Improving Personal Statement

Pre Meds: 3 Ways to Improve Your Personal Statement

You’ve got a draft. You’ve been revising, editing and rewriting for weeks now. But you need to figure out how to take your personal statement to the next level. You need to be sure what you are submitting to medical schools will gain their attention (for the right reasons) and convince them to give you an interview invite and, of course, an acceptance. Grab Their Attention The personal statement for medical school is not a […]

LeGarrette Blount Tender

Why Is Everyone Upset Over the LeGarrette Bount Tender?

What’s Going On The Patriots placed an infrequently used unrestricted free-agent tender on LeGarette Blount last Tuesday, the final day of compensatory pick calculations. LeGarrette Blount is currently a free agent with interest from multiple teams outside of the Patriots organization. What this Means The unrestricted free-agent tender has been so rarely used (some reports say it has never been used before) that it’s natural for confusion to occur over what the move means. Essentially, […]

NFL Draft 2017

NFL Draft 2017: Favorite Picks from the First Round

Disclaimer: While it’s fun to evaluate selections in April, almost none of it matters until we see the players on the field in September. Each of the following picks could be viewed as a total bust two years from now. However, given the information available at the time of writing, here are a few of my favorite selections following the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. In no particular order: Philadelphia Eagles 14th Overall: […]

Eagles 2017 Draft

Philadelphia Eagles 2017 Draft: First Two Rounds

The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the most interesting teams to watch over the next season because of their unique position relative to the rest of the league. They may become a dominant, year-after-year playoff contender, or they could fall completely flat and continue a decade of mid-tier mediocrity. The Eagles are building a good roster. They have their quarterback (time will tell Wentz’s fate, but the ceiling is high), and an incredible defensive front. Jim Schwartz […]

New England Patriots

New England Patriots: Sheldon Richardson & Signing a Running Back

Next Thursday will mark the beginning of the NFL’s 82nd draft. While the Patriots have made substantial acquisitions in the off-season through free agency, they don’t have a draft selection until #72 overall, in the third round. Here are two moves New England could make to improve ahead of the draft: Convince the Jets to Trade Sheldon Richardson Despite swapping a 2nd and 3rd round pick in exchange for the Panthers’ Kony Ealy, the Patriots are still […]

New England Patriots

Should the Patriots Re-sign LeGarrette Blount?

While finding a dominant pass-rusher still remains New England’s number one priority, filling the power-back vacancy left behind by LeGarrette Blount is a close second. The passing game has been improved this offseason with the addition of Brandin Cooks and Dwayne Allen, but the Patriots are in danger of becoming a lopsided, pass-heavy offense. Being able to run the ball well goes beyond moving the chains and scoring goal-line touchdowns: 1) It keeps the defense “honest.” […]

New England Patriots

Top Five New England Patriots Offseason Acquisitions

1) Brandin Cooks The Patriots traded the 32nd overall pick along with a third rounder to the New Orleans Saints for WR Brandin Cooks and the Saints’ fourth round pick. It might seem strange for a team that did not have a first round pick in 2016, courtesy of Roger Goodell and Deflategate, to again remove themselves from the first round in the upcoming draft. However, consider the position of the Patriots’ pick. At 32nd overall, […]

Tribe Sebastian Junger

Tribe: Why Humans Were Designed to Thrive During Conflict

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger Author and war journalist Sebastian Junger, famous for his novel The Perfect Storm, has made the argument that there is genuine benefit to our psychological well-being in the presence of catastrophe. Junger’s version of catastrophe goes beyond dropping your cell phone, getting fired from work or wrecking your car. The events he refers to are life-changing: hurricanes, genocides, war. Coincidentally, these are the same events society has […]

New England Patriots

Post-Super Bowl Breakups: Handling the Malcolm Butler Situation

My first reaction to the potential trade of superstar cornerback Malcolm Butler to the New Orleans Saints was straight forward, “Please no. “ After signing Stephon Gilmore to a monster deal, the defense was primed for two more years of dominance. The Gilmore move made so much sense. Malcolm Butler is a restricted free agent, meaning the Patriots hold total control over his actions for at least the next year. That could be extended further […]

Wall Street

A Random Walk Down Wall Street: How to Survive Long-Term Investing

Authors Note: The more financially secure and free you are, the more autonomous your life can be. I enjoy reading financial books and spreading the knowledge to others. As always, if you enjoy this article then support Burton Malkiel and his book which inspired it.  A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel Despite what cynics might say and hear, the average individual can do well by following a specific set of principles in […]