Thoughts and opinions from the Mercer University community


The little gifts in life are more than just ‘stuff’ | Dr. Craig McMahan

Mercer University Minister Dr. Craig McMahan reflects on what he is thankful for this Thanksgiving.
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5 ways to get into the holiday spirit in Macon

Can you believe it’s already November? Macon has started to get a winter chill in the air, and everyone’s calendars are booking up fast....
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In offering peace, one man risked his arm

In 1492, a bloody battle erupted in Dublin between two noble Irish families, the Fitzgeralds of Kildare and the Butlers of Ormond. This bloody...



Embrace religious diversity this holiday season

“If we as a nation want to understand how to relate to the rest of the globe, then we need to have a richer...
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How to go on vacation while taking online classes | Ask Kelly

A reader asks: Should I wait until after the semester ends to go on vacation?
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When life moves too fast, here’s the secret to slowing down

Does it seem that life is moving faster and faster? Days and weeks and months pass in a flash. As I type these words,...

How to find credible sources for a research paper | Ask Kelly

A reader asks: How can I verify the sources I am using are factual and not opinion?
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How to study for finals when you’re already mentally exhausted | Ask Kelly

A reader asks: Do you have advice to help me study for finals and complete this week successfully?


Virtual Learning

Going remote: Tips for transitioning to online coursework

Amid developments related to the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, Mercer students will begin receiving online instruction for their courses March 23. Tackling school assignments...
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Plan for success when taking online classes

When I decided to come back to school three years ago, the thought of taking online classes seemed very overwhelming. This was a completely new concept...
Jay Black alone in his office

Professor finds solitude, plenty of parking on campus as classes go online

Mercer professors all have ways of carrying on the good fight in this time of crisis. By the time you read this, we have...
Reilly Moncrief stands in a crosswalk holding her camera to her face

Adjusting to life at home and living with uncertainty

If I get a call from my father, it usually means one of two things: I’m in trouble or something terribly wrong has happened....