Blog - College

The Opposite of Micromanaging: Your Key to Being a Better Parent and Leader

Are you struggling to help your kids or your employees become more independent?  Whether you’re a parent or you lead people in another capacity, your job is not to micromanage—it’s the opposite of…

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What New College Students Need to Hear More Than Anything

The transition from high school to college is no small thing. 18-year-olds go from living with their parents and being among the oldest and most experienced kids at their school to being a…

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Dear Parents Dropping Your Kids Off at College: You Did the Best You Could.

Dear Parents of incoming College First-Years, First of all, congratulations. It’s easy to get lost in all the last-minute shopping and packing and the emotions of your child getting ready to leave the…

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In 20 Years as a Speaker, This Was my Greatest Honor

PHOTO: (L-R) Trustee Lev Kubiak, President Michael Victor, Curtis Zimmerman, Cole Prots, Taylor Cavaretta, Rachel Hull and Maddie Weitz. WHEN THE PHONE RANG Last fall, the phone rang in my office. I was…

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Mental Health on Campus Starts with New Student Orientation.

New student orientation sets the tone for students’ comfort at their new school and teaches them that this is either a place to be real about their mental health on campus—or a place…

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How to Live the Dream Even When Life is Hard

You know it and I know it: Life can be hard, and living your dream takes hard work. I often answer that I’m “living the dream” whenever anyone asks how I’m doing, but I’ll…

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5 Secrets to Engaging New Students at Orientation

New student orientation isn’t just for giving out student IDs and campus maps: It’s your chance to quell students’ fears about making new friends, taking on difficult courses and coping with stress in…

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What All First-Years Need to Hear at New Student Orientation

For administrators, New Student Orientation can be a checklist item, or it can be the highlight of your year and a life-changing experience for students. Which one of these describes the way you…

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Why I Signed a Shoe

For ten consecutive years, I gave my keynote at Florida State University’s New Student Orientation, which involved six weeks of speaking to 6,000 students and 10,000 parents. It was awesome to see how…

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Seven Things Parents Need to Know When Their Child Goes to College

1) The new college students aren’t the only ones in transition. Think about the next chapter you’d like to write.   2) The longer your student is off at college, the less you…

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Seven Empowering Tips for First-Year College Students

1) Remember, nobody knows you. So why not be the person you always wanted to be at college?   2) Failing is an event, not a person. If you make a mistake, fail…

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FRONT ROW with Nick Shine: Three Rules to Rescue Your College Finances

My son is a junior in High School this year and we are just beginning the journey toward his next educational step- College! We have been bombarded with postcards, articles, emails and invitations…

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Class of 2017-Keep your feet on the ground

For all those students graduating high school and college, and for all their parents, here is an inspirational story to remind you that, even when you don’t know what you’re going to do…

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How to Save $40k in College

  College is expensive. There’s no way around it, and if you want to go to a four-year private institution that offers almost no merit-based scholarships like I did, then you’re really in…

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How to Build Your Future

My friend Dr. Will Keim, who is an amazing speaker, says the reason you go to college is to find out what you love and to get good enough at it so someone…

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You Are So Wrong

I am about embark on a college tour, during which I’ll be speaking to over ten thousand parents and college freshmen around the nation. I love speaking to college students and inspiring them…

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You Can’t Call Me

A week without a cell phone on college campus is awful. This is Caroline, Curtis’ marketing manager, and when I was a freshman in college, I turned my cell phone off for a…

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8 Ways to Avoid Unemployment After College

Wondering how to avoid unemployment after college? Your future career depends on one person—you. Here’s what you can do to set yourself up for success.   I’m a keynote speaker, and every fall, I…

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