About Moody Musings
Moody Musings is something I’m extremely passionate about because it gives me the opportunity to help others through my craft. In the column, I offer advice, encouragement, inspiration and tips on issues that directly affect college students. Whether it’s relationship advice, a finals week survival guide or self-care tips, you can always find something for you.
Moody Musings: How to respectfully disagree with people who have opposing views
It’s over now. It seems as if the entire country has been split in half. We can never agree on much, but rarely has an election polarized public opinion to such extremes. These are touchy subjects for most of us, and you don’t have to agree with every person just to avoid conflict. My friends and I sit around for hours going back and forth about foreign policies, social injustices, regulations ...
Moody Musings: Know yourself, know your worth
I’ve run into a lot of issues lately that have directly been a result of my lack of self-awareness. The outcomes could have easily been reversed if I had just known myself a little better and predicted how I would have reacted or felt. A lot of the times, we do know ourselves, but we let this knowledge get distorted by outside influences during situations when it’s most important. Don’t ignor...
Moody Musings: A Conversation on Concentration
During this time of the year, it’s not as easy to bounce back from time spent procrastinating. At this point of the semester, we have to make sure we’re not only delegating time to where it’s needed most but give our full attention and concentrate on these things.
Moody Musings: Finals Week Survival Guide
If you take the right steps before and throughout the week, you’ll have the perfect recipe for a successful finals week.
Moody Musings: Making connections and building professional relationships
Just about everyone I know has a dream job, a dream internship or a dream opportunity. Most people have no clue how they’ll even come close to making their dreams a reality. I wrote a column last semester that was strictly about the importance of a mentor, but sometimes you don’t have the time or ability to form that kind of relationship with someone. Sometimes, you have to recognize who can help yo...
Moody Musings: How to Keep New Year Resolutions
Starting the year off with an ambitious spirit always feels like the right and only way to do it, but once we settle into our schedules, it’s almost inevitable to forget where we started.
Moody Musings: “What Inspires You” with Kyle Bligen
One of the reasons I decided to tell stories, particularly those of others, is because I found that I was inspired by their journeys. I became a believer in examples and figured that if someone else can strive and do, then what’s stopping you and me? In this column, I am starting a new series, “What Inspires You”, hoping that you’ll find inspiration in the stories of people you see every ...
Moody Musings: Love yourself first and then some more
Don’t worry and don’t settle.
Moody Musings: How to make time for everything you committed to
I’ve talked to a number of people who have spent their week concerned about how they were going to successfully juggle everything they were signed up for. They were stressed, overwhelmed and completely capable of completing the tasks. They just didn’t have enough time in the day to do so. Mercer students possess a hidden talent to balance a full schedule successfully, but around this time o...
Moody Musings: Taking Constructive Criticism
I reached out to Mercer students to see what they’d be interested to see in the column, and one of the first responses I received was about constructive criticism. Students wanted me to provide some advice on how someone our age can reach a level of maturity that allows them to take constructive criticism and give it in return. This topic was hard for me, mostly because I have yet to pick up...
Moody Musings: Got Inspiration?
As college students, we sometimes find ourselves in situations where we can’t find inspiration. We can become stuck in a place that leaves us feeling idle, affecting our entire agenda. We need inspiration to step out of comfort zones, to try something we’ve always considered, or to really start and create something we’ve always been passionate about. In my Ethics, Leadership and Service course ...
Moody Musings: 4 ways to practice self-care in under 30 minutes
It’s 2 a.m., your head’s buried in a book. You’ve had nothing but junk food to eat, and you have no idea how you’re going to get up and make it through your class in the morning. You’ve reached the point where being tired or feeling lethargic is just a part of who you are, and your weeks are constantly consisting of short spurs of happiness and long days of feeling stressed and overwhelme...
Moody Musings: Freshman Advice from Upperclassmen
College has a way of showing us our true selves, but it takes us through some loops before that image becomes clear. Most Mercer students have seen tremendous growth in themselves since Bear Beginnings, and I wanted to give them a chance to give you some guidance on your journey. Here’s what they had to say.
Moody Musings: Redirecting your focus
I was sitting in the UC when I overheard a group of students experiencing what seemed to be mild panic attacks about their upcoming schedules. There was a girl who kept expressing how afraid she was to take her next chemistry exam, her friend looked distraught as she listed every assignment she didn’t think she’d have time to finish, and their other friend just couldn’t stop saying how tired she was. ...
Moody Musings: Step #1, Find a Mentor
Mentors have the experience we’re striving for, and they’ve been in the situations we’re setting ourselves up to be a part of. The question may be — how do you find the right mentor?