In a Nutshell
Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life is the best education book I’ve read in years.
Who Should Read It
- Parents who want their kids to go to a selective college
- Young adults who want to get into a selective college (or think they do now, at least!)
- Anyone who is/was a “top performer” in their school or college
- Anyone who has gone through the process of competitive college admissions
- Anyone asking themselves how education plays a part in building a meaningful life
I get asked this a lot.
The truthful answer is: Everywhere and nowhere.
I’ve solidly embraced nomadism since finishing college in December 2004. Outside of a 2-year stay in Asheville, NC in 2012-13 (and even then I traveled often), I’ve haven’t lived in one place for more than 5 continuous months.
I keep a Google Spreadsheet to remember when and where I’ve lived different places.
Here’s the record since high school: Continue Reading
I have a lot of free time this spring and summer: February-August. (In autumn I’ll be super busy running my upcoming Hogwarts for Unschoolers pilot program, but until then, I’m open.)
I want to use some of this time to create something ONLINE that’s fun, inspiring, and interactive. This could be a podcast, video show, mini-guidebook series… I’m really open to any format. (I’ll make Vine videos if I have to!)
I want this online-thing to challenge me, help me develop my ideas, and bring in lots of viewers. Making a little $$ would be nice too, but not mandatory. Continue Reading
Reduce all personal possessions to roughly a dozen boxes.
Obtain Subaru Forester or other vehicle with back seats that fold down flat.
Place very flat objects on bottom. Load vital business and financial documents into the center.
Welcome to my annual year-in-review post. (Here’s 2013, 2012, and 2011 in case you’re feeling curious.)
The year started on a low note: the end of a major relationship. Suddenly I found myself on-the-road again and decided to clear my head by taking off to Europe on a last-minute bargain-basement flight.
My good friend (and fellow nomad-at-the-moment) Matt and I rented a canal-side apartment in Amsterdam through HomeAway. We explored the city by bike and made new friends through Couchsurfing. I continued writing my new book at Knowmads, an alternative business school and co-working center where I met a gaggle of super-friendly social entrepreneurs from all over the world.
The apartment. Continue Reading