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Help for Depressed College Students

What happens if your child becomes severely depressed in college? As parents we worry because we wouldn’t  be around to spot the symptoms. If my daughter, who attends college 2,500 miles away, started skipping classes, ignoring friends or losing weight because of depression I wouldn’t know unless she told me. Colleges and universities offer mental […]

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A Lucky College Degree

Today I’d like to share a 65-year-old story that illustrates the power of a college degree, as well as the kindness of two priests,  who recognized the intellectual potential of a poor Irish kid from St. Louis. It’s a sweet story about my father, Vincent Patrick O’Shaughnessy, who is dying of pancreatic cancer. As I […]

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Living in a Palatial Dorm

When I think back to my dorm days at the University of Missouri, what I remember most vividly is getting scalded in the shower. I lived in Johnston Hall, which was named after a woman Latin professor when it was built right after World War II. The girls’ dorm was known for being centrally located […]

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