Week in Review: The One with Every Thanksgiving Episode

I love Friends, and even though it’s a pretty dated show by now (off the air for over a decade), it is still in my regular rotation thanks to Netflix. Part of my annual Thanksgiving prep is to watch all of the Thanksgiving episodes of the show and plan out the meal. Bring on the meat sweats and complex carbohydrates! While some staples are hard to mess with (banana beef trifle, anyone?), now that I’ve been hosting a low-key affair for a few years (and for … Read more…

Let Me Miss You

Recently, a friend and I were talking about the college searches our high school juniors have undertaken. My friend said something that made me pause: “I’m not encouraging my daughter to apply to colleges out-of-state, because I know I’ll miss her.” I didn’t respond at the time, because I didn’t have words to express how vehemently I disagreed with this statement. After processing my emotions, I’m choosing instead to write a letter to my daughter. Dear Love Bug— I could not be more proud of … Read more…

College Lessons from Christmas Creep

Let’s kick this off with stating, for the record, that I love the holiday season—I’m no curmudgeonly Grinch. But I’m adamantly against Christmas creep (sorry to the TVP Comms team members who are holly jolly creepers). I think this year may have set a record for earliest Christmas retail sighting, definitely before Halloween, and there seem to be no commercials that aren’t holiday themed. via GIPHY I can go out of my way to avoid TV and stores, but I’ve been plagued at home, too, … Read more…

Week in Review: End of Season

I know some parts of the country have already experienced snow, but after a very warm fall, we’ve just gotten our first freeze warning down here in Williamsburg. So, it looks like my 2017 garden’s days are numbered. Despite the fact that my fall greens, tomatoes, potatoes, and carrots are still going strong, I’ve been scrambling to pick everything that I can—it just keeps coming. I’ve even found new tomato and pepper plants that have shot up out of nowhere. But I’ve also got my eye … Read more…

This November, I’m Taking Time to Be Thankful

I’ve been fortunate to spend quite a bit of time on a number of campuses over the past month. My recent zigzagging across the United States allowed me to hit 1 million airline miles on United Airlines and included the passage of the sixth anniversary of TVP Communications. While these two milestones held significance for me, it was the opportunity to inventory the amazing work being done by faculty and administrators and the benefits to students that made my heart happy. I mention this not … Read more…

Quick Hit: Every Job Has an Upside

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently interviewed higher ed administrators and faculty about jobs they held on campus as undergrad students. This naturally made me think back to my sole on-campus job: soliciting donations from alumni and past and present parents. The flyers made the role seem pretty great—short shifts, $12 per hour with bonuses for getting large donations. I made it through an interview and six hour training session, feeling confident that this was going to be an easy way to make some extra … Read more…

Week in Review: Fall Behind

Don’t forget to set your clocks—daylight saving time ends this weekend. Even though I know a toddler throws off the chance to enjoy the extra hour of sleep, I’m glad that I don’t have to wake up and start working in the dark for a while. Plus, when it gets dark earlier, it means it is totally acceptable to don pajamas and go to sleep earlier. If you don’t want to fall behind on the latest in higher ed news, scroll down for more. What’s … Read more…

Why I Like Talking about Higher Education

From the time I entered school—and I’m talking elementary school—I knew I wanted a career that involved writing, and lots of it. What I wanted to write about, however, was uncertain. Immediately after graduating college, I entered the media world. Entry-level positions at a B2B magazine and national newspaper were fun. I worked with really smart people who were committed to investigative journalism. However, I personally didn’t feel passionate about the work I was doing. After a year and a half of commuting two hours … Read more…

Week in Review: Hopefully Not-So-Terrible Twos

I can’t believe it, but my baby turns two today! I’m kind of in denial about it, but she’s definitely a full-blown toddler. And man, she is strong willed. Now, I’ve been known to be a bit principled (read: stubborn), but she’s going to give me a run for my money. We haven’t had too many showdowns (or meltdowns) yet, but I’m bracing myself for the inevitable. Our biggest squabble to date has been the heated “Wheels on the Bus” lyric debate. She sings the … Read more…

How We Are All Just Like Tina Fey (at least when it comes to media relations)

Last week, after finishing a series of very well-written, but heart-wrenchingly depressing novels, I decided I needed a change. Something light. Something funny. I needed a book that would make me laugh, rather than cry. Enter Tina Fey. Bossypants has been out for a while, but I had been so busy sobbing my way through highly acclaimed literature that I hadn’t gotten to it yet. I read it in two nights, in the hopes of escaping both sadness and work (I read enough about PR … Read more…