’s student government as an on-campus representative I’m pretty sure I drove my colleagues insane with my insistence on having budget numbers and project plans before approving any spending or project launches. Why would I approve spending money or time on something that I wasn’t certain was best for the... Continue Reading →

In Support of Indigenous Peoples Day

Northern Michigan University should formally recognize and celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day annually on the second Monday of October via formal recognition on all campus calendars. When students from the Native American Student Association, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the Native American Language and Culture Club first brought this idea to the Associated Students... Continue Reading →

Somewhere in the middle: Mentors

I’m very lucky to have several people in my life that I consider mentors. They’re the people that I call when I need to talk through big life decisions and who I turn to when I want to share an interesting article or random intellectual thought.. In talking to friends about moving on after college... Continue Reading →

A few lessons from Kindergarten

A couple of weeks ago I listened to an awesome episode of one of my favorite podcasts, the Ezra Klein Show. The guest of honor was Cal Newport and the topic of focus was Deep Work: what does it mean to do deep work, how is the dominant hive-mind style work place inhibiting our ability... Continue Reading →

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