The Most Important Furniture Item for College Students

What’s the most important furniture item for college students besides the dorm room bed? It’s not the dorm room desk (since quiet library study carrels tend to be far better for intense and focused studying than a dorm room will ever be.)

The most important furniture item for college students is a two-drawer filing cabinet. 

Here are 7 reasons why a two-drawer filing cabinet (along with a little instruction on how to use it) just might be the most important item your child takes along to college.

the most important furniture item for college students

1. A two-drawer filing cabinet reduces stress for students.

Without a filing system, your son will likely pile important papers on the right side of his desk. This works just fine for two weeks, until the pile becomes a massive avalanche risk and just finding a necessary paper document becomes an energy-draining ordeal.

2. There’s great power in being able to locate any necessary document in under 10 seconds.

Your daughter will greatly appreciate this when she needs to quickly locate a housing request form, or all the handwritten notes needed to study for a tough midterm.

3. Even in the 21st century, not everything’s electronic. Students still manage a massive amount of paper during college.

This is especially true for students who follow my advice and take class notes using pen and paper rather than electronic devices.

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The Most Important Thing About High School? It’s Not Grades

Many families mistakenly believe that the most important thing about high school is getting good grades—so students can “get into a good college when they graduate.”

Not true.

What is the most important thing about high school?

In my work as an academic strategist, I’ve found that the most important thing about high school is forging the academic tools necessary for the college or vocational training that comes afterward.

 

I told one underperforming student this: “Imagine college as a place where you have to pound nails into boards, one after another, as fast as you can. Bam! Bam! Bam bam bam! High school is the place where you create your hammer. If your hammer’s put together sloppily out of string and glue and spitballs, you’ll find it difficult and exhausting and painful to pound nails in college.”

Can students “get good grades” and still miss it?

Too many high school students have figured out how to game the high school system enough to get decent grades while still not learning important skills, such as 1) putting away electronics and listening carefully in class, 2) taking thorough, complete handwritten notes, 3) seeking help when confused, and 4) using a calendar or a to-do list to make certain that assignments and test studying are done thoroughly and on time.

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LIve class coming August 27th!

THE STRATEGIC COLLEGE STUDENT: How to Get Higher Grades While Studying LESS Than Most Other People

For students ages 12–26 and their parents

There’s not a student alive who wouldn’t love to get higher grades than anyone else while studying LESS than most other people.

In this 3-hour seminar, students ages 12–26 learn the advanced studying, test-taking, and paper-writing strategies that top students use to succeed at the most prestigious colleges in the country while still having plenty of time left over for leadership, interning, and having more fun than they ever thought possible.

Students will leave at the end of this seminar armed with a systematic review method developed at Carnegie Mellon University that can completely eliminate the need to ever cram for exams.

Are you a student age 12–26?

This seminar will help you to maximize your potential in high school and in college, give you more time to relax, and help you to become a top contender both for scholarships, and for career or grad school success after college.

See JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING to learn what other students are saying about this class.

Who should attend this seminar?

This seminar is ideal for middle school students, current high school students, current college students, graduate students, and teens who will be starting dual enrollment courses this coming fall. Parents are encouraged to attend as well.

This class will be taught in Minnesota again, in August of 2018. Watch my weekly email newsletter for details.

Here’s how to register:

This class is being offered live at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN as a part of the Minnesota Catholic Home Educator’s Conference—but you don’t have to be Catholic and you don’t have to be a home educator to attend. My class is open to the public.

Simply register for the STRATEGIC COLLEGE STUDENT class on the Minnesota Catholic Home Educator’s website, which you’ll find HERE. Click the button indicating that you are registering for, “Conference Admission and Strategic Student Seminar with Jeannie Burlowski.” Your total cost will be $55 per person. Your class fee will include admission to the homeschool conference and its exhibit hall if you’d like to attend any part of that.

Parking and walking directions:

The class is at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN at the Anderson Student Center (Woulfe Alumni Hall, ASC 378 – South) at the corner of Summit & Cretin. (See #27 on the University of St. Thomas map below.) Enter on Summit Avenue.

