Am I Smarter For Going To A Fancy Pants School, Or Did I Blow A Bunch Of Money For Nothing?

Waiting till the last moment to reflect on my college education, in true Gus McCarthy fashion, I think my time spent at Concordia was worth the extra buck.   I’ve been asked to reflect on the mission of Concordia College by highlighting my experience with the five goals.   Instill a love for learning Develop…
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Click This! Click This! Click This! And Learn About Addiction

Drug addiction is a hot topic of late, both with regards to scientific understanding and social action. The United States has been ramping up border protection in an effort to mitigate drug usage, and Portugal has legalized all drugs for recreational use in hopes of improving public health by de-stigmatizing drug addiction. The question at…
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5 Things Your High School Gym Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Concussions

  Like many other students at Concordia College, I am (was) a student athlete. I wrestled for three years at Concordia, and I wrestled all the way from high school back to kindergarten. Only my senior year did I decide that enough was enough and it was time to hang up the wrestling shoes. And…
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Having Trouble Remembering Simple Every Day Tasks? Read This!

I forgot that my research group was meeting in our classroom instead of the professors office? Does that mean I have Alzheimer’s disease? To answer my own question, no that does not mean that I have Alzheimer’s. One of the common misconceptions by the general population (myself initially included in this group) is that anyone…
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Dopamine’s Other SECRET Job

You’ve likely heard about the neurotransmitter called dopamine. The first time I heard about it was in 7th grade health class when we were talking about illegal drug effects on the brain. I was surprised to learn that both stimulants (things like meth) and depressants (stuff like heroin) both cause a rush of dopamine in…
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