Hillsdale is a Home

At the beginning of the year, you get asked the same five questions over and over again: name, year, potential major, hometown, and why you chose Hillsdale. Through this litany of questions, I began to realize that the way I had found and chosen Hillsdale College was perhaps not the most typical amongst my peers.

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Coping with Shakespeare: Why Writing Hurts

About a year ago, I walked into the office of one of my English professors, sat down, and struck up a conversation. Purportedly—as far as he was concerned, and, even as far as I had convinced myself—I was there to talk about graduate school. And we did, for quite a while.

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Professors of Influence: Dr. Stephens

A short, square man strides confidently into a classroom full of chattering freshmen. They don’t notice him. They are too busy arguing about Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, attempting to show off all that they learned from the preparatory assignment that Hillsdale prescribes to all incoming freshmen. The short man stops at his desk, looks ‘round the room quizzically, wondering at the air rich with arrogance, and slams his portfolio down hard. The sharp slap of paper on desk mutes the debate, and all students turn their heads to wonder at the man standing before them.

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Continuing the Legacy of Hillsdale Mentors

I was in eighth grade the first time I heard about Hillsdale College. My band teacher and middle school track coach graduated from here. Back then, I played the clarinet and ran the 800. I attended The Classical Academy—a K-12 charter school founded by parents in my home-town of Colorado Springs. My teachers all believed in classical liberal arts educational values, and I grew to believe in them as well.

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Dr. Yaniga: A Passion for German

As anyone who has chatted with Dr. Fred Yaniga knows, he is passionate about everything German—the language, the culture, and the country itself. Walking down the hallway or in the cafeteria, Dr. Yaniga converses with students and professors in German as if it were the most natural thing in the world, and for him, it is just that.

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Hillsdale College: More than a Name

People ask me where I go to school. Most students have it pretty easy when asked this question because they can utter some three or four letter abbreviation, and whoever is inquiring will immediately know both name and relative location of said higher learning institution. I do not attend one of these schools.

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Dressing for Success: What to Wear for a Job Interview for Men

We’re all familiar with the expression, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” This becomes a little more literal when interviewing for a new position.  Of course you want to dress for the job you want, and then some. Your appearance should match your ambition. You want the interviewer to look […]

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Spotlight on Dr. Somerville: A South Korean Childhood

As many students already know, Dr. Somerville loves storytelling. Yes, as an English professor, he has a vested interest in telling stories—fictional or not—but in almost every class, he seems to sneak in just one more anecdote about his past. He certainly has had an interesting life.

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Hillsdale History: Ransom Dunn, The Grand Old Man of Hillsdale

Ransom Dunn, a professor and preacher, shaped the early history of the college over the course of a half-century. He helped the young, fledgling institution grow into a prominent academic establishment.

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Taking Initiative

As Student Programs Coordinator at Hillsdale’s Kirby Center in Washington, D.C., I am a student’s best resource for information on interning in D.C. through the Washington-Hillsdale Internship andSummer in D.C programs. (Shameless plug: Please contact me about spending a semester in D.C.! You won’t regret it.) Even better, it’s a job I love. Every day, […]

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Freshmen, Don’t Make the Same Mistakes That We Made

I asked students to reflect on what they did well—or what they would have done differently—during their freshman year.

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Classical School Job Fair 2015: Get Ready.

The Classical School Job Fair is coming up. And it’s sooner than you think. How are you preparing? Have you carefully crafted 46 different resumes like Paris Geller in Gilmore Girls, or have you barely started your first? Don’t panic – you have time to complete everything. Building and tweaking can be a fun process. […]

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