Apps to Help You Brainstorm!

by on June 18, 2015 in Must Sees with No Comments »


light bulbs sketched on chalkboard Many small ideas make a big one

light bulbs sketched on chalkboard Many small ideas make a big one

This short video reviews three apps that support brainstorming — one that offers prompts to help you think outside the box, one that invites you to add to word and image arrangements to stir your creative juices, and one that allows you to create thought maps that visually organize your ideas.

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Bill Gates Tells People Not to be Like Him

by on June 4, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


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A recent blog post by Bill Gates, perhaps the most famous college dropout in the world, urges students to not be like him and graduate from college.

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Embrace the Near Win

by on June 1, 2015 in Must Sees with No Comments »


In this Ted Talk, art historian and critic Sarah Lewis talks about creativity and the importance and power of the near win.

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Why Write?

by on May 22, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


Didion

Insightful essayist, Joan Didion, discusses her path to becoming a writer and how writing has enriched her life in these excerpts from “Why I Write.”

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Multitask May Mean Multidisaster!

by on April 10, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


Multitasking is bad for you (suggests data a click away).

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Checking in on MOOCs

by on March 11, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


moocIn the fall of 2013, we devoted our issue of Luminaria to exploring the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) phenomenon sweeping higher education. A year-and-a-half later, articles like this one in the Times, by an education analyst, suggest MOOCs have not reached their full power, because they do not yet issue degrees. Have you taken a MOOC? What do you think? Share your comments below!

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Diaz on Writer’s Block

by on February 27, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


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On writing his last book, The Brief Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz states, “This was a perfect storm of insecurity and madness and pressure and you name it…. Every now and then you catch one, bro, and I caught a f****** bad one.” Click below to read more from a piece published by New York Magazine.

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LEC Scholar Profile: Uneda Powell

by on February 24, 2015 in LEC Scholars with No Comments »


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When I was unable to find a good paying  job with my Associate’s degree in Business Management, I decided to enroll back in school. There was a college fair at my previous college, and I met a representative from MCNY there. I picked MCNY because the classes are smaller, and the schedule is flexible —  I’m a mother of three. I was born in Jamaica and I immigrated here when I was nine. My goal is to complete my Bachelor’s degree and start my business afterwards – I would like to start a transportation company.

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LEC Student Profile: Tanvir Rahman

by on February 18, 2015 in Paths To MCNY with No Comments »


tanvirMy name is Tanvir Raman. I am from Bangladesh. I completed my associate’s degree in March 2014 from Professional Business College. My major was Office Technology. Last September I went to MCNY to find information about a bachelor’s degree. I met Christopher Saldivar there, who is the Associate Director of Admissions. I told him that I was looking to do my bachelor’s but am confused which major to study. He told me there is a new major, Emergency Management Business Continuity. He explained that this major has a lot of jobs in the market. I agreed to sign up for class in January 2015. So far I am enjoying my classes. I am getting lot help from the Learning Enhancement Center. It is helping me to develop my writing. MCNY is a pretty college is clean all the time. There are so many computers in the college, students have no problem using them. The MCNY library is awesome; it has all the textbooks for classes. You can go to the library to read or make copies to bring home to study.

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What’s Your Ideal Writing Space and Process?

by on February 4, 2015 in Must Sees with No Comments »


ian mcewanIn this short interview clip, the acclaimed British novelist Ian McEwan talks about his writing space, his writing process, and throwing away a piece of paper isn’t like putting a dish in the dishwasher.

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