Thoughts and opinions from the Mercer University community


MLK was a voice for those who had none. Will you, too, speak for the voiceless?

Years ago, I knew a woman who had lost her voice, not temporarily, but permanently. Her name was Polly, and cancer had invaded her...

I took a semester off college, and now I’m struggling to come back |...

Dear Kelly, I really struggled last semester. I had family and job challenges, and along with that, the classes I was taking were courses that...
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Lessons in thankfulness learned from Mercer On Mission

I joined our Mercer On Mission team working in a remote community in the Pokot region of Kenya in the summer of 2014. We...



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?

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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I want to change my major. Am I making the right decision? | Ask...

A reader asks: How do I know if changing my major is the right decision?
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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...
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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....