Author Archives: Drew Lichtenberger

9. Does social media isolate us?

When I first got on Facebook in 2005, after being “sucked in,” I began to foresee the possible negative effect of social media on humans. I wondered what the impact of ‘relational technology’ (social media, texting, chat, etc.) would have … Continue reading

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8. What should I do with my life?

NPR ran a story that may hit close to home for many recent college graduates, “I know I’m supposed to follow my passion. But what if I don’t have a passion?” At some point everyone asks the question, “What am … Continue reading

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7. Political impression

What impression might a foreigner visiting from another planet gather from the American political process? A culture that prizes leaders who can exalt themselves and their accomplishments the best while simultaneously trying to make the other leader out to be the biggest liar. … Continue reading

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6. Shaping influences–human development

Picture two plants of the same species growing in two different environments. One seed is planted in a protected inland area with soft, rich soil and moderate water. Another grows on a rocky cliff near a sea with relentless winds. … Continue reading

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5. Economic reality?

Individual investors gain most of the benefits of diversification when they own between 20 and 60 stocks that are collectively owned by their employer. According to companies like SoFi, investors who hold a greater percentage of their portfolios in mutual … Continue reading

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4. Climbing the stairs — to what?

Pretend all you have ever known is how to climb stairs. From a young age you were trained to scramble up stairs really quickly with great agility; you are most familiar with interior staircases found in any skyscraper which you … Continue reading

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3. What’s the product of education?

When we become too focused on the product, we may miss the purpose. Hyper-focus on a product usually stems from a desire to produce results (sales, rankings, or scores). How many times in business or athletics have organizations become so transfixed … Continue reading

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2. What are we shaping?

Intеrnеt gambling hаѕ grоwn еxроnеntіаllу, manifesting a 10–15% аnnuаl expenditure іnсrеаѕе оvеr thе last 15 уеаrѕ (Gаіnѕburу, 2012), wіth mоrе than 2800 gаmblіng websites currently аvаіlаblе (Onlіnе Cаѕіnо Cіtу, 2013). Cоnсоrdаnt wіth thіѕ rаtе оf еxраnѕіоn, the volume аnd expenditure … Continue reading

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1. College prepares students for what?

Over the past several years, I’ve been observing and writing about the malaise that many twentysomethings experience post-college: feeling stuck, not finding satisfaction in career direction or relationships, unsuccessfully grappling for greater purpose in life, etc. These are all part … Continue reading

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