Articles

All columns originally published in the Minneapolis suburban Sun newspapers.

More student-athletes specialize in one sport

Youth sports have changed with the times. Exceptional athletes now tend to specialize in one sport, rather than change sports with the seasons. And, in many sports, club teams have replaced traditional school-based teams as the major recruiting pool for college coaches. In no sport...

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PIPELINE Project helps students earn while they learn

Aside from the relatively few academic and athletic scholarships available, can students get college training for good jobs absolutely free? In Minnesota, fortunately, they can. Through the PIPELINE Project, a partnership between the state’s Department of Labor and private industry, employees may “earn while they learn”...

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Local baseball expert helps families swing for the fences

Major League Baseball recently held its annual draft of college and high school players. Most of those players will never play in a big-league game, including many drafted in the early rounds who signed contracts worth six figures or higher. Evaluating young talent in baseball, more...

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Studying down south opens gate to world

Four years ago, during the graduation season of 2013, my wife and I often found ourselves explaining, even defending, our son’s college choice. Miles, an Edina High School graduate, would attend Furman University. Where’s that, friends and relatives asked. In South Carolina, really? Don’t you...

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A Party School for You?

It’s decision time for high school seniors who plan to attend college next fall. The question many are facing is which college to choose. Academic and financial considerations will certainly weigh heavily in the choice. But another question, perhaps seldom discussed with mom and dad, gets...

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Capella University an online learning option

A Minneapolis-based, publicly traded company has turned the traditional role of post-secondary night school education into online, round-the-clock instruction. “Our learners tend to be mid-career professionals who have jam-packed schedules and busy personal lives,” said Jennifer Hoff, vice president of Capella University’s College of Nursing, Health,...

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Transferring From One School to Another

The turn of the academic calendar in the new year finds many students leaving one college and enrolling in another. And when classes begin again in September, even more students will arrive as transfers. Roughly one third of all students will obtain their degree from an...

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Food Service on Campus

Many concerns preoccupy the minds of college students, but perhaps none more so than food. Weight gain is so prevalent among students away from home for the first time that adding the “freshman 15” pounds is commonplace. The good news is that colleges and the...

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Tutoring for Successful Testing

When Andrea Kay moved her tutoring business back home to Minnesota from California in 2012, she first had to convince clients that “it wasn’t cheating to prepare for the test.” Kay said that while parents in the Bay Area have for years gone to great lengths...

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Athletic Scholarships: Which Should Eric Choose?

Yale kicked off Eric Wilson’s college recruitment journey with an offer last summer, before his junior year at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School. Since then, coaches nationwide have tried to woo the lineman to their campus. Eric’s 6’4”, 290-pound size, along with his 4.0 GPA and...

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