Articles by Christopher Sheffer

Hello! I am a senior English major at Truman. I enjoy reading books, writing poetry, and running everywhere! One day, I hope to be a professor of English, specifically of creative writing. It would be really cool if some of my creative work was published someday!


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Things I Didn’t Expect to Be Doing in College

ollege newcomers have many general expectations of what their school lives will be like: filled with classes, studying, new people, and new experiences. What they may not anticipate, however, is just how surprising, beneficial, and transformative these experiences can be. Without knowing anything about the college that you might attend, forming more specific expectations is…

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What Isn’t Considered in College Rankings

olleges rankings are made based on several measurable factors, such as affordability, acceptance rates, four-year graduation rates, test scores, and average GPA. However, while there is merit to using these factors as assessment tools, we couldn’t help but wonder what important factors rankings fail to measure about the college experience. By asking our students why…

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Finding Independence and Meaning in Life

  f you had to identify the question of a lifetime, what do you suppose it would be? Without being exactly rhetorical, this question conveniently answers itself. The question of a lifetime is this: This is the question that people ask themselves, in one way or another, every single day. In fact, it’s more of…

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Advice From Student To Students

When you’re thinking about trying something for the first time, you may decide to talk to people with whom you are close about it. These people will often offer you advice, provide encouragement, or give warnings to prepare you for the new experience or situation, whatever it happens to be. Having a support system that…

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6 Things International Students Love About Truman

Last year, we asked international students to finish this statement: “You know you’re a Truman student when ___.” Here are a few salient responses we received. For the sake of clarity, we have cleaned up a few of these quotes and have written a few brief descriptions to provide context. 1. You know T-Pain as…

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Choosing the Right Major

For the university student, this is an essential yet daunting question. Your degree, in many ways, affects the direction of your career; it is important for the aspiring college student to distinguish a career from a job. According to Diffen.com, “A career is the pursuit of a lifelong ambition or the general course of progression…

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Using Technology to Communicate with Friends and Family

College can seem very intimidating for new students. After all, it’s a brand new experience. For some, it is the first time they venture away from home. For others, it is the first time they are forced to strike out on their own. In either case, these students will seek to gain a sense of…

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Across Vietnam 2014
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Across Vietnam 2014

On October 12th, the Vietnamese Students Association (VSA), at Truman State University, brought to campus its largest outdoor cultural event, Across Vietnam: Vietnam 101. This is the second time the VSA has held such an event to introduce the Vietnamese culture to Truman’s students and faculty. The audience was entertained with a traditional Vietnamese dance…

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How Many Universities Should I Apply To?

Introduction Every year, students struggle with this question. Because writing good applications is time consuming, students often find that, as they increase the number of schools on their application list, the quality of each application seems to suffer. To balance the quality of your applications and the number of schools to which you apply, make…

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Why the Midwest is the Best!

True to its nickname, “The Heartland of America,” the Midwest is the region located in the center of the United States, but though that explains its name, it is not its claim to fame. The Midwest secures its place as the heart of the country by representing everything America has to offer. The Midwest is…

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