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6 Finance Tips For My Younger Self

It must be the money! Personal finances are one of those topics that many of us wish we learned more about in school. Budgeting, saving, investing, credit scores, student loan repayment – just thinking about these topics can provoke anxiety, even for the savviest finance gurus. It’s complex and it’s personal!  Because this issue can […]


Navigating Year One

Navigating your first year in your first job after college can be difficult and overwhelming. The good news is: you’re not the only one who feels that way! In this LEARN with @LifeAfterWake webinar, Allison McWilliams (’95) and Katherine Laws (’20) discuss the challenges recent graduates face in their Year One and strategies for thriving […]


Why We All Need to Quit

The Great Resignation has lots of folks thinking about quitting their jobs, or actually doing so. But even if you’re not ready to take that step, it doesn’t mean it’s not time to quit some things. It’s time for all of us to quit: quit hustling, quit working ourselves to exhaustion and burnout, quit saying […]


Your Money and Your Time: Managing Life as a New Professional

By Allison McWilliams (’95), Ph.D., Assistant VP, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Wake Forest University There’s a lot of emphasis on work in your first year after college – what type of work you will be doing, where you will be doing it, how to get it done – but figuring out life […]


Managing the New Professional: Setting Boundaries

By Allison McWilliams (’95), Ph.D., Assistant VP, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Wake Forest University Historically, there has been an unwritten rule that the boundaries between work and life should be clear and impermeable: you leave your life stuff at home and don’t bring it to work (though not, for some reason, vice […]


The Future of Work is Employee Well-Being

In this article from Forbes, Jeanne Meister discusses the important emphasis on employees’ well-being and mental health in light of the pandemic and working from home. Meister focuses on seven key aspects of well-being that should be prioritized in the workplace.


Mindfulness… and Money

By Stephen Edwards (’10), Baird Private Wealth Management in Winston-Salem, NC “Doing well with money has a little to do with how smart you are and a lot to do with how you behave.” – Morgan Housel, author of The Psychology of Money Deacs, if you are reading this as a new grad of Mother […]


4 Things I Wish I’d Known As a New Grad

In this piece by Financial Gym, certified financial trainer Terri Bennett shares 4 key pieces of advice for new graduates. As you seek to build a life after college, creating healthy financial habits is a great place to start!


3 Tips for Bringing “Pro Humanitate” to Your Life After Wake

By Tycely Williams (’97), Chief Development Officer at America’s Promise Alliance in Washington, DC Tycely Williams has worked in multiple development positions at nonprofits, including YWCA, the American Red Cross National Capital Region, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington (D.C.) and others. She was artistic director of two community dance studios and led a nonprofit that […]


Boundaries for Breakfast (and Lunch and Dinner)

In this article from Thrive Global, Wake Forest alumnus Ryan Riccordella (’15) tackles the topic of boundaries and why you need them. He breaks down tips and strategies for boundary-setting at each time of the day – from first thing in the morning when you wake up to relaxing in the evenings after dinner. Particularly […]


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