Smart Phone Boundaries

How can you keep your smart phone from running your life? Do you use your phone to distract yourself? Do you have times where you feel centered and focused?

Dan Cumberland offers 6 tips on how to keep your smart phone from taking over too much of your attention.Here are three of the steps:

1. Avoid Impulsive Checking

2. Avoid Technology in the First or Last Hours of the Day

 3.Protect Relational Time

It is a compelling and challenging article that will help you think carefully about the way you use your phone. As you move forward in life, you will have to make more decisions for yourself. How will you choose to use technology?


Before the Interview

You have been working hard these past four years to get a degree and that day is only five weeks away! Pre-congratulations. Perhaps you have sent in your resume and cover letters. Hopefully the day comes that you will land an interview. After that, what should you do?

This post contains a list of six things you can do to prepare for an interview. The more prepared you are, the better off you will be. This list is not exhaustive, so ask your professors, current employers, and family members what advice they might have for you.

Here is our input: 

Find the Location:

Look it up online and figure out how long it will take to arrive to your destination. Then plan on getting there 15 minutes early. You may need to go up stairs, take an elevator, or wind down long hallways. Arrive early.

Research your prospective place of employment:

You are interviewing the company or non-profit organization just as much as they are intereviewing you. Know what their mission statement is, look at their history online, understand “what they do.” This will help you with the next step as well.

Write questions to ask:

Likely, at the end of your interview, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions. Ask specific questions that will show you have “done your homework” on the organization or business. One option is: “What are a few characteristics that is takes to do this job well?”

 Keep it Classy:

Wear something that fits you, is clean, and plays the part. In addition, beware of your body language. Sit up tall, shake their hands, and try to look relaxed.

Guys: you can wear dress pants, dress socks (to match your shoes), collared shirt, belt, tie, perhaps a suit coat, and fancy shoes will do the trick. Make sure you are clean shaven too, unless you have a beard (then trim it appropriately). 

Gals: you can wear pants or a skirt, but make sure they are comfortable enough so you don’t have to fidget with your clothing during the interview. If you are not comfortable in heels, opt out.

P.S. Be careful with perfume and cologne. A little sprits can be nice but do not over do it. You don’t want the interviewer to get a headache, sneeze, or have an allergic reaction!

Create an elevator pitch: {a succinct and persuasive sales pitch about yourself}

Be brief. Try not to ramble when you answer their questions. Watch out too, for filler words like: “um” “ah” “like” and “so.” In order to do that, know how to articulate why you want the job, how you can fulfill it, and how you can add to the success of the establishment. Lastly, review your resume so you can answer any questions about previous employment.

Go in and be yourself:

No one likes phonies, and people can pick them out easily. Take a few moments before you enter the interview to breathe, say a prayer, and go forth boldly. You can do this!


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Making Friends in the Workplace


Making friends after college can be an uneasy road to navigate. After graduating from college and moving away from roommates and close friends, I found myself at a loss. I was never lonely in college, there was always someone to talk to or laugh with. Although I stayed close with my college friends, we were miles apart. I quickly found I was not the only one in this situation. Making friends post college is not any more difficult than making friends in college, but it is much different.


Tom Rath discusses the importance of friendships in both your personal and professional life in his book Vital Friends. A vital friend is someone who improves your life. Did you know that having a best friend at work increases work place outcomes (Rath, 2006)? He also answers the question many of my friends and I had, “Can you be friends with your boss/supervisor?” He suggests that making friends with your boss can lead to better supervision of your work, because they understand you and how you like to be supervised. Therefore, a good supervisor will not only be an expert in the field but an expert in your life (Rath, 2006). 


Some workplaces are designed to stimulate friendships. They have created areas to gather and have conversations with co-workers. Unfortunately, all work places are not designed with friendships in mind. Therefore, it is important to be intentional about making friends at work. 


Want to learn more? Check out Vital Friends by Tom Rath.


Making a Masterlist

85What life experiences have helped you to grow in knowledge, develop skills, and cultivate new traits?

Can’t think of them all? Make a list. Quentin Schultze, author of How to write powerful college student resumes & Cover Letters, suggests you take time to list the things you have done and then determine what they taught you.

Be sure to include everything. Do not limit your list to things for which you were paid. Start with middle school then track all the way to today. What lessons have you taken? Did you volunteer someplace? What experiences shaped you the most? After you make the list, identify what knowledge, skills, and traits you gained because of participating in those things. You do not need to put these things on your resume, but you should have them in the back of your mind.

Why should you do this?

You must be able to represent yourself well. When you are in your first interview, the person interviewing you will want to know more than the things listed on your resume. Will you have something else to tell them? Who are you and how did you get there? Why would you be a capable employee in the job for which you are applying?
The purpose of the resume is to land the interview, the purpose of the interview is to land the job. You can land the job by communicating clearly about your past experience and your future potential.

You can do that if you have taken time to thoughtfully examine your life.

Moving Home After College

Boomerang children, have you ever heard the term? You may actually be one. According to, 53% of 18-24 years olds have moved back home with their parents. Will this be your experience?

There are a lot of positives to moving back with mom and dad. Spending quality time with your parents as an adult gives you the chance to get to know your parents as people rather than authority figures. Saving money by moving home can help to get your feet on the ground financially. The transition out of college can be difficult, and parents can be a great source of emotional support. This was my experience of moving back home after college. I spent a lot of great time with my parents. I saved money. My parents were there to help me through some rough patches in my post-college life. However, living back at home with my parents did not come without its own set of challenges. Therefore, I have compiled a few tips for those of you moving back home after graduation.

Have the hard conversation first! Ask your parents what their expectations are of you, an adult living in their home. Will you need to pay rent? Buy food? Prepare meals? Are guests allowed to come and go as they please?

Set a time frame for moving out. Setting a realistic time frame for moving out will help you to save money for when you are not living in the comfort of your parent’s home. This also lets your parents know this is a temporary situation.

Need help saving money? Concerned about your student loans? Check out these great resources organized by Geneva’s Financial Aid office.

Still worried? Attend the Spring Personal Finance Series!

In order to get respect you need to give respect. Coming home after living on my own for 4 years was a challenge because I saw myself as an adult and my parents saw me as their adult ‘child’. A word of caution, it was very easy for me to fall back into old high school habits. The reality is that I was no longer a teenager and my parents were not parenting a teenager. Just because your parents cleaned up after you in high school does not mean they will clean up after you now. If you want to be treated as an adult, act like an adult.

Try to understand your parents perspective. My parents were married at 21. They moved out of their parents homes and never went back. Having their 22 year old college graduate move in with them was unfamiliar territory. One article I found helpful was from The New York Times. This article helped to me see where my mom was coming from and helped her see my perspective.

I hope these tips help to ease the transition of moving back home!

Why Thirty is Not the New Twenty

When is your defining decade? Has it happened already? It is ahead? When will the most significant changes happen in your life? Moving, making career changes, marriage, finding a hometown, becoming a parent, understanding yourself: these are all transitions you may engage. Are you ready when the time comes?

Clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay writes an extremely compelling book on how your twenties are your ten most impactful years of your life. As a psychologist, she meets with people every day to talk about how they are living out their twenties (these are her main clients). After hearing story after lament after sentiment about being a twenty-something, Jay decided to write about the themes she saw emerging amongst her clients. She also calls upon the expertise of sociologists, neurologists, reproductive specialists, human resources executives, and economists to further explain what happens in this “defining decade” in a person’s life.

This book is about you. Please take 20 minutes to listen to her fascinating findings. I promise you will learn something new and be challenged in some important way.

Click here to find out more about Dr. Jay’s work: