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Monday, June 19, 2023

On Our "Virtual Route 66" Around the World" On the Education Beat

 We present the following courtesy Inside Higher Ed:

A green line on a chart shows the increasing rates of delinquency among student loan borrowers in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's sample.

More Borrowers at Risk of Defaulting

With student loan payments set to resume, a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report shows more borrowers are struggling. “The situation is worse than we could have imagined,” one advocate said.


Why Students Opt Not to Enroll

Students in a new survey cite concerns about academic preparation, mental health and affordability. Many say college isn’t worth it.

Without a Preference, Amherst Legacy Admits Fell From 11% to 6%

This is the first year in which they did not receive a preference.

Mandatory Job Training for Bowdoin Students

At Bowdoin College, sophomores are required to attend a job-training “boot camp,” which gives them skills, career options and peace of mind.

New Programs: Business, Elementary Education, Forensic Science, Social Work


Quick Takes

Juilliard Fires Professor Accused of Harassment
UConn Expels Students for Vandalism
Bellarmine Provost Quits After Vote of No Confidence
Mississippi Auditor Criticizes Diversity Spending
Defining Polysubstance Use in Adolescents: Academic Minute

Friday, June 9, 2023

#OutsiderVibes (Special Edition): The American President

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

On Our Weekly "Virtual Route 66": #RandomThoughts For the Week

As a new week dawns, our team presents the following #RandomThoughts for consideration:


“’You have to reflect,’ Seneca writes, ‘not only when it is a question of gain, but also when it is a question of loss.’ You have to think not only of the upsides, but also of the downsides that come with money. You have to think about the time, freedom, and happiness wrested from your hands and replaced with money (which you have less time to freely spend on the things that make you happy). You have to think about the burdens of becoming rich.”

-This is The Most Expensive Thing (Listen)


In a recent episode on the Daily Stoic YouTube channel, Ryan Holiday talks about how most of the Stoics, ancient or modern, were literally and figuratively wealthy. By understanding what enough is, and remaining true to their values, the Stoics were able to live a rich and happy life:

“Whether they were wealthy like Seneca or poor like Epictetus, they lived wealthy lives because they knew what enough was. They felt empowered that they could provide for themselves and their families. They had purpose and meaning – and they valued the right things.”
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In a recent episode of the Daily Stoic podcast, Ryan Holiday speaks with award-winning businessman and author Morgan Housel on what it really means to be wealthy, what it takes to be successful, how to build an audience, true happiness, and more:

“When I was broke, I had hope. Once you have money, there’s no more hope. I think the liability of having lots of money is overlooked…It takes away your sense of hope of having more and the social liability of having more.”
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This week over at Daily Dad (sign up here!) we wrote about Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius’ adopted father and predecessor, and the importance of not just talking about your philosophy, but embodying it.

It was this that helped Marcus become Marcus Aurelius. All his life, as one biographer put it, Marcus strived to be like Antoninus, holding him up as “the most beautiful model of a perfect life.”