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Columns from 2019

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In Defense of Fan Fiction, Emma Gisclair

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I’m About to Graduate – But I’ll Never Stop Learning, Nicole Wills

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Dreaming About the Transformative Power of International Service-Learning, Alvin Wang

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I’ve Learned Firsthand the Difficulties of Coping with Mental-Health Issues, Katherine Torres

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Mom’s Key to Longevity: Oatmeal and Prayers, Camille Dolan

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In This Era of Racial Divide, How Do We Bridge the Gap?, Cynthia Schmidt

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What To Do With the American Musical?, David Poissant

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Robin Hood Had it Easy − The Real World is Not So Straightforward, Stephen M. Kuebler and Jonathan Beever

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Let’s Stop Glorifying Tribalism—It Doesn’t Serve Us Well, Michele Gill

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Yes, I Adopted a Cat—But She’s Done Her Share of Taking Care of Me, Too, Nicole Wills

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Learning History Helps Us Understand Who We Are in Different Ways, Anjella Warnshuis

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Traveling Always Presents the Opportunity to Encounter the Unexpected, Alvin Wang

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Path to Fitness may be Difficult — But Don’t Let Obstacles Get in the Way, Katherine Torres

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Lessons Learned from Monopoly (and My Brother), Camille Dolan

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Our Most Undervalued Resource, Curtis Proctor

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When ‘Wrong’ may be Right: In Praise of Stubbornness, David Poissant

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‘Well, It’s Not Illegal!’, Stephen M. Kuebler and Jonathan Beever

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Frequent Misconceptions About Charter Schools, Michele Gill

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Looking Back as an Adult on My Parents’ Advice, Nicole Wills

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Our Community Is At Its Best When We Lift One Another Up, Anjella Warnshuis

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Notes From a Digital Immigrant: Travels Abroad in Cyberspace, Alvin Wang

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Unless You Know Someone’s Story, Don’t ‘Compliment’ Them as Inspirational, Katherine Torres

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Why Dogs are (Sometimes) Better than Cats, Camille Dolan

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The Irony: My Wife is Criticized for Some Career Decisions I'm Praised For, Curtis Proctor

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A Meditation on R.E.M., the Soundtrack of My Youth, David Poissant

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Internet Has Helped Spread Information, But Not Necessarily Knowledge, Stephen M. Kuebler and Jonathan Beever

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The Unexpected Joys of Bird-Watching, Michele Gill

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Facing Journalism’s Challenges When Many Often View News as Fake, Nicole Wills

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I Thought I Knew All About Diversity—But There’s Always More to Learn, Anjella Warnshuis

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You May Think You Know Where Life is Headed—Just be Ready to Adjustv, Katherine Torres

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When Your Son Goes Blind…, Camille Dolan

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The MAGA Kid, Inkblots and UFOs, Alvin Wang

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I Love How Technology Has Made Things Easy — But I Sometimes Wish for Simpler Times, Curtis Proctor

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Dungeons & Dads: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Game, David Poissant

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Who Should Self-Driving Cars Be Programmed to Protect?, Stephen M. Kuebler and Jonathan Beever

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New Habits of the New Year, Michele Gill

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Face Your Challenges Like a Linebacker—And Don’t Be Afraid to Blitz, Nicole Wills

Columns from 2018

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The Value of Investing Time, Energy and Creativity to Comfort Others, Anjella Warnshuis

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The Coincidence That Made Me Realize How Small Our World Is, Alvin Wang

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How Wheelchair Basketball Changed My Life, Katherine Torres

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For the Love of Brownies: A Bitter Batter Battle, Camille Dolan

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The Last Great Equalizer: Education, Curtis Proctor

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‘Yes, and:’ Overcoming Anxiety with Improv, David Poissant

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Following Rules and Doing the Right Thing Aren’t Necessarily the Same, Stephen M. Kuebler and Jonathan Beever

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It’s Time to Push for Schools to be Places of True Excitement for Our Kids, Michele Gill

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Don’t Hide Behind the Curtain — To be Heard, You Must Speak, Anjella Warnshuis

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Choosing ‘Dean’ as a Career Path? You’d be 1st, Alvin Wang

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We Can’t Make Everything Accessible — But That Should Always be Part of the Conversation, Katherine Torres

