Author: Julie Nhung Nguyen, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

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Yuck, the Flu’s Back in Town.

I was sick last week and found myself monitoring the flu activity in Sacramento, CA.  I wasn’t too concerned until a friend brought to my attention the NYTimes January 9, 2013 front page article, and top two emailed story, Flu Widespread, Leading a Range of Winter’s Ills.  Concerned, I got to writing this post, hoping I …

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The Inventors Dilemma

A fun excerpt: dedicated to all the curious and hands-on students who tend to create certain “stress” for their parents, and generally, the adult population around them. Did you know?  As a child, [Thomas] Edison’s home laboratory often produced explosions that shook the house and upset his father. The hard work it took to make …

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Best or Worst U.S. States to Live for Health

Looking to move to or prospect for a college in some far away, unfamiliar state, and weighing the costs and benefits of living in said state?  Perhaps, the following “Health Risks By Area” chart, pinpointing five health risks by state, may help in those difficult “which state to live in (temporarily or permanently)” discussions. Related PostsCommunity College …

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Unlocking the University of California Application Essay Prompt #2

The most effective communication model yet may be when all parties involved are actively participating. When clarifications are needed, it is naturally asked and answered as many times deemed necessary. Now best communication practices aside, what happens when person A, someone from someplace–an admissions officer–with his/her sum of experiences, is to read person B’s essay, …

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Guest Post: Pinch Me Now, Please

Michelle, a friend of the Creative Marbles team and a successful business woman, shares her experience with students budding into adulthood (or, already budded young adults), struggling to find their place in this increasingly interconnected world. _________________ Not that there’s ever an average week in the office for me, but this one was especially different …

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How Common is the Common Application Essay?

In this podcast, Art Baird and Jill Yoshikawa, our company’s educational experts, generously share their 10-years of experience to help students write competitive college admissions essays within the context of the Common Application.  They define an effective outline for drafting this complex autobiography. For more helpful information, please also read: Storytelling Season is Around the …

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The Journey of our Youth

I recently watched the movie, White Squall, directed by Ridley Scott and stars Jeff Bridges as the captain.  The movie is based on the real events of the people involved in the year-long school-at-sea program on the brigantine, Albatross. The program is set up to provide students with sailing lessons, alongside college preparatory courses. Besides …

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Technology + Creativity = Digital Art

From a team of collaborators, led by visionary creator, Antonin Fourneau, was born a creative work that recently lit up the city of Poitiers, France.  Who would’ve imagined that one could combine water and LED lights to create an art canvas?  Artistic night owls, rejoice! Related PostsSometimes You Gotta Go Slow to Go Fast The …

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American Diet: Sugar, Please!

Are the benefits of consuming sugar greater than its increasingly known effects–from it’s link to obesity, hypertension, high blood pressure, and so forth–especially given the ever-growing amount we consume in our American diet?  See the below graphical comparison depicting the average American’s sugar consumption from 1820 to present.  (Enjoy, but be careful; the news isn’t …

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Guest Post: Being Organized (Consider It The Basics)

Michelle, a trusted friend of the Creative Marbles team and successful business woman, who is always seeking to improve,  discusses what it means to be organized and the benefits of searching for order within the chaos of one’s life. ____________ How do you stay organized now? Or, a similar question, would your parents or teachers …