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All posts by: Alex Merrill

When I was 18 my throat sealed up, covered with giant white lumps like little pebbles on the tonsils, so pronounced I couldn’t swallow without biting pain. they dosed me up on Codeine at the health center set beside Lamont...
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There’s something of suicide in living in New England. Minus a hiatus of about two years, I’ve been in New England my whole life, and every winter the same thought occurs to me. The first inkling of dread comes in...
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When I was 22 I worked as a production assistance for ESPN in Bristol. They would give us a game to watch and you’d carefully watch and log each play in the game, then you’d put together a highlight with...
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A Note on Mission from the Founder, Alexander W. Merrill Alliance Tutoring has a unique mission in that it serves its students holistically, in both coaching and academic tutoring support. Many other services offer strictly academic support, with tutors that...
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US News College Rankings recently released its annual list and has come under fire for dropping Columbia from 2 to 18 after some controversy over Columbia’s misreporting of class sizes… at least, it’s come under fire from a lot of...
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Early in my teaching career, I was stationed at a school in Stamford called King that proffered education to kids who were fairly intelligent, but really were there because they could afford the tuition. The kids typically had some “extra-curricular”...
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I was a student for 19 years and a teacher for 15 years, and every single fall, every single one I was anxious when labor day approached and the start of school reared up to meet my daily tremulations. It...
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The term “self-advocacy” has always seemed like an awkward term to me. There’s something clunky about it, like a plumbers wrench or a tangled up kite or like a pile of shoes that need to be moved. Perhaps it’s my...
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If you’re still studying or recently graduated, you’re likely still trying to figure out your next steps career-wise. While you’re determining what path to take, you need to earn some cash. Freelance writing is a great side hustle that you...
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For those not familiar, positive parenting is a form of parenting that involves a complete absence of negative disciplinary measures like punishment, threats, guilting or shaming. One of its foundational no-no’s is keeping your temper around your progeny and avoiding...
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