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  • Fishing For a Star

    I once had a job interview at an aquarium in Ireland.  Admittedly, this seemed bizarre even at the time. Then again, when the job you’re applying for involves selling sandwiches you’re carrying around town in a red basket, there’s no…home office. To add to the absurdity that was this moment in my life, my best friend also came along for the interview. The head of The Tasty Sandwich Guy only had...
  • Getting Schooled in Sin City: 2015 NAA Student Housing Conference Recap

    You’re all liars. That was my big take-away from the first day of the 2015 NAA Student Housing Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, after panelist Melanie Ling asked everyone who’s ever tried online dating to raise their hands. Approximately five people did so—half of them mumbling things like “I mean, just once,” or “I’m so, so lonely.” OK, maybe not their exact words. Another 20 people—...
  • There's An Impostor Among Us

    I was sitting in a morning meeting a few weeks ago, a mere half-hour after dropping a very large spoonful of oatmeal on my pants, thinking, “How did they let me into adulthood?” But that’s really one of life’s big secrets, isn’t it? That all of us—at some point or another—feel like we’re just faking our way through it all. Especially with a lap full of soggy breakfast food. Fortunately, we’re not...
  • Chutes and Ladders

    They always say you learn some of the best lessons from those horrible part-time jobs so many of us once had.  To this I say, really? Cause I don’t think I learned much from spending my days in the stockroom at Kohl’s, scanning barcodes while chatting with an elderly employee named Rusty. Except that Kohl’s will accept any and all returns—worn tennis shoes caked in dog feces included. That was a...

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