Park (for FREE) at Anderson Parking Ramp (see #71 on map) at the corner of Cretin & Grand. Then walk north on Cretin until you reach Summit. Cross Cretin at the light, and on your left will be the Anderson Student Center. Take the elevators or stairs to the third floor—you can’t miss it.

Click here for the University of St. Thomas map.

Date: June 1, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Event: THE STRATEGIC COLLEGE STUDENT: How to Get Higher Grades While Studying LESS Than Most Other People
Venue: University of St. Thomas (see parking and walking directions above)
Location: 2115 Summit Avenue
St Paul, MN 55105
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Want me to teach this class somewhere near you? When I travel to speak, I pay my own airfare. Who do you know who plans conferences and events? Visit JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING to learn how to bring me to your state.

The 5 Essential Elements of Wellbeing

In their book Wellbeing, authors Tom Rath and Jim Harter outline what they call “the five essential elements of wellbeing.”

Wellbeing

Think about your kids as you read this list:

Physical Wellbeing

Social Wellbeing

Community Wellbeing

Financial Wellbeing

Career Wellbeing 

I think it’s fascinating to look at what happens in the spaces where two or more elements of wellbeing overlap. There’s great joy, for instance, in having a career—however humble—that gives you financial stability enough that you can give money away to help others who need help with their physical wellbeing.

And for teens and 20somethings, even if they temporarily have very limited money and zero career stability, they can still increase wellbeing by partnering with others around them (social) to do projects that help others (community).

According to Gallup research, this can actually be a faster route to happiness than going to an Ivy League university! (See the article I’ve written on this subject here.)

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Why and How to Stop Multitasking

Reclaim Your Productivity; Increase Enjoyment of Your Time Off

On the surface, it seems as though multitasking would make a great productivity tool. After all, if you can book a plane ticket and quickly shoot off an email while you’re on a phone meeting at work, why not? Haven’t you just masterfully killed two birds with one stone? Shouldn’t you be congratulated for being a brilliant time manager?

Research says no.

multitasking

Multitasking will drop your I.Q. faster than smoking pot.

One study showed that workers distracted by incoming email and text messages saw a whopping 10-point drop in their I.Q.s.

What’s the effect of a 10-point drop in I.Q.? It’s the same as losing an entire night’s sleep, and more than twice the effect of smoking marijuana.

Multitasking slashes your productivity by as much as 40%. 

We delude and fool ourselves into believing that we’re getting more done by multitasking. In reality, a day of multitasking results in less accomplishment, less productivity, and at the end of the day, something perhaps worse than mere low productivity.

Multitasking skyrockets feelings of stress and anxiety, eating away at the enjoyment of free time.

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What does it look like to follow Jesus in the modern workplace?

Whether you’re a public school teacher, a student, a surgeon, a retiree, or “a cog in a corporate machine,” you may have wondered at times, “Is there any way for my faith to empower and transform my regular, day-to-day Monday-Friday life?”

“Could the power of God at work inside of me… actually make me better at the day-to-day secular work I do?”

REFRAME is a 10-week video and discussion course that equips men and women of all ages to tap into faith to empower the work they do every day.

WHAT IS THE COST FOR REFRAME?

The 10-week REFRAME course fee is $30 for all 10 sessions. You buy just one $30 ticket, and you get access to a full 10-session course! Come to as many or as few sessions as you like.

Want to try out just one REFRAME session and see how you like it? Register here, attend one time, and if you don’t want to attend the rest of the sessions, we’ll cheerfully refund your course fee.

WHERE WILL THE COURSE BE HELD?

REFRAME will be held at the beautiful Charleston Event Center, a colonial-style wedding and event mansion on the southwest corner of Interstate 35E and Highway 96 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

WHAT ARE THE CLASS DATES?

Tuesdays

January 9th – March 20th, 2018 (no class on March 6th)

HOW IS EACH REFRAME CLASS STRUCTURED?