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The Right to Kneel: Can an Employer Interfere with Employees’ Political Speech?, Cynthia Schmidt

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Horror Movie Heroines, Thank You for the Lessons You’ve Taught Me, Nicole Wills

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I Am Not a “Fundraiser” — I Build Bridges, Curtis Proctor

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Let’s Retire the Trope of the Hapless Dad, David Poissant

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Can’t We Make Better Decisions to Ensure Ethical Outcomes?, Stephen M. Kuebler and Jonathan Beever

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How Learning to Play Bass Rocked My World, Michele Gill

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UCF Forum Announces 2018-19 Roster, Gene Kruckemyer

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Despite My House Divided, We Can Unite for Our Team, Barbara Thompson

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Season of Change and Possibility, Lisa Roney

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My Baseball Quest Has Taught Me About America, Slowing Down — and Myself, Fernando Rivera

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What Inspires Me: People Helping Others and Making the World a Better Place, Kimberly Nassoiy

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Adoption Has Been the Most Wonderfully Difficult Thing We’ve Ever Done, Adam Meyer

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I’m Trying to be a Cool Mom — But I Have No Idea If It’s Working, Joan McCain

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Beauty Never Needs Permission to Show Up, Barbara Thompson

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What’s in a Name: Family Treasures, Lisa Roney

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In Life, Tomorrow is Never Guaranteed, Fernando Rivera

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You Are Never Too Old For a Mentor, Christal Peterson

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Manners Make Us Look Past Ourselves and to Others, Kimberly Nassoiy

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Good Leaders Don’t Have to Like People – But They Must Love Them, Adam Meyer

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The High School Commencement Speech of My Dreams, Joan McCain

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Does it Ever Become Too Late to Get Back in Touch?, Jim Clark

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Engineering Profession Must Re-establish Relationship of Trust Following Catastrophes, Manoj Chopra

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Equal Pay Day Conversations Remind Me That All Voices Should be Heard, Barbara Thompson

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An Example of Renewal for All of Us, Lisa Roney

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Puerto Ricans are Resilient, but Island Still Needs Our Help after Hurricane Maria, Fernando Rivera

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What Are Your Life Quotes and Why?, Christal Peterson

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Building Relationships in a World That Says: “What About Me?”, Kimberly Nassoiy

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Brainstorming Should Not Be a Team Sport, Joan McCain

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What if We All Treated Life Like One Big Improvisation Skit?, Adam Meyer

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Technology Sometimes Moves So Rapidly That It’s Hard to Keep Up, Jim Clark

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I Have a New Pair of Headphones – But What Do I Really Want to Hear?, Manoj Chopra

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Moments of Calmness Teach Us the Most About Love, Kindness, Barbara Thompson

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Love: It May Surprise You, Lisa Roney

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Some Collisions are Good, Some are Bad…, Fernando Rivera

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Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Starting to Fade? It’s Not Too Late to Reset, Christal Peterson

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Parents, Hang in There—It's All Worth It, Kimberly Nassoiy

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The Best Things in Life Come From Stretching Ourselves, Adam Meyer

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The Awesome Power of Faith Helps Us Endure, Joan McCain

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Keep Your Resolutions Short, Simple, Specific to be Successful, Jim Clark

Columns from 2017

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Traveling Expands Your Boundaries of Cultural, Social Experiences, Manoj Chopra

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Humanity Shines Brightest When We Care About One Another, Barbara Thompson

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What Do Professors Do All Day? (I've Been Trying to Answer Most of My Life), Lisa Roney

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It Has Taken Me Years to Understand What it Means to be Latino, Fernando Rivera

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When My Anxiety is High and I Need to Put Things into Perspective..., Christal Peterson

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Want Preschoolers to Become Successful? Allow Them to Play More, Kimberly Nassoiy

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Experiencing Goodness in the Midst of Challenge, Adam Meyer

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Discover Your Inner Creativity, Joan McCain

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It’s Difficult to Concentrate During a Crisis – Especially for Students Away from Home, Jim Clark

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Engineering our Future: The Search for Solutions, Manoj Chopra

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Facing Increasingly Frequent Storms of Wind, Rain, Fire – and Bullets, Lisa Roney

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Helping Rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane has Changed Residents – and Me, Christal Peterson

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The Search for the Meaning of Life May be as Important as Finding It, Barbara Thompson