Innovating to Engage Adulthood, #IMMOOC Week 1

When I started blogging five years ago, I began by exploring the concept of "Emerging Adulthood" and tossed around terms like "the boomerang generation" and "Peter Pan syndrome". I was looking at my peers -- college graduates -- who weren't reaching recognized markers of adulthood until their 30's, and it scared me. I explored a... Continue Reading →

It’s Not Just Me

I had a chance to catch up with a high school friend yesterday. What started as a few random texts and an accidental butt-dial turned into an hour-long conversation catching up on major life events and commiserating about the challenges of adult life. At one point she commented on how nice it was that, even... Continue Reading →

They Grow Up So Fast! …or do they?

I've been reading again, this time following the suggestion of one of my blog readers.  She mentioned a book entitled Escaping the Endless Adolescence by Joseph Allen and Claudia Worrell Allen, and I couldn't ignore the similarities of the title to my blog name.  Obviously, I had to read it.  I checked out a copy... Continue Reading →

The Question Marks of Life

Despite the fact that I normally like to mull over my posts for a few days before I publish them, this post isn't getting that treatment.  There isn't time.   In 48 hours I should know where I'm living next year.  In 48 hours, for good or for bad, the anticipation will be over and... Continue Reading →

Why We Need to Explore Teenage Talents

As I keep reading StrengthsFinder 2.0 and work through the assessment, I find myself once again pondering the ideas of Emerging Adulthood and identity explorations in teens.  I went back and reread Jeffrey Jensen Arnett's chapter on "The Road Through College," and I think this is where I have my biggest problem with the whole... Continue Reading →

Why I Can’t Write a Letter to Me

I've always liked the blog posts in which authors write letters to their past selves. I like the glimpses of life experience, the nostalgia, and the lessons learned.  And I really enjoy Brad Paisley's musical version of the same idea.  In fact, that song has inspired more than one writing prompt given to my students,... Continue Reading →

Nobody Cares About My Grades

I'm going to brag a little bit here.  I was a good student.  I mean, really good.  In high school I was that annoying kid who blew the curve and cried over a B+ on my report card.  I was valedictorian of my high school class, and later I graduated college summa cum laude with... Continue Reading →

Adulthood Defined

Holy 24 hours, Batman!  Since my post yesterday, I've received three different phone calls and multiple e-mails and facebook responses, in addition to the comments posted here.  I ask you all to bear with me, as this whole "blogging about a potentially controversial issue" thing is new to me, and definitely a learning process!  The... Continue Reading →

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