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Facing the challenges of everyday life, Part 1

In about two weeks, a new cohort of college graduates will don their caps and gowns and receive their college diplomas.The speakers on the podium will undoubtedly talk about their accomplishments: the knowledge gained, the awards and accolades attained, and the life-changing experiences had. The speakers will also talk about the big challenges these graduates might face as they enter the world beyond the safety of their Alma Mater: issues like climate change, mass shootings, discrimination, and geopolitical tensions around the world.I will sit among my faculty colleagues, as proud of my students as can be, all the while thinking about the small challenges.    Small challenges of everyday life can loom larger and take up more energy and time than you anticipate as a college student.  If banks are only open 9-4PM and you have to work 9-5, when do you go? (Set up online banking ASAP.)  Same goes for any doctor’s appointment.  Even if you don’t have to fix the kitchen sink or the AC b…