The Goal Line

“Earning a college degree will benefit the players in the future, regardless of what they go on to do.”

photo: Brandon Benjamin on the field

Benjamin is well-suited for his position; he played four years as a receiver for Johnson C. Smith University, where he earned his undergraduate degree.

Every August, when football players arrive at Louisiana Tech, they typically have only the sport on their minds. Brandon Benjamin (MBA ’13) is there to make sure they are thinking about academics as well. As the academic advisor for football in the Louisiana Tech Athletic Department, it is his job to ensure that the athletes are prepared for class, attending class, meeting with their professors and staying up to date on assignments.

“When they arrive, they are overwhelmed—it’s all football, all the time.” says Benjamin. “When I add in academics, it’s even more for them to balance. But that kind of time management is a good life lesson for when they will have to balance work, family and other commitments.”

Benjamin helps manage the players’ academic lives, gets them organized and on the right track for success. “Earning a college degree will benefit them in the future, regardless of what they go on to do,” he says. “Once they realize they might not play football professionally, they really open up to the academics and I am there to support them in doing their best.”

The Good Life

Americans ranked top contributors for leading a successful life:

85% Being in good health

83% Finding time for the important things in life

81% Having a good marriage/relationship

81% Knowing how to spend money well

79% Having a good work/personal life balance

75% Having a job you love

69% Making time to pursue passions and interests

66% Being physically fit

65% Always trying to learn and do new things

65% Embracing new experiences/changes

— American Express

Overheard bubble with photo


“At some point in our lives, we all have to reach down and push ourselves to achieve what we believe is most important.”

— Martin Beck (MBA ’13), on his decision to earn a master’s degree


Giving on a Whim

Nonprofit organizations and charities are benefiting from Americans’ inclination for spur-of-the-moment decisions.

A recent study analyzed the “Text to Haiti” campaign following the 2010 earthquake and found that of the two-thirds of American adults who use text messaging, 9% texted a charitable donation from their mobile phone.

Their contributions were often spontaneous decisions:

73% donated using their phones on the same day they heard about the campaign, and

76% said that they typically make text message donations without conducting much in-depth research beforehand.

— Pew Research Center


The Rising Cost of Not Going to College

According to a Pew Research Center survey, young college graduates are outperforming their less-educated peers on virtually every measure of economic well-being and career attainment, including:

Bar chart: Personal Earnings, Job Satisfaction, Full time Employment Pie charts: College grads are full time employed 89% of the time, no college 82%

Millennial college grads age 25-32 working full time

earn $17,500 more

annually, than those with a high school diploma