Oh, Chester, Have You Heard About HOBY?

“Ohhh, Chester, have you heard about HOBY? Just got back from HOBY. I hear they know how to wear their tags. Hip-hip, Hooray! for HOBY!”

It might be striking to you at first when you see a bunch of high school students tromping around a university campus in different brightly colored t-shirts.

The singing and chanting might remind you of a cheerleading camp, though you’ll wonder why on earth teenagers would sing about burritos, baby sharks, or pterodactyls.

If you observe long enough, you might even pause to wonder what “Boom-chicka-boom” could actually mean, why every single person knows how to spell “outstanding”, or what they could possibly be summoning when all 100+ students holler “Waaay-a-loo-waaay-a-loo-waaay-a-loo-way-yah!!”  Continue reading


Long Jump Memories and an Unforgettable Mentor

“Fire up. Fire up right now. You can do it, now get after it.” –Merwin G. (Merv) Smith

I was going through old photos the other day when I rediscovered one taken in 2008 from my high school track and field days. I was a sprinter and a long jump athlete, and to me there was nothing better than that feeling of running fast, leaping out into the air, and feeling like you could fly.

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Post-Grad to Ideal Career: 10 Tips for that “Awkward” Transition Phase

“Life is the most exciting opportunity we have. But we have one shot. You graduate from college once, and that’s it. You’re going out of that nest. And you have to find that courage that’s deep, deep, deep in there. Every step of the way.” —Andrew Shue

Another summer is quickly passing… lightning speed! I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe it’s already August. It’s been 2 years since I graduated college, and it’s gone by quickly and in very unexpected ways. You may laugh, but 3 years ago, I was fully expecting to be pursuing further education, finishing a Masters program at the very least.

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Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness

“The best portion of a good man’s life. His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” —William Wordsworth

My morning commute is quite pleasant compared to other areas of the world. I don’t have to deal with jammed freeway traffic, crawling along as it takes an hour to travel what would normally be a 10 minute jaunt. I don’t have to weave my way along side streets to avoid major areas of traffic concentration. Plus Continue reading

Learning from Younglings (A Mentor’s Tribute to Upward Bound)

“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” —Bob Proctor

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-JttD1AlLpfg/UA86Xaq_HwI/AAAAAAAAABM/sYlakmdusWg/w140-h83-p/IMG_6688b.jpgHow do you know if you are called to be a mentor? And what does it really mean to be a mentor?

When I began my summer job this year as a Resident Assistant for the Upward Bound 2012 Summer Academy at the Montana Tech campus, I knew that I would be placed in a mentoring position. One of the advantages I had was Continue reading