The Fall Experience Journal

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com The first several weeks of the fall semester is absolutely critical for first-year students, as it is during this period that they develop the relationships with faculty, staff, and peers that will connect them to campus and (hopefully) lay the foundation for a life-long affinity for the institution. At a... Continue Reading →

Exploring Possibilities

Last week I had pleasure of facilitating a conversation with two Hopkins alumni, Sadaf Khan and Sharad Baliyan, on the topics of Defining Your Goals, Generating Ideas, and Radical Collaboration. My guests shared some fantastic ideas and words of wisdom in the short hour we had together. Throughout our conversation I was struck by the... Continue Reading →

Imagining Your Future Selves

Photo by Sindre Stru00f8m on Pexels.com In his 2019 book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, journalist David Epstein turns our perceived wisdom about careers on its head. Despite the common belief that to be successful one must commit to a path early and devote as much time and energy as possible to... Continue Reading →

The Problems with Odyssey Plans

Photo by ArtHouse Studio on Pexels.com If you've ever worked your way through Designing Your Life or attended a day-long or multi-day "Designing Your Life" workshop you will know that Odyssey Plans are the central part of the DYL process. The early steps in the process lay the foundation for building out your Odyssey Plans... Continue Reading →

No Better Time to Prototype

Another excellent video from the authors of Designing Your Life, Dave Evans and Bill Burnett. While COVID-19 will prevent many of our students from getting hands-on experience in a potential career field, Burnett and Evans note that there is no better time to conduct informational interviews. Furthermore, they cite Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert to argue... Continue Reading →

Getting Unstuck (COVID-19 Edition)

Photo by fauxels on Pexels.com In my last activity post, Re(Design) Your Summer Internship, I shared ways that students could employ design thinking to reimagine their summer so that they can continue to build their way forward and advance their career goals in spite of the COVID-19 restrictions.  But what if you have no idea... Continue Reading →

Reflecting on Two Lives

Photo by Tembela Bohle on Pexels.com Empathy is central to Life Design, and in the Life Design Lab many of our workshops and programs ask participants to spend time reflecting on their life. Whether they are tracking their Energy-Engagement, logging their Good Times Journal, or just spending time thinking about their values, skills and interests,... Continue Reading →

Refreshing Your Life Design Toolkit

Another really helpful video from Dave Evans and Bill Burnett, authors of Designing Your Life. I've often used their 10 second summary of Life Design - Get Curious, Talk to People, Try Stuff, Tell Your Story - in my presentations at Johns Hopkins. Especially for parents and new students, this summary gets at the heart... Continue Reading →

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