One day in 1996 I was a 17-year-old freshman in hall 3-C of McGraw-Long, undoubtedly excited, but also homesick for the only home I ever had at that point, a small town in Connecticut. I sat in my room after my family left, wondering if I would have someone to eat dinner with when I… Read More Alumni Feature | Jonathan Paulo (’00) – COMING OF AGE
Fall 2009 I started my first semester at JMU as a Computer Science student. And when I say, I got lucky, I got really lucky. I didn’t visit JMU’s campus beforehand or do much research. I just picked JMU for a handful of superficial reasons and got lucky because JMU turned out to be amazing… Read More Alumni Feature | Chiedo John (’13) – WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?
Five years after graduation, I found myself in a pivotal moment. One morning I was looking at myself in the mirror after experiencing ageism, sexism, bullying, and harassment from an inexperienced boss. I had to make a decision – stay or go? I made the very difficult decision to walk away from a job I… Read More Alumni Feature| Jana Jamail (’10) – GETTING OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY
So you’re doing well at work and serving as a strong team player- but no one is perfect! As Alyse Kalish points out, ” Everything you do leaves room for improvement, and as someone who’s driven and cares about growing, you’re always interested in ways you can continue to excel.” In her article she goes… Read More 8 THINGS YOU’RE DOING WELL IN YOUR CAREER THAT YOU COULD BE DOING BETTER
It’s been five years since I graduated from JMU – hard to believe so much time has passed and I am now considered a “grown-up.” Thankfully I don’t put too much stock into labels, so I still channel my inner-kid… The truth is, a lot of exciting things happen after graduation. You find a job,… Read More Alumni Feature| Ian McLeod (’13)- TRUSTING THE PROCESS
We’re never going to be good at something until we at least try, right? Author Kat Boogaard agrees and suggests that we need to take one simple little word out of our vocabulary “can’t.” Furthermore, Boogaard notes: It’s amazing how much that one three-letter word can shift your mindset, isn’t it? That’s exactly why… Read More NEW RULE: YOU HAVE TO START ADDING “YET” TO EVERY SENTENCE THAT STARTS WITH “I CAN’T”
Call it over thinking or just weighing your options out strategically- it takes time, energy and your sanity away sometimes! How do we silence the chaos in our mind as we try to decide what choice is the “right” one to make? The answer may be easier than you think. Read the full article by… Read More GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO OVER-ANALYZE EVERYTHING: “RIGHT” DECISIONS DON’T EXIST