When Your Little Brother Graduates From College, You Will Feel Old

What about these strange hats conveys academic achievements?

Graduations are weird. The pomp, the circumstance, the ridiculous get-ups, the trite advice. I’ve had three of my own (eighth grade, high school, college), attended the same for my brothers, and covered a few for my old newspaper. I get why people find them exciting, but at the same time, I find them a bit over-inflated.

So that’s why I didn’t feel bad about skipping my own graduation for my master’s from Emerson College. Sure, I toiled over school work for five semesters and learned a discipline previously wholly unfamiliar to me. Balancing academics, internships and a job wasn’t easy and I’d be within my rights to feel proud of myself. But I don’t. Right now, I just feel under-employed.  Continue reading


Bachelor’s Degree in Life?

Mom, dad and me at my very favorite spot in college over graduation weekend. Fortunately, I no longer look like I recently devoured an entire person.

A couple summers ago, I needed a beach book for a week of staycation and was shamelessly drawn to the Tiffany blue cover of Commencement. It followed four friends through their years at Smith and the four years after they graduated. The title actually referred to the end of that second time period as each realized those first awkward four years of adulthood were the real-life education that college didn’t provide. May 13, 2011 marks that second commencement for me and I have undoubtedly very much changed since this day in 2007. Continue reading

Marketing Research Textbooks: the Greatest Affront to the English Language of Our Time

For the first time in three years, I’ve found myself in the middle of finals week again. The last time around, I was pretty much buried under piles and piles of papers that I was researching with user-friendly journalism books and/or historical accounts. People who knew how to write penned these books largely with the intent of teaching other people how to write. In hindsight, it had generally been a not-so-bad experience (although I’m sure at the time all I wanted to do was pound out the requisite pages so I could join my cohorts in pounding pitchers at Chuck’s.) Continue reading

When Did I Become a Cranky Old Lady? Unfortunate Signs of Growing Up

Is this a commencement or a concert?

Last Thursday, my younger brother Mark graduated from Monmouth University. This was enough to make me feel ancient, particularly because it serves to remind me that I’m now three years removed from my own graduation. But there was something else irking me that made me step back for a moment and think, “When did I get so damn old?” Continue reading


So I’m a month late, but I came across this hilarious little ditty on my friend’s Facebook profile today. This is akin to being at work during the NCAA Tournament – a big, fuzzy orange guy and his tall, athletic friends constantly badgering you for your attention.