I am currently taking a course on Advanced Leadership. As the President of a non-profit organization that commands 50+ members, a $50,000 budget, and an alumni base of over 350, this class has been useful in understanding leadership dynamics and assessing myself as a leader within the organization. I always listen to what we are … Continue reading Leadership

How Many Stories

Today my Russian teacher asked us to clarify that a building possessed “stories.” The Russian word’s translation equivalent was awkward, per usual, and she wanted to make sure that saying, for example, “the building has five stories” was a correct English phrase. She asked me and I faltered at saying yes. Not because she wasn’t … Continue reading How Many Stories

Ryan Hess

I’m pretty bad at keeping up with this blog, and for many reasons, all inexcusable, except for the fact that it is my blog and if I don’t write, oh well. If I do, awesome. Reason Number One is that I just forget and don’t make the time to do so. Reason Number Two is … Continue reading Ryan Hess

The System

Today I had a friend tell me that her son had stopped trying- stopped doing anything but existing in the classroom, really- and I asked why. This kid was an intelligent kid when I knew him; he had wanted to go places like NYU and Wake Forest and had even been eyeing the Ivies when … Continue reading The System

Miss USA

Yesterday I was going to write a post about rocks. And then I was going to blast the Miss USA competition and the contestants out of the water. But now, I’m going to write, instead, about the Miss USA competition in an apologetic format. You see, before I started drafting last night’s post I put … Continue reading Miss USA

Cardboard Boxes

Have you ever thought about houses? Really thought about the box that you’re living in, residing in, eating, sleeping,  and breathing in? The place that you call home, the place where you primarily exist? It flabbergasts me, really; how human beings put so much store in the place that they live, the place that they … Continue reading Cardboard Boxes