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Welcome to your very own "safe space"
Liz Stillwaggon Swan PhD
A controversy over sexy school pictures: are we allowing girls to express themselves or encouraging the very thing we say we hate in this society—objectifying the female body?
How does a Jewish college student intersect with a rioter wearing a Camp Auschwitz sweatshirt? Through open conversation.
Have you been wondering about the college experience this fall? It's alive and well on our college campus, despite some necessary restrictions and creativity from all.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the self-esteem movement? It's alive but not well. Our youth are more in touch with their feelings than ever before—and it's a crisis.
What's behind Gen Z's nervous breakdown? Is it social media? Cellphone use? Hypersensitivity to the world's problems? Identifying with diagnoses? Yes, all of the above.
Today's college students have been living with chronic anxiety their whole lives. Will all that practice pay off in the COVID-19 crisis?
Every college student now seems to have at least one diagnosis to describe how they handle anxiety, stress, and competition. But why?
Feeling tempted to jump off the tenure-track? I get it! I did it. And so can you...
Stuck in a career rut? Here's how my weekend hobby rewrote my future.
Why do millennials expect perfection in themselves but resist like crazy the hard work it takes to get there?
What's so safe about "safe" spaces? They prevent students from growing and adapting, which is, in fact, really scary.
Were there "safe spaces" at Trump University? Probably not.
Sexism is real. But what about when it's not? Find out why calling something "sexist" when it's not can be counterproductive and self-defeating.
Is academia wearing you out? Did it start out being fun but now is just sheer tedium?
Is it true that we live in a much busier and information-saturated world, or is that just a convenient myth?
Is rape on college campuses really as widespread as reported? It depends on how you define "rape."
Have today's colleges become a branch of the fast food industry? Millions of degrees sold, and counting!
Liz Swan, Ph.D., is a writer and philosopher who teaches writing at the University of Colorado Boulder. She enjoys writing about all the facets of human nature—the light, the dark, and the shades of grey in between.