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Optional social time

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Video teaching that includes the wisdom of more than two dozen prominent evangelical leaders plus real life stories of Christians like you who are trying to seek a more faithful and integrated life

7:30 – 8:30 pm: Facilitated discussion

***Part of the purpose of REFRAME is to help you to build friendship and community with people you may never get to meet if you just stay within the walls of your own home or church. So please — try to come for the social time on every night you possibly can.

WHO IS WELCOME?

Everyone is welcome, from all faith backgrounds and from no faith backgrounds.

You can tell if your child is old enough to attend by showing him or her the video trailer, above. If the response you hear is, “I want to go to that!” then your child is old enough to attend.

Childcare is not provided for this event.

CAN I BRING MY ENTIRE CHURCH SMALL GROUP TO REFRAME?

Yes. Individuals and groups are all welcome to attend. We have a large seating capacity, so invite as many people as you’d like to. Just ask each attendee to register separately.

If you’d like your small group to be seated together, please have one representative of your group arrive no later than 6:00 pm on the first night.

Feel free to share the link to the Eventbrite registration page in email and on social media.

Here’s a shortened link if you need one: bit.ly/2AHK2Tm

WHO IS SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

Jeannie Burlowski, author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward

Tim Larson, financial advisor for Thrivent Financial

Aaron Freer, Genesis East

The Charleston Event Center

Regent College

The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture

Date: January 9, 2018—March 20, 2018
Event: REFRAME: How Tapping Into Faith Empowers Secular Work (See 4-Min Video)
Venue: The Charleston Event Center
Location: 4525 White Bear Parkway
White Bear Lake, MN 55025
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

To contact Jeannie Burlowski about speaking at your event, visit JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING

When to Call the College’s Disability Services Office

This article was originally posted here on November 13th, 2017. It was updated and reposted here on September 7th, 2018.

Are you parenting a teen or a college student with a disability of any kind? If you are, you need to know about the wonderful services offered by the disability services office on your child’s college campus.

disability services

Whether your child has a physical disability, a learning disability, a mental health disability, or any other kind of disability, the college’s disability services office will provide extraordinary, kind, supportive help.

“When should we first contact the college disability services office?”

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Can College Debt Hurt Academic Performance?

What Does the Research Say?

 

debt affects academic performance

There’s no question about it; the ability to focus and concentrate for extended periods is absolutely critical to college academic success.

In his outstanding book Deep Work, author Cal Newport says this about extended periods of focus and concentration: “Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. It’s like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy.”

Can student loan debt interfere with the focus and concentration necessary for doing “deep work”?

College students say yes.

In this article by college student Ashley Bulchandani on dailytarheel.com, she tells adults exactly how she feels. “As a current college student, I am personally struggling with college debt and paying off my loans.” She worries that, “debt accumulation can stress out students and lead to negative behaviors such as drinking, smoking, working a lot, and not focusing in class.” She points to research showing that, “excessive college debt results in overall low academic performance in college and low graduate school attendance.”

The happy news is that parents can help. A lot.

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Half of Americans Regret Their Higher Ed Decisions?! Why?

The last thing you want is for your child to make a series of expensive higher ed decisions, and then regret them later. How can you help your kids to avoid making regrettable higher ed decisions?

An Epidemic of Regret

Regret over higher ed decisions has reached epidemic proportions in the US. According to a June 2017 report from Gallup and Strada Education Network, 51 percent of Americans would change at least one of their education decisions if they could. This is an astounding, alarming, high number.

1/3 of People Wish They’d Studied in a Different Field

More than 1/3 of people — 36 percent of the report’s 89,492 respondents — would replace their field of study.

Most Shocking? How Many People Regret Their Liberal Arts Educations 

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1-Minute Trick Helps Overcome Laziness

You’ve got a mountain of work in front of you, but no energy to tackle it. You’ve already slept well and eaten energy-producing food, so exhaustion’s not the problem. You’re just feeling lethargic, avoidant, and lazy. We’ve all been there. Some of our kids seem to live there. Want change? A simple Japanese principle can help anyone overcome laziness in just one minute.

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