Tag: college

  • Living life after running out of things to graduate from

    Upon my younger son’s graduation from college, I reflect on how real life offers no grades and no graduation day, and how to adjust to that.

  • Graduation day

    Photos from my son’s graduation from college last weekend.

  • The secret to adulting is routines and systems

    As my son graduates college, some advice for his adult life: build routines and systems for everyday things so you can focus on what matters.

  • The high cost of college today and why I’m disappointed in my alma mater

    My alma mater, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, accepted our youngest son into their next Freshman class. But he’s not going, in part because he would leave there more than $200,000 in debt to do it. I’m deeply disappointed.

  • Seven things I want my sons to know about making their way

    Advice I gave my sons about making their way in the world.

  • Living life after running out of things to graduate from

    As my son prepares for his senior year at Purdue, I reflect on how real life offers no grades and no graduation day, and how to adjust to that.

  • Embracing my inner geek

    Down the Road is on hiatus, returning Monday, 26 September. I’m rerunning old posts in the meantime. I have never been cool. When I was a teenager, I didn’t enjoy how being uncool marginalized me. So I tried to improve my coolness quotient. I wore hipper clothes. I joined clubs at school. I tried not […]

  • The $60,000 baseball cap

    When I was 17, I was very fortunate to be accepted into Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a school of science and engineering, one of the best in the nation. It was also one of the two most expensive schools in Indiana, competing each year for that title with the University of Notre Dame. Upon graduation, […]

  • Living life after running out of things to graduate from

    I overheard my sons talking the other day about college. I found that to be encouraging, because I think they’re both bright and capable and should go to college. My youngest said, “Elementary school prepares you for middle school, which prepares you for high school, which prepares you for college. And then college prepares you […]

  • Seven things I want my sons to know about making their way

    Now that you’re both teenagers, my job as your dad is changing. When you were little, my job was more about teaching you some basics, keeping you safe, and showing you love. Now it’s about slowly letting go and coaching from the sidelines so you can go in your own direction and hopefully find success […]

  • Imaginary numbers with real consequences

    My college degree is in mathematics. (Please withhold the math-major jokes in the comments; I’ve heard them all!) During senior year, math majors had to take a class called Functions of an Imaginary Variable. Yes, imaginary! That’s what mathematicians call numbers that, when squared, are negative. If you remember anything about the fourth grade, you […]

  • The Blizzard Queen

    The summer after I graduated high school, to save money for college in the fall I got a job at a Dairy Queen. A former teacher of mine had recommended me to Mr. Frick, who owned the store. Marilyn was his store manager. She was short and slight with close-cropped salt-and-pepper hair and out-of-style drop-temple […]

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