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Jillian Reese

Jillian Reese earned her B.A. (Advertising) and Ph.D. (Educational Leadership) from Penn State. She is a long-time resident of State College, and proud mother of three. Her column is purely her opinion and is based on her wide variety of professional and personal life experiences.

Articles by Jillian Reese

Take Comfort, Parents of Graduates, the Best Is Yet to Be
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Take Comfort, Parents of Graduates, the Best Is Yet to Be
25 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jillian Reese
As parents, there’s this build up toward, what seems to be, the final event. It starts almost immediately from the time they are born. How will we ever let them go? [Read More]
The Plight of the Middle-Aged and Unemployed
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The Plight of the Middle-Aged and Unemployed
28 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jillian Reese
There are millions of other people, mostly women, just like me. We are the highly skilled, highly educated, aging population that is unable to find jobs despite an improving unemployment rate. [Read More]
The Mental Health Generation
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The Mental Health Generation
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jillian Reese
I am concerned for our kids. There’s a national trend of high-anxiety and depression in teens. And, locally, the challenges can be even greater. Sometimes called spoiled or helicoptered, our kids are suffering. [Read More]
It’s All About the Experience at Local Businesses
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It’s All About the Experience at Local Businesses
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jillian Reese
“It’s all about the experience. From when you first walk in the door, until you walk out, you have to feel like you are being treated well. Like people care.” [Read More]
Twitter Lessons from Our President
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Twitter Lessons from Our President
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jillian Reese
Our children are growing up in a social media world. Some argue the pitfalls. I encourage their proper use. Thanks to our president, the kids are learning what not to do. [Read More]
More Than Just a Football Town
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More Than Just a Football Town
44 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jillian Reese
It’s no secret that football is a big deal in State College. Too much so, some people think. I’m not one of them, but I see how they might feel that way. But State College offers more than many of us realize, and certainly more than many outsiders would give us credit for. [Read More]
A Perfectly Imperfect End to a Perfectly Imperfect Season
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A Perfectly Imperfect End to a Perfectly Imperfect Season
46 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jillian Reese
I’m not a football analyst, and I realize there’s plenty to pick apart from the Nittany Lions' performance in the Rose Bowl. But, from an ordinary Jill’s perspective, it was more than worth the trip. [Read More]
It’s Time to Spread Some Holiday Cheer
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It’s Time to Spread Some Holiday Cheer
49 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jillian Reese
What I've learned over the past few years, however, is that everything is a matter of perspective. What seems all merry and bright to some, may be truly dark and dismal to others. [Read More]
Shop Local This Holiday Season: It's Not Just Business, It's Personal
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Shop Local This Holiday Season: It's Not Just Business, It's Personal
52 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jillian Reese
Saturday (Nov. 26) is Small Business Saturday. I’m not sure how many of you knew that. I realize it pales in comparison to Black Friday, or, for many, Cyber Monday. I get it. I live here too. But, the thing is, it matters. It really does. [Read More]
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