Five reasons why runners like Ben Troy are an exception

Ben Troy, student at Slippery Rock University (photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

“The old college try” means putting forth a sincere attempt, often with futile effort, at something difficult or seemingly impossible. Running 100 miles in under 24 hours seems to fit the description of The Old College Try, but the offhand remark is not typically associated with deliberate on-foot or on-campus…

Why your perception of time has been out of whack and what you can do about it

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You might be asking yourself, “Has it really been a year?” Months after March 11, 2020, the day the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic, a coworker of mine wondered aloud on a Zoom call, “What’s today’s date?,” and a quick-witted colleague blurted, “It’s March 121st.”

Yes, many of…

To evaluate your smartphone use, consider the religious values of America’s plain people.

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There aren’t many moments when my smartphone isn’t within my arm’s reach: my back pocket when I’m walking, my car’s cupholder when I’m driving, my nightstand when I’m sleeping, next to my mouse as I’m writing this sentence, and, of course, in my hand when I feel the world tugging…

Justin Zackal

Justin is a communication specialist working in higher education. He writes about personal development and, since 2011, career advice for